Quilting by the Lake. This is a two week quilt conference that is held in Syracuse, NY each July and this was my 11th year going. This year I took a 5 day class with Jane Dunnewold called Complex Cloth.
Basically it was an introduction to the world of surface design. The class wasn't anything like I expected. First of all, most of the people in the class already knew some information about dyeing and painting on fabric. There was only a hand full of us who were truly newbies. Then I didn't realize how much work went into surface design. I don't mean any disrespect, but I mistakenly thought it was easier to paint on fabric than to cut it up and sew it together. . . . NOT!
The picture shows some of the samples I worked on in class - most of them are experiments in using the different techniques. Remember all the fabric was originally just white cotton, silk and rayon pieces when we started. Jane was a joy to work with - she's very organized - keeps the class on task and always had time for a quick question and to help. I would definitely recommend this class to any new or intermediate dyer.
I'm sure I'll be trying some of the things I learned in class here at home and I'll blog about them as I go. Hopefully I can entice some of you to try something new too!
See more inspirational design walls at Judy Patchwork's!