Workshops - Valerie Wilson Fibre Artist



In-Person and Virtual 


Facial Expressions Workshop 

– 2 days or 3 days (in-person or virtual)

Also available as an 8-week scheduled workshop online with individual registration.

Head and shoulders close-up of man's face in a quilt.


Have you ever wanted to create a portrait of a friend, or family member, in fabric, but you don’t know where to start?

Or have a fear of not being able to create a good likeness? 

Learn all the secrets of creating a realistic portrait in fabric.



– choose a photo appropriate for a portrait

– develop a pattern from your photo

–  select appropriate fabrics

– use fabric placement to create depth and realism   

– stitch and quilt your portrait                                                                                                                                  

In this workshop, you will create a head and shoulders fabric portrait from a photo of your choice using a fusible appliqué method.

In the 2 day workshop, most students (depending on the complexity of their design) will complete the fabric placement for their portrait. Stitching techniques will be demonstrated. Some students will start the stitching/thread painting.

In the 3 day workshop, all students will have completed the fabric placement, and have started stitching and thread painting their portraits.

Comprehensive notes, with step by step instructions and abundance of photos, are provided for both workshops.

Comments from students:

“I loved it when the faces started appearing in the fabric and bits of cloth became people. The trunk show was also a highlight.”                                 

“I’ve never done this type of quilting so just gaining this knowledge has boosted my confidence in trying it myself. I’ve also learned about fabric values. This alone is great!”

Things students enjoyed most about the workshop?

The hands-on one on one advice and attention.

Learning the shading/value process.

Your knowledge and perspective.

Lots and lots of work time, not a lot of interruptions. The instructor circulates well and provides constructive feedback.

That it is possible to do this!

The demo on the eyes. Great presenter and teacher.

Note: This workshop can be done virtually as a 2 – day workshop but is also available as a scheduled 8-week online workshop.




People in Nature (1 day) – Confident Beginner or Intermediate)

(in-person or virtual workshop) Can also be booked by a small group.

Picture of two children watching the mokeys at the zoo.


Would you like to create a fabric picture of your kids at the lake, or of a friend out walking?

This workshop is for you. It is designed to teach students how to create a landscape, but also how to include people in the same.


Students will work from their own photos. Assistance will be provided with choosing photos and getting them ready for the class.

Note: This workshop is designed for a small project. The maximum size of the piece is to be 18” in either height or width so that students can get most or all of the picture done in class.

If students would like to do a larger project, I would recommend a 2-day workshop so that the students can get the background completed, and have time add the people to the piece.

If so desired, the instructor can provide a design for the workshop.



Creating your own Fabric by Stamping/Printing (1 day) – Beginner

(in-person or virtual workshop) Can also be booked by a small group.

Class sample of stamped fabric



This workshop is designed with a focus of stamping on fabric but would be of interest to scrapbookers as well.

Students will learn how to create their own designs on fabric and will be given suggestions on how to use these fabrics in their quilts.



The workshop covers:

  • using found objects for printing and stamping
  • students creating their own stamp designs using various materials and then using these stamps to make designs on fabric.

I will provide stamp materials, and cutting tools, for creating the stamps. There will be an opportunity for students to purchase a set of cutting tools/additional stamp supplies, after the workshop, if they should wish to do so.

Kit fee – $16 covers printing supplies and paint/ink.




Fabric Dyeing for Beginners (1 day)

(currently only an in-person workshop)

Sample for Fabric Dyeiing Workshops



Learn how to create gradations of a colour from light to dark and how to create a luscious rainbow of colours. Come and play, and create wonderful colourful fabrics.

Students will go home with wonderful memories and some fabulous hand-dyed fabrics. This workshop uses Procion MX dyes.

Kit fee: $15 for dyes and other supplies.





Fabric Dyeing Advanced (1 day)

(currently only an in-person workshop)






Students will learn the following dyeing techniques:

– colour runs

– mandelas

– shibori techniques

This workshop uses Procion MX dyes.   

Kit fee: $20 for dyes and other supplies



Bouquet-licious  (1 day) – Beginner

(in-person or virtual workshop) Can also be booked by a small group.

Sample of the work created in this class.

Student’s work


This is a great beginner art quilt project. Students will create a bouquet of flowers from large print floral fabrics and use free-motion stitching to enhance the flowers and background. Simple quilting and a border complete the picture.

Students will learn about focal points, composition, and balance while creating a simple bouquet of flowers.

This bouquet of flowers will look wonderful on anyone’s wall. A lovely little gift to make for a friend (or to keep for yourself).

Finished size of the projectApprox. 9” x 13”, but can be larger, dependent on the vase size and shape.




Finishing Touches (1 day) – Beginner 

(in-person or virtual workshop) Can also be booked by a small group.

Learn how to give your quilt those finishing touches that help to create a masterpiece.

This workshop includes:

Adding Borders (including mitred borders)

Blocking and Squaring your Quilt (ensures a flat, even quilt)

Bindings (with a simple joining technique)

Facings (basic)


Picture showing one step in straightening a quilt

Lining up seams for blocking a quilt



Photographing your Quilts (1 day)

(currently only an in-person workshop)


Do you want to send in an entry to a quilt show or other exhibit?

Would you like to have a photographic record of your quilts?

Do you want to take photos of your own quilts, rather than paying a professional photographer to do it?

You can do it! No expensive equipment needed!

Learn all about the ins and outs of photographing your own quilts and how to get great quality photos.

Students will practice taking photos of their quilts during the workshop.



On-Demand Classes


Posterizing your Photograph 

sample of posterized photo created in the course

Ed – Posterized

$5.99 Can.

Understanding shading and values are the KEYS to converting a family photo into a unique, lasting fabric portrait.

This mini-workshop will show you how to see the values in a photo, an important first step in creating a fabric portrait!

What you’ll get:

  • 3 videos walking you through the process of posterizing a photograph
  • a handy PDF that you can refer to while you work

Sign up now to get a start on creating a fabric portrait!



The Eyes Have It!

Fabric portrait of a little girl. It realts to the text on how to create a fabric portrait


$39 Can.

Do you want to know how to create realistic-looking human eyes in a fabric portrait?

  • Discover the process of how to look at eyes like an artist.
  • Find out the method for accurately recreating the eyes in your photo in fabric.
  • Learn how to add the details that make the eyes come alive.

This course is primarily aimed at those who want more information on creating realistic eyes in a fabric portrait and focuses on that area only. 

Check it out here. 

For those who want to learn all about creating portraits in fabric, check out my scheduled online workshop Facial Expressions.



Smiles and Pearly Whites

Fabric portrait of a male to show the detail stitching.

Detail of eyes

$39 Can.

Would you like the mouth and teeth in your fabric portrait to look real and not distorted?

Have the mood of the person accurately reflected in your portrait?

This course gives you all the details on how to achieve a realistic mouth and teeth, including information on adding the detail stitching.

Check it out here




These lectures are now available for your guild live and online.

How does it work:

Book me for your regular guild meeting date and time.

Send your members the exclusive link to your online guild meeting.

Only your members will be allowed in, so your guild membership keeps its value.

I will attend and present my lecture. The same one as I would present in person but one that you and your members can enjoy at home!

Costs for the lectures are the same as for in-person lectures – $250lecture.

Or I can use my own Zoom link and present my lecture directly to your guild. as a separate option.


Lecture/Trunk show – “Uncovering Art Quilts”

An engaging account of my journey from traditional quilts, to my current adventures in art quilting. I will do a PowerPoint presentation, and bring a variety of quilts representing her journey.

My virtual trunk show and lecture includes close-up views and progress shots of my quilts. 



Photographing your Quilts

Do you want to be able to take professional quality photos of your quilts at home? I can show you how to do it with a small amount of inexpensive equipment.

My photographs were published in Art Quilting Studio magazine – September 2020 in a feature article on my work.