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Class Summary by Session 2022

For a more in depth description of each class (In alphabetical order by the Instructors last name), and an introduction to life at QSDS, enjoy this video:


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 1: May 30–June 3, 2022 (five–day classes, $630)

1. Multi-Media Fiber
Instructor: Betty Busby

For several years I have been exploring the use of various non woven materials in my fiber art. They have been a wonderful addition to traditional fabrics, extending the range of expression that can be achieved. The class will include samples of different types of non woven materials, ways to produce images with them, and methods to incorporate them with traditional fabrics. We will explore the use of an electric cutting machine (Cameo) to cut the non-wovens into finely tuned shapes. You will learn how to draw a pattern from scratch, put it into the cutter software, and adjust the settings on the machine to produce results that are useable in many applications. In addition, I have developed new ways of painting fabrics. Students can make samples using my methods and materials, and combine them with the non-wovens as desired. I am also more than happy to assist students with making their own designs and patterns. The aim of the class is to give each student many exciting ideas to experiment with. Sample-size pieces of the non wovens I use and one yard of silk habotai are provided in the class.

Sewing Machine: No

Supplies Fee: $40

Medium/Technique:Surface Design, Mixed-Media

Student Level: All

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2. Which Way Is Up?
Instructor: Rosalie Dace

Discover the importance of abstracting, editing and simplifying ideas in order to make a good visual composition. Learn how to bring your great ideas to life and translate them into fabric and thread with meaningful shapes and lines, creating rhythm and movement. As we look at a variety of images and discuss the elements of design, you will see why some designs, whether representational or abstract, work better than others. The results will surprise and delight you as you compose and construct with confidence in a variety of ways to create contemporary work.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Machine Quilting, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Supply List [PDF]


3. Boro Reboot: A Mindful Practice
Instructor:
Deborah Fell

Our world moves very fast. Let’s slow down and relish in process rather than product. Supplies are minimal and no machine is required. We will create small compositions, emphasizing how to use the hand stitch as a major design element. Grab a bag of fabric scraps, your favorite hand sewing tools and jump on board. This is not a technique workshop where you learn how to hand stitch. We will focus on using the stitch line as mark-making on cloth. Stitches are the brush strokes that make the composition complete.Each day opens with a design presentation. Students will explore personal mark making preferences, with the power of parallel play in groups.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: $50

Medium/Technique: Hand Stitching, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


4. Independent Study (7 days)
Instructor:
Michael James

Work independently on one or more projects, with periodic feedback from Michael James and other members of the session group. Occasional short presentations and readings will complement the week's pursuits. A concluding group assessment on the final day will gauge progress and consider next steps. This class must be taken in conjunction with class #11.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Class Fee: $50

Medium/Technique:Independent Study

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Supply List [PDF]


5. Start with Dark
Instructor:
Pat Pauly

Start With Dark is a fabric printing workshop where the emphasis is to use strong graphics with color that is rich and deep. The class utilizes all the techniques for printing textiles -- underlayers, resists, stencils, and silkscreens – and uses in-depth techniques for printing using thickened dye. Value in printing will be a major focus, as well as color mixing and color theory. The goal will be using the printed medium in a versatile way to produce fabrics with a range of both color and value, so that they can be used and combined in works with distinct properties, thus giving the ability to define shapes and areas in the work. Monoprinting, rubbings, scraping and stencils – all are used with screen printing for one-of-a-kind irresistible fabric. Uncover the magic of printing with dyes!

Sewing Machine: No

Supplies Fee: $60

Medium/Technique:Surface Design, Dyeing, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Screen Printing

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


6. On the Grid—Structure as a Visual Aesthetic
Instructor: Maria Shell

The grid and other structures can be an aesthetic used for creating visually compelling quilts. In this workshop, students will explore manipulating the grid through color, pattern, repetition, cutting & piecing and proportion & scale. Each day will start out with lecture/presentation followed by a dicuss about art, craft, construction, visual aesthetics and more. The rest of the day will be spent working independently with regular one-on-one student teacher interactions. The final day of the workshop will include student presentations and feedback from the instructor.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Design/Composition/Color Theory, Other: Piecework

Student Level: Intermediate

Supply List [PDF]


7. Mark as Muse
Instructor:
Kevin Womack

Marks are influential. Marks have meaning. Marks help us communicate. Begin by developing your unique "mark vocabulary" using ink, markers, paints, hand stitching and diverse mark-making strategies. Next, use your journal of marks to inspire motifs and ideas for repeated patterns. Delving further, discover effective ways of incorporating your newly-formed visual language into your work. Choose to construct a composition, explore hand stitching, or develop machine-stitched motifs for your final project. Join in the fun while creating designs that are uniquely yours.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique:Machine Quilting, Hand Stitching, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]

Session 2: June 4-June 5, 2022 (two-day classes, $330)

8. Walk With Me
Instructor:
Rosalie Dace

Take your mind on a walk as you piece, applique or stitch your own private journey. Relax as you discover the possibilities of needle, thread and simple stitch. Using your steps as the basis for a symbolic pattern, make a bird's-eye view that traces your path through your room, home, yard, or neighbourhood. Stitch by hand and/or machine on to a plain or pieced background. The length, direction and color of your stitches will echo how you stride, walk, wander or meander through your day. The resulting quilt top, full of line, color and thread, will sing with the personal symbolism of your hand and voice over time, adding a further dimension to your work. Emphasis will be on quality of LINE with special reference to variety, direction and weight, and combining it with shape to enhance design and composition

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Hand Stitching, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


9. Mixed Media Techniques for Art Quilts
Instructor: Deborah Fell

Let’s learn to incorporate mixed media materials with art quilting, creating small compositions that use related elements. We will explore a variety of techniques, working with fabric, canvas, paper, found objects, gel medium and a limited range of your favorite paint colors. We will focus on mark making and layering, which gives you more options when creating a composition. This mixed media play workshop encourages you to step gently out of your comfort zone in a collaborative and supportive environment!

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: $40

Medium/Technique: Surface Design, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Mixed-Media

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


10. Beadify Your Universe!
Instructor: Becky Hancock

If you love beads and embellishments, this is the class for you! Becky brings the beads, embellishments and tools. We’ll learn basic jewelry construction for earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Students can handstitch beads onto sculptural 3-D felt objects or learn how to make a beaded mixed-media Cosmic Joy Mojonator, which is scientifically shown to keep joy particles resonating in your environment! The possibilities are endless!

Sewing Machine: No

Supplies Fee: $45

Medium/Technique: Hand Stitching, Sewing, Mixed-Media, Hand Beading, Other: Jewelry Techniques

Student Level: All


11. Independent Study (7 days)
Instructor: Michael James

Please see description from class 4. This class must be taken in conjunction with class 4. This class is offered only as a 7-day class.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Medium/Technique: Independent Study

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Supply List [PDF]


12. Make It & Break It
Instructor: Pat Pauly

Make It & Break It works with improvisational piecing as the basis for composing abstract works, and combines that with structure to set the units in a composition for a larger contemporary work. This two-day class starts with building a pieced and sewn set – complete with insets, windows, lines, breaks, shifts and curves – all the tools of improvisational quilting. The second day breaks apart this set to focus on design and composition, rearranging it (with a few added tricks) to become an entirely new piece. A great class with a take-away for future techniques in improvisational design. Get ready to sew, make it, and break it, to learn improv sewing techniques.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


13. Three Points – A Triangle Workshop
Instructor: Maria Shell

The triangle is an elegant shape that can be used to create dynamic quilts. This workshop covers all manner of triangles and ways to improvisation-ally cut and piece them into patchwork art. Each day will start out with a lecture/presentation followed by a discussion about art, craft, construction, visual aesthetics and more. The rest of the day will be spent working independently with regular one-on-one student-teacher interactions. The final day of the workshop will include student presentations and feedback from the instructor.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Independent Study, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Other: Piece work

Student Level: Intermediate

Supply List [PDF]


14. Surface Design Shuffle
Instructor: Kevin Womack

Have you been creating or purchasing one of a kind fabrics and are stumped as to how to begin using them in your quilts? Are you afraid to cut them up? Let’s work together to create a simple-to-sew quilt that makes the most of those beautiful fabrics. We will explore design basics while following a set of easy steps. You will learn to use those unique surface-designed fabrics in an artful way that makes the most of their relationships and interactions.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]

Session 3: June 6–10, 2022 (Five-day classes, $630)

15. Driven to Abstraction
Instructor: Sue Benner

The exploration of abstraction in the art quilt medium is the theme of this workshop, both objective (abstracted from an actual subject) and non-objective. Through exercises, slide shows, individual discussions and a review of the history of abstraction, Sue will lead you through methods for developing abstract imagery. Each student will create a series of works based on source materials brought to class for inspiration. Instruction on using fusible collage as the construction technique will be presented, but these concepts can later be applied to other techniques as well. This is a great class for pushing your personal work. (Workshop includes PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations, and handout.)

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Machine Quilting, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


16. Botanical Printing & Dyeing
Instructor: Lisa Binkley

Dyeing with plant pigments and other natural materials (insects, lichen, etc.) has been practiced and refined for thousands of years—for as long as humans have made cloth and wished to beautify it. Printing with plants has been practiced for generations through such traditions as Easter egg decoration and, in the past few decades, as a way to create pattern and imagery on fabric.

During this workshop students learn about the history of dyeing and printing with plants; how to prepare fabric/fiber for dyeing and printing; ways to secure and alter dye color on cloth; and many ways to get patterns and images on fabric with a variety of plant materials. We begin by gathering as many of our printing and dyeing plants as possible from the area surrounding the workshop (depending on location and time of year). Then we explore dyeing solid and mottled colors with botanical pigments both individually and in combination; printing plant materials onto fabrics; eco-printing and dyeing together; and using some simple shibori techniques in conjunction with eco-printing and dyeing.

Sewing Machine: No

Supplies Fee: $20

Medium/Technique: Surface Design, Dyeing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


17. Joomchi and Beyond, Why Not?
Instructor: Jiyoung Chung

Joomchi is a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper by using water, and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and many other usages of the form. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Joomchi is not easy to rip/tear and creates elegant looking surface: As time goes, the surface becomes more and more elegant and aged looking, surfaces sometimes look like leather.

The terminology originated from the meaning, “making a Joomoney (Pouch)”. Record says that the Koreans started making Joomchi in Goryeo Dynasty, A.D.918 – 1392. There are a few remaining Korean treasures made with this technique: purses, folding pouch, outfit for rain, etc. Its usages are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new way of drawing, garments, unconventional body ornament or sculptural object: 2-D & 3D either functional or fine art oriented. The possibilities are endless!

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: $30

Medium/Technique: Surface Design, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Paper, Mixed-Media, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


18. Concept to Quilt
Instructor: Rosalie Dace

Join a class where you move from the idea to the finished work, negotiating the passion and pitfalls along the way as you make a small finished original quilt based on one of your ideas. We will discuss and work through the questions we all ask: Where do I start? How do I sort through my ideas? How do I know what to do? What do I leave out? What techniques do I use? What do I do when I simply loathe what I have done? How do I deal with rejection…and whose opinion do I value anyway? How do I enter a show and which shows do I want to be part of?

This is a practical class where you will be part of both group and individual problem solving. Presentations will show how other artists have worked with different individual solutions and possibilities to making original work. Various approaches and techniques will be demonstrated as you work to bring your piece to completion.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Machine Quilting, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Business of Art

Student Level: All

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19. Collage Workshop (7 days)
Instructor: David Hornung

This class is basically a studio workshop. Students make collages and/or photo-montages under the guidance of the instructor. Working in small scale with cut or torn paper takes the pressure off of any one piece and fosters the kind of risk taking necessary for artistic growth. Materials include found or painted papers, photos, or prints. Emphasis can be placed on color, design, meaning or combinations thereof at the discretion of the student. There are no overall assignments, students are encouraged to pursue an individual direction within the practice of collage (with help from the instructor to get started if needed). Powerpoint presentations and classroom “walkabouts” provide forums for discussion. This class must be taken in conjunction with class #27.

Sewing Machine: No

Class Fee: $50

Medium/Technique: Paper, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


20. HOT
Instructor: Susan Lenz

Let’s explore heat-activated processes for contemporary fiber arts. You will be encouraged to work intuitively with a wide range of polyester stretch velvets, metallic foiling sheets, chiffon scarf overlays, Angelina fibers, feathers, iron-on adhesives, and snippets of other novelty materials. Susan’s style of instruction is a series of in-depth demonstrations followed by ample time for experimentation and discovery. Demonstrations will include painting the adhesive, fusing layers of synthetics, surface design, hand embroidery, self-guided free-motion stitching, melting techniques, and matting/mounting fiber arts for framed presentations. There will be individual critiques and open discussions on inspiration, professional development, and the working life of a studio artist. Susan’s thirty-year background as a certified custom picture framer will enhance the workshop.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: $25

Class Kit Description: Susan will provide everything needed but recommends that participants bring their own scissors because not all of hers are particularly sharp. Although Susan brings everything for everyone, participants can bring their own sewing machines for their own comfort. Free-motion foot is needed.

Medium/Technique: Machine Quilting, Surface Design, Hand Stitching, Mixed-Media, Collage

Student Level: All


21. Sheer Play: Painting, Designing and Constructing with Translucent Fabrics
Instructor: Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer

Discover the design and color world which opens up while composing quilts or fabric collages with layers of luxurious silk organza and crisp cotton organdy. We will begin by producing a gem-like palette of translucent fabric with water-based paints and then proceed to the design wall, where new colors and shapes will emerge as the translucent fabrics are layered. We will also explore the design possibilities that different finished edges provide. We will fill a handmade technique notebook with samples of hand-sewn raw edges, machine-sewn raw edges, and examples of weaving, tucks, bojagi seams, hand and machine blanket stitch, and revised flat fell seams. After two guided design exercises, we’ll begin work on our individual compositions which will employ the translucent properties of the fabrics in personal ways. Design options will expand with discussions of ways to incorporate surface stitchery, printed imagery, and opaque fabrics into your fabric compositions.

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: $60

Medium/Technique: Surface Design, Hand Stitching, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


22. Just Silkscreens
Instructor: Pat Pauly

Just Silkscreen is just that –Silkscreens! We will exhaust every way to use silkscreen in printing cloth. Working in fiber reactive dyes, our prints will leave your work with the same original hand, so that you can use the fabric for apparel or art quilts. We’ll use stencils, paper barriers, soy wax, Tyvek shapes, dirty screens, clear screens, screening to monoprint and everything in combination. Of course, we’ll add how to lay in backgrounds which will give us a variety of textures. Composition of the piece is discussed for printing fabric with the fabric’s ultimate function in mind -- positioning the print for maximum use. Learn all there is (or that we can do in a week’s class!) about silk screen printing on cloth.

Sewing Machine: No

Supplies Fee: $60

Medium/Technique: Surface Design, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Screen Printing

Student Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Supply List [PDF]

Session 4: June 11–12, 2022 (two-day classes, $330)

23. Sewing the Land
Instructor: Sue Benner

Each participant will create a landscape quilt, about 10”H x 20”W (25 cm x 50cm) along with a few experimental studies. Sue will show you how to study a landscape photo or image, analyze it, and translate it into fabric using fused construction methods. Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvages, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she has gone on to add other techniques and to develop a large series of work inspired by the wetlands in her childhood-home state of Wisconsin. (Includes PowerPoint presentations, demonstrations and handout.)

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Machine Quilting, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


24. Hand Stitching On Hand-Dyed & Hand-Printed Fabric
Instructor: Lisa Binkley

Perhaps you've just spent a week learning to dye and print on fabrics with natural dyes, and now you have lots of gorgeous fabrics you want to use to make an art quilt or garment. Or perhaps you have a stash of beautiful, one-of-a-kind fabrics you've been saving for just the right piece. Here's your chance to put those fabrics to good use. Spend the weekend learning a variety of approaches to cutting, piecing, appliqueing, and in other ways combining these fabrics with hand stitching with a variety of thread types. We'll address design and composition issues as well as approaches to stitching on and embellishing these fabrics that may be different than ways in which you've approached other types of fabrics.

Sewing Machine: No

Supplies Fee: $10

Medium/Technique: Surface Design, Hand Stitching, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


25. Joomchi & Beyond II
Instructor: Jiyoung Chung

Joomchi is a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper by using water, and eager hands. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, practice and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and many other usages of the form. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Joomchi is not easy to rip/tear and creates elegant looking surface: As time goes, the surface becomes more and more elegant and aged looking, surfaces sometimes look like leather.

The terminology originated from the meaning, “making a Joomoney (Pouch)”. Record says that the Koreans started making Joomchi in Goryeo Dynasty, A.D.918 – 1392.. There are a few remaining Korean treasures made with this technique: purses, folding pouch, outfit for rain, etc. Its usages are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new way of drawing, garments, unconventional body ornament or sculptural object: 2-D & 3D either functional or fine art oriented. The possibilities are endless!

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: $18

Medium/Technique: Surface Design, Design/Composition/Color Theory, Paper, Mixed-Media, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


26. Line Dance
Instructor: Rosalie Dace

Have fun playing with line and learning how to make it work for your quilts. Add movement texture and vitality as you discover a variety of lines from smooth and graceful to sharp and crisp, and a whole lot in between. This in a hands-on class where we will learn the secrets of embroidery, trapunto, piping, couching and quilting in numerous ways, by both hand and machine to give your quilts that extra dimension. Participants will make a wall quilt incorporating many exciting ways in which they can use line. Slides and numerous inspirational examples shown in class will see you "line dancing" forever!

Sewing Machine: Yes

Supplies Fee: None

Medium/Technique: Machine Quilting, Sewing, Design/Composition/Color Theory

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


27. Collage Workshop (7 days)
Instructor: David Hornung

Please see description from class 19. This class must be taken in conjunction with class 19. This class is offered only as a 7-day class.

Sewing Machine: No

Medium/Technique: Paper, Collage

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]


28. One Woman’s Trash Transformed
Instructor: Susan Lenz

Let’s spend the weekend following the popular mantra of Recycle, Reduce, Reuse. We will focus on transforming a variety of found objects and materials. Susan, a veteran recycler, will provide almost everything, but students are welcome to bring a few of their own non-precious objects as well. We will turn wooden thread spools into ornaments and tag old keys with inspirational words/phrases. Learn to zigzag stitch neglected yarn into cording and fiber vessels. Try cutting up Susan’s older artwork and/or other 2D art into greeting cards. Then, we’ll use old picture frames for the presentation of your ne creations. There will be individual critiques and open discussions on inspiration, professional development, and the working life of a studio artist. Susan’s thirty-year background as a certified custom picture framer will enhance the workshop.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: $25

Class Kit Description: Susan will be bringing nearly everything for everyone to use but encourages participants to bring their own sewing machine with a cording foot, non-precious keepsakes, and small items that they might want to transform with fiber and stitch.

Medium/Technique: Machine Quilting, Surface Design, Hand Stitching, Mixed-Media, Collage

Student Level: All


29. Fabric Books: Combining Text and Textiles
Instructor: Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer

Join textiles and text while constructing a fabric-bound book. You’re invited to approach the design and construction of the book cover as an exercise in assembling a small fabric collage, composing a miniature quilt top, or transforming a whole-cloth cover with hand or machine stitching. It’s your choice whether to investigate the slow-stitch (hand-sewn) method for making your book cover or to use your sewing machine. Learn how to fuse your completed cover onto a non-woven stiffener and to choose fabric to line and enliven the inside of your book cover. We’ll employ traditional book binding techniques to attach the book pages to the completed cover. Finishing the book with a long-stitch binding will render your book ready to hold your ideas, intentions, and hopes in its pages whether you use it as a sketchbook, travel journal, or art diary. You will leave class with a completed book and the ideas for several variants allowing you to use your small fiber art compositions to make useful or fanciful book forms.

Sewing Machine: Optional

Supplies Fee: $15

Medium/Technique: Hand Stitching, Sewing, Paper, Book-Making

Student Level: All

Supply List [PDF]

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