I’m excited to be offering the following classes in the fall of 2013 through the Town of South Kingstown’s Department of Recreation. Information on ages, dates, pricing, and registration can be found in their fall brochure (PDF file).
Embroidery as Art: This versatile textile-based medium can be used by students to interpret their own ideas and designs into art or embroidered embellishments. We will look at examples of embroidery as an art form; learn and practice basic stitches; discuss elements of design as they pertain to choosing a stitched medium; learn different methods of transfer (eg, iron-on; stabilizer; tracing); and how to approach various materials, from t-shirts to denim. By the end of the class, students should be working on translating their own imagery into stitchery, whether for eventual display or to adorn a favorite item of clothing. All materials included for practicing, but participants are welcome to bring their own fabric/clothing for stitching.
Freezer-Paper Stencil Workshop: This humble supply from the grocery store can be used to create stencils to personalize fabric items such as t-shirts and tote bags. Bring your design idea and you’ll get assistance turning it into a stencil, which we’ll cut and iron onto a shirt or tote bag before applying textile paint. Items will be ready to pick up a few days later after they’ve dried and the paint has been heat-set. Come make a gift to give (or keep for yourself) for the holidays. All materials included. You can choose to stencil a tote bag or t-shirt (let us know the size), but if you have an item you particularly want to stencil, bring it in.
Stamp-Carving Workshops: It’s easier than you think to hand-carve your own custom stamps! In this workshop you’ll get help choosing a good design, transferring it to the carving material, and learn how to use the carving tools. You’ll leave with your own unique stamp that you can use to personalize note cards, stationery, notebooks, and even textiles. All materials included! Participants are encouraged to bring image ideas in the form of sketches, photographs, and/or printouts from the Internet.