Good afternoon from Calgary, where it’s snowing lightly. We knew that the snow was coming, but it’s always a shock when it actually starts to fall. It’s too light to stick to the ground, but it’s a sign that winter will be with us soon. As I look out my window in my studio, the Aspens’ leaves are a beautiful orange colour. It’s always interesting to me to see how the same tree changes colour at different times in different houses. Mine are orange, my neighbour’s are brown and the one behind, still greenish. I’m sure there’s some explanation although I don’t know what it is.
I have set up some workshops for November but if you don’t see the one you were hoping for, drop me a line and I’ll try to accommodate you. Especially if you have a group of friends who want to take the same workshop. I can always accommodate small groups. I’m teaching virtually right now and will be doing this for quite a while. The Covid situation in Alberta is still not great and it’s not safe or recommended to meet in large groups; we are back at teaching and meeting via Zoom. From my standpoint as a teacher, I enjoy it very much as I have everything on hand. If a student asks a question not really related to the workshop but wants to see what else is being offered, I can show examples, samples and bits and pieces of different things going on that I would not be able to do were I to travel. For groups, this gives them an opportunity to engage with teachers all over the world without having the extra expense of travel and accommodations; and even allows people from all over the world to join in the class, regardless of the teacher’s location. A win-win in my book.
So with that in mind, here are the workshops scheduled for November:
Make your Quilts Sing with Digital Imagery – Editing Photos in PowerPoint
This 1.5 to 2.0 hour workshop on Wednesday, November 10th at 10:00 am. Mountain is a demo where I share my screen and show you how I manipulate and work with images in PowerPoint: from removing backgrounds to changing colour, adjusting and balancing the colours to adding shadows, mirroring images and creating a layered image to apply to your work. A PDF with instructions is included in the price.
Introduction to Transfer Artist Paper workshop
I am always asked how I work with image transfers, If you are one who’d like to know how to work with images and use Transfer Artist Paper, the next Introduction to Transfer Artist Paper workshop is taking place on Tuesday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m. Mountain.
Transfer Artist Paper or TAP is a product designed by textile artist Lesley Riley and produced by C&T Publishing. It’s available for purchase in my Store.
I offer a kit for the workshop to get you started with 2 sheets of TAP printed with images for you to use during the workshop and beyond, and one blank sheet of TAP so you can print your own images and try it out. You can find the kit here. I also carry the TAP paper, which comes in either a 5-package or an 18-package. You can find the paper here.
Rocks, Pebbles and Stones, Oh My!
If you know me, you know I love rocks and pebbles and stones of any kind. I’m trying to be good and not pick up a lot on my walks, but … a few have made their way into my piles over the years. I’m always stitching rocks and pebbles, and finding ways to incorporate them into my work.
This 3-hour workshop will teach you two different techniques of incorporating these 3-D rocks into your work. There will be plenty of time to try both techniques during the workshop, and you’ll end up with a beautiful small pile of rocks you can use in your work and lots of inspiration to make some pieces with them.
No sewing machines required as all work is done by hand so it’s very portable – ideal for car trips, or plane trips as we are now able to get on a plane again. I offer kits in the store that have all supplies needed for the workshop. You’ll need to supply a glue stick, scissors and a few pins. The kits come with different backgrounds for you to choose from and I just added new ones to the Store. You can find the kit here.
And last but not least,
Paintstiks on Fabric with rubbing plates
This is always a favourite. It’s a 3-hour workshop scheduled for Tuesday, November 30th at 9:00 a.m. Mountain. You will spend part of the workshop learning and making rubbing plates to use with your Paintstiks and then you’ll learn a lot of different ways to add texture and design to your fabric so you’ll end up with a piece that you can use as stand alone or cut it up to mix and match with other fabrics.
I offer a kit with supplies needed to make rubbing plates, plus lots of different textures you can use during class. You’ll find the kit in the Store under Kits – here.
I hope you’ll enjoy some of these classes and as I mentioned before, if you don’t see here the one you were hoping for, drop me a line and I’ll make it happen.
In the meantime, stay safe and keep creating!