Basket of Flowers by Laura Wasilowski
When I teach, I always bring samples of small art quilts for display in the classroom. Improvisation is the theme for many of my classes but occasionally students receive a pattern to combine with their own improvised designs. A good example of this type of class is the Woven Flower Basket workshop I’ll be teaching for the Illini Country Stitchers in Champaign-Urbana IL soon.
You say you can’t make it to Champaign-Bananas, as we call it in Illinois? Happily I’ve developed a pattern and kit for you called Basket of Flowers. Directions and templates make it easy for you to create this 12″ x 13″ fused wall quilt in the comfort of your own home.
Stitched Landscape by Sandi.
Hand embroidery builds texture, pattern, and character. This small stitchery (9″ x 7″) by Sandi is a great example of free-form embroidery on a piece of hand-dyed silk. Taking my Free-Stitched Embroidery Landscape class last year, she brought her creation to a recent class in Sisters, OR. I love how she used the color gradation of the single piece of fabric to make this lovely mountain landscape. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us Sandi!
Student work from Sisters, OR
Will you be at Quilt Expo in Madison WI this September? I hope so! I’m teaching 2 half-day classes of Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. Here you see what my students created in that same class in a few hours in Sister, OR.
More student work from Daytona.
Join me and you’ll learn how to transfer your own design to wool, about needles and threads for your project, and how to combine stitches to built texture and pattern. It’s a fun, relaxing class.
You’ll get a kit packed with wool swatches, threads, needles, and a book with stitch directions. All you need is a pair of scissors and a thimble. Hope to see you there!
When I teach a half-day class, my students receive a pre-fused fabric kit so they can get to work right away. One of my students, Kathy, has sent this image of all the small designs she made from that one kit. Aren’t they wonderful? Here’s what this prolific artist says about her work: Once I got home I couldn’t stop making little fabric drawings. It was very freeing to cut and steam. I had to use up every crumb of your delicious fabric…. soon to be embroidered quilts. Thank you for sharing your work with us Kathy!
House by Iris
Another favorite class I’ll be teaching this week in Sisters OR is called Creating Graphic Imagery. No matter what you make in this class, it turns out terrific. Students design their own artwork and build on black fabric using the black to outline shapes as illustrated by Iris’s quilt above. Isn’t it wonderful?
Canyon by Suzanne
Here’s another example from a previous class by Suzanne. She says: “It was so much fun to bring to completion this vision of a special canyon in Canada. Love this technique too, just what I was looking for to illustrate and simplify what I saw. Fun, also to use such vibrant colors.” Well done Suzanne!
Thank you Iris and Suzanne for sharing your beautiful artwork with us.
Last fall was the debut of my new class: Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool. And with delight, I am happy to show you this piece by Sarah. Sarah’s hand embroidery on wool began with a simple sketch she made it the class that she transferred to the fabric. Then she filled in the shapes with gorgeous hand work. Thanks for sharing your art work with us Sarah!