Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution

Join Us for this 4-Day Creative Retreat
— Your Guide to Amazing Stitching!

Thursday, June 13 | Friday, June 14
Saturday, June 15 | Sunday, June 16, 2019

10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

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  • Do you hear the siren song of all those fabulous specialty threads urging you to take them home to play?
  • Do those same luscious threads leave you frustrated and annoyed?
  • Do you have a head full of creative ideas but just aren’t sure how to get the look you want?
  • Do you want to feel confident in your skills when you sit in front of your sewing machine?
Liz Kettle's Passport reference book

Then this immersive 4-Day Retreat, led by renowned fiber artist and “Thread-ucator” Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution, is for you!

In this class you will begin a reference sample workbook, your “Passport.” This fantastic little fabric book, sample pages pictured here, is a tool that you will find yourself referring to again and again. The retreat will begin with some basic guidelines for needles, threads and stabilizers, and you will learn how to tame the dreaded tension issues that makes everyone want to tear out their hair!

Once the basics have been mastered, students will start to play:

  • Learn how to use those heavy threads in the bobbin
  • Play with your stitches — finding new uses for even the most ordinary stitch
  • Discover thread drawing
  • Dabble in thread painting, both with thread and mixed media materials, and, last but not least,
  • Venture into the realm of water-soluble stabilizers to uncover the creative embroidery adventures awaiting you there!

In this comprehensive creative retreat, you will gain mastery of your machine and free yourself of any stitch fears you have. You will develop the confidence to tackle any thread and fill your creative tool box full of fabulous techniques.

Thread painting by Liz Kettle, one of the skills taught in Stitch Journeys

This class is suitable even for beginners: you do not need a fancy machine with all the latest bells and whistles! You do need a basic understanding of your own sewing machine and the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs.

Supply List, Stitch Journeys with Liz Kettle

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There will be a nominal supply fee, payable directly to the instructor, to be determined. The below supply list is from past iterations of this class. Once it has been finalized, this page will be updated and the final supply list will be available as a downloadable PDF.


  • 5-10 fabrics that will work well together — fat quarters or 1/3 yard cuts of each.
    • Most of your fabrics should be mottled or semi-solid colors, to show off your stitch techniques.
    • One or two should be small prints, to use for accents.
    • You may want some muslin or scrap fabric to practice on before you make your pages.
  • Quilt batting. This is a perfect opportunity to use up batting scraps, as it doesn’t matter if each page is a different batting.
  • Tear away stabilizer, approximately 1 yard. (Pellon Stitch-and-Tear Lite or Sulky’s Totally Stable are two examples.)
  • Fusible Web, approximately 1 yard, or one package of your favorite fusible web product. Misty Fuse, Steam-A-Seam, and Wonder Under are three popular brands. (Liz’s preferred brand is Misty Fuse.)
  • Thread sketch colored with Inktense Watersoluble Ink Pencils by Liz KettleAssorted ribbons, yarns and trims that coordinate with your fabric. These will be used for edge finishes and tying on the rings when you are done. Note: large quantities of these materials aren’t necessary. Also consider using torn strips of fabric as embellishment.
  • Threads. Bring it all! Just kidding…bring an assortment of threads in colors that coordinate and contrast with your fabric colors:
    • Bring different fibers, such as cotton, rayon, silk, poly, metallic and holographic, as well as different weights.
    • Don’t worry that you don’t have enough! Liz will bring an assortment for you to try, and everyone can share.

Tools and Notions:

  • Sewing machine, in good working order, with the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs. Don’t forget the power cord and foot pedal!
    • Bring your machine’s specialty feet, including your free motion or darning foot.
    • Bring extra bobbins, machine oil and cleaning brush.
    • Please bring an assortment of sewing machine needles, including a size 90/14 embroidery need. A twin needle is nice to have for this class, but is optional.
  • Basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins, marking chalk or marking pencil, etc.
  • Fine tip Sharpie or permanent marker that can be seen on your fabric, as well as notebook and pencil for taking notes during class.
  • Small piece of freezer paper.
  • Small cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler. An 8-inch square ruler is useful for this class if you already own one.

Preparing your supplies before the day of class

Precutting some fabric and batting before the retreat will help everyone get started working earlier. The Passport Liz created is 5" x 7". You may use a different size if you like, but it’s recommended not to go smaller than 4" x 6" or larger than 8" x 8". Cut your fabric slightly larger (¼ to ½") than your finished page size.

Stitch Dancing example by Liz Kettle, free motion sewing machine and simple hand embroidery stitching

Please email Liz if you have any questions about this amazing learning opportunity.

About the Instructor:

Liz, a mixed media textile artist living in Colorado, believes that CREATIVITY is the new superpower! She loves teaching and sharing the joy of making stuff in her articles, classes and workshops. After acquiring the skills for success in the traditional quilting arena she began to delve into art quilting and discovered a world of freedom and fun in mixed media.

Liz is the co-author of Fabric Embellishing: The Basics & Beyond and Threads: The Basics & Beyond, and the author of First-Time Beading on Fabric and Know Your Needles: A Carry-Along Guide for Choosing Hand and Machine Needles.

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