That’s right. I’m going to be hosting small “gourmet” workshops in my own home studio.
I’m really excited about the idea. I love to teach….but traveling and teaching can be very exhausting, and I often thought how nice it would be to have small, focused classes for those who were interested in that kind of instruction. All of a sudden not too long ago it dawned on me…..why not host them myself in my own studio!
All the pieces just seem to fall into place….I have a lovely studio with room for a few people to work, I love hosting people in my home, one of my passions is teaching, and I have a relaxing, rural setting for students to enjoy as welll. Perfect! It seems like a natural.
My goal is to offer a unique workshop experience to those who are interested in focusing on specific aspects of their work….depending on the class topic. Classes will be for three or four students, and it’s not just for advanced quilters or quilt artists. They are for those of any level who are taking their work seriously enough to want to spend two or three days doing just that in a supportive atmosphere with lots of personal instruction and time to work and progress. As a teacher, I’m excited to see the progress my students can make with this almost tutorial type of class setting.
Another thing that I love about the idea is the flexibility. I have set aside dates and topics for workshops…..but if you and several friends want a different topic in those dates, I’m fine with that. Or…if there’s something that you’re interested in fousing on that’s not one of the classes I’m offering, I’m happy to chat about that. If it’s something I think I can help you with…..it’s definitely possible.
The classes will focus on building technique and skills, not in completing an actual project. I’m beginning with three workshop topics……
Design First I……a basic design class for those who haven’t had one….and a great review for those who have. I believe strongly that design has to come first, and I’ve had a number of requests to offer a design class. I’ve found that many contemporary or art quilters today have evolved to this from a traditional quilting background and haven’t actually taken formal classes in design as they would have with an art background. That’s what this class is about….filling that gap. Or starting to anyway! Two-day workshop plus a night before get together and three meals….$225.
Putting on the Glitz….will be all about using decorating and metallic threads with your own machine and perfecting those stitching skills. Believe it or not….there are steps to go through with your machine and tools that make it possible for everyone to sew with those drive-you-crazy-’cause-they-break-every-few-seconds glitzy threads. And then there’s the beads…..we’ll learn not how to put them on…but where and when to add beads to create the maxium effect. Two-day workshop plus night before get together and three meals…$225.
Creating with Collage…. my personal technique of choice…using a layering technique to build a composition with pieces cut with a scissors. It’s fun, fabulous, and freeing….a great way to loosen up no matter what your personal style. I love teaching it and am looking forward to having small classes to dive right into it. Three day classes plus night before get together and five meals….$325
Now you’ve got the basics down…..there is more information to come and I’m happy to send dates, details as to cost, supplies, class itineraries, accomodations and travel info etc. etc. You know, all the essential details. If you’d like to receive the brochure and added information…..just email me at
and I’ll send it all to you pronto. I’m schedulig only one or two classes each month (occassionally none because of my already busy schedule) so if you’re interested….don’t hesitate to inquire. Like I said….everything’s flexible…and I love the idea of that!
Here’s a look at the area outside my studio door….a great place for a stroll when you want a little break from working.
Drop me a line if I can answer any questions…..I hope to hear from you….I’d love to have you along.