Laura Smith

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Cabarrus Art Guild Classes for Winter 2020 (www.CabarrusArtGuild.org)

Classes are at the Guild's new location, ClearWater Arts Center & Studios, 223 Crowell Dr NW, Concord, NC 28025 (www.ClearWaterArtists.com)

Enter from Kerr Street side of building, double doors lower level, by parking lot. To sign up, use the Contact Us button at the left to email me.

 

Wax Batik Process

Sat, Feb  22 (changed from Feb 1) from 10 am to 3 pm. Sign up by Feb 12, 2020.

In this class, you'll learn how to create custom batik fabric for a quilt, wall hanging, or garment. The batik process generates complex stitchable designs with wax resist and color layering on fabric. Wax is applied to fabric with a stamp called a tjap (pronounced chop). Several choices of images are offered: turtle, irises, dragonfly, butterfly, lily, gecko, and square geometric. Colors are painted in layers alternating with wax. An optional crackling technique produces a marbled effect, it’s seen as navy blue background lines in the turtle design above. Finally, the piece is ironed to remove the wax and set the paint colors. Each student receives guidance for developing design elements and using subtle color concepts such as value contrast, temperature contrast and color passages to unify the design. Stitching suggestions for embroidery, beading and quilting are offered, but we will not stitch. Supply Kit Includes: Three 12 x 12 samples of Prepared for Dyeing (PFD) cotton, Paint, brushes and non-latex gloves. Shared items are wax, heaters and brushes for wax, paint, iron and ironing board Students need to bring: Brown paper grocery bags, tons of newspaper. Safety measures are emphasized throughout the class. Instructor provides plastic to cover tables and drying area, one iron and ironing board, wax heaters, water bucket, hair dryer, fans and hangers for drying. $70 includes materials-you choose colors.

 

Necklace in a Day

Feb 15 (snow date Feb 22) from 10 am to 3 pm Sign up by Feb 1, 2020.

 

             

Make your necklace precision-shaped or wild and wonky in your favorite color scheme, long or short, dressy or casual, with edging dangles or not. Fancy ribbons and yarns are sandwiched between layers of soluble fabric and stitched by hand with Caron Watercolors and/or metallic threads. Embellish with beads such as size 8 seed beads and Czech beads in various shapes. You can add dangles or picot edging with seed beads if you choose. To extend around the neck, larger beads are strung with a hook closure. Students are asked to email color preferences. Instructor provides additional materials to choose from in class if you decide to change colors. You can request large beads for everything. Most people can complete the necklace in an 8 hour day. Supply Kit Includes: Yarns and ribbons, soluble fabric, beads size 11, 8, Czech glass shapes, and more, Chenille size 14 needles, beading needles, basting thread, Fireline, all beads, hook and ring clasp, and instructions with photos. Students will have a choice of colors and sizes of beads. Students need to bring: Plastic trash bag to cover work area, beading mat or placemat, embroidery scissors, paper scissors, 8" round embroidery hoop, metal thimble that fits your finger, wire cutter for Fireline if you have one (there will be several for the class to use). Bring a light and magnification if you need it. $70 includes materials--let me know your color choices when you register.

EGA National Seminar Sept 4-8, 2020 at the Sheraton Back Bay, Boston, MA

Boston Stitch Party

Batik to Stitch (2 day class) Sat, Sept 5 - Sun, Sept 6, 2020

 

Registration re-opens March 14, 2020.

  

 

Batik creates complex, stitchable designs through the layering of color on fabric. Wax is applied with a special copper stamp called a tjap (pronounced “chop”). Student’s choices of colors are painted in layers alternating with wax. An optional crackling technique can create a marbled effect. The piece is ironed to remove wax. Images available include turtle, irises, lilies, sunflower, butterfly, dragonfly, gecko, and square geometric. Learn the batik process on Day 1. On Day 2, create stitch plans, stitch, or create more batik. No prework. The kit includes one yard of Prepared for Dyeing (PFD) cotton approximately 24” wide for up to six images, paint, brushes, non-latex gloves, hand stitching threads, and needles.  You may choose multiple tjaps, either to use singly or to create a scene. For instance, flowers below and butterflies in sky. Students will share wax heaters and brushes for wax. A class stash of threads, beads, and sequins will be available so students may select from a full range of color options for embroidery. Kit $ 75. You are asked to bring an 8” hoop, usual stitching supplies including scissors for both fabric and metallic thread. Welcome letter will request that students wear painting clothes, bring recycled newspaper and grocery bags, and ask for volunteers who are driving to bring irons, ironing boards, and fans.

 

 

 

Mix It Up with Mixed Media (2 day class) Mon, Sept 7 and Tue, Sept 8

Mixed media techniques are integrated with embroidery as free standing postcards which can be mounted in a themed folding book. Explore the range of textures created by combining stitches, mixed media, and a source of inspiration such as a poem or quote (student’s choice). Learn to build up surfaces with color, seal edges, construct layered effects, and deconstruct to reveal textures. Safety is emphasized for the embossing tool, woodburning tool, and iron. Students can integrate the materials into a folding book if they wish. A by-product of the class is to spark creativity. A folding book is provided. It has 6 two-sided pages, each 5” x 7” and workable covers. You can remove pages if desired. The kit includes Lutradur heavy and light, heat sensitive stabilizer, Tyvek, a set of Jacquard fabric paint, brushes, palette, appropriate needles, a dust mask for work with fine powders, and a folding book with 5” x 7” pages and workable covers. The book can be displayed standing so that both sides may be seen. Its ties provide a secure closure. A Class Treasure Chest of fabrics includes choices of silk, linen, cotton, and manmade fabrics, tulle, netting, dryer sheets, Pearl Ex pigments, Angelina fibers and film , vegetable mesh, and beads for samples or as embellishment. Students to provide a respirator (about $25 from Amazon) if they wish to work with heat tools. Kit $96.

 

Slide Lecture: Combining Quilting with Mixed Media for Foothills Quilters Guild, Shelby NC

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm, Ascension Lutheran Church, 300 North Lafayette St, Shelby, NC

 

What are mixed media? Are they safe for quilted works? How can I get started with mixed media? This 50 minute lecture defines the term “mixed media” and provides a three page handout with actual samples of many media that are relevant to quilters and other textile artists.  A number of photo examples from fiber artists show how including mixed media items can enhance and complement fabric, threads, and quilting. Cautions about mixed media to avoid, such as oil based items, are discussed. A number of pieces that include mixed media will be presented. The presentation is designed to spark motivation and creativity.

 

Fiber Celebration 2020, Rock Hill, SC

March 22 - March 28

By invitation only private event - Six days of celebrating fiber art processes, design, and color

 

 

Exhibit - Through the Needle's Eye, the National Exhibit of the Embroiderers' Guild of America

 

The Embroiderers' Guild of America acknowledges the value of needlework in art and history. The National Exhibit is a representative selection of the best in artistic and technical works. It is through the needle's eye that EGA embraces both traditional and contemporary needlework while expanding the perception of embroidery as an art form. See photos of the exhibit in Minnesota at www.egausa.org/photos-embroidery-exhibit-minnesota

 

Apr 9 - July 30, 2020 Trout Museum of Art, Fox Cities Building for the Arts, 111 W. College Ave, Appleton, WI

 

                      

Bright Angel Canyon II                                                                                                              Flowers of Rosendal

 

Slide Lecture: Combining Embroidery with Mixed Media for Evergreen Chapter EGA, Seattle, WA

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 10 a.m., North Hills Community Club, 20827 Third Ave, Des Moines, WA

 

What are mixed media? Are they safe for embroidered works? How can I get started with mixed media? This 50 minute lecture defines the term “mixed media” and provides a three page handout with actual samples of many media that are relevant to  mbroiderers and other textile artists.  A number of photo examples from fiber artists show how including mixed media items can enhance and complement fabric, threads, and quilting. Cautions about mixed media to avoid, such as oil based items, are discussed. A number of pieces that include mixed media will be presented. The presentation is designed to spark motivation and creativity.

 

Upcoming in 2021

 

Faculty, National Academy of Needlearts 2021, March 19-23, Troy, MI

Faculty, South Central Region EGA 2021, June 1-5, Austin, TX

 

Three Unique EGA Correspondence Courses

For Your Chapter or as an Individual in EGA’s Quarterly Lightning Rounds

 

Taming the Stash Monster          Mark & Paint Canvas & Fabric           Embroidery with Mixed Media

                                    

 

 

 

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