Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Felted Images - Paint with Wool"
June 2, 2018
 

Learn to make images with wool fibers using both needle-felting and wet-felting. Start with a rectangle of pre-felted wool, then using colored wool roving and shapes cut from more colored pre-felted wool, lay out and needle down your design. Finish with a little wet-felting to flatten and finish your picture. You may bring a picture or design for inspiration. All tools and wool are supplied.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cheryl Smeja
Cost: $120
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Robust Rag Rug"
June 9, 2018
 

This is the real deal - a traditional "rag" rug woven on an antique heavy-duty loom made just for this purpose. No loose and wimpy bathmat crafted on a cardboard frame in this class! You will instead be making a serious piece of floor covering, about 28" wide and at least 5' long. We have tons of new fabric so you can choose your favorite colors and patterns. The finished product will be durable, washable and uniquely yours. No previous weaving experience needed.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Carole Spelic’
Cost: $145
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Perfect Points And Stars With Paper Piecing"
June 11-15, 2018
 

Enjoy five full days of quilting bliss with designer and master quilter, Jacqueline de Jonge while working on the design of your choice! Learn Jacqueline’s unique approach to paper piecing that will have you creating unbelievable work with show-stopping color and movement! Enjoy personal daily instruction, demonstrations, laughter, fun and plenty of time to sew. Each student works at their own eight foot table in a studio that was built from the ground up with quilters in mind. The studio is open 24/7 throughout the week and is flooded with natural light, comfortable chairs, bottomless cookie jars and plenty of room to spread out and make this a true quilter’s dream get-away!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jacqueline de Jonge
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Stacked Woven Bezel"
June 15-17, 2018
 

Learn to wire weave a bezel setting to capture two or more gemstone cabochons in a single project, embellished with a large bead and waves of woven wire accents. These techniques may be utilized in a variety of projects, with any number of cabochons, creating a versatile set of skills to further your jewelry-making adventures. While this workshop showcases a specific design, students will be encouraged to explore and experiment for some truly one-of-a-kind creations. Students will leave with a completed project, ready to wear! Materials fee covers all wire, chains, stones and beads. It is recommended students have prior experience with wire wrapping, utilizing multiple wires in a single project.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nicole Hanna
Cost: $380
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Artists’ Revival Mixed Media Expressive Arts Retreat for Women"
June 17-23, 2018
 

Realign with your artistic spirit at the Historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House nestled at the foot of the Taos Indians’ Sacred Mountain. How would it be to claim time devoted solely to your art this year?! What Helen Wilson and Pamela Underwood have in store for you is an artists’ refuge; working in a New Mexico Studio, for the sole purpose of reconnecting, refueling and reviving your artistic self. Practice making art daily with guidance from professional artists, Pamela and Helen. Tap into the creative energy of Taos, New Mexico’s earth, air, water, and sky. Early Bird Promotion! Register before March 5, 2018, and get $100 off of your final balance due!
 
Location: Taos, New Mexico
Instructor: Pamela Underwood & Helen Wilson
Cost: $2300 - $2500
Sponsor: Artists' Revival Retreat
Website, email


"Kaleidoscopes & Quilts"
June 18-22, 2018
 

The workshop covers unique machine-piecing techniques, color and fabric guidelines for creating the complex and mobile reflection of a kaleidoscope. While gaining insight into the nature of symmetry and intricately printed fabrics, students will learn to create a design that sews together successfully and renders a kaleidoscopic image filled with luminosity and dramatic impact. We will focus on piecing curves, innovative use of fabrics, learning to identify and join divergent angles, and exploring a range of angles. Students will begin to work independently, designing and sewing at their own pace with the instructor providing individual attention.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Paula Nadelstern
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Weave a Bamboo Scarf - Start to Finish"
June 23-24, 2018
 

Through hands-on experience, acquire the skills to set up a 4-harness tabletop loom and get weaving! On the first morning, you will practice winding the warp and dressing the loom (threading the heddles and winding the warp onto the loom). Then you’ll learn to read a draft (pattern) and make a sampler of plain (tabby) weave and an assortment of twill weaves. On day two, you’ll weave a full-length scarf of smooth and lightly lustrous 50/50 mercerized cotton and bamboo yarns. Finishing options will be discussed. Each student will have a loom to work on. (Bring your own or use one of ours!) Sleek, soft, and sustainable bamboo rayon and mercerized cotton yarns, approximately 'fingering' sized, will be provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kathleen Nutter
Cost: $220
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Improvisational Stitching"
Saturdays, June 23 - July 14, 2018
 

Stitching is a uniquely textural and versatile form of mark-making. Explore its potential as textile art in a welcoming community environment. Learn several basic embroidery stitches, fabric collage, and techniques for drawing with needle and thread. Create embroideries for display on their own or incorporation into sewing projects and multimedia artworks. Tuition includes most materials.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: $195 + Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Let Us Surprise You: Two Friends, Two Quilts"
June 25-29, 2018
 

Finally a class that you know you have brought the right things for! In this fun-filled class, two kits of cut fabrics and instructions are furnished for a progressive quilt design created by Charlotte and Debbie. The two quilts will be completely different from each other, but will be based upon the same core fabrics and constructed from sizes of units or blocks that can be mixed and matched. Each instructor will add more fabrics to expand the palette. In the end, the kits can be used to make two separate quilts or combined to make one larger quilt. These ladies are two national/international instructors with well over sixty years of designing and teaching between them!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Charlotte Angotti & Debbie Caffrey
Cost: $870 + Materials: $300
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"The Complex Composition"
July 9-13, 2018
 

Cross-fertilization between the arts can enrich how each of us approaches our work. This workshop will focus on using basic principles of graphic composition used by many architects. You will learn to create rich and complex compositions from this inventive perspective using the principles of scale, merging, layering/ overlapping, ranking, and framing. Building on the elements and principles of design, students will tap into the right and left sides of the brain to design a thoughtful and imaginative composition from a distinctive perspective. Each student will create a cartographic art quilt that tells the story of a particular place. Valerie is known for creating a flexible environment of encouragement, order, and inspiration.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Valerie Goodwin
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Deep Into Indigo Retreat"
July 13-15, 2018
 

A women's creative weekend getaway to learn Shibori, Batik, and other fabric resist techniques for dyeing with indigo. Great value! All food, beverages and lodging plus piles of fabric and paper to play with, unlimited access to prepared indigo dye vats, and gifts and prizes all for one low price!
 
Location: Westby, Wisconsin
Instructor: Jennifer Falkowski
Cost: $650 - $750
Website, email, 608-852-3970


"Beginning Embroidery: Summer Spiral with Rumi Wisdom"
July 28, 2018
 

Pick up a needle and learn some stitches! This class covers the basics - ways to transfer images, stretching fabric on a hoop, beginning and ending thread without a knot and choosing the best needle for your project. From there we’ll focus on stitches (blanket stitch, french knots, satin stitch, back stitch, lazy daisy, stem stitch and chain stitch) all while working on a summery spiral design featuring a Rumi quote. Special attention will be paid to various ways to stitch text. This class is designed for someone who has never done any embroidery or hasn't done it for a long time and wants a refresher.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Leschke
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilting: Designing From Nature"
July 30 - August 3, 2018
 

Quilts you design are a great complement to the wonderful range of traditional (and modern!) quilts that entice us. Our most memorable quilts are often those that speak to special times, places, things, and people in our lives. Using your photographs as the place to begin the design process offers a personalized and memorable look to your quilts. Based on the design methods developed by Ruth McDowell, this class takes you through the design process – from photo to pictorial quilt. This style of quilt emphasizes the use of patterned cotton fabrics in unique ways yet is grounded in traditional piecing methods. The result is a quilt design with a somewhat abstract quality that is uniquely your own.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Ann P Shaw, annshawquilting.com
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Beginning Rug Hooking: The Castle Rug"
August 3-5, 2018
 

With this elegant Castle pattern project, you will master many hooking techniques including how to hook straight lines and curves, the Kaleidoscope technique, and ways to transition to different colors. We will cover types of rugs, different cuts of wool and various backings, color planning, finishing options, and alternative tools and materials. You may not have time to complete your piece, but all stages of rug finishing will be covered. You will leave with easy directions, including all you need to know to hook larger rugs. No previous experience necessary, but seasoned hookers are welcome. Materials fee includes pattern on linen and pre-cut wool strips.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Teresa Steele
Cost: $275
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Quilting: Composition Quartet"
August 6-10, 2018
 

Challenge yourself compositionally and learn four different ways to construct fused quilts: squares/rectangles, curvilinear design, cut-and-collage, and landscape. Using step-by-step directions with many creative options, you’ll make 4 quilts (about 16” x 20” or larger) using Sue’s fusible techniques. She will also cover fusible basics, working with non-traditional fabrics, quilting, blocking, and binding. By the end of this workshop experience, construction ideas will abound!
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Benner
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Dynamic Duo! Nature Printing on Colored Backgrounds"
August 11-12, 2018
 

Dive into the world of natural dyes and the modern process of eco-printing by combining two techniques. Begin by exploring natural dyes, mordants and color modifiers, learning to work with them while coloring several silk scarves – then, on day two, witness the transformations that occur when printing on colored fabrics. Learn to identify dye plants and create a bundle. Learn to identify tannins and use them to affect the outcome. Bundle your dyed scarves from the day before with plant material foraged from Shake Rag Alley’s campus and unwrap a surprise at the end of the day! You’ll leave with three finished scarves, dye, tannin test swatches, and the knowledge to work with your local plants at home!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sharlene Bohr
Cost: $240
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Beginning Macrame"
August 18, 2018
 

It’s back! From its mysterious origins (Ancient China? Medieval Arabia?) to the hippie era, the knotting of rope for function, fashion, and decoration has persisted. Learn the basics of macramé in this one-day workshop. We’ll cover knotting terminology and strategies for rope management as you master the lark’s head, the square knot, and the many variations of the half hitch. You’ll come away with an attractive sampler, suitable for hanging. No previous experience is needed – but be careful, macramé can be addictive!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $130
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"More Macramé"
August 19, 2018
 

In this more advanced workshop, students will explore their own ideas for a sizeable macramé wall hanging. With guidance and inspiration from the instructor, students will develop their own design and address the challenges of creating with rope on the large scale. Bring your layout concepts – do you like repetitive and symmetrical or dynamic and unpredictable? In every case, the final product will be a powerful piece of wall décor – bold, trendy, and entirely original. Knowledge of basic knots required.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Cathy Jackson
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Paper, Rock, Scissors: Dimensional Paintings on Paper and Fabric"
August 20-25, 2018
 

This dynamic paper, paint and textiles-based workshop will feature painting, printing, marbling, heat transfer, collage and stitch techniques on various substrates to build texture and create strong visual impact. The session kicks off with methods of painting and printing on a variety of papers and fabrics to lay down a base of color and pattern from which to build. Use acrylic, fabric paints, and dyes, and apply with brushes, sponges, and rollers; take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings to print with solar (sun) dyes using resist processes; experiment with marbling and add in details with oil pastels and drawing tools. Inspiration for mark making will be all around us!
 
Location: Canton, North Carolina
Instructor: Leisa Rich
Cost: $1,675 USD
Sponsor: Cullowhee Arts
Website, email, 828-342-6913


"being (t) here Masterclass with India Flint"
August 22-28, 2018
 

India will be traveling to Italy from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.
 
Location: Pescia, Italy
Instructor: India Flint, indiaflint.com
Cost: $4,295 Shared, $4,695 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Akasha Dolls"
August 24, 2018
 

Akasha is the Sanskrit word for Spirit, but more directly, it means the basis and essence of all things in the material world. Spirit dolls are art objects that are easy to create from recycled materials. These spirit dolls were initially created as a way work through grief and trauma. The ritualized deconstruction of the garments and repetitive wrapping works as both art technique and meditative process. The finished dolls become the embodiment the spirit of memory and can be used as a vehicle to transfigure sadness. These dolls are easy to create with simple household materials. Some physical dexterity is needed for hand sewing and stitching.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $135
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Folk-tails: A Small Study Workshop"
August 27-31, 2018
 

We will be creating a small piece using the images from my book Folk-Tails. Choose your favorite animals, trees or flowers. We will begin by preparing and layering a textured background. Then add the appliqué incorporating hand-dyed fabrics, threads and beads. You can either plan to do the whole quilt or make a smaller version for the center of a cushion or bag.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Art Cottage Personalized Painting Retreats"
January - August
 

Perfect for one or two women ~ Immerse yourself a world away at Dorothy Fagan’s breath-taking Art Cottage Studio by Chesapeake Bay. Customized Lessons in oils, pastels, watercolor, drawing, fabric painting, acrylics, or mixed media. Enjoy every season on the private pond. Paint in the studio or en plein air with Dorothy at her favorite gardens, coastal marsh sanctuary, riverfront, woodlands, farms and vineyard locations. Relax on the expansive adjoining deck, or visit artisan studios down the lane. Walk to the Chesapeake Bay, or sit on the dock on Queen’s Creek and meditate, sketch, or paint the sunset. Wade in the shallows on the beach at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Paint the sunrise over Hills Bay.
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Instructor: Dorothy Fagan
Cost: $300
Sponsor: The Painting Lesson
Website, email, 804-366-0990


"Rug Hooking Retreat"
September 14-16, 2018
 

This class will be an open class. Our focus will be on texture: What is texture? How to create texture. How to use texture. How to create texture on the edge of our rugs. Choose from a vast array of patterns on the instructor’s website, bring your own pattern, or design your own. Nola loves all color - bright to muted! Any size cut is fine. Creativity is taught and encouraged in her class. This annual 3-day Rug Hooking workshop/retreat is open to students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Bring your own pattern, frame, hooks and wools and receive individualized instruction. Open studio time is available on Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Nola Heidbreder
Cost: $255
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Bold Interpretations of Traditional Quilt Blocks"
September 17-21, 2018
 

Each quilt reflects the personality of its maker. By the shapes we prefer or colors and patterns we choose, how we finish a quilt ultimately puts our fingerprints on a quilt. In this class you will study Indian folk art quilts and American antique scrap quilts. Sujata will discuss bold and abstract interpretations of traditional quilt blocks as well as the process of making do. From the examples provided, each participant will choose one or two traditional quilt blocks or geometric shapes as design elements for a quilt top. The focus will be on template-free shapes and organic-piecing methods. Sujata will demonstrate traditional Indian Kantha stitching; discuss organic hand quilting and bias binding for students to finish the quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sujata Shah
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Shibori and Alternative Resist Methods: Low tech and High tech, organic and man-made"
September 24-28, 2018
 

This 5-Day workshop will explore the fundamentals of shibori resist, traditional techniques to contemporary variations such as sewing machine stitch on a wide range of fabric surfaces and combinations of opposite fibers including cotton, wool, silk, organza, and polyester. Yoshiko will be available to guide you through this exploration process. She will use easy to follow Michel Garcia’s organic indigo vat 1-2-3; fiber reactive dye to enhance the degumming effect on silk organza; disperse dye to venture into heat transfer printing. Participants are asked to bring small fabric in various fiber or other dye-able materials in different texture, pattern, and opacity/ transparency to gain own visual vocabulary.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Yoshiko I. Wada
Cost: $915
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Surface Design Journey with Natural Dyes"
September 28, 2018
 

Fresh indigo and natural dye materials from the fields and farm and easy accessible pantry products will be on hand to enhance the learning and dyeing process as participants learn new ways and expand skills with natural dyes. History of dye use, ways to create beautiful fabric and paper designs incorporating traditional and experimental techniques will be covered. Expect to leave with recipes, new ideas, test samples, a completed wall hanging and the confidence to dye at home. An introduction to batik and paste resist is provided and this technique may be explored. Explore and learn about other artists who use this medium and the current movement connecting art and agriculture sustainability.
 
Location: Denver, Colorado
Instructor: Catherine Cross Tsintzos
Cost: $240-$270
Sponsor: Art Makers Denver
Website, email, 303-263-6963


"Create a Figurative Sculpture Duo"
September 30-October 5, 2018
 

In this week-long intensive Kate will teach the techniques she uses to build her sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. Create two sculptures - a horse, bird, or rabbit approximately 15" tall - as your major piece. From a drawing, design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the form that will animate your piece. Use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work. In the second part of the class you will create a figure to ride, lead - maybe dance - with your fantasy critter. Kate will have patterns available if you feel you are not ready to design your own. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring ride!
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, (608) 987-3292


"Studio Hand Quilting"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Improvisation is key to successful design and developing your style in stitches. Hand quilting offers a look at the handwork of the artist. It sculpts the quilt top enhancing the visual and textural presentation of the quilt. A rich textile tradition offers a starting place to inform our contemporary ideas. We will address the fundamentals and beyond so you can enjoy slow stitching in a hoop, a frame, or without either. Your designs will be your own freeform wanderings, engaging you from start to finish. No marking or templates are necessary. Our primary focus is the design and process of quilting by hand in which you will create original quilting lines and themes making a whole cloth wall quilt.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Pam Beal
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
October 1-5, 2018
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Double Vision and/or Fractured Curves"
October 8-12, 2018
 

This is a design class for beginners through intermediate quilters with colorful goals in mind! You will have the chance to design a Double Vision quilt by simply layering Shapes and Color for richly complex designs. Or if you prefer you can design a Fractured Curves quilt by fracturing quilts for easy, curvy and colorful results. Either design is available; make one, make both or a combination of the two - it's your choice! At the start of the class we will discuss and show you the many designs available to you, students will then determine their own direction for the week with lots of one-on-one direction from Louisa.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Louisa L. Smith
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Story Quilts: Creative Piecing Borders and Backgrounds"
October 8-12, 2018
 

Combine creative piecing with traditional techniques to design a quilt inspired by the ones you love! This workshop will take you out of the box with new takes on composition, interesting backgrounds, story creativity, color theory and more. Mary Lou’s approachable nature and teaching style make it easy to understand and apply these techniques into your own quilt. Techniques such as drawing, lettering, embellishing with old linens, jewelry and rick rack will all be integrated into this fun workshop.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Mary Lou Weidman
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Found – Stitch – Paint Workshop"
October 22-28, 2018
 

This is a hands on, experimental workshop with a strong emphasis on using found materials and inventive applications of textile and mixed media processes as part of the exploration of developing a ‘creative language’. The principles of Wabi Sabi come into play as part of the process of exploring connection to place as you work with your found materials. Taking inspiration from both material and place, the workshop explores the use of layers in found textiles and papers to create folding forms and objects inspired by the land and landscape. Paint, color, collage and stitch will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary as new surfaces emerge and your pieces unfold as you journey, observe and create.
 
Location: Colle Val d’ Elsa, Italy
Instructor: Cas Holmes
Cost: $3,625 Shared, $4,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


"Quilting: Tell Me A Story"
January 7-11, 2019
 

Life is a pathway, a road map of sorts, filled with people and places and memories, a rich tapestry of learning and experience. In this class Sue invites you to stitch your story in cloth using this simple ‘house and road’ design as a creative framework. Discover the complexity of Sue’s approach to creative stitching as she guides you through this process. Begin by texturizing a background of soft, hand dyed wool with simple stitching and fabric layering techniques. Build layer upon layer, embellishing your piece with wool, silk velvet, silk dupioni, linen and cotton fabrics. Experiment with an array of specialty threads using embroidery stitches and stitch combinations, each stitch and new technique adding depth and texture to your work.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: Fabric Images"
January 14-18, 2019
 

Learn Susan’s innovative layering/collage method using your own photo as inspiration to make a quilt that pops! Patterns and templates will not be used. This five-day format is ideal for expanding on each student’s unique design. Susan will introduce different aspects of the quilt collage approach each day, using her own quilts as examples. Fabric selection and how it relates to the subject matter, construction, backgrounds and borders, quilting and finishing for display will be discussed.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Susan Carlson
Cost: $870
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quiltworx University 2019 at Tanque Verde Ranch"
February 7-11, 2019
 

Six months before the workshop, our team will help guide you through the process of customizing your personal project using design elements never before released by Quiltworx. Use the Quiltster tool (6-month membership is included) to design a project on your own or work with our design team one-on-one to create your project. All projects (kits are purchased separately) will be completed using a wide range of current and popular fabric collections selected by the local quilt shop from companies such as Hoffman Fabrics, Timeless Treasures, Free Spirit, and more! We will prepare the kit for you, have it waiting at the event, and bring a team of instructors ready to teach whatever you need to know to make your design.
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Instructor: Judy Niemeyer
Cost: $1,175
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Folk Art in Santa Fe: Creating with Hand-Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics"
February 17-22, 2019
 

Join Sue for six days of folk art bliss. You will spend your first day getting acquainted with the beautiful ambiance and culture of Santa Fe, and spend the afternoon at the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum is home to over 130,000 folk art inspired objects from over 100 countries. While there, you will gather ideas and become inspired to continue on the journey to creating a one-of-a-kind piece of art. For the next five days, Sue will guide you through the design process, specifically on how to choose color, and techniques of layering and embellishing. At the end of the six days you will have the confidence to finish your folk art original.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Quilting: The Textured Landscape in Santa Fe"
March 25-29, 2019
 

Design and construct your own landscape quilt, learning the key elements of design and experimenting with colour. The first project, a colour exercise, will be a small scene where the pattern will be provided. Focal point, perspective and other basic design principles will be discussed then you will begin to design your own wall hanging working from a photo, sketch or picture. Your design can be abstract or as realistic or anywhere in between. Consider piecing, stripping and mosaic options for different areas then using an overlay technique, construct your quilt. Fabric painting, fusing, invisible machine appliqué, free motion stitching and quilting techniques will be included.
 
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Instructor: Gloria Loughman
Cost: $770
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Folk-tails: A Small Study Workshop"
June 3-7, 2019
 

We will be creating a small piece using the images from my book Folk-Tails. Choose your favorite animals, trees or flowers. We will begin by preparing and layering a textured background. Then add the appliqué incorporating hand-dyed fabrics, threads and beads. You can either plan to do the whole quilt or make a smaller version for the center of a cushion or bag.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Indigo Flower Pot: Creating with Hand Dyed Wool and Textural Fabrics"
July 29 - August 2, 2019
 

Create a pieced and layered indigo wool and fabric background. Add a Flower Pot appliqué drawing inspiration from a choice of flower and pot designs creating the elements by machine or hand appliqué techniques using textural silks, velvets and wools. Finish with a unique border and embellish with stitching to bring your design to life.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Sand Dollar: Creative Wool Embellishment"
August 5-9, 2019
 

In this hands-on embellishment class, you will study numerous ways to create texture using neutral-colored threads. Please arrive in class with your base block already appliquéd with 20 circles. We will then spend the week embellishing a one-of-a-kind piece. You will learn many variations of stitches as well as techniques including shadowing, beading, dimensional embroidery, ribbon play, and dimensional art using different stitches and textural threads.
 
Location: La Pointe, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sue Spargo
Cost: $970
Sponsor: Madeline Island School of the Arts
Website, email, (715) 747-2054


"Block Print"
Everyday
 

Step into a centuries old world of block print, an Indian art aesthetic which is prominent in the local creation realm. Learn to speak with color and shapes as you explore this form. What to expect from this workshop: Learn block printing using a motive or all-over design. Create your own unique print by selecting designs and colors.
 
Location: Jaipur, India
Instructor:
Cost: $20
Sponsor: Creatis
Website, email, 98286 01666


 

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