Classes-Schedule

Until further notice, the only two shops I will be offering in person classes from are Cedar Ridge in Oregon City and Sharon’s Attic in Aloha. Due to Covid restrictions, the other shops have largely suspended in-person classes until further notice.

I am currently offering online instruction on a one-to-one basis or to groups interested in arranging for a group class session. Most of my class offerings are adaptable to this format. I am also available for one-on-one mentoring and consultations for your projects. You can contact me at helene.m.knott@gmail.com for more information or to schedule a session.

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 NEW Update! Please note that I will list classes as I can based on the stores rescheduling them. Some stores set up schedules only to have to cancel them again as the Covid cases are spiking. I am exploring the possibility of teaching virtual classes and will post those here when I get set up for that.

June 14, 2021: Program – Landscape Quilts ~ My Passion: Mt. Bachelor Quilt Guild

With a background in drawing and painting, landscapes has been a particular subject of interest to me. When I transitioned from using paint to using fabric, this subject matter made the transition as well. Though I revel in all sorts of quilting. from Traditional patterns and techniques to Art Quilts, Pictorial and Landscape quilts are still very near and dear to me. This program will include a trunk show of my landscape quilts from realistic to stylized but also cover some of the logistics of creating effective landscape quilt design and using fabrics effectively to get spectacular results.

April 17, 2021: Free Motion Textures – Cedar Ridge Quilts

There’s more to quilted textures than the allover puzzle piece meander. Spectacular quilts can be created with little more than the texture created by combining a few motifs with a variety of background textures that make a tapestry of light and shadow and subtle to graphic contrasting colors. In this class, you will learn to approach allover background quilting with new eyes. Skill Level: Intermediate (or upper level confident beginner with some free motion quilting experience).

A variety of machine quilting textures

May 15, 2021: Free Motion Magic – Cedar Ridge Quilts

This is a condensed version of my Machine Quilting 101 class. The students work on smaller sized quilt blocks and learn a variety of methods of transferring motif designs, quilting them and then playing with all-over textures to make the motifs pop. Several methods of transferring and stitching will be explored along with a few all-over background textures. Skill Level: Beginner.

Free Motion Magic Sample

May 16 & 23, 2021: Hand Embroidered Queen Anne’s Lace Stitch Sampler – Cedar Ridge Quilts

This two part class will allow you to explore a variety of hand embroidery stitches while creating this floral spray of Queen Anne’s Lace. Students will begin with a simple wool applique base for the flowers and their some variations on feather stitching for the stems in the first class and then try out a sampling of stitches to make the flowering blossom heads in the second session. Skill Level: Beginner

May 20 and monthly thereafter, 2021: Lone Robin Skill Builder Quilt – Cedar Ridge Quilts

A Round Robin is a sort of mystery friendship quilt carried out amongst a groups of quilting friends. Each quilter makes a center block of choice and each block is then shifted to another group member who adds to that center in the form of a border or an additional panel strip after which the quilts are shifted once again and then again until they have made the rounds and are returned to the original quilter as a completed top. Though fun, friendships can be cemented or broken depending on what is done to each quilt along the circle. In a Lone Robin Quilt, the original quilter has control of their project at every step. There is still a measure of spontaneity as each session is devoted to a technique that the student can use as they choose to enhance their ever growing quilt. This project is intended to span five sessions at the end of which each student will have a lovely unique quilt top to finish as they choose. Skill Level: Confident beginner and up.

Update on Art & Soul Retreat. At this time we are tentatively going ahead with the retreat June 19 – 26

June 19, 2021: 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

June 20, 2021: 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)

June 20, 2021: Corded Collage
Art & Soul Retreats

Evening Class: In this class you will explore line and texture, creating a composition made up of continuous line made from a variety of yarns and cords. The design can be a stylized motif or subject or completely abstract as you choose. For speed, the cords will be couched by machine though dedicated hand stitchers could carry out the stitching by hand in a slower, more meditative approach. Skill Level: Confident beginner – some experience in free motion stitching helpful but not necessary.

June 22, 2021: 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

June 24, 2021: 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

June 26, 2021: Zen Pathway
Art & Soul Retreats

Full Day Class: This small scroll sized wall quilt is inspired by pathways of stepping stones found in Japanese Gardens. The stones are made from lightly cushioned faced appliqué applied to a background panel and embellished with a fallen leaf or fussy cut blossoms if desired. Students can design their own meditative pathway or follow one of several layouts provided by the instructor. Skill Level: confident beginner and up (this class requires a sewing machine) Skill Level: Beginner and up.

ONGOING CLASSES

These classes are held every month on a repeating schedule: Other than the Attic Cats Open Sew at Sharon’s Attic, the others are suspended until further notice

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

Art Journal QuiltsCedar Ridge Quilts

(Usually the third Thursday 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.

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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