Our talented Tutors, Griet Lombard and Lois Parish Evans, will each be offering two one-day workshops. Workshops will be held from 9am to 4pm on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th May 2021, upstairs at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre (lift access).
Each workshop costs $100, which will also give entry to the exhibition on the day of the workshop and access to the café to purchase coffee, lunches, etc.
Workshops are open to both members and non-members. However, members will have a two-week advantage on registering before the classes are opened to non-members.
Hire machines available in workshops with Griet Lombard will be the Pfaff 710 (or similar, depending on availability). Hire machines available in workshops by Lois Parish Evans will be Bernina B570 (or similar, depending on availability). Hire machines must be booked and paid for when registering for workshops. The hire cost is $30 per day.
In the event that Aotearoa Quilters cancels the workshops, a full refund will be made to those registered for workshops.
In the event that a participant, who has registered for a workshop(s), cancels or does not attend the workshop(s), no refund will be made, unless a replacement participant for the workshop(s) is found. Finding a replacement will not be the responsibility of Aotearoa Quilters, but they will assist with this where possible. The Great NZ Quilt Show convener and/or workshop coordinator must be informed of any replacements and the replacement person must follow Aotearoa Quilters procedures to participate in the workshop(s).
Registration will open for members at 10.am on Sunday 1st November. Registration for non-members will open at 10 am on Sunday 15th November. Once a class is full, registrations will close. A limited number of waitlist places will be available on a separate page. Details on This link will be visible on November 1st. Remember you need to be logged in to register as a member.
Tutor Experience and Awards
I have about 25 years of tutoring experience both in New Zealand and South Africa and won more awards than I can remember.
It is more important to me that I convey to the classroom a certain philosophy: that of, placing a value on fabric, slow stitching and encouraging students to find their own voice.
Friday 14th May 2021 – Book of Cats – A Textile Journal
Students will explore the possibilities of making a mixed media journal. Working with fabric, watercolour pencils and even paper, they will create their own pages of different cats. They can draw their own or use my sketches to make their very own Book of Cats. They will also learn how to construct this book.
Saturday 15th May 2021 – Book of Cats – Make a Book Cover
In this class students will learn how to make a book cover with kunin felt. This cover can be made to fit the book started in the first class or any other book of their choice. In class I will have more of my own book covers as additional inspiration.
Lois Parish Evans
Lois Parish Evans is an award-winning textile artist/art quilter who currently lives in Tauranga with her family. Learning to sew and draw from an early age, Lois merged her two favourite subjects whilst at Art School and has been creating textile art and exhibiting for many years.
Included in her accomplishments are 5 solo exhibitions, plus juried into numerous national and international exhibitions and travelling exhibitions, and a range of awards.
Lois loves exploring and pushing her own creativity in new directions. She is excited about facilitating workshops to teach skills by creating a learning environment that encourages participants to pursue their own creativity.
Friday 14th May 2021 – Adding another Layer
Use thread-painting techniques to personalise your quilt.
In this workshop we will explore ways to personalise your quilts by adding thread-painting techniques to your quilt/quilt top or textile art.
Beginning with some simple shapes that Lois will provide. we will look at ways of creating interesting and appealing designs. Using raw-edge applique and thread painting, we will work with elements of design such as line, colour, shape, pattern, texture and learn to build further layers on our quilts. In this one-day workshop we will work on creating a small art quilt, approximately 30cm x 30cm.
To achieve this, participants will learn and explore the following techniques:
*raw edge applique
*free machine quilting
Participants will use a variety of fabrics and threads to build and create their own small Art Quilt.
No drawing or design ability required. However, participants need some sewing and quilting ability/experience.
Participants will learn simple design development.
Learn and explore techniques for thread painting and free machine quilting.
Creation of a small art quilt, approx 30cm x 30cm.
Saturday 15th May 2021 – Landscape thread painting
Create a landscape from a photo or your imagination….
In this workshop Lois will take participants on a journey from the beginning of a design through to the completion of a small thread painting. Beginning with some photographs that Lois will provide or bring your own, we will look at ways of creating interesting and appealing designs on paper using the elements of design such as line, colour, shape, pattern, texture. We will then explore ways of building those design elements into a thread painting using different coloured threads, and then progress on to creating your individual design.
To achieve this participants will learn and explore ways to:
create a simple design from a photograph
explore ways of mixing threads to create colour and blending colour
create a small thread painting, up to 15cm x 15cm
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