Monday, January 24, 2011

Craft Classes

Welcome to my blogspot. It's time once again for the list of craft classes I am running for the first term of 2011.
Textile & Fibre Art
2nd Wednesday each month, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apl 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12 & Nov 9, 7pm - 9pm NZ$15 each lesson or NZ$120 paid in advance
Extend your creativity and try things in a different way, put a twist on how you do things. Dianne will teach this regular monthly class which is mostly textile based but uses a variety of techniques - including rust dyeing, gel mediums, collage, metal, heataway, burnaway, washaway, fusible, felt, paint, tissue, Lutradur, Tyvek & Evolon etc.Make books, wall hangings, vases, caskets, screens, ornaments or affix your pieces to artists' canvas and hang them on your wall. I am here to guide you and show you some examples.

Half Nighter With Jennie Anderson
Saturday February 12th or March 12th 2pm - 10pm NZ$65
Jennie has designed another lovely quilt for you to make in this half nighter. Start at 2pm, see Jennies quilt, get sewing, have a lovely meal, finish at 10pm. Your quilt willbe either finished or close to it based on previous classes. We are once again offering you a choice of 2 days as these classes are very popular.
No sample to view, it's a surprise until the day you get here.

Patchwork Techniques Savvy
3rd Tuesday monthly except April which will be the 2 nd Tuesday as I'm at Symposium
Feb 15, Mar 15, Apl 12, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 20, Oct 18 & Nov 15
7pm - 9pm NZ$15 per lesson or NZ$120 if paid in advance
Like to learn shortcuts, make your patchwork easier to cut, sew and make. Dianne will teach you a new patchwork cutting/sewing technique each month. Learn how to cut less and make your patchwork blocks easier to sew. Check with Dianne for examples. Here is one quilt using quick techniques

Thread Painting - Tuesday 22 Feb 7pm - 9pm NZ$15
Dianne has created a class to show you how you can 'thread paint' - using a preprinted picture in a piece of patchwork fabric, thread and a sewing machine you can enhance the design already in the fabric with stitching. See how easy it can be to do and how you could create your own thread painted designs.

Advanced Fabric Dyeing - Sunday 27th February 9:30am - 4pm NZ$40 + materials fee
You've done some basic dyeing and know what to do? Why not now try some advanced dyeing techniques. See how you can add a thickener to dyes to make them paintable, try some resist dyeing, drip dyeing and much more. Here are a couple of examples

Jane's Floppy Bear - Saturday 5th March 9:30am - 4pm NZ$45
Jane has made this beautiful little (33cm long) floppy bear who will hang over your shoulder, lay on the bed, sit hunched up or cuddle you. Can be made from standard coloured fur or bright fur for a different looking bear. A kit can be supplied if required for a fee.

Scrap Sensations - Sunday 6th March 9:30am - 4pm NZ$40
You have accumulated a lot of patchwork scraps and want to use them up? Why not come to this class and Dianne will show you a variety of patterns you can use to make them look sensational. By adding 1-2 main fabrics (eg. black or white) you can set off your myriad of colours and prints by making something useful from these scraps. Machine piecing and foundation piecing techniques will be your main methods.
This sample is a small but fiddly piece of foundation piecing, you donot need to be this small or fiddly but it does give you an idea of how good your scraps can look

Zippered Purse Wednesday March 23rd  7pm - 9pm  NZ$15
Dianne has designed this fun and easy to make lined zippered purse/bag. You can make it bigger or smaller depending on the length of zip you use. Add lots of embellishments to decorate - buttons, ricrac, fibres, beads, appliques etc

Funky Decorator Birds - Thursday March 31 8pm - 9pm NZ$15
Dianne has had fun designing this gunky decorator bird. The bird is made from fabric (the brighter the better) and stands on long legs (wire or wood) which can be pushed into a pot plant (indoor) or a wooden base. This is a lovely quick to make pattern which can be embellished in lots of ways.

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