Pat Pauly's workshops, whether technique or process orientated, are fun, fast and full of ideas to start your own work. Here are a few examples.
Glorious Prints! Surface Design
Wonder how those fabulous printed fabrics are made? We will use monoprinting, screening and direct painting on fabric. Using fiber reactive dyes, discover many ways to add pattern, color and texture to fabric. It is a great class to learn how to use surface design on fabric. All skill levels are welcome. Use your finished cotton fabric for functional pieces or in a quilt!
A four to five day class, limit varies.
A Dozen Ways: Design for Art Quilts
“Just be creative!” is often encouraged. Well, designing from thin air is extremely difficult! This workshop reveals tips, ideas, and techniques used for starting from scratch for original works. From small studies, to full scale patterns, Pat Pauly uses various ways to design and construct art quilts. We’ll use methods for starting from nothing, to how to read a sketch for design, and learning how to scale up. Bring your notebooks, try some design exercises, and take away more than a dozen ideas for kick starting original work.
A one or two day class, limit 20
Materials list on request.
Line, Shape, Setting — New!
Take a sleek, strong, clean pieced line beyond its humble roots to accent a form, split a shape, or strike though a construction. We’ll take the simple line, whether curved or straight, and show how to use this valuable design element. Both a class for learning the technique of piecing as well as one that offers work in design and composition, it adds the language of the linear form to your work, and you’ll learn to make line the star!
The New Big Leaf
Build this large graphic leaf using freezer paper to form the design templates for a final 24” x 24” hanging, or combine with three additional blocks to make a stunning quilt. Pat Pauly will show you how to transform a line drawing into templates, how to choose fabric and color, and assemble this “Big Leaf.” At the end of this class you will know how to translate your own designs using this freezer paper method.
A one day class. the size limit is 20.
The Play's the Thing: Improv Sketches
Join Pat Pauly in learning the quick steps to composing improvisationally - or improv - by building off the pieces that started the design for an art quilt. With her handful of piecing techniques, and tips on construction, we will make mini-works that can be the finished art quilt or become the base for larger work that begins a series. Let go of templates and see possibilities develop. These sketches become the jumping-off point for more ways to play improv!
Class size limit 20. A one to five day class, 6 hours each day. Materials list on request.
On Your Mark — Print! New!
Take a favorite mark through various print methods to make fabric that will relate, contrast, or become the center of attention in your work. We’ll use a notebook of linear designs and shapes to define a motif simply and dramatically. Experiment with underlaying color for a background, applying a texture to the print, and adding a graphic element through silkscreen, monoprint, and stencils. Using thickened dye, we’ll add color and pattern, repetition and scale to make fabric that has layers of images -- bold, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind.
Slash and Burn: Techniques for Improvisational Design
Learn to compose using improvisational design by starting with two sets of fabrics as our springboard. We’ll compose using techniques for adding to the composition in floating areas, cutting curves, and piecing, allow for quick and active spontaneous design. This workshop’s focus is on how to read elements of design. Quilters of all stages enjoy this workshop.
A one or two-day class. the size limit is 20.
Bow Ties -- Curves, Line and Color
Make this modern version of a Bow Tie! We'll discover the ease of freehand rotary cutting, learn how to add that skinny line, and use color and pattern to compose with a simple Bow Tie shape. Methods for quilting and finishing are discussed. But the end of this class you will see how a simple shape makes a stunning quilt.
A one day class, limit 20
Materials list on request.
Take Two -- New Class!
Join me for this one, two or three-day workshop in designing abstract contemporary quilts. We’ll grab only two hunks of fabric to make a piece that explodes! This is a great class for those who use artist-made fabric. I’ll show you how to design with improvisational piecing, letting the fabric do the work. We’ll do some warm up design exercises, then dive in and cut up that great fabric. Leave the rulers and templates behind, gain strength in cutting freehand, and discover how to use your fabric in a strong composition.