Archive for April, 2013

Naples – Florida

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

It is always lovely to teach somewhere in the south in the early part of the year. I was fortunate enough last weekend to visit the Naples Guild in sunny Florida. I have not taught much in Florida and Ia m sure it is because i work mainly in wool. I think they were pleasantly surprised to see my classes are more about embellishment and the wool is only the fabulous textural medium I choose to work on. We had a full class of 25 students all working on my Flower Vase sampler. I love this class as we get to ply with all the elements that i like to embellish on my large quilts.

I taught applications of ribbons, layering with textural fabrics and embellishment of leaves, flowers and stems. Although everyone starts with the same base as you can see they all are starting to take on there own personality. I love the use of all the hand dyed fibers and  my little book ‘Creative Stitching’  was invaluable as each student started in on the embellishment.

Thanks to everyone for taking such good care of me.

Creative Stitching

Sue

Workt by Hand 2013

Monday, April 15th, 2013

This past weekend was our annual ‘Workt by Hand’ retreat. I teach this retreat with 3 of my friends Sally, Alice and Melissa. It was our 10th annual retreat and our theme was circles and texture. It was held in Tipp City, Ohio and the weather was lovely. Spring was in the air! We had 40 wonderful participants from all over the country. We taught a one day texture class then a 3 day design class. We open the retreat with a Cheese and Wine at the Hotel Gallery on Wednesday night. Our dinner at the Cold Water Cafe on Friday night was as delightful as always.

Creative Stitching

Sue

Huckleberry Patches – McCall ID

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

I have been in the mountains of Idaho teaching for four days. I designed a new bag for this class using my bird and branch applique design. The design incorporated the leaf, berry and bird elements which we layered and stitched. I had 2 classes of 25 students each. We started with a kit and then each student varied their layering and embellishments to make it their own. It was a very busy class with many stitches and fibers explored.

Lisa and Katie have a lovely store quilt store called Huckleberry Patches full of wonderful treats including a full array of wooly kits and fun fibers.

Next door to the quilting store is a knitting store called Keep me in Stitches owned by Lynda. It was full of amazing color and fibers. What a surprise I received when I entered her store and on the wall was a huge panel she had knitted for my visit inspired by my folk art designs including my bird.

I had a lovely time and many thanks Lisa and Katie for taking such good care of me.

Creative Stitching

Sue

 

QuiltWorks Northwest – Bellevue WA

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Who could ask for more than a lovely sunny weekend in Seattle and fabulous students for 3 full days. I was delighted to teach at QuiltWorks Northwest last weekend to a full class of enthusiastic stitchers. They learnt many stitches as well as use of different hand dyed threads while working on layering leaves and berries. All doing many of the same stitches in there own style. I love teaching longer classes as it is much more satisfying for the students and myself as I am able to work through many more applications for stitches. Michelle brought many of her quilts to share with the class. They were lovely, embellished with fun stitches and fibers. Many thanks to Stacey and Laura Jo for taking good care of me. I am looking forward to returning in 2015.

Creative Stitching

Sue