October 22: For the Love of Embroidery with Patricia Ross

Date: October 22, 6:30pm

Location: Fabric Arts Studio, 2nd floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

Pat’s fascination with textiles goes back to childhood.  She had mentors surrounding her and they instilled a love of embroidery as well as many of the crafts they enjoyed.  She began her artistic journey toward the end of her nursing career when she had the time to take courses in colour theory,  machine embroidery, felting, Elizabethan embroidery, etc. These were door openers and she has since completed a two year program of Art and Design, courses in dyeing with both acid and natural dyes.  She is involved with the North Shore Needle Arts Guild and the Vancouver Embroiderers’ Guild.  She is part of a nine member art fibre group:  Threadcentricity.  They exhibit their work in galleries throughout the northwest area.  She will speak about her passion for about textile art and all forms of embroidery and bring samples of her work to show.

October 26: Skinny Stripping with Karen Johnson

Date: October 26, 10am – 4pm

Location: Fabric Arts Studio 2nd floor of the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre

Class is open to the public.  Please register here to participate.

In this quilting workshop you will learn how to sew a variety of skinny strips into your quilt – straight parallel lines, curved lines, disappearing lines and combinations of each.  Using a variety of skinny strips will bring excitement to your block and as you go along you’ll have fun deciding what you should try next.  The technique can be used to create an art quilt or incorporated into a more traditional design such as adding zing to a child’s quilt.  Numerous examples will be given for your inspiration. You’ll be amazed at all the options for using this technique.

Everyone from confident beginners to expert quilters will have fun cutting and sewing fabric to make unique designs.

Karen JohnsonKaren Johnson has been sewing since she was six years old and has never tired of the process. Her journey included a 4-H Clothing club as she was growing up, then to a Home
Economics degree with a major in Clothing and Textiles before teaching as a career.

Her inspiration and the way she lives her life are shaped by daily walks, often along the Nikomekl River in Langley.  She is continually intrigued by the lines, shapes, colours and designs she encounters along the way.  Photography helps her return to these images and shows her patterns in how she sees the world around her.  She’s had a lot of fun experimenting with techniques in the world of art quilting and am slowly finding ones that best help her to express herself.  She loves creating texture; especially through raw edge collage, thread work, using unusual fabrics or fabrics she hand dyes.

The process of creating a work of art in fibre is a very rich soulful experience and often reflects where she is in her life.

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Karen Johnson – using skinny strips for texture and interest in a quilt.

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