Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Holiday Hiatus

 While we are on "holiday break" from new class registrations I've been working on some English Paper Piecing projects.


Here is the layout diagram for the finished center (still six more snowflakes to go). Undecided on the border portion still. But, I'm really enjoying working on this EPP project! Plan to do more in the future.



Saturday, October 16, 2021

Open Registration: 15--18 Oct 2021 - Over-Stitching Ribbon Motifs

 NOTICE: If you have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) in the past...then, you are eligible to register for this course. It would be helpful to you to also have finished the BCQC-102 and Beyond the Basics Courses...but they are not mandatory requirements.


Over-Stitching Ribbon Motifs  (Intermediate level)

   Open for Registration 15-18 Oct 2021


Course Synopsis:

This is primarily a Silk Ribbon Embroidery course. The embroidery work includes some fibers, along with the silk ribbon, to create semi-realistic floral arrangements. These designs are beyond the traditional basic Silk Ribbon Embroidery Motifs of roses and leaves. Rather, clusters of daisies, berries, wild roses, pomegranate, and fantasy flowers will be printed (or traced) on to fabric and over-stitched to bring these to life in ribbon. A parasol lady will be embroidered to include a silk ribbon skirt for her outfit. Each motif design can be printed directly to fabric (or traced) and will use different widths of silk ribbon to complete. White ribbon can be used for all designs (and then ink to color these) if you do not have an extensive supply of colors/widths in the ribbon. Fantasy flowers can use any type of ribbon, saving on the use of the silks.  Designs will be printed directly to fabric (or traced) and then stitched over using primarily silk ribbon. The last task will allow use of other types of ribbons (satin, organza, velvet, craft, etc.).

(Note: This class is re-designed from portions of the prior ICQC-105 Course taught 2019/2020)


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address...just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to)

4) Please put the course name in the Email Subject (Dimensional Motifs). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received in my inbox. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past...please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Registration is open only on 15, 16, 17 and 18 Oct (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a laptop & printer so you can get the patterns/instructions downloaded and printed easily. Therefore I do recommend you register if these are not readily available to you. 

FYI: I do not own an "iphone" nor print using a tablet...so can provide zero "technical support" to you if you choose to register using these instruments.

All of my courses are taught via Blogspot (each is a unique private blog for posting photos of your finished homework). So, experience in "blogging" is helpful...but I can walk you though the minimal instructions needed for the course, even if you have never "blogged" before. Just be prepared to be patient...and have a few back/forth emails until we work things out.


You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Stumpwork Advanced Course Open for Registration 5-7 Sep 2021

  ADVANCED COURSE:

This is an optional class and the first in the advanced level course series. You MUST have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) before you can register for this course.


Course Synopsis: This course is divided into two main parts. The first project will be a berry branch and winged insect. The techniques will include dimensional surface embroidery, padded embroidery, wire shaping, and embroidery slips. The second project is a sampler of different needle-lace stitching. This is the first of two advanced stumpwork courses. The second course will be on the class roster for 2022.


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address...just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to)

4) Please put your course name in the Email Subject (either BCQC or Beyond the Basics). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past...please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION:

Registration is open on on 5, 6, and 7 Sep and closes at midnight on the 7th (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a printer so you can get the patterns/instructions; therefore I do recommend you not use your "iphone" email address but rather a Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc email to have your information forwarded to you.

You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.



Open Registration - Styles of Crazy Quilting - 5-7 Sep 2021

  NOTICE: If you have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) in the past...then, you are eligible to register for this course. It would be helpful to you to also have finished the BCQC-102 and Beyond the Basics Courses...but they are not mandatory requirements.


Styles of Crazy Quilting (Intermediate level)

   Open for Registration 5-7 Sep 2021


Course Synopsis:

Modern crazy quilting differs from the type of embellishing our great-great-grandmothers did because we have an extensive range of supplies that did not exist in her era. Over time, the Victorian Style of embellishing crazy quilts has given way to inclusion of more dimensional adornments. This course identifies the various styles of embellishing and then concentrates on two most common of these: Victorian and Shabby Chic. The projects for the course will be a cotton Shabby Chic Style purse and a silk Vintage Style crazy quilt block.

(Note: This class is re-designed from portions of the prior ICQC-107 & ICQC-108 courses)


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address...just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to)

4) Please put the course name in the Email Subject (Styles Course). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received in my inbox. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past...please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Registration is open only on 5, 6, and 7 Sep (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a laptop & printer so you can get the patterns/instructions downloaded and printed easily. Therefore I do recommend you register if these are not readily available to you. 

FYI: I do not own an "iphone" nor print using a tablet...so can provide zero "technical support" to you if you choose to register using these instruments.

All of my courses are taught via Blogspot (each is a unique private blog for posting photos of your finished homework). So, experience in "blogging" is helpful...but I can walk you though the minimal instructions needed for the course, even if you have never "blogged" before. Just be prepared to be patient...and have a few back/forth emails until we work things out.


You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.

Open Registration 5-7 Sep 2021: Basic Crazy Quilt Course (Part #1) (BCQC-101)

  NOTICE: If you have never taken a course with me... this is the first you MUST take before you can be eligible to register for this next course. (Basic does not mean "beginner"... it just means the first course needed to be completed.)


Basic Crazy Quilt Course (Part #1) - (BCQC-101)

Open for Registration 5-7 Sep 2021


Course Synopsis:

This is the first course you need to take. It is a required course regardless of your skill level because it covers "how I teach" as well as getting everyone on the same level playing field for future courses. Handouts in this course will be used in the following courses as well. The course covers critical design principles; how to use templates to achieve uniformly aligned and spaced embroidery; creating some frequently used fiber embroidery stitches for crazy quilt projects; and common silk ribbon stitches and flowers. This is a "controlled" class with very specific guidelines for construction of a quilt block suitable for embellishing that allows identification of "problem areas" you will undoubtedly encounter when you are working on projects independently. There is a supply list for this course, but items should most likely be in your own stash already... possibly except for silk ribbon. This is a mandatory course.


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address... just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to)

4) Please put your course name in the Email Subject (BCQC-101). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received in my inbox. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past... please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Registration is open only on 5th, 6th, and 7th of this month (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a laptop & printer so you can get the patterns/instructions downloaded and printed easily. Therefore I do recommend you register if these are not readily available to you. 

FYI: I do not own an "iphone" nor print using a tablet... so can provide zero "technical support" to you if you choose to register using these instruments.

All of my courses are taught via Blogspot (each is a unique private blog for posting photos of your finished homework). So, experience in "blogging" is helpful... but I can walk you though the minimal instructions needed for the course, even if you have never "blogged" before. Just be prepared to be patient... and have a few back/forth emails until we work things out.


You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.


Monday, August 16, 2021

Dimensional Surface Beading - Open for Registration 15-18 Aug 2021

 ADVANCED COURSE:

Dimensional Surface Beading - This is an optional class and the second in the advanced level course series. You MUST have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) before you can register for this course.


Course Synopsis:

Dimensional Surface Beading:

Standard beading is honestly no more than securing a bead to a surface. It is not a difficult concept to understand. Complexity increases as you add more beads of different size and shape. Stacking beads and creating objects with beads increase the difficulty. When you add other objects to the mix, the fun really begins. So, if you enjoy “blinging” up projects; this is a good class for you. It will require that your eyesight and mobility allow you to work with tiny objects; and good lighting is a must! Supplies needed for this course will include uniformly sized (sz 11, sz 15) seed beads, cabochons (flat back stones), montees’, bicone crystals (sz 4mm, 3mm, 2mm), rice beads (3-5mm), bugle beads (2-4mm) and round pearls (sz 3mm). There may be some “odd beads” in the design as well which might be hard to find an exact match for…but substitution is okay. 



How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address...just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to)

4) Please put your course name in the Email Subject (either BCQC or Beyond the Basics). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past...please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION:

Registration is open on on 15, 16, 17 and 18 Aug and closes at midnight on the 18th (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted. There is a minimum requirement of five folks for the class to happen...and I'll let all know on the 18th if it is a "go".

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a printer so you can get the patterns/instructions; therefore I do recommend you not use your "iphone" email address but rather a Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc email to have your information forwarded to you.

You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.



Open for Registration: 15-17th Aug 2021 - Dimensional Motifs

 NOTICE: If you have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) in the past...then, you are eligible to register for this course. It would be helpful to you to also have finished the BCQC-102 and Beyond the Basics Courses...but they are not mandatory requirements.


Dimensional Motifs  (Intermediate level)

   Open for Registration 15-17 Aug 2021


Course Synopsis:

This course continues the embroidery work of the prior Basic & Intermediate Courses and is technically more difficult. Fabric applique, printing on fabric, embellishing with fibers/ribbon/beads, and creating different dimensional embroiders are presented. These include the creation of slips in fabric, embroidery and beads that are then applied to another object. This is not a stumpwork course, rather the motifs are more elaborate and realistic in nature.

(Note: This class is re-designed from portions of the prior ICQC-104 Course taught 2019/2020)


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address...just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to)

4) Please put the course name in the Email Subject (Dimensional Motifs). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received in my inbox. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past...please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Registration is open only on 15, 16, and 17 Aug (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a laptop & printer so you can get the patterns/instructions downloaded and printed easily. Therefore I do recommend you register if these are not readily available to you. 

FYI: I do not own an "iphone" nor print using a tablet...so can provide zero "technical support" to you if you choose to register using these instruments.

All of my courses are taught via Blogspot (each is a unique private blog for posting photos of your finished homework). So, experience in "blogging" is helpful...but I can walk you though the minimal instructions needed for the course, even if you have never "blogged" before. Just be prepared to be patient...and have a few back/forth emails until we work things out.


You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Open Registration: 5-7 Aug 2021 - Artistic Gardens

NOTICE: If you have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) in the past... then, you are eligible to register for this next course.


Artistic Gardens (Intermediate level)

Open for Registration 5-7 Aug 2021


Course Synopsis:

This course expands our artistic view through the use of various paints, markers, pencils, etc. as we create backgrounds for stitched garden scenes. Guidelines will be established but the student has huge opportunity for expression in this course. There are some challenges presented to allow creativity to find solutions; nothing difficult... just some "thinking" is needed. A couple of embroidery stitches are taught... that are rarely used, so something new to learn. Lessons are highly conceptual so you have a lot of latitude to design your own motifs or modify the designs presented to you.


(Note: This course is the re-vamped ICQC-108 Course which was a couple of times in 2020. Participants expressed very positive comments and also indicated that they learned some "new things".)


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address... just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to)

4) Please put the course name in the Email Subject (Artistic Gardens). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received in my inbox. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past... please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Registration is open only on 5, 6, and 7 Aug (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a laptop & printer so you can get the patterns/instructions downloaded and printed easily. Therefore I do recommend you register if these are not readily available to you. 

FYI: I do not own an "iphone" nor print using a tablet... so can provide zero "technical support" to you if you choose to register using these instruments.

All of my courses are taught via Blogspot (each is a unique private blog for posting photos of your finished homework). So, experience in "blogging" is helpful... but I can walk you though the minimal instructions needed for the course, even if you have never "blogged" before. Just be prepared to be patient... and have a few back/forth emails until we work things out.


You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Beyond the Basics Course Open for Registration -- 15-17 Jul 2021

 INTERMEDIATE COURSE:

Beyond the Basics - This is an optional class and the first in the intermediate level course series. You MUST have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) before you can register for this course.


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your mail address...just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to).

4) Your Gmail address if you have one (This is where Blogger will send your class invite to the blog.)

5) Please put your course name in the Email Subject (either BCQC or Beyond the Basics). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received. Thanks!

6) For those of you having taken courses in the past...please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION:

Registration is open on on 15, 16, and 17 July (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a printer so you can get the patterns/instructions; therefore I do recommend you not use your "iphone" email address but rather a Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc email to have your information forwarded to you.

You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.


Looking forward to having you in the class!


Advanced Course - Thread Painting & Knots - Open for Registration

  NOTICE: If you have completed the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101) in the past...then, you are eligible to register for this course. It would be helpful to you to also have finished at least some of the Intermediate Courses since this is Advanced Course Work...but these are not mandatory requirements.


Thread Painting & Knots

   Open for Registration 15-17 July 2021

Course Synopsis:


Thread painting is a term that was originally assigned to machine sewing...but we are borrowing it here for hand embroidery using short/long straight stitches. The course will begin with a medium sized motif that is worked in DMC (or other brand) 6-strand cotton floss. A tiny motif will then be worked in the same technique but at a much smaller scale using silk threads (or machine sewing thread if silk is not in your stash). The complexity of the work increases due to the changes in size of materials and design. There will also be motifs using knots in the course. Good lighting is a must. Great reading glasses and/or some magnification might also be a must for some of us. The finished motifs could be used as a pillow center, book cover, tote bag (or other project) focal point. The smaller motifs could be used as patches in crazy quilts. 


How to Register for the Course:

Send this information to me at shawklclasses@yahoo.com

1) Your First/Last Name

2) Location (State/Country) (I don't need your snail-mail address...just state/country)

3) Your Email (This is where I'll be sending the course handouts/tasks to).

4) Your Gmail address (if different than above)...(This is where I'll send the class invitation to the blog to). If you don't have gmail...that's fine. If you do...even when I use your "normal" email...it will default to your gmail if your computer has it in your history...that's just the way Google Blogspot works.

4) Please put the course name in the Email Subject (Knots Course). This will help me to ensure your email is seen amongst all of the daily crap that is received in my inbox. Thanks!

5) For those of you having taken courses in the past...please note that the above email address for courses/classes is NEW; so add it to your contact list. Thank You.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

Registration is open only on 15, 16, and 17 July (Central Standard Time). No late registrations will be accepted.

Classes are free, no fees or special purchases are necessary. These classes do require a laptop & printer so you can get the patterns/instructions downloaded and printed easily. Therefore I do recommend you register if these are not readily available to you. 

FYI: I do not own an "iphone" nor print using a tablet...so can provide zero "technical support" to you if you choose to register using these instruments.

All of my courses are taught via Blogspot (each is a unique private blog for posting photos of your finished homework). So, experience in "blogging" is helpful...but I can walk you though the minimal instructions needed for the course, even if you have never "blogged" before. Just be prepared to be patient...and have a few back/forth emails until we work things out.

You will be required to post photos of your work to the blog...so you must know how to get photos from your camera (even a phone camera) to your computer...and then uploaded to the class blog. I can help you with the blog part of this sequence...but not getting your photos from your chosen camera to you laptop.

You can find additional information about all of my free courses HERE.


Monday, July 5, 2021

BCQC-102 is Open for Registration - 5-7 July 2021

The BCQC-2 module is 
OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
5-7 July 2021

 
ATTENTION: You must have completed the BCQC-1 Module first, before registering for this BCQC-2 course.
 
The BCQC-2 has three major objectives:
* COLOR — Learning all about Color Selection
* PIECING —Techniques for successful Flip’n’Sew pieced blocks
* EMBELLISHING — Promote individual creativity while reinforcing the
    techniques learned in the BCQC-1 module

The Color portion of the module is extensive. It will cover the first 6 tasks:
· Planning for Color
· Impact of Color Choices
· Color Mixing
- Reading a Color Wheel
- Color Play
· Fast Color Selection Techniques

The Piecing portion of this course will focus on using cotton fabrics and the flip’n’sew method of piecing a block. It will not include a pattern, but does recommend using strips of fabric rather than patch pieces of fabric. So, yardage (1/4 or even 1/8 yardage widths is fine) for this method. We will be using cotton (but you can substitute sturdy silk if you have yardage on hand). This section includes the next two tasks:

· Fabric Selection
- Flip’n’Sew Method (pitfalls and solutions)

The Embellishing portion of this course will include:
· Lace/Trims
· Seam Embroidery
· Silk Ribbon Ideas
· Finishing with Beads, Baubles, and Charms

In total there are 11-tasks for this course. Just as in the BCQC-1 each new task will be emailed to you after you have posted the prior task. 

This is the "follow-on" class to the BCQC-1, which you should have completed first. It builds on the techniques learned in the initial basic course and gives you experience in selecting COLORs for your fabrics/embellishments that will work together nicely. [Note: If you are presently enrolled in the BCQC-1, and are at least on Task #10, you can still sign up for the BCQC-2...as I know you'll have time to finish the BCQC-1 shortly.]

The reason for even offering the BCQC-2 is so that folks (especially true beginners) that want to attempt a block for themselves...with little "influence" from me...but still have a teacher available to answer questions CAN WORK A NEW BLOCK. I'll walk you through the various "layers" of embellishments and offer advice on how to balance the work as we progress through these. Before we even begin, the first few tasks will introduce the "world of color selection" to you...helping you to feel a bit more at ease when combining colors in fabrics and/or embellishments.

To register:
Email me your: name, state/country information, and the email you want me to use for the course shaw.kathy@yahoo.com

Please NOTE: The class will begin on the 10th. So, after you register, you will get a welcome email...but the class blog will not be available to students until the 10th of August. On that day, watch your Email Inbox for the Blogger/Google email INVITATION to join the course's blogsite. Remember to bookmark the class blog site when you arrive there, just as you did for the BCQC-101 course.

Hugs!