Friday, February 4, 2011

Classes I teach

 One day classes 

Crossing the line - machine quilting

This machine quilting class will offer an alternative to stipple quilting!
Give yourself permission to cross your quilting line and try free machine
quilting spirals, suns, amoebae, animals, lettering, the 'Hokey-Cokey' and
splatter quilting. This class is designed for those who are ready to drop their feed

Materials fee approx NZ$5

Sashiko by hand or machine
Learn how to mark out fabric and hand or machine stitch, Japanese Sashiko patterns. Instructions will be given to complete a bag, place mats or coasters. Students can choose to stitch by hand or machine.

Materials fee $2 (for photocopied notes)

Cabbage Trees and Lancewoods
This is a shortened version of the class ‘Spiky Trees and Plants’. It is a one day class in which students can make a Cabbage tree quilt or lancewood Quilt using fusible  webbing.

Materials fee approx NZ$5

A Modern Wagga  
Making a quilt was historically about recycling. In this class , make  a ‘wagga’ or ‘utility’ quilt. Clothes your kids have grown out of? Things that used to belong to your granny , old doilies, aprons, teatowels?
Use recycled clothing or linens to make a quilt for the home, the bach or as a wall hanging.

No Materials fee

Fabric Painting and Printing

Paint and monoprint on fabric using water based inks and resists (similar to batik).

This technique class will also cover printing with found objects such as fruit and leaves as well as making print-blocks from carved erasers and lino blocks.

Materials fee approx $20 (covers inks, resist, lino blocks)

Fabric Dyeing
Learn how to dye fabric using Procion dyes. Methods include scrunch dyeing , basic shibori and tie dye, multicoloured dyeing and  dyeing in plastic bags. Students should end up with approx 6 metres of dyed fabric.

Materials fee approx $25 (covers dyes )

Make a photo album or project book (Half day class )
Learn how to make a photo album or project book suitable for documenting your quilts, embroidery projects, or craft projects. 

Materials fee approximately $20 (covers card, paper , glue and brass hinges)

Handsewn Books
Learn how to make basic hand sewn books. These can be used as note or sketch books, photo albums, quilt record books or diaries.


Materials fee NZ$20

Fabulous Fusibles
Use a design provided by the tutor to make a fused quilt top. Suitable for beginners.
Choose from guitar, cat, or letterbox design.

Materials fee $10 (photocopy of design)

 Two day classes

Putting it into PERSPECTIVE
Learn how to draw in perspective, how to show the sides of buildings and how to make things come forward or recede into the picture. Everything from landscapes with buildings, beach huts, country cottages, letterboxes  or sky scrapers.

Materials fee $5 (photocopying notes)

Spiky Trees and Plants quilt.
Learn how to fuse and sew a quilt depicting one of New Zealand’s (or your own country’s) unique, spiky trees ie. The Nikau Palm, Cabbage tree, flax or toetoe, palm trees, grasses, or cactii or thorn trees. Some fast workers even manage to quilt their picture on the second day.

Materials charge approx NZ$10 (covers inks if students choose to paint a sky fabric for their background)

The Next Step
Are you ready to take the step from traditional quilting into something unique but don’t know where to start?  Are you scared of the word ‘Design’ or feel you can’t draw? Learn how to make an art quilt using an art-school design trick. No two quilts the same!  Use fusible webbing to put it together and quilt it on the second day. 

NB The class samples are not what you will make in class, they just reflect the technique of putting the quilt together. Your quilt will be your original design.

Materials fee - $5 (OHP sheets )

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