Thread Painting

Learn the basics of free motion embroidery to create landscapes. Complete a sampler as you learn to make grasses, leaves, flowers, weeds, trees, etc. You can spend the entire day perfecting your skills or start a simple landscape.



Painting Backgrounds for Quilts or Embroideries

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Learn to paint using Pebeo setacolor fabric paints on cotton or embroidery fabrics. Create your own fabric for a special landscape, shaded fabric for a flower you wish to appliqué, yardage for a special sky or backgrounds for an embroidery. You will learn how to mix colours and apply the paints. Special effects techniques such as sun printing and using salt will also be explored. A demonstration using Derwent Inktense pencils will also be given. Comprehensive notes provided.

Techniques in Applique

Perfect the use of fusible webs and the satin stitch and then move on to learn  methods that look like hand applique. You will learn to use both freezer paper and dressmaker’s interfacing and to attach invisibly using the blind stitch. You will go home with a sampler of applique techniques. Comprehensive notes provided.

Teaching at Quilt Canada 2015

I will be teaching a two day course on Designing  One of a Kind Wearable art.  Sewers and Quilters of all levels are welcome.  This is a class designed to help you make individualized items that fit your lifestyle.  You may choose fancy or casual. In addition to learning hints on the types of patterns to choose, you will learn embellishment techniques such as lace cutwork, bobbin work, trapunto, arranging appliqués and new methods for attaching appliqués. Information will be shared on choosing batting  for quilted items, or you may choose not to quilt. My outfits often feature appliqué or appliqué and cutwork with no quilting. Come have some fun and learn some new techniques.  You will receive hints on placement of appliqués and  produce samples using free motion embroidery on a regular zigzag sewing machine. Then choose which techniques you want to incorporate in your piece and  work on your outfit under my tutelage. For more information and to register visit

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