Teaching is a joy to me and I am very happy to travel to your guild or group and offer any of these workshops or workshops modified to suit your needs. For information on fees contact me at 506-363-3560 or [email protected] I have provided some sample works for inspiration. I encourage original designs in classes and workshops. Be sure to check the Gallery for more samples of my works.

Cardinal Applique Block

Create a beautiful cardinal in a machine appliqué block that can be used to make a table topper, block for a quilt, block for a bag or anything you should choose. Satin stitch appliqué will be taught as well as a free motion edge.

Techinque(s): Applique, satin stitch, using fusible web
Create Appliques Using Inktense Pencils

Students put their adult colouring skills to work and play with inktense pencils to create flowers and leaves that will be cut out and used to create appliqués. This is a fun workshop where they will learn some of the tricks for colouring realistic images of their choice and then adding water to turn them into beautifully shaded fabrics. After the appliqués are created they will cut them out and fuse them to a background to start a block. Students can use my pattern for clematis or bring their own inspirations for flower or leaves.

     
Techinque(s): colouring, using fusible web
Creating Buttons
Buttons for webUsing inexpensive tools, learn to make one of a kind buttons and embellishments such as broaches. With polymer clay, you will create a number of different button styles, including those with and without shanks. Skills learned can be used in jewellery making. If you knit, crochet, or just want to make unique buttons for a garment, this class will help get you started.
Designing Chic Wearable Art for The Everyday Life
wearable art_edited-1Principles in design will be discussed including colour, texture and embellishment. Students will design individually on their partially constructed garments. The focus will be on appliques. Techniques using the sewing machine for free motion applique, lace cutwork and trapunto will be demonstrated and students may choose to use all or some of these techniques.
Techinque(s): Free Motion Applique, Lace Cutwork, Trapunto
Flowers From Thread
flowers1024Students will learn to create vibrant flowers both wild and the garden variety totally from thread. Free motion embroidery will be used to create flowers such as lady slipper, iris, foxglove, calla lily, goldenrod, astilbe etc. Students choose which flowers to master. Methods for using them in quilts, artworks, cards and wearable art will be demonstrated.
Techinque(s): Free Motion Embroidery
Free Motion Applique and Cutwork
K.Tidswell free motion appliqueThe student will learn to lower the feed dogs and use the darning foot to produce a free motion applique that is much less rigid than the satin stitch. It is particularly appealing in nature quilts. They will also learn how to make beautiful free motion lace cutwork and three dimensional appliques. These can be used in clothing and wall quilts. This can be a project or a sampler class.
Techinque(s): Free Motion Applique, Lace Cutwork
Free Motion Applique and Lace Cutwork Wall Hanging
fme_appl_laceWhile producing this 11 inch by 15 inch wall hanging, you will perfect an applique edge that is particularly appealing in nature quilts. Using free motion embroidery, you will finish the leaf and branch edges as well as make one or more areas of cutwork. Once learned, the methods can be used in original applique projects. Making 3-d leaves will also be demonstrated and can be incorporated. Reference notes provided.
Techinque(s): 3D Applique, Cutwork, Free Motion Embroidery
How Many Ways To Applique?
fme_appl_exploreCreate a beautiful block while learning many machine applique techniques. The student will learn how to use fusible web, freezer paper and dress maker’s interfacing to make the appliques. They will learn satin stitch, buttonhole stitch and mock hand applique to attach the appliques. Hints on speciality threads and needles will be given.
Lace By Machine
lbmUsing a variety of materials including embroidery and metallic threads, tulle and wire, students will learn both free motion techniques and conventional sewing techniques to make lace flowers, leaves, insects and butterflies. These can be used to embellish wearable art as well as crib quilts and wall hangings.
Landscape
landscape 365 pxCreate a landscape using my pattern or design your own. This can be quilted or stitched and framed.  Design considerations such as composition, depth, choosing colours to enhance perspective will be discussed.
Techinque(s): blind stitch applique
Machine Quilting
mqLearn the tricks for machine quilting including basting, choosing the correct batting, working with rayon embroidery, metallic and holographic threads and choosing the quilting pattern. The student will create a reference sample block beginning with straight grid quilting made with the walking foot. They will advance to lowering the feed dogs and discovering the freedom of using the darning foot. Samples will be made following patterns, creating stipple, echo and several other free motion designs.
Techinque(s): Machine Quilting
Painting Backgrounds For Quilts or Embroideries
painting_bg_quiltsStudents will learn to paint using Pebeo Setacolor fabric paints on cotton fabrics. This is a hands on painting workshop where students will mix colours and produce fabrics suitable for landscapes, yardages and appliques. Special effects techniques will also be explored. Reference notes provided.
Techinque(s): painting on fabric
Pet Portraits from Thread
RetreiverDobermanPet Portraits from Thread- You will drop the feed dogs on a regular zigzag sewing machine and learn to use your needle like a paint brush to create a portrait of your pet or favourite animal. You will use only free motion straight stitch and zigzag to create your masterpiece. It can be matted and framed or turned into a quilted wall hanging. Beginner to intermediate
Techinque(s): 3-D thread applique, Free Motion Embroidery
Thread Painting One

sampler wp 368px_edited-2 Students learn the basics of free motion embroidery to create  landscapes. They will complete a sampler (seen below) as they learn to make grasses, leaves, flowers, weeds, trees, etc.  They can spend the entire day perfecting their skills or  start a simple landscape. Comprehensive notes are provided.

 
Techinque(s): Free Motion Embroidery, Thread Painting
Thread Painting Two
fme_comm_fab_2The student will build upon the knowledge gained in Thread Painting. Design considerations will be discussed and expanded. Students will construct a landscape using appropriate fabrics and machine applique techniques. Machine embroidery techniques will be quickly reviewed and students will be encouraged to individualize their landscapes both in the construction and in the free motion embroidery stages. Methods for quilting the landscape will be explored.
Techinque(s): Thread Painting
Three-D Thread Appliques
ddd_intro_small_birdsStudents will learn to create appliques totally from thread. Free motion embroidery will be used to create either a black capped chickadee or a hummingbird. The technique can be later used to make realistic images of birds, flowers, or wildlife. All the tricks, from working with difficult threads to controlling distortion, will be covered. These can be used as focal points in wall hangings and wearable art.
Techinque(s): 3D Applique, Free Motion Embroidery, Thread Painting
Three-D Thread Appliques – Puffin
ddd_intro_puffinStudents will learn to create appliques totally from thread. Free motion embroidery will be used to create a Puffin. The technique can be later used to make realistic images of birds, flowers, or wildlife. All the tricks, from working with difficult threads to controlling distortion, will be covered. These can be used as focal points in wall hangings and wearable art.  
Techinque(s): 3D Applique, Free Motion Embroidery, Thread Painting