Archive for the ‘workshops’ category

Talk About Serendipity!

April 12, 2010

I’ve just returned from attending the wonderful wedding of my son, Jamie and his new wife, Natascha, in Florida. While there I visited an old quilting friend, Ellen White, who told me about the following events that occurred to her.

About a year and a half ago, she took the Fantasy Flower Workshop from me (actually she arranged the workshop) and made this small wall quilt inspired by a photograph of an amaryllis.

Ellen took the quilt to the Bead Chick bead shop in St. Augustine to look for beads to add as embellishment and became friends with the owner who asked her to join Ancient City Artisans Guild. She did. The Guild had a booth at RAM, Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville in which she sold large, beautiful quilted purses. Along came the shop buyer from the Cummer Museum, who saw the purses and Ellen now sells her art, purses, and small quilts, at the museum shop.

Ellen says that just by taking my workshop she owes it all to me. I say it’s serendipity. But Ellen, your work is great and your rewards are well deserved. Keep up the good work. (I should have photographed one of the purses. Phooey!)

UPDATE: Ellen sent some pictures of her purses. So cool.

SFA Dye Workshop

July 14, 2009

This past weekend I led a dye workshop for Springfield Fiber Artists. It was pretty loose and everyone did what they wanted. I was just a helper if they had a problem. I think everyone had a good time and learned at least one new technique. Here are just a few samples. I almost forgot to take any pictures!Linda-ComptonLinda Compton

Mary-Lou-HolmesMary Lou Holmes

Marty-CorcoranMarty Corcoran

Barb-ArnoldBarb Arnold

Workshops in Jacksonville

October 20, 2008

It’s been a lovely week among old friends in Jacksonville, FL. I taught two workshops; Fantasy Flowers to the Friendship Quilters Guild and Improvisational Piecing to the All Stars Quilt Guild, also in JAX. Following are pictures of the Fantasy Flower workshop. These people were so creative. They worked hard and came up with some great designs. Each very original and individualistic.

Betty Lu David seems pleased with her drawing.

Mary Jo is making a pattern from her drawing

And here are pictures of several of the others and how they progressed.

Aren’t they great? And that was just a sampling.

The second workshop was one day with All Stars Quilters Guild, learning Improvisational Piecing. And here are a few pics:

Vickie Zoller cutting her “strip” fabric.

Although these last pictures are of only one technique, we managed to work in a few more.

Both guilds were great to work with, plus I made new friends.

Third Try

October 5, 2008

This background, which is the third, works better than the one pictured in the last post. It’s been fun. Once I fuse down the last of the paper dolls and figure out what to use for the back, it will be ready to quilt. That always give me the most angst!

I hope I can get is finished by Friday as I leave on Saturday for Jacksonville, FL, where I will be teaching a Flower Fantasy workshop on Monday and Wed to the Friendship Quilt Guild, present a trunk show to them on Tuesday, and on Thursday I’ll teach an Improvisational Piecing workshop to the All Stars Quilt Guild. A busy week.


September 21, 2008

After all the excitement of the opening of ThreadLines 2008, Lettie’s and my exhibit The Nature of Things, Pam Rubert’s exhibit, Wish You Were Hair, and Susan Lumsden’s exhibit, Visions of Plenty, and a two day workshop with Jason Pollen, I was exhausted and needed breathing time. If you click the above links to the TreadLines site and Pam’s site you will see plenty of pictures of all the events. There are also more pictures on the Uncommon Threads site. There’s no need of me adding more; besides Pam’s pictures are better than mine.

Now I’m back in the grove – I came away from Jason’s workshop inspired to return to my little black studies. Jason does them on paper with clear gesso and liquid acrylic paint. He exhibited them as an installation about three years ago at the Surface Design Association conference in Kansas City. My admiration of them has not lessened; only I want to work on fabric.

I now realize that my finishing process can be more simplified; they don’t have to be finished like “real” quilts. The first two images below, are old ones from which I cut the seamed edges and squared them up, then satin stitched all around. The third with the flower is raw edge, fused to interfacing and will be fused to the mat board. It is just sitting on top another one right now for the photograph, hence the shadow.

Now, these are really becoming fun.

Fantasy Flower

August 1, 2008

Opening on First Friday, September 5, at the Creamery in Springfield, MO, I’m participating in a two person exhibit with Lettie Blackburn in which she will be exhibiting watercolors and small art quilts of trees and I will be exhibiting photographs and small art quilts of flowers. Lettie came up with a great title, “The Nature of Things.” I’ll also be teaching a Fantasy Flower workshop in Jacksonville, FL in October. So, in preparation for both events I’m making one and hopefully two new flowers. I’m trying to photograph the procedure and keep notes as I go along. Here are a few photos of the beginning.

First a drawing

Fabric audition

Shapes traced to fusible interfacing and fused to fabric

Shapes arranged on top of drawing. Still open to changing my mind, but it’s about time to start sewing.

Shakerag’s 5th & Last Day

June 28, 2008

This is the final day of Kerr Grabowski’s workshop on Deconstructive Screen Printing. Above is a final piece by Veronica Hofman-Ortega; printed, over printed, and over printed again with Thiox and turquoise dye.

Emily Starr’s final table.

Jo-Marie Karst used an extruder to draw with thickened dye onto screen, then printed.

Jason Romero’s sarong dyed red by submersion and then painted with thiox and turquoise dye.

Erin Talevich’s dyed dress.


I put the screen from the image on the left, into the sink to clean later and walked away. When I cam back in 20 minutes it was covered with splatters of water, and drops of turquoise and yellow dye from other peoples’ cleaning. At least I had the savy to grab it and print it for the image on the right. Should we call it a collaboration?

Day Four at Shakerag

June 27, 2008

Emily Starr

Eryn Talevich

Veronica Hofman-Ortega

Mine –

This is a screen made by screening thickened dye over wrinkled paper and oval stencils. Then printed. The screen is prettier than the print. That happens.

Shakerag Day 3-A Picture’s Worth a 1000 Words

June 26, 2008

Hopefully there are not too many pictures, but everyone is doing such interesting work and each person’s is so different.

Kerr is demonstrating how to apply different media directly to the silk screen; Crayola Washable crayons, Caran d’ache water soluble crayons, crayola washable markers, and charcoal.

Printing of the various media using textile medium.

Similar technique by Veronica Hofman-Ortega,

Jo-Marie Karst,

and myself.

The bottom half of this picture is a drawing done on the top of the screen with a syringe filled with black thickened dye and the printed.

This is similar, but the screen was also painted with thickened dye colors before printing. Done by Diane Arthur.

Diane Getty has done a drawing on a screen in preparation for printing.

Jason Romero dyed a silk scarf yellow green leaving blank spots that he is “coloring” in with charcoal.

Day Two

June 25, 2008

This is Kerr’s screen upon which she has drawn with thickened dye using a syringe.

Some of Kerr’s images

The Screens that the class has drying

My screen and print

Kerr doing a wax rubbing of the sole of her shoe.

And the print of the shoe sole.

This is a drawing from a Freida Kahlo art postcard, painted onto the screen using thickened dye, and printed.