INTERNATIONAL QUILT & FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS & LECTURES
Take a guided docent tour of the quilt show, one hour before the doors open to the public. Explore the finer details of the quilts and fiber art, and hear a few anecdotes about the makers and their intentions. David Owen Hastings, one of the 2023 Festival judges, Drew Betz and Chandra Wu will be leading these tours. (David will only be present on Friday.)
Registration is required and your ticket includes admission to the Festival all weekend! Print and bring your receipt with you for admission.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
LECTURE | THE HISTORY OF HEXAGONS IN QUILTS
Presenter: Joy Neal
Friday, October 6, 2023, 10:30am
The hexagon quilt design had been around for hundreds of years. It has had a resurgence in recent days with the modern quilting movement. Joy will trace its history as a quilt pattern with examples from her collection and pieces from the permanent collection at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum. Brief Q&A to follow.
Joy Neal is a long time member of the American Quilt Study Group as well as member of several quilt guilds. She developed a love of quilts from her grandmother from whom she inherited many family treasures. She loves any opportunity to share her love of quilt history.
LECTURE | UNLOCKING THE JUDGING MYSTERY
Presenter: Drew Betz
Friday, October 6, 2023, 11:00am
Join Drew Betz, an experienced quilt judge, for a fun and engaging lecture on what judges look for in winning quilts. She will use photos of some of the winning pieces in the 2022 Festival, as well as the 2023 exhibit, as examples. Drew will share her experience and some of the things she has learned since she was trained as a judge in 2002.
WORKSHOP | HAND PIECING WITH TEMPLATE STAMPS
Instructor: Jane Buys
Friday, October 6, 2023, 11am-1pm
Do you appreciate the accuracy of English Paper Piecing but not excited about basting the fabric to the paper pieces? Or maybe you're interested in hand piecing but don't like the idea of tracing around templates. Stamp templates will give you an accurate piece to hand stitch with very little prep time.
During the class we will learn how to hand piece using pre-stamped shapes, discuss tools that aid the process and explore design possibilities. There will be numerous quilts shown to inspire you to explore the technique.
Stamps of various shapes and sizes will be available for purchase.
Fee: $50 Members/$55 Nonmembers
WORKSHOP | BEGINNING EMBELLISHED WOOL APPLIQUE
Instructor: Lisa Mortell
Friday, October 6, 2023, 12:30-4:30
This class is an introduction to wool applique using felted wool and embroidery stitches. The combination of dimensional layering and embroidery will result in wonderful textures and a real depth to enhance the applique. What you learn will give you a good starting point to explore this kind of wool applique. We will be making a 6.5-inch by 9.5-inch block that can be made into a Needle Case. We will not be assembling the case in class, but I will send you home with instructions to complete the sewing at home.
This will be a four-hour class so be prepared to stitch.
Fee: $50 Member/$55 Nonmember plus $10 Kit Fee (included in total)
WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO RUG HOOKING
Instructor: Kathleen Elmer
Friday, October 6, 2023, 1:00-5:00pm
Rug hooking is both an art form and a craft, of which a strip of wool is pulled through a fabric backing to make loops using a hook. The simple technique can be used to make everything from usable floor rugs, art wall pieces, table runners, etc. This class will cover the tools needed,
frames, wools, backings, cutters and of course how to hook and finish a project.
Kathleen Elmer was born and raised on the Coast of Maine until the age of 49. She then moved to Washington state in 2011, and has been a volunteer at the Museum for just over 4 years. She learned rug hooking about 20 years ago, and was taught the basics from a dear friend. Her first project was very much like we will do in class…a bunny done on a hoop. After that she was self-taught through videos and books.
Each student will get a kit with a pre-printed pattern on linen (this adorable tulip shown at right!), enough pre-cut wool needed to complete the project, and a hook. Because this is an introductory class, we will be hooking on a needlepoint/embroidery hoop, instead of a rug hooking frame. If you have access to a frame, please feel free to bring it.
Required to bring: 8”-10” Needlepoint/Embroidery hoop, embroidery scissors, or other small thread scissors.
Fee: $50 member/ $55 nonmember plus $40 kit fee (included in total)
SOLD OUT. Email us to be put on wait list.
Kit colors will vary
WORKSHOP | UPCYCLING KUMIHIMO ART
Instructor: Seiko Purdue
Friday, October 6, 2023, 1:30-4:00pm
The participants will learn a brief history of Kumihimo and some techniques; then they will make their own Kumihimo accessory. We will weave a Kumihimo rope using 8 strands, then make a charm, a key chain or any other Mixed Media accessory. Bring small objects such as buttons or beads (or old sewing machine bobbins) etc. and enjoy mixing them into the Kumihimo for an unique art to wear/hang.
Seiko Atsuta Purdue is Professor in the Fibers/Fabrics area in the Department of Art and Art History at Western Washington University. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kyoto Seika University, she came to the United States where she received an MA at Montclair State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited textile installations widely and has given workshops on Japanese textiles (shibori, katazome, and papermaking) for many years. She is currently co-curating “Katazome Today: Migration of a Japanese Art” for Whatcom Museum and will travel to Boise Museum.
For a Pandemic project, Seiko introduced Kumihimo technique to many people and connected the human relationships as an installation art. http://www.seikopurdue.com/kumihimo-wishes
Kit contains: - one Kumihimo disk, 8 strands of natural dyes yarn for weaving, and one metal ring.
Fee: $50 member/$55 nonmember plus $5 kit fee (included in total fee)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
WORKSHOP | TATAKI ZOME: FLOWER PRINTING. JUST POUND IT!
Instructor: Paige St-Pierre
Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10:30am-Noon
A form of eco printing, also known as Hapa Zome or Flower Pounding, Tataki Zome is a Japanese phrase for the method of creating prints by hammering botanicals into cloth or paper.
In this workshop you will learn this easy and fun botanical printing process and make a unique piece of botanical art for yourself or someone special using only flower blooms, leaves and a hammer! All levels welcome. No experience necessary.
Each participant will leave the workshop with one (1) botanically printed piece of cloth and one (1) botanically printed piece of paper.
There are lots of uses for your Tataki Zome prints! You could turn them into:bookmarks, fabric quilt blocks, framed art, gift bags or tags, greeting cards, and more!
Fee: $50 members/$55 nonmembers plus $10 kit fee (included in total)
WORKSHOP | STRESS FREE NEEDLE TURN APPLIQUE
Instructor: Nancy Lee Chong
Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10:30am-1:30pm
Once you know my stress-free needle-turn techniques you will agree that applique is fun, relaxing and easy. In this workshop you will learn all of the ins and outs of the least time-consuming method of applique. No freezer paper, toothpick, cardboard, plastic, back-basting, starch or interfacing -- just you, your fabric, needle and thread. What could be more basic, and what could be more fun? This is a process workshop, where we will play (not work) with needle-turn. A perfect workshop for beginners, and even experienced appliquers will discover new and exciting things! Bonus: Learn my unique, simplified fabric placement technique, too! All skill levels welcome.
If you have an applique pattern you've been afraid to start, bring it so we can demystify it, and give you the courage to get it started.
Fee: $50 Member/$55 Nonmember
Read about Nancy here.
WORKSHOP | SLOW STITCH SEWCIAL
Instructor: Paige St-Pierre
Saturday, October 7, 2023, 1:30-3:30pm
Design & stitch your own fabric collage to wear or display! With just a few simple stitches and reclaimed fabrics you can create your own unique piece of wearable art! In this slow stitch workshop we’ll express ourselves in color, texture and stitch by making perfectly imperfect, small scale fabric collages to wear or display. (2hrs)
All levels welcome. No experience necessary. Each participant will leave the workshop with a small scale, designed and hand-stitched by you piece of wearable art.
Fee: $50 members/$55 nonmembers plus $5 kit fee (included in total)
LECTURE | FROM BARRELS TO BAGS - THE HISTORY OF FEED SACK AND FLOUR SACK FABRIC
Presented by Deanna Ammons
Saturday, October 7, 2023, 1:00-3:00pm
Deanna grew up in Day Creek (a small community nine miles east of Sedro-Woolley) on a small farm on the Potts Road. While attending the Day Creek School for her first three grades, she wore dresses her mother made using feed sack material. She later married and moved to Clear Lake in 1962. Deanna retired as the postmaster at the Clear Lake Post Office in 2000 and now serves as the historian for the town of Clear Lake and the community of Day Creek. Deanna will share the history of this vintage fiber and the role it has played in our lives. Lecture will be followed by brief Q&A.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
WORKSHOP | INTRODUCTION TO DARNING
Instructor: Noah Hirsch
Sunday, October 8, 2023, 11:00am-1:00pm
Got a bunch of worn-out socks and holey sweaters in your mending pile? Join sustainable sewist and mending advocate Noah Hirsch in learning to darn knit garments and get them back into use! This class will teach a basic darning technique that can be used on socks or sweaters to achieve either a subtle mend that blends in or a decorative visible mend that stands out.
The supply kit will include a printed instruction sheet, a set of darning needles, a selection of small yarn hanks students can choose for themselves, and a darning egg or embroidery hoop depending on what they choose to repair in the class.
The only thing students will need to bring is a knit garment in need of mending and some small scissors or snips. Medium thickness is easiest to darn, so not super-thin ankle socks or your finest knit sweater but also not your thickest socks or chunkiest sweater!
Fee: $50 member/$55 nonmember plus $12 kit fee (included in total)
LECTURE | CRAZY QUILTING - FRONT TO BACK
Presenter: Mary Lewis
Sunday, October 8, 2023, Noon - 1:30pm
This presentation begins with slides and information on the history of crazy quilting. Several examples will be shown which depict crazy quilts as they were constructed during the height of their popularity and the decades following. Throughout the presentation, techniques used in both antique and contemporary crazy quilts will be compared. The use of Art Elements and design/ color will be shown to be important to crazy quilting and how they can be applied. Technical skills necessary, from the inception of a crazy quilt to the completion, will also be included.
The Presenter, Mary Lewis, began quilting traditional quilts over 35 years ago. She expanded her love of textiles by becoming a member of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association ten years later. She has been privileged to be juried into several quilt and fiber art exhibits through this association. Mary has dedicated decades to her true passion of quilt history, fabric dating, restoration, repair and/or completion of antique and vintage quilts. She is pleased to be currently encouraging and facilitating students as an Adjunct Professor at Lake Washington Technical College leading a quilting lab in the design department.
(Crazy Quilting Workshop students may attend for free.)
LECTURE | QUILT TURNING HIGHLIGHTING APPLIQUE
Presenter: Dana Bowne
Sunday, October 8, 2023, 1:30pm
Appliqué has a long history. Dana Bowne will talk about its use in quiltmaking as she shares examples of appliqué quilts from the permanent collection of the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. Dana holds a Graduate Certificate in Quilt Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of the American Quilt Study Group. She enjoys sharing quilt history with others and has co-curated two textile-related exhibits for the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.
WORKSHOP | CRAZY QUILT BLOCK CONSTRUCTION & EMBELLISHMENT
Instructor: Mary Lewis
Sunday, October 8, 2023, 2:00-4:00pm
Instructions will be given to hand piece a crazy quilt block base using a five-sided piecing technique. A sample cloth will be constructed to include the most frequently used embroidery stitches in crazy quilting. Introduction to additional embellishment techniques using beads, trims, and silk ribbon will be included.
The Instructor, Mary Lewis, began quilting traditional quilts over 35 years ago. She expanded her love of textiles by becoming a member of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association ten years later. She has been privileged to be juried into several quilt and fiber art exhibits through this association. Mary has dedicated decades to her true passion of quilt history, fabric dating, restoration, repair and/or completion of antique and vintage quilts. She is pleased to be currently encouraging and facilitating students as an Adjunct Professor at Lake Washington Technical College leading a quilting lab in the design department.
(Crazy Quilting Workshop students may attend lecture for free.)
Fee: $50 member/$55 nonmember
Virtual & In-Person Fiber Friday
Every Friday, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Free & open to all!
Free & open to all!
Fiber Fridays are now open for both virtual and in-person participation! The group continues to grow, with fiber artist from as far way as Mexico, Hawaii, and Kansas now joining in! We'd love to have you join us at the Museum or online!
Fiber Friday is hosted each week on Zoom at 9:30AM PST for one-and-a-half hour. Zoom offers a free, easy online way to meet and share what we're working on, chat about what's going on in the world, check in on everyone's welfare, and have a bit of fun! It is a very unstructured time - speakers, etc. are not scheduled but we often demonstrate techniques or projects for others. If you'd like to receive an invitation to the virtual Fiber Fridays, send an email to email@example.com
Let's play... Come in for some fun, education, hanging
out with like-minded artists and more!
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.