Composing with Vintage Textiles (Supplies)

Instructor: Jane Dunnewold

The supply list has been provided by the instructor.  If you have any questions, please contact the instructor at

It’s hard to know exactly what you’ll want to use for the piece you create, so try to bring a few things to choose from – one may work as the centerpiece, or several may work together. The following list isn’t comprehensive; rather it’s a few ideas of what to look for – either in your own stash, or on Etsy, E-bay, or in your local thrift store:

  • an old piece of clothing that has personal significance or “charm”
  • old doilies – crochet work, but also cotton or linen table runners, napkins and the thingies they used to put on furniture (formally referred to as antimacassars)
  • pieces of a patchwork quilt, or a damaged quilt
  • needlepoint pieces (these do best if they are fairly lightweight)
  • ethnic textiles that are either damaged or worth incorporating into another piece. (Probably NOT valuable or perfect and/or larger pieces)

NOTE: Heavy textiles like large scale crochet work, thick ethnic embroideries ( sometimes on a canvas background), and some needlepoint pieces are hard to work with. They aren’t easy to fuse to another surface, and should you decide to use needle felting, they cannot be needle felted with a machine – only by hand, which is rather tedious. If you have a piece that fits this description, leave it at home OR bring it with the realization you will only be able to work with it by hand – which can be time consuming. Or maybe not at all.

If in doubt, as I said, bring several things. I am happy to look at pictures of pieces, but frankly, it’s hard for me to tell from a picture, so I can’t guarantee a solid opinion either way!

FYI: I have accumulated a number of pieces I can’t use in my own work so I’ll have these available at the price I paid for them.

Also bring:

An assortment of hand sewing needles with eyes of different sizes, including embroidery needles with sharp tips

box of pins

An assortment of paint brushes, including a 1” and 2” bristle brush from Lowe’s or Home Depot An assortment of embroidery and other threads

An assortment of dyed and/or commercial fabrics in your favorite colors, and probably at least a yard of white or off-white fabric.

NOTE: By assortment I mean enough to feel comfortable with what you have, without bringing your entire studio. I’ll bring a lot of general stuff, and if we need something we don’t have we’ll figure out a workaround!

Fabric scissors (sharp and/or recently sharpened), craft/paper scissors, mat, rotary cutter, straight edge

a small pair of very sharp embroidery scissors (these will be used to cut out the finer parts of an embroidered piece, if you decide to use one)

blue painter’s tape

notebook and pen

small spatula

“Bondo” Scraper or other squeegee-like tool

Misty Fuse – PLEASE buy this brand only. There is a 20” x 10 yard roll on the website for 30.00 – that may be enough but I’d either buy two or splurge on the larger roll. Mention that I sent you and Iris will give you a discount.

teflon sheets – you can get these from Mistyfuse, but you can also buy the same product as an “oven liner” at

roll of freezer paper

2 yards (36” x 72”) of craft felt in gray or white (this needs to be the entire width; not scraps) EcoFelt is available on and is called 100% polyester felt – it’s a flecked gray, and the only color like that on the website. Or buy it in the store and use your discount coupon for 50% off.


A disappearing fabric marker

Any Thermofax screens or stencils you may own and would like to use. I will also be providing Thermofax screens, so no worries if you don’t have these.

sewing machine

needle felting machine

NOTE: If two or more friends are traveling together, supplies like freezer paper and Misty Fuse may be “shareable.” I realize the list is daunting but it’s hard to know what you’ll need, and not everyone will have the same requirements, so it’s harder for me to bring everything we’ll need. If you overload on packing, I’ll probably have the right thing, but if you are driving, bring