Clare Smith - Classes, Student Work

 

Here is information about some of the classes I teach, and examples of work done by some of the students. Click on the small pictures if you would like to see larger versions.

 

 One Day Classes

One Day Class - Beginners to Intermediate
Crossing the Line - Machine Quilting

This machine quilting class offers an alternative to stipple quilting! Give yourself permission to cross your quilting line and try free machine quilting spirals, suns, amoebae, animals, lettering, and the 'Hokey Cokey'. This class is designed for those who are ready to drop their feed dogs ...

Suitable for people with machines where you can drop the feed dogs but it's not necessary to have a really fancy machine - just one with a darning foot.

Venue Requirements: Access to plug points and tables for machines

Materials Fee: Approximately NZ$5

NEW!

A Modern Wagga

Making a quilt was historically about recycling. This is your chance to make a statement about going back to quiltmaking roots and using recycled clothing to make a 'wagga' or 'utility' quilt. Clothes your kids have grown out of ? Clothes that used to fit you when you were fat or thin ? Things that used to belong to your granny, old doilies, aprons, teatowels ?

Use recycled clothing or linens to make a quilt for the home, the bach or as a wall hanging. This is not a piecing class.

Venue Requirements: A common room with carpeted floor and some big tables for those who can't work on the floor.

Printing - Beginners - Intermediate

This technique class will cover printing with found objects such as fruit, leaves, fish, irons and potato mashers as well as making and printing foam and string stamps, carving erasers and lino blocks..

On the first day of the course the students learn how to print with found objects such as fruit , leaves, fish, irons and potato mashers as how to make their own print blocks and stamps. On the second day the students produce at least one large piece of unique fabric using a mixture of techniques including fabric painting, stencilling, printing, spraying etc. This fabric is suitable for use in clothing, quilting or for other household items such as blinds, tablecloths or cushions.

The photograph on the left shows a range of printed and painted fabrics produced by students in this class at the New Zealand Quilt Symposium 2001. The large multicoloured quilt is a "longarm quilting machine, demonstration quilt". Members of the public were invited to try their hand with the longarm quilting machine, the resultant 'graffiti quilt' was painted by students in the Fantastic Fabric class and auctioned to raise money for the Motor Neurone Society in NZ.

Venue Requirements: The room must have a place to wash stamps and brushes.

Materials Fee: Approximately NZ$10 - 20.

Fabric Dyeing

Learn how to dye fabric using procion dyes. Methods include scrunch dyeing, basic shibori and tie dye, multicoloured dyeing and dyeing in plastic bags. Students should end up with approximately 6 metres of dyed fabric.

Venue Requirements: Hot water, large sinks for rinsing fabric. Maximum class number 12.

Materials Fee: Approximately NZ$20

Make a Photo Album or Project Book (Half day class)

Learn how to make a photo album or project book suitable for documenting your quilts, embroidery projects, or craft projects.

Materials fee: Approximately NZ$20

Handsewn Books (this can be 1,2 or 5 days)

Learn how to make basic hand sewn books. These can be used as note or sketch books, photo albums, quilt record books or diaries.

Venue Requirements: Clean desks or tables.

Materials fee: Approximately NZ$20

Two Day Classes

NEW!

The Painted Seascape

Learn how to paint and print fabric then use collage techniques to make a seascape or landscape (with a 'spiky tree' in the foreground, naturally) combining hand painted fabrics, commercial fabrics and stitch.

Venue Requirements: Power points for sewing machines and irons; ironing boards and irons.

Materials Fee: Approximately NZ$10

Spiky Trees and Plants Quilts

Learn how to fuse and sew a quilt depicting one of New Zealand's (or your own country's) unique spiky trees, e.g. the nikau palm, cabbage tree, flax or toetoe, palm trees, grasses, cactii, or thorn trees.

Venue Requirements: Power points for sewing machines and irons; ironing boards and irons.

Materials Fee: Approximately NZ$10

 

The Next Step

Are you ready to take the step from traditional quilting into something unique but don't know where to start? Are you scared of the word 'design' or feel you can't draw? Learn how to make an art quilt using an art-school design trick. No two quilts the same! Use fusible webbing to put it together and quilt it on the second day.

Note: The class samples shown at the left are not what you will make in class - they just reflect the technique of putting the quilt together. Your quilt will be original.

Venue Requirements: Irons and ironing boards; an overhead projector if possible

Materials Fee: Approximately NZ$5

Fantastic Fabric

This technique class will cover printing with found objects such as fruit, leaves, fish, irons and potato mashers as well as making and printing foam and string stamps, carving erasers and lino blocks.

On the second day the class will print at least one large piece of unique fabric using a mixture of techniques including fabric painting, stenciling, printing, spraying etc. This fabric will be suitable for use in clothing or in a quilt or for other household items e.g. blinds, tablecloths or cushions.

Venue Requirements: The room must have a place to wash stamps and brushes and have large tables. An art room would be most suitable..

Materials Fee: Approximately NZ$20

Dye and Print

On the first day of the course students learn multicoloured dye techniques and some simple shibori. The second day is spent printing on the dyed fabric using stamps and stencils.

Venue Requirements: The room must have a place to wash stamps and brushes and have large tables. An art room would be most suitable..Must have access to hot water.

Materials fee: Approximately NZ$20 - $30.

Other Classes

I teach classes in dyeing, marbling, Print Gocco, Photo transfer techniques, print making on fabric and paper, bookmaking and machine quilting and applique. I would be happy to customise a workshop suitable to a venue or your group. All classes can also be modified to teach to small groups of children as I am also a trained primary school teacher.

Click the picture to the left for some examples from children's classes

 

For further details about my classes please email me (smith_c@actrix.gen.nz)

 

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