Workshops      Now is the time to sign up!

Workshops are a favorite perk of EBHQ. You will meet a world-class fabrics/design teacher in a small group setting (no more than 24 people). The workshop space at 980 Stannage is airy and bright. Exposure to new techniques will inspire you and you will go home energized from the creative and social workout.

Need to do some shopping for supplies for a class? Check with one of our retail affiliates to see if they have what you need. The yearly membership dues our affiliates pay help to support our guild and the good work we do.

April, 2017:  Tara Faughnan

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Color Interaction: Playing with Solids and the Importance of Value 

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Playing with color is one of the most rewarding aspects of quilt making. It can be fun, intuitive, challenging and at times frustrating. In this 6 hour class, we will explore how colors play off one another, delve into the importance of value, and learn tips for when you get stuck. Students will start with a variety of quick exercises, and move on to sewing small color studies that can be combined to make a larger quilt. Level: Intermediate 

Monday, April 24, 2017 - Creating Complex Quilts from Simple Shapes: the Basics of Pattern Drafting & the Use of Value and Color to Transform a Block

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Learn how to draft simple block patterns and create reusable freezer paper templates for precision piecing. In this class we will look at the use of value and color to create visually complex quilts from the repetition of a simple block. Come with a basic idea of a block to draft, or choose from a variety of blocks I will present. Level: Intermediate

May, 2017:  Linda Wagner

Saturday, May 20, 2017 and Monday, May 22, 2017 classes have been cancelled - See April's Friendship Knot Newsletter for more information. The good news is Linda will still be giving her lecture at the Monday evening meeting.

June, 2017:  Yoshiko Wada   

Saturday and Monday, June 24 and 26 (two day workshop) - Boro Transformed: Patched, Pieced, and Dyed in Indigo 

This two-day class is a hands-on workshop for artists interested in patchwork, embroidery, collage, and exploring natural indigo dyeing using sustainable methods. We draw inspiration from traditional Japanese textiles made with boro (rags and fabric scraps) and reinterpret this folk tradition by creating a fabric collage that may be dyed in an organic indigo vat, transforming inconsequential material to something precious and valuable. 

Participants will layer, piece, sew, darn, and use water-soluble sheets to create open, lace-like structures in collage. We will learn how to make and tend an organic indigo vat and explore various shibori (shaped-resist) techniques to alter our fabrics through dyeing, fulling, and more.

July, 2017:  No workshops...have a nice vacation.

August, 2017:  April Sproule 

Saturday, August 26, 2017  Fabric Painting with Stencils 

Although stencils have been around for centuries, come and experience how utterly amazing the stenciling technique can be when you learn just a few professional tips and tricks. April will lead students through her basic stenciling techniques and quickly move on to the more advanced shading and composition options available using her Textile Design Stencils. Even those who think that they can’t draw or paint are able to create stunning work that can later be framed or quilted. All skill levels.

Monday, August 28, 2017 Upcycled Wearable Art with Stencils

Beginning with an already constructed garment, you will learn stenciling techniques, embroidery, and other embellishments that will completely transform a boring piece of clothing into something quite fabulous and fun! Dresses, T-shirts, and other garments are perfect media for upcycling.