"Fabric Scraps Become Fine Art"
Stretching the boundaries of what can be done with fabric, Debbie encourages quilters and other fiber artists to see their work as fine art. She will show lots of samples along with slides, explaining how she “accidentally” developed her fusible technique and sharing how it doesn’t take any art training to create beautiful fabric decollage (a cross between decoupage and collage) without the time and planning required in quilting. Of course, stitching or quilting can also enhance these pieces. Not to replace quilting, but adding to it, this is a great way to work with all those leftover fabric scraps. Add a mat and frame, and voilá, it’s fine art! This will open up a whole new world to fabric lovers – you'll never look at fabric the same way again!
Create your own "fabric" using silk fibers/roving and other threads/fibers with textile medium. This technique results in the most lustrous one-of-a-kind fabric that can be used in quilts, fabric decollage, wearables and all kinds of arts & crafts projects. Silk Fusion can be fused, stitched or quilted, though stitching isn't required. We'll each make our own Silk Fusion in the morning, taking it home to dry later. Then in the afternoon, you'll choose one of Debbie's many pieces of Silk Fusion and choose one of her 3 designs to make your own unique wallhanging. Stitching is not required, but students are encouraged to bring their sewing machines so we can add more texture and design to this beautiful, translucent Silk Fusion. A detailed handout is included. See more examples of this class on the Silk Fusion pages.
“Fabric Painting – Easy Techniques with Eye-Popping Results!" (also available as a class; see above description)
Join the fun as Debbie takes you through her specialty fabric painting techniques. See how easy it is to create your own one-of-a-kind fabrics, for quilts that sizzle! She will share her “soft skies” painting technique, along with many others including scrunching, sun printing, mottling, sponging, stamping, pleating, tilting, splattering, twist & twirl, shibori and landscapes. Learn lots of tips and tricks. Fabric painting is fun and anyone can do it! What a great way to make your quilts, wearables and other fabric art truly unique. Warning: fabric painting can become addictive! (Note: This is not a messy demonstration! Lots of samples will be shown, and a presentation given showing each technique.)
"The Business of Fabric Art and Quilting" (also available as a class; see above description)
Want the respect and income that you and your fabric creations deserve? Whether you want to sell your own fabric art, quilts, tools, patterns/books, techniques or services, or even a combination, it’s all covered here! Debbie shares lessons and resources gleaned from over 19 years' experience in the quilt and art fields, to help you avoid mistakes and achieve success! See below for the list of topics covered in this class. Incredibly detailed handout and resource list. There are so many ways to make your fabric passion both fun and profitable! (This lecture is a shortened version of the class above, but all the basics are covered. An extensive handout is available optionally, priced at $6 each to cover printing costs.)
Price for small groups (15 or less), 30-45 minutes: $150.
Price for large groups (unlimited attendees), 1 to 1-1/4 hours: $275 if booked with a class; $325 for lecture alone.