I am an artist who is passionate about design, color, pattern and texture. My medium is quilt making and I love looking at, feeling and working with fabric and other textiles. With a background in art and education, I teach classes in contemporary quilt making. My inspiration comes directly from the world around me and my life. Living in Durban, South Africa gives me an exciting and colorful view of the world which I hope to share with anyone seeing my work or coming to my classes.
106. Line Dance – CLOSED Intermediate to Advanced Level – 6 Hours
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (2 hour lunch break)
Have fun playing with line and learning how to make it work for your quilts. Add movement texture and vitality as you discover a variety of lines from smooth and graceful to sharp and crisp, and a whole lot in between. This is a hands-on class where we will learn the secrets of embroidery, trapunto, piping, couching and quilting in numerous ways, by both hand and machine to give your quilts that extra dimension. Class participants will make a wall quilt incorporating many exciting ways in which they can use line. Slides and numerous inspirational examples shown in class will see you “line dancing” for ever!
Supply List: Choose your supplies accordingly.
For machine work: Sewing machine, extension cord with surge protector.
Machine needles: Schmetz universal 80, metallic, embroidery, quilting, and twin
Optional accessories: cording foot, ¼” foot, piping foot, zipper foot, hoop
Threads: neutral sewing thread plus your optional choice of speciality threads (metallic, embroidery etc.) braids, ribbons, yarn, cords, string, piping, bias binding.
Pins, rotary cutter and cutting mat, plastic ruler of your choice.
Fusible web (e.g. Wonder-Under or similar) and stabilizer of your choice
Fabric: You will need enough fabric to make a quilt top approximately 18” x 18″ A variety of solids, hand-dyes, almost solids and prints in several colors of your choice. Small pieces or fat quarters will be fine. Include a good range of tonal values from light to dark, and some strong contrasts. Most should be 100% cotton but you may wish to include specialty fabrics like silk, brocade, lame or sheers.
Fabric marking pens/pencils for light and dark fabric.
Batting, approx. 20″ x 20″ for design wall.
For optional handwork: a variety of hand sewing needles that will take both thick and thin threads; a variety of threads e.g. regular sewing thread, specialty threads like metallic, rayon, stranded embroidery threads, perle cotton, yarn, raffia, ribbon, cord, or anything you can make a line with.
Embroidery scissors and embroidery hoop.
A variety of pens, markers, etc. with which you can make lines on fabric.
212. African Motifs in Design – Advanced Level – 6 Hours
Saturday: 2 to 5 p.m. + Sunday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Enjoy a rich array of African textiles made over the centuries, from Egyptian appliqué, to woven Kente cloth and contemporary printed and embellished work. After seeing slides and actual textiles, you may choose to work by hand or machine to make your own small bag or quilt top. Using an exciting African motif and design approach, you will learn new ways of breathing life, rhythm and color into your quilts. Tips and demonstrations on techniques will be given, and you may choose to enrich your work with embellishments.
PREPARATION: Have fun looking up everything you can in books and websites on African design and aesthetic. Take note of color combinations and designs. Collect images and bring them to class. Absorb the feel and come ready to make your own African-inspired piece!
Supply List: Choose your supplies accordingly.
Sewing machine, cleaned and oiled and in good working order.
Extension cord with surge protector.
Machine needles: usually Schmetz Universal 80
Thread: I prefer mercerized cotton in contrasting colors
Rotary cutter (with sharp blade), and mat
Fabric and paper scissors
Batting – approx. 12” x 18″
Notebook with pens or pencils
You do not need big pieces, nor do you have to have actual African fabric to get an African “feel” and character to your work.
I suggest you choose a color palette in one of the following:
1.African Blues with a variety of indigos and other blues, whites and creams.
2.African Desert in a variety of earthy browns, sand, creams, grays and rusts.
3.Modern Urban African with bright contrasting colors and patterns.
For all include solid black and white fabrics and one or two strong contrasts. Please avoid cute animal prints!
Optional: Iron-on Fusible of your choice (e.g. Steam-a-Seam, Wonder Under etc.)
Hand applique needles
Embroidery threads in a variety of colors and weights
Plastic ruler of your choice
Beads and buttons
B1. 1 Hour – Lecture: “Eye to Eye” Saturday: 9 to 10:00 a.m.
Find your own Inner Artist in this slide lecture designed especially for quiltmakers and other fibre artists. A visual feast of paintings, drawings and other art works from celebrated artists, shows us how we all use the same elements of design in our various works, be they paintings, traditional or contemporary quilts. Discover how artists’ eyes interpret and present their work, and enjoy a new view of the work of numerous artists including Klee, Kandinsky, Matisse, Klimt, Hundertwasser and several Old Masters along with many exciting fabric works.