Classes-Schedule

Ace Sew & Vac – 2414 Portland Rd #1, Newberg, OR 97132 PH# (503) 538-1122

Ace Sew & Vac 12185 SW Main St. Tigard OR 97223 PH# (503) 598-0122

Montavilla Sewing Center971 NE Kelly Ave, Gresham, OR 97030 PH# (503) 661-2102

Montavilla Sewing Center – 429 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 PH# (503) 635-1353

Sharon’s Attic – 2950 SW Cornelius Pass Rd #100, Hillsboro, OR 97123 PH# (503) 259-3475

Cedar Ridge Quilts – 19045 S Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045 PH# 503-908-1398

In addition to traveling and teaching for guilds and retreats out of the area, I also teach a wide variety of classes at a few of the local shops. Below is a chronological listing of my upcoming classes; for more detailed information – hours and class fees – click on the appropriate shop link  and check their class calendar, or call them to register.

Corona Virus Update! Please note that the classes listed below are tentative and the dates subject to rescheduling based on the changing store closures and possible event cancellations

June 6, 2020: Thread Painting: Ace Sew & Vac

This beginning level thread painting class will teach you to use your sewing machine and thread much like a box of crayons. The butterfly class project is simple enough to render in a basic ‘color within the lines’ approach but can be stitched in a more complex style adding details and blending colors for the more adventurous spirits. You do not need an ‘embroidery’ machine for this, just one that can be used for free motion stitching with a straight stitch. The stitching is hand guided not computerized and even a basic machine will work fine. Choices are: a stained glass style butterfly pattern (good for beginning thread painters) or a more ‘painterly’ bird pattern (intermediate to advanced skills). Adventurous students may create a Thread Painted subject of their own choice with the instructor’s approval if they wish. Skill Level: Confident Beginner to Advanced (familiarity with free-motion stitching is recommended)

July 14, 2020: Embroidered Folk Art Ornament: Cedar Ridge Quilts

Made of wool or felt, stuffed and embellished with an assortment of simple hand embroidery stitches, beads and sequins, these colorful embellished motifs are inspired by the vivid Folk Embroidery of India and Pakistan. They make perfect holiday ornaments (or you can appliqué them into a hand-stitched wool project) and though Christmas is over for this year, you can get a head start and have a whole collection of them by next Christmas. Skill Level: beginner and up

July 28, 2020: Evening Program & Trunk Show – The Art and Craft of Quilting Your Quilt: Metropolitan Patchwork Society

Evening Program and lecture: It is said the “Quilting Makes The Quilt”. Not all quilters realize how very true this is. There are many types of quilts we make – utilitarian, keepsakes and heirlooms to fine art. This presentation will explore all the aspects of quilting a quilt from choosing an appropriate stitching design to tips on the best materials and how to approach the project. The talk and trunk show will cover both hand and machine quilting as I share the tips, techniques and experience of 48 years of stitching knowledge. Contact Metropolitan Patchwork Society for more information

Teotihuacan – Aztec Sun Calendar

August 17, 2020: Hand Dyed Embroidery Threads
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening class: Why spend extra money on hand dyed embroidery threads when they are easy to dye yourself. If you love to embroider or do hand stitched wool applique, you owe it to yourself to try this. Creating your own hand dyed floss and pearl cotton gives you greater variety and allows you to choose your own colors and/or color combinations for variegated threads. The process of dying variegated thread is somewhat serendipitous but you will discover unique, beautiful color combinations as the dyes blend to create gorgeous thread. Skill Level: Beginner

Hand Dyed Pearl Cotton and 6-strand Floss

August 18, 2020: Ancient Icons
Art & Soul Retreats

Day Class: These are a series of small ‘Artists Tiles’ joined into an assemblage with beads or stitchery; they can also be made as individual miniature artworks for jewelry or to apply to other projects. Inspirational fabric prints are the starting point for a variety of embellishing techniques – beading, stamping, painting, embroidery and/or the application of found objects, If making an artistic assemblage, it can be hung from a bamboo segment, piece of rustic driftwood or… Your imagination is the only limit. Skill Level: Confident Beginner (some beading and hand embroidery skills would be helpful but not necessary)

August 18, 2020: Fabric Feathers
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: These feathers are very easy to make from scraps of denim, recycled worn out jeans; it even works with some upholstery fabrics if they are heavy enough and fray well. Your feathers can be used to embellish other projects or strung to make into jewelry, dangle from a purse or bag and even used as a unique scissors fob to identify your scissors at a class or workshop. Skill Level: Beginner and up

August 19, 2020: 3-D Fabric Pebbles
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: Walk down any Oregon beach or stream and you will find tons of them – pebbles in all sizes, shapes and colors. Many are polished smooth from their tumbling journey in the sea and many have inclusions of quartz or fossils; you can even find the occasional agate scattered in with the other stones. In this workshop you will learn how to make surprisingly realistic dimensional pebbles scattered over a sandy background to create a small pebble sampler. This is a handwork project; no sewing machine is needed for the class. Skill Level: Beginner and up.

August 21, 2020: Crow Woman
Art & Soul Retreats

Day Class: This project combines appliqued felt embellished with hand embroidery to create an iconic image of a tribal priestess in a manifestation as a crow. Crows symbolize transcendence, they are considered powerful spirits and harbingers of change. A familiarity with hand embroidery stitches will give a student advantage but is not necessary for the class, the stitches covered in the lesson are fairly simple and the embroidery could be rendered by a confident beginner.

Crow Woman Embroidery

August 22, 2020: Paper/Fabric Beads
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: These Beads are rolled from strips of paper or fabric. It’s a wonderful way to up-cycle colorful scrap paper – old magazines, salvaged holiday wrapping paper, junk mail… the beads can also be made from fabric leftover from other sewing projects. They are fast to make and can be embellished further with paints, seed beads, wire and decorative threads. Fabric can be frayed for a lovely fringe type effect that makes a bead somewhere between bead and tassel. The finished beads can be used to embellish other fiber arts or strung to make jewelry. Skill Level: Confident Beginner

August 23, 2020: Hand Stitched Button Medallions
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: These are little hand stitched mandalas type compositions sewn onto felt or felted wool to frame collectible buttons, The embroidery is composed from very simple easy stitches and a student need not have previous embroidery skills to create one of these little carousels of color. Skill Level: Beginner and up

August 24, 2020: Fabrications – Collage Lace
Art & Soul Retreats

In this class you will create a lacy montage out of recycled bits of thread, fabric, fibers and fabric motifs. Not only is the process fun and serendipitous but you will be up-cycling bits and pieces most crafts people would chuck into the trash. Instead of adding to a landfill, you will walk away from class with an enchanting piece of fabric lace that you can use as a piece of ephemera in other art projects. Skill level: Confident Beginner and up.

October 17, 2020: Workshop – Freestyle Quilted Medallions: Metropolitan Patchwork Society

In this workshop, you will learn a variety of ways to create beautiful stitched medallions that will be the crowning touch on your quilts. Techniques will include using templates, improvisational stitching using reference points and completely serendipitous free form stitching. Contact The Metropolitan Patchwork Society for more details on enrollment. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up (familiarity with free motion stitching recommended)

ONGOING CLASSES

These classes are held every month on a repeating schedule

 

Technique Toolbox – Montavilla Sewing Center

Lake Oswego Location: (the fourth Thursday of each month) A proficient quilter will have many tools in their sewing kit – good scissors, rotary cutters, rulers, cutting mats, pins, marking tools… So too, should they have an assortment of skills to allow them to carry out whatever quilting task their heart desires. This ongoing series of classes are devoted to building a thorough base of methods and techniques. In some cases, it might be a precise method of construction while in others, it could be an innovative technique to make a task easier or faster. While these classes will be invaluable to novice quilters eager to expand their skills, seasoned quilters may also find a process they have not yet encountered. Come and join in on the fun – you just might learn something.

Art Journal Quilts – Montavilla Sewing Center

Gresham Location: (Usually the fourth Wednesday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list)

These are small page sized projects that are usually quickly made as an exercise to try out new techniques in a small low risk form. In each monthly class, we will explore a new technique or design approach to try out methods that go beyond the traditional quilting patterns and techniques.  The classes are ongoing, meeting every month to show and share work and ideas, explore a variety of techniques (and indulge in artisan chocolate).

Art Journal Quilts Ace Sew & Vac

Tigard Store: Usually the fourth Friday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list

Art Journal Quilt - part of my 'nest' series
Art Journal Quilt – part of my ‘nest’ series

These are small page sized projects that are usually quickly made as an exercise to try out new techniques in a small low risk form. In each monthly class, we will explore a new technique or design approach to try out methods that go beyond the traditional quilting patterns and techniques. Methods can include: beading, embroidery, fabric dyeing, painting and collage, fabric manipulation and other ‘roads less traveled’. The classes are ongoing, meeting every month to show and share work and ideas, explore a variety of techniques (and indulge in artisan chocolate). As the projects and technique will vary from month to month, contact the teacher for the current supply list. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

Art Journal QuiltsCedar Ridge Quilts

(Usually the third Thuirsday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list)

Seams Like Spring – dimensional flowers tucked into stem-like seams

These are small page sized projects that are usually quickly made as an exercise to try out new techniques in a small low risk form. In each monthly class, we will explore a new technique or design approach to try out methods that go beyond the traditional quilting patterns and techniques. Methods can include: beading, embroidery, fabric dyeing, painting and collage, fabric manipulation and other ‘roads less traveled’. The classes are ongoing, meeting every month to show and share work and ideas, explore a variety of techniques (and indulge in artisan chocolate). As the projects and technique will vary from month to month, contact the teacher for the current supply list. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and up.

Hand Embroidery ~ Stitch of the Month – Cedar Ridge Quilts

This ongoing class will feature a different hand embroidery stitch each month. The starting project is a spray of delicate Queen Anne’s Lace; Wool flower ‘heads’ are appliqued onto a bordered panel and every month students will learn a new stitch to make the lacy caps on the flowers. Students can look forward to future hand embroidery projects as this class continues. Skill Level: Beginner

Queen Anne’s Lace

Attic Cats – Group Sewing Sharon’s Attic

(Usually the first Tuesday of each month – call shop to confirm or contact me to be put on the email notification list)

Sour Puss
Sour Puss

This monthly class has gradually transitioned into an ‘Open Sew’ type of group and some students bring other projects to work on enjoying the camaraderie of other quilters and the support of having a teacher present to mentor them if they wish. Students are still free to choose and make a Garden Patch Cat if they wish and occasionally we devote a session in which we explore a specific project or technique that students are welcome to participate in or not as they choose.

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