Wendy Evans - Art History

October 9, 2018


"Skins, Skeins and Stitches / Fabric Art through the Ages"

Through rich and vibrant photos Wendy shows samples and tells amazing stories of textiles over time and across continents. She explains that there is evidence of weaving as far back as the Stone Age. Since then we have wrapped ourselves in fabric, walked on carpets, and decorated with embroidery and tapestries. Long dismissed as mere craft, skills in traditional fabric making and decorating have now been embraced as art, by art historians and adopted by artists as appropriate ways to create art and express their ideas.


Debra Gash

October 9 & 10, 2018

1 1/2 Day Workshop: "3-Dimensional Sculptures - What can a Fiber Artist do with Craft Foam?"

Debra will guide her students as they discover the artistic applications for craft foam. This versatile material will be used to create a highly textured fiber piece such as an organic bowl, sculpture, or flat piece with 3-D elements.
Pre-workshop Prep:

  1. If possible, prewash your fabric to remove any coatings. If you are bringing more than a yard of fabric, cut or tear it into roughly 1 piece so it will fit on your worktable.
  2. Choose a simple color palette (selection of colors that work together) for your paints/projects.
    1. For the easiest approach, pick 1 or 2 colors for your background and 3 contrast colors for your printed images. These could be three value variations of the same hue (color) or 3 different colors. This is just a basic guideline; feel free to bring as many colors as you like. The background color(s) will be applied as a thin wash after the printed images have dried.
    2. Try to have contrast between your background color(s) and your image colors so your prints stand out. If you need help picking out colors, try this: 1) look at the colors in your favorite outfit or objects around your house, 2) use a color palette generator app such as Adobe Capture, etc. These are great art tools!

On Tuesday afternoon, we will:
Explore the use of craft foam as a tool for surface design by creating stamps, intaglio (incised) printing plates, monotype (flat) printing plates and relief (raised) printing plates to create unique fabric to be used on Wednesday. We will also lightly heat the foam and impress while soft to create shapeable, stitchable embellishments for fiber art.
On Wednesday, we will design and create small three-dimensional objects using the fabric made on Tuesday (or you can keep the fabric and bring in more for the sculpture). These could be bowls or other vessels, abstract sculptures, flat pieces that are highly texturized, or even jewelry. We make these by sandwiching the craft foam between layers of fabric, stitching, and then heating to make the foam shrink and become soft enough to shape.

Class Kit: $12

Class kit includes various types of craft foam, duct foil, printmaking supplies and tools, use of stamps, heating equipment and tools, markers, rub-on paints.

Supply List:


  • Fabric: 1-2 yds prewashed lightweight white or light colored fabric such as cotton, silk, rayon or a polyester/polyester blend. Lighter fabrics ruche up better than heavier, stiffer fabrics.
  • Colorants: fabric paints - regular (not super thin) and a couple of metallics (Jacquard Lumieres are highly recommended). You can get by with just a few colors that work together (see pre-workshop prep notes above). If you only have acrylics, you MUST use fabric medium to keep the hand soft for the fabric to ruche up when heated. Bring any other colorants you would like to try, such as colored pencils, fabric or permanent markers, watercolor crayons, etc. Rub-on metallics like Rub-N-Buff, Treasure Gold are especially nice (these seem to last forever if you have them).
  • Scissors: sharp craft scissors, fabric scissors, small, sharp fabric scissors or clippers for clipping curved seams
  • Painting supplies: several 1-1 1/2" wide foam brushes, foam or plastic plate for a palette, container for water, paper towel, table covering
  • Other:
  • Tools - pencil, a few detailed rubber stamps if you have them; a few stencils, ballpoint pen, embossing tool or dull pencil for inscribing the foam, X-Acto knife with good blade and cutting mat. If you have a small die-cutting machine or hand die cutters, bring them (if you want to use those shapes for stamps)
  • Misc. - masking or blue tape, 2 pieces craft felt, spray mist bottle, few sheets of plain paper for practice, sheet of foam core board for stamp mounts (dollar store is fine).
  • Optional - if you want to make a foam stamp roller, bring plastic wrap, double stick tape, some empty toilet paper rolls, a foam paint roller from the dollar store


  • Scissors: sharp craft scissors, fabric scissors, small, sharp fabric scissors or clippers for clipping curved seams
  • Sewing supplies: sewing machine in working order. I find it easier to use clear feet. If you want a sewn decorative edge, bring on overcasting or zigzag foot, press and cut pad or other portable cutting surface, small rotary cutter and sharp blade; hand sewing needle and thread/bobbin to match or contrast with your painted fabric (decide on Tuesday). You may want a light for the light hand sewing.
  • Fabric: your dry fabric from Tuesday
  • Optional: transfer foils and foil glue or some Wonder Under, sheer polyester ribbons
  • Other: plain paper for patterns, pencil

Special Needs:

  • Drying racks and floor covering for racks - Tuesday
  • Ironing stations - Wednesday
  • Utility sink

Class Maximum: 18


Stash Sellabration - Sit & Stitch

November 13 & 14, 2018

This is a social event and an opportunity for members to sell their stash of needlework & textile items and supplies such as fabric, notions, beads, thread, yarns, books, magazines, patterns (independents only), kits, printing, dyeing & quilting supplies, machines & tools and other related items. 10% of the sales go to the guild. Only cash or checks made out to "cash" will be accepted. The Stash Sellabration is Tuesday and Sit & Stitch (handwork such as knitting, crocheting, beading, embroidery, hand sewing and weaving) is both Tuesday and Wednesday. Various members will be available to head up interest groups. NTGM members and their guests have the first opportunity to purchase Tuesday morning. CCC and ASG members are invited to join us at noon and all day Wednesday with the idea of creating interest in our group and possibly generating sales.

Order of Events

Tuesday: Sale and Sit & Stitch 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

8:30 - 9:30 am: Sellers give their sale items, inventory sheets and envelopes to the volunteers at the door. Their items will be placed on appropriately marked tables. While waiting for the event to start, sellers who do not have an assignment and their guests may sit and stitch at the tables and couches in the back of the room.
9:30 am: Doors open for members who are not participating in the sale and their guests. This is a time to socialize, browse the sale items and arrange where to sit for the Sit & Stitch.
There will be no Flea Market, Library or Show & Tell.
10:00 am: NTGM business meeting and announcements. Sale procedures will be explained.
After the Meeting: Stash Sellebration begins
12:00 pm: A casual lunch (Pack your lunch and beverage.) Members from CCC and ASG who are not already guests of NTGM members arrive for the Sale and Sit & Stitch
2:00 pm: End of Sale Sellers take home or donate to NTGM all unsold items. Important: There will be no pick-ups before 2:00 pm and any items left after 2:30 pm are donated to NTGM. A committee will sort the items for NTGM. Some items may be available on Wednesday at very reduced prices with 100% of the sales going to the guild...bring cash on Wednesday!
3:30 pm: End of Sit & Stitch Clean up

Wednesday: Sit & Stitch 10 am to 3:30 pm

Members return the next day to continue their handwork and conversations.

Sellers need the Stash Sellebration package available in the NTGM newsletter:

  1. A sales agreement sheet signed and emailed to Judy Loyd: judyloyd@me.com or Amira Soheim: soheim@yahoo.com by Oct. 23. Since it is important for planning to know who is participating, there will be a $20 charge to participate after the 23rd.
  2. Sales tags
    • Make copies on colored card stock.
    • Complete and securely attach a numbered tag to each item.
    • Items may be bundled into clear bags and tagged as one sale.
    • Include your price, content, yardage (if applicable) and other pertinent information.
    • Use $.50 increments only.
  3. An inventory list
    • Make as many copies as needed on the same card stock continuing the number order.
    • Complete all contact information.
    • List each item number, description and price making sure they match the sales tag.
    • The inventory sheet/s are given to the sale volunteers the morning of the sale.
    • Make a copy of the inventory sheet for your own records.

Also needed: A stamped, self-addressed stamped envelope for your proceeds.


Sandy Aasgaard

January 8 & 9, 2019

Designer and Fiber Artist

Lecture - "Japanese Textile Art"

Sandy lived in Japan where she fell in love the Japanese lifestyle and their textiles. She will show photos and samples of Ikat, Shibori, kasuri, Awa shirjiri and embroidery surface design techniques explaining how each is made and used. No talk about Japan would be complete without discussing traditional fashions, the garments of the Geishas: kimonos, Obis, Ukatas and Getas and her experience wearing them.

1 1/2 Day Workshop: Japanese Temari Balls

Students will make a traditional temari ball, a decoration for the home that can be used all year. Sandy will show how a Styrofoam ball is first measured and then using pins for support, pearl cotton is wrapped around the ball to make an intricate pattern. She will show how a variety of patterns can be made.

Class Fee: $60

Class Kit: $TBD

Instructions, needles and 2 Styrofoam balls and paper for measuring

Supply List:

Updated supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshops.

  • Pearl Cotton, DMC 5, two different color combinations of at least 4-5 colors
  • A spool of regular thread in a background color or just white
  • Straight pins, (different color heads help)
  • Small scissors
  • Small light helps
  • Tape measure

Class Maximum: 18


Sue Mathes

March 12 & 13, 2019

Designer, Mixed Media and Fiber Artist

Lecture - "Altered Books - A History and Personal Journey"

Altered books are individualized expressions of inventive bookmaking. How did this style begin and how have these enchanting books developed into a popular art form? Sue explains its fascinating history, how she was introduced to and developed a personal relationship with this technique. She has numerous altered books and note cards to show and will explaining how the designs were conceived and created.

1 1/2 Day Workshop: "Altered Books - Recycling Your Art"

Make an altered book, trading or note cards from fabric and paper projects you have packed away. Gather your experimental drawings, dyed/painted/sewn fabrics, and handmade papers. Sue will show how to cut and reassemble those painted, inked, dyed, bleached, rusted, pieced, quilted and pleated pieces and turn them into the creative art form of book and card making. She'll guide students in embellishing their work with recycled supplies from home. Let Sue know what project you want to do and she will offer suggestions on what you might bring.

Class Fee: $60

Class Kit: None

Supply List:

Updated supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshops.

  • Recycled fabric and paper projects: such as painted, dyed, bleached, rusted, woven, quilted and/or pleated pieces.
  • Embellishments: such as threads, buttons, ribbons, charms, beads, old jewelry, glass, metal and clay pieces, bottle caps, magazine pictures, paint, colored pencils, inks, chalk, charcoal, and pastels.
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Glue: FabricTac for fabric, glue sticks for paper and E6000 for embellishments.
  • Punches and needles
  • A stapler and/or needle and heavy thread.
  • Optional: a sewing machine and thread for embellishing and assembling the book and cards.

Class Maximum: 18


Jacqueline Lams

April 9, 2019


Lecture and Trunk Show: "My Adventures as a Textile Artist"

Jacqueline is a mixed media fiber artist. Her non-traditional cloth and mixed media creations incorporate hand dyed, commercial and vintage fabrics which are often embellished with drawing, painting, hand & machine stitching, thermo fax screen-printing, metal embossing or whatever else sparks her imagination. Her presentation will show her early pieces through to her most recent works. She will share her techniques, experiments, challenges, happy accidents and stories behind her projects.

Tuesday 1/2 Day Workshop: "Building Visual Textures"

Expand your creativity by experimenting with various mediums to achieve layers of visual interest: Drawing, marking, hand stitching, machine stitching (optional), and using everyday objects, bits of fabric, cheesecloth, lace, and beading to build up depth and enhance your fabric. Student project: Complete a 10" x 10" piece of textured fabric that could be mounted onto a canvas or incorporated into a quilt.

Class Fee: $20

Class Kit: $TBD

Black fabric pen, Mistyfuse sample, hand-dyed cheesecloth, handouts

Supply List:

Updated kit and supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshop.

  • Cotton fabric: hand- dyed or commercially printed for the base of your 10" x 10" project
  • Fabric Scissors (large and small), Rotary cutter, cutting mat
  • Objects for drawing shapes such as pill bottles, trivets, stencils, and small toys
  • Waterproof pens and markers, various size tips (small pen for details) in colors to complement your fabric: Colored fabric pens, Faber-Castell/Copic/sharpie (metal, optional)
  • Felt for backing the fabric (white, black, brown that will blend with your fabric)
  • Iron safe sheet - Teflon
  • Sewing pins (not the really good ones!)
  • Fabric glue (Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue)
  • Embroidery threads and pearl cotton
  • Embroidery needles
  • Scraps of cotton, dyed fabrics, ribbons, dyed Cheesecloth, felted fiber, lace and beading
  • Optional: Sewing Machine, various threads
  • Optional: Words or phases from a poem or song to put into your piece

Class Maximum: 18


Wednesday - Guided Art Museum (Textiles) and lunch. TBD

April 10, 2019


Jenny Schu

May 14 & 15, 2019


Lecture: PowerPoint and Samples to show: "An Amalgamation of Beadwork and Hand Weaving"

Jenny will discuss and show her recent artwork including pieces she created in her two artist residencies where she feels she developed her best processes. She will talk about the bead weaving techniques, the St. Petersburg Chain and Russian Leaves, which frequent her jewelry and larger exhibition pieces.

1 1/2 Day Workshop: "St. Petersburg Chain Stitch & Russian Leaf"

Tuesday afternoon: Jenny will teach the St. Petersburg Chain Stitch. Jenny says that students usually finish a bracelet-length chain in a half-day class with 11/0 beads. They may choose to use the smaller 15/0 beads used in her lariat necklaces and bracelets, but the smaller beads do take longer.
Wednesday: Students will learn the Russian Leaf Stitch, which is more complicated than the St. Petersburg chain stitch. Note: Previous bead weaving experience including a familiarity with the Peyote Stitch is helpful.

Class Fee: $60

Class Kit: None

Supply List:

Updated supply lists will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

  • 11/0 or 15/0 beads in coordinating colors for bracelet
  • 11/0 for leaf
  • Thread
  • Beading wax
  • Beading needles
  • Small scissors
  • Portable light

Class Maximum: 14