A blog site to share my trip towards becoming the quiltsmith I want to become.

Class details

Any of the following classes can be scheduled on request; gather a group of 4-6 friends to take a class and register by contacting Joan E. Smith as follows; see class dates page for classes currently scheduled:
Phone: 780-464-5568 or Cell: 780-996-5568
 
Sparkling Swarovski Swirls Bracelet
3 hour class 6-9 pm OR  morning or afternoon
$25.00 per person, plus kit for an additional up to $25.
A crystal element design with one color, or assorted colors, combined with clear crystal.
  Sparkling Swarovski Swirls Bracelet

Bead Braid Bracelet
3 hour class 6-9 pm OR  morning or afternoon
$25.00 per person, plus kit for an additional $15.
A combination of two or three colors combined creates a unique braided design.
  Bead Braid Bracelet

Pearly Cross Bracelet
3 hour class 6-9 pm OR  morning or afternoon
$25.00 per person, plus kit for an additional $20.
Do you have pieces of your mom’s or grandma’s jewellery that you would love to update and wear? Use heirloom pearls in combination with two bead colors to create an heirloom piece of jewelry you will treasure.
Pearly Cross Bracelet

Delightfully embellished, beaded, Mandala sampler bag

 embellished beaded Mandala
In this series of classes, we will work on a circular piece; the instructions for pre-class work and a supply list will be provided on registration. A reason for working in a circle is that when the class is complete, draw strings will make the sampler into a practical embellished bag. Also, there is a creative aspect of working in a circle. “Mandala” is a Sanskrit word for circle or centre and can be referred to as any circular imagery.
 
Class pre-work Mandalas – WORKING IN CIRCLES – detailed instructions provided on registration.
Most bead embellishment classes require participants to bring a square to class approx. 12” x 12” piece of fabric, stabilized with batting and back, with binding, to use as a sampler to practice beading.

When we work in a circle or with circular forms we access deep inner resources of knowing; we were created from an egg and live on a circular planet that revolves around the sun, and are influenced by the moon. Mandalas have a long historical and spiritual history – Navaho sand paintings, Buddhist Mandalas (used as mantras), labyrinths worldwide, and, in the West, Rose Windows in large Gothic cathedrals.

Carl Jung has used mandalas extensively in his explorations of the subconscious. As we work with circles, all the inner resources that the circles open up in us combine with all the skills we already have in sewing and quilting. We are encouraged to work in new ways and our work moves to new levels that are reflective of each of us as individuals.

  
Bead Embellishment: Level I, II, & III – Delightfully embellished beaded Mandala sampler bag. Learn beaded embellishment that will add lasting dimension to your quilt or fibre art. Beading that will wash and wear to withstand for the life of your quilt, garment, wall hanging or quilt art. Add Swarovski Crystal elements that are permanently attached, not hot fixed or glued.Level I, Beading Basics: 6 hours beginner level 10am-4pm
$40 (supply list provided upon registration)Working with a sampler (pre-class work required), in the first class learn: Fabric, Beads and Tools, Basic supplies, Equipment, Basic Technique, Starting and ending, Basic Stitches, Straight line, Single back-stitch, Curved line, Scattered Zigzag.Level II: Beading Basics: 6 hours (pre-requisite Level I) 10am-4pm
$40 (supply list provided upon registration)

Working with the same sampler add: Review and Refresh, Beaded Bindings, Dots, Trio, Other options, Couching, Daisy Stitch, Bugle Walls , Stop Stitch or washers, Swarovski elements

Level III: Beading Basics: 6 hours (pre-requisite Level 1 & 2)10am-4pm
$40 (supply list provided upon registration)

Working with the same sampler, or move to your own beaded art to add art quilt elements such as: Picot, Arches, Beading Fill, Beaded Coil, Dangles, Fringe and Branch, attaching an object; setting a Cabochon.

  


 Perfect Fit Quilted Jacket
 6 hour class – 10 am – 4 pm – $35.
Using a sweat shirt that fits you, foundation piece a unique one of a kind original jacket that will fit perfectly.
Bring your sweat shirt to class with approximately 8-10 completed quilt blocks, any style, pieced in any fabrics and colors you will love wearing. Blocks can be any size, and should include a couple of longer narrow border strips such as flying geese, braid or pinwheels for sleeve or yoke. For inspiration to prepare blocks; see Marcia Hohn’s website of free block patterns (and borders) at http://www.quilterscache.com/. Bring your sewing machine, approximately 1.5 meters of additional coordinating fabrics; coordinating thread, rotary cutter, mat and sewing supplies. Sweat shirt can be new or previously washed. 
 Perfect Fit Quilted Jacket


 Post Cards and Art Cards
 – Start Fibre Art Quilting
6 hour class 10 am – 4 pm – $35 + $15 Kit Fee.
Create delightful 4×6″ postcard art and 2 ½ x 3 ½” art trading cards. Learn various techniques & embellishments make art cards to trade; mail-able postcards to promote your art or celebrate events and seasons. Find your inspiration in these small, achievable pieces of art that to start you on your way to art quilting, or if you are already started, to find new interesting subjects and media. Warning: these small treats are addictive.
The class kit will provide all the fabric, foundation and fusible required for class project of two 4×6″ art postcards and two 2 ½ x 3 ½” art trading cards. Participants are encouraged to make two of each and exchange with fellow participants.
  
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 Batik Confetti Art
 6 hour class – 10 am – 4 pm – $35 + $15 Kit Fee
Learn a new technique, a recipe for creating scenic wall hangings with texture, just like the pointillist master painters. Using rich batik colors, capture a scene and create your own original fibre art masterpiece to thread paint on your domestic sewing machine.
The class kit provides all the fabric, batting and fusible required for a 8” x 10” class project, a delightful scenic vista.
Bring to class: your machine with free motion foot, cutting mat, rotary cutter, a small clean muffin tin, earth-tone, water and sky color threads, and sewing supplies. Optional: bring your own scenic photo of a garden, a beach or a field.
   
Batik Confetti Art
  

 Sparkling Swarovski Swirls Bracelet
 3 hour class 6-9 pm OR  morning or afternoon
$25.00 per person, plus kit for an additional up to $25.
A crystal element design with one color combined with clear crystal.
  Sparkling Swarovski Swirls Bracelet

 Bead Braid Bracelet
3 hour class 6-9 pm OR  morning or afternoon
$25.00 per person, plus kit for an additional $15.
A combination of two or three colors combined creates a unique braided design.
  Bead Braid Bracelet

 Pearly Cross Bracelet
 
3 hour class 6-9 pm OR  morning or afternoon
$25.00 per person, plus kit for an additional $20.
Do you have pieces of your mom’s or grandma’s jewellery that you would love to update and wear? Use pearls in combination with two colors of beads to create an heirloom piece of jewelry you will treasure.
Pearly Cross Bracelet
Birthday Party beading:
Special group rates, have fun and each participant makes a beautiful bracelet as a memento of the event! Bracelets can be customized, call to pre-order.

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