FFG Lectures, Workshops and Special Events 2019-2020
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS 2019-2020
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September 14, 2019 - Lisa Thorpe
Lecture: Gelli Printing for Modern Quilting
As an artist I am an explorer and observer first. I like to wander and wonder, let things percolate while I ponder. I have numerous sketchbooks full of chicken scratch drawings and cryptic thoughts. Over time (and often during a long hot shower) an idea will keep rising to the surface, I might even push that thought bubble below the surface, telling it I don’t have time for you, but the best ideas won’t pop and so I move on from thought to action. I have used many mediums over the years from fabric to painting to printing and collage but the unifying thread through all these mediums is a love of the puzzle. I like to problem solve, to piece and play with an idea until it can take shape as a visual idea. I love words and word play so words are often woven in the work. I have been teaching art to adults and children for many years in the public schools and at art centers and retreats venues across the west. Currently I am the resident artist at The Bishop’s Ranch retreat and conference center outside of Healdsburg, California. I have had technique articles featured in Cloth Paper Scissors, and Quilting Arts magazines and have taught workshops at Mendocino Art Center, Craft Napa, and numerous quilt guilds throughout the west.
Facebook and Instagram: lisathorpeartist
Workshop: Gelli Printing on Fabric
In Saturday’s workshop you will design and carve two rubberstamps to use in all your mixed media and fiber arts projects. You can create a repeat pattern design or focal point design. You will learn how to transfer and carve designs on soft carving block. I provide all the tools you need to carve one 2x2 inch block and one 3x4 inch block. I’ll share paints and inks with you so you can try out your stamps on both fabric and paper. Make sure you bring back your stamp to use for Sunday’s Gelli Print workshop.
The next day we will be devoted to creating a stack of fabric mono-prints made on small 4x6” soft gel print plates that I provide. I’ll show fun and easy print techniques using botanicals, stencils, and texture tools. You will print, using paint I provide, on a variety of precut fabrics that I’ll have at the ready. After lunch you’ll use your stack of little prints to create a quick fabric collage composition on felt with misty fuse already applied by me. You can choose to finish your fiber art with free motion quilting or hand stitching and embroidery or both! Don’t worry if you haven’t done much fabric collage or quilting all you need is a curious, creative mind.
Class fee: $65
Kit fee: $35
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October 19, 2019
Judy Kessinger “The Fit Doctor”
What started from sewing skating costumes and showing friends and neighbors her shortcuts and simple fixes has become an empire which has coaxed sewers back to their machines to make wardrobes that fit and are comfortable and fashionable. Judy has a Facebook site-Fit Nice Sewing Sisters- which you are welcome to join for tips and tricks. She has two books in print- Design It Yourself and Tips and Tricks
Lecture: Meet the Fit Doctor
Judy’s lecture will begin with a discussion of fitting issues that most of us face and how to resolve them. She will have a trunk show of examples -- tops and pants which reveal her simple, easy approach, and plant the seeds of confidence and inspiration. Learn creative design tricks and a quick look at how Judy’s basic patterns can be transformed into a wardrobe of wearable, comfortable and attractive clothes.
Workshop: Fitting the Perfect Top. Judy will take questions and answers and then she will measure each student.
She will draw on a miniature pattern, for them to copy onto their big pattern. Fitting issues are discovered, discussed and solved -- right then and there!
While others are being measured, you might want to “play” in Judy’s garment collection, even try them on (there will be a full-length mirror available) and even, if you bring your camera, take pictures of your favorite styles and colors.
The next day Sunday, will be a hands-on workshop and will be dedicated to creating Perfectly Fitting the Tops. Starting with the first arrival, I will draw the actual pattern for them.
Class fee: $100
Kit fee: $45 (That includes the pattern, video and all the pdfs attached along with a personal pattern created from Pattern Ease.)
Supply List for Judy Kessinger Tops Class
-1 ½ -2 yds KNIT of your choice, 60” wide
-Schmetz size 12 or 14 STRETCH needle
-Poly thread to match fabric
-Yardstick, pattern weights, pencil and scotch tape
-Sewing machine and accessories
-View video BEFORE class-www.fitnicesystem.com/tops-download
November 16 - 17, 2019
Rosemary Burris, collage portraits
Rosemary is an award-winning fabric artist who creates realistic animal portraits using collage techniques. The lecture on Saturday will take us on Rose’s journey of her lessons learned and show slides of her and student’s work. Prepare to be awed!
“Most of my work revolves around animals, particularly dogs. There is a soulfulness and a shared connection humans feel with dogs. Perhaps it’s because they’re so curious. After hiking in the Alps, I also fell in love with cows. I noticed how well they communicate without words, simply by expressions. I want to capture that in my work. So, I always begin with the eyes. The eyes render the image alive. The face and body evolve intuitively by careful blending of color and pattern. Each fabric piece adds a level of depth, much the way a painting comes to life through shape, shading and color.”
Workshop: Bunny Collage portrait
In class we will make a collage portrait of a rabbit and quilt it. Using collage techniques, we will work on color values, fabric choices and cutting techniques, assembly and quilting with tulle. Rose will provide a template that includes detailed nose and eye patterns and most fabrics with the rabbit pre-drawn on muslin. Apply lessons learned to make a portrait of your own animal-two or four footed!
Class fee: $75
Kit fee: $40
-Fabric scraps to compliment/contrast neutral tones of rabbit. Batik is best.
-Quilt sandwich-fabric the rabbit will lay on, backing fabric and batting. 18” sq. Do not sew sandwich before class.
-Very sharp 3-5” scissors
-Foam board for pinning, 15”sq. Foam core or drywall works well.
-Freezer paper. ~8x14”
-1 piece of tracing paper
-Pencil or pen.
-Pins to hold work. 1/2-3/4” work well.
-Small bottle of Aleene’s Tacky Glue
-Thread- MicroQuilter 100 wt poly or #100 YLI silk. Or any fine wt. Colors: black, lt tan, med brown and color to match background.
-Sewing machine with free motion foot.* Not everyone will get to the sewing stage.
January 18 & 29, 2020:
Susan Coulter & Friends, -
Saturday January 18, 2020 Lecture
Lecture: Eco Printing on Fabric
Susan is a longtime member of FFG. She has been a crafter and sewer for many years but more recently has become interested in eco printing on fabric. Susan has shared some of her work in our Show and Tell portion of the general meetings. Answering member’s requests for more, she has graciously said yes and will present as a guest lecturer. She will be joined by other members that are doing the same.
Stephanie Harrell and Vera DeFehr-
Saturday and Sunday Workshop Artists
January 18-19, 2020
Vera DeFehr, clothing designer, tailor, furrier, costume designer
Vera Chernova DeFehr is a fashion designer, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. Vera studied her art at the University of Technology and Design while residing in St. Petersburg. During her 5 years of study, she was trained in fashion design, fashion history and pattern design. She also learned beading, embroidery, lace making, leather and fur construction from Russian mentors.
One of Vera’s unique skills is fur and leather craft, which she had the great opportunity to learn from old Russian furriers. Among her accomplishments, Vera has owned a studio and fashion school, Moda-Service, in St. Petersburg. She has been successful at showing her original designs to many prestigious venues, such as the Catherine Palace, and received patents for several of her unique designs. She has been published in both Russia and Great Britain.
After moving to California, Vera established her new design studio and is in the process of creating her new line Vernady. Her quest to learn new and exciting techniques continues by a constant and persistent study of great Russian designers, clothing constructors, and other talented craftsmen.
Workshop: Vernandy Cape, 1 ½ days
Join our own couturier to the stars, Vera De Fehr, for a continuation of her cape pattern. This time it’s the reversible cape. Vera has 3 designs from which to choose. The first day will be ensuring the pattern fits and cutting the fabric. The second day will be sewing and adding finishing touches. Vera offers fabric approval/suggestions if you bring a swatch to a Guild meeting before her class.
Students will choose 1 reversible cape from 3 variations (basic cape w/o collar, cape with queen collar, or cape with shawl collar). The first day will be ensuring the pattern fits and cutting the fabric The second day will be sewing and adding finishing touches. Students will learn several options for edge finishes in class. This is a simplified class, so all levels of sewers can participate and you need not have taken the cape class before in order to enjoy this day and a half workshop. However, if you took the cape class last January, this is a great follow-up.
*You will need to get prior fabric approval from Vera at the Sept., Oct. or Nov. FFG meeting.
$65 class fee includes your choice of pattern
January 18 and/or 19, 2020
Stephanie Harrel, bead artist and owner of Bead Artistry in Fresno
Stephanie Harrell is a local artist who has lived in Fresno all her life. She spent many years as a legal secretary before discovering her true calling as a beader. She realized her dream of co-owning a bead shop with her mom, Penny, in 2005. One step into her shop and you can see that Stephanie loves color and bling and is very talented in design. Her favorite thing is helping customers put color combinations together for their projects
Workshop: Beaded Pincushion, Beaded Bracelet and Necklace
Saturday afternoon is a darling dupioni silk and bead covered pin cushion. Surprise, you can use the pin cushion center as a pendant, earring or whatever you desire. Stephanie will provide everything you need to create this cutie. All you need is scissors.
Cost $45. (class will be held at SJLC)
Sunday’s all-day class is a stunning duo; a pendant necklace and matching bracelet. This is an exclusive design for the Guild and won’t be available to the public until after our class. Again, Stephanie provides all you will need (she uses only the finest ingredients including Swarovski crystals) to make these fabulous pieces. She will offer several color combinations.
Cost $75. (Class will be at Bead Artistry, s/w corner of Bullard/West)
February 15 & 16, 2020
Rachel Clark, wearable artist
Lecture: Wearable Art for the Body and Soul
Rachel D.K. Clark is a contemporary folk artist, teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers, beginning with her great-grandmother. She has been doing wearable art since 1973 and teaching on the national circuit since 1990. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel’s work.
While her garments and quilts can be whimsical, political or a personal statement it always reflects her love of traditional quilt making. She has done many one-woman shows around the country and her work has been featured in various gallery shows, magazines such as Threads, and “The Quilting Quarterly” on HGTV’s Simply Quilts.
Rachel has designed her own pattern line, RDKC Patterns. This line includes the Picture This Coat, “Picture This” Vest and the A-Line Coat. She has also has two wall quilt patterns called Scrap Happy and “Picture This” Nigerian Appliqué.
Workshop: Techniques for Wearable Art
In this workshop students will explore a variety of techniques such as fast piecing techniques, applique, folded technique, fake bound button holes, piping, covered buttons and anything else that may pop into Rachel’s head! Rachel’s goal is to give students a wealth of ideas to enhance their repertoire of skills. At the end of the workshop each student will have a prodigious notebook of samples.
Class fee: $65
Kit fee: $15
March 21, 22 2020
Erin Curet, paper quilling
Lecture: Modern Paper Quilling
Erin is a paper fiber artist, project designer, instructor and published author who is happily obsessed with all things quilling. A self-taught paper roller, Erin has helped modernize and popularize the craft of quilling anew by sharing and teaching her designs and tutorials to students on her quilling website and in classrooms.
She will explain of the art of quilling over the years, it’s popularity in the 60’s-70’s and how it is changing and evolving into a modern craft form now. She has lots of different examples on hand and will do an overview of modern tools that are being used today.
Workshop: Paper Quilling Art
Try your hand at rolling strips of paper shaped to embellish cards or make a work of art. This is not the paper quilling of old. It is modern, colorful and technically beautiful.
Class fee: $75
Kit fee: $35
- 6x6” word panel block
- 8x10” watercolor paper
- 8x10” chipboard panel
- Quilling glue in needle tip applicator bottle
- Slotted quilling tool
- 1 pack 1/4” On Edge card stock paper strips in Obsidian
- 1 pack 1/8” On Edge card stock paper strips in Obsidian
- 2 packs 1/8” Culture Pop paper strips in Velvety Darkness
- 200 count strip pack of 1/8” Culture Pop in various colors
- Black Sharpie marker
*Buy the kit-its so much easier. Kit includes all the above except
the marker and scissors.
April 18, 19 2020
Pat Congleton, upcycling and oriental purse construction
Lecture: Refashioned Garments, Jewelry and Purses
The drive to be creative has always been an obsession with Pat. In creating her garments, she has learned that working with color and texture is a never-ending challenge!
Pat grew up in Southern California and lived there until her husband retired in 2007. They then moved to Sandpoint, Idaho and she began her career producing recycled garments. The greatest challenge about recycling is combining the different fabrics and colors; which can take many hours or even days to arrive at a satisfying product.
Pat often spends an entire day combing the local thrift store looking for the perfect T-shirt or sweater that will potentially be used in producing a finished garment. This obsession has her closet overflowing with inventory, eliciting the comment from her husband, “you need therapy.”
She strives to create garments that are very artistic and will make a statement when worn. Pat finds it very rewarding when her clients comment how much they enjoy wearing one of her creations.
Workshop: Construction and Finishing of a Box Purse
Students will construct an original purse from the ground up. We will begin with chipboard and duct tape to build the base. Then Pat will lead to us to fully line the purse and cover the exterior with fabric. Last, we will add a handle and embellishments.
Class fee: $55
Kit fee: $10
*View Pat’s work on Pinterest and search her name for pictures of some of her upcycled work under “my creations”.