Ratty Quilts Workshop
can you repair or otherwise treat an old, worn, tattered quilt that
has won your heart? Non-museum quality quilts can have great sentimental
value. Learn basic restoration, conservation and replication techniques
for quilts too dear to dismiss. Use reproduction fabrics to best advantage.
You may bring one ratty quilt to class for analysis.
All levels. Materials List: Pencil and paper for note taking. A "ratty"
quilt or quilt top for analysis (optional). Click on the thumbnail
to the left for an example.
American Quilts of the 1800's Workshop
Discover the rich heritage of quilts created in the United States
from one turn of the century to the next (1800-1900). See examples
of evolving patterns, styles, and techniques used by the quilt makers.
Observe the differences created by changes in dyes and fabric printing
methods by looking at actual period samples. You may bring early quilts
that you would like to share (optional). All levels. Materials List:
Pencil (no pens) and paper for note taking.
American Quilts of the 1900's Workshop
How have quilts changed during the last 100 years? Using actual quilts,
period fabrics, and ephemera, Phyllis will trace the path taken by
quilt makers from prior to World War I until the recent turn of the
century. See how colors, styles, and techniques made each decade unique.
You may bring vintage quilts, tops, or blocks to class for analysis.
All levels. Materials List: Pencil (no pens) and paper for note taking.
Victorian Redwork Embroidery Workshop
a 9" block using a classic embroidery design from Phyllis' Victorian
Redwork Sampler Quilt book (see image on this site's book page).
Or, using a fabric miniature replica of the antique quilt, embroider
the lily border. Kits for both options will be available in class.
(Kit fee $10; red on white, white on red, blue on white thread options).
How to Tell Time Workshop
(Fabric oriented rather than whole quilts)
how do appraisers know the date a fabric or quilt was made? Is it
a reproduction or an original? Learn by hands-on experience with actual
fabric samples beginning with the 1770's. Differentiate among cotton,
linen, wool, and silk. Watch for changes in color, pattern, and style
that provide a fascinating look at the ever changing world of textiles.
You may bring old fabrics or blocks for analysis.
workshops are available,
please request information about them.