Spoonflower Handbook Master Class2018-10-08T10:40:46+00:00

The Spoonflower Handbook Master Class with Becka Rahn

A three-day intensive workshop presented by The Spoonflower Handbook co-author Becka Rahn and held in various locations.

About the Workshop

The focus of this workshop will be an introduction to working with Adobe Photoshop (Fall) or Adobe Illustrator (Spring) as a fabric design tool. We will spend 2+ intense days getting to know the tools in each software to make seamless repeats, layers and more. Several of our class exercises will build on concepts presented in The Spoonflower Handbook, taking these projects “beyond the book” with more advanced tools and skills, as well as one-on-one instruction.

For this class, you do not need drawing or painting skills; no experience with Photoshop, Illustrator or fabric design is necessary, although you should be familiar with the Spoonflower site and comfortable with basic computer functions.

Photoshop Focus (Fall)

This session will focus on working with Adobe PHOTOSHOP to design fabric. Becka will teach you how to use the basic tools in Photoshop to edit, add layers and design seamless patterns using Photoshop. The goal is to help you understand how the Photoshop tools and techniques work so that you can make the designs you have in your head. Class time will be focused on practice with tools and techniques like creating seamless textures, learning how to work with layers, and understanding the settings for tools to accomplish specific effects. Becka will have samples of all of the Spoonflower fabrics and talk about optimizing your design for printing on different surfaces, troubleshooting your designs and choosing the right fabric for your project.

Upcoming dates: There are no scheduled dates for this class right now. Please check back to this page or sign up below to be on the email list for when dates are scheduled.

Illustrator Focus (Spring Session)

The focus of this workshop will be an introduction to working with vectors and Adobe Illustrator as a fabric design tool. Why vectors? Designing with vectors gives you a lot of flexibility with size and scale, options to color and edit your designs, and the ability to create smooth lines and simple repeating patterns in just a few steps. You will create three different vector-based designs in class and learn to use the basic vector drawing tools and techniques. Several of our class exercises will build on concepts presented in The Spoonflower Handbook, taking these projects “beyond the book” with more advanced tools and skills, as well as one-on-one instruction.

Upcoming dates: There are no scheduled dates for this class right now. Please check back to this page or sign up below to be on the email list for when dates are scheduled.

About the Instructor: Becka Rahn

Becka is the co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, a DIY guide to designing your own fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap. She collaborates with Spoonflower often for classes, blog projects and exhibitions. She teaches this masterclass just a few times a year and alternates between hosting the class at Spoonflower in Durham, NC and other locations throughout the US. (Most recently Milwaukee and Minneapolis). Becka is a full time teaching artist, dividing her time between designing, selling and exhibiting her own work and teaching others to sew, embroider or design their own fabrics. Becka has a degree in education and was the director of education programs at the Textile Center in Minneapolis for 12 years. She has received awards for her work from the MN State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation and was recently featured as an emerging artist in Fiber Art Now magazine.

Class schedule

Friday • 5 – 8 pm

Saturday • 9 am – 4 pm

Sunday • 9 am – 4 pm

There is a class dinner on Saturday night. We will provide a bus to transport everyone to and from this event. (This dinner event is optional, but is included with the class.) All other class events are held at the classroom location (varies by class). Directions and details will be provided to students after registration.

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Cost & Supplies

Price for the workshop: $575 per person

Your class fee will include:

  • 4 meals including dinner Friday & Saturday and lunches Saturday & Sunday (vegetarian & gluten free options available.)
  • Coffee, drinks & snacks throughout the workshop
  • A thumbdrive pre-loaded with practice files, resources, handouts
  • A Spoonflower Color Map
  • The Spoonflower Handbook
  • One yard of fabric (sent to you after class)
  • Behind the scenes tour of Spoonflower/AWE
  • 20 hours of hands-on class time

You will need to provide:

  • A laptop & mouse.
  • Adobe Photoshop (summer session) or Adobe Illustrator (Spring session) (if you don’t want to commit to a full year membership, a 1 month subscription is $20) version CC strongly recommended, you cannot use versions older than CS5
  • You should be comfortable with basic computer functions: copy and paste, opening & saving files, navigating the internet.  You should be familiar with the Spoonflower site.  You do not need to have experience specifically with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, but a little experience with a basic photo editing/graphics program is helpful (PicMonkey, Gimp, etc)
  • Workshop does not include lodging or transportation to and from the class location.  Suggested hotels will be provided at registration. If you are interested in sharing a room, indicate this on your registration form and we will help connect you with other students who are interested in sharing.  Breakfast is provided by the hotel or on your own.

There is an option to pay in installments when you register. Please pay your invoice promptly; I cannot hold class spaces without payment.

This is seriously the best class I have ever taken. Tons of great information presented clearly and enthusiastically. Inspiration everywhere from Becka, and Spoonflower!

A student from the first Masterclass