Textile Design Camp

Focusing on principles of surface design, quilting and creative exploration, this workshop will have you breaking all of the rules, and creating some awesome free-form fabric art projects – you may even be surprised how far your creativity can take you!

In this week-long camp, we will explore several techniques for creating unique “surface-design” with dying, painting and screen-printing, in addition to “free-motion” machine stitching, free-form quilting and constructing a project (or a few) from the amazing fabrics you’ve created.

The “Textile Design Camp” will take place from August 17th – August 21st, 2015 and November 2nd – November 6th, 2015 (Monday to Friday), from 10am – 4pm.  Click here to register online.

Click here to register online.

Course Fee: $425 + HST  Includes Materials Fee* ($55 + HST)

*Dyes, inks, 3 yards of unbleached muslin quilt batting, as well as resist, sewing and screenprinting materials are included in materials fee. Bring or purchase your own coordinating fabrics, extra muslin / plain white cotton fabrics, as well as pattern ideas and inspiration images.

Teachers: Linda V & August Mack

Techniques / Class Outline:

Drawing and painting on fabric

We will begin to create our own unique fabrics, using simple drawing and painting techniques and applying elements and principles of design and colour theory.

Natural Dying, Resist and discharge

We will explore some plant-based dyes (indigo, cochineal, etc), and play with some simple household materials (like glue and bleach!) to create unique batik-like fabrics made with the techniques of resist (strategically preventing dye from reaching fabric to create a pattern) and discharge (strategically removing colour to create a pattern)

Screen Printing

August will walk you through a version of our “Intro to Screenprinting / Fabric Yardage” class, where you will create unique fabric using your own images.

Free-form machine stitching

Forget everything you’ve learned in Sewing Fundamentals (at least for awhile); now we get to have fun with our stitching without having to worry about our lines being straight!  We will learn how to adjust our machines to create “free-motion” stitching and “thread-sketched” designs with thread and quilt batting.  We’ll play around with a few different techniques and start planning a final project made of our printed and quilted fabrics.

Fabric art project

For our grand finalie, we will create 1-2 fabulous projects from our surface-designed fabrics (and/or commercial fabrics if need be) and using free-form machine quilting. Project ideas include an obi-wrap belt, journal cover, i-pad case, small wall-hanging, etc.

Are you excited yet!!!  Register online or email us with any questions or ideas.  If you have a group of three or more, interested in taking a version of this camp at another time, send us an email and we’ll figure out a time that works for you.

Current and former students are always invited to use our open studio time from 6-9pm on Friday evenings in addition to their regular class time. Click here to register online. Space is limited.

Photos by Alisa Burke, Interweave Press and Sew Mama Sew

*note, there will be no “make-up classes” offered for this camp series, please ensure you are able to attend for the entire week.

***Camp registration fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel you class, you can use your credit towards a different class date or towards materials from our retail space. There is a $35~ fee for classes cancelled or changed with less than 7 days notice from your registered start date.


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