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SCREEN PRINTING & FABRIC DESIGN

Friday – One Day Class

Tutor: Saffron Craig

Skill level: Beginner to advanced

Materials fee: $85


Note. This class is a REPEAT of the Thursday class but you can choose to do both days (Thursday and Friday) if you wish to learn more advanced techniques. Some basics will be explained first but then Saffron will give two-day attendees more advanced instruction.

In this fun and inspiring workshop Saffron Craig will teach you how to create your own original colour palettes and colour combinations using special inks. You will create a motif and print that motif by hand onto linen creating your own original fabric. With loads of tips and tricks to learn along the way it’s a full day of fun, inspiration and know-how.

Your design can be used to print your own fabric or panels to be used in quilting or for a bag.

You’ll learn how to use paper cutting or tearing to create your own fabric print designs.

Using your favourite colours you’ll be able to create strikingly bold designs. Learn the process of making fabrics by hand. Class includes:

  • How to set up your own print table at home
  • The history of making fabrics
  • How to create your own motif or geometric design to be used on a silk screen
  • How to use both the positive and negative designs, as well as floating pieces in the designs
  • Create a panel design with the use of images
  • How to squeegee ink through a screen
  • Applying a motif to a screen and print using the overlapping of colours and screens
  • How to set the design
  • How to take care of the screens
  • By the end of the class you will have an understanding of the paper cutting technique, with enough skills to be able to further develop your style at home on a small or large scale.

You will print on white ‘prepared for print’ fabric. Saffron uses white fabric as it allows the colours to glow.

SCREEN PRINTING & FABRIC DESIGN

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LITTLE MISS APRIL – One Place left!

Friday – One Day Class

Tutor: Margaret Sampson-George

Skill level: All levels


From Marg: I love this cheerful quilt made from some of the seemingly endless ways to divide up a hexagon!

Our starting point is a hexagon with a four inch side.  You will be taught how to draft this super easy shape and then how to divide it into a myriad of designs. Fussy cutting will also be covered. As much I love pre-packaged paper templates, it always concerns me that students don’t understand the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of how to draft these shapes. Once you know and understand, feel free to purchase those pre-cuts.

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STUDIO INNOVATION

Friday – One Day Class

Tutor: Luke Haynes

Skill level: All levels


Join Luke Haynes in a workshop geared to help you improve your own studio practice. You will be working through some iterative projects and working out some easy design prompts to help you build confidence in your own studio and a few skills towards creating your own patterns.

STUDIO INNOVATION

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QUILT MESSAGES

Friday – One Day Class

Tutor: Andi Herman

Skill level: All levels


Including text in quilts seems to be all the rage at the moment! Using only squares and half-square-triangles, Andi will instruct students in the construction of quilts that deliver a unique message.

A full pattern of all the uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers and punctuation will be provided. Andi will guide students through the placement of text characters to ensure a pleasing layout and design.

By the end of the class, students will have created their text-quilt design and will have made a start on sewing their quilt top. They will have all the skills and knowledge required to complete their quilt at home.

QUILT MESSAGES

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GONE CAMPING – Sold Out

Friday – One Day Class

Tutor: Gloria Loughman

Skill level: All levels


Full of character and charm, the old Kombi brings a grin to peoples’ faces and memories of idyllic childhood holidays. Synonymous with the ‘swinging sixties’, this humble van has often been decorated with flowers or customised in other ways by their owners. In this one day class, you will construct and decorate your own camper and then set it against a towering mosaic forest. The pattern for the forest and campervan will be provided and participants will have great fun decorating the panels of their Kombi.

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QUILT AS YOU GO RULER BAG OR QUILT

Friday – One Day Class

Tutor: Wendy Nutt

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced


Get your creative flow going with this quilt as you go panel. Wendy will guide you through some simple freehand cutting techniques to create blocks. The blocks will then be pieced together using a quilt as you go technique to create a larger panel. The panel can then be used to make a ruler bag, modern wall art or you can continue to add to the quilt to make it any size you want.

QUILT AS YOU GO RULER BAG OR QUILT

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WHY CAN’T I STIPPLE – Sold Out

Friday – One Day Class

Tutor: Paula Storm

Skill level: Beginner or intermediate


If you are frustrated with free motion quilting and just can’t seem to get it right, this is the class for you! In this class we will get back to basics and Paula will show you all the tricks and tips that have helped her become a confident free motion quilter. Not just stippling, you will learn lots of different designs to improve your confidence and skills.

WHY CAN’T I STIPPLE

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Two day classes

MODERN COLOUR

MODERN COLOUR


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MODERN COLOUR

Thursday, Friday – Two Day Class

Tutor: Julie Haddrick

Skill level: Beginner to advanced

Materials fee: $20 includes notes and fabric swatches


Learning about, understanding, using and appreciating colour is a lifelong artistic challenge and that is in part, what makes it such an exciting and important element to use in quilt making. It is impossible to know everything about colour and many quilters struggle with, or lack the experience or confidence with choosing and using colours.

Day One: Colour wheel quilt: Understanding and knowing basic colour relationships can be a great starting point and in this class, Julie will guide students through a series of fun and easy exercises that are based on a colour wheel. Julie provides all of the fabric swatches for each student to cut segments (using a 30 degree wedge ruler) to make a 12 segment  colour wheel with tints and shades and this panel can then be extended into a small art quilt to hang and use in the sewing room. Students may wish to work further on this by adding borders or begin some colour samples using different colour schemes, tonal values, temperatures, colour ratio and proportions.

Day Two: Half square triangle colour scheme quilts: Understanding colour and knowing how to use it successfully and powerfully is a great skill to have and on this second day uses many of the different colour schemes to create small half square triangle quilts (HST). Students will learn how to create certain colour schemes that are powerful, dramatic, subtle and or unique. Assembling small quilts enables students to really understand the ways that colour can work in modern quilts. Students will work predominantly in plain fabrics with minor feature prints. Discussion will include how to use stitch; machine quilting to enhance a modern quilt.

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BOUQUET OF DAISIES

Thursday, Friday – Two Day Class

Tutor: Michelle Marvig

Skill level: All levels

Materials fee: $30


Pieced, modern daisies bloom in this 60” x 60” quilt design. The daisies are cut with acrylic templates and sensational effects can be achieved by fussy cutting your prints. ‘Y’ seams are required to piece this block and techniques will be shown to give a flat finish to these seams. The centre octagons will be hand stitched in place. The daisies float on a variety of grey frames and we can ‘audition’ these fabrics before we cut and piece them in the design, as the main daisies can be stitched independently of the darker grey fabrics.

BOUQUET OF DAISIES

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THE VIEW FROM ABOVE: ADVENTURES IN TEXTILE MAP MAKING – Sold Out

Thursday, Friday – Two Day Class

Tutor: Alicia Merrett

Skill level: All levels. Confidence with the sewing machine required.


Maps and map-making are as old as civilisation and as contemporary as satellite navigation. We use maps in our daily lives, and we are fascinated by views from above. In this workshop we will explore the world of maps and aerial views, devise our own cartographic symbols, play with colour, line and shape, and explore a variety of techniques: strip piecing, fine line piecing, fused appliqué, collage and lettering. Each participant will design a map to suit their own imagination, and construct it in textile materials. Quilting will be started in class but will need to be finished at home.

THE VIEW FROM ABOVE: ADVENTURES IN TEXTILE MAP MAKING

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THREAD PAINTED PET PORTRAIT

Thursday, Friday – Two Day Class

Tutor: Sonya Prchal

Skill level: Intermediate or keen beginners

Materials fee: $10


Magically transform your pet’s portrait photo into a beautiful thread painting with this clever technique.

Discover how to select the best thread colours to produce realistic shading and highlights on your pet picture. Learn how to draw with your needle and gain confidence as you create the natural fall of fur direction with fun free motion stitching. Explore some of Sonya’s secrets to enhance accents to get a more outstanding finish. Find out a magical way to attach your stitched portrait to a background with natural results and see how simple quilting creates a truly 3D effect. Some free motion stitching experience is recommended for this class.

At the end of the first day you will have gained confidence in free motion stitching natural fur direction and be starting to select the colours needed unassisted. By the end of day two you will be well on the way to completing your Pet Portrait. Some will have their quilt together and be starting to quilt.

Please note. In order to complete this class a photo of your pet must be emailed to Sonya by March 10 to prchal.sonya@gmail.com

THREAD PAINTED PET PORTRAIT

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PHOTO-REAL FIBRE ART – Sold Out

Thursday, Friday – Two Day Class

Tutor: Melissa Sobotka

Skill level: All levels


Photo-realism is a genre of art that encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic media, in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium.

In this class, Melissa will share her award winning techniques for transforming a photograph to fibre art that has the reality of a photograph. You will learn to see as an artist does, select appropriate fabrics, build a pictorial quilt from an image of your own choosing using a raw edge appliqué method. Then enhance your work by adding depth, dimension and detail with inks.

Note. Image represents the technique, not the final project.

PHOTO-REAL FIBRE ART

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FRIDAY CLASSES: 10AM TO 5PM

ALL CLASSES ARE SIX HOURS IN DURATION PER DAY.

Note: Pictures do not always represent the student outcome in class; they may represent what can be achieved with the techniques learned. 


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LAYERS – COLOUR, SHAPE, TEXTURE & FORM – Sold Out

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Friday – Four Day Class

Tutor: Velda Newman

Skill level: Suits all

Materials fee: $30


This class throws all the rules of stringent design out the window. First explore machine stitching techniques for texture and shape. Next will be the basic lessons for how to paint on fabric. Using acrylic paints, learn how to get ‘colour, shading and form’ into a piece.

Learn to use other mediums, such as resist, pencils and Copic inks for detail work, and to work with an overhead projector. This will give a choice of sizes (up to 90cm x 90cm) to choose from, for the composition. Bring photos of simple, defined shapes, such as flowers, fish, fruit, veggies, birds; these ideas work best for this class. Stuck for ideas? Velda will bring some design sheets that you may purchase for $10.50 a sheet (optional).

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