I am available to guilds, shops, and retreats to teach several of my art quilting techniques. If you have been curious about my techniques, or if you want to kick-start your creativity using your sewing machine, I would love to discuss arranging a class or lecture! To provide you with even more photo samples, I have uploaded several photo albums on my Flick’r site.
The techniques taught in all classes can be accomplished using a domestic sewing machine or a mid- or longarm quilting machine. The classes are available as hands-on or demonstration classes. My Wild Onion Jacket Fashion show is available as a lecture/demo.
I am also available to lecture and teach at other venues, including guilds and retreats– email me at Susan@wildonionstudio.com to discuss your needs!
TRAPPED FIBER ™ TECHNIQUES
Create your own art fabric using fabric, fibers, and film. Borrowing supplies from other fiber media, we will experiment with new techniques and materials to discover exciting ways to personalize the very basis of our quilts – fabric! Luscious silks, shimmering chiffons, even ragtag strips and threads become one of a kind fabrics under the sewing needle. Add pizzazz to your art quilts, wearables, postcards, and more.
Collage isn’t just for paper! Frame a central block, combine fabric motifs, or tell a story with a fabric collection. Collage is an effective way to play with your fabric to create one of a kind art for your wall, bed, or closet. Beginners will benefit from the forgiving nature of quilting a collage, while more advanced quilters will appreciate the creativity involved in the fabric and embellishments choices.
WEAVING ON YOUR SEWING OR QUILTING MACHINE
Weaving combines texture and color with fibers. Traditionally created on a loom, weaving with a sewing or quilting machine allows for endless possibility of creative play. Whether you want to create a background fabric for appliqué, some interesting alternate blocks for piecing , or an entire wearable art piece, weaving will add appeal and interest no matter what color or fabric you use. We will discuss many variations of weaving techniques and fabrics in this unique class.
COLLAGE A WEARABLE ART JACKET
Tell a story, paint a picture, show off a fabric collection… with a collaged Wearable Art Jacket! Gather a palette of fabric and learn how to turn it into a wearable collaged jacket. Uncover the secrets to a successful one-of-a-kind jacket with inspiring tips and techniques. Simple, effective finishing techniques geared towards a quilter guarantee that you will be proud to wear your unique collaged Wearable Art Jacket!
TREASURES WITH TRAPPED SCRAPS AND TEXTURES
Create your own art fabric using fabric, fibers, and film, then cut it up to create a unique tissue box, gift box, artist postcards and artist trading cards — all from one fat quarter of trapped fiber art fabric! Fabric can be created on the domestic sewing machine or longarm quilting machine; techniques relating to each machine will be discussed in class. **This creates several boxes and postcards with one fat quarter– perfect for holiday gift-giving!
WILD ONION JACKET FASHION SHOW
Kick off your heels and enjoy the show – the Wearable Art Fashion show, that is! You will be inspired by the parade of unusual techniques featured on each jacket. Each jacket was constructed with a simple, one-piece pattern. Even the least experienced tailor can have fun making a one-of-a-kind wearable to show off her artistry!