Classes and Workshops
My specialties are Machine Appliqué, Free Motion Thread Painting, Embellishments techniques and of course Surface Design. Listed here are my current classes and workshops. If you would like pricing and contract info or more information on a particular class or to discuss a customized class (serious inquiries only please) for your event, shop or guild please contact me.
NEW! Creating Fabric Paper - mixed fiber media for backgrounds, purses and journal covers, and so much more! (this class listing is under construction)
Learn this exciting new technique using a muslin base, tissue and art papers, silk fibers, bamboo roving, dyed cheesecloth, organzas and more to create your very own original and one of a kind piece of Fabric Paper. Explore different ways to use stencils and stamps, textile paints and pigment powders, Smooch Spritz, glitters and just all kinds of fun stuff.
Thread Painted Fiber Art Bowls
Students will discuss fabrics, learn the step by step process of Thread Painting, thread and color selection, construction, edge finishing, as well as some basic beading and Embellishing to finish their own Flower or Leaf bowl.
Art Quilt Creations - Treasures of the Deep
This two day or five part class takes you through creating your own free form background, creating your own fabrics, fabric painting, machine quilting, cut away appliqué, yarn couching, hand stitching, hand beading, and so much more. This class can be a two day workshop, or a series of four to five classes. The best part is they don't have to be taken in order, and can be taken as individual classes! Contact me for a full class description.
Surface Design Sampler
Learn to use a variety of surface design products such as Smooch Spritz, Piñata paints for non porous surfaces such as metal and faux leather, Angelina Fibers and pigment ink stamp pads, plus several methods for using glitters, foils and Pearl Ex pigment powders. Each technique will be demonstrated and discussed and then students will be able to play with each product on their own fabric. No project, techniques class only.
Thread Painting I
4hr - In this class you will learn about the needles, stabilizers, threads and Notions, as well as the basics of how to Machine Appliqué. Then we will learn how to use all these tools to Thread Paint using your machines Free Motion capabilities.
Thread Painting II - prerequisite Thread Painting I
1 day - Take your thread painting skills to new levels. Learn free motion straight stitch and free motion satin stitch appliqué methods and expand upon the thread painting method with directional stitching to add texture and shading for depth and color. Discover how this same directional stitching can be used to create free motion machine embroidery. Finally learn to couch some decorative yarns and sew on beads to accent your piece.
Thread Painting and Embellished Sunflowers
1 day - Learn the basics and more as you explore the Thread Painting technique while creating a one of a kind work of art. In this class you will learn the basics of fusible machine appliqué, then go on to learn several ways to manipulate the basic Thread Painting stitch as well as when and where to apply the thread colors to create texture, depth and eye popping color combinations. We will then explore the Yarn & Thread Lace technique used for the centers of the sunflower, as well as the basics of Beading by Machine plus a few pointers for Beading by Hand.
Hummingbirds and Fuchsias
1 day - Learn fusible machine appliqué and free motion appliqué, the basic thread painting stitch as well as directional free motion stitching and free motion appliqué. Many techniques packed into this class including some color theory for your threadwork.
Embellished Journal Covers
4hr - Learn the easy ‘No Curve Piecing technique in this unique refillable notebook cover. Explore embellishing with yarn couching and beading to add that extra glitz to your project. Journal covers can be made to any size to fit any book. Class will make a cover to fit a 4 x 6 notebook. (This class can also be Curve Appeal Bag Large or Small)
Fiber Art Pendant Necklace OR Fiber Art Pin
4hr - Create a beautiful work of wearable art for any outfit in this class. Easy construction and embellishments make this a fast and fun project. Learn to use Fast2Fuse Heavyweight thick stabilizer with layered fabrics and heat bondable Angelina fibers to create a one of a kind pendant that we will then embellish with decorative yarns, beads and sequins, with special instruction on highlighting a special bead or button. A simple braiding of decorative yarns creates the necklace which is then also beaded, completing your wearable art piece.