Saturday, November 10, 2012

I'm teaching at the Hudson River Valley Fiber Art Workshops in December


Want to give yourself a special holiday gift? How about five days of creativity and inspiration in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of upstate New York?

There are still openings in my five day class, Paint, Fuse, Stitch!, the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops December 9-15. This five-day format will allow students to create pieces based on their own photos, something there is simply not time for in my one-day classes. So it is a great opportunity to learn my techniques while you make meaningful, original pieces. 
I’ll cover fusible applique, wholecloth painting, thread sketching and free-motion quilting.

Beyond the six hours of class time each day, I am sure we will be spending time in the studio in our pajamas, with lots of laughter and fun. 
You'll learn how to:
  • Distill a photographic image into shapes for fused applique. 
  • Create a pattern for fused applique
  • Transfer a design to fabric for painting. 
  • Paint on fabric, including mixing and blending colors
  • Layer and fuse fabric pieces to build your piece
  • Add detail with thread sketchingFree-motion quilt your piece.
Here are some examples. Here’s a photo of my cat, Max:
And here’s the wholecloth painted, thread sketched and quilted Max:

Here’s a photo of a beautiful butterfly I took at the Chattanooga Aquarium:

And here’s the fusible appliqued, thread sketched and quilted butterfly:

The Hudson River Valley Art Workshop is a unique art center in New York’s inspiring Hudson River Valley in the Catskill Mountains. Since 1982, fiber artist Kim LaPolla and her husband Mark (Chef de Cuisine and Chocolatier) have been holding art workshops in the gorgeous 1889 inn, The Greenville Arms. USA Today named their program “one of the ten best learning vacations.”

If you want to see what is going on recently in the art workshops, check out the blog. Here are some photos of the inn:





A recent workshop with Hollis Chattelain (far right)
Oooooh, I can’t wait! Please join me! We are going to have such fun!