Explore the possibilities offered by complex textiles while demystifying the nature of symmetry. Students will learn to draft perfect angles and sew dissimilar angles together.
This product and process class is extremely satisfying and engaging, culminating in the creation of a unique and fabulous kaleidoscope block. Often effects more wonderful than you imagine occur, making you both the one who makes the magic and the one who is surprised.
Instruction time is ~1.5 hrs. This is the simpler of the 2 classes. Most students finish 1 -2 blocks.
Heidi will lead you in the discovery of dimensional leaves. We will start by preparing our background fabric and then move on to creating 3-D leaf components using all different types of fabrics and threads. Next we will compose an art quilt using leaves, fibers, beads and buttons.
This class is for the intermediate sewer who is comfortable with free motion techniques on their sewing machine. Much of the Process work is done in class and the final composition may be completed at home if time does not allow. As seen on Quilting Arts TV, the cover of Quilting Arts ’07 calendar and published in Sulky’s Supplement Stabilizer and The Quilting Arts Book.
Learn important design fundamentals in this class while mastering Susan’s Dragon Bones technique.
Play with squares, rectangles, triangles or diamonds and use insertion strips of colour to run across the fabric surface. Design elements of line, shape, value and colour will be studied and practiced and students will have the opportunity to test and use several additional piecing techniques.
Time will also be spent trying out border, quilting and embellishment choices. This class will be an excellent addition to your quilting skills.
WORKSHOP. Saturday July 8 – Susan Purney Mark, “Print It, Print It”
Member Price: $55
Kit fee to Instructor: $45 Includes a Gelli plate, some paints a carving set, and use of lots of tools, stencils and more)
Create your own spectacular fabrics in this workshop, all about printing! There are countless ways to make exciting designs with a gelatin plate. Learn to use stencils and masks, doilies, kitchen tools and more with textile paints and explore all the possible ways to get colour onto cloth. You will also learn to make your own hand carved stamps as well as using found objects for more layers of colour.
Take out the rolling pins as you learn different ways of creating roller prints with cardboard tubes, texture and sponge rollers for amazing effects. Students will also spend time discussing the elements of good design, repetition, value and layering.
Multiple samples will be made that can used use for a book, fabric collage or mixed media.
August Workshops with Lenore Crawford
WORKSHOP. Friday, Aug 4 – Lenore Crawford, “Fusing & Fabric to Create Realistic Fabric Art”
Member Price: $65
Kit Fee to Instructor: $15 (includes pattern and some other supplies)
In this workshop, we will begin to design a small fused project. We will work from one of my patterns (Yellow Poppies, Red Poppies, Yellow Cone Flower, Cone Flower or Rose) since these are the least complex patterns for beginners. It will be outlined on freezer paper and then transferred to a background fabric on which the design will be fused. No sewing will be done during the workshop – only the designing and fusing.
You will learn how to make your own patterns from your own photos focusing on value for depth and texture. I will also demonstrate how to add fabric painting to your design to add details and depth.
WORKSHOP. Saturday, Aug 5 – Lenore Crawford, “Shredded Fabric Art Quilts””
In this workshop students will learn to create their own shredded fabric impressionistic art quilt, using a technique originated by Noriko Endo. Fabrics are shredded in class and used to design a scene. Then the design is covered in tulle and top-stitched using free motion sewing. We will also cover finishing techniques, suc as binding the piece and hanging methods. I will also show how I use fabric paints to enhance these pieces even more where appropriate.
Don’t sweat the small stuff with Sandra’s Needleturn applique techniques. Using the Blue Tit Block as the workshop project, develop confidence in your needleturn skills using smaller pieces in layered applique.
Discover how to create realistic and textural effects with hand embroidery that realistically mimic nature.
Sandra’s illustrative applique and embroidery techniques using fabric and thread to render botanical design elements are demonstrated and discussed in the workshop.
Have you ever wanted to make a Mariner’s Compass block but were too intimidated? Not a fan of paper piecing or using tedious templates? Then you’ll love these revolutionary new rulers and method for making STRIP-PIECED 16-point mariner’s compass blocks. In this class you will learn to use your choice of either the “Skinny Robin” or “Fat Robin” ruler to make a 12” Mariner’s Compass and finish it into a 16” block, which is only one of the 16 sizes that can be made from this ruler. Robin will provide instructions to turn your block into a pillow cover (pillow finishing is optional). Once you have mastered the technique, what you can do with this amazing block is up to your imagination. Students should have rotary cutting experience, able to sew a consistent quarter inch seam and have completed at least one quilt. Requires purchase of either Skinny Robin 45 ̊ Mariner’s Compass Ruler/Book OR Fat Robin 60 ̊ Mariner’s Compass Ruler/Book - $39.95. Supply list will be given for pillow project.