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Classes do not cover block construction students are expected to bring a pieced block to the class. To take full advantage of this class students are expected to have a basic familiarity with the running stitch, buttonhole stitch, herringbone, chevron stitch, and chain stitch. Providing beginners can meet these requirements they are more than welcome and actively encouraged to join. There will be no class kits with any of the classes as students are expected to draw from their own stash. Students are also expected to bring some stash items that can be shared in class with other students.

1 Day of Crazy Quilting with Sharon Boggon

This workshop will give students the opportunity to learn how to develop and hand embellish a crazy quilt block with a designers eye. There are no rules in Crazy Quilting, which allows for tremendous freedom but also can lead to people not being able to ‘pull a block together’. To balance all the elements of crazy quilting hand embroidery, lace, ribbon, braids, beading and all the different embellishing techniques creators need to solve a good number of design problems, understand the basics of composition and colour issues. This workshop introduces those theoretical skills while applying them in a hands on manner.

During the day the underlying design issues associated with embellishing a crazy quilt block are explored and applied at all stages of the process. Hand embroidered seams that consolidates a composition, motif selection, size, balance and placement, building up visual texture by working with lace, ribbons and braids, working with buttons and beads and dealing with the implications of highly textured areas in the composition are covered over the period of the workshop. Throughout the workshop why design principals are applied and how it done is covered thoroughly.

Although design plays a part throughout the whole process of embellishing a block a practical hands approach is taken, teaching different types of embellishment techniques and methods to pull the block together in order to have it read in a holistic manner.

A creative problem solving session at the end of the day invites students to bring along their problem blocks. I facilitate a class discussion on how design principles may breathe new life into the block and which element of design might have avoided the problem if it had been applied. This class exercise also acts to consolidate what has been learnt during the workshop.

 

2 Days of stitches for crazy quilters with Sharon Boggon

This 2 day workshop is aimed at crazy quilters who are interested in developing seam embellishments and embroidered motifs that add variety interest and personality to their blocks. This workshop spends an extended block of time examining the design elements of stitches themselves and applying that knowledge to designing composite stitches for seam embellishment and designing embroidered motifs for crazy quilting.

The complex relationship between thread and fabric are a visual language to an embroiderer. Stitches can be created in all shapes, sizes and textures. Different stitches have a different visual feel to them and as a result have different design implications when applied on a block. Understanding both the construction and design of stitches allows students to develop their own language of thread and apply it to a block.

Stitches are each in their own right, small design elements, and this class aims to explore, in a hands on manner, the implications of this for crazy quilting.

This workshop examines how to build stitches and how to fragment stitches. We will examine stitches that lend themselves to linear treatments. What is a linear element? How interesting can you make a line? When we vary our threads what sort of line does it produce? What stitches can be whipped to create lines? There are obvious stitches such as stem stitch and outline stitch what happens to a line when it is represented using Chain stitch or one of its many varieties? What other stitches can be used as a linear element? What stitches produce ridged lines? What sort of line is created with couching? What sort of line does lacing and threading stitches produce? How might this knowledge be applied to seam embellishment and what happens when it is applied to motif design?

What happens when we apply scale and density as design elements to stitching? Stitches can be worked far apart or closely together even overlapped. What happens when we think about these design considerations and apply it to Buttonhole and its varieties, to Chevron and it varieties and to Cretan stitch? What happens when we introduce lacing these stitches, threading or whipping them with another yarn. What do they look like and what can you make from this exploration? How does this exploration influence the design of motifs in crazy quilting?

What happens to a stitch if we think about the design element of direction, movement and shape? Direction and angle of your stitches can be worked back to back or flipped. What happens when we do this to Herringbone and varieties? What happens to isolated stitches? How do these influence the look of a shape? What happens when we think about these design considerations and apply it to Buttonhole and its varieties, to Chevron and it varieties and to Cretan stitch? How might these design principles be applied to crazy quilting? Can these same design considerations be applied to beaded embroidery?

We also look at how to break stitches into fragments and change various parts of a stitch in order to develop new stitches. How do you break a stitch down to see how it might be applied in different ways? What do we look for? How do we apply that knowledge to motif design?

Students explore the key design elements that come into play when this knowledge of stitchery is applied to designing both seam embellishments and motifs for crazy quilting. Key design issues of scale, movement, texture and balance are discussed, explored and applied.

This workshop devotes itself to embroidery only. It does not cover block construction or other forms of embellishment available to crazy quilters such as using lace, braids, buttons, etc. Students are expected to bring two or three pieced blocks to a class or work on a sampler which can be used for future reference. To take full advantage of this class students are expected to have a basic familiarity with running stitch, buttonhole stitch, herringbone, chevron stitch, and chain stitch. Providing beginners can meet these requirements they are more than welcome and actively encouraged to join. There will be no class packs with this class but a class requirements list will handed out before the class commences.

 

2 Days Crazy Quilting with Sharon Boggon

This workshop applies the principals of design to the process of embellishing a crazy quilt block. This 2 day workshop will give students the opportunity to develop design skills associated with crazy quilting while hand embellishing a crazy quilt block. To balance all the elements of crazy quilting hand embroidery, lace, ribbon, braids, beading and all the different embellishing techniques creators need to solve a good number of design problems, understand the basics of composition and colour issues. Students will be taught methods of doing this.

This workshop applies the underlying design skills in a hands on manner at all stages of block embellishment. Hand embroidered seam treatments are covered extensively and developing combination stitches to add variety and consolidate composition are explored. Motif selection, size, scale, balance and placement are discussed and explored by students. Building up visual texture by working with lace, ribbons and braids are explored in depth. Working with buttons and beads and dealing with the implications of highly textured areas in the composition is also taught. Throughout the workshop why design principals are applied and how it done is covered thoroughly.

Although design plays a part throughout the whole process of embellishing a block a practical hands approach is taken teaching different types of embellishment techniques and methods.

A creative problem solving session at the end of the workshop invites students to bring along their problem blocks. I facilitate a class discussion on how design principles may breathe new life into the block and which element of design might have avoided the problem. This class exercise also acts to consolidate what has been learnt during the workshop.

 

3 Days Crazy Quilting with Sharon Boggon

This 3 day workshop will give students the opportunity to develop design skills associated with crazy quilting while hand embellishing a crazy quilt block or blocks. This workshop applies the underlying design skills in a hands on manner at all stages of block embellishment. To balance all the elements of crazy quilting hand embroidery, lace, ribbon, braids, beading and all the different embellishing techniques creators need to solve a good number of design problems and understand the basics of composition and deal with colour issues. Students will be taught methods of doing this.

Hand embroidered seam treatments are covered extensively and students are taught to develop their own combination stitches to add variety and consolidate composition. How seam embellishment effects movement direction and texture is taught. Motif selection, size, scale, balance and placement and designing motifs to suitably fit the shape of the patch within a block is taught. Building up visual texture by working with lace, ribbons and braids are explored in depth. What this visual texture does to the balance of a block is covered and students explore methods to counter balance these elements. Working with buttons and beads and dealing with the implications of highly textured areas in the composition is explored in this workshop. Throughout the workshop why design principals are applied and how it done is covered thoroughly. Although design plays a part throughout the whole process of embellishing a block a practical hands approach is taken, teaching different types of embellishment techniques and methods.

A creative problem solving session at the end of the workshop invites students to bring along their problem blocks. I facilitate a class discussion on how design principles may breathe new life into the block and which element of design might have avoided the problem. This class exercise also acts to consolidate what has been learnt during the workshop.

This class does not cover block construction students are expected to bring a pieced block to a class. To take full advantage of this class students are expected to have a basic familiarity with running stitch, buttonhole stitch, herringbone, chevron stitch, and chain stitch. Providing beginners can meet these requirements they are more than welcome and actively encouraged to join. There will be no class packs with this class as students are expected to draw from their own stash. Students are also expected to bring some stash items that can be shared in class with other students.

 

Lecture: The role of Design in Contemporary Crazy quilting

Contemporary quilting has drawn on contemporary design theory in order to raise the standard of work produced. Most contemporary quilters can understand and speak about tonal value, pattern and colour in a work. Crazy quilting by its very nature is more complex. Crazy quilters have to balance a diverse mix of materials, contrasting textures in the form of laces, braids, beads and buttons and deal with asymmetrical pattern structures. As a result they need to control whole gamut of design principals. Composition, colour, tone, linear elements, movement, scale, density, and texture are all elements that need to be controlled in order to balance a project.

This lecture examines the key elements of design as applied to crazy quilting and discusses how they might be controlled.

This lecture is a 2 hour session which is liberally illustrated with a display of my work which people can see and touch.

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