“Fabric and Form: Vessels” Workshop

September 17 and 18, 2022 (Saturday and Sunday)

Workshop Description: Old and new, familiar and innovative, building on the past and exploring the unknown – these are the successful themes that form the approach of our workshop. In
this workshop we put old, familiar skills to use in creating new and unique art forms. We will learn about using fabric to make vessels or “textile sculptures”, then design and construct our own
new vessels using a simple, systematic process that allows for a great range of invention. 2 days, max class size 20

Outline: Class members will design and create a 3 dimensional vessel or form, using my step-by-step process.

  1. Introduction to 3 D fabric structures, examples and inspirations, discussion of 3 D design elements, symmetry/asymmetry, opportunities and limitations presented by fabric medium.
  2. Design work: sketching the form, creating a template on paper, planning the construction sequence.
  3. Constructing the panels, embellishment and “polishing the pieces.
  4. Assembling the form, putting the pieces together, wiring technique.
  5. Finishing touches: Creating the base, labeling, final embellishment.
  6. “Accessorizing”: storage/carrying box, photography tips.







Supply List

Student supply list:
* usual fabric cutting tools – fabric scissors, rotary cutter/matt, scissors for cutting paper

* pencil for tracing patterns onto pellon (not a washable marker), paper for note taking

* quilting straight pins, hand sewing needle.

* fabric scraps (about a yard total is needed) in a color palette of your choosing, avoid fabrics that ravel easily

* threads to match/compliment your fabric choices

* about 10-12 used file folders or poster board for making patterns , marker pen

* sewing machine, zigzag foot (open front preferred) , couching foot (optional), any type needle will work, extension cord

* If not purchasing the student kit – 1 yd heavy weight pellon and 1 yd iron-on fusible

Student Kit ($25.00):
* 1 copy of “Fabric and Form: Quilted Pop Ups” book

* 1 yd of heavy weight pellon

* 1 yd of iron-on fusible mesh

Classroom materials that I provide for all to use:

* assortment of specialty fabrics such as organzas and satins

* assortment of ribbons. cords, yarns for couching

* foam core board and corrugated vinyl panels for storage box construction


Date: September 17 and 18, 2022 (Saturday and Sunday)

Cost:  $250 plus $25 for supplies

Location:  Denver Area Council Boyscouts of America, 10455 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80215   Map Link

Registration:  Will open in July.



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Dates: Every third Monday, January through November.

Location: All meetings are available on-line via Zoom with the link included in our monthly newsletter.  Two to Four times per year, we hold in-person meetings. The location may vary, so please refer to the MEETINGS page on our website for information as to which meetings are in person and where they will be held.

Time: On-Line meetings run from 7:00-9:00 pm.  In-person meetings have social time which starts at 6:30 pm and the meeting from 7:00-9:00 pm.