Fiber Fridays #7: Applique (Sewing)

Hello everyone,

I am taking a fiber sculpture class, and I had no idea what I was getting myself in for. Why did I assume I would be hand sewing or crocheting different sculptures I would come up with? Turns out it’s a sewing course. (I was freaking out!!) I know how to sew from a pre-college fashion sewing course I took at Academy of Art University in San Francisco during high school. (Although, not very well, and not on the monstrous sewing machines they have at Stamps.) I was still worried. Never have I had to sew for an actual college course and I had no idea what that entailed. I have learned that it is fast paced, and high expectations are set. I find that to be a really great motivator for me and enjoy how quickly we are making things.

This week through that course I learned how to sew patches onto fabric. Listen, I know they aren’t very good, but it was my first try! I had a lot of fun trying them out and that is what matters. I had about 30 minutes to complete all three examples. I cut all of the shapes that I wanted out of different colors of scrap fabric. I thought flowers would be a cute and somewhat challenging shape to do so I went for it.

See you next fiber friday!



Marissa Woods is a fourth-year student at Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Second-year writing for Arts, Ink, Marissa is focusing on documenting her fiber arts journey, through Fiber Fridays. Marissa is pursuing a minor in Geology and would like to pursue grad school to eventually become an art professor.

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