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Road to California, January 2019

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 Mixed-Media Fiber: Alternative Surfaces & Fibers to Quilt, Stitch & Embellish

Why work with just cottons? Paint a variety of surfaces and fibers including silk (fabric, roving, rods, cocoons), Lutradur, fast2fuse / Timtex, Shapeflex, Spundbond, and mul•tex. Learn about the different materials then take advantage of their unique textures to create a fiber collage. Wear old clothes and/or bring an apron.

Supply/kit fee required, includes surfaces and fiber materials for class plus paints, inks, and other art supplies to use in class.

Class  & Student Samples

Road to California, Ontario, CA, Thursday, January 24, 2019 (scroll down page to find class on the page)


Color, Texture & Translucency for Fiber Collage

Paint a variety of translucent surfaces and fibers including silk, Lutradur, Koolish_Transparency_DetailSpunbond, and mul•tex and layer them to blend colors and create a fiber collage. Materials fee includes surfaces and fiber materials for class plus paints, inks, and other art supplies to use in class. Wear old clothes and/or bring an apron.

Supply/kit fee required, includes surfaces and fiber materials for class plus paints, inks, and other art supplies to use in class.

Class & Student Samples

Road to California, Ontario, CA, Friday, January 25, 2019 (scroll down page to find class on the page)


Artful Fiber Au NaturelKoolish_Au_Natural2

Make a fiber collage, journal cover, canvas book, or decorated messenger bag with a variety of natural-colored fabrics and fibers including silk (fabric, roving, rods, cocoons), Lutradur, bamboo blend batting, fast2fuse / Timtex, Shapeflex, Spundbond, mul•tex, Wonder Web. Learn about the different fibers and take advantage of their unique textures. Materials fee includes all materials for class plus reusable canvas messenger bag.

Supply/kit fee required, includes surfaces and fiber materials for class

Class & Student Samples

Road to California, Ontario, CA, Saturday Morning, January 26, 2019 (scroll down page to find class on the page)


Make a Free-Spirited, Free-Form Patchwork QuiltKoolish_Kawandi

Let loose to make a free-spirited, free-form quilt based on African/Indian Kawandi quilts. Learn a bit about the history of Kawandi quilts, then start your own. Hand stitched using perle cotton thread and big stitches, these vibrant scrap quilts are fun and easy to make. No rulers, no rotary cutters. Cut or tear strips of fabric and stitch them to batting. No planning needed, just grab the next piece of fabric and stitch.

Class & Student Samples

Road to California, Ontario, CA, Saturday Afternoon, January 26, 2019 (scroll down page to find class on the page)


Make a ColorPOP QuiltKoolish_Color_Pop

Pick a color and use free-form/improvisational piecing to create a small quilt top. Then slash through it to add a pop of color.  Learn and use free-piecing techniques for straight line and easy curved seams. Ideas about quilting and finishing will also be discussed.

Class samples

Road to California, Ontario, CA, Sunday, January 27, 2019 (scroll down page to find class on the page)


Colorado Quilting Council,  February 2019

Texture and Translucency for Fiber CollageKoolish_Transparency_Detail

Paint a variety of translucent surfaces and fibers including Lutradur, Spundbond, mul•tex, and more then use your painted surfaces to create a dynamic fiber collage. We’ll also talk about color, color mixing, and collage composition.

All levels.

Supply fee required for fiber kit and painting supplies.

Class & Student Samples

Colorado Quilting Council, Boulder, CO, Sunday, February 24, 2019


North Suburban NeedleArts Guildkoolish_water_soluble_resists

Fabric Dyeing for Color, Pattern, and Texture

Learn to dye fabric using a variety of water-soluble resists such as soy wax, flour paste, sugar, gel glue, oatmeal, and more. Water-soluble resists are easy to use and wash out with hot water. You’ll have time to dye, over-dye, and play with an infinite variety of colors and patterns. If you have been wanting to try out these techniques, but don’t know where to start, this is the perfect class for you.

All Levels. No previous dyeing experience required.

Supply fee required for resists and other supplies.

Class & Student Samples

North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, Northbrook, IL, May 14 – 16, 2019


Quilters Affair, July 2019

All About Fabric Dying & Color Mixingkoolish_dyeinglab2

Play with color and learn about color mixing, blending, and how colors relate and influence each other. You’ll come away with a better understanding of color and a stack of your own hand-dyed fabrics you can use for any of your quiltmaking projects. Beginner friendly / No experience needed. If you have dyed fabric before, this class will expand your knowledge of working with Procion MX dyes.

Supply fee required for dyes and other supplies.

Quilters Affair, Sisters, OR, Monday July 8, 2019

Dye, Paint, Paper, StitchKoolish_DyePaintPaperStitch

Each media has its strengths/attributes: combine them to take advantage of each. Even simple tissue paper or newspaper adds a unique look and texture. In this class, you’ll have time to experiment and create one-of-a-kind fiber-based pieces using the media of your choice. Come with some ideas of what you want to make, or figure it out when you get here. Realistic, abstract, or in between – your choice. Bring your sewing machine to add stitching in class, or add stitching later at home…or do some hand stitching.

Supply fee required for dyes, paints, and other supplies.

All levels, no previous experienced required.

Quilters Affair, Sisters, OR, Tuesday & Wednesday, July 9 – 10, 2019

Shibori Fabric DyeingKoolish_Shibori

Shibori is a method of dyeing fabric based on traditional Japanese resist techniques used to create wonderful patterns and textures. In this class, we’ll explore different methods including pole-wrapping, clamping, stitching, folding, and twisting to create complex and dynamic fabric. You will have 2 days to dye and over-dye to create dynamic patterned fabric or garments.

All Levels, no previous dyeing experience required.

Supply fee required.

Class & Student Samples

Quilters Affair, Sisters, OR, Thursday & Friday July 11-12, 2019