Creative Techniques for Thread Painting with Free Motion ZigZag

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Take your Thread Painting to the next level with Free Motion ZigZag stitch. Discover the versatility and fun of this wonderful stitch in works ranging from traditional to abstract!

Continue your ZigZag journey with me...

A question I am often asked is 'How can I use free motion ZigZag stitch in my thread painting?'

When we think of 'Thread Painting' we naturally gravitate towards filling and colouring, blending and shading, using layers of Straight free motion stitch - much as we would do if embroidering a picture or motif by hand, with filler stitches like 'Long and Short' stitch.

But there is SO much more you can do if you incorporate free motion ZigZag stitch as well. This course will unravel the mysteries of free motion ZigZag and set you on a new path of creativity!


What you'll learn...

Over 3 Modules, and a series of practical activities, the course focuses on giving you a rounded overview of free motion ZigZag stitch and a launching platform to take your future work in whatever direction you choose.

Through the 9 Lessons and 4 Projects you'll learn:

  • How to set up your machine for Free Motion ZigZag
  • A range of different stitch styles to explore
  • An introduction to Lettering with Free Motion ZigZag
  • Blending and Shading
  • Thread Painting with 'Sideways' ZigZag
  • Thread Painting using a Hoop
  • Thread Painting from a sketch
  • Downloadable designs are included for the Projects, to get you started

Who is this course for?

Do I need to take ZigZag Zazzle Part 1 first?

'No!' - ZigZag Zazzle Part 1 - Creative Ways to Use Regular ZigZag Stitch in Textile Art & Quilting - is NOT a prerequisite! Part 1 is a Basics Course.

Parts 1 and 2 are available separately, or as a discounted Bundle.

ZigZag Zazzle Part 2 - Creative Techniques for Thread Painting with Free Motion ZigZag - is designed for the person with:

  • Some experience with Free Motion stitching (or at least, knowledge of how it works)
  • Knowledge of the 'Basics' such as Fabrics and Threads, and Stabilising your work. These Basics are covered in Part 1 of this course (available separately, or as a bundle). They are not covered in Part 2.
  • A desire to explore the possibilities of Free Motion ZigZag stitch for creating interesting and unusual textile art

What you get...

An introduction to some more advanced techniques for using Free Motion ZigZag stitch

9 Lessons in easy-to-follow video format

4 Projects - complete with downloadable designs and inspiration photos (where applicable)

Downloadable PDF notes and designs that are yours to keep

Online access to me, should you have a question or need assistance

Lifetime access - watch and review as many times as you like

100% Guarantee!

What you need...

A domestic sewing machine, capable of doing Free Motion Stitching

Basic sewing supplies, fabric scraps and small pieces, threads, and other items such as batting, fusible web, tearaway stabiliser and firm stabiliser

Full details are provided in the Course


My Goal!

My Goal is to set you on a creative journey that will continue for 'life'. Once you get 'hooked' with Thread Painting, it's hard to put it aside. It is SO much fun!

Free Motion ZigZag serves to open more doors for you in your Thread Painting journey.

At the end of this course you will be able to step out into a new world of creativity!

What students say about Deborah's online courses...

Hi, I just wanted to say hello and thank you! I have never taken an art, sewing, or quilt class. Having been completely self-taught has been fun BUT I am thrilled to have found you! Your style, manner, and expertise are perfect for me to learn new skills and enhance others! I am having so much fun learning from you! Suzanne (Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)

'Hello Deborah, I'm new to free motion quilting and so pleased I enrolled on your course. I have watched the whole course, and enjoyed every minute of it, with your very clear and pleasant teaching method before I venture into drawing and sewing my first picture. Kind Regards Val from the UK.' (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)

'Love this class. I am inspired!' Shirley (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)

'Deborah, I just love your online course, Freestyle Thread Sketching. I am so proud of what I am doing now, you are a fabulous teacher...I didn't even know I could draw, thank you for teaching me.' Andrea, Australia (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)

'What a wonderful course, I'm so pleased that I subscribed. Thank you for sharing your expertise and making the lessons so accessible and easy to follow.' Ann. (Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)

'I've just been through the course, so I know what to expect, and find it clear and easy to follow. The Lifetime access is so useful, as like many others, I have to fit the course around other things, and had it been access for a set time, I'd have found it difficult to complete. As it is, I'll be able to relax and make the most of the time I have to create and stitch. Looking forward to beginning. Thanks, Deborah.' Alison (Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)

'Hi Deborah, I've really enjoyed watching this series of videos and can't wait to get started. Also looking forward to future courses - please add me to your e-mail notifications of these new courses. Thanks, Mary.' (Freestyle Machine Thread Sketching)

'Hi Deborah, I love this class. of course I jump around, because I am soooo excited. How can I send the picture I would like to use for your imput? Then I will start with the class "homework" :) Thank you Margaret.'(Fabulous Fabric Landscapes)

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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 Amazon.com 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 www.ThreadSketchingInAction.com [formerly www.DeborahWirsu.com]

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.
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