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Workshops:   

PRISMATIC FLOWERS  Play with color, texture, depth and shading.
  BEGIN AT THE END  For the quilter whose borders are often overlooked.
  COSMIC SPIRALS  Learn the techniques Barbara uses in her award-winning quilts.
  INTUITIVE IMAGES  Use relaxation and music to tap into innate designs.
  MYSTICAL CASTLES  Translate Barbara's castles into your own unique creation.
  RESPONDING TO THE SURFACE  Creative impulse creates a powerful piece.
  PHOTO INSPIRATION  Design a unique vacation memory quilt.
  JUMP START YOUR CREATIVITY  Experience a playful way of creating.
  THREAD CREATES THE DESIGN  Take top billing - Quilting makes it special.
  STUDIO: EXPLORING YOUR CREATIVITY  For the more advanced quilt artist.
  PAINTERLY FLOWERS  Create an imaginative flower by using fabric like a brush
   

Lectures:   

QUILTING A LIFE  Take a wonderful journey through quilting.
  DESIGNING OUTSIDE THE LINES  Find and understand unique ways of creating.
   

Schedule:   

BARBARA OLSON'S WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
  CLASSROOM REQUIREMENTS, FEES, & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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PRISMATIC FLOWERS

 

Workshop Description:

Playing with color, texture, depth and shading, students will manifest a small flower piece filled with light and energy. Choosing from one of Barbara's flower drawings eliminates the drafting and allows students to go right to designing with fabric.


The ingredients needed to create a flower filled with light and energy are:

  • A playful spirit.

  • A wonderful variety of multi colored shaded fabrics. Batiks, hand dyed, painted or marbled fabric and some novelty flowered fabrics. Solids or calicos do not work.

This is only a beginning.  Creating these textual prismatic flowers involves lots of thread and is addictive.

Length:  1 to 2 days (2days is best to develop a more complete design)

Levels:  All levels

Tools & Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine with zigzag capabilities

  • Invisible Thread

  • Bobbin Thread in neutral color

  • Straight Pins

  • Small Sharp Pointed Fabric Scissors

  • Flannel Design Wall  or 22" x 34" foam core board

  • 1 Yard Sulky Totally Stable

  • Fusible Web 1/4 yard - Steam a seam 2 regular - light weight works best

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen  Sharpie extra fine point is best

  • Re-Positionable or Re-StickableGlue Stick

  • Optional:  A low-wattage wand mini iron

  • $3.00 Lab Fee

 Fabric:  Choose a color that you like best for your flower and bring 15 fabrics pieces and/or scraps which are multi colored fabric containing this color. You only need small pieces for the petals (1/4 yard or smaller pieces) Give yourself many choices.

i.e.  Red Flower  Fabric Requirements - Red fabric with yellow areas, Red with pink areas, Red with green or blue areas, Pink with fuchsia areas, any multi colored fabric containing red.

  • 3/4 yard background fabric - options will be discussed in first class

  • 1 yard fusible batting

  • 3/4 yard backing fabric

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BEGIN AT THE END

Workshop Description:

This workshop is for the innovative quilter whose quilt borders are often an after thought.  Students will create a totally integrated small art piece, beginning with a foundation pieced border full of curves and some geometric shapes. Then its on to the main body of the quilt composed of geometric shapes and some curves. Machine appliqué piecing and foundation piecing techniques will also be used.



Length:
 1 day or 2 day.  A 2 day workshop allows students to enhance composition and complete their quilt top.

Level: All levels (Basic sewing skills required) 

Techniques: Innovative Design, Foundation piecing and Machine Appliqué

Class Size:  20 Students (or a maximum of 25 if class room space allows)

Tools & Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine  Machine must be in proper adjustment and have zigzag capabilities. Students must be familiar with machine.

  • Extension Cord

  • Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Small Sharp Pointed Scissors

  • Needles  80/12 Embroidery &  80/12 Jeans Stitch

  • Thread  Invisible thread and regular neutral colored thread
    Optional  Lingerie/Bobbin for bobbin - used in machine appliqué.

  • Flannel Design Wall  or 22" x 34" foam core board

  • Rotary Cutter, Mat and Ruler

  • 3 yards Sulky Totally Stable White at least 18” Wide or comparable foundation that is transparent enough that a drawing underneath can be seen and traced.

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen  Sharpie extra fine point is best

  • Re-Stickable or Re-Positionable Glue Stick  Clover or Scotch brand by 3M are best (glue stick is available at office supply stores)

  • Sketch Book and Pencil

  • $3.00 Lab Fee

Fabric:  Students should bring 20 or more 1/4 yard or larger pieces in a wide variety of fabrics such as batik, hand dyed, hand painted, colorful prints, and stripes. They will want to have a range of dark, medium and light tones.  Many choices of pleasing combinations of color and texture work best. Smaller fabric swatches or scraps also add to the variety of choices.

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COSMIC SPIRALS

 

Workshop Description:

Students will learn the techniques Barbara uses in her award winning quilts for designing and constructing  magical spirals, and will begin a small wall hanging containing one 18” block.  Foundation piecing is used to achieve precise points for the geometric black and white spiral.  Color is then added to the next round of the spiral with strips to complete the block. Drafting of the spiral will be demonstrated, a preprinted pattern will be provided. Many design options will be discussed. 

 

 


A two day workshop will include a foundation pieced, machine appliquéd organic spirals block. 

Length: 1 Day or 2 Days 

Level: All levels (Basic sewing skills and rotary cutting experience) 

Techniques: Foundation Piecing and Machine Appliqué

Tools & Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine  Machine must be in proper adjustment and have zigzag capabilities. Students must be familiar with machine.

  • Extension Cord

  • Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Needles 90/14 Embroidery & Jeans Stitch 80/12

  • Thread Invisible nylon thread - smoke

  • Regular Sewing Thread - white and neutral color

  • Bobbin for bobbin - neutral

  • Flannel Design Wall  or 22" x 34" foam core board

  • Rotarty Cutter, mat and ruler

  • Foundation Material  1 Yard Sulky Totally Stable at least 18” wide or comparable foundation that is transparent enough that a drawing underneath can be seen and traced.

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen  Sharpie extra fine point is best or similar permanent marking pen.

  • Glue Stick - Must be Re-Stickable or Re-Positionable  Clover or Scotch brand by 3M are best (glue stick is available at office supply stores)

  • Optional:  Add a 1/4" Ruler

  • $3.00 Lab Fee - $6.00 for two-day workshop

Fabric:
 

  • 1/2  Yard Each of pre-washed black and white, good quality, 100% cotton fabric

  • 1/2 Yard of a Multi-Colored Cosmic Background Fabric (Fabric that surrounds the two blocks).

  • Choose 5 different colors for fabrics  5 fabrics in each color 1/8 yard or larger pieces, grading from dark to medium to light for a total of 25 different fabrics or even more graduations per color if you wish.  A variety of fabrics such as batiks or interesting small or medium prints,  in a pleasing combination of colors and textures

2 DAY WORKSHOP: Add 1/2 yard Sulky Totally Stable & change white fabric to 3/4 yard.

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INTUITIVE IMAGES

Making the Connection

Workshop Description:

Students will use different techniques such as relaxation and music to tap into innate design abilities.  Experimenting with freehand drawing and different ways of creating (centered or chaotic; intimate or engaging; implied or literal etc.) helps each student to understand their natural creative style and translate their drawing into a powerful art quilt.  Drawings will be developed into full scale design and students will be working on the wall with fabric, color and texture.  As designs progress, the instructor will work with each student to assist with problem solving and appropriate construction techniques for their composition. Quilting and embellishing will be discussed.

 



Length: Minimum 2 days
Best if 3 or 4 days workshop for more in-depth treatment of designs.

Level: For students that have taken different technique and design classes and are now interested in developing there own unique style, or for the artist exploring fiber as a medium. Also for the adventuresome beginner interested in going directly to original design and is self motivated.

Tools & Supplies:  5 Day Supply List

  • Sewing Machine  Machine must be in proper adjustment and have zigzag capabilities. Students must be familiar with machine.

  • Extension Cord

  • Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Small Sharp Pointed Scissors

  • Needles 90/14 Embroidery & Jeans Stitch 70/10

  • Invisible Thread

  • Regular Sewing Thread  neutral color such as gray or off-white

  • Optional Thread: lingerie/bobbin for bobbin

  • Flannel/Batting  or 22" x 24" foam core board

  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler

  • Template Material  3 yards Sulky Totally Stable at least 18” wide or comparable product that is transparent enough that a drawing underneath can be seen and traced and one side of the product can be ironed to fabric. Freezer paper will not work unless it is transparent.

  • 1 Yard of Fusible Web  Seam a Seam 2 works well

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen  Sharpie extra fine point is best or similar permanent marking pen.

  • Glue Stick -  Note: must be restickable or repositionable  Clover Glue Stick or Scotch brand by 3M is best and available at most office supply stores.

  • A Variety of Decorative Threads

  • Sketchbook and Mechanical Pencil

  • Optional:  A low-wattage wand mini-iron

Fabric:  Students should bring 30 or more 1/4 yard or larger pieces in a wide variety of fabrics such as batik, hand dyed, hand painted, colorful prints, and stripes. Have a range of dark, medium and light tones. Many choices of pleasing combinations of color and texture work best. Smaller fabric swatches or scraps also add to the variety of choices. 

  • 1 Yard backing fabric

  • Bring items from nature  rocks, leaves, shells, feathers, etc.

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MYSTICAL CASTLES

 

Workshop Description:

What is your vision - The Emerald City; Shrouded Castles; Mountain Fortress; Ancient Pavilions; Temples of the Spirit? Playing with color, texture, depth and shading, students will experience the joy of translating one of Barbara's castle drawings into their own unique creation. Fusing will be used to construct a small wall hanging and machine appliqué will be demonstrated.  No sewing machine required for class.

Length: 1 Day 

Level: All levels (Basic sewing skills required) 

Techniques: Fusing - Machine Appliqué

Tools & Supplies:

  • Straight Pins

  • Small Sharp-Pointed Fabric Scissors

  • Paper Scissors

  • Flannel Design Wall  or 22" x 34" foam core board

  • Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler

  • Fusible Web  1 1/2 yards - Steam a Seam 2 regular or light weight works best

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen  Sharpie extra fine point is best

  • Sketch Pad & Pencil

  • Optional: A low-wattage wand mini-iron

  • Favorite Pictures or Drawings of Castles

  • $3.00 Lab Fee

Fabric:
 

  • 1 Yard Black Fabric

  • 20 or More 1/4 yard or larger pieces in a wide variety of fabrics such as batik, hand dyed, hand painted, colorful prints, novelty prints and stripes. Have a range of dark, medium and light tones.  Many choices of pleasing combinations of color and texture work best.

  • For more variety of choices bring some of your small fabric pieces or scraps. Students may want to share fabrics.

  • Examples:  Emerald City-bring mostly green and some interesting contrasts and geometric fabric

It is hard to go wrong if you bring lots of fabrics in many colors and varieties.

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RESPONDING TO THE SURFACE
“Nature’s Language”

Workshop Description:


The creative impulse will be combined along with one of a kind hand dyed fabric and nature’s lines and colors to create a powerful fiber piece.  Students will develop a surface design in response to the lines and color of their fabric which has its own strong voice.  



 

In the morning students will use visualization,  to develop a spontaneous design, in response to the fabric. By afternoon, central design will be satin stitched on the fabric.  Decorative threads and machine embroidery and  free-form organic quilting lines will add texture to the composition on the second day.

Length: 2 Days - Option: 1 day - students create a small design and begin machine quilting.

Level: All levels - Basic sewing skills are required

Techniques:
Learn Innovative surface design. Machine embroidery, and intuitive quilting.

Tools & Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine  Machine must be in proper adjustment and have zigzag capabilities. Students must be familiar with machine.

  • Sewing machine must have a darning or free motion foot, and the feed dog must have lowering capabilities or a plate that covers it.

  • Open-Toed Embroidery Foot is helpful

  • Basic Sewing Supplies

  • Needles  80/12 Embroidery &  70/10 Jeans Stitch

  • Thread  Invisible and Regular neutral colored thread; a variety of colors of decorative thread for embellishment - metallic, silver, variegated satins, etc.

  • Bobbin Thread for Bobbin  Bottom Line or YLI Bobbin Thread

  • Flannel Design Wall  or 22" x 34" foam core board

  • Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler

  • Two Yards Iron-On Tear-Away Stabilizer

  • Sketch Pad and mechanical pencil (#2 - 0.7mm)

  • Fabric Marking Pens washout or fade out

  • 1/2 Yard Fusible Web  Steam a Seam 2 works well

  • Optional:  Several pictures of nature (leaves, trees, rocks, etc.)

  • Optional:  A low wattage wand mini iron

Fabric:  Students should bring a 1/2 yard or larger piece of hand dyed multi colored fabric with interesting lines and colors.  Batiks will work but a unique hand dyed is better.  Also bring 4 coordinating 1/4 yd pieces and  a 1 yard piece of fabric for backing.

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PHOTO INSPIRATION

Workshop Description:

Design a unique vacation memory quilt.  One moment frozen in time by the camera can be brought to life with cloth, texture and color.  Using a photograph as an inspiration students will do a small line drawing.  Drawings will be an interpretation  of the  image, not an exact replication. Drawing will be developed in fabric.  Construction method is machine applique.


Length:
 
1 Day

Level: All levels (Basic sewing skills are required)

Techniques:  Fused stained glass effect

Tools & Supplies:

  • Straight Pins

  • Small Sharp-Pointed Fabric & Paper Scissors

  • Flannel Design Wall  or 22" x 34" foam core board

  • Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler

  • Fusible Web 2 yards - Steam a Seam 2 regular or light weight works best

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen  Sharpie extra fine point is best

  • 1 Sheet Mylar at least 8 1/2" x 11"

  • Optional:  A low wattage wand mini iron

  • Favorite Scenery Picture

  • Pencil and Eraser

Fabric:

  • 1 Yard Black Fabric

  • 20 or More 1/4 yard or larger pieces in a wide variety of fabrics such as batik, hand dyed, hand painted, colorful prints. Have a range of dark, medium and light tones.

  • Many choices of pleasing combinations of colors in your photograph.

  • For more variety of choices bring some of your small fabric pieces or scraps. Students may want to share fabrics. 

  • Examples: Glaciers; Brings whites, blues, light pinks, yellows and teals.

It is hard to go wrong if you bring lots of fabrics in many colors and varieties.

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JUMP START YOUR CREATIVITY

 

Workshop Description: 

This technique is for the quilter that is ready to break out of the box and experience a playful way of creating. Too much thinking or fear often stops quilters from trying new designs and fabrics. A simple flower pattern is the first ingredient, a wide array of wild, powerful & playful novelty fabrics (polka dots, geometrics, floral's, etc.) and few solid fabrics is the second ingredient and willing spirit is the third ingredient. A pattern will be provided.

Length: 1 Day Design Class:

Tools and Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine with Zig Zag capabilities.

  • Invisible Thread

  • Bobbin Thread - neutral color

  • Straight Pins

  • Small Sharp-Point Paper and Fabric Scissors

  • Flannel Design Wall  or 22" x 34" foam core board

  • Two Yards Sulky Totally Stable

  • Fusible Web - 1/4 yard - Steam a Seam 2 regular - light weight works best

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen - Sharpie extra fine point is best

  • Repositionable or Restickable Glue Stick

  • $4.00 Lab Fee

Fabric:

  • A variety of 12 or more 1/2 yard pieces of fun/playful novelty fabrics. The fabrics could be polka dots, geometrics, large floral's, etc.  Give yourself many choices don’t worry about coordinating.

  • 4 or more 1/2 yard pieces of solid or fabrics that read solid that could possibly go with your collection.

  • 1/4yard piece of a high contrast fabric  Could be black & white.

i.e. Pull a playful selection of novelty fabric from your collection or library of fabrics.
What better fabrics to work with to get the brain out of the way. This is not a struggle of matching fabric for a perfect quilt.

Trust your instincts & pull fabrics for no other reason than it looks fun and playful.


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THREAD CREATES THE DESIGN

Workshop Description:

Most often the quilting plays a supporting roll in a quilt. With free hand quilting designs and an array of beautiful threads the quilting takes top billing. This class will give students the opportunity develop quilt designs and experience stitching the designs with different types and weights of threads. This small example piece from a small project will increase machine quilting and free hand quilting design skills.small example piece from small project

Length: One Day Workshop

Tools and Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine - Machine must be in proper adjustment. Students must be familiar with machine. The machine must have a darning or free motion foot, and the feed dog must have lowering capabilities or a plate that covers it.

  • Marking Tools for Dark Fabric

Basic Sewing Supplies:

  • Needles - Embroidery, Top Stitch & Jeans Stitch

  • A Variety of Colors of Decorative Thread for quilting, variegated & solids, rayon's

  • Lingerie/Bobbin for bobbin natural color

  • Quilting Gloves

Fabric:

Students should bring 1 - 26”x26” quilt sandwich, pinned or fused (Black fabric top, batting and backing)

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STUDIO: EXPLORING YOUR CREATIVITY

Studio Description:

Studio is for the quilter/quilt artist who has taken all the classes they want to for a while, but want to be in the retreat environment with other quilters, have a recognized instructor available to them and an abundance of vendors. For the person who wants to explore a new idea for a quilt or continue working on an existing quilt. Barbara would be in the studio available for help with problem solving and techniques. You determine your own goals, Barbara offers a supportive environment with suggestions, challenges and motivation if requested. This is an uninterrupted time to focus and create your own personal quilts.

Length: 2 Days, 3 Days, or 4 Days 

Level: All levels

Student Limit: 15 Students (Maximum 20 if class room space allows)

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PAINTERLY FLOWERS

Workshop Description:  Fabric is an up close and tactile way of expressing the creative impulse.  reate an imaginary flower by using fabric like a paint brush stroke.  The brush stroke can be linier, to direct the eye, or textural, to add shading and depth.  A simple flower pattern is the first ingredient.  A pleasing combination of fabrics with directional lines and textural effects to create shading is next.  A range of lights, mediums, and darks helps add depth to the petals.  A few accent fabrics that add highlights and interest completes the design.  This flower is only the beginning.  This technique can be used in all types of quilt design.

Length:  1 0r 2 Days

Level:  Basic Sewing Skills

Technique:  Machine Applique

Tools and Supplies:

  • Sewing Machine with Zig-Zag Capabilities

  • Open-Toed Foot

  • Invisible Thread

  • Bobbin Thread -0 60 weight, neutral color

  • Straight Pins

  • Paper and Fabric Scissors - with sharp point

  • Design Wall - at least 20"x20" or foam core board

  • 1 1/2 Yard Sulky Totally Stable

  • Fusible Web - 1/4 yard - Steam-A-Seam 2 regular - light weight works best

  • Black Permanent Ink Felt Tip Pen - Sharpie extra-fine point is best

  • Repositionable or Restickable Glue Stick

Optional:  Low wattage wand mini iron

Lab Fee:  $4 Pattern

Jumpstart Your Creativity Kit - Available HERE  Kit Includes 2 yards Sulky Totally Stable, 1 package Steam-A-Seam, Repositionable glue stick, Superior Mono-Poly and Bottom Line bobbin thread, Sharpie marker.

Fabric:

  • 5 - 1/2 yard pieces with linier lines

  • 5 - 1/2 yeard pieces with textural/shaded areas.  Directional and multi-colored batiks or prints work well

  • 2 - 1/8 yard pieces of accent/highlight fabrics

  • 1 Yard  - background fabric

Choose a color that you like best.  Give yourself as many fabric choices as possible

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“QUILTING A LIFE”
A Creative Journey 

Lecture Description: Barbara takes listeners on a wonderful journey through quilting and creativity to purpose. She shares her evolution from quilter to quilt artist and shows many of her award-winning quilts. More importantly, she discusses the tools, which helped her understand her life’s purpose. These invaluable tools help listeners expand their creativity, and develop their natural talents, in whatever area they may be. What is my purpose? Seems to be the question that is on everyone’s mind today. This is an important lecture for anyone wanting to expand their creativity and to begin to know their life’s purpose.

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“DESIGNING OUTSIDE THE LINES”
Expressing Unique Creativity

Lecture Description: Each person came into the world with an innate way of creating. How to find and understand that unique way of creating is the topic of this lecture. Great artists bring their full energy and uniqueness to each piece. Creating with joy and purpose manifests wonderful quilts. The frame work that quilting offers is a good place to begin the process, then to go beyond the boundaries and design outside the lines. 

Length: One hour 

Instructor Fee: $275.00 or $225.00 (In conjunction with a 2 to 4 day workshop)

Physical Requirements For Lecture:
PowerPoint Projector
Microphone if large space
Podium
Wall space or quilt rack behind podium to hang one quilt
Table for quilts

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Physical Requirements For Classroom:

4’ X 8’ wall space per student
Table space sufficient for sewing machine, mat and elbow room for each student.
One or two students per table 
2-3 Irons and Ironing Boards

Preferred Classroom Setting

Student Limit: 20 Students (Maximum 25 if class room space allows)

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2014-2015 FEE INFORMATION

WORKSHOP FEES: 

$700.00 (1 day  workshop)
$1300.00 (2 day same workshop) 


WORKSHOP SIZE: 


A class of 20 students is preferred, with a maximum of 25 students, provided classroom size allows.  An additional fee of $25 for each student in excess of 20 will be charged.


LECTURE FEES


$300.00 (1 hour lecture)
$270.00 (In conjunction with 2 day workshops) 


EXPENSE TO BE PAID BY CLIENT 

All travel costs including air coach, extra bag fee, parking and ground transportation in transit or destination city. If appropriate, travel by auto will be charged at Government rate.  Rental car, if required, will include full coverage insurance fees.  All food and lodging, with hotel or motel accommodations preferred. All arrangements must be approved in advance.

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