26 July, 2020

Cancelled – Digital Watercolor Velvet Clutch Bag

2020-06-08T14:55:47-05:00, |0 Comments

Create a one-of-a-kind velvet clutch bag using fabric that you have digitally designed and printed. First we’ll use watercolor brushstrokes and a digital kaleidoscope tool to create a pattern that looks like handpainted tiles. Once you’ve designed your pattern then you will learn how to create a cut-and-sew panel to make your bag, printing just the pattern pieces you’ll need at exactly the right size. Finally, learn how to upload and print that digital file at Spoonflower.com. Your finished fabric will be mailed to you after class and you can cut and sew to complete your bag. Materials fee $30, includes digitally printed velvet fabric, clutch purse hardware and notions for finishing your bag.

This class is a new option I am offering as a “hybrid class” with both an in-person and online component. We’ll do the digital work in-person at a class session where I can work with you one-on-one and you can interact with other students. Your fabric will be printed and mailed to you about 2 weeks after that class. The second part of class to sew and finish your bags will be an online class session that you […]

17 May, 2020

POSTPONED – Embroidery on a Fabric Photo

2020-04-06T21:25:26-05:00, |0 Comments

** This class will be rescheduled for fall. **

Whether you choose a scene of your vacation paradise, your mischievous cat, or a vintage family portrait, there’s an embroidery stitch that can add color and texture to your design. First you’ll choose a photo you love and learn how to print it on to fabric. Then learn a few basic embroidery stitches that you can use to add texture, outline, and embellish your photo. Learn to mix threads to match or emphasize colors. Your finished piece can be used to make a unique and personal project, gift, or keepsake. 

Materials fee $8, payable to the instructor.


Registration closed.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Because fabrics will be printed before class, you must register at least 2 weeks in advance to use a personal photo for your project; otherwise you can choose from a selection of Becka’s photos. Photos must be uploaded by May 4, 2020.

Choosing your Photo

To upload your photo, go to Photo Class Uploads. You can use any kind of a photo you want to, but please make sure it is a photo you have taken yourself and is not a copyrighted […]

2 October, 2019

Design Your Own Fabric Inspired by Textile Traditions

2019-08-16T14:28:44-05:00|0 Comments

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 […]

1 October, 2019

Design your own Fabric Inspired by Textile Traditions (FULL)

2019-09-29T12:12:39-05:00|0 Comments

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 […]

28 September, 2019

Tea Towel from a Recipe Card (FULL)

2019-09-26T10:54:56-05:00|0 Comments

Do you have a favorite handwritten recipe card in your collection? Make your own keepsake tea towel by scanning your grandmother’s handwritten recipe card and learning how to digitally print it on to linen fabric with Spoonflower to make a one-of-a-kind tea towel. Beginners welcome; basic computer skills needed. Shared laptops will be provided for students for class; you may bring your own computer if you would like to. Bring a 5×3 inch recipe card with you to class. Your printed fabric will be mailed to you after class.

 

Updated 9/18/19: This session is full, but I am working on scheduling some more classes in the metro area. Just send me a quick note on my contact form if you are interested and I will send you an email when I have the details arranged. 

16 August, 2019

Mini Spoonflower Tutorial: Two ways to see your designs as finished goods

2019-08-17T10:16:15-05:00Spoonflower & Fabric Design, Tutorials, Videos|2 Comments

Spoonflower recently rolled out some cool new changes to their website and the ways you can look at designs. Instead of only seeing a swatch or a fat quarter, you can now see your designs mocked up as sheets, curtains, pillows, tablecloths and more. And it’s now built in to the site; you just have to know where to click. I made this mini video tutorial (10 min) to show you two ways you can look at these new mockups, both as a shopper and as a designer. I think they are both great ways to help you visualize the scale and impact of your designs. If you don’t see the video thumbnail here, click Read More > below.

Want to learn more about designing fabrics for Spoonflower? Try out my online intro class! It’s free and will walk you through a design from idea to upload.

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