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Beads I: Bead Emroidery for Quilters

We will take a look at beads, their shapes, varieties of finishes, and their use on quilts to create texture and color changes in the surface. We will learn the basic stitches for applying beads, and what they do to the surface of the quilt, and how the application of beads quilts the surface. This is a process class. The student should have some prior knowledge of hand sewing and hand quilting.

Kit fee $25        6-hour class (plus lunch break)


BEADS II: Beaded Bezels & Borders
We will learn to create beaded bezels around cabochons (flat-backed stones, usually not faceted) to attach them to a quilt. We will look at various borders and edges and their variations. We will learn to do fringes (of beads) and the variations thereof. Most of the techniques involved require some knowledge of basic “bead embroidery for quilters.” This is a process and technique class. Students will have a sampler to serve as a road map for future projects when they finish.

Beads I - Prerequisite

Kit fee $30    6-hour class
(plus lunch break)


Scrappy Improvisation
Let's explore "What If's". Working with all those bits of fabric you "couldn't bear" to throw away, especially the fussy-cut ones, we'll assemble a pleasing arrang- ment; pinning and trimming, re-arranging, and finally gluing with Ellmers' Purple Glue Stick. Once the face is finalized, we will assemble a fabric sandwich with batting and a back. Then, using free-motion stitching, we will explore adding borders.

6 hour class (plus lunch break) B.Y.O. scraps


My Quilts, Start to Finish
Power Point Lecture - Trunk show 1 hour

This is a look at how I approach each new quilt, starting with the fabrics and/or design idea, cutting, putting it together, and then finishing the quilt.


Scrappy Improvisation - Power Point Lecture 1 hour

This is an overlook at the process of improvisation with scraps, especially fussy-cut scraps. Where and how to begin; keep what you have or change it; glue it and sew it; and adding borders are all part of the talk.


How to Make a Dragon Teapot
Power Point Lecture 15 Minutes

A look at how I created a large soft sculpture, armature, body parts design, and assembled a Dragon Teapot.