Friday, January 3, 2014

Color Intensive... coming soon!

Do you spend more time than you'd like wrestling with fabric choice?  Does choosing colors for your project slow you down, frustrate you, leave you feeling not quite right?  Or, maybe you quite enjoy choosing colors and fabrics, but you want to grow in your mastery of these skills, opening doors to new creative possibilities?

Color Intensive is a 5-week online workshop specifically for sewists.  Inspiration, theory and practical application will bring your understanding of color and fabric to a whole new level.  This workshop is an experience, not a "do" list.  I want to teach to you see what I see.  The language of color is critical, because what we cannot describe we cannot fully know, recreate and transform.  Above all, I want you to move to a place where color expression in fabric is instinctual and joyful and personally authentic.

Oodalolly quilt finished!

the How

As usual, Color Intensive will be delivered via a private class blog, which you can access on your own time, anywhere and where you can ask questions!  Each week will have a particular theme.  You'll interact with course material via a weekly Color Intensive Mosaic Contest, which will challenge you to put ideas into action with actual fabric, while also learning from each other and from my commentary on mosaic finalists.  And, yes, mosaic winners win fabric!  Each week's Friday Assignment is designed to take you further, with practical application in fabric. 

just a peak

the What

Color Intensive gives you a vocabulary and a toolset to work with color in cloth.  Sewing projects (just 3) are intentionally simple so that you can focus on color, not construction.  But... the class does include one very special, original quilt pattern as a bonus - just because!

I believe that choosing the perfect fabrics is not truly about color theory so much as self-expression. It’s not something you “know”; it’s something you feel.  Let’s get in touch with those feelings!  We will also cover color theory, classic color schemes, combining colors, use of neutrals and value.  Throughout the course concepts are made tangible via my own sewn examples.

light + color

Alongside "lecture" posts on the above themes, Color Intensives includes my Color Catalog.  The Color Catalog is a visual collection of my favorite color schemes, color by color.  In regular installments I'll post photos of delectable fabric groupings with 4 each for every main color:  pink, red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue and purple.  Anytime you need a quick color pick-me-up or are searching for an idea that includes a particular color, you can refer back to the Color Catalog to jump start your projects!

it's new home

In Color Intensive we'll always be talking about color in terms of fabric, but the last week of class is specifically dedicated to challenges and choices that emerge when working in cloth.  Learn to create a cohesive group of fabrics for a quilt or other large project.  Work towards a balanced, usable stash!

Fabric Playtime

the When

Registration for this online workshop opens on Monday, January 20th at 7 am EST.  I'll share some project previews and more fun details between now and then, so stay tuned!  Class begins Monday, February 3rd and runs 5 weeks through the first week of March.  This class is key to experience, so don't miss the real thing!

I will be offering only one version of Color Intensive for $55, which will include the eBook.  As this class is packed with visual content and visual inspiration, I consider a permanent reference in eBook form to be absolutely essential.  Also because this workshop is fundamentally different from my sewing classes, I will not be offering multiple class levels or a camp experience.  Sorry!  But, you can count on it when I offer a new sewing class, likely in September.

wish.

::Thank-you::

I am so honored that you have requested this class and I am very, VERY excited to help you experience Color in a rich new way!  I hope you'll join us!

37 comments:

  1. i am intrigued and definitely looking forward to more sneak peeks/previews. :) fabric choice is something that can trip me up, or it feels like it takes way too long to make a decision. though, admittedly, some of that is my reluctance to just dive in and cut into fabrics i adore. hehehe... i need to get over that, and quick!

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  2. Adding this to my birthday wishlist and I look forward to more previews :)

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  3. I often struggle with describing the colors or color effects I am after when swapping blocks for quilting bees, especially when I bring up things like value or secondary and tertiary colors. I am wondering if this might be a good way to become more articulate, while exploring color more.......

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    1. Preparing and writing the class has helped me become more articulate, actually. I enjoy thinking carefully about many subjects, and I've been lucky enough to have a graphic designer/painter friend with whom to have long discussions about color as it pertains to creating art. Honestly, I find it so enjoyable and clarifying to talk with others. I hope you'll have the same type of experience in the workshop!

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  4. Im hoping I can find the cash. I would love to take the class!

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  5. This is one of my favorite parts of almost any project - choosing the colors! Sometimes indecision makes it a hard process, so I think having some methods to apply will be helpful! I hope to sign up for this one!

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    1. It's my favorite part too! I'm glad to hear you're interested, Heather =)

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  6. I am looking forward to this class very much! I often struggle with fabric choices, as I sometimes find it hard to "see" how colours and fabrics will look together before sewn. The penny sampler is a good example! I got stuck at the end because I couldn't decide which fabric to use! I also redid some blocks because I wasn't happy with my first choice. Looking forward to learning again with you Rachel!

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  7. Rachel, this looks fantastic! I think I am going to have to jump in!

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  8. Love color and would love to take this class. Please keep us posted.

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  9. Happy New Year Rachel! I have been trying to keep my eyes out for this class, I remember you mentioned it a bit back! I can't wait to learn about color. As I mentioned before, I learned so much just from the Penny Patch QAL!

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  10. Rachel I surely shall be joining this class. Now all things being equal I shall probably be in California for the start of this class without a sewing machine or any if my stash. Happy New Year to you and I really hope your wishes come true for 2014.

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  11. I've got so many plans for the new year already, but I think you sucked me in with this post! I'm completely intrigued. after getting your ebooks for handstitched and curves, I know how much you put into your classes - it's simply amazing! so, yeah, I think i'll be joining you. =)
    (this does not go against my fabric fast, either! hee, hee)

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    1. Oh, perfect, it's the class for fabric-fasters. Haha, hadn't thought of that! But, you know, it IS. It will probably spark all kinds of new ideas for projects with your own stash. =)

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  12. I want to gift this class to a friend who struggles with color. Any special steps I'll need to take to register her?

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! You'll buy the class via Paypal, so I normally register the class to the email address used during payment. However, I can register it to any other address if you include a quick note during Paypal checkout OR just email me the day of purchase to designate the proper registrant email address. So appreciate it!

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  13. Hi Rachel, this class sounds really brilliant, as colour is something I struggle with. However, I'm moving countries at the end of the month, and my sewing machine and fabric stash will be locked away in transit for about 3 months. So my question is 'can I still get a good working knowledge out of this class if I can't actually put it into practice during the class?' I'd very much like to be better/more comfortable with colour, but don't want to commit to something I won't get much out of. Sincere thanks

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    1. Good question, Kim. In designing this class I was highly aware that many students may not have a stash at all. After all, if you're new to sewing or on a budget, you don't buy all the colors of the rainbow in pretty fabrics just "in case". We will actually be using Kona cards in a unique way (more details soon) so that you can manipulate colors in real life regardless of a stash. Also, the mosaic contests allow you to work with fabrics virtually in meaningful ways. Since the class includes the eBook you can also refer back to it when you are your fabrics are reunited. This class is mostly a visual experience. You will need to have time to digest the posts and participate, yes. But, you will not need access to a sewing machine to actually learn the material.

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    2. Thanks so much for getting back to me Rachael, I think based on that, I'll definitely sign up. Unfortunately I think I've already packed up my kona colour card, but will try to get a hold of one once I move.
      Thanks again,
      Kim.

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  14. Sounds so good Rachel. I'm keen. :)

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  15. I would love to sign up! thanks for doing this.

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  16. Can't wait to sign up for this! Thanks for offering this.

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    1. Of course! It is definitely my pleasure to be able to teach!

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  17. I'm in. The Penny Sampler was the BEST "boot camp" for sewing skills. I fully expect to get more of the same design-wise with the Color Intensive. Looking forward it it!

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    1. What an amazing tutorial for sewing!

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  18. We are in the middle of a remodel, which includes a lovely sewing studio for me....so do I need to be sewing? Nope. Will I be sewing? You betcha'. I LOVED your Penny Sampler and I can't wait to soak up knowledge about color. I think picking the colors and fabrics is my favorite part of making a quilt. Thank you.

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  19. Very much looking forward to this, Rachel! You are a fabulous instructor and artist!

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  20. I am very excited about this class. I have a hard time picking out fabrics for a quilt. I have a little bit of a stash; but have found that I am missing some colors when I decide to make a quilt. I'm relatively new at quilting so this will be fun. I'm ready to sign up now.

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  21. Super excited to hear about this class. I LOVE picking out fabric but then freeze when its time to put it all together for fear it is not going to look like I had envisioned. I end up picking the same fabric selections that are pictured on the quilt pattern instead of branching out into my own color scheme. I think this class if for me!! Cant' wait to register!

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  22. Oh this would be fun, I wish this were even remotely in the budget for me. Have a great time everyone!

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  23. I'm very interested in taking this class. I love colors. They seem to speak to me. There are times that a color just will not talk. Is there a limit on the number of people that can sign up for the class?

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  24. How do I find your class? You are one of my favorite colorist, i mean that sincerely. I have to take your calss..

    ssparrowinflight at gmail(DOT) com

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  25. I am excited to take this course where do I enrol please.

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  26. I found the right button on a later blog post thanks.

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  27. I would love to sign up! Is there still space?

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    1. Yes! You can register here: http://stitchedincolor.bigcartel.com/product/color-intensive-online-workshop

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