Class Portfolio 1 - Landscapes,
Color and Art Process Classes
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Where the Earth Meets
the Sea, A Three or Four-Day Class for All Levels
textures of earth, sea and sky captured in stitches and mixed
media. In learning to use the combination of mixed media and
embroidery, confidence develops and design possibilities are
multiplied. A by-product of the class is to spark creativity.
hands-on experience with archival quality mixed media materials:
Lutradur, a sturdy non-woven fabric that has
An embossing tool and Tyvek
Pigment powders with glorious shine and intense
color that can be mixed
Shiva Artstiks, elegant crayons for adults that
work on fabric
Fabric paint, specially modified to avoid
changing the texture of fabric
Several kinds of archival quality gel medium
Learn correct techniques, archival ways of
working, safety requirements, and design possibilities with the
various media. Then, combine the techniques with stitches in
your own or one of three supplied by the teacher to create an 8”
x 10” stitched piece. The piece will fit a standard frame and
framing options will be discussed. Students will share embossing
tools and the Class Stash of Threads, Fabrics and
Mixed Media Materials. The Stash will include silk, linen,
cotton, wool, and manmade fabrics and threads sorted into a
complete rainbow of colors with several values in each color.
Sheer fabrics and unusual textures are included. PearlEx
pigments, and Shiva Artstiks will be shared so that a full range
of color is available.
includes design drawings and instructions, Lutradur background
fabric, additional Lutradur for samples, two varieties of gel
medium, PFD fabrics (prepared for dyeing) for painting/coloring,
a set of Jacquard Textile Colors fabric paint, brushes, threads,
appropriate needles, and a dust mask for work with fine
powders. A sewing machine and machine sewing threads will be
available. Students who have their own tools and sewing
machines are welcome to bring them. Design possibilities will be
discussed in student letter. Many students create their own
design from a photo or drawing.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: You can
make the design larger, up to 14” x 18”. Detailed instructions
for stitching the children by hand are included. If you have
other questions, please use the Contact Us button to email me.
The Salt Marsh
A Two-Day Class for All Levels
Marsh is a two day class.
Develop color confidence with paint and stitches as you capture
the peaceful atmosphere of the salt marsh, looking out to sea.
The design is painted on silk using the Serti technique. Resist
protects the white areas and then is washed away after painting
is complete. Textural contrast develops between the smooth
painted sky and water and the rough stitched grasses. Subtle
color concepts include perspective, value contrast, temperature
contrast, and the use of color passages to unify the design.
The kit includes silk for the 5”x7” (12 x 17 cm) design and for
practice painting, water based resist; resist applicator with
tip; Jacquard Silk Colors in magenta, cyan, yellow, and black;
dyesetting liquid; Chinese Sumi brush; special silk tacks that
will not damage the fabric; stretcher bars; hand stitching
threads, and appropriate needles. Sewing machines and machine
sewing threads will be shared. Students may choose to use the
sewing machines to create a background or they may prefer to use
only hand stitching. The design fits into a standard 5” x 7”
frame and framing options will be shared.
By the Rio Grande
2 Day Class for Intermediate Level Embroiderers, Mixed Media Beginners
By the Rio Grande is a two day class. Capture the magical
quality of light and color in the Rio Grande Valley with fabric
collage, mixed media, and stitches.
The sky is painted with archival quality fabric paint.
Experiment with a small sample of the collage method and then
use the method to create the mountains and tussocky foreground.
This goes quickly and is easier than it looks!
The largest tree is created with free machine or hand embroidery
on soluble fabric. Additional shrubbery can be added using this
technique. For the entire class, students may stitch by hand or
use the sewing machine or both. Learn to seal organza with a
heat tool (safety precautions carefully observed) and use it for
the river and/or clouds.
kit includes Lutradur, a sturdy, non-woven fabric with beautiful
translucent areas. Students will receive a piece of Lutradur 14”
x 18” for an 8” x 10” OR 11” x 14” design size, your choice.
There are Lutradur samples for doodling; organza, Thai silks,
glorious batiks, and textural fabrics for collaging; hand
stitching threads; paintbrush and gel medium; non-latex gloves;
soluble fabric; needles; photos and instructions. Fabric paint
is shared along with color mixing tips. The Class Stash will
include heat tools, sewing machines (provided by a local quilt
shop or volunteers), and machine sewing threads. There is no
pre-work. No previous experience with mixed media or free
machine embroidery is needed.
Enchanted Landscape with Mixed Media
3 Or 4 Day Class for Intermediate Level Embroiderers, Mixed Media Beginners
Santa Fe is called the Land of Enchantment.
Capture the magical quality of light and color with mixed media
techniques combined with fabric collage and embroidery in this
class. This is a workshop in hands-on color and design concepts
with guidance and confidence boosters for making design choices.
Use gel medium and bits of fabric to create a Monet-style fabric
collage. Learn how to seal the edges of organza with a heat
tool and use it for clouds and water. Use Angelina fibers for
quick injections of sparkle. (In “Rio Grande” above, they can be
seen in the river under the organza.) The sky is painted with
The first day of class is devoted to learning the
possibilities of the materials and making a color plan for your
scene. A choice of three drawings will be provided in the
pre-class letter or students can work from your own drawing or a
tracing of a photo. Then, create your design using the Class
Stash of Threads, Fabrics and Mixed Media Materials. The Stash
will include silk, linen, cotton, and manmade fabrics and
threads sorted into a rainbow of colors so it’s easy to find
what you need. Many different weights of fabric are included
from sheers to upholstery weight and unusual textures. Tyvek®,
Angelina® fibers in 20 colors, and a mini iron will be
available. Fabric paint will be shared, along with color mixing
help. Kit includes sturdy background fabric 14” x 18” for 8” x
10” design (from which students may cut a smaller piece if they
wish), gel medium, and appropriate needles. Sewing machines and
threads will be available.
Embroidery with Mixed Media
A Group Correspondence Course for
the Embroiderers Guild of America
Mark & Paint on Canvas & Fabric
A Group Correspondence
Course for the Embroiderers Guild of America
for Textile Arts
Two- Day Hands-On Color Class for All Ability Levels
Lecture: The Seven Ways of Color Contrast