Lectures

The "New" Slow Stitch: Traditions & Inspirations

New in 2020! Hand stitching--for quilts or for upcycling and repairing textiles--has lots of new energy, but current enthusiasm is based on centuries-old techniques. Quilts were made before sewing machines and world-wide stitchers have created amazing traditions--Japanese boro and sashimi,  Indian kantha, Chilean arpilleras and more. Traditions not only continue, but inspire contemporary artists to create new work.

Indigo Blues

From the ancient world through the 19th century, indigo provided the only reliable blue dye. While global traditions continue, the beauty of indigo blues has naturally appealed to American quilters throughout our history from ithe earliest quilts to popular 19th century blue and whites to contemporary art quilts.

Quilts with a View: New Landscape Traditions

American artists, including needle workers have naturally turned to the land for inspiration. This lecture touches on the appearance of landscape in antique quilts, looks at the diverse views and viewpoints of contemporary quilters and, on a personal note, includes a few of my landscape quilts among projected images and in person. 

Shibori & Me: From Ancient Techniques to Contemporary Quilts

Shibori is an ancient Japanese tradition, an ancestor to tie-dye. Beginning with a demonstration of basic techniques--knotting, binding, pleating, stitching and clamping--digital images briefly trace shibori’s development through historical and contemporary kimonos. I then follow my evolution describing how this dye technique helped me find my voice in landscape imagery.

A Quilt Critique Group: The New Art of "Bee-ing"

For over 20 years, the six quilters and one embroiderer of the Crit Group have met to share their art and exchange ideas and information. This lecture introduces the members--Judy Becker, Linda Behar, Barbara Crane, Nancy Crasco, Sandy Donabed, Sylvia Einstein and Carol Anne Grotrian, as well as new addition, knitter Adrienne Sloan. This lecture shows how a critique group works and offers advice on starting a group of your own. More about Crit members. 

The Tortoise & The Hare: How Learned to Love Quilting in the Slow Lane

Quilters today have lots of good techniques and tools to help them hurry along like the hare, but this is the story of how, in recent years, I’ve learned to enjoy the ways of the tortoise. I’ll bring lots of examples to show how doing the time can pay off, whether creating new designs or continuing a series, whether trying a new technique or revisiting something familiar. 

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