Surface Decoration Techniques


In this set of two videos Linda shows exactly how she chooses a suitable photograph as reference, drafts a pattern, selects the perfect fabrics and uses double-sided fusible webbing to create an appliqué panel. She’ll demonstrate free motion quilting and the final details that will make your panel stand out from the ordinary. You’ll see step by step how to recreate something similar whether you choose to work with a bird motif as Linda does or choose your own source of inspiration – the techniques will work beautifully for any appliqué subject.



In this exciting collection of three videos Laura demonstrates lots of ways to create totally individual fabric surfaces using a variety of techniques. She explains how she transforms an already quilted or embroidered textile with discharge paste and demonstrates ways to modify the colours of a quilt or embroidery with an application of acrylic paint. In the final video she explains a simple and effective method of producing text on fabric using a rubbing technique with stencils and Markal Paintstiks. There’s lots of inspirational ideas that you’ll be able to include in your own work in this archived collection!

This workshop has three videos.


Laura’s quilts and embroideries usually feature a complex layering of techniques. In this video she explains how she applies a delicate layer of acrylic colour to a stitched textile that appears to be complete. The fabric is already quilted and may also be embroidered but is instantly transformed by one final application of colour. Her simple technique is explained in great detail so that you’ll be able to create your own beautiful frosted surfaces that intrigue and fascinate!

Run time: 13 minutes

Presenter: Laura Kemshall

Change the Thread

If you’ve never experimented with discharge techniques this is the video for you! Watch Laura to see how she modifies the fabric colours of a contemporary patchwork quilt to create a softer and faded vintage look. She shows exactly how discharge paste works on both fabric and thread. Her examples of quilted and embroidered surfaces change dramatically before your eyes! Loads of creative potential to produce dynamic textile surfaces for any number of purposes!

Run time: 24 minutes

Presenter: Laura Kemshall

Text Rubbings

If you’ve used a rubbing technique to create attractive images on paper or in your sketchbook you may have wondered if you can achieve similar effects on fabric – let Laura show you how. In this video she demonstrates simple methods of using metal and card rubbing plates to produce text on fabric with fabric pastels. This is the perfect way to introduce a graphic element or message within your quilt design.

Run time: 20 minutes

Presenter: Laura Kemshall