Fabric Embellishing with Judy Gula!
6 Saturday Sessions (dates below)
      Workbook II (advanced) — 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
      Workbook I — 2:00 - 4:30 pm

Learn a variety of fabric embellishing techniques as you create a beautiful fabric book! Class sessions consist of demonstrations as well as hands on activities; you will leave with all the information and ability needed to complete your pages and additional “homework” on your own between sessions. Techniques from Fabric Embellishing — the Basics and Beyond, as well as Judy’s own techniques will be covered in class. The end result? An artful fabric book for display that also serves as a handy reference manual for future fiber projects!

A supply fee of up to $5.00 per session, payable to the teacher, will be assessed. The fee is due the day of and may vary, depending on the embellishing supplies provided.

Sessions will take place on Saturdays on the following dates. Students in Workbook I will enjoy the below curriculum. Those who have completed the first class and registered for Workbook II will meet in the morning on the same dates, moving on to new techniques explorations and creating new pages.

  • February 2, 2019Session 1: Introduction and begin creating base fabric pages: embellishment techniques for your base pages can include decorative stitching, fabric tucking, weaving, crazy quilting, raw edge appliqué, etc.
  • March 9 Session 2: Completing base fabric pages (shift from 1st Saturday due to Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show)
  • May 4 Session 3: Textile paint (example pictured below) using stencils and wooden printing blocks (skipping April to accomodate students wishing to take Libby Williamson’s class)
  • June 1 Session 4: Windows (example pictured) and ribbons
  • August 3 Session 5: Photographs — direct print on fabric, Paper Solvy transfer and more (skipping July due to the 4th holiday and vacations)
  • September 7 Session 6: Foil (example pictured above) and Beads on fabric

Supply List

Plan to create a book that is 6 inches x 9 inches (or smaller). Keeping your chosen size in mind, gather together:

  • Fabrics for front of your pages. Solids, hand dyes and mottled print fabric that reads as a solid are best to show off your techniques. It’s nice if your pages coordinate throughout the book but you may choose contrast as well.
  • Fabrics for back of your pages. Feel free to choose different colors and patterns for the backs of your page — my favorite is fusing together selvages from my stash to create a unique striped fabric.
  • You might choose to include a contrasting pocket that can contain notes on the technique on the backs of your pages: perfect for favorite small fabric pieces
  • Quilt batting — this is a perfect opportunity to use up batting scraps, as it doesn’t matter if each page is a different batting.
  • Fabric Embellishing — the Basics and Beyond by Liz Kettle, Heather Thomas, Ruth Chandler, and Lauren Vlcek is a required; please bring your copy to each session)
  • Sewing machine in good working order, if yours is lightweight enough to make it easy to travel with and set up. Don’t forget the power cord and accessories! Class machines will be available, and you will be assigned to complete machine sewing techniques at home.

This is a great opportunity to try fabric embellishing: walk through various techniques, create a reference book of beautiful examples, and enjoy the company of, and learn from, others in the class. Join us!

About the Instructor: Judy Gula, owner of Artistic Artifacts, believes that to make art, you must live art. She finds inspiration in new and vintage materials, her interactions with other artists, and in surprising and unexpected experiences. Her goal is to share her love of art and in empowering people to create their own artwork, she finds her bliss. More about Judy »