Carol Ann Waugh
Carol’s fiber art has been juried and invited into more than 50 national and international exhibitions. She is the author of five books on quilt-making and fiber art. Her newest one, Contemporary Patchworking, was published in the Spring of 2016. Her art has been featured in many books and magazines including 500 Art Quilts, SAQA Journal, Artscape Magazine, Quilting Arts, and many others. In 2013, Carol opened a Contemporary Art Gallery (aBuzz Gallery) in the RiNo Art District of Denver. She has been a featured artist in the DIAirport art gallery and her work is part of a permanent installation in the main terminal.
This 1-day workshop will teach you the unlimited design possibilities of raw edge cut work. Starting with simple machine stitching (either free motion or regular stitching) you will stitch a design on the back of your layered fabrics. Then, it’s ripping and tearing (the most fun part!) to uncover a geometric pattern on the top. The final steps will be to hand stitch and machine couch to create your textured fabric art. This is another fun class where every design decision you make is based on the decision you made before
- 10 BATIK Fat Quarters (FQ – measures approx. 18″ x 22”). (We will only use 4 for our project but having lots to choose from is always a good idea.) Make sure you have different values — light, dark and mediums. Large prints are fun. It’s important that you have all your fabrics in the same size since we cannot piece together fabrics to make the size we need for the class.
- 1 FQ cotton fabric (I use my ugly fabric for the backing since no one will see this!)
- 1 FQ Fusible Fleece (Pellon makes this and you can get it at JoAnn’s)
- Bring 14 (or more!) spools of thread. Anything will work (cotton, polyester, metallic, rayon), (think color wheel: red, yellow, blue, orange, purple, green, etc. Don’t forget black and white!) Variegated thread works great.
- Buy a NEW seam ripper. The smaller, the better. Heck, bring all your seam rippers! — But don’t forget the new one!
- Sharp small scissor with fine points.
- Sewing machine with all your feet and plates.
- Normal sewing supplies (needles, bobbins, pins, etc)
- Extension cord and surge protector.
- Sense of humor and wish to have fun!
You will be combining couching, hand embroidery and decorative machine stitching to help you create fabulous textures and colors on batik cotton fabric. This is the class you need to explore and use all those hundreds of “decorative stitches” included in your sewing machine. You will also learn a new way to finish the edges of your piece with rattail cord and learn the secrets of mounting your art so it will hang on your wall beautifully. You will leave this class with a finished masterpiece!
I highly recommend you purchase a couching foot if you don’t already have one. Most of my students buy one after taking my class so it’s better if you buy it before! It is not required but it makes your life much easier and since so many students continue to make other pieces after the class is over, you will probably use it in the future.
My favorite couching foot is called thePearls N Pipingfoot and you can get one at
It fits all machines although if you have a Bernina, you might also need a special attachment to make it fit. I will bring extra feet to the class in case you want to “try before you buy”!
Kit & Materials Fee:
$15.00 to be paid by cash or check directly to the teacher the day of the class.
Teacher will provide:
I will be providing a kit with some specialty materials. I will also be bringing my personal stash of couching fibers and rattail cords that you are free to use for your project.
- Sewing machine with at least 10 decorative stitches (well-oiled, lint free, with a new #12 Topstitch needle)
- General sewing supplies (small scissors, seam ripper, extra topstitch needles in a variety of sizes, pins, etc.)
- Decorative stitch guide for your machine (or bring actual samples of all the decorative machine stitches you made when you got your machine – you did that, right?)
- All the feet that came with your machine or that you have purchased
- Instruction manual for your sewing machine, extension cord and surge protector
- All your bobbins (at least 10 with or without thread)
- Lots of Thread. At least the 12 colors of the color wheel. Any kind and any brand. Including black & white. My favorite is variegated cotton.
- Batik Fat Quarters (FQ) – choose something without a lot of design on it since you want your stitching to show – not the underlying fabric. If you can find a batik with multiple colors, that would be a great choice. Stripes are absolutely awesome (although hard to find). Also, solid colors (light and dark) batiks work well too. We will only use one in the class but bring lots of choices!
- Hand embroidery hoop (optional but if you have one, bring it)
A3.1 Hour Lecture: How Did I Get Here From There?
From a career in business consulting to full time studio fiber artist and owner of a contemporary art gallery, Carol will talk about her journey and share some lessons learned from moving from a left brain to right brain life. Her sense of humor will have the audience laughing as they relate to every aspect of her journey. Carol is a very popular lecturer at local and national quilting venues.