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pronounced 'Kulla-kay'

What is it? Colouring to give an appliqué effect

Colourqué is a technique tested and developed over time by Helen Stubbings to add colour to your stitcheries and quilts giving them dimension and interest. Helen began by using paint to add colour but students really felt they needed to be an artist to paint - but.... everyone coloured in at Kindergarten so she turned to pencils and began playing. Now it is nothing particularly scientific. You can use any colour pencils but some are nicer to work with than others. In its basic form you do simply that - colour your stitchery design onto the fabric. The full instructions for this are in every pattern or book which uses the colouring. There are lots of hints and tips Helen have learnt and shares with you to get a fun experience and achieve wonderful but easy results. You don't need any expensive hard to find materials or supplies, just a relaxed frame of mind and a willingness to have a go and have fun..

Over the past 5 years Helen has been experimenting and extending the technique to be used in different styles, formats, order, type of mediums used etc in preparation for a comprehensive book on the technique. This book Faux Applique is now available from The American Quilters Society, Pattern Press or Ascot Lane Distributors.

Helen has been teaching workshops on the Colourqué  technique for several years and is a great Gathering or workshop idea. She is available to teach in many settings with a variety of projects and techniques to choose from.

Basic tips for Colourque:

Use the best quality coloured pencils you can find and afford - Helen uses Derwent Studio or Artist ranges in her patterns.

Use a good quality pencil sharpener

Place your fabric onto a sheet of 600grit wet n dry sandpaper for stabilisation whilst colouring.

Seal with Textile medium and a small paintbrush  - preferred brand is the Folk Art medium by Plaid - see the wholesale suppliers page for details.