My students have creating their own fabric design for a future project. We have been using stencils but I hope to bring in some other types of print materials in the future-block and screen printing and maybe some silk direct painting. Hand printing is very relevant in the arts and crafts world, and getting back to hand made items. I really hope the art students today will take these new ideas and bring some change in the mass produced items that have taken over.
When we create in my design business I like to think we are making quality items that can be the there for the future-we use natural fabric and real wood.
We started our fall season schedule. Since we home school and Z does community college, we have a different schedule than a regular school day. The days are planned and it has a different feel than summer. I have several looming deadlines so it is good for me with more structure.
I am always so inspired by fall colors, so I have ideas flying around in my head, just need to finish my current orders, so the new work can materialize.
There is light, we finally have power back on at home. It was a tough few days, the humidity and sleeping were the worst for me, but all in all we just had a lot of clean up and no major damage. It is funny the things that you miss, the iron. I tried to keep busy and cut out fabric, but it usually needs to be ironed before, so I did a little planning and some new design ideas.
Busy the next few days, getting ready for teaching and all, funny it seems the storm kind of ended summer early.
Planning for the new school year has been ongoing for several weeks. I home school my son and also teach at a private art school. My boys here at home are going to work in a journal format this year. We will incorporate art, math, science, and writing lessons into a bound book format. It is something I have used a little in my art classes I teach, and I think it will help keep a flow going and make our life moreportable for travel.
In preparing for my teen sewing workshops this week, I realized I am using several quilting techniques to teach the sewing skills. I have more of a beginner group this session and I have noticed that cutting and sewing straight and seam allowance can be tricky to get right and can make all the difference in fitting and putting final projects together. We are going to piece together some fabric and turn it into a large tote.
I am also putting together some pattern/templates to offer here. I have some fun ideas and hope you will enjoy.
This photo is and in process shot from a joint project I did with my friend Anne Baxter a while back. The final art quilt was damaged in the studio fire, but some good friends still purchased it for their baby room.
I have been planning my class for this fall as well as the final session of the summer workshops. I am going to use some piecing and quilting techniques for the student. It really helps them focus on cutting straight and even, and sewing seam allowances straight. From the last few years of teaching this seems to be the most needed skills for students and they are very important in making that are interesting and fit.
I teach in a very open free form way and it has been working well for several years. It is so exciting to have the teens interested in sewing again (thanks Project Runway), it keeps me on my toes trying to come up with creative unique projects.
It is time for the next session of my Teen Sewing Classes. We had a great time in June and I want to focus on techniques to make you sewing look more polished, and offer some tricks to keep the frustration away.
Summer Sewing Workshops for Teens
I am now offering classes in my home studio.
Maximum 6 Students
3 Thursdays in August
August 11, 18, 25
This summer the classes will be a variety of sewing and fabric activities to help learn how to use the sewing machine better, cutting out patterns, appliqué, quilting, embroidery, and dying/printing fabric ideas will be included.
Classes include all fabric, and patterns for all the projects, and a snack lunch.
-Sewing Machine (please let me know if you do not have one)
-Any special sewing fabric or notions that you like to use
-Any projects you are working on and/or need help with
Cost: $60 per week
Students do not have to take all classes, but each one will have a special feature.