Listed are my current workshop offerings varying in length from 3 hours to multi-day classes. Most classes are process-oriented, rather than product-oriented, to encourage experimentation with the demonstrated techniques. One day (6 hour) workshops will cover technique basics. Multi-day classes allow students time for experimentation, growth and adaptation of techniques to their personal style. Please contact me by email at Kevin@KevinWomackArt.com for current fees.
1) Floyd Quilt Guild, Floyd, VA. April 1, 2019, 10:00 am Color Theory Lecture.
2) Textile Artists of Virginia, Blacksburg, VA. April 2, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Gelli Plate Printing Workshop.
3) The Quilting Party, Blacksburg, VA. April 2, 2019, 7:00 pm Trunk Show Lecture.
4) Charlottesville Area Quilt Guild Quilt Show, Tandem Friends School, 279 Tandem Lane, Charlottesville, VA. April 6 & 7, 2019, Vendor.
5) LeTort Quilters of Carlisle, Carlisle, PA. April 15, 2019, 7:00pm Threads & Embellishments Lecture. April 16, 2019, 9:00am - 3:00pm Floral Tapestry Workshop.
6) Stone House Quilters, Manassas, VA. May 13-14, 2019. Trunk Show lecture and Floral Tapestry Workshop.
7) Quilt Surface Design Symposium 2019, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH. June 3-7, 2019, Dyes & Paints Workshop (5-day). June 8-9, 2019, Playing with Fabric Paints Workshop (2-day). Click the link below for more information: http://www.qsds.com/classesbysession2019.html
8) Mid-Appalachian Quilters, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. July 12-14, 2019, Parfait Dyeing Workshop (1 day), Soy Wax Batik Workshop (1 day), Floral Tapestry Workshop (1 day). More information available soon at: http://maqonline.org/
9) Haymarket Quilters Unlimited, Haymarket, VA. November 8, 2019, Color Study Workshop.
10) Stone House Quilters, Manassas, VA. January 13-14, 2020. Event details TBD.
Quick and Dirty Shibori Dyeing
Students will learn my techniques for Shibori (resist) dyeing including twisting, folding, clamping and pole wrapping. We will require an area that we can get dirty, a utility sink, several 5-gallon buckets and washers/dryers. This class can be expanded into a two (or more) day class where more techniques and t-shirt dyeing will be explored. Dye/chemical fees will apply. Beginner to Advanced (some dye experience helpful, but not required). 6 hours
Soy Wax Batik
Learn to create your own batik fabric designs as we explore layering pattern and color. Students will use brushes and metal objects in hot soy wax to stamp patterns on fabric. The fabric will be dyed, batiked and then overdyed in layers to create interesting patterns. Come explore a fun technique to add your own stamp to your fabrics! (This class can also be offered using fabric paints instead of dyes.) We will require an area we can get dirty, a utility sink and washers/dryers. In addition, we will need several OLD ironing boards and OLD irons which we use to iron out the wax between newspapers. This class can be expanded into a two (or more) day class. It can also be taught with fabric paints (which cure faster and don't require washing) instead of dyes.Wax and dye/chemical fees will apply. Beginner to Advanced (some dye experience helpful, but not required). 6 hours
Playing with Fabric Paints
Using fabric paints and previously dyed or solid-color fabrics, students will explore several techniques for creating original fabric designs. We will start by forming patterns using found objects. We will then build layers by creating our own stamps, working with silkscreens, exploring gelatin plate monoprinting and more. Be ready to play, experiment and have fun! This class is a good second day follow-up to either the Shibori or Soy Wax class. Students can pattern over the fabrics they previously dyed/batiked. This class can also be expanded into a two (or more) day class. A utility sink/clean up area is required. Paint fees will apply. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours
Adventures in Gelatin Plate Printing
Prepare to be seduced by the silky smooth surface of a gelatin plate. In this fun, process-oriented workshop, we will explore ways of patterning on cloth using gelatin and/or a Gelli Plate. Students will play with found objects and paint to produce complex textural imagery. With use, the gelatin will break down, producing even more wonderful texture in the prints. I will provide the paint and show you different ways to produce prints with some of my tools. You supply the fabric and let your imagination run wild. Come prepared to have fun, get messy and play! A kit fee will apply. A utility sink/ clean up area is required. 3 hours or 6 hours
Have you ever wanted to dye your own multi-colored fabrics? In this class, we will explore color interaction while learning a simple dye technique. Using fat-quarter-sized pieces of cotton, students will have the opportunity to dye up to six yards of fabric. All dyes and chemicals are included in the kit fee, so bring your fabric and let’s play! This class is excellent for beginners who want to learn some dye basics and also great for more experienced dyers who want to study color play. A utility sink/clean up area is required. Kit fee will apply. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours
Depths of Dyeing
In general, most of us focus on producing medium-valued fabric when dyeing. Have you ever thought about dyeing very light or very dark fabrics? Using my Exhaustive Dyeing techniques (which does not mean exhausting!) and procion MX dyes, we will conduct color experiments in immersion dyeing. These experiments will produce yardage in a range of values of dyed fabrics no matter the value you choose to start with: from Luscious Lights, Marvelous Mediums or Decadent Darks. We will also explore some color mixing to produce our own unique colors. This class is more effective as a two (or more) day class. Dye/chemical fees will apply. Beginner to Advanced (some dye experience helpful but not required. 12 hours
Are you ready for freehand cutting and gently curved piecing? Students will explore creating a balanced design and unit construction using the rotary cutter without rulers. A design wall is a must for this class. Class works best as a multi-day class, with a two day minimum. Intermediate to advanced. 12 hours
Introduction to Printing with Spoonflower
In this introductory class, students will explore the website www.spoonflower.com. Spoonflower is a digital printing company that prints photographs onto fabric. There will be in-depth demonstrations of how to upload your photos and the many options for editing using the Spoonflower site. Students will enjoy a lot of play time to manipulate their images for possible printing at a later date. Due to the fact that there is currently no mobile app for Spoonflower, students will need to use a laptop computer in class. No tablets or ipads. Requires A/V projector and screen. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours
Learn to create a small wall hanging (approx. 18”x28”) of a large, lush bouquet of flowers and leaves arranged in a vase. By pre-cutting flowers and leaves before class, most of the hard work is done. The applique and quilting will be completed in one step, allowing you to leave class with a mostly-finished piece ready to bind. This is a fun class, with no “rights” or “wrongs” or precision sewing. The possibilities are endless, and your bouquet will reflect your own unique style. We will relax, be creative and have fun – a perfect low-stress class! Free-motion stitching experience very helpful. Knowledge of how to set up your machine for free-motion stitching is essential. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours
Using scraps of various tone-on-tone fabrics the students bring in and share, we will assemble 9 star blocks according to different color theories. This will most likely be a no sewing class, so students can focus on learning the theories and concentrate on working with color. Students will pin their fabric combinations to flannel and then assemble blocks at home. A kit of fabrics will be required. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours
Mix & Match
Students will draw their own wonky concentric circle templates and use fusible web and programmed machine stitches (e.g. zig-zag) to create this Op-Art style quilt. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours
Beginning Machine Quilting – Students will explore straight lines, curves and echo quilting while learning to quilt with a walking foot. Beginner to Intermediate. 3 hours
Beginning Free Motion Machine Quilting – Students will learn and practice a variety of free motion patterns. Beginner to Intermediate. 3 hours
Quilting the Quilt – Students will bring in a quilt top (lap-sized or smaller), batting and backing that we will assemble (spray baste) and machine quilt (or get a good start) in class. This class is designed to give machine quilting beginners a real world example of the process I follow when machine quilting. Outside space is required for spray basting – no exceptions! Beginner to Intermediate. 6 hours