2 October, 2019

Design Your Own Fabric Inspired by Textile Traditions

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The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to invite you to a hands-on workshop with Becka Rahn in conjunction with the exhibition Village Wardrobes: Traditional Dress from Western and Central Ukraine

Be inspired by the shapes and colors of the costumes in Village Wardrobes: Traditional Dress from Western and Central Ukraine and create your own digitally printed fabric design.  Artist Becka Rahn will help you to create your own pattern inspired by the exhibition, then show you how to manipulate it using simple software to help you make repeating shapes and textures that can be printed onto fabric or paper. You don’t have to know anything about sewing or computers to be able to create your own surface designs; beginners are welcome!  Each participant will get a swatch of their fabric design to keep and have the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative project that will be on display at the Museum.

This workshop will be available on both October 1 and October 2 at The Museum of Russian Art  |  6:30-8:30 pm

CLASS REGISTRATION:  TMORA Members  $20  |  General Admission  $25

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants.  Advance registration is encouraged.  The Museum of Russian Art features free […]

9 November, 2016

Photos on Fabric

2016-09-28T10:18:52-05:00, |0 Comments

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.

6 August, 2016

HGA Convergence: Designing & Printing your own Fabric

2016-05-09T23:04:30-05:00, |0 Comments

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).


14 December, 2015

Digital Fabric Design: Cheater Art Quilt

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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

12 October, 2015

Upcoming Class: Fabric Labels

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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.

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