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The workshop will begin with small assignments exploring techniques. A Prepare for the workshop by collecting photographs of nature that reference line, shape, color, texture. Please print these out. (It is difficult to work off of photos on your phone or IPad.) You will work on sketches combining ideas from your pictures and proceed to create several small studies as well as begin a larger piece.


Choose a palette of colors that interest you keeping in mind the essence of what inspires you in nature. Sometimes It will be easier to work with a palette different than the nature itself or to push an "earthly" palette to make it more interesting.) Objectively look at the color families and values within the photo. It is always good to throw in those zingers that you are not sure about. 1/4 up to 1/2 yd cuts will work.


Consider using some other sub-straits like linen, silk to add texture. (If you bring silk purchase some light- weight woven fusible interfacing to back the silk with. You will need a total of 5 to 6 yds. Solids, solid like textures, hand dyes, and batiks all work well. Bring a much as you can. Bring neutral thread for piecing. Bring four or five spools of thread that could be used for top-stitching. Cotton pearl type of thread is nice for hand stitching if you so choose..


Sewing machine in good working order, (embroidery foot or free motion quilting foot if you think you will get to the quilting) medium or large size cutting mat, medium size rotary cutter with new blade (no large cutters), 6" x 12" or ruler or larger, scissors, box of pins, embroidery needles if you are going to hand stitch, chalk marking pencil, 1 1/2 yd or more of flannel or quilt batting for a design wall, unlined journal style notebook at least 8” x 10”, glue stick, mechanical pencil, fine tip sharpie pen, tracing paper, backing and batting( if you think you might get to machine quilting. batting (if you think you might get to quilting), basting pins.  

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