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Influences from Nancy Crow, Kathy Loomis, Irene Roderick, & Sheila Frampton Cooper!


Workshop Leader: Lisa Gorski

Saturday, June 22, 2024

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

St. Hilary’s Music Hall

$30 per person

Note: Workshop will begin at 9:30 am, allowing you 30 minutes to set up your work area.  We’ll take a midday lunch break; you may bring a bag lunch or order takeout. 

Create your own improv using a “build” process with colors you love! Lisa shares techniques from four fiber improv masters. Work with colors you love in as many gradations as you like. Use adjacent colors on the color wheel and add an opposite color for pop, or go black & white for a classic palette. Improv is great for large scraps and works with prints as well as solids. Freeform piecing poses challenges that Lisa will explain. You’ll be piecing curves and small skinny lines. Bring a design board so you can pin/tape you pieces on. I use construction foam board-most stores will cut to size.

Natalya Khorover WorkshoP






9 am to 4 pm each day (1-hour lunch break)

COST: $160 for 18 hours of instruction; limited to 20 participants

Would you like to create a memory like no other?  Natalya Khorover will take you through the steps of creating a portrait of your own home just like the commissioned artworks she is known for. Transform your collection of ephemera and photographs into a personally meaningful artwork. You’ll need high-resolution photos of the outside of your home plus some details. Add in assorted ephemera—hankies, upholstery fabric, wallpaper samples—you get the idea! You’ll spend three consecutive Saturdays transforming your ephemera and your photographs into a 12” x 12” portrait. Use the time in between to brainstorm and incubate your ideas. You will play, plot, collage, thread-paint, and hand-stitch, and Natalya will guide you every step of the way.

Here’s what’s in store:

October 13: Natalya shows the types of plastics and fabrics she uses and discusses each participant’s home photo and composition. You will have a full week to get your composition ready for construction.

October 19: Natalya demos her construction process and works with participants one- on-one. The session ends with an overview of the sewing process.

October 26: More individual evaluation of construction and composition, ending with Natalya's overlay and finishing techniques.

Register and pay online.


Techniques and skills you will learn

  • How to create an enticing composition

  • Collage tips for unusual materials

  • Stitching paper, dryer sheets, photographs, and more!

  • Machine thread sketching

  • Hand stitching and basic embroidery

  • Photoshops tricks!

Supply list

  • Deeds, maps and articles can show your home's past.

  • Wallpaper bits, upholstery samples, notes and construction documents can be used to suggest an important renovation or decorating project.

  • Ribbons, napkins, and recipe cards will help commemorate family gatherings and outings.

  • Postcards, passport pages, and ticket stubs can bring travel and outing memories alive.

  • Bits from articles of clothing, photographs, photos can be a remembrance of a life well-lived.

  • Birth announcements, speeches, veils, and baby socks can help record significant life events.

  • Some fun bits like candy wrappers, dryer sheets, color catcher sheets and gift wrap.

  • Single-use plastic bags with significant to you graphics, tea bags and packaging.

  • Several high resolution photos of your home or a favorite place printed out on plain paper 8 1/2x11

  • Tracing paper, pencil and thin black Sharpie marker

  • Ruler

  • Pellon 70 interfacing (one yard)

  • Two or three pieces of neutral fabric (about the size of a fat quarter)

  • Misty Fuse or other favorite lightweight fusible (one yard)

  • A variety of machine stitching threads and needles

  • A variety of hand stitching threads and needles

  • Fabric scissors

  • Paper scissors/craft scissors

  • Embroidery scissors

  • Thimble and other finger protection

Optional supplies

  • 12”x12” stretched canvas

  • Two or three small tubes of acrylic paint (preferably heavy body, and in your favorite colors)

  • Laptop with Photoshop Elements installed

Book an Appointment


Phyllis Cullen

Phyllis is coming to teach

Layered Portraits March 29, 2025

9 am to 4 pm

St. Hilary's Episcopal Church

Jo Anne Powell Painting on Fabric

Friday, February 23, 2024

10 am – 4 pm (with lunch break)

St. Hilary's Music Hall

$75  (minimum 15) 

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Painting on Fabric Supply List

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Add unique, artistic qualities to your next fiber art by painting on fabric! Not a painter? No worries! These are skills you can learn! You will learn about brushes, wet vs. dry, color, and how to achieve a watercolor look. We'll learn flat brush techniques, then apply those strokes to to create beautiful florals. You will be creating your own works of painted art!


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