Katie travels throughout the world teaching and lecturing. Contact Katie to schedule her for your guild or group.
Cost of Workshops: $800.00 per day for up to 20 students, $30.00 per student per day over 20 students up to a maximum of 25 students.
Please contact Katie directly for complete details and additional costs.
- -Working in a Series: Personal Series
- -From Watercolor to Quilt
- -Artful Log Cabins
- -Painted, Stitched Canvas
- -Transforming the Still Life
- -Design Explorations
- -Color and Composition, Creative Quilter
- -Color Theory
- -Ghost Layers and Color Washes
- -Fractured Landscapes
Explore the creative possibilities of working in a series by making one of your own. Participants bring a small piece to the workshop from which to build a series of two or three additional works. We will first evaluate all pieces made in advance and discuss their potential for development into a series. Participants then form a plan of their own considering color, composition, and elements of design, such as contrasts of size, contrast of temperature, contrast of values, engaging the edge, negative space, etc. Each piece in your series builds on the previous one.
Come to class prepared by creating a small piece that you wish to use as the start of your series. This should be something you are passionate about either in subject matter or in color scheme. This idea should be created as your first thought on this theme. We will then talk about your idea and where you see yourself going with it. Then using formal art considerations that we will go over, make a plan for the following piece. Each morning we will do this for each piece as it develops ending with 3 or 4 pieces, including the one you bring, in the series. . (the number of pieces you complete depends on the speed in which you work) finishing 1 or more is fine.
Think about bringing support materials. Photos of your idea or paintings or drawings that brought you to this idea. A book or poem maybe what started it all, a song, a dance, whatever inspired you bring along if possible.
Bring the supplies that you would need to make 2 or 3 more small pieces. If you are a fuser bring those supplies, if you turn your edges bring what you need to do that, do you need a foundation? or if you paint bring your paints. Bring fabrics that support your ideas in full value range, seven values from light to dark in each color minimum.
Basic sewing supplies, scissors, marking pencils, drafting tools, camera. Only you know how you like to work and what you will need to use.
Abstract watercolor paintings will be created the first day using 10 different painting techniques that will leave the student with several paintings to work from. Techniques include, transparent layered shapes, tape resists, rubber cement drawing resist, washes, glazing, dropping in of colors, surface treatments using soap bubbles, rubbing alcohol and grids, etc. One painting will be chosen and cropped to find the most dynamic part. This will be drawn to make templates, then enlarged, and translated with fabrics into a quilt using either my turned edge technique or the students preferred technique. When the quilt is done it will look like a watercolor painting. No painting experience is needed.
-Watercolor paper pads, 9—12 (140 lb or better 2 pads minimum 3 is better)
-Cardboard or foam core board 11″ x 15″ 4 to 6 of these (I cut up the cardboard backs of my large drawing or watercolor pads, these are to tape your watercolor paper to so that it doesn’t curl as you are painting.)
-Watercolors, cakes or tubes (tubes are better and a plastic permanent palate to put them in or plastic plates for palates ) in your chosen color scheme (s).
-Flat and round paint brushes, larger is better. 24 & 8 round 1″ & 1/2″ flat minimum, anything you have and want to play with.
-Rubber cement glue
-Kids bubbles with blower
-Fine line Masquepen
-Little paper cups
-Little spray bottle for water
-Several rolls of 1″ masking tape
-Cropper (mat frame cut at opposite corners to create to Ls)
-01 pigma pen
Fabrics in your chosen color scheme (s)( also try to find fabrics that have a mixing of the colors in your scheme in them to create the areas where the paint mixes on the paper, batiks, hand dyes, mottled fabrics. )
-Sewing machine with darning foot
-Stiletto and spray starch and wash cloth
-Iron and iron surface
-Foam core board for pin up wall
-Staples and stapler or lots of pins
Extra costs for acetate, template material and stabilizer on an as need bases.
The log cabin block is so very versatile, we will use that as the basis for creating linear abstract art quilts. Start with a painting or photograph, crop that to a strong personal composition, overlay a grid, this can be an even grid, an uneven grid, curved or random grid, this linear drawing is laid over the inspiration photo or painting to become the map. Then log cabins made up of the colors found in each unit of the grid will be constructed and then put together to make the quilt. Emphasis on composition, variety, color, value and visual pathways.
Inspiration photos, landscapes, flowers, anything that inspires you. Fabrics: full values of the colors found in the inspiration photo.
You will be making a wall quilt no larger than 24″ x 36″. You need lots of choices of fabrics in long 1/8th s or more, the more choices the better. You can cut your strips before class if you want. 1″ strips works well but if you want more variety and less uniform look you can cut several sizes. I generally cut 1 inch 1 ¼ and 1 ½ inch strips of all of the colors. If you are unsure you can cut your strips the first morning of class. Bring several uncut colors to use for centers which can be up to two inches wide. All of this depends on your inspiration photo and the grid you choose to lay over it. But don’t stress just bring lots of fabric. (and then add even more, Most students wish they had more choices once they get started!)
Sharpe PERMANENT fine point pen
Ruler and pencil and marking pencils for drawing on the fabric
Sewing tools, darning foot
rotary cutter, matt and ruler
Iron and ironing surface to have by your side (or a wooden iron or other tool to finger press the seams)
Scissors paper and fabric
Sewing machine and thread for piecing
Batting, backing and thread for quilting the surface
Shoe boxes to hold fabrics once they are cut into strips or somewhere to organize all of those strips!!
Drawing pencil and drafting ruler, not the rotary ruler this ruler is for drawing your grid and you will wish that you have a two inch wide grid c-thru ruler, thinner than the rotary ruler
Proportional scale (I will have them there to use or to buy if you choose) protractor
This class combines painting and quilting. Using Acrylic paint the students will create layers of imagery onto thin canvas, applying fused fabrics and many layers of thin fluid acrylic paint. A color scheme is chosen and two to three canvases are painted within that color scheme. Then these canvases are cut apart and combined to create a complex composition. The reconstructed canvas is then layered with batting and backing and stitched. These stitched pieces can then be stretched on a frame ready to hang or inserted into a quilt of the same design to create a many textured creation.
Paint Golden Fluid Acrylics or Liquitex soft body or any other fluid acrylics that you like to use, in the colors you want to use. Pick several color schemes from these: monochromatic, achromatic, complimentary, split complimentary, analogous, analogous plus a compliment, triadic, etc. plus black and white. (from experience the students were much happier with the Golden Fluid Acrylics) 4 or 8 oz bottles.
-Golden Additive: Acrylic Flow Release small bottle, and an empty squeeze bottle to mix flow release with water
-GAC 100 for treating the canvases (32oz for 4 or 5 day and 16 oz for 2 day)
-Yogurt containers or some such container for mixing with color and water
-Plastic plates for mixing paints
-Brushes, an assortment of larger brushes rounds and flats, 3″ house painting brush for treating canvas
-Little cups for paints
-Little squirt bottles
-Sewing machine with Free motion quilting foot and Zig zag sewing foot. optional teflon foot if you have one
-40 weight thread for construction and quilting. include black
-Fabric to assimilate onto the surface of canvas. I like to use graphic checks and grids and dots but anything that you would like to put on the surface and then paint over and stitch into (fat quarters or less)
-2 foam core boards for design wall approximately 22″x 24″
-18 x 24″ mat, rotary cutter
-Cropper (matt for framing a picture at least 12″)
-Optional, rubber stamps for adding to the surface
I will bring the canvas to paint on. There will be an additional charge for the amount of canvas you wish to use. I will treat the canvas that you will need for the first day and then you will treat your canvas for the following days.
2 pieces of treated canvas 28″ x 20″ at 6.00 dollars apiece for the first day of class, to be paid in class.
Additional untreated canvases for the following days 28″x 20″ 3.00. each.
Canvas for backing $6.00 a yard you can paint two canvases a day and construct in the afternoons.
We will work from an all white still life, transforming it in many different ways to learn about value, shadows, texture, highlights and different kinds of perspective. This is a drawing class but don’t be afraid if you can’t draw, that just makes it more abstract! We will learn how to draw together by learning to really see through blind contour drawings, cartoon drawings and painted drawings. We will add color, exploring many different color schemes and their impact. Several abstract drawings for quilts will be the end product of the first two days of class. In the 3 to 5 day class we will choose one of the designs, consider its color scheme and composition, enlarge the design and begin the quilt.
Several objects (3 or 4 or more of different sizes) that are all-white to add to the all-white still life
18 x 24 pad of Drawing paper pad
pencil and sharpener
Different size brushes 1 2 whatever else you have
Pigma 01 black pen,
Sharpie permanent marker (large) Chisel tip ( other markers are very stinky and can not be used in a classroom)
water color set ( if tubes bring red, yellow, orange, blue, green, violet) black water color tubes and plastic plate for palette
Rotary cutter for paper, and matt and ruler
Glue stick and scotch tape and masking tape
Cropping tool. Take a matt board frame for matting pictures and cut it on two opposite corners to create to L shapes for use as a cropping tool
Easel and board if you have one or two pieces of 20 x 30 foam core to make a table easel (we will do this in class)
Big clips to hold drawing paper to easel
For the three day or longer class you will need fabrics to start a quilt from one of the exercises.
Here are some schemes to choose from. Achromatic, Monochromatic, Analogous, complimentary, Split complimentary, dual complimentary, cool colors, warm colors, triadic, or rainbow colors.
Sewing machine, stapler and staples basic sewing supplies (if you are traveling a great distance to come to this class do not bother to bring a sewing machine we will not be using it until the 3rd or 4th day and we can share.)
Monofilament thread, neutral thread, thread match your color scheme, glue stick spray starch iron and pad and extension cord.
If you have any questions please email me and I will see what I can do to help.
Materials fee of 10 dollars for Water color paper, Acetate, Construction paper, Carbon paper
Note to the organizers: everyone needs a pin up board for the longer class.
This workshop will show you how to start with an original photograph, line drawing or painting and create a departure from its reality. We will do 6 + different exercises to explore the abstract and non-representational designs, these include, shape, line, blind painting, cubing , zooming, abstract still life. Composition, color schemes and a well thought out plan will be emphasized. A quilt design will be fully realized. Many different techniques will be discussed to help you create your quilt such as appliqu, piecing, fusing, collage, and painting and stamping on the surface.
Pad of tracing paper
Pencil with eraser, grid drawing ruler, compass
Micron 01 pigma pen
Scotch tape and glue stick
Rotary cutter, rotary ruler and small matt
Watercolor paint set and medium paint brush ( Prang available at Michaels and Hobby lobby this is a good inexpensive paint box, or whatever you have), Paint brush, 2 inch and 3/4 inch flat size 7 small round.
Pick a color scheme from the following. Achromatic, Monochromatic, Analogous, complimentary, Split complimentary, dual complimentary, cool colors, warm colors, triadic, or rainbow colors. Colors that you would want to work with for a quilt. Inexpensive large tubes of Acrylic paint in your chosen color scheme.
Paper plates (3) for palate and water container
Paper towel or paint rag
Paper and fabric scissors
A variety of photographs for inspiration, (flowers, animals, still life, anything that you would like to abstract into a quilt design)
View finder, buy a medium matt for framing a picture 11 on one side or larger and cut it on the diagonal in the two opposite corners
A folder or portfolio for your designs.
There is a 20 dollar fee for supplies needed for the designing part of the class.
For the 3 day or longer class you will need fabric in the color scheme that you have chosen in full value range, (7 values from light to dark, several pieces in each of the 7 value steps for each color) enough fabric to start your design. A sewing machine with a free motion foot, iron and ironing surface, threads and needles. Spraystarch, washcloth, stiletto (available in class), monofilament thread, stapler and staples. Ball point pen, pencils for marking on fabric. I will have sulky stabilizer and poster board needed for the pattern. If necessary we will have our designs enlarged for our templates this is an additional cost of anywhere from 20 to 30 dollars depending on what the copy shop charges.
Please have in the classroom a large roll of white or newsprint paper, enough to cover the tables twice for each student
For the second day we will need a small Xerox machine that enlarges to 400%
I will incur any costs thank you Katiepm
I bring graphite paper
Water color papers
Through the use of color and composition we will explore exercises on the following:
How to create transparencies, how to create and actually use a color wheel and gray scales, seeing and drawing, composition, proportion, viewing paths, cropping and zooming in.
Work with 9 different color schemes, including monochromatic, analogous and complimentary.
The class samples will be small fused works. The goal is for the student to leave with several ideas for future quilts and a better understanding of art principles as they relate to quilt artists.
75.00 US Kit fee includes all fabric needed for the class fused and ready to use.
Color and Value, learn to work with a full range of values to create depth and illumination. Discover the importance of the light-lights and the power of very darks and how to make the colors in-between enhance their impact. We will work with Grays, Black and White Prints and color
1 or 2 days, all levels
paper and fabric scissors, pencil and ruler, iron and ironing surface, glue stick
Fabrics and inspiration will be included in the kit. All fabrics will be fused and ready for use
Cost of kit is $35.00
Work with two different interpretations of composition.
First we will Identify the 9 patch of compositions . Using a picture from magazines we will associate its composition with one of the nine compositional elements, enhance that composition and work with one of the nine color schemes, create a piece that is one step from reality and a second piece that is more abstract.
A kit for 25.00US that includes all fabrics needed for the exercises, all fused and ready to use. Inspirational photos, paper and color wheel.
paper and fabric scissors, pencil and ruler, iron and ironing surface.
Color and texture, warm and cool, reflective and absorbing, all the properties and moods of color in fabric will be explored using actual fabric swatches to design a color wheel and color study wall hanging. Learn to use color more freely, following what looks right to you, not what the text tell you should be. A more emotional way to work with color. The color swatches consist of all types of fabrics, from cottons and blends. To satins and lam, everything!
1 day class, 6 hours. Each student will bring fabrics from home to combine with each others, to create a color wheel and several studies.
1/2 yd of fabric to use as a 4pin-up surface. (muslin, batting, felt, etc.), pins, glue stick,
fabric squares: go through you fabrics and cut two, 2 1/2 inch squares of each color. Cut as many squares as you have time. (You will personally use at least 100 squares) One set of squares will be for you and the other set will be added to the group pile. Use fabrics of all colors and all fiber contents. The one with the most squares wins a great door prize!! Binoculars, reducing lens or door peep hole.
1. A photograph is used for the base design.
2. Add a Ghost layer or floating design, (transparency) complimentary or in opposition to the first layer.
3. Add additional colors by following a painted water color wash (a painting on paper)
These three layers combined will create an in-depth and illusionary design.
A small quilt sample will be created the first day and then a larger masterpiece will be started for the balance of the class.
I will supply the paper products needed for a materials fee of $12.00.
2″ brush, 3″foam brush (art supply or hardware store) a small palate, (can be foam meat trays or white picnic plates), container for water, 3 small tubes of water color paint from these colors, (choose 3) red, yellow, orange, blue, green and purple. 3 colored pencils to match the colors you choose.
Pencil for drawing, pencils for marking on fabric, ruler, compass, fabric and paper scissors, rags and/or paper towels, tape, washcloth, spray starch, iron and ironing surface and extension cords, (workshop coordinators, we need one iron for every two people. Stiletto, also available in class.
Standard stapler that opens up flat and lots of extra staples, .01 fine point pigma pen.
Sewing Machine, we only need 5 or 6 machines for a whole class to share; if you would prefer to use your own machine, bring it. If you are traveling by airplane, plan to borrow someone for the small amount of time we use machines.
Fabrics in the colors you want to use, (3 different colors that match the 3 tubes of paint you have chosen for the water color layer) sorted into 7 different values of each. Make separate piles of each of the steps, step 1 being white and very pale shades of the color, step 2 being a little darker, on through all of the steps to step 7 which will be black and very dark shades of the color. Have several pieces in each of the steps for each of the different colors you choose to work with. That would be a minimum of 3 in each step times 7 steps for at least 21 different pieces for each of the different colors times 3 different colors for at least 63 fabrics. The more fabrics you have to choose from the easier it will be. You will not need very much of any one color fat eights or thirds of a yard should be enough. Keep these in the separate steps by putting a paper spacer between them in a shoe box or transport them in zip lock bags. Sorting is the most time consuming, please bring them sorted and I will help fine tune the steps in class. If you like working with black and white prints bring them in the seven steps as well.
For the two day class bring photographs that you would like to make into a Ghost Layer and Color Wash quilt.
For the three or longer day class, we will go to Kinkos with our drawing for a big piece and start on the quilt, so bring photographs that you want to make into a quilt. More fabric in your chosen colors. Tracing paper.
Create a beautiful landscape using a photo of a special place. Find your personal, stylized version of reality. Fracture the finished drawing to create different shapes for color choices and add a surrealistic quality. Work with a stabilizer or foundation, blind machine applique, machine satin/straight quilting in a quilt-as-you-go format. Easy techniques that create a complex looking landscape.
Tracing Paper, Pencil. Ruler. Compass, scissors: paper & fabric, masking tape and scotch tape, threads to match fabrics, monofilament thread, fabric pencils, pins, spray starch, black MICHRON 01 Pen. Sewing machine will need to be zig-zag, iron and ironing surface, extension cord, glue stick, wash cloth. These things will be available to use or purchase in class: Stilletto, acetate, sulky totally stable, books
Bring an 8″ x 10″ (or larger) photo of landscape. Or a photo from a magazine, book or calender) This will be what you will use to create the landscape drawing part of the quilt. If you can’t get an 8″ x 10″of your photo use a good color Xerox to enlarge it, only as a last resort and only if they can do a good clear reproduction.
Bring fabrics that relate to the photograph or picture. Sort your fabrics into 7 separate steps, step 1 being white and very pale shades and step 7 being black and very dark shades of all of the colors in your photo. Steps 2 thru 6 are gradations in-between. Have several fabrics of each color in each step.
For the two day class please:
Bring a cellutex, or builders board approximately 36″ to use as a pin up wall, and a stapler and lots of staples. Or fabric for pin up wall with lots of pins and scotch tape. Once we draw our design, we will go to Kinkos to enlarge our pattern. There will be a fee for these enlargements ($18.00-25.00), but we will keep the cost at a minimum.