Thursday, April 3, 2014

Empty Spools Seminar Last Week

Last week I was once again at the Empty Spools Seminar in Pacific Grove, California, near Monterey.  It is always fun and the students create wonderful designs.  They spend five days creating a fused design from their own photos. 

This piece was created by Sandy of a photo she took at Lake Michigan at St. Joseph, MI.  She found the gradient fabric and used it also for the water.  It's always fun to watch the pieces grow as the days go by.  The students learn about value, texture, and color making their project come to life.  This workshop focuses on realistic design using a photo as a guide, what to leave in and what to take out, how to create a certain look with fabric. 

These are Sally's swans.  She used lots of Northcott Stonehenge prints which are very textural and have a lot of variation of value.  When the design is finished being fused, we go in and add detail and shading with fabric paints, anything too small to fuse is painted.  Finding the perfect fabric to do a job is always exciting! 

This magnolia is coming along great and will be even better whent the detail painting is finished.  Students work for nearly five days creating their designs.  We design in class and talk about how to finish the pieces with stitching when they are home.  The background on this piece is a dark purple making the flower and leaves pop even more off of it.  Learning about value is crucial to designing these realistic pieces!  Next year I will be teaching two sessions back to back.  If you would also like to try a project from your own photos, please join us!  Here is the link to their website.  


  1. I tried to reach you on your email listed under your name but that did not work. I would like to receive your blog, but you don't have any place to sign up for it to be automatic. Enjoyed seeing what you are doing, and want to consider one of your classes one of these days...

  2. I think you go to the upper right of the blog where it says "Join this site" to register to receive the blog automatically. I think.... Lenore

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