Raintree Woods Workshop Descriptions

Below are descriptions of workshops offered in the Raintree Woods Studio.   I will keep you updated through the Raintree Woods Workshop Newsletter.  Check the registration page regularly.  I have a twenty year mortgage so I will be around for awhile to eventually teach all of these workshops.  Each month new workshops are posted.  Please email Deborah to get on the workshop mailing list–art@deborahfell.com

*Another option~~~~ If you and three friends are interested in any of the workshops, let me know & we can arrange a time to make that happen.

The following workshops are now open for registration–click here.  Please note that new workshops are posted almost every month–workshops are repeated to accommodate lower enrollment; sometimes new ones are offered–it varies month to month.

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Design SeminarThis workshop is an independent study that focuses on student choices of work/project.  It is designed to be a supportive and collaborative environment that offers parallel play with other artists.  Each session will offer a facilitated discussion which is geared to specific needs.

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Using Traditional Materials in a New Way

This workshop celebrates the power of breaking the rules with quilt piecing.  Learning this method will greatly increase your toolbox of choices for quilt construction.  Foundation piecing, raw edge applique and adding hand stitching combines traditional methods used in a new way. This method celebrates the imperfect, the organic line and making mistakes.  Students will use muslin as a foundation and scraps for the quilt top.

  

  


Intro to Fabric Dyeing

Students will learn the basics of low immersion dye techniques using Fiber Reactive dyes.  Procedures, safety issues, along with a variety of methods and approaches will be taught using small fabric studies.  Students will begin to build their vocabulary and their knowledge base increases.  This is a fun way to explore the world of dyeing fabric and allows you to investigate without buying your own supplies.  This class is a great starting point and will lay the foundation for further study.

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Supplies Included


Fabric Dyeing Level 2

This class builds on the basic dyeing class.  The Intro course is a prerequisite.  More complex strategies are taught in a supportive and small, comfortable environment.  Students will review their basic dyeing vocabulary knowledge base while increasing their skills.  Range of color will be taught as well as resist techniques.

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Supplies Included


Fabric Dyeing Level 3

This class continues to build on the basic dyeing class.  More complex strategies are taught in a supportive and small, comfortable environment. Students will review their basic dyeing vocabulary knowledge base while increasing their skills.  Range & value of color will be taught as well as resist techniques.  Layering will be emphasized along with over dyeing techniques.

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Supplies Included


Discharge Dyeing

Using small amounts of fabric, students will learn various method to take dye out of fabric.  Discharge dyeing can help to create many layers in the fabric and give it more of a dimensional appearance.  Safety issues will be emphasized and students need to know that they will be working with bleach.  It is advised that students with respiratory issues not take this course.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Supplies Included


Paint, Print, Play!

This workshop will teach students how to make stamping & printing tools for use in surface design.  Methods used will include discharge dyeing and printing with acrylic paint.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Some Supplies Included


Inspiration & Design Ideas–A Starting Point

This workshop will cover finding inspiration for your art, how to jump start design ideas along with construction options consideration.  Students will see a presentation on these three topics along with concrete design activities that will help you find inspiration when you need it.  Techniques include tips for ways to inspire design ideas when you are back in your studio working alone.  This valuable workshop is an excellent beginning to building a sound design foundation.  It is also an excellent place to start your journey into the world of making art with cloth.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Supply list for this course:

  • Note taking materials
  • Work to share for show & tell

Intro to Art Quilts

If you are intrigued by art quilts but feel intimidated, then this class is for you!  This workshop will bring you insight, fun & success.  The goal is to design a small (12” to 18”) art quilt using the collage approach and fusing.  Design and compositional elements will be the starting point for the project.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Fusible Webbing as a Design Tool

Fusible webbing is an iron on glue material that allows you to affix images to your fabric.  It is a wonderful tool when small, sharp edges are needed to have that crisp look.  Fusible webbing is a temporary solution however to give the fabric integrity, stitching on top is extremely important.  This workshop will teach you how to use fusible webbing, such as regular weight Wonder Under, effectively.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Using Spoonflower Effectively

Spoonflower is an online company that prints uploaded photos on fabric.  It is one of the latest crazes and adds a very personal statement to your work.  Spoonflower has its own editing program, however by using an independent editing photo editing program, results of your final photos can be taken to new levels.  If you want to use a lot of photos in a project, this is an excellent way to save money by creating only one file instead of many.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Supplies Included–Students should bring note taking materials.


Spoonflower Tutorial–This is a one-on-one workshop.

Spoonflower is an online company that prints uploaded photos on fabric.  It is one of the latest crazes and adds a very personal statement to your work.  Spoonflower has its own editing program, however by using an independent editing photo editing program, results of your final photos can be taken to new levels.  If you want to use a lot of photos in a project, this is an excellent way to save money by creating only one file instead of many.

Photo editing can be confusing and if you want specific help with ordering photos from Spoonflower, then this might be your solution.  Usually taking two hours, your photos will be layered on a blank Photoshop Elements blank canvas.  You will be able to consolidate photos so only one order needs to be placed.  Cost is $25 per hour.  An appointment needs to be made and this time needs two to three hours.  Bring a flash drive.


Machine Quilting

Machine Quilting is quilting two to three layers of fabric/materials together with a sewing machine.  Students will sandwich a three layer square and learn to machine stitch.  Tips & techniques will be shared to make this an option for your own work.  Learning this on your own machine can be very helpful.  A walking foot is needed to machine quilt anything bigger than a one foot square.

*Beginner to Advanced

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All supplies included.

Recommended to bring your own machine with a walking foot.


Free Motion Quilting

Free motion quilting stitches 2–3 layers of fabric together.  The difference between this & machine quilting is that the feed dogs are down, a darning or open toe quilting foot is used, and you can move the fabric in any direction.  Learning this on your own machine can be very helpful.  Your sewing machine must have the ability to drop the feed dogs.

*Beginner to Advanced

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All supplies included.

Recommended to bring your own machine–machine must have the ability to drop the feed dogs & have a quilting foot.


Collage as a Design Tool

Collage–from the French word ‘to glue’–is a visual composition made of several pieces.  ‘To glue’ in this context is to stitch fabric elements on top of each other to form a balanced composition.  Collage can be a very strong design tool and is an excellent way for an artist to explore their inner voice.

*Beginner to Advanced

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I have a machine you can use but if you prefer to bring your own that’s cool.  Please let me know ahead of time!  (There are stairs so be ready!)


Memory Quilts from Repurposed Clothing

Using old clothing is a wonderful way to make a patchwork quilt.  Perhaps you have saved a child’s clothes or a loved one lost.  This clothing can be repurposed to make a beautiful and functional quilt.  Techniques will be taught to construct these quilt blocks successfully resulting in a beautiful composition.  Adding digital photos transferred to fabric creates a very lovely and personalized element.  Along with this piecing technique, students will also be taught how to successfully use digital transfer software to create photo transfers from digital photography to incorporate into their designs.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Thinking Outside the Block

Using simple shapes and fat quarters of cotton fabric, students will learn how to piece quilt blocks without a pattern.  This method, popular with the Gee’s Bend Quilters and other historically significant quilters, is free form and based on simple shapes.  Students will end up with eight quilt blocks that can form a base for a new quilt.  This method of piecing takes you out of your comfort zone to explore new methods!

*Beginner to Advanced

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Make an Art Quilt Using Scraps

Do you embrace the surrounding environment?  Do you like to recycle materials and create a greener environment?  This workshop uses scraps of fabric from other projects along with mixed media elements such as found objects, papers, lovely trash, interesting textures and repurposed clothing.  Students will be taught methods to make this kind of quilt image possible.  Compositional elements will be the focus.  Bring in a favorite surroundings photo for a starting point for design.   This fun, collaborative and liberating workshop will have you loving the environment in an entirely new way.  This method will allow your design voice to sing!

*Beginner to Advanced

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Supplies Included

  • I have a machine you can use but if you prefer to bring your own that’s cool.  Please let me know ahead of time!

Organize Your Studio Space

OK–your heart is in your work and you are tired of using the dining room table as a studio.  Find & claim your space in your home!  A studio by any other name is still a studio. The space doesn’t have to be large but keeping it organized will allow you to be more productive.  This workshop will offer ideas and strategies to help you keep your space organized and teach you how to get your circle of people to embrace you as an artist.  Students need to bring note taking materials.

*Beginner to Advanced

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Supplies included–students should bring note-taking materials.

 


Marketing Your Work

You have decided to take your passion to the next level and now you want to try to make some money with your art.  This workshop focuses on marketing in the 21st century specifically with the impact of how technology has changed the arena of selling and marketing.  Students need to bring note taking materials.  You will walk away with a better understanding of how to price and sell your work.

*Beginner to Advanced

 

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Supplies included–students should bring note-taking materials.

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