I attended the first Sewing Summit in 2011 and the first QuiltCon in 2013. Although both were enriching events, I've come to accept that these big, fast-paced venues are not so much for me. I'm easily tired by meeting hoards of new people, mixing in large groups, seeing, talking and doing all the things. I like my sewing retreats to have more sewing in them than that. And I much prefer quieter, more intimate settings for making new friends.
So, sooooo... I was inspired to create a workshop experience for those who also would enjoy something small, intimate and yet still creatively invigorating. I love the idea of inviting you into my home, chatting by the fire, sewing, learning and eating together. That's what I imagine for Stitched Workshops!
We'll start off with a family dinner on Friday night and a little looksee at some of my favorite creations. Then, you'll enjoy 4 sewing sessions Saturday-Sunday, each three hours in length. I'll be teaching some each session, and you'll have lots of time to sew. My first workshop is an improv round robin! Ready for the details?
Explore improv piecing in a friendly, intimate atmosphere this spring. Eight students will converge in my sunny studio to enjoy instruction, sewing and good company. Whether you come with some improv experience or none at all, this weekend is designed to grow your creative skills, to help you generate new ideas, experience new techniques and make new connections with color and shape.
I will be teaching design and ruler-free improv techniques at each workshop session. But as this is a skill best learned by doing, expect to spend about 60% of the time actually improv sewing! With the round robin format, students will be working on each other's quilts, an excellent way to see new possibilities.
3+ yards of American Made Brand solid fabrics will be supplied to each student! Working with solids tends to facilitate growth in design. This premium line of solid fabrics is grown and manufactured here in the United States. I chose American Made Brand to sponsor our event because I feel you'll both benefit from and enjoy sewing with these solids!
I want this to be a low-pressure, completely enjoyable experience. You may take your quilt home to complete as you reflect upon and process all you've learned OR choose to leave it behind for me to finish as a charity quilt. After seeing all your work, I'm sure I'll be eager to jump in myself!
Improv Round Robin ($675)
When: 6 pm, Friday, March 31st through 4:30 pm, Sunday, April 2nd.
Where: Columbia, South Carolina
What: (4) Workshop sessions each 3 hours in length, solid fabrics, 1 family dinner, 2 workshop lunches, 1 fireside dessert + evening chat, workshop transportation for those who stay in suggested hotel.
Supplies: I'll provide fabrics, cutting mats, rotary cutters, pressing stations and design wall. You should bring your sewing machine, needles/thread, small scissors and 1-3 additional favorite fabrics if desired.
After registration I will be in touch to facilitate your American Made Brand fabric order, provide airport and hotel recommendations and answer any questions you may have.
Register Here! See you this spring!
p.s. Spring in South Carolina comes early! I chose this weekend because it's usually a gorgeous time for the dogwoods and azaleas on our property. I hope to share the lovely weather with you!