Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wearable Art Vest Workshop

Is it yarn? Is it fabric? Is it woven? It's Yarn Fabication. 

On February 20, I'll be teaching my yarn fabrication technique at a workshop sponsored by the Riverbend Fiber Arts Guild.

In this workshop, we'll be doing an easy, no-knit stitching technique to create a soft-sculpt artwear vest like the one shown here. Yarn and a sewing machine is used to stitch up a "yarn-fabric" base to make the vest. Garment pieces are easily assembled using flat seams, and simple shaping is achieved with a slash-and-join method. Additional interest, texture and color can be achieved with contrasting yarns, trims, threads, embellishments, buttons or beads. This soft-sculpt vest can be customized for any occasion.

The vest workshop will be held at Alexian Brothers/Senior Neighbors, 10th and Newby Streets, in Chattanooga. It is a full day class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $45 per person. Make checks payable to "Riverbend Fiber Arts Guild." For additional information or to sign up, send an e-mail to

A black-and-white inkle woven shawl collar was added to the lime green vest.

The brown vest (below) showcases a novelty button for a front closure. Use your imagination to embellish and customize your wearable art creation!


  1. Now I am curious about these vests! I don't quite understand how they are made. I wish I lived somewhere near Chatanooga. I'd come and take the workshop. Naturally, I like the inkle band as trim. I keep thinking I should expand to making some apparel. ~Annie

  2. Hi Annie:
    Wish you could join us! The "fabrication" method uses a zigzag stitch to join the yarns together. The "fabric" has a nice drape and is form fitting. There are endless possibilities with this technique. I can't wait to see what the students come up with. --Veronica


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