2015 Quilt Workshops & Retreats

With The Stitchin' Post celebrating its 40th year in business, we decided to invite many
of our favorite instructors to give workshops.

(Note: Retreat and workshop prices do not include lodging.)

Rosalie Dace

August 24 – September 4

Rosalie Dace is a full time quiltmaker whose work reflects her passion for colour, pattern and texture.  She has had a lifelong interest in textiles and embroidery and has a degree in Art and English.  While she values the traditions from which our quiltmaking has come, she believes that a quilt should say something about its time and place in history.  This and her awareness of being a South African artist give her work its particular character.

Here and Now
At the Stitchin' Post
$430
5-day workshop (includes lunches)
Monday-Friday, August 24 – 28, 2015
9-4 pm (FULL)
Intermediate or Advanced Students 
(Must have taken a previous workshop with Rosalie)

Unleash your inner artist and make a quilt that no one else could make as you develop a personal design with your own sense of time and place.  Emphasis will be on COLOR and VALUE, LINE, SHAPE and TEXTURE to express your own journey to where you are now in life.  Choose a personal symbol, motif and color to represent your sense of space, time and mood and build a stunning composition using a visual path, and pattern repeat without predictability.  Learn to edit, select and simplify to create mystery, drama, richness and security in your work. Whatever you choose to depict, Rosalie will provide guidance as you create a successful contemporary visual composition that says “This is me here now!”

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rosalie dace over the moon quilt workshop

rosalie dace quilt workshop

Over the Moon
At the Stitchin' Post
$260
3-day workshop (includes lunches)
Monday-Wednesday, August 31, September 1 & 2, 2015
9-4 pm

The moon with its phases and movement across our skies has always had a special place in our hearts and lives. This class offers an opportunity to celebrate its varying shapes, light and mystery as the basis for making a rich and exciting quilt top. Learn how to design using circles and parts of circles, and how to develop varied repeat patterns. You can then choose to piece, applique or embellish your work. Demonstrations will include working with sheers and optional embroidery and embellishment. Class discussion will include a look at the fascinating references in science, mythology and art to enrich your work. Slides, technique and design examples, and other visual material promise to send you Over The Moon in this exciting class!

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rosalie dace quilt workshop

 

African Cloths, Colours & Quilts
At the Stitchin' Post
$175
2-day workshop (includes lunches)
Thursday-Friday, September 3 & 4, 2015
9-4 pm

Discover the excitement of African design that inspired Picasso, Matisse and other artists. Africa has a rich, varied textile heritage, including everyday cloths, attire and ceremonial garments. In this class we view slides and examples of the treasure trove of African textiles from Egyptian appliqué to woven Kente cloths and textured Shoowa velvets, to contemporary printed and embellished work. Then, working in the energy of the African design aesthetic with its asymmetry and free stylings, students will piece and or applique a small quilt top that they can choose to embellish.  You will be able to make an African-inspired work using your fabrics and some that I will have available in class for purchase.

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Fabric Dyeing Workshops with Carlene Keller

September 7-12, 2015

Carlene keller ice dyeing and indigo dyeing workshop

Carlene studied fiber arts at Mendocino Community College for three years beginning in 2001. Dyeing fabrics for quilt shops and shows and teaching dye classes soon followed. She is continually experimenting with new techniques to enhance the creativity of quilts. Carlene currently lives on the Big Island in Hawaii where she continues teaching and making art quilts.


 

Low Immersion & Ice Dye Workshop

Sept 7 – 9, 2015
$260

You will learn to use Procion MX dyes in low water immersion methods. A variety of techniques will be used to manipulate the cotton fabric to produce interesting textures and exciting colors. NO wimpy colors in this class!
The second half of the class will be devoted to ice dyeing. This is an exciting technique using Procion MX dye powder. We will manipulate the fabric in various shapes producing deeply colored and textured pieces. Come prepared to fall in love with your new hand dyed knowledge and fabrics.

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Indigo Dyeing

Sept. 10 – 12, 2015
$260

We will dye both cotton and silk in the indigo vat using various types of shaped resist. Folding, stitching, binding, pole wrapping and clamping will result in unique fabrics for your next creation. We will dye silk scarves using chopsticks and slinkies. No kidding! If you haven’t tried dyeing in an indigo vat, you’re in for a treat. It is truly magic.

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Amy Butler

September 18–19

amy butler unique color story workshop

 

 

Amy is an artist and designer surrounded by great friends, family, nature & animals. She love to travel for inspiration, to meet people, art of all kinds, and the simple textures of everyday things. For more information about Amy and to have a closer look at her work visit her website.  http://www.amybutlerdesign.com

Unique Color Story
At the Stitchin' Post
$160
1-day workshop (includes lunches)
Friday, September 18, 2015
9-4 pmamy butler color study workshop

Join Amy for this colorful image inspired workshop packed with ideas, techniques and inspiring insights on building unique and signature color palettes for your design work. Amy will begin with an inspirational presentation on how she works with color and creates her unique color palettes. The she will guide you as you create collage from your personal inspirational images, fabrics, ephemera and photos. From this collage you will pull specific colors to create your own unique color story. Keep in mind; you don't have to be an artist, crafter, or designer to participate. Everyone will discover their unique ability to sense, and see and experience color!

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amy butler improvisational patchwork quilt workshop

 

Improvisational Patchwork
At the Stitchin' Post
$160
1-day workshop (includes lunches)
Saturday, September 19, 2015
9-4 pm (FULL)

Amy is a master with pattern and color, and her quilts are a unique study in improvisational patchwork. She will work with you on technique as well as design in this full day workshop. What is fun is that so many different fabrics can really work together. Whether you are an experienced sewer/quilter who wants to experience a class with Amy, or a beginner, you will enjoy this workshop.

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Gwen Marston

Art Quilt Symposium

September 21–25

Gwen is a professional quilt artist, author, and teacher. She has written 27 books, two of which won awards:  Mary Schafer: American Quilt Maker, was awarded a 2005 Michigan Notable Books award, and her 37 Sketches won an award at the 2012 New York Book Show. She has had twenty-nine solo exhibits and participated in many group shows. In 2013, she had an exhibit at the Taupo Art Museum in Taupo, New Zealand, and an exhibit of her work was shown at the Dennos Art Museum in Traverse City, Michigan Jan 18-April 27, 2014. 

gwen marston small studies quilt workshop

Small Studies
Art Quilt Symposium
$260
3-day workshop (includes lunches)
Monday-Wednesday, September 21 – 23, 2015
9-4 pm (FULL)
Intermediate or Advanced Students 

This class is built on the idea of exploring abstract design by making small studies. I soon began to think of these small studies as sketches. Just as painters use sketches to explore possibilities, fabric sketches are for working things out; for learning new techniques, exploring color and composition. They are your ticket to play, and to develop your own aesthetics in a safe, worry free space. Making sketches is like taking a crash course in design.

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Minimal Quilts
Art Quilt Symposium
$175
2-day workshop (includes lunches)
Session 1: (FULL) Thursday-Friday,
September 24 – 25, 2015
Session 2: (FULL) Monday-Tuesday,
September 28 – 29, 2015
9-4 pm

This class is based on Gwen’s new book Minimal Quiltmaking (AQS 2014). Gwen will have a group of her quilts in class to help students get a sense of scale.

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gwen marston minimal quilt workshop
 

Valerie Goodwin

Art Quilt Symposium

September 21–27

valerie goodwin art quilt maps book

 

Valerie is an architect and an artist who creates fiber art inspired by realistic and abstract imagery of maps.  Her work is noted for its use of color, emphasis on line and density.  For more information and to see examples of her work visit her web site.  http://www.quiltsbyvalerie.com/

valerie goodwin complex conposition quilt workshopComplex Composition
Art Quilt Symposium
$430
5-day workshop (includes lunches)
Monday-Friday, September 21 – 25, 2015
9-4 pm
Intermediate or Advanced Students

 

Cross-fertilization between the arts can enrich how each of us approaches
our work. This workshop will focus on using the basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. You will learn to create rich and complex compositions from this inventive perspective, using the principles
of SCALE, MERGING, LAYERING/OVERLAPPING, RANKING, AND FRAMING. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the
story of a particular place.

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Favorite Places
At the Stitchin' Post
$175
2-day workshop (includes lunches)
Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, 2015
9-4 pm
Intermediate or Advanced Students

valerie goodwin favorite places quilt workshop

Maps are intriguing as an art form and as a vehicle for artistic expression. They are personal explorations of map language and imagined landscapes. Through satellite imagery sites like Google maps almost any place can be translated into an exquisite mixed media Cartographic Quilt. Name a favorite place. Is it in your city, your state, the USA or somewhere far away?
In this class you can design a cartographic map of a favorite location such as your residence or birth place.
Discover the possibilities of creating a map from fabric, paint and thread!

Using a fun and simple series of painted and collaged, mixed-media techniques, you will create the feeling or ingredients of a place. Valori will guide you through a series of steps that will provide opportunities to learn about design while giving you the freedom to experiment within a structured framework. The goal is to weave together various types of drawings such as aerial views, plans, and 3D images in a cohesive and creative composition to reveal the story of your favorite place.

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Rosalie Dace

Art Quilt Symposium ~ Line Dance

September 21–25

Line Dance
Art Quilt Symposium
$430
5-day workshop (includes lunches)
Monday-Friday, September 21 – 25, 2015
9-4 pm
(FULL)

rosalie dace line dance quilt workshop

Line is one of the most vital elements of design. This class offers you the opportunity to have fun with line and make it work for your quilts, by adding movement, texture and vitality in smooth, graceful, sharp, crisp or fuzzy lines. Learn to explore what sensitive, subtle or bold lines can do for your compositions. In this hands-on class, discover the secrets of embroidery, trapunto, piping, couching and quilting by hand or machine to give your quilts that extra zing.  Students will make several small studies or one large wall quilt using line in many sensitive and exciting ways.  Slides and class examples will see you ”line dancing” forever!

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Julie Herman

 

October 1,2,3

julie herman jabird quilt workshop

 

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts embarked on her sewing and quilting journey in 2002 while she was a graphic design student at Drexel University. Through her love of color, geometry, textiles and community, in 2009 she started her blog, Jaybird Quilts. Her desire to modernize quilt construction, from cutting, piecing and instruction, led her to evolve her personal blog into a beloved quilt pattern and ruler brand trusted by quilters around the world. You can visit her website at JaybirdQuilts.com

(You Can Find Julie's "Jaybird Quilts" Patterns & Rulers
on this page of our website...)

Gravity Quilt Workshop
At the Stitchin' Post
$255
3-day workshop
(includes lunches)
Thursday, October 1 - Saturday, October 3, 2015
9-4 pm

Take a trip through the galaxy! This quilt design features 9 unique blocks all created with the Super Sidekick & Hex N More rulers. There are no Y seams! You'll create two blocks from the same design and creative fabric placement will make you quilt appear to have 18 different blocks.

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gravity quilt workshop with Julie Herman

 

Sherrill Kahn

Mixed Media Techniques

October 16–20

Sherrill brings together her 30 years of teaching art in public schools with her love of fiber art and design.  She is generous with teaching her techniques and lives by the words “what if.”  To learn more about Sherrill and see her work, visit her website.  http://www.impressmenow.com/

Mixed Media Techniques
At the Stitchin' Post
$255
3-day workshop (includes lunches)
Session 1: Friday-Sunday, October 16-18, 2015
Session 2: Thursday-Saturday, October 22-24, 2015*
9-4 pm

Sherrill loves teaching this class, since there are so many possibilities. You draw, paint, do prints, collage, use paper, use fabric, use unusual embellishments, sew, glue, rubber stamp, and on and on. Because it is mixed media, the media is up to you. When you receive the supply list, you decide if you want to start with a large piece of fabric or paper. You might want to use wood, or leather--It is all mixed media!

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*Due to popular demand, Sherril has agreed to teach a second session of her Mixed Media Techniques workshop.

sherrill kahn mixed media quilting working

sherill kahn mixed media workshop

sherill kahn bookmaking workshop

Creative Books
At the Stitchin' Post
$170
2-day workshop (includes lunches)
Monday-Tuesday, October 19-20, 2015
9-4 pm

Sherrill started making books years ago. She has made about 100 handmade books.  Sherrill will teach a number of binding techniques, from very simple to more complex. You can use fabric, paper, or other material to make the books. You might even want to use the materials you created, or the skills you learned from Sherrill's Mixed Media workshop.

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Jean Wells

Exploring Your Own Personal Theme – An Art Quilting Adventure!

November 2 – 6

At the Stitchin' Post
$340*
5-day workshop (includes lunches)
Monday-Friday, November 2 – 6, 2015 (FULL)
9-4 pm

Intermediate or Advanced Students 
(a previous workshop from Jean is recommended)

art quilting workshop with jean wells

By experiencing some mini composition exercises and beginning a more complex project, you will explore your own personal theme in this five-day workshop. Learning to embrace the “critique process” as a means of personal development, and discovering innovative ways to design and construct will further you along in the process of finding your own voice in this creative journey you are on. The experience will allow you to develop as a designer, and discover new directions for your future work.

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 *Book purchase recommended: Journey to Inspired Art Quilting by Jean Wells ($29.95 less 15% class discount) OR Intuitive Color and Design by Jean Wells ($27.95 less15% class discount)

 

Registration Policies & Procedures

WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
Registration:  Pre-registration is required. Register by calling us at 541-549-6061, going on-line to http://www.stitchinpost.com, or by coming to the store and filling out an application. No discounts apply.

Deposit and Payment Policy:  When you register for a retreat or workshop, you need to pay one-half of the tuition. This includes a $25 non-refundable deposit. The remaining tuition is due six weeks prior to the retreat or workshop start date. You will receive confirmation, a supply list, and lodging information in the mail.
(Lodging is not included in your retreat or workshop pricing.)

Cancellation Policy:  When you registered, you pay a $25 non-refundable deposit. If you cancel six weeks or less before the workshop or retreat start date, no refund will be given; however, you are welcome to fill your spot with another person (or we will fill it from a waiting list, if there is one).

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