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2023

January 11 & 12

11:30 AM - 3:00 PM EST Each Day

Thread Painting and Thread Sketching Combined - Two 3 1/2 Hour Days

Virtual quilt class - Embellishing

Thread Painting and Thread Sketching Combined

7 Hours (two 3 1/2 -hour days) - 20 Students

$99 includes workshop kit

This workshop introduces you to both thread painting and thread sketching. A preprinted design easily guides you through each step to assure your success right from the start.  The straight and zigzag stitch creates magic right before your eyes. The comprehensive workshop will guide you through each step of the project and is almost like having a private lesson with me. So come see how easy the process is and how much fun creating designs in thread can be!

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

February 1

1:00 - 4:00 pm EST

Country Threads - 3 Hours

A simple way to thread paint

Virtual quilt class - Country Threads

Country Threads

3 Hours - 20 Students

$54 includes workshop kit

Using a zigzag stitch

A simple design, a few spools of thread, and a willingness to learn are all that is required to be successful in this workshop. This workshop is a great way to ease into thread painting and learn the basics – a good refresher if you have already taken a workshop from me. It’s fun and addictive. So come and have some fun.

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

February 23

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST
(4-hours)

Thread Sketching Little Rascal

Thread Sketching Little Rascal

4 Hours - 15 Students

$69 includes workshop kit

Approximately 90 million households in the US have a pet. Hopefully many of you, like me, would like to honor your cherished pet in some type of quilt or artwork with thread. While the pet image in the project may not resemble your pet, you will discover the technique to honor your own pet. The focus of this workshop is simple:

  • How and when to use different weights of thread in your project
  • How to take a photograph and transform it into a drawing using a graphics program
  • Introduction to a 30-weight thread—which is a fairly heavyweight thread
  • To thread sketch a printed design on fabric

So come join me for a short but fun pack-day full of instruction so you can create your own pet in thread and fabric. Some free-motion experience is helpful. 

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

March 1 & 2

11:30 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
(7-hours)

Fright Night

A thread painting adventure

Fright Night

A thread painting adventure

7 Hours - 15 Students

$108 includes workshop kit

This boo-ti-ful Halloween design is the perfect way to begin or sharpen your thread painting skills. No guesswork on how to thread paint. A drawing of each design and step-by-step instructions will guide you on your way. The house is thread painted in pieces and then “constructed” once all pieces are complete.

Haven’t tried thread painting before? This workshop is for all levels so come join the fun and discover a new technique to add to your quilting or sewing skills. 

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

2022

Closed Workshops

September 13 & 15

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT Each Day

(Two 4 hour days)

Creating Realistic Thread Painted Designs

Virtual quilt class - Embellishing

Creating Realistic Thread Painted Designs

8 Hours (two 4-hour days) - 15 Students

$110 includes workshop kit

Want to give character to your characters?  Realistic designs are achieved by incorporating shadows and highlights into a design. Learn the design parameters required to shade and highlight with thread to create realism.  A preprinted design easily guides you through each step. Also, this workshop will show you how to divide a design into parts then assemble it so the design has more dimension and thus more realism. This is the first workshop I will teach to show how-to thread paint figures similar to the figures in my latest competitive quilt – the Declaration of Independence – Voices of Freedom. So come see how easy the process is and how much fun creating designs in thread can be!

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Germany
Texas
Florida
Nevada
Washington
Illinois
Missouri
Maryland
New Jersey
Wisconsin
Kansas
California

September 24

1:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

This workshop is open
only to members of the Applique Society

(A 3-hour Workshop)

Creating with Derwent Inktense Pencils

A Simple Apple

Virtual quilt class - Simple Tread Painting

Creating with Derwent Inktense Pencils
​​​​​​​A Simple Apple

3 Hours

$75 includes the workshop kit

A simple project to start with

Creating with Derwent Intense pencils is as easy as coloring and it is way too much fun!!. I am not kidding!! It is amazing what these pencils can do and you will want to see how simple it is. A pattern of an apple will be supplied and then the coloring begins. Watch as my fantastic fabric medium and a paintbrush transforms the “coloring” into a beautiful, dramatic and colorful work of art. There is an artist is all of us just waiting to get out!! So come join me for a few hours of total fun.

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Colorado
Missouri
United Kingdom
Maryland
Texas
Utah
New York
Florida
Virginia
Pennsylvania

September 28

1:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Simple Thread Painting - 3 Hours

Virtual quilt class - Simple Tread Painting

Simple Thread Painting

3 Hours - 15 Students

$54 includes workshop kit

A simple project to start with

Never thread painted before? Then this workshop is a great place to start. A straight and zigzag stitch are the little workhorses and a pre-printed design easily guides you through each step so no stress about how to proceed. The Zoom presentation is almost like having a private lesson with me. So why not spend a few hours and learn a new technique to add to your quilting arsenal.

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

January 7

12:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Creating with Derwent Inktense Pencils

A Simple Apple

Virtual quilt class - Simple Tread Painting

Creating with Derwent Inktense Pencils
​​​​​​​A Simple Apple

3 Hours - 20 Students

$75 includes workshop kit

A simple project to start with

Creating with Derwent Intense pencils is as easy as coloring and it is way too much fun!!. I am not kidding!! It is amazing what these pencils can do and you will want to see how simple it is. A pattern of an apple will be supplied and then the coloring begins. Watch as my fantastic fabric medium and a paintbrush transforms the “coloring” into a beautiful, dramatic and colorful work of art. There is an artist is all of us just waiting to get out!! So come join me for a few hours of total fun.

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Colorado
Missouri
United Kingdom
Maryland
Texas
Utah
New York
Florida
Virginia
Pennsylvania

January 12 & 13

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST Each Day

(Two 4 hour days)

Creating Realistic Thread Painted Designs

Virtual quilt class - Embellishing

Creating Realistic Thread Painted Designs

8 Hours (two 4-hour days) - 15 Students

$110 includes workshop kit

Want to give character to your characters?  Realistic designs are achieved by incorporating shadows and highlights into a design. Learn the design parameters required to shade and highlight with thread to create realism.  A preprinted design easily guides you through each step. Also, this workshop will show you how to divide a design into parts then assemble it so the design has more dimension and thus more realism. This is the first workshop I will teach to show how-to thread paint figures similar to the figures in my latest competitive quilt – the Declaration of Independence – Voices of Freedom. So come see how easy the process is and how much fun creating designs in thread can be!

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Germany
Texas
Florida
Nevada
Washington
Illinois
Missouri
Maryland
New Jersey
Wisconsin
Kansas
California

February 9 & 10

12:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST Each Day

(Two 3 1/2 hour days)

Countryside Thread Sketching

Virtual quilt class - Embellishing

Countryside Thread Sketching

7 Hour (two 3 1/2 - hour days) - 15 Students

$89 includes workshop kit

Thread sketching is a bit different from thread painting in that the final result is just the “idea” of the photograph or design. Thread sketching is faster than thread painting in that the design does not have to be completely filled with thread. Only a straight or zigzag stitch is required. The comprehensive videos during the workshop will guide you through each step of the project. The video recordings will be available for 30 days from the workshop date. By the end of the workshop, you will be confident to transfer your own photographs or designs onto fabric. 

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Germany
Kansas
Virginia
Ohio
Texas
Florida
Arkansas
Maine
New Jersey
British Columbia Canada
Ontario Canada
Utah
Massachusetts

February 23 & 24

12:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST Each Day

(Two 3 1/2 hour days)

Crazy for Thread Painted Landscapes - Summer
​​​​​​

Virtual quilt class - Embellishing

Crazy for Thread Painted Landscapes - Summer
​​​​​

7 Hour (two 3 1/2 - hour days) - 15 Students

$99 includes workshop kit

You can thread paint your way to success in this workshop simply by using an overlay drawing and custom printed background fabric to guide you to success. How simple is that!! Straight and zigzag stitches are simple to learn as you quickly begin your own thread painting adventure. Part of the workshop is to demonstrate how to reproduce realistic landscape elements. So come be Mother Nature for a day and create a small landscape vignette. Just beware – thread painting is so addictive. 

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Ohio
North Carolina
Texas
Alberta Canada
Ontario Canada

March 23 - 24

12:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
(Two 3 1/2 hour days)

Embellishing Fabric with Thread Painting

Embellishing Fabric with Thread Painting

7 Hours - 15 Students

$86 includes workshop kit

Black and white fabric is prevalent in most quilt shops and is a very creative option to thread paint some amazing designs. Thread painting on commercial fabric is as easy as 1.2.3. In this workshop you will learn how to blend thread to make the finished flower look realistic. With a printed design, it is easy to begin your thread painting adventure. The comprehensive video will guide you through each step of the project and is almost like having a private lesson with me. Once you have taken this class, you will never look at black and white fabric the same!!

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Alberta Canada
North Carolina
Texas
Hawaii

March 31

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

 April 7

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

April 14

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

A 10-hour workshop
(Two 4-hour days plus one 2-hour day)

Searching for Butterflies

Thread Painting

Searching for Butterflies

Thread Painting

10 Hours - 15 Students

$138 includes workshop kit

The end game of any of my thread painting workshops is to deliver a realistic design and this workshop whether your first one or tenth one will teach in detail how blending works to create a realistic figure. And for the first time, micro-quilting will be introduced in a workshop. Micro-quilting is so much fun and you just can’t mess it up – cross any quilting line and no one is the wiser. And as a bonus, students will receive my booklet on How to Add Borders After Quilting the Quilt. The 3-day workshop will be held over 3 weeks, one designated day each week to allow finishing time for each segment of the workshop. This is a jam-packed workshop so join me for a few days of fun!!

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Germany
Maine
New Jersey
Kansas
Hawaii

May 11 - 12

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST
(Two 4-hour days)

Thread Stories - Walk in the Woods
​​​​​​​Thread Painting

Thread Stories - Walk in the Woods

Thread Painting

8 Hours - 15 Students

$108 includes workshop kit

Most of you have worked on a row-by-row quilt. Now for the first time, this workshops’ focus is thread painting row by row. The object of this workshop is to give the illusion that an area is far from the viewer and that another area is close to the viewer. Adjusting the rows achieves this goal and the use of dark and light areas creates the illusion of shadows and highlights thus giving form and interest to the project. So grab your thread, oil up your machine, and be ready to learn some new techniques!!

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Germany
British Columbia
Hawaii
California
New Mexico
Connecticut 
Texas
Ohio
New Jersey
New York
Missouri
Washington
Massachusetts 

June 7 & 9

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
(Two 4-hour days)

Accentuate an Artist's Painting
with
Thread Painting

Accentuate an Artists' Painting
with
Thread Painting

8 Hours - 20 Students

$99 includes a workshop kit

In searching for a new thread painting workshop I stumbled upon this exquisite painting by an American oil painter.  Knowing that many of the painters' artworks of yesteryear are no longer copyright protected allowed me the opportunity of enhancing the painting with thread.

The beauty of this workshop is the thread painting is balanced off with an equal amount of untouched background. The untouched background areas will be enhanced during the quilting process to provide a balance to the project.

The emphasis of this workshop is the how-to of thread painting but equally important will be a video showing how different stitches create interest and give an illusion of distance. This is a fun workshop and the results color-wise are striking!

When signing up for class, allow enough time to receive the workshop kit:

USA Students:

  • USPS First-Class Package Service - allow  7 days
  • USPS Priority Mail - allow  5 days

International students:

  • USPS First-Class Package International Service - allow 25 business days
  • USPS Priority International - allow 12 business days

Students for this class live in these places

Germany
British Columbia
Hawaii
California
New Mexico
Connecticut 
Texas
Ohio
New Jersey
New York
Missouri
Washington
Massachusetts 

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