Gloria’s vivid landscape quilts, which have won many major awards in international exhibitions, feature hand painted fabrics and extensive machine embroidery. She enjoys sharing her passion for color and quilt making with her students. In 2009, she received the Rajah Award for her ‘outstanding contribution to quilt making in Australia’. She has written Luminous Landscapes and Quilted Symphony to be released in January 2010. Check www.glorialoughman.com for photos.
Light Up Your Landscape, Full Day
Thursday, 10/8/2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fusing small squares, rectangles or diamonds of fabric, students will build up a landscape background that is dramatic and visually appealing. Design principles including perspective and focal point will be outlined and a variety of color schemes will be displayed and discussed. Participants will then design their own wall hanging working from a photo, sketch or picture. Fusing, machine appliqué, free motion stitching and quilting techniques will be included. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced quilters with patterns and hand dyed and painted fabrics available in class. Check out www.glorialoughman.com for more photos. All levels.
Materials List: Bring a photo or sketch as inspiration. A simple scene with a beautiful or dramatic sunset sky and silhouette foreground is the most appropriate. Sewing machine, manual, tools and accessories including a darning foot and walking foot. An open toed embroidery foot is also very useful. Pen & notebook. Pencil, eraser, cellotape, black medium felt tipped marker (Sharpie). Large sheet of white paper - at least as big as proposed quilt size (can join). Rotary cutter, patchwork ruler, cutting board, optional small square (6 1/2” or 4 1/2”). Lots of straight pins. 1 yard freezer paper. 2 yards fusible web - Steam a Seam 2 Lite recommended, or EZ Steam Lite 2 (the packet of precut squares will be adequate). Thread to blend with background and foreground fabrics. Size 80 topstitch needles. Scissors (fabric and paper), seam ripper, tweezers. Small safety pins – approx 30. Batting – a little bigger than proposed quilt size. Suggest cotton, wool or any other thin batting. If not sure of size, I suggest batting about 20” by 26”. Background Fabric: Bring a range of fabrics that blend well together in the colors needed for the background. It may work out that you actually only use three or four background fabrics, if they contain a range of colors. The important thing is for the fabrics to blend or overlap so that the color graduations are quite subtle. Foreground: Choose fabrics to match your foreground details such as trees, buildings, foliage etc. Backing fabric, same size as batting, suggest 20” by 26”. There will be suitable hand dyed and painted fabrics available in the classroom. Optional - Patterns, $10; Radiant Landscapes book by Gloria Loughman, $29.95. Sewing machine required.
PS 001 $75.00
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Layer by Layer, Full Day
Friday, 10/9/2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
If you are ready to try something different, through experimenting with designs, patterns and fabrics, this class will help you take that next step. Combine elements of landscape in an abstract way to create something unique and visually exciting. There will be patterns available for three abstract designs or students can design their own. All levels.
Materials List: Sewing machine in excellent working order, machine manual, tools and accessories. Darning foot is essential and an open toed embroidery foot would be useful. Pen, pencil, eraser, sticky tape, black medium felt tipped marker (e.g. Sharpie). Large sheet of white paper – needs to be at least as big as proposed quilt size (can join). Lots of straight pins. 1 yard of non-iron Tear-away (available from the tutor). 1 yard of freezer paper. 1/2 yard of fusible web - e.g. Steam a Seam 2 lite, WonderUnder, the amount used will vary according to design. Nylon thread – Wonder Invisible thread or monopoly recommended. Neutral colored thread to blend with background fabrics. Threads to match colors of surface appliqué. Machine needles size 60, and topstitch machine needles size 90. Scissors (fabric and paper), quick unpick. Rotary cutter, ruler and small cutting board may be useful. Fabrics: Bring a range of fabrics that have a variation in pattern and value. A suggestion is to choose two or three colors that work well together and then select fabrics making sure you include some lights, mediums and darks. Another starting place is to choose a fabric you like then add other fabrics that blend with this. Remember you need at least one highlight fabric – something that will stand out and provide some contrast. I will have hand-dyed fabrics available so you won’t be left short. A few fat quarters or quarter yards plus some smaller pieces will be fine. Any queries please contact Gloria, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sewing machine required.
PS 002 $75.00
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Shades of the Forest, Full Day
Saturday, 10/10/2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A forest is often filled with a play of light as the sun filters through to some areas and leaves others in mysterious gloomy shade. A way of recreating this dappled sunshine backdrop is to tile a background in a variation of colors. The addition of detailed trees, branches and leaves in the foreground adds perspective and interest. The tiled background is created by fusing small squares or rectangles. Consideration of the season and type of trees will be important design elements. Background colors could range from the stunning autumn tones of reds, browns, oranges and gold, to the new crisp greens of spring to the grey and white tones of the stark bleak winter. Participants will design their own wall hanging working from a photo, sketch or picture. Fusing, fabric painting, free motion stitching and quilting techniques will be included. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced quilters. All levels.
Materials List: Bring photos of a forest for inspiration; try to include a sketch or photo close-up of branches/leaves. Sewing machine, manual, tools and accessories including a darning foot & walking foot. An open toed embroidery foot is also very useful. Pen & notebook. Pencil, cellotape, black medium felt tipped marker (Sharpie). Large sheet of white paper - at least as big as proposed quilt size (can join). Rotary cutter, patchwork ruler, cutting board, optional small square (6 1/2” or 4 1/2”). Lots of straight pins. 1 yard freezer paper. 2 yards Steam A Seam 2 Lite or EZ-Steam Lite. Thread to blend with background and foreground fabrics. Size 80 top stitch needles. Scissors (fabric & paper), seam ripper, tweezers. Batting (cotton, wool or other thin batting), little bigger than proposed quilt size. You need to bring this to class as it is part of the process. If not sure of size, I suggest 30” by 24”. Background Fabric: To create your backdrop, choose a multi-colored fabric or a range of fabrics that mimic the colors and textures in the background of your forest. Use a collection of fabrics or one multi-colored commercial fabric or dyed fabric. 6 fat quarters or one yard of multicolored fabric should be sufficient. Foreground branches and leaves: Choose fabrics to match your foreground details. Small scraps will be suitable for leaves. Allow a yard of fabric for the trunks or branches. Backing fabric: same size as batting. There will be suitable hand dyed fabrics and threads available in the classroom. Sewing machine required.
PS 003 $75.00
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