Improv Patchwork Doodle, 7/29

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Improv Patchwork Doodle, 7/29

from 155.00

with Sherri Lynn Wood

Sunday July 29th 10-5

Limit 12 students

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Let go of perfection and expectations and learn ruler-free patchwork techniques as you build patchwork patterns with simple shapes and negative space. Follow internal cues to collaborate with your patchwork as it unfolds by listening, responding and affirming with a YES AND.  Learn how to improvise from a score -- a loose set of parameters for creating flexible patterns, featured in The Improv Handbook For Modern Quilters. *

* Due to the length of this workshop we will be taking a short lunch break. Please bring a bagged lunch or there are also a few walkable options near the studio. Light snacks and drinks will also be served. 

If you are interested in joining us for both Improv Patchwork Doodle 7/29 and Hand Finished Comforter 8/26 please choose that option at checkout and you will receive a $20 discount. 

Tools & Supplies:

o Thread – medium gray blends with most fabrics

o Pins

o Seam ripper

o Fabric marking tool – I prefer tailors chalk

o Large scissors – make sure they are sharp

o Rotary cutter with mat – leave rulers and templates at home

o Sewing Machine with extension chord (studio has 8 machines for students use - please let us know in the NOTES section at checout if you will be bringing your own machine)

o Sketchbook/journal or paper with pen or pencil

o Hand sewing kit – just in case


o Large, medium, and small stash scraps in a range of values, hues, neutrals, prints & solids. Diversity is key. Try not to coordinate too much. Include zingers.

o Estimate amounts according to your goals for the project. Keep in mind your target size, your natural pace and scale, and the 6-hr time limit of the workshop. Most likely 4 yards total will be more than enough.

o Bring some stash scraps to share with the class.

o Come with a make-do attitude and whatever you bring will be fine!

My workshops are structured with an hour of upfront instructions, demos, and brainstorming, after which I set everyone loose to sew. Please be on time to get the most of the workshop. If you are late, simply jump in where we are and do your best. Leaving early is not as critical. 

Sherri Lynn Wood is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, as well as arts residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and most recently at Recology San Francisco in 2016. An interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, CA, she has exhibited and performed locally at The Lab, Southern Exposure, Adobe Books and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She holds an MFA from Bard College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University.

Her 2015 publication The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously (Abrams) provides frameworks for creative exploration, along with practical instruction in stitching techniques and color theory.  Sherri teaches and speaks about improvisational patchwork and flexible patterning at art and craft schools, guilds, and conferences nationally and abroad. See more about Sherri HERE and @sherrilynnwood