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Capture the spirit and personality of your pets or animal friends by transforming your photos into fabulous art collages.

Easy to make, regardless of experience in photography, art quilting, appliqué, or free motion stitching!

Pet Portrait Fabric Collage teaches you how to transform your photo into fabric using fused appliqué, while discovering ways to interpret your pet's character at the same time.

Skill level: Beginner / Intermediate

What you'll learn...

In this course you'll discover much more than the underlying fabric collage technique.

Over 15 lessons, you will be guided through:

  • Understanding different style preferences and approaches to making your collage.
  • Learning the important Keys to great fabric collage portraits – the importance of light and value.
  • A step-by-step guide to easy pattern creation, including:
    • Selecting and preparing a suitable photo.
    • Creating a Master Pattern [never have to rely on Other People's Patterns again!].
  • Using your Master Pattern, you will learn how to build the collage, piece by piece.
  • I'll also explain different approaches to creating a background for your collage.
  • Along with a range of stitching and finishing options.
  • You will also receive a comprehensive set of Essential Course Notes to download, print and keep for your reference.

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Who is this class for?

This class is perfect for you if you want...

To know how to select and edit photos for fabric collage.

To understand the importance of Light, Value, and Colour.

To understand easy pattern creation instead of relying on Other People's Patterns (OPP).

Step-by-step instructions for the fused appliqué technique.

Guidance on how to design your own unique piece of fabric art – how to 'do your own thing'.


This class is designed for people new to the world of fun fabric art and simple appliqué and collage, or those with some experience and a desire to learn more about this technique, and what makes a great pet portrait collage.

No prior experience with appliqué or fabric collage is required.


It's advised that you should understand the fundamentals of free motion stitching and how to set up your machine.

What this class is NOT...

This class does NOT cover the basics of setting up for free motion stitching, machine settings, needle choice, etc. This is not a course in free motion stitching.

[If you're a beginner at free motion stitching and would like advice on an appropriate starter class for you, please contact Deborah at [email protected]]


What you'll get...

15 lessons delivered in easy-to-follow video format.

Comprehensive, downloadable PDF notes to print and keep.

Step-by-step instructions.

Lifetime access – lessons available 24/7 from the comfort of your home.

Online access to your tutor (Deborah) for assistance, if you need it.

100% 30-day Guarantee.

What you'll need...

  • A domestic sewing machine capable of doing free motion stitching.
  • Basic sewing supplies.
  • Fabric, paper-backed stabiliser, low-loft batting (all explained in detail in the course).
  • A computer and home printer.
  • A comprehensive Materials list is included in the course.
  • A strong, stable internet connection to view the HD videos.

My Goal...

My Goal is to guide you through the process of creating pet portrait fabric collages that represent your desires and ambitions, and how to make the best design decisions for your work.

At the conclusion of this course, you will have the skills required to create unique Pet Portrait Fabric Collages to treasure forever.

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Your Instructor

Deborah Wirsu
Deborah Wirsu

Deborah Wirsu is an Australian Textile Artist who has created hundreds of pieces of thread sketched and machine embroidered art, patterns and quilts, plus dozens of demonstration videos, tutorials and courses on these subjects.

She has also published several books on various topics, which are available at in paperback and Kindle ebook formats :

Creative Thread Sketching: a Beginner's Guide

Appliqué Art Quilts Inspired by Stained Glass: a contemporary variation on stained glass quilt technique – without bias tape.

Art Quilt Finishing Essentials: How to Bind, Display, Label, Store, and Care for your Art Quilts.

Her Work...

With a love of freestyle stitching, she builds texture and detail on collaged, dyed and painted surfaces, creating art quilts, thread sketches and textile pieces.

She has given workshops, presentations and talks, exhibited and sold works online and in various countries, and been featured in Australian Quilters Companion magazine a number of times.

Her Business...

Deborah runs a successful online Arts Education business from her website [formerly]

In her 'spare time', Deborah is also a professional Musician - performing in orchestras and chamber music, and teaching viola and violin. Just in case this isn't enough, Deborah is also a published author and editor, and teaches English to ESL (English Second Language) students.

Deborah is involved in a number of community organisations in the Arts and Music fields, and loves to play opera!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access* sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. *Lifetime Access: You have access to all your paid Courses and Resources for the duration of (1) your lifetime, (2) the lifetime of me, Deborah Wirsu, or (3) the lifetime of this business, Thread Sketching in Action and Deborah Wirsu Arts Academy.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What currency is this course priced in?
The cover price is available only in USD due to constant international currency fluctuations. Your bank will convert the payment to your local currency.
Why is sales tax added to my purchase?
Each country has different legally-required digital sales tax applied to courses. Teachable manages these taxes so that they reflect the legal digital sales tax laws of the country YOU reside in. You will be able to see how much sales tax is being added before completing your purchase. Not all countries, and not all types of digital courses, require sales tax. It will be added to your purchase only where necessary.

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