Workshops

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You can take an online class with me anytime on Craftsy. When you sign up, you can view my Craftsy classes as many times as you want, whenever you want. Your access never expires.

Full Day or Half-day Workshops for Your Guild or Symposium

– The fee is $750 per day for full-day workshops and $375 for each half-day workshop.
– Multiple day workshops are featured at the bottom of the page.
– Please see Laura’s Contract for more information.

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 Improvisational Hand Embroidery on Wool

Create a densely hand embroidered vignette on wool. Felted wool is easy on the hands and welcomes hand stitchery with colorful pearl cotton threads. You’ll learn a swift way to transfer an original design to the wool. Then learn how to use simple embroidery stitches to create lines and pattern along with various stitch combinations to make even more texture.

A kit of hand-dyed threads, needles, and a solid colored wool fabric is provided. You’ll also receive a 45 page handbook of embroidery stitches and stitch combinations to inspire even more ideas. Enjoy the ease of creating a small embroidery on wool. Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($35 Kit Fee)

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Another Nut House
Recreate an image of your home, The Nut House. Learn fusing techniques like pattern transfer, bias weaving, and making it up as you go along. Learn how to add hand embroidery and bind your small art quilt too. Pattern templates are provided, but you will provide the fun and imagination. Bring your Nut House to life with a kit of beautifully hand-dyed fabrics and threads.
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit Fee)

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When you design quilts as you go, you embrace serendipity and become an “accidental artist”. Learn several methods of creating fused quilt designs in an improvisational manner. Begin with a heap of pre-fused fabric scraps from Laura’s stash to trigger your design ideas. Learn various systems for constructing your artwork and put your colorful fabric kit to good use. You’ll create and learn as you go. It’s fun to design on the fly!
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit Fee)

 

 

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Densely hand stitched, these small landscape vignettes are created from your original design. They are made with cotton threads and free stitched on hand-dyed silk fabric. The vignettes are rich in color and texture and marks by the maker. You’ll learn about fabric and batting choices, how to transfer your design to the silk, the threads and needles best for stitching, and how to devise embroidery stitch combinations unique to your design. It is a slow, thoughtful, tempo of making intimate art work.
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($30 Kit Fee)

 

 Creating Graphic Imageryblueladderdetail2
Adapt the graphic impact of woodcuts to quilt making. Your design begins with an original sketch which is used for pattern transfer to fused fabrics. Black fabric acts as a base for your design and the fused fabric shapes are arranged to make a bold, graphic image. Learn about free cutting, pattern transfer, and the design secrets of the woodcut quilt. (No sewing machine is needed.)

Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($20 Kit Fee)

 

 

kaysbouquets6bWoven Flower Basket Quilts
Create a colorful woven basket quilt full of joyful flowers and leaves. Learn fusing techniques like pattern transfer, bias weaving, and bias braiding for the basket handle. Pattern templates are provided, but you will also learn fusing tips and how to add hand embroidery to your small art quilt. Bring summer into your home and make a basket full of flowers from a kit of beautifully hand-dyed fabrics and threads. (No sewing machine is needed.)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit Fee)

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Put a Bird on It!
Ever make a quilt and feel that something is missing? In this class, you create a quick improvised quilt top with fused fabrics, then step back and critique your design with other class members. Learn how to incorporate repetition, variety, and balance into your design process and how a clear focal point (like a bird) adds interest and draws the viewer closer. These colorful, individual designs are created with a kit of hand-dyed fabrics and threads. (No sewing machine needed.)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)

 

Colorful Leaves

Create your own leaf design the easy way- with colorful fused fabrics. Learn a quick pattern transfer method and the basic principles of designing artwork (like repetition, variety, and contrast). Your kit includes all the fabric colors and values needed to make 4 small leaves for this design tutorial as well as a sampler of embroidery thread for stitching detail, texture, and pattern on the surface. (No sewing machine needed.)
Half-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)

Four Little Landscapes

Create 4 little landscapes and place them in fabulous fabric frames. Learn how free-cutting, pattern building, and improvisation can dress up a simple view of sky and ground. Your colorful kit of hand-dyed fabrics is designed to make 4 individual fused quilts. Show them separately or combine them for a larger art quilt. (No sewing machine needed.)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($20 Kit fee)

seedpod1bZen Doodle Quilts

Explore the mesmerizing world of Zen Doodling and design an original art quilt at the same time. You’ll soon discover how easy it is to doodle like a Zen master and learn how to convert that drawing into a pattern for your quilt. With an easy pattern transfer process for fused fabric, your drawing quickly becomes a fused art quilt. New fusing tips and tricks are presented to enhance your Zen doodle design. Drawing paper and a kit of colorful hand-dyed fabrics and threads are provided to give you the freedom to play.(No sewing machine needed.)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List. ($25 Kit fee)

 

springblooms1flippedFuse Your Bloomers

Build a blooming garden from colorful fused fabrics. Learn basic fusing techniques like free-cutting, bias fusing, collage building, and pattern transfer. Celebrate the joy of improvisational design and create your flower composition with a kit of hand-dyed fabrics and sampler of embroidery threads. It’s fun, it’s easy, and  no sewing machine is needed.
Half-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)

 

Tiny Homes

Create a little house quilt and receive a degree in Architecture from the Chicago School of Fusing at the same time! In this workshop we explore the many techniques of fusing: free cutting, layering, collage building, improvisational design, and more. The result is a whimsical neighborhood placed in a colorful landscape setting and made from beautifully hand-dyed fabrics. (No sewing machine is needed.)
Half-Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit fee)
Full-Day Workshop Supply List ($20 Kit fee)

Multiple Day Workshop

– The fee is $750 per day.
– Full day and half-day workshops are featured above.
– Please see Laura’s Contract for more information.

Couching Thread, Hidden Needle
(A 2 – 4 day workshop)

A well placed embroidery stitch brings a quilt to life. It lends the quilt surface color, pattern, definition, and texture.

You’ll create several small art quilts while learning an improvisational method of construction with fused fabrics. These fused quilts act as your canvas for hand stitchery and take your work from flat to fabulous!

With the emphasis on basic embroidery stitches like running, seed, French knots, and lazy daisy, students will also learn more complex hand stitches, stitch combinations, and stitch variations. Learn about embroidery stitch choices, placement, and inventing new stitch ideas.

Create new work with the ease of fusing and entice the viewer closer to your art with free form, unfettered embroidery. (No sewing machine needed!)
Multiple Day Workshop Supply List ($25 Kit Fee)