Workshops - Valerie Wilson Fibre Artist

Workshops

Courses

 

In-Person and Virtual Courses

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I also offer:

 Online WorkshopsScheduled and on-demand -click here

Lectures 

Facial Expressions – Creating your personalized fabric portrait (also available as a virtual class)

People in Nature  (also available as a virtual class)

Creating your own Fabric by Stamping/Printing (also available as a virtual class)

Fabric Dyeing for Beginners

Fabric Dyeing Advanced

Bouquet-licious  (also available as a virtual class)

Finishing Touches

Photographing your Quilts

 

Interested in booking a workshop?

Virtual Contract – Valerie Wilson

In-person Contract – Valerie Wilson

Questions – Contact me

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Facial Expressions Workshop – 2 days or 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? 

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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: $15 for dyes and other supplies.

 

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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

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Bouquet-licious  (1 day) – Beginner

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.

 

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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)

 

Picture showing one step in straightening a quilt

Lining up seams for blocking a quilt

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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 their quilts during the workshop.

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Lectures

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.

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Valerie Wilson Fibre Artist  

A love of fabric and quilts began the moment Valerie Wilson curled up beneath one of her grandmother’s quilts as a child.  Wilson has worked with fabrics from childhood, learning embroidery from her grandmother and garment sewing from her mother. She started out with traditional quilting but soon decided that what she really yearned to do was create pictures from fabric. In 2002, Wilson started quilting and in 2014, fibre art became her full-time occupation.

For years she has taught all levels of students in a variety of art quilting classes at various locations across Canada.

Valerie is a self-taught artist. Over the years she has studied with notable instructors such as Gloria Loughman, Ruth B. McDowell, and Ann Johnston and continues to work with other artists to expand her skills.

Her award-winning work has been exhibited from British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada, and internationally from New Zealand to Houston, Texas.

In 2004 Valerie became the Fibre Art Network (FAN) Membership Co-ordinator when she joined this co-operative of professional Western Canadian fibre artists. And in 2016 she was juried in as a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA).

Her focus as an instructor is to provide in-depth instruction, combined with support and encouragement so that students receive value and a positive learning experience.

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Scheduled Workshops

2020 Workshops

Tuesday, April 14                    Trunk Show and Talk

My Journey as an Art Quilter

Cancelled due to COVID 19

 Fraser Valley Quilt Guild    

Surrey, BC

7 pm

Contact: Judy Bond  604-585-8201

 

 

Wednesday, April 15           Workshop – People in Nature

Fraser Valley Quilt Guild

Cancelled due to COVID 19

Surrey, BC

9 – 4 pm

Contact: Judy Bond  604-585-8201

 

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?

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

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

 

Thursday, May 28       Lecture – From Traditional to Art Quilts 

and Trunk Show

Cancelled

The Simcoe County Quilters
 Guild 

Barrie, Ontario

 

Friday & Saturday, May 29 & 30  

            Facial Expressions – fabric portraits workshop

Cancelled due to COVID 19

Tentative new date – September 2021

The Simcoe County Quilters
 Guild 

Barrie, Ontario

9 am – 4 pm each day

Contact – Christine Lewis  705-733-3460

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 fabric portrait.

 

  •  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.

 

Wednesday, June 24

Trunk Show and Talk – Uncovering Art Quilts

Cancelled due to COVID 19

Langley Quilters’ Guild

Langley, BC

7 pm

Contact

Section of a fabric portrait. It supplements the adjacent text about a talk on fabric portraits.

Detail of “The Hockey Boys” fabric portrait