A lecture that traces my 20 year journey as a quilter, sharing things I've learned along the way. Digital presentation plus showing of most recent quilts.
FROM INSPIRATION TO ART QUILT
An inspirational lecture sharing insights about my evolution from traditional quilter to art quilter. Digital presentation plus recent quilts.
A DESIGN JOURNEY
A good design primer, this lecture shares what I've learned about composition and design over the years. Digital presentation plus recent quilts.
WEEK LONG CLASSES:
THE ART QUILT SERIES
Instruction will inspire your creativity and enable you to produce original works of art in the quilt medium. The goal is to enable you to experiment, take risks and create original work as you discover your voice, your style, and what you want to express. Instruction and exercises in colour as well as the elements and principles of design and composition will give you the background to make visually dynamic work. Explore the process of dyeing your own fabric, the techniques you might need to construct the work itself, and how to finish it off. Learn how to create a pattern for your original design and discover freeform construction methods. You will have the opportunity to complete two small works using both methods and begin to make plans for a larger art quilt.
Are you “dyeing” to try your hand at the many ways to use dyes on cloth? If you’ve been feeling a little unsure or intimidated by the many processes, then let Elaine guide you. All processes in this class involve the use of Procion MX Fibre Reactive dyes for natural fibres. Fabric dyeing requires far less space than painting fabric and never changes the hand of the fabric. Topics include low-water immersion and parfait dyeing, shibori (bound, pole-wrapped & stitch-resist)) soy wax batik, flour paste resist, dye painting, and discharge. You will have the chance to dye cotton, silk and silk/rayon velvet. The title of this class says it all! Don’t miss this fun and information-packed class!
FABULOUS FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE
Create a beautiful art quilt featuring your favourite flower or foliage. Learn to turn a close-up botanical photograph into a pattern suitable for creating a fused art quilt. Instruction will include how to select a suitable photograph and choose the best layout. Instruction will address value and how to create depth through the use of value contrasts. Learn how to build the flower or foliage and then attach it to a suitable background, as well as how to quilt the completed design.
CONTEMPORARY FREE-MOTION QUILTING
Learn the secrets that will make you successful at free-motion machine quilting, while expanding your repertoire of beautiful free-motion motifs. This class will help you gain the confidence to finish off your unfinished quilts once and for all! Learn about basting methods, battings, needles and threads, and get a chance to try a wide variety of motifs and a wide variety of threads. Please bring some of your quilts that need quilting for feedback and discussion on finishing them. This class is focused on the contemporary quilt, with an emphasis on the art quilt, nature-themed quilts, and modern designs, or for quilters who want to add a more contemporary look to traditional designs. Suitable for the confident beginner and beyond.
SERENDIPITY STRIPS AND CURVES
Please note that any day of this five-day class can be scheduled as a one-day class. See One and Two Day Classes for descriptions and photos of the one-day classes. Classes included are Reflections, Free-Form Curves, Flip and Sew Curves, Liberated Strip Piecing, and Liberated Radial Piecing.
In this very hands-on class, you will be introduced to a different method of free-hand cutting and piecing each morning. The instructor will also show samples and options for each method. You will work for the rest of the day cutting and sewing, with guidance available from the instructor. This class is all about free and serendipitous quilts. Minimal use of rulers, measurements, and pinning! Each morning students are invited to post works from the previous day for feedback and discussion.
UNCOMMON & UNFORGETTABLE THREADS
"Uncommon” = above the ordinary, exceptional, remarkable. "Unforgettable" = memorable and not to be forgotten.
Discover many wonderful ways you can use both commercial and hand-dyed threads in your quilts. Lighter weight threads can be used through the needle, heavier ones for bobbin work, couching, and even some textured hand-stitching. Dye some luscious threads to increase your options and add to your stash. Then try some thread sketching, a little thread painting, some machine quilting, and a little couching and bobbin work. Learn when to use a stabilizer and/or a hoop, how to master any type of thread, what needles to use, and how to get your sewing machine to cooperate. Gain new skills that will make your quilts uncommon and unforgettable. Most processes will require a reliable sewing machine with the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs.
Learn to use many exciting surface design products: Prismacolor Artist Pencils, Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Wax Pastels,InkTense Pencils, Shiva Paintstiks, Tsukineko Inks, and Foils. Make original works or add depth and dimension to existing works. Spend a week experimenting and designing with these exciting products.
NEW THREE DAY CLASS
INSPIRED BY NATURE, DESIGNED BY YOU!
Create a beautiful botanical art quilt featuring your favorite flower, foliage or tree. Learn to turn a close-up photograph into a pattern suitable for creating a fused art quilt. Instruction will include how to select a suitable photograph and choose the best composition. You will learn about value and how to create depth through the use of value contrasts. Learn how to build your botanical design and then attach it to a suitable background.
ONE, TWO AND HALF DAY WORKSHOPS
NEW!! THE CLASS THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE ASKED FOR IS FINALLY HERE!!!
HOSTA LEAVES 101 (one day class)
In this one-day class students will learn Elaine’s method of layered appliqué to create a pair or trio of hosta leaves. Two different patterns are available to choose from at a cost of $14 each: Hosta Duo or Hosta Trio.
No sewing machine required for this class.
COLLAGE TREE (1 or
2 day class)
Is there anyone who doesn't love a gnarled mature
tree with all that textured bark? Learn how I create my collage trees,
while using one of my patterns and a photo as your reference (pattern
& photo $12.00). Learn to see value and represent depth.
In the one day class you will learn how to collage
a tree using one of my patterns and a photo as your reference. In the
two-day class please bring a photo of your favourite tree, and you will
learn how to create your own basic pattern and then fill in your tree
Please visit the Tree Gallery
of my website. Pattern choices are Standing Still, Branching Out, or Vagabond
No sewing machine required for this class.
IN FULL BLOOM (one or two day class)
In the one day class students will work with one of the instructor's patterns to create a stunning quilt with depth and dimension. Learn to see value. Instructor will also explain and demonstrate how she
turns her close-up floral photographs into a pattern suitable for creating
a fused wall quilt. Two different patterns will be available for sale at a cost of $14 each (Peony in pink or Sun-kissed Poppy in red or blue). If your group wishes a more challenging experience, instructor can provide patterns, but students can make their own colour and value choices.
In the two day class students can design their own floral quilt based on their own photograph (or they may also use a pattern
that the instructor has developed from her photos).
No sewing machine required for one or two day class as you will need classroom time for building your flower.
LIBERATED STRIP PIECING (one
Liberate yourself from the
shackles of precision piecing and fly by the seat of your pants! Cut this
quilt entirely free-hand without a ruler and learn to piece it together
without squaring your blocks. Then we'll talk about designing with these
wonky blocks. Enjoy a day of free expression.
LIBERATED RADIAL PIECING (one
Make a statement with this radial design that mimics a burst of light. A liberating method that lets you fly by the seat of your pants, liberated radial piecing allows you to cut and piece this work entirely free-hand without a ruler. You will be guided on how to form your strips into a radial design and appliqué it to your background to create an eye-catching composition.
REFLECTIONS (one day)
This quilt is all about gorgeous, luscious
colour and cutting free-hand! The only measuring you will need to do is
to cut your original squares of fabric and to square up your blocks at
the end. You will learn how to cut blocks free-hand and mix them up. Love
serendipity? Then this is the quilt for you. Just begin with a feeling
of the colours you want and prepare to be surprised and delighted. There
are many ways you can turn these blocks for a variety of looks and designs. Can be used as a background or as a design unto itself.
SURFACE DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR QUILTERS
AND FIBRE ARTISTS (three classes, one day each)
Would you like your work to have more
depth, dimension and detail, or would you like to apply a new medium to
fabric? In each of these one-day classes, students will learn about the
properties of the products, as well as how to use them. Instructor will
provide demonstrations and guidance so that students can create a small
sample using each method.
SURFACE DESIGN 1: Prismacolour Artist
Pencils and Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Wax Pastels
(Supply fee of $10)
SURFACE DESIGN 2: Tsukineko Inks and Inktense
Pencils (Supply fee of $10)
SURFACE DESIGN 3: Shiva Paintstiks and
Foils: Learn how to design and cut
your own stencils from freezer paper to use with these products. (Supply
fee of $10)
"BEYOND STIPPLING": FREE MOTION MACHINE
QUILTING (one day)
Level: Confident beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: The ability to
free-motion stipple quilt by machine.
Are you in a stippling rut?
Expand your repertoire of beautiful free-motion stitches! This course
is designed for machine quilters who are familiar with free-motion stipple
quilting, but need creative ideas to venture beyond stippling. You will
take home samples of at least 20 free-motion designs that you learn in
this course, including various meanderings, swirls, nested designs, leaves,
flowers, and organic designs. Experiment with cotton, rayon and metallic
threads. The best thing about this method of quilting is that there is
no need to mark your quilt top, and nothing to wash off after.
FREE-MOTION MACHINE QUILTING (one day)
Prerequisite: Beyond Stippling, Part I,
or extensive experience free-motion quilting a wide variety of motifs.
Are you ready to take your free-motion
machine quilting to even greater heights? Expand your repertoire of beautiful
free-motion stitches even further! This course is designed for machine
quilters who have taken my Beyond Stippling Part I class, and are comfortable
moving ahead with more complex designs. You will take home samples of
at least 20 more free-motion designs that you learn in this course, and
we will study free-motion feathers in depth. Time will also be devoted
to learning how to combine motifs.
INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE QUILTING (one day)
Learn the basics of machine
quilting. During the first half of the course we will cover how to prepare
a quilt for machine quilting, basting, battings, needles, and threads,
machine tension, etc. We will learn to use the walking foot for stitching
in the ditch, channel quilting, curved lines, etc. The second half of
the day will be devoted primarily to free motion quilting - stippling
and meandering, free motion motifs using a stencil, filling in backgrounds,
day or half day)
Cut curves free-hand using
a rotary cutter and mat, and see how easy it is to sew them together for
a truly original design. No measuring required. Looks a lot more complicated
than it is! In the half-day class you will produce a sample (approximately
16" x 20") that can be used as a background for an original small quilt.
Suggested companion class is "Liberated Applique" (below). In
the full day class, you will produce a more substantial and more complex
APPLIQUE (half day)
Liberated appliqué is a convenient
technique for "painting" a picture with fabric. This method allows you
to focus on creative design without being overly concerned about perfect
technique. You will be cutting the pieces of your flower and your leaves
free-hand with scissors, laying out the pieces until you are happy with
your design, and then glue-basting them lightly into place. You will then
sandwich the quilt and free-motion stitch your flowers and leaves in place.
I use this technique when I have a lot of pieces to overlap and don't
want the stiffness of multiple layers of fusible web. It also allows me
the creative freedom to totally focus on "painting" the flower without
having to worry about the technical aspect of adhering fusible to whatever
part of fabric I want to use. You can create a fantasy flower from your
imagination, or use pictures of flowers as inspiration. This class works
well with "Free Form Curves" (above).
AND SEW CURVES (full day or half day)
Full day class: Create a fun
and curvaceous quilt, either from your own design or use one of the instructor's
patterns (a pair of bold Femmes Fatales OR an abstract Aurora Moon landscape).
Instructor will assist students who wish to design their own pattern.
While creating this piece, you will learn all about the flip and sew technique
for creating curves built on a foundation of muslin. Great for using up
those leftover strips and scraps. Patterns available for $8.00 each.
Half day class: Miniature quilts,
using the instructor's patterns, will be completed in the half-day class.
Choose from two patterns: Femme Fatale or Ocean Waves. (no cost for patterns
printed on 8-1/2 x 11" paper)
AND FUN FUSED DESIGNS (one day)
Create a simple and dynamic
wall quilt by fusing simple flower and leaf shapes to a background. Instructor
will demonstrate foolproof techniques to cut your own shapes free-hand,
using scissors, a wave blade, and a regular rotary cutter. Students who
prefer can draw their own shapes before cutting. An overview of basic
design principles will be covered so that your work has more visual impact.
Instructor will provide a demonstration on how to free-motion quilt your
design. Whatever your experience or confidence level, you can take home
a fast and fun fused flower garden.
INTRODUCTION TO FABRIC DYEING
(LOW WATER IMMERSION) (one day)
This course is an introduction
to low-water immersion dying using Procion MX fibre reactive dyes for
natural fibers. Learn the basics of dyeing and the secret to my saturated
colours while dyeing a 12-step colour wheel using only three parent dye
colours, and then producing 4 fat quarters of multi-coloured fabric. Students
will take home 16 fat quarters (total 4 meters) of dyed fabric. Instructions
will be provided on rinsing and washing at home. Supply fee.
DYE ANOTHER DAY (one
PREREQUSITE: Elaine's Introduction to Fabric Dyeing or some experience
with fabric dyeing.
In this class, Elaine will share several
methods she uses to produce her wonderful multi-coloured hand-dyed fabrics,
and will walk you though the many colour combinations she typically uses.
You will leave class with 16 fat quarters of cotton in a variety of multi-coloured
combinations. You will also have the opportunity to dye small amounts
of a variety of specialty fabrics, such as silk/rayon velvet, silk dupioni,
silk organza and cheesecloth. Instructions
will be provided on rinsing and washing at home. Supply fee.
HAND-DYED THREADS (one day)
Take your machine quilting
to a new level! Produce beautiful rainbow variegated hand-dyed threads.
Many of these threads can be stitched through a Topstitch needle, but
some are too thick to pass through a needle and can be used in the bobbin
for "bobbin drawing" (stitching is done from the back side) or can be
couched to the front of the quilt. Threads will be prepared and dyed in
class. A demo and detailed instructions will be provided for rinsing and
transferring thread to spools/bobbins at home. Instructor will also demonstrate
and provide instructions on how these threads can be used for machine
quilting. Supply fee.