I Am A Woman Who - An Altered Fabric Adventure
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This class is a collage of creative ideas for altering fabric, perfect for quilters or those who love altered art. Learn how to distress and age commercial fabric for a vintage look, to paint, stamp, etch, and texture fabric in innovative ways.
Once our fabric is altered, we will use it to create an accordian fabric book
based on the theme “I Am A Woman Who...” The longings, delights, hopes
and dreams of our hearts are featured on each section of this two sided book. A terrific class for all skill levels. 6 hours.
Kit fee of $5.00 includes fusible web and fleece for book foundation and layering, transparency sheet and use of gesso, daubers and dyes.
This innovative class offers the perfect marriage of paper and fabric, resulting in a fabulous mixed -media book. Delight in recycling old papers and bits of cardboard, combining them with favorite fabrics to create a house-shaped book. Layers and texture are explored using gesso and molding paste. Collage ideas are demonstrated using old atlas pages, Glimmer Mist, paint and dyes. Together, we'll look at the many ways we can nurture and
encourage our creative spirit.
This inspiring class is perfect for all skill levels.
Materials cost to student: $8.00
Take some of your favorite fabrics, add bits of old papers, mix them together in a fanciful collage, top off with your own hand embellishments, bind all into a beautiful book, wire on a wonderful chain and you have a captivating booklace!
Learn how to use new fusible products to create your booklace base. Tips for striking collage combinations and thorough adhesive information are demonstrated.
You will be proudly wearing your dear creation home with ideas dancing in your head for the more enchanted booklaces.
Textural Fabric Books – Gatherings
Gather together your laces, trims and fabrics and join Kristi for this action packed class. Construct a luscious fabric book containing numerous techniques for embellishing and altering fabric. Transform fabric using fused applique. Alter with paints, Glimmer Mist, and gesso. Make your own fabric from a paper base. Distress, stitch, dye and rub and that's just the beginning! Throughout the course, we'll take a look at the many ways we gather creative inspiration to form our own unique mixed-media style.
This comprehensive class is perfect for any skill level.
Materials cost to student: $8.00
Worthwhile: Valuing the Treasures Within
You are going to LOVE this new workshop with Kristi! We'll be transforming little coin wrappers with luscious techniques for textured backgrounds, turning them into tiny envelopes. Small “assemblages” will then adorn each envelope. This is the perfect place to use your collection of vintage findings, lace, buttons and bling. We'll stain and stamp lovely long journal tags to slip inside each envelope, embellishing each with wired jewels. We'll bind our tiny treasures together with ribbon and snuggle them into a sassy paper bag 'purse'. So cute!
This is much more than a fun project. It is a powerful reminder to our tender hearts, “you are valued...you are important...you are worthwhile”!
No experience necessary. Please join me.
$5.00 kit fee
Altered Apron Addictions
Get your giggle going in this freewheeling class. We'll start with an old pair of jeans but we'll quickly whack off legs and lift off pockets to form our apron base. Decorator style fabric becomes the apron skirt and sashes. Then the giggles really begin. We'll ruffle and gather and fluff and stamp and embellish until we feel done! This is the perfect place for vintage laces, pompoms, velvet and bling! We'll make tiny affirmation buttons to dangle along one side and a bonus is making a charming button bracelet to match. We'll finish it all up by the end of class, just in time for an Altered Apron parade, each one guaranteed to be unique. Start your apron addiction right here with this fun filled class.
It's All Inside - A Tool Kit for Creativity
Imagine having a delectable kit filled with helpful tools just waiting to aide you in any creative emergency. That's exactly the mission of this class!
Our tool kit is cigar box, which we will alter, complete with paint brush handle. The first tool is an Owner's Manualfolder with luscious textured pages inside. A series of Permission Slip Bundles remind us to play, to mess-up, and to experiment. An altered match box houses Inspiration Seeds for times when ideas falter. And lastly we remind ourselves to Handle Gently the flowering of any new venture. Not only is our Tool Kit a visual treat, it is filled with helpful “power tools” for YOUR creativity!
To Map the Treasures of My Heart
Our creativity is most authentic when it comes from the heart of who we are. Do you know what provides the source of your most genuine creative impulses? With a few simple, non-scary writing exercises, you will come to clearly see what lies at the core of your creative treasure chest. Uncover the themes, colors, collections and longings residing deep within. Then document each discovery in this tiny altered board book.
Together we will prepare a board book for altering. Learn how to apply fabric, old text and letters, maps and tissue as you collage the “treasures from your heart”. Experiment with dyes to tint fabric and canvas for your pages or the cover of your book. Make a tiny alter devoted to the creative person living inside of you. The result is the delight of working small; in capturing forever the ingredients leading to your most soulful work.
No kit fee.
Art workshops fill us up with energy, inspiration, friendships and lavish support. If only we could sustain these magical ingredients once we return home to our studios. That's the theme for this 3 dimensional birdhouse, a collaged shelter for an ArfiberNest, reminding us of the ingredients so necessary to nurture and protect our creativity.
In this energetic workshop you will learn how to dye and distress fabric, lace and paper for custom colors to make you swoon! Next you'll learn three new techniques to add
texture and age to anything - Kristin calls it “crusting”. Such fun and oh the possibilities for future projects!
Finally, you will build your birdhouse on an new fusible product for the base, all ready to accept your imaginative collage. The crowning glory is the sassy roof, made from
“wholey paper”. Bring your feathers, eggs, and nests and we'll play together building our ArtfiberNest!
A kit with 3 fusible products, wholey paper, rayon ribbon, lace, transparencies, and other treats is provided for a $10.00 fee.
Altered Arts & Creativity Workshops
Luscious Fabric Book
The yearnings of the heart fill the pages of this luscious fabric book. Let Kristin introduce you
to the possibilities of fabric and embellishment
in this class. Learn to construct page backgrounds
using some of the newest products on the market.
Create fabric frames around any of your artwork
using easy fusible web and an iron. Add a secret pocket to house your heart's desire. Simple binding technique for assembling the book are demonstrated.
This is a gentle class, perfect for all levels...sewers and non-sewers and those new to altered art! All levels. 6 hours. Kit fee $5.00 for fusible and interfacing
Unfolding - A Tiny Triptych of Self Knowing
“The treasure of my unfolding” is the theme of this little vertical fabric book. Learn Kristin's recipe for constructing stable page foundations. Collage techniques using paper, metal and transparencies are demonstrated and favorite adhesives are explained. Stitching methods for combining pages and attaching pockets are explored. See the many uses of new, iron-on fusible webbings as you complete a set of pages. The triptych is hinged together with fabric hinges and “unfolds” to reveal its secrets.
This class is perfect for all skill levels and you'll leave spilling over with ideas for more fabricbooks. 6 hours. Kit fee $5.00 includes a page of transparencies,embroidery needle, 3 pieces each fusible web, fleece and deco bond.
Fabulous Fabric Book of Whimsy
One of the hottest trends is altered and collaged books. You've seen exciting examples of this new art form in Quilt Art Magazine. Let's do ours in our favorite thing - FABRIC! Kristin guides you in constructing a set of pages. Then learn to print words onto fabric, construct fun pockets for all your secrets, and to use a variety of attachment methods for adding dimension to your book. Finally see how to "bind" your luscious pages into a textural treat. The best part is Kristin will provide a component kit for your first set of pages. Warning! This might be addictive!
All levels. 6 hours. Kit fee $5.00. No sewing machine needed.
Basic hand sewing kit.
My True Nature: a tiny box book
Kristi has mixed it up again, this time creating a darling book from a jewelry box – what she calls a BOX BOOK!
'Longing to touch what is real' is the theme of this diminutive project. Gifts from nature are showcased in two box frames which serve as book covers. Texture abounds as we play with crackle paste, modeling paste, and metal patinas. Gossamer pages hold butterfly wings and dried flowers. See the countless ways the new Distress Stains can tint and color every surface. Your finished book will be filled with the wonders of your true, beautiful nature.
A kit of essentials is included.
Journey With Your Senses
There, patiently waiting to be called upon, lies the most powerful tool we own for authentic journaling, collage, and creativity. It is our senses! We will make “flashcards” for each potent sense from a new sturdy fusible product and meaningful collage. We will pack these in a “suitcase” fashioned from a metal tabbed file fold - ready for any journey.
A wide variety of textures are explored including bonding processes, painting and over painting, dyeing, tinting, the use of Shiva Sticks, stamping and more. Your head will be spinning with ideas for delicious backgrounds. Leave class with this valuable reminder of the most powerful tool for vibrant creativity, your five senses.
I love being able to hold life close, to savor the moment, to process the wonder that is all around. The exciting new world of altered books and visual journals allows all of this and more. No rules, great fun and endless possibilities for very personal creations. Jump right in and enjoy the magic!
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Rooted In . . .
Created especially for my 2013 Oxford Summer School students: Rooted In . . . an explosion of innovative surface design techniques coupled with a lovely look at our creative roots.
My Newest Work!