Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tools of the Trade Tuesday: Bead Storage

We know NOT to throw away metal Altoid containers. They can become the perfect little sewing kit, a tiny watercolor set or a way to carry beads and embellishments. This smart student brought her color-coordinated batches of beads, ready to lay out and then safely snap closed after a day of stitching. Designate one for each color, then toss in the last few buttons or beads. Soon you have your very own mixes of “bead soup,” an ingredient for creativity. 

Bring your beads to Lisa Binkley’s class, "The Hand-Made Stitch on Hand-Dyed Fabric," or embellish your quilts in Rosalie Dace’s classes, "Here and Now" or "African Motif in Design." You can also add your beads to the huge selection that Becky Hancock will bring for her weekend class, "Beadification of the Universe." After all, you can’t have too many beads. Click here to read the class descriptions: qsds.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

Instructor Spotlight: Cynthia Corbin

Would you like to come to QSDS but don’t feel the need to learn new techniques or try new styles? Are you ready to start on a series or set off in a new direction? Then Cynthia Corbin’s seven day Independent Study may be just right for you! Expect a productive week with plenty of work time, individual critiques and thought-provoking group discussions. Cynthia is your calm, collected go-to woman for helping you focus on what will make your work better. Check it all out here.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Instructor Spotlight: Lisa Binkley

Lisa Binkley loves beads and she loves hand embroidery. She creates everything from quilts to elaborate box-like assemblages, all embellished with beads. 

I’ll bet you’ve got beads in your stash. But do you know how to do anything other than sew them on, one at a time? How about using them to hold cabochons onto a quilt, or build into 3-D designs, or create an elaborate beaded edge?  Spend a wonderful weekend learning how to really use those beads in fabulously creative ways, and have fun with the rest of us at QSDS. Check out Lisa’s class, "The Handmade Stitch on Hand-Dyed Fabric" here. But don't delay- there are just four spots left!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Instructor Spotlight: Rosalie Dace

 Look at how nicely Rosalie Dace’s dress and necklace coordinate with her quilt! Who else has the perfect outfit to wear when getting photographed in front of a particular quilt?   

Rosalie lives in Durban, South Africa. Her globe-trotting will bring her to QSDS for two weeks this year. Spend five days with Rosalie in her “Here and Now!” class, getting a great dose of design basics. Or, if you only have a weekend, come for “African Motif In Design.” 

Here is a genuine quote from one of her students: “I would pay good money just to sit in the room and hear Rosalie tell stories.” I’ll bet you’re interested now, aren’t you?? Rosalie will also lead the Independent Study class during Sessions 3 and 4. So if you already have found your path but want a good mentor, critiques and class atmosphere, come spend a week with Rosalie. Find all of her classes here.