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FRCQ offers several workshops each year addressing a broad range of skill levels and techniques. New Skills workshops are taught by regional artists and run 1-2 days. Major Workshops, including retreat workshops, are taught by national and international teachers and typically run 2 or more days. Instructor and venue expenses determine tuition for major workshops. Tuition is set with the intent that FRCQ neither makes nor loses money, offering members access to high-quality instructors at the lowest possible cost.

Only current FRCQ members may register for workshops. Registration will be via PayPal on the date noted in the Workshop description; a link to the PayPal account will be provided in the description as well. If a workshop does not fill as needed to cover expenses, it may be cancelled 30 days prior to the start of the class. Full refunds will be issued to those registered. If a registered participant elects to withdraw from a workshop, a refund will be issued only if another member on the wait-list can fill the space. Registration is not transferable. For more information about how to register for our workshops or to be added to a waitlist, please contact our Workshops team.

Jette Clover – Master Class: Finding Your Voice

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 On-Line: February-October 2017

Face-to-Face: October 17-19, 2017

About This Master Class:

FRCQ is offering an unusual and exciting opportunity for its members who are accomplished art quilters to turbocharge their art! Students will explore what they want to express, with which materials and techniques, and how to bring it all together into good compositions, guided by internationally renowned art quilter, Jette Clover.

Students will be given a theme to explore in their art over a period of nine months and will create at least three finished pieces. Students will receive  eight monthly lessons via email; each month the lesson will cover a topic such as line, color, texture, value, working in a series, etc., and suggest exercises, assignments, and tips for websites and videos to watch. Students will work independently in their own tempo, and take from the monthly lessons what they can use and what they have time for. The lessons are meant to establish good artistic work habits, spark creativity, and encourage the development of a body of work.

In the ninth month we will meet ‘live’ for a 3-day session. Students will be expected to bring finished work and a workbook with their research and ideas about their theme. The session focus will be on group discussions as well as one-on-one time with the teacher, who will work individually with each student to define goals, provide supportive and useful critique, and stimulate the development of a personal voice. We will deal with composition and how to achieve balance between form and content. The students will learn how to give as well as receive critiques in a positive way. We will further deal with how to present oneself as an artist and how to prepare for an exhibition.

About Jette: Jette Clover is a full-time studio artist. She is also an art historian, and worked for more than 10 years at the Dutch Textile Museum curating exhibitions, including the first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997.

Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000. She has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Asia, and in 2015 was awarded the Quilt Japan prize.

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Jette has lived and worked in the US, the Netherlands, and, currently, in Belgium.


Dates: February-October, 2017, on-line

October 17-19, 2017  face-to-face (Tuesday-Thursday)

Face-to-Face Session Location: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, CO 80401

Cost:  $400

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on October 17, 2016; course begins February 2017)



Ruth Chandler – Boro the Japanese Art of Tattered Rags


Boro the Japanese Art of Tattered Rags

Saturday, 900am-400pm

February 25, 2017

Boro is the Japanese word for tattered rags. From the 1600’s and even into the early 1900’s the Japanese farmers of the northern region of Honshu used this technique to repair and patch their clothes. Originally made from hemp the farmers were gradually able to get their hands on bits of cotton and finally silk. Every little scrap was precious and washed and saved until it was used to give their clothes longevity. These items of clothing were so used and worn and yet have such strength that you can’t help but admire them.  

In this 1 day workshop Ruth Chandler will introduce you to the Japanese art of Boro.  She will engage you in piecing and hand stitching in the Boro tradition using Ruth’s hand dyed indigo fabrics.   

The $100 registration fee provides most everything you need to create a beautiful piece of Boro art. You will only need to bring your thimble, reading glasses, pins (if you prefer over Mistyfuse) and lunch.  At the end of this workshop you will have a finished piece of Boro art.

No special skills are needed, only a desire to learn a fascinating traditional Japanese technique.  

About Ruth:  Ruth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity.  She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan. Shibori, Boro, Sashiko, and indigo dying are her love, however she also teaches garment and other classes to children and adults.  Ruth teaches locally at The Thread Lab at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine and blog posts for Havels’ Sewing. Her work has been published in several books. She can also be found on her blog.


Workshop: Boro the Japanese Art of Tattered Rags

Date: February 25, 2017, 900 am to 400 pm.

Location:  The Thread Lab at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO

Cost:  $100

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on November 21, 2016)



Christi Beckmann – Street Art Textures





Street Art Textures

Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 pm

April 7, 2017

Using oil sticks and fabric, this workshop will involve exploring different surfaces found in a downtown environment to create one of a kind art fabrics. These unique patterns can be used in a variety of different art quilts including landscape, abstract or portraits. Bring out the rebel in you and take your art to the streets! This adventurous workshop involves looking for and using found surfaces!

For this 1/2 day workshop we will meet as a small group at the Longmont Library where Christi will be giving a short introduction. We will then take a walking tour of downtown Longmont where Christi will introduce you to finding the patterns and textures, teach you how to best do texture rubbings and present ideas on how to incorporate these patterns into your own surface designs. Christi will be providing instruction on the use of oil sticks and also bring examples of what she has created with her texture rubbing surface designs. Again, this workshop will predominately be a walking tour of downtown Longmont.

The $35 registration fee includes most everything you need to explore this form of surface design. Artists are encouraged to where comfortable shoes and bring some fabrics from their own stashes. Fabrics that work well might be hand dyed or painted that need a little something extra. Commercial solids and some tone on tones could work also.

No special skills are needed, only a desire to create unique surface designs from cityscape textures.  

About Christi: Christi Beckmann has been working with fabric to make art since the mid 1990’s. Her Mom introduced her to traditional quilting and she began breaking the rules immediately! Early work began portraying horses which lead to nature, politics, geometrics, architecture, and urban themes.


Workshop: Street Art Textures

Date: April 7, 2017, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Location:  Meeting at the Longmont Library, followed by a walking tour of downtown Longmont.

Cost:  $35

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on January 31, 2017)




Jane Dunnewold – Fleeting Images: Impermanent Processes for Silk Screen Printing + Exploring Creativity Strength Training

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Spend two days exploring the versatility of  the traditional silkscreen.  These impermanent processes allow numerous printings of an image, but when the screen is washed at the end of the session, the image is removed.  Techniques will include flour paste, soy wax, Aquarelle crayon and Inktense blocks, and thickened dyes.

Spend our third day together immersed in the strategies of the Creative Strength Training Program.  This is lots of fun but is also instructive!  Become a better artist by knowing more about yourself.  Dismantle your Committee.  Play and work simultaneously!  No experience needed because you already have all the experience you need!

Two sessions will be offered:  May 12-14, 2017  (American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO) and May 16-18, 2017 (Altona Grange, Longmont, CO).

Details coming soon.


Jette Clover – Text and Textile

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Text and Textile

Friday-Sunday, 9am-4pm

October 13-15, 2017

About This Workshop:

The primary focus of this workshop is to explore language as a means of visual communication. We will use text and handwriting as key elements of design and find new ways to combine words and images to add meaning to art work. We will work with non-traditional “tools” for writing and make use of drawing, painting, stamping, stenciling, rubbing, printing, and a variety of transfer techniques to apply text to cloth.

About Jette: Jette Clover is a full-time studio artist whose work reflects her passion for text and lettering.  She started out as a journalist on a daily newspaper, cementing her relationship to text. She then was an art historian, working for more than 10 years at the Dutch Textile Museum curating exhibitions, including the first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997.

Jette has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000. She has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Asia, and in 2015 was awarded the Quilt Japan prize.


Workshop:  Text and Textile

Dates: October 13-15 (Friday-Sunday)

Location: American Mountaineering Center,  710 10th St., Golden, CO 80401

Cost:  $195 + $5 materials fee

Pay online through PayPal (on-line registration will open on July 17, 2017)