International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, November 2 – 4
Mixed-Media Mixed-Fiber Color and Design
Learn about color and fibers by painting a variety of fiber surfaces including cotton, silk, Lutradur, Spundbond, mul•tex, and more then use them to practice basic design principles by creating a dynamic fiber collage. Materials fee includes surfaces and fiber materials for class plus paints, inks, and other art supplies to use in class.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Make a Free-Spirited Free-Form Patchwork Quilt
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 free-form 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.
Friday, November 3, 2017 International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
While improvising is often thought of as just making it up as you go, with a little planning and occasionally stepping back to look at your work, you can make creative, dynamic improv quilts.
Saturday, November 4, 2017 International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
The Black Squirrel, Berkeley, November 18
Fast & Easy Shibori
Create stunning indigo-style shibori using fabric paint. This traditional Japanese technique, similar to tie dye, uses folding, crimping, clamping, and tying methods to produce an array of beautiful patterns on fabric. Included in the class fee is a blank silk scarf and a kit containing three different colors of easily applied blue color, which you can take home after class to use on any natural fiber items you like! Feel free to also bring a garment (such as a t-shirt) or yardage from home to experiment with at the end of the class (must be a natural fiber)! This class would be super fun for a group, and teens/tweens are welcome as well!
Saturday, November 18; 1 – 3 pm The Black Squirrel , Berkeley
Hello Stitch, Berkeley, December 3
Crafting with kraft-tex
Washable, scrunchable, paintable, sewable – what can’t you do with this amazing, paper based fiber?! Kraft-tex is a rugged paper product that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric; it’s an amazingly versatile, durable (and vegan!) substitute for leather, fabric, or vinyl.
Spend the afternoon making personalized accessories for yourself or as gifts, including a wallet and other items of your choice such as a checkbook cover, business card holder, luggage tag, and more. Techniques include stitching, appliqué, scoring, and perforating.
Saturday, December 3, 1 -4 pm; Hello Stitch; Berkeley