Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jumpstart in Hand Stitching Workshop


Heidi Z: Textures and Layers on hand painted fabric.

It's been a little over a month since I last blogged. January slipped by! Two trips away and I am still regrouping!

Here is student work from the weekend workshop, Jumpstart in Hand Stitching, that I held in early January at the Art League School in Alexandria, VA. In this fast track version of my Hand Stitching class, students get to play with line, pattern, texture and layers. The color palette is limited to keep students focused on the stitches themselves and their mark-making potential.

On day #1, we spent a couple of hours painting and printing our own fabric backgrounds...including cotton, linen, silk and cheesecloth. Later on that first day, students stitched samplers to try out some stitches.


On day #2, students were able to use their painted and printed fabrics. The focus on the second day was  texture and layering. We covered applique and reverse applique techniques along with weaving fabric strips. Students really took off with the layers and textures!

Ellen T.
Heidi M.
Heidi M.: A challenge using a commercial cotton fabric as a jumping off point for her stitching.
Heidi M.
Holly W.
Megan P.
Megan P.
Nancy M.
Nancy M.

I'll be teaching a three evening version of Jumpstart in Hand Stitching at the Art League School, starting the first Wednesday evening in April. If you'd like more information, please feel free to leave a comment.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hand Stitching (Fall 2017) Part 2

Susan S: A line can be...feathery!
This is the second of two blog posts about my Fall Hand Stitching class. To see the first post...go here. The class focused on using a selection of hand stitches in unique ways...learning to stretch! Themes covered included: line, pattern and rhythm, texture and layers. First time students worked in a limited palette. Students painted and printed their own fabrics to use in class.

Susan S.: Line Challenge
Susan S.: Layers Challenge
Susan S.: Surface Darning sampler
Susan S.: Line Sampler
Susan S.: Line Sampler with beads.
Susan S.: Layers and Textures
Susan S.: Layers and Lines.
Susan S.: Layers and Textures.
Susan S.: Pattern Challenge
Susan S.: Pattern Challenge
Susan S.: Combining it all!
I also had two continuing students who took the class as an independent study. Jan B. referenced photos from a summer trip with family to Yellowstone and the Tetons. Susan G. continued work on her Healing Cloths that are "portraits" of family members.

Jan B.
Jan B.
Jan B.
Jan B.: Buffalo made for handmade paper.
Jan B.
Jan B.
Jan B.
Susan G.: Healing cloth
Susan G.: Healing cloth
Seeing results like these reminds me of why I love to teach!!

I'm teaching a fast track version of this class this weekend called Jumpstart in Hand Stitching. Leave a comment if you'd like more information!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hand Stitching (Fall 2017) Part 1

Judith K.-P.: Textures Challenge

New Year's resolution...get back to posting more frequently! Somehow December slipped away...due to lots of creative activity on my part (and multiple craft, home and trunk shows!).

I want to share here (and in tomorrow's blog post) some of the work created in the Fall 2017 Hand Stitching class. This multi-session class focused on a selection of basic stitches. Students worked on journal prompts, stitch samplers and stitching challenges focusing on weekly themes: line, pattern and rhythm, texture, layers and the construction of a book or hanging. I also had two returning students who used the class as an independent study. Such a rich treasure trove of work!

Linda H. : Line Sampler
Linda H: Looped Stitch Sampler
Linda H.: Layers Sampler
Barbara C: Line Sampler
Barbara C: Line Sampler detail
Barbara C.: Layers challenge
Barbara C.: Wall hanging final project
Barbara C. Wall hanging detail
Barbara C.: Wall hanging detail
Judith K.-P.: Line Challenge
Judith K.-P.: Texture Challenge
Judith K.-P.: Pattern/Rhythm Challenge
Judith K.-P.: Texture Challenge
Judith K.-P.: Layers Challenge
Judith K.-P.: Layers Challenge
Judith K.-P.: Layers Challenge
Judith K.-P.: Working on final project
I will be teaching a fast-track version of this class as a workshop this coming weekend. It's called Jumpstart in Hand Stitching. There are still spaces available. Leave a message if you'd like more information.