Paint a Shaped Wall Hanging M/T

All Levels with Margaret Agner

Make a silk wall hanging from 8 or 10mm habotai using fabric paint to expedite start to finish (no steaming or soaking). The final hanging wil have shaped edges sealed with fabric paint and a casing sewn at the top for a hollow rod and fishing line to hang.

Design your 18" wide panel using sketching then dark marker on freezer paper which is 18" wide. Mount the silk on the designed paper and begin with paint or Pebeo gutta. We'll thicken the paint minimally with fabric medium when necessary to control the spread. Your choice of paint effects ranges from crinkle-dyed background texture to the flow of watercolor to shapes that don't spread to lines using Inktense pencils, Pebeo guttas or small liner brush.

Your options can depend on your stretcher size and classroom space. You can bring dyed silk or unhemmed scarves to outline in class. You can do the fabric paint steps on suspended silk, which makes a nicer back view of the outline for wearables. You can bring scraps for practicing. 

Margaret Agner received her BFA in painting at LSU in 1974, then learned fabric dyeing and surface design through books, seminars and workshops. Margaret now occasionally teaches silk painting workshops and produces silk banners, wearables and art quilts in addition to paintings and pastels from her home studio. Margaret grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio, attending Antioch College & Rochester Institute of Technology before graduating from LSU.

Margaret is a member of piedmont Craftsmen Inc. in Winston-Salem NC, Athens Art Association, Athens Fibercraft Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance and Silk Painters International. 

Margaret has designed liturgical cloths and paraments for churches, synagogues and clergy and custom wall hangings and installations. 

Workshop Title                                         

Paint a Shaped Wall Hanging

Workshop Dates                                       


Workshop Description

How to make a wall hanging with a shaped edge on silk

Materials provided

Fabric paint, 36x54" habotai silk, mediums, resist, freezer paper, 

pipe, cutter, sewing machine, squirt bottles and containers

Cost of materials provided



What students are required to
bring to workshop                          

small sewing kit, sharp scissors, tape measure, silk pins, simple art supplies for sketching an 18" wide design, selection of favorite brushes both soft and stiff including a small one for lines. If possible bring water cup, egg carton pallette, optional Inktense pencils, small squirt bottle and small watertight bags.You can opt to bring pre-dyed or colored fabric, scarf or scrap to outline paint for the special non-rectangular effect, a stretcher would be nice, you can also bring designs or drawings.