Workshops 

Fused Applique Portrait Quilts

portrait-class
(2-day workshop)

Create a portrait quilt from your own photo. Learn basic portrait composition, photo editing, and fabric selection for a portrait quilt. This workshop will include instruction on how to create a pattern and use a fused, raw-edge applique technique to produce an amazing life-like portrait quilt top approximately 14 x 18 in. Participants will send Lea 2-3 digital photos at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop so that she can prepare a printout for their use. Class kit includes full size photo printout. Kit fee of $10 will be paid to the teacher at the time of the workshop. Additional tools and materials can be available for purchase at the workshop as allowed by the venue.

Thread Painted Portraits

thread-paint-class
(1-day, or 2-day workshop available)

Use free-motion stitching on a printed fabric foundation to thread paint a portrait. Begin with a basic blending and contour exercises before moving on to the stitching specific features and an actual face. This workshops also includes instruction on photo editing, how to select appropriate threads, tips for adding detail, and ways of manipulating the background to support the overall composition. A supply kit includes 2 practice panels, reference printouts, and photo editing notes. Kit fee of $10 will be paid to the teacher at the time of the workshop. Additional tools and materials can be available for purchase at the workshop as allowed by the venue.

Photo Editing

photo-edit-class
(1/2-day workshop)
Learn basic processes to manipulate and edit digital photos and prepare them for translation to fiber, along with principles of composition and the psychology of portraits. The finished results can be used as the first step in making a pattern for an applique portrait quilt or can be printed directly to fabric. Lea will demonstrate the processes involved in photo editing and participants are invited to bring their own laptop computers with photo editing software and follow along to enhance the learning process. Two people can work together and share a laptop. There is no kit fee for this workshop. This 1/2-day session can stand-alone or be the starting point for other workshops listed above.