Everything you need to know about stabilizing for thread sketching and thread painting. [A Thread Sketching Basics Course]

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Have you tried thread sketching or thread painting, only to find that your work puckers or pulls in as you stitch?

Leaving you with distorted fabric and an unsatisfactory result?

You're not alone!

I have the SOLUTION!

Creating successful thread sketching and thread painting – projects that you are truly proud of – goes beyond choosing fabric and thread, or knowing how to do free motion stitch.

Through my own personal journey as a thread sketcher, I have learned one vital thing, and that is:

Understanding how to choose the right stabilizer for your project will save you hours of frustration and heartache.

Before you even begin to stitch, there are a number of decisions to be made – most importantly:

Choosing the best stabilizer for your project.


Of course, there are other factors involved, too.

All of this can overwhelm someone starting out in thread sketching.

You've experienced the frustration.

You've thrown your work in the trash.

You've tried again.

So what's missing?

A simple guide to learning the fundamentals of stabilizing for thread sketching, thread painting and art quilting.

An overview and explanation of different methods to set up your work according to the type of design you plan.

And that's what you'll find, right here in this Thread Sketching Basics course – The Stabilization Equation, today!


What you'll learn...

This course gives you an overview of a varied range of stabilizers to use in your thread sketching, thread painting, free machine embroidery and art quilting.

Over 12 lessons you'll learn:

What Stabilizer actually is.

Different types of Stabilizer.

Understanding basic Stabilizers.

Is Fusible Web a Stabilizer?

Ways to use basic Stabilizers.

Choosing a Stabilizer.

Puckering and Pull-up: The Importance of Preparation.

Securing your work for stitching.

The Stitching Process: Get it right to avoid problems.

The all-important order of stitch.

Working on a heavily layered surface.

... and more!

What you need...

The desire (or need) to learn all about stabilizers and using them in your thread sketching and thread painting.

A computer to view the videos — use a computer, as iPads and Tablets can be unreliable when viewing online courses.

A strong, stable internet connection to view the HD videos.


My Goal ...

My goal is to set you on the right path and help you avoid frustration and disappointment when thread sketching and thread painting, by teaching you everything you need to get started with the best stabilizer for your project.

The Stabilization Equation aims to give you the confidence to make wise decisions about which stabilizer to use for different projects.

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What students say about Deborah's teaching on this topic ...

This is very helpful and you always explain things so clearly. Thank you! (Anne)

Thank you so much Deborah for taking the time To explain, because it can be quite confusing. (Sandra)

I found this very helpful and interesting ... thank you, Deborah! (Pam)

VERY helpful!! Thank you, Deborah. (Ginny)

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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.
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 listed in?
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