October 9, 2018
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.
October 9 & 10, 2018
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.
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 includes various types of craft foam, duct foil, printmaking supplies and tools, use of stamps, heating equipment and tools, markers, rub-on paints.
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.
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
Members return the next day to continue their handwork and conversations.
Also needed: A stamped, self-addressed stamped envelope for your proceeds.
January 8 & 9, 2019
Designer and Fiber Artist
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.
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.
Instructions, needles and 2 Styrofoam balls and paper for measuring
Updated supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshops.
March 12 & 13, 2019
Designer, Mixed Media and Fiber Artist
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.
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.
Updated supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshops.
April 9, 2019
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.
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.
Black fabric pen, Mistyfuse sample, hand-dyed cheesecloth, handouts
Updated kit and supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshop.
April 10, 2019
May 14 & 15, 2019
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.
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.
Updated supply lists will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.