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Gary Chapman


Workshops & Demos

Fabric Effect Borders


Overview of the course

To create a range of borders effects, trimmings and cake top decorations including a simple ribbon band and then the rope (A), shells (B), knot & folded pleat (C), roll & tube (D), ruched roll (E), triangle folds (F), folded edge (G), the skirt (H), the skirt with knot and pleated mini-drape (I), cake top flourishes (J) and ribbon loops (K).

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A The Rope

B Shells

C The knot and folded pleat

D The roll and tube

E Ruched roll

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F Triangle folds

G The folded edge

H The skirt

I The Skirt with knot and mini-drape

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J Cake top flourishes

J Cake top flourishes

K Ribbon loops

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Course Requirements • A cake or covered dummy is not required BUT if you would like, the work can be done on the side of a covered dummy. • All items can be made and taken home as examples. • The idea is to learn and practise the technique for application later on finished cakes. • It is best to use flowerpaste although some mixes of flowerpaste and sugarpaste can work. Requirements • Small paintbrush for glue • Sugar glue (melted sugarpaste) in container (I use the very small glass jam jars) • Dusting powder in bags (I tend to use icing sugar in linen) • Rolling board • Rolling pin (medium) • Small rolling pin • Set of circular cutters – small to large • Flower paste (at least 250g ) • Sugarpaste (just in case @ 150g) • Knife or cutting tool • Paste colours • Box for examples • A few 6” lengths of 22g wire • Some small plastic bags (just incase) • Nimble fingers Optional • Quilting tool • Cutting Wheel • White flora in container (I use the very small glass jam jars) Points • Choose a colour scheme (for these classes probably best just to use one colour) • Colour up flowerpaste beforehand to save time. • It is wise to have an extra supply of flowerpaste just in case and bring your paste colours too. Any questions beforehand email

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Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman has influenced many cake decorators and is a true cake designer with his own very distinct style. Gary was the originator of the modern technique of fabric effects and gave demonstrations and classes all over the UK and the USA to share his skills. He has also published books and magazines and is a contributor to Cake Craft & Decoration Magazine. Gary Chapman first developed an interest in sugarcraft in the early 1990s when he worked for Merehurst, who at the time had built up a worldwide reputation as the leading publisher of cake decorating books. Invigorated by this exciting edible art medium he invented the new technique of fabric effects in sugar, published his own book and gave demonstrations and classes all over the UK and the USA. Later he launched and was Editor of the first ever mass-market cake decorating magazine. He also produced Iced and Easy, a beginners cake book for WH Smith and provided display pieces for exhibitions of edible art called ‘A Taste of Art’. He also became one of the top 10 wedding cake makers in London. More recently, he left London for a quieter life in the Cotswolds but continues to teach and experiment.

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Some other display cakes

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Brochure for fabric Effects borders workshop  

A brochure guide for my workshop showing how to create a range of fabric effect borders, and cake tops in sugar