"A Place to Begin: Bead Embroidery"
In Day 1 of this two-day workshop students learn the foundation stitches of bead embroidery as well as variations on them. From sparsely stitched individual beads to densely beaded focal areas, students explore many of the limitless ways to add texture and dimension to fiber art with beads. Each student will create a sampler of the many bead embroidery stitches learned. They will also receive a detailed booklet with information about stitches, bead and thread selection, and other information for continued exploration of bead embroidery beyond the classroom.
During Day 2 each student works on a bead embroidered ornament/medallion designed by Lisa and especially created for learning and refining bead embroidery techniques. Each time this workshop is offered, the sponsoring group will be able to select one or two colorways of one of Lisa’s ornament designs to be used on Day 2.
Class time is on both days is a mixture of hand stitching the many techniques introduced, sharing with one another what we have learned and created, and viewing many examples of bead embroidery that will be provided in physical form and in print for inspiration and technique illustration.
"The Art of Hand Stitching Beads on Cloth"
This two- to three-day workshop begins by introducing all the stitches that make up the backbone of bead embroidery—those stitches most commonly used in contemporary bead work on fabric. After initially exploring the basic stitches of bead embroidery, students advance to learn ways to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into their fiber work. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while continuing to work on a sampler for future reference and inspiration. The class culminates with students beginning to develop their own bead embroidery style while exploring designs that range from sparsely-stitched individual beads to densely beaded focal areas. Students have opportunities to explore known variations on introduced stitches as well as develop their own visual vocabulary of bead embroidery.
Class time is a mixture of sampling bead embroidery techniques and exploring variations on those stitches based on each individual student’s interests and aesthetic. Each day contains a mixture of hand stitching, viewing images and examples of bead embroidery for inspiration and technique illustration, and time sharing discoveries with one another. Each student goes home with a detailed sampler containing all the many bead embroidery stitches learned and developed in class as well as a color booklet with information about stitches, bead and thread selection, and other important information for continued exploration of bead embroidery beyond the classroom.
"The Circle Game"
Circles can be found throughout the natural world and in human designs from diverse cultures across millennia. Circles appeal to us on so many levels—they are simple and elegant; they’re curved, organic, and smooth, with no sharp corners; they evoke a comforting sense of completeness and totality; they’re in the hugs that embrace us and the nests that protect baby birds. Circles are as familiar as the dot of an “i” or the period at the end of a sentence. They come to us in images of the Earth from space. Circles are as tiny as a subatomic particle and as large as a black hole. In this two- to three-day workshop we explore and create a sampler or small art quilt of circular motifs in bead embroidery. Working with a wide variety of beads we will learn, design, and stitch a diverse range of circular forms that could also be used in future stitching on art quilts, garments, and other fiber art.
"Dots & Dashes: The Language of the Hand-Made Stitch"
Dots, dashes, lines, and other simple shapes have been used throughout history from ancient symbolic languages like Cuneiform through Morse code and beyond to communicate ideas and information. Hand stitching with beads and embroidery thread is a wonderful, meditative, expressive way to create textured and colored dots, dashes, lines, and shapes that can express their maker’s feelings and ideas.
Just as each person has a distinct, recognizable style of hand writing, each artist can develop her/his own recognizable style of visual communication through hand stitching with embroidery thread and beads. The development of this textured “hand writing” or visual communication is the focus of this two- to five-day workshop. Issues explored include line, mass, visual movement, overlay, shading, and positive and negative space.
In class students learn, experiment with, and expand on a broad range of hand-embroidery stitches, using embroidery thread and beads both together and independently. In the two-day version of the workshop students work entirely on a sampler. In the three-, four-, and five-day versions of the workshop students come to class with a small, unembellished art quilts or fiber art panel that they would like to take to a new level through the addition of hand embroidery with beads and thread.
Each day contains a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to develop one’s own visual vocabulary using the techniques introduced in class. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.
Have you ever wanted to embellish fabric but weren't sure where to start? Here's your chance to give it a try in this two- to three-day workshop. Begin with a small printed fabric panel that is just begging to be embellished. Explore a variety of bead embroidery stitches, thread embroidery stitches, and approaches to design while developing unique embellishment plans for a mini quilt or embellished panel. The finished panel can be completed as a small wall quilt, made into a decorative pillow, or incorporated into an embellished handbag or jacket. Students receive group instruction as well as one-on-one assistance learning new stitches and developing their own original embellishment design. Suitable for experienced beginners through advanced stitchers. Fabric options can be available in advance of the workshop, and kits can be provided.
"Leaves of Fiber, Leaves of Glass: Botanically-Inspired Hand Stitching with Beautiful Beads & Threads"
Humans have looked to the world’s flora for millennia when seeking inspiration for art and design. From the leaves carved into the capitals of Corinthian columns in ancient Greece, to the swirling botanical designs of Arts & Crafts era England, to the irises, grasses, and other flowers found in traditional Japanese block prints, to the bold colors and motifs of Marimekko fabrics so popular in the 1970s and beyond, plants continue to be an endless source of inspiration for artists and designers.
In this three- to five-day workshop we begin by looking to our surroundings and collecting wind-fall leaves and other plants for our inspiration. We closely examine, sketch, and contemplate our found treasures and what it is about them that most engages us. Then we delve into designing and stitching, exploring a broad range of fiber art, bead embroidery, and contemporary hand stitching techniques while reinterpreting a chosen leaf, leaves, or plant into a work of fiber art.
"Making Your Mark: The Hand Embellished Art Quilt"
Explore the broad, rich, amazing world of hand mark-making through stitching texture, pattern, and meaning into your art quilts and fiber art in this three- to five-day workshop. Bring a small art quilt, work of fiber art, or piece of art fabric to this workshop and spend three to five days learning techniques, exploring design, and then delving into embellishing it by hand. We'll work with beads of all sorts, beautiful threads of varying weights and materials, and other objects of special meaning or interest. We'll cover approaches to embellishment design, techniques for making your embellishments look terrific and stay securely in place, material selection, and a wide range of bead embroidery and contemporary hand stitching techniques.
"Theme & Variations in Hand Embellishment"
Artistic themes can be technical and conceptual. They can be found in the consistent use of particular techniques, shapes, images, color schemes, or concepts. Hand embroidery lends itself beautifully to both technical and conceptual theme development. Bead and thread embroidery can be used to boldly define solid shapes, subtly suggest translucent shapes, and everything in between. Hand stitching with beads and thread can be used to create powerful line work, visual movement, and expressive, engaging textures. It can also be used to highlight both positive and negative space in works of art.
In this three-day to five-day workshop students explore ways to develop personal themes and variations on those themes in order to create a small series of related mini works in fiber art (art quilts, embroideries, etc.) each of which features hand embroidery with beads and threads. Each day will be a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery technique demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to use and build on the techniques introduced. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.