I am running late on Color of the Week this week.... Jet lag has taken over my life the past two days... But my adventure to Morocco was a trip of a lifetime and I would do it again tomorrow.
Coastal Fog reminds me of a overexposed, old black and white photograph...I am excited to share a few images that I took in Morocco that make me think of Coastal fog...as far as a fabric goes this subtle beauty is a great neutral.
When you accidently push a button on your phone and take a photo... love a happy accident!
I am editing my photos from Morocco and can't wait to share this beautiful place and people with you.
Pillows, buckets and bags ... what a fun way to learn free motion quilting!
A few weeks ago, Pam Raby a new teacher for the store, taught and demonstrated how to quilt using modern styles. The women in the class were having so much fun testing new styles like pebles, bark and chain link. Pam is a very friendly woman and you can see her smiling almost all the time. And shes a fun teacher to have!
(A couple of Samples Pam did to show her class)
(Pam showing the ladies different ways to quilt like the tree bark)
(Tree Bark style in a continuous line)
(Our very own Vicky finishing up a bucket she made and quilted)
We will be having Pam back in the Spring time for another class and we can not wait!
A couple of weeks ago, we here at The Stitcin' Post had the pleasure of having Sue Spargo instruct some of her special techniques and patterns. We are always so honored to have teachers from all different areas of fiber arts come and teach here, and Sue is defiantly one of them.
If you've never taken a class from Sue, we highly recommend you do! She is a wonderful and charismatic woman and teaches one on one when you need a little help getting a stitch.
(Bird Play; Chicks by Sue Spargo)
(Busy and focused students stitching away at their projects)
(When you have a question, who better to ask than then instructor herself?)
(Keeping focused and busy at work)
(Bird Play - 10 Birds by Sue)
If you are intrested in taking a class from Sue, in May 2015, Sue will be here to teach two workshops:
Textural Study $300 3-day workshop (includes lunches) Thursday-Saturday, May 28 - 30, 2015 9-4 pm
Fun Wool Piecing $100 1-day workshop (includes lunches) Sunday, May 31, 2015 9-4 pm
Recently I had the pleasure of getting to ask Rosalie Dace; a wonderful and creative art quilt instructor, questions about her work and why she keeps coming back to little Ol’ Sisters Oregon.
What is it about Sisters that attracts you to come back year after year?
Rosalie: The surrounding atmosphere and creative feeling you can find at the store draws me in. Its an original store and presents a non-threatening feeling for all levels of quilters, all while being a very creative and inspiring store. The landscape draws me as well.
(Rosalie giving one on one time with a couple of students)
You use a lot of different fibers in your pieces and classes. Why is that?
Rosalie: I'm from South Africa, and there is so much influence there. But around the world there are many diverse cultures and textures. We are products of out history and environments so we use what looks best to ourselves. The contrast of mat vs. shine, or rough and smooth and many many more in all types of fabrics and fibers.
(One of Rosalie's classes "Kandinsky", her students peices all in different stages)
(June Jaeger took one of Rosalie's classes "Kandinsky" and is still putting her peice together)
Q: Your current class (Branch Out) is using trees as the subject, why trees if I may ask?
Rosalie: Trees can be interpreted in so many different ways. So a tree is a good subject to get their ideas flowing. People experiment in varying ways that are new to them, if its in color, texture, line composition, or anything else. Its a big test to see how far and how comfortable you are to step out and try new techniques. Everyone had the same steps, but each have different directions to make them they're own way. Each tree in here is different than the last. All they needed to start was some fabric and thread.
(Helen and her creation in "Branch Out")
When you put it that way it sounds easy.
Rosalie: It seems easy, because anyone can do it. I will give one on one interaction with all of my students, whether there are 9 or 20 people in the class. They also learn from each other. I am here to guide them along their own artistic path, not give step by step pieces of information.
(Rosalie's pictures used for inspiration of texture and colors)
You will be joining us next year as well, are you excited?
Rosalie: Yes I can't get enough of the creative atmosphere here, I like it. I want to bring my husband next time so see for him-self what this place (oregon) is truly like.
What do you want your students to take away from this?
Rosalie: Their own ideas. Your not walking out making a Rosalie quilt, your inspired with me to make your very own quilt.
In 2015 Rosalie Dace will be joining us again for a couple of retreats and workshops, so if you would like to learn form this amazing woman, call us at 541-549-6061 or sign up on-line at www.stitchinpost.com .