Fibre Art 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  

         Quilt Preparation – 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

Class sample of stamped fabric

Foundation Level Fabric Dyeing

June 17 & 18, 2017

Facial Expressions – fabric portraits

Prairie Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild, Regina, SK

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

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 (all lectures must be accompanied by a workshop, if outside of Manitoba): $200

Workshops (for up to 15 students): $400. Additional students may be added at $15.00 per student, per day, up to a maximum of 20 students, providing the classroom space is adequate.

Contact me  for available dates, and my complete contract.

People in Nature – 1 day 

Picture of two children watching the mokeys at the zoo.

Curiosity ©Valerie Wilson. Based on a photo of one of my nieces and nephews.

A litle boy runs past a statue of a polar bear.

Bliss ©Valerie Wilson








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

If so, 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.


Facial Expressions – Fabric Portraits – 2 day 

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

Detail of Rupert and his Brother Waiting for Gladys © Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson, Milady, faric and lace, 2015

Valerie Wilson, Milady, 2015









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

This class focuses on a head and shoulders picture, based on a photo of your choice, done in raw edge fused appliqué.

Check out my portraits here.


 Creating your own Fabric by Stamping/Printing – 1 day 

Class sample of stamped fabric

Student work

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, but the majority of the time will be spent on the students creating their own stamp designs, using various materials, and then using these stamps to make designs on fabric.

Supplies: 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

Hand-dyed with several colours

Reaching the Target

Reaching the Target ©Valerie Wilson, The background is a piece of fabric that I hand-dyed.


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.

You will go home with wonderful memories, some fabulous hand-dyed fabrics and notes on fabric dyeing at home. This workshop uses Procion MX dyes.

Kit fee: $20 for dyes and other supplies.

Optional: 2 day class –  in addition to the above, participants would learn advanced dyeing techniques such as colour runs, mandelas and shibori dyeing techniques.



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 present a slide show and bring a variety of quilts representing her journey.


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, a SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates) representative for Saskatchewan/Manitoba and a Juried Artist Member of SAQA.

If you do not see the workshop that you desire, please contact me and I will design a workshop especially for you.