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New Online classes are now LIVE!

Visit my brand new Online Classes page to learn more and sign up. Take the intro class for free and then dig in to designing all kinds of projects that don’t need a repeat. I am so excited to have these new classes to share with all of you. There are two classes that are live now and much more to come.

Photos on Fabric

There are many ways of printing photos on fabric to add to your fiber art pieces, but how do you make sure it prints at the right size or color? This class will help you take the guesswork out of photos on fabric. We will talk about printing to exact sizes and editing color and contrast to get the best results. Want to put more than one photo on your piece of fabric? Learn different ways to do that too. Finally, we will talk about kinds of fabric, the washfastness and durability of many different printing options. Students are required to bring a laptop, or may reserve one with the instructor.

HGA Convergence: Designing & Printing your own Fabric

This session is presented as a part of the Handweavers Guild of America Convergence Conference.  You can buy a day pass to the conference or tickets to individual sessions. See website for details.

In this introduction to digital fabric design, learn the basics of designing and printing your own fabrics based on photos or original artwork. Understand the vocabulary of digital art: pixels, resolution, RGB. We will complete several designs in class and talk about layout, repeating patterns, creating coordinates, and more. Completing the experience, we will talk about the kinds of fabric available, wash-fastness, and the durability of several different printing options.

A laptop with WIFI access will be required. (iPads and tablets will not work).

 

Digital Fabric Design: Cheater Art Quilt

Another opportunity to go beyond The Spoonflower Handbook by creating an art quilt with digitally printed fabric. In the first class we will create a small art collage from textured and patterned paper; a hands-on way to add depth and complexity to your design with minimal computer skills needed. The second night we will scan to transform that art into a digital format and enlarge it to fit on a yard of fabric. Finish with some simple “photoshopping” to add details or adjust colors and get tips for creating coordinating prints to accompany your design. Your finished design can be printed to make a quilt or wall hanging, finishing/sewing to be completed on your own time. Materials fee $7, payable to the instructor. See supply list at registration for more details on technology and materials.

This class is 2 sessions: December 7 & 14

Upcoming Class: Fabric Labels

Labels

On Monday October 19, I am teaching a class called “Digital Fabric Labels” at the lovely shop, Darn Knit Anyway.  It is a quick-and-dirty hands-on class focused especially on making labels for your handmade items.  This is great just in time for the holidays!  Make a quilt label with the name and date that you can stitch to your quilt; a care instructions label for your hand-knit sweater or even hangtags for when you want to sell your work.  You will learn the digital design skills to set up the file you need and then we will talk about ways to get it printed on fabric, paper, sticky vinyl and more.  This is a “beyond the book” class, based on a project from the Spoonflower Handbook.  We show a basic quilt label in the book and this class will show you variations and ways to adapt that idea to work for many different projects.  You need to bring your laptop for the hands on part, but otherwise there are no other materials you need to bring.

Upcoming Classes: Digital Photo Pillow

I am delighted to be teaching some digital design classes to start off the new year!  In February, I am going to teach a photo collage pillow class. The class is February 2 & 9 in Minneapolis and all of the details are here.

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You may not be in to pillows.  I get that.  Pillows aren’t really my thing either, but I love these two I made as samples.  You can use this photo collage for many other fun things once you know how to do it: photo placemats, tote bag, quilts.  There are lots of options.  So don’t let the “pillow” part of the project stop you from signing up.

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 6.16.16 PMOne collage is “Chester and Leo” themed.  It is all their puppy pictures with a border “kaleidoscope” design made from a photo of someone’s nose.  Their names are on the bottom corner.

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The other sample is photos from my trip to Italy last year.  The border on this one is a detail from a photo of a green door that is tiled so that it makes neat leaf shapes around the outside edge.  I know it sounds complicated, but it’s really easy to do and I will show you how to do both the collage and the border designs.

In class we will talk about collecting your photos, putting together a collage that is balanced and works together.  We will set it up to print exactly the size we need (it fits on a fat quarter), make a coordinating border print and get our collages uploaded and printed at Spoonflower.  I printed mine on super soft faux-suede.  I will also show you how to do the simple sewing steps to finish up the pillow and a few other project variations.  We will meet one more time to “show and tell” and troubleshoot for your next project.  You need a laptop for class but you don’t need to have Photoshop or any other special software. Really!  Just a collection of photos and a web browser.

Share with your friends.  Sign up.  Pass it on.  See more of my upcoming classes here.

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