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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Picturing: Illustrating the Picture Book
September 7-11, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Have a children's story you want to illustrate? Love color, love collage? Explore the magical world of illustrating for children. Participants will create a vivid array of textures and colors in both papers and fabrics that become the ingredients for innovative mixed media illustrations. Surface design activities include simple printing techniques, drawing, stitching, dyeing and layering. Workshop discussions include how words connect to image, the role of book designer and DIY publishing possibilities. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Peg Gignoux
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Connecting With Nature
September 14-18, 2015 — Take a walk! Respond to the natural elements around you -- light, water, sky, stone, and plants. Design a quilt inspired by nature to capture what you see and feel. Nature's lines, shapes, colors are unique unto themselves. Think about exaggeration for effect or simplification. Look for natural patterns and visual texture. You will explore stitching techniques as well as simple block printing while finding techniques that will help you to respond to natural elements you have observed. Jean's books Intuitive Color and Design and Journey to Inspired Art Quilting are good references for the workshop. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Jean Wells Keenan
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715-747-2054

Intermediate Level

The Art of Wet Felt Making: Large and Decorative Wall Hangings
September 14-18, 2015 (9am-4pm) — We will make highly decorative, thick, durable felt with turned edges, of any shape or form using traditional "Wet-felting" methods. Built up using Finnwool batt, wet-out and felted to completion using a combination of hand and rolling techniques. A fusion of fibre blending and "painting" are used to translate the participant's design into felt. Learn a high degree of control of colour, design and form, without any supplementary cutting, sewing, or needle felting. The emphasis is on quality and control. This method and technique can be applied to many other ways of feltmaking. We ask all participants to have some kind of design idea prepared before the workshop begins. A rough sketch and basic colour plan is enough. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Karoliina Arvilommi and Roderick Welch
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50-75
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Transforming Fabric with Digital Image Transfer Techniques
September 18-21, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this workshop, we will learn techniques and explore digital (inkjet) printing of images onto fabric, and incorporate those images into fiber art personal to each of us. Slideshow presentations will show examples of fiber artists utilizing Image Transfer in many creative and diverse ways. Our methods will include printing images directly and indirectly (by way of intermediary products) onto fabric such as cotton, silk or polyester (sheer or opaque) with any inkjet printer. Any relatively smooth fabric can receive an Image Transfer with these methods, all with varying effects. We will experiment with several techniques and products, including transfer paper, transparency film, pretreated cotton and silk, and lutradur, as well as utilizing a few Golden acrylic products to pre-treat fabrics for certain techniques. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Bergen Rose
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500; Material Fee: $90
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Nuno Felted Seamless Vest with Hood
September 19-20, 2015 (9am-4pm) — In this two day class you will learn how to make a seamless nunofelt collage vest. First, we'll make a sample to study and learn how to estimate the shrinkage. Either making a vest or a tunic with a hood, you'll learn how to design and enlarge the template. Using habotai silk and a thin layer of wool you'll learn how to turn the 2D project into a perfectly fitted 3D clothing. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. The Material fee for this workshop will vary depending on size. For a medium vest, $35 for 12 oz hand-dyed superfine merino top plus $35 for 3.5 yards of hand-dyed0.5 mm habotai silk. Please be prepared to pay the instructor directly for materials. You are welcome to bring your own materials. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Hat Felting Class with Jackie Miller
September 23, 2015 (12-4 PM) — Make your own unique embellished felted hat! This class will teach you all the steps of this ancient craft – Wet felting, needle felting and nuno felting. Students will embellish a pre-made felted hat with one or all of these techniques! All materials are included in the class cost. Pre registration is required, only 4 seats available. Please register by contacting Jackie Miller at 256-509-2164. Visit website


Location: Huntsville, AL
Instructor: Jackie Miller
Sponsor: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Cost: $120
Email: Jackie Miller
Phone: 256-509-2164

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Enriching a Surface Workshop
September 26-30, 2015 (9am-4pm) — The focus of this workshop will be using ProChem's Textile Paints and already painted or dyed fabric from home and combine these with purchased fabric to create 2-3 quilt tops, in the range of 24" x 24" maximum. We will explore how to create small works with a big vision. I will share how I get inspiration from within, getting quiet and centered before approaching my work. Because I usually work quite large, these small quilts have been a wonderful exercise for me in scale, time and impact. We will generally paint with Textile Paints half the time and sew half the time, though each participant will work at her/his own pace. We will do several exercises focussed on design, composition, and use of color. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Elizabeth Busch
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $730; Material Fee: $60
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Turn Photos into Quilts with Applique
September 28 - October 2, 2015 — David creates highly detailed images for his award winning quilts by using simple shapes, and by letting the fabric create texture to achieve a 'painted' effect. David will show you how to adapt a photograph into a wall quilt, using hand-appliqué and piecing techniques. A great deal of time is spent on tracing and pattern drawing, along with fabric selection - which is key to his process. He will show you how to get beautiful details from simple shapes by letting the fabric do all the hard work. David will also show you his appliqué technique for invisible stitching, finishing up with quilting and binding options. Contact David at david@davidtaylorquilts.com in advance of the class to discuss your image choice! Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: David Taylor
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 725-757-2054

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Animal Sculpting in Wool - The Amazing Felting Needle
October 2-3, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Learn to sculpt animals using only carded wool and specially designed felting needles. In this two-day workshop, students will create an animal of their choosing. Sculpt a favorite pet, polar bear, lion, llama, giraffe, chimp or even a fantasy animal such as a dragon. The workshop will teach participants how to analyze their animal's anatomy, create an appropriate armature and detail facial features to recreate a life-like felted animal. All experience levels welcome. Maximum number of students: 15. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Sharon Costello
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $30 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Intermediate Level

Neutral Territory: 50 Shades of Gray
October 5-9, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Have you been frustrated when the dye houses discontinue one of your favorite black dyes? Do you sigh in frustration, because all the samples you have developed with these dye go out the window? Learn about making your own black mixes from the pure primary dyes. In addition the class will cover creation of many neutral studies - tans, browns, gray-blues, gray-reds, and other chromatic grays. Think of the palest alabaster to inky night sky - all value ranges will be examined. Taupes and tans can be fascinating as well - ecru, heath, titanium, putty, and driftwood. Sharing our results, we will compile a large reference book - our own 50 Shades of Gray. Some experience with Procion MX dyes required. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Carol Soderlund
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $625; Material Fee: $50
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Fabulous Fusible Flowers
October 5-9, 2015 — Learn how to use fabric and thread as an artist uses paint and pencil to create a beautiful flower quilt. You will start with your own flower photo/ picture. Learn to analyze and break your photo down into simple shapes, while training your eye to look closely at colors and values. You will learn techniques for seeing color in a new way. Color is everything in building these flower quilts. If I can train your eyes to look closer at the detail in one flower petal, (think Georgia O'Keefe) you can then master any subject matter. Visit website


Location: LaPointe, WI
Instructor: Melinda Bula
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 715.747,2054

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Sculptural Felted Garments
October 13-17, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This feltmaking workshop explores the different possibilities of felted garment designs. Creating intricate and original surface designs using nuno prefelts, each student will develop a pattern that suits her body shape. The main focus of this workshop will be on surface decoration and the manipulation of garment design. Garment designs suitable for warmer climates will also be explored. All levels of felting experience welcome! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Catherine O'Leary
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $835
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Bandeaux & Fosshape - Millinery Madness
October 17-18, 2015 (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) — Join us as we create, firstly, a demi chapeau using Fosshape as our hat base. Fosshape is a heat shapeable medium taking the millinery world by storm as it is very easy to create unique hat shapes without messiness. We'll then wire and cover the shape with beautiful fabrics before learning numerous ways to secure your small hat to the head. With so many small hat shapes worn today, and only a few techniques commonly used to secure them to the head, we'll explore vintage and contemporary methods of holding small 'sitting' hats to the head; numerous techniques demonstrated. See website for more! Visit website


Location: Atlanta, GA
Instructor: Jan Wutkowski
Sponsor: Spruill Center for the Arts
Cost: $265 non-member / $245 member
Email: Anne Winn
Phone: 770-394-3447 x0

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Minimal Quilts
October 19-23, 2015 — This class is based on Gwen's new book Minimal Quiltmaking (AQS 2014). As with Minimal art, the focus of designing minimal quilts is to produce work that has been reduced to it's essence--stripped down to it's essentials, and when there is less, everything counts more. Gwen will bring her quilts to class to give students actual size visuals and to explain how they went together. She will guide students in practical ways to design their own original quilts, with amble tips on construction and problem solving and she will happily answer your questions. Visit website


Location: La Pointe, WI
Instructor: Gwen Marston
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Cost: $620
Email: Registrar
Phone: 725-757-2054

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Ornate Pine Needle Basketry
October 23-25, 2015 (9am-4pm) — Would you like to learn how to transform plants into beautiful and expressive baskets? This ancient art form is very calming and meditative. Come learn from this internationally-known fiber artist how to coil plants using a stone as an ornate center (students will have many stones to choose from). It's an easy way to start a basket and you'll find yourself looking for exciting things to use for centers such as mandalas, brooches, pendants, etc. Students will learn how to weave so stitches line up on both sides of the basket, plus many additional techniques including several ornate stitches, how to create flowing sculptural work, a variety of ways to start baskets, how to master shaping, inserting beads and much more! Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Nadine Spier, www.nadinespier.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $425 plus $52 Material Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Shibori Patterns: Brilliant and Clear Using Acid Dyes and Discharge
October 29 - November 2, 2015 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will introduce students to shaped resist dyeing with acid dyes and discharge dyeing. With this technique it is possible to float defined areas of shaped-resist patterns on solid colored grounds using vibrant color schemes. Shaped-resist dyeing (also referred to as Shibori, a Japanese word meaning to compress or to squeeze) is one of the oldest ways of patterning cloth. By pinching, pleating, stitching, wrapping and folding silk and wool, and then securing those shaped bundles before dyeing, students will create textiles that are subtle, evocative visual and textural memories of the shaping process. Economical, simple-to-use wash-fast acid dyes give saturated, transparent, vibrant hues. We'll also explore the discharge (color removal) process, allowing for complex color combinations. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Joan Morris
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $730; Material Fee: $30
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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