Wool Stitching Class Anyone?

woolandthreadDid you know that I am a peripatetic teacher? Yes, and soon my travels will take me to Daytona FL for the AQS Show. Let the packing begin! Here you see the wool and threads that are part of the kit for my Free-Stitched Wool Embroidery class.

woolbird18Each student gets all the necessary items needed to make something like this charming bird with “Birdsonality”. They will design their own work fort he wool fabric and determine their own stitches. Can’t wait to see what they make!

Wool Stitchery Class Work

woolclass8Recently, I taught a new class called Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. As you can guess, it is a slow paced class. (Hard to race around the classroom with a sharp needle in your hand.) You would also expect it to be a quiet classroom.

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A simple design with very lovely hand work.

But I was happily surprised by the amount of chatter. Like an old fashioned quilting bee, students sat, stitched, and visited with each other all day long.

woolclass7In this class, students make original designs and learn about the joy of hand embroidery on wool. They also meet new people, share stitch ideas, and make artwork at the same time. Seems ideal to me.

And now I must apologize. I did not make note of who made what. So I can’t attribute the designs above to the people who actually made them. It was such at thrill to see them at work, I forgot to make a list of the stitchers and their designs.

 

Packing Up the Wool

woolclassTime to pack for my new class called Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. I’m cutting up rectangles of wool fabric and placing colorful hand-dyed threads on rings for the class kit. Needles, more thread, and class step-outs are all set to go.

wool2In this class, students make original designs and learn about the joy of hand embroidery on wool. My creative students will all make something different and I can’t wait to see the results. Hope to see you at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA where I teaching this class on October 14.

Wool Stitching Anyone?

threadskeinsThe last few weeks of my life have been spent dyeing. Every day I dye a variety of thread colorways and sizes for stitching. This thread has a specific destination, my new class called Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool.

wool2In this class students make original designs and learn about the joy of hand embroidery on wool. There is a kit with boiled wool, thread, and needles. But you do the design work¬† so each piece has different shapes and colors.¬† I’ll be teaching Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool for the first time at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA on October 14. Hope to see you there!

Art by the Latest Graduates

westdesmoinesguildMeet the latest graduating class from the Chicago School of Fusing. It was a treat to visit with the West Des Moines Quilters last week and watch these fearless artists create fun art work. Note how each design is unique to the maker. Their Tiny Homes quilts deserve a round of applause!

Another Nut House Success!

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Linda and me at the Tennessee Quilts Symposium.

Meet The Instigator, Linda Crouch McCreadie. In January, she asked that I teach a new class at her Tennessee Quilts symposium in July. Her inspired suggestion: call it Another Nut House.

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Nut House by Laura Wasilowski

Linda had just seen this quilt on my blog. And it seemed to fit right in with her plans for the symposium. So I accepted the challenge and threw myself into preparation for the nut house……. class.

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Student work from the Another Nut House class.

And I’m glad I did. Turns out my students were experts at designing nut houses. Who knew?

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More student work from the Another Nut House class.

Thank you Linda for suggesting this new class. It was really exciting to see how inventive and fearless my students were when it came time to make original compositions. Don’t you love what they made?