Feather Boot Camp — Week One — Intro to Over the Top Feathers

SONY DSCWelcome to the Week One lesson. You can return to the Table of Contents to access additional lessons.

Please remember that all of the videos included were filmed several years ago.

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In this lesson, I assume you don’t know anything about how to make an over the top feather — I want to make sure we are all on the same page. If you have some experience with feathers, this will be a very basic review.

There are several short videos to watch, and several PDFs to download. Please take them in the order listed, it’ll be less confusing that way!


Welcome to the Class:

Intro Presentation:

PDF of Intro Presentation

(This class was originally presented at MQResource.com. Please remember that it was filmed in 2009.)


Watch the Week 1 Drawing Lesson Video:

PDF of Week 1 Drawing Lesson Slides


Download the Week 1 Drawing Lesson 1 PDF and get to work!

PDF of Week 1 Drawing Lesson 1

Print the last page of the drawing lesson PDF (it’s the picture of the feathered plumes.) Use this to trace and draw and practice your feathers. It’s helpful to spend at least 15-20 minutes. And don’t worry about how the feathers look. No negative talk. It’s tempting to tell yourselves things like “These are awful” and “I’m really bad at this” and “Why do I even bother” — you can just stop those right now, OK? You have to start somewhere, and this is where YOU are starting. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your feathers aren’t going to be perfect in 15 minutes, either.


Time to stitch some feathers. Please remember that if you are a beginner, you should have ideally spent several days drawing before you start stitching.

Before you watch the video: I filmed this in August 2009, and it was my first video. I thought I had a problem with my camera, but it turned out that my problem with the video was software, not hardware. When you watch the intro part of the video, ignore the part where I whine about the camera and apologize for the glitchy video, I eliminated the glitches, but didn’t take the time to rerecord the intro and it’s narration.

In future videos I had improved on the stability of the camera. And centering the image.


Download the task list for your week 1 stitching practice and get to work!

PDF of Week 1 Stitching Lesson Task List


Time to assess: step away from your work and give yourself a break. Here’s a checklist to help you assess your progress!

PDF of Week 1 Self Check

As a reminder, please respect my copyright to all videos, images, and handouts. If you would like to share this class with others, please use the following link: http://wp.me/PqREJ-1Lu

As I mentioned above, this class information is all offered freely, but if you felt it was valuable, please consider dropping something in my virtual tip jar:

Return to the Table of Contents to access additional lessons.

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