Workshops


Story Telling with Collage and Free-motion Stitching with Lorna Moffat

Date:  Saturday, September 21st, 2019*
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., ½ hour lunch
Location:  Edgemont Village, room TBA
Cost:  $75.00 (includes kit and patterns)
* Please note that this class takes place before the September guild meeting.

We are excited to announce that our first fall workshop will be with local artist Lorna Moffat. Lorna is a lively and proud Scottish fibre artist trained in Glasgow. She lives in North Vancouver, is a member of the Circle Craft board and a popular exhibitor at the annual Circle Craft show. Her unique style of collage applique is energetic, fun and a fabulous way to turn your scraps into art! Lorna is offering us a one day class to learn her unique brand of story-telling with thread stitched over machine appliqued fabric shapes. Here’s her class description:

Create a design for either a pillow cover or a frame using simple appliqué shapes and patterns on a wool Melton background. With a darning foot decorate the collaged and layered shapes by stitching free motion details on and around your design (photos are examples only). Lorna will start you off with some fun experiments using the darning foot and black thread to practice ‘drawing with thread’ onto the wool. In the workshop you’ll be playing with the following techniques:

  • tracing from drawings and stencils
  • experimenting with heat ‘n bond to apply shapes to the background
  • you’ll love the process of selecting various combinations of colour and pattern
  • considering scale of one shape to another when designing
  • using the darning foot as a ‘drawing tool’, where the thread not only holds the fabrics together but creates detail, simple or ornate, to create an interesting and unique surface
  • dropping your feed dogs and letting your imagination run bonkers

Class fee includes one kit containing: a piece of wool Melton in either red, cream or grey, a metre of heat’n bond and worksheets in 3 different themes with stencil/pattern/design ideas to work from. Extra kits may be available at a cost of $20.

Registration opens at the May meeting.  Payment is required to secure your
registration. Or: contact Workshops to register.


Speed Date with Improv with Krista Hennebury

Date:  October 19, 2019
Time:  9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location:  North Lonsdale United Church
Cost:  $60

By request, Krista Hennebury will teach her popular Speed Date with Improv class this fall. Registration begins at the June meeting.

Think of this class as speed dating with improvisational piecing techniques that include curves and ruler-free cutting.  It will be fast-paced and a lot of fun:  several techniques are introduced and demonstrated one after the other with very little time to second guess, stress or obsess over perfection.

Every student will end up with a unique, original quilt!

The focus here is to explore line, shape and happenstance in abstract design, so keep things simply graphic by using solid-coloured fabrics in black, white and one pop of
colour.  In the afternoon, we’ll work together on the design wall to jigsaw the improv elements together, seeking balance and creative design opportunities.  All you need  is 1/2 m of white & black and a FQ of one colour! Some pre-cutting is required.

Payment is required to secure your registration. Or: contact Workshops to register.