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.
Current Teaching Engagements:
1) Pro Chemical & Dye, Fall River, MA, April 30-May 4, 2018. Playing with Fabric Paints -- Building Layers. Students will sample transparent, opaque and metallic fabric paints while exploring techniques for creating original fabric designs. Emphasis will be placed on creating cohesive compositions while building layers of pattern. We will start by using found objects and then add to our toolbox of techniques as the week progresses. Activities will include creating your own stamps, working with silkscreens, batiking with soy wax, exploring Gelli plate monoprinting and more. An introduction to color mixing and daily color exercises will be included. (5 Days) To sign up, click on the link below.
2) Haymarket Quilter's Unlimited, Haymarket, VA October 4-5, 2018. Details pending.
3) LeTort Quilters of Carlisle, Carlisle, PA April 15, 2019. Details pending.
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 fabric designs as we explore layering pattern and color. Students will use brushes and metal objects in hot soy wax to create patterns on fabric. The fabric will be dyed, batiked and then overdyed creating depth. 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
Gelatin Plate Monoprinting
Using a plate from pre-made unflavored gelatin, students will use fabric paint and everyday objects to pattern on fabric. A utility sink/ clean up area is required. 3 hours or 6 hours
Students will explore color interaction while learning an easy, low water immersion dye technique. Using fat quarters, students will have the opportunity to dye up to six yards. This class is excellent for beginners who want to learn dye basics and more experienced dyers who want to study color play. A utility sink/clean up area is required. Dye fees 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
Using laptops (no tablets or ipads), students will explore the Spoonflower website (www.spoonflower.com) – a digital printing company that prints fabrics from photographs. There will be in-depth discussion of how the website works and many options for editing and manipulating the images for possible printing at a later date. Requires A/V projector and screen. Beginner to Advanced. 6 hours
Learn to create a small wallhanging (approx. 18"x28") of a large, lush bouquet of flowers and leaves cut from printed fabrics and arranged in a vase. The applique and quilting will be done in one step, allowing you to leave class with a finished (or almost finished) piece ready to bind. This is a fun class -- no "rights" or "wrongs," no precision, points-must-match sewing. The possibilities are endless! I have seen watering cans used instead of vases, and cornucopia with fruits and vegetables instead of flowers. You could do a Christmas wallhanging ... there is really no limit. We'll relax and be creative -- what could be better? Free motion stitching experience helpful. 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