Endless Mountains: Freeform Piecing
Friday - Saturday, October 6 & 7; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Sujata Shah, a graphic designer and textile artist, is originally from Mumbai, India. The mother of three grown children lives with her husband in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
In 2003, she found an instant connection between the abstract utilitarian quilts of Gee's bend and Godharis from India. Her instinctive ability to work with colors and textures combined with education in graphic design has helped her develop a unique style as a designer.
She draws her inspirations from imperfections and irregularities of free-spirited folk art and crafts from around the world. As a calligraphy major, she believes that each handmade craft has a stamp of the maker. In 2014 she wrote the book, Cultural Fusion Quilts - A Melting Pot of Piecing Traditions, in which she introduced free-form blocks, an abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks to reflect her theory.
Endless Mountains: Freeform blocks are abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks. How would you like to make triangle blocks without templates and marking, with as few measurements as possible? See what happens when you embrace the imperfections and irregularities of human hands. Triangles cut with organic cutting and piecing technique mimic the appearance of block prints of India. Each triangle is different than the next, yet there is overall harmony and balance to the quilt. You will learn to trust your instinct and eyeballing skills and explore many possibilities for the final layout.
Friday, October 6, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Tonye Phillips
From Tonye, "I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where I learned the love of hand work from my mother, Marjorie Hood. From crewel embroidery, to sewing, counted cross-stitch and knitting and then in 1992 I fell in love with quilting. Growing up with all of that hand sewing has carried over to my quilting. I now have a small studio in Sisters, Oregon but I do most of my hand sewing at home or on the road. That is the beauty of hand work….you can take it almost anywhere with you.
I love to appliqué! My shapes are whimsical and playful and I like to use unexpected fabrics whenever possible. I also like to keep it light, as in fun, goofy and a bit odd."
Silly Bird: How "silly" can you get? Birds come in all shapes and sizes so it is easy to play with this fun creature and its many possibilities. Get crazy with your choice of fabrics and colors. Now is your big chance! There is nothing to lose. This class will instruct in wool applique and decorative stitches.
Making Paper with Silk
Friday, October 6, 9:00 AM - Noon
Instructor: Qi Lou
This workshop was offered last July and the students had such a fantastic time we're offering it again!
Silk paper has the texture of paper but is made out of 100% silk and is as strong as a piece of fabric. You can sew it, iron it and put beads on it. For its unique texture and glory, it can be used as a great embellishment resource for surface design.
In this workshop you will use about one ounce of silk to make a ten inch square of silk paper. You will be using pre-dyed or natural organic silk which has been put through what is called a ruining test. You can also add items to embellish your paper. The workshop fee includes all you will need to make one (1) sheet of silk paper. You may purchase additional tested silk for $6.00 an ounce or top quality silk batting for $12.00 an ounce.
What to bring:
Photography Techniques for Quilters
Friday, October 6, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Instructor: Tony Locke
Tony Locke is a local full-time fine art photographer of landscapes & abstract oddities. He also does event photography, photo restorations, and teaches photography camera skills, from basic to advanced intermediate, among many other skills! Learn some simple ways to produce better photographs of your quilts, with images that will showcase the colors and detail that has been put into your art. Excellent for the artist who enters pieces into shows.
Some simple techniques that attendees will learn…
How to Use A Rotary Cutter Well!
Saturday, October 7, 9:00 AM - Noon
Instructor: Peggy Schafer
This workshop is meant to takes the mystery out of using rotary cutters with Omnigrids. You will learn how to manipulate the angles, what the lines are for, and how to cut the basic geometric shapes. You will also learn what rulers you really need as well as rotary cutting safety. Repeat takers always learn something new.
Peggy will talk about the history of Omnigrid (new name Rulersmith) and how it came to be. It is a Northwest product manufactured in Burlington and has won many awards including Small Business of the Year. Peggy has been involved with Omnigrid since 1986 having 30 plus years of experience traveling the world designing, lecturing and demonstrating. She has been a demonstrator for Quilt Market for many years.
Traditional Beginner Sashiko
Saturday, October 7, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Denny Fox of Quilting Foxes
This class will introduce you to Sashiko in an easy and enjoyable way.
You will learn:
Kit Fee: $20 payable to instructor at class.
Sunday, October 8; 10AM- 4PM
Instructor: Heidi Lund
Are you yearning to learn how to add dimension and sparkle to your quilts and wearables? Come join Bernina Fashion Show Designer, Heidi Lund, for a day of glitz and fun. Be prepared to learn machine and hand work. You'll work on 10" x 10" sample squares using fibers, buttons, beads, tulle, felt, ultra suede, silk ribbon, fabric scraps, and crinkled shapes to achieve the embellishment you desire. Heidi will lead you through a step-by-step process of layering these techniques for one-of-a-kind works of art. This is a class for all levels of sewers.
Kit Fee: $30 payable to instructor at class
Wearable Clothing From Simple Shapes
Sunday, October 8; 1PM- 5PM
Instructor: Anita Luvera Mayer
This workshop presents the methods for creating wearable, handwoven, contemporary garments constructed from simple shapes. The workshop includes the style of garment and fit, along with methods of edge finishes, joinings, linings and embellishments. The instructor's wardrobe of vests, kimonos, shawls, and tops will be available for participants to examine and try on, and there will be an opportunity to copy the patterns. These garments do not involve tailoring or sewing skills and are for "real women" of various sizes who want clothing that is stylish and comfortable.
Students need to bring: Black felt tip pen, four or more yards of paper to copy patterns, 3-ring binder. Since students try on clothes, it is recommended that you wear clothing that is all one color (pants/top, dress, jeans/turtleneck, etc.)
Lab Fee: $5 payable to instructor for handouts
Nuno Felted Scarf
Sunday, October 8; 10AM - 4PM
Instructor: Patti Barker
If you enjoy puzzles, you will love this technique. Participants will learn how to build a Nuno felt scarf using a variety of silk remnants, a little wool and soapy water. This technique is perfect for using recycled silk fabrics. Samples will be presented, some of larger clothing projects created using similar techniques. Kits will be available for purchase, or participants may gather their own materials. Those required include: approximately 1 yard total of several kinds of sheer silk; 2 oz. merino wool; and embellishments, such as silk fibers and loosely spun wool yarns.
Instructor will provide: Samples, towels, bucket, soap, sprayers, rolling mats and any hand-outs.
Kit Fee: $40.00 payable to instructor at class
The Fine Print
Cancellation Policy:Refunds minus a 10% processing fee will be given up to two (2) weeks before workshop. Requested refunds less than two (2) weeks before workshop will only be issued if the vacancy is filled or registrant may use towards another workshop within same calendar year. In the unlikely event that a Workshop must be cancelled by the Museum, a full refund will be issued.
Equipment Liability: Any equipment owned and utilized by participants/students during workshop(s) for any reason is done so at the participants own risk. The Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, any of its board members, staff, or volunteers will not be held liable for any damage, loss or thief due to any reason. It is the participant’s sole responsibility to insure the proper use, handling, storage, and security for any equipment that the participant provides for their own use.
Let's play... Come in for some fun, education, hanging out with like-minded artists... And more
Every Friday, 9am-Noon
Free & open to all!
Bring any type of fiber arts project -- quilting, knitting, embellishing, spinning, etc. -- to work on while visiting with other fiber artists. This weekly event provides a lot of inspiration, introductions to other mediums and techniques, occasionally assistance, and overall just a really fun time. Demonstrations will be scheduled, as possible, and announced here.
Last Sunday of the Month, 2-4pm
Free & open to all!
Any type of fiber art project is welcome but the primary focus of this group is quilting! Cutting, piecing, handwork or bring your own sewing machine! Having trouble with a pattern? Need help choosing colors? This is the group for you! And, yes, we can put the football game on in the background!
Third Thursday of the Month, 10am-Noon
Free and open to all!
If you are a Sue Spargo fan or really enjoy doing crazy quilts, this is the group for you! Primarily focused on handwork, there is a wealth of experience found in the group regulars. And they really have a enjoyable few hours at the Museum.