LECTURES: Lectures are entertaining, informative, last approximately an hour or so, depending on questions from audience, and have as many quilts as possible for view.
- “From Basic to Beautiful: Hand Stitching Reimagined” – The history of “Redwork” is reviewed through antique commercial publications, antique needle case, blocks and quilts. Red (or Blue) Work was done on a white background with only one color of floss. Fast forward a few years and now in my work, there is color everywhere (even black backgrounds) with realistic colors and details – From Basic to Beautiful!
- “Finishing Touches with Unique Borders & Bindings” – You’ve spent time and effort to stitch your project, so why just sew a strip of fabric around it? There is a wide variety of sizes, shapes and techniques (most simple, some not) that used alone, or in combination, can add your special touch.
- “Adding Dimensions to Your Quilt with Just a Little Stitching” – You can take your project to to a piece of art!! Unlike machine stitching (which presses the fabric down) embroidery stitches lay on top, giving added texture and dimension to your quilt. Will show you how a few stitches here and there can go a long way! But be careful, it might be addicting!
- “Peaceful Moments” – As modern women, our lives are very busy from the time we get up until we turn off the light to sleep later. I help women capture the joy of handwork while reducing stress. Hand stitching is very portable, can fit into your purse or briefcase and help restore you.
- “The American Quilter – From Revolutionary War through Today” – A chronicle of women’s stitching, sewing and quilting from the beginning of our Country to modern day. We review materials, threads, equipment and sewing machines and of course, techniques along the way.
WORKSHOPS: Workshops are offered as half day or full day sessions.
- “Hand Stitching for the Beginner” – Learn about the basic tools (and a few items you’ll want to have), how to transfer the pattern onto fabric (3 different ways) and begin stitching with the basic backstitch. Will show you how to keep your work neat and knots hidden.
- “Hand Stitching for the Confident Beginner” – we’ll practice stitches like lazy daisies, feathers and couching, how to add depth of color with shading and how to incorporate beads.
- “Wool & Fusible Applique with Dimensional Stitches” – Tailor your stitching to your style – classic, primitive, modern. We’ll practice the buttonhole stitch, the “big” stitch, etc. and addition details to various pieces in the project. For the “beginner” stitcher.
- “Finishing Touches I” – Take the finishing of your quilt up a notch with mitered corners, flanges, gentle curves, bias bindings. For the “confident” quilter.
- “Finishing Touches II” – Feeling empowered after completing Finishing Touches I, complete your quilt with over the top finishes like prairie points (single & double), scallops, piping, turned under backings. For the “experienced” quilter.
- “Adding Dimensions to Your Quilt with Just a Little Stitching” – Unlike machine stitching (which presses the fabric down) embroidery stitches lay on top, giving added texture and dimension to your quilt. Will show you how a few stitches here and there can go a long way! Careful, it might be addicting! For the “beginner” stitcher.
- “Drafting & Stitching from Your Own Photo” – For the experienced hand stitcher. From your personal photograph of a household pet or a bird/flower from the great outdoors, you’ll draft a pattern, select stitches to use and work through coloring for the details. For the “experienced” stitcher.