Fibre Art Workshops

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2018 Workshops

Thursday, August 16

Fabric Dyeing for Beginners

$75, plus $15 kit fee

Keystone Quilts

7-851 Lagimodiere Blvd

Winnipeg, MB

Contact Keystone Quilts at 204-667-5833 to register.


Thursday, August 23

Textile Printing


$75, plus $15 kit fee

Keystone Quilts

7-851 Lagimodiere Blvd

Winnipeg, MB

Contact Keystone Quilts at 204-667-5833 to register.


Saturday, September 29

Advanced Fabric Dyeing

$100, including the kit fee

Harrow United Church – Lower Hall

755 Mulvey Ave.

Winnipeg, MB

Contact Valerie Wilson to register.


March 3, 2018

 Fabric Dyeing for Beginners

Harrow United Church – Lower Hall

Winnipeg, MB


Sunday, June 9, 2018                           

                        ** New Workshop         

                   Introduction to Portraits

                               All students will be creating the same picture as seen below:

                               Keystone Quilts, at 1 – 1599 Dugald Rd, Winnipeg, MB



     Call 204-667-5833 or email: Keystone Quilts to register                                                               


My version of The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer

                             Saturday, July 14, 2018

Fabric Dyeing for Beginners

Keystone Quilts (new location)

7-851 Lagimodiere, Winnipeg, MB

   Call 204-667-5833 or email: Keystone Quilts to register


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Textile Printing 

Create your Own Unique Fabric with Printing and Stamping

Class sample of stamped fabric

Keystone Quilts (new location)

7-851 Lagimodiere, Winnipeg, MB

   Call 204-667-5833 or email: Keystone Quilts to register


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Advanced Fabric Dyeing – Colour runs and Shibori

Keystone Quilts (new location)

7-851 Lagimodiere, Winnipeg, MB

   Call 204-667-5833 or email: Keystone Quilts to register


Saturday, September 15, 2018

     Introduction to Portraits

                               All students will be provided with the pattern and will be creating the same picture as seen below:

 Keystone Quilts       New location  7 – 851 Lagimodiere, Winnipeg, MB

   Call 204-667-5833 or email: Keystone Quilts to register


September 29, 2018

Advanced Fabric Dyeing

Harrow United Church, Lower Hall

955 Mulvey Ave, Winnipeg, MB

Contact the artist.


Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018

Full Portraits Workshop

     Students will learn to create their own pattern and portrait.

 Keystone Quilts       New location  7 – 851 Lagimodiere, Winnipeg, MB

 Call 204-667-5833 or email: Keystone Quilts to register

Boy's face recreated in fabric.

Boy’s face recreated in fabric.


Sunday, October 21, 2018   

Optional third day for the Full Portraits Workshop

Designed for students who want more time with the instructor to finish their portraits.





2017 Workshops

March 10 & 17, 2017

Facial Expressions

Studio Workshop Winnipeg, MB

May 4 – 7, 2017

SAQA Western Canada Retreat, Green Bay Bible Camp, Kelowna, BC

Photographing your Quilts

Stamping and Printing on Fabric

May 11 – 12, 2017  

                                      Finishing your Quilts (blocking  and squaring your quilts, borders,                                                        bindings and facings

Lake of the Woods Quilt Guild, Kenora, ON

June 3 & 4, 2017

                                    Fibre PotPourri, Red Deer, AB

Stamping and Printing on Fabric


Foundation Level Fabric Dyeing


June 17 & 18, 2017

Facial Expressions – fabric portraits

Prairie Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild, Regina, SK


October 24 & 25, 2017

Facial Expressions – Fabric Portraits

(location to be determined)

Mountain Cabin Quilters’ Guild

Canmore, AB

October 27 & 28, 2017

Facial Expressions – Fabric Portraits

Dawson Creek Piecemakers’ Guild

Dawson Creek, BC


Interested in a workshop?

Lectures: $200 & GST.

Valerie requires a minimum of one lecture and one workshop if travelling more than 100 miles from home.

Workshops (for up to 15 students): $400 & GST. Additional students may be added at $20.00 per student, per day, up to a maximum of 20 students, providing the classroom space is adequate.

For my complete contract please contact me 

Facial Expressions (2 – 3 days)

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? This is the workshop for you.


You will learn how to:

– 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 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!

Other comments from students:

What did you enjoy most about the class?

   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. Instructor circulates well and provided     

                  constructive feedback.

   That it is possible to do this!

   The demo on the eyes. Great presenter and teacher.


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

Picture of two children watching the mokeys at the zoo.


Do you want 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 same.

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


This workshop is designed for a small project. Maximum size of the piece is to be 18” in either height, or width.

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

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)

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: $20 for dyes and other supplies.


Fabric Dyeing Advanced (1 day)


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


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



Finishing Touches (1 day) – Beginner

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)



I would like to thank you for your lecture at the Kenora Guild Meeting the other night and let you know that I immediately tried your blocking technique on the Peace Rose wall-hanging as soon as I finished it.  I have to say that I wish someone had informed me of this technique years ago because it has changed my life.  I was always just a little disappointed in the flatness and squareness of my quilts even when I became completely obsessed with sewing them square I was never quite satisfied after I had quilted them.  The blocking technique has made the finished product perfectly square.  Thank you so much for passing along this technique and for the entire presentation.  I will share the blocking technique with anyone who will listen.  I was unable to attend your class on Friday as I had another commitment but thanks so much for your lecture and all the pointers.                                   Sandy Wald


Photographing your Quilts (1 day)


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 quilts during the workshop.


Lecture/Trunk show – “Not your Grandmother’s Quilts”

An engaging account of an art quilter’s journey from traditional quilts, to her current adventures in art quilting. Valerie will do a PowerPoint presentation, and bring a variety of quilts representing her journey.

Lecture – Organizing your Quilt Studio

 Need some tips and tricks for organizing your quilting area, storing WIP, fabrics and more? Learn how to get a stress free space for quilting.

Trunk show

Valerie will present a

selction of her art quilts and talk about her iinspiration and work process.


Instructor – Valerie Wilson Fibre Artist  

 Valerie has been quilting for the last 15 years and combines her love of fabric with the themes of nature and people. She uses a fused collage style of quilt making. Valerie’s award-winning art quilts have been shown nationally and internationally and she is the Membership Coordinator for the Fibre Art Network, and the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) representative for Saskatchewan/Manitoba. Her current series of quilts feature vintage portraits. Check out Valerie’s work at