Quilt Festival Houston: Teaching Schedule

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I will be teaching at the Houston Quilt Festival this year. The class catalog went live this morning.  Click HERE to be taken to the Quilts, Inc website for class registration.

The classes I will be teaching at Houston Quilt Festival 2017 are:


Wednesday, November 1:

Dyeing is Easy! (All day)

This is an all day class where I’ll teach you the foundations of dyeing cotton and silk. The morning will be a lecture presentation, and the afternoon will be interactive demonstrations. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to dye fabric for your own designs, this will be a great way to start.

Thursday, November 2:
Making Molds for Resin Buttons and Charms, (2-5pm)

In this class, I will teach you how to make a simple mold to produce your very own resin buttons and charms. Learn about all the tools you’ll need, and how to adapt found objects to fit your embellishment needs. It’s a simple process that yields great results. You’ll leave with a functioning mold and resin samples.

Friday, November 3:
Friday Sampler—Embellished Art Ornaments, (10:00am-noon)

The Sampler is a great opportunity to learn techniques from several instructors at once. You can float from demonstration to demonstration at your leisure. I will be demonstrating how I make embellished art ornaments. They are great ways to test techniques, use up scraps or decorate for a holiday.

 Friday, November 3:
Lecture—”Wearable Art—My Journey So Far…” , (4-5pm)

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Someone is actually handing me a microphone…
In this lecture/presentation, I’ll talk about the ups and downs of designing and making my wearable art. I find the process to be the most intriguing part of the journey, and that part is often forgotten when observing someone’s work. Join me as I pull back the curtain on my triumphs, troubles and techniques.

I will be adding lots of pictures to my gallery with class demos and samples as it gets closer to festival. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

Houston Quilt Festival Teaching Schedule

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I have the honor of being selected as an instructor this year (2017) at the Houston International Quilt Festival. This is one of the largest gatherings of industry professionals and quilting fans in the world. I’ve had the privilege of teaching at the show for a few years now, and every year brings new excitement and learning opportunities.

The classes I will be teaching are:


Wednesday, November 1:

Dyeing is Easy! (All day)

This is an all day class where I’ll teach you the foundations of dyeing cotton and silk. The morning will be a lecture presentation, and the afternoon will be interactive demonstrations. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to dye fabric for your own designs, this will be a great way to start.

Thursday, November 2:
Making Molds for Resin Buttons and Charms, (2-5pm)

(Pictures coming soon)

In this class, I will teach you how to make a simple mold to produce your very own resin buttons and charms. Learn about all the tools you’ll need, and how to adapt found objects to fit your embellishment needs. It’s a simple process that yields great results. You’ll leave with a functioning mold and resin samples.

Friday, November 3:
Friday Sampler—Embellished Art Ornaments, (10:00am-noon)

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The Sampler is a great opportunity to learn techniques from several instructors at once. You can float from demonstration to demonstration at your leisure. I will be demonstrating how I make embellished art ornaments. They are great ways to test techniques, use up scraps or decorate for a holiday.

 Friday, November 3:
Lecture—”Wearable Art—My Journey So Far…” , (4-5pm)

20170110_204408

Someone is actually handing me a microphone…
In this lecture/presentation, I’ll talk about the ups and downs of designing and making my wearable art. I find the process to be the most intriguing part of the journey, and that part is often forgotten when observing someone’s work. Join me as I pull back the curtain on my triumphs, troubles and techniques.

I will be adding lots of pictures to my gallery with class demos and samples as it gets closer to festival. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.

New Class!

If anyone is going to be in the Houston area on May 14th, I will be teaching an introduction to working with stencils and screens class. Let me know if you have any questions!

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You can find out more by clicking on the “Fun and Simple Screen Printing” link under the site banner.

I’ll be adding more examples in the coming weeks.

Everything is awesome, sometimes…

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You know, sometimes, I’m not too keen on being a slave to my skills.

I’d love to one day, wake up with a project idea and just start piecemealing it together with reckless abandon, but I can’t.

I know that behind each project I attempt, there will be hours upon hours of prep work that will need to be refined and engineered in order to ultimately realize my concept as close to the edge of perfection as possible.

This shouldn’t be an issue, really, and I should consider myself privileged to have these skills that I can not only utilize, but also teach to others; but dammit, why must I do everything the correct way, all the time?

I’ve come to the conclusion that what I make and how I make it is not for its end use, but rather, for my selfish amusement.  Even if I’m making something for someone else, his or her reaction weighs little on my mind in the shadow of how I feel about the finished product. (Unless they’re criticizing for the sake of argument, and then I’ll cut a bitch.)

People telling me, “Oh, don’t worry about that little stitch that’s crooked” or “Ehh, no one’s going to see that anyway!” mean nothing to me. The pursuit of perfection drives me, and those off-hand comments, trying to assuage my perceived inadequacies, bounce off my head like a dodgeball making contact with a brick wall.

So, like downtrodden pyramid builders living in the shadow of a relentless, whip-cracking pharaoh, I toile away at perfecting these skills in the hope of keeping myself happy with my work.

I guess I have only myself to blame. I strive to learn as much as I can about design and technique. I rarely settle for half-baked ideas about my visions. I often have a looping dialog in my mind blaring out what seem like obvious solutions to insignificant road bumps:  Can’t find the buttons you want? Learn to make them! That fabric isn’t the correct color? Dye it yourself!! That embellishment isn’t the best option? LET’S SPEND HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS LEARNING A NEW SKILL THAT WILL ONLY COVER ONE SQUARE INCH OF THE FINISHED JACKET!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Seriously, I have this conversation with myself on a daily basis. It’s getting old and I wonder to what end all of this will arrive.

As far as what I’m making goes, I feel my work ebbs and flows at inconsistent intervals. One day I want bright, insane colors, the next day, I want nothing to do with vibrant hues and relish working in muted neutrals. My current mood falls sharply in the latter.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting some tutorials and lots of progress and example pics. I’ve decided that I need some constancy in my life and I’m going to be focusing on this blog a bit more in an effort to realign my sub-processors and try to figure out what direction I need to be pointed.

In the meantime, here is my class schedule for the Houston International Quilt Festival in October:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28: ALL DAY CLASS

332 FASCINATING FASCINATORS

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Learn the basics of creating a small hat that makes a big statement. Materials, design, and construction will be covered as well as using various trims and embellishments. All materials to complete the hat are provided.

CLASS PRICE – $65 + MAT FEE – $15 = $80

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30: 9:00 AM TO NOON

553 MASTERING BOUND BUTTONHOLES AND WELT POCKETS

B,PC,SM Gilbert Muniz

Give your garments and accessories a tailored look by learning a fool-proof method for making professional closures and pockets.

CLASS PRICE – $35 + MAT FEE – $7 + EQUIP FEE – $4 = $46

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THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30: 2:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

587 POLYMER CLAY BUTTONS AND CHARMS TO DAZZLE AND DELIGHT!

E,MM Gilbert Muniz

Make a unique embellishment with polymer clay that will make your wearable art or art quilt really stand out! It’s a great way to learn the basics of this versatile material.

CLASS PRICE – $35 + MAT FEE – $10 = $45

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for sticking around and riding the
maddening merry-go-round that is my creative process.

This is Inter-Vision, good afternoon.intervision

IS IT HERE YET??

HOLY CRAP! IT’S SEPTEMBER.

QUILT FEST WILL BE HERE ANY SECOND!!!

I know it’s been a while since I updated, but I’ve been working. I PROMISE.

I’m doing a photoshoot this weekend to get better pictures of my hat examples – WHICH I HAVE FINISHED!! WOOHOO!!

(…and by “photoshoot” I mean it will be me, some foam core and a Pier 1 head)

I’m now going to be working on the instructions for my classes.

IN THE MEANTIME…

New York fashion week has started and well, this look from Honor just about sums it up.

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YAWN!!

Do you have anything to add Wednesday?

WednesdayLooks like yet another snooze fest in New York this season.
I’ll do my usual good/bad post after we all take a nap and AFTER I post better pics of the hats.

G

New classes this Fall

WOOHOO! I got my approved proposals to teach at the 2013 International Quilt Festival!

This year I’ll be teaching:

Wednesday, October 30th: Shiny Hand-Embroidered Embellishments. In this class, you’ll be learning a few techniques to add sparkle to your clothing or quilting projects.

Thursday, October 31st: Dimensional Sequin Flowers, (Mixed-Media Miscellany). This is an open room even where you go from table to table learning a quick embellishment technique. These dimensional flowers are super easy and add a drop of sparkle to any project.

Friday, November 1st: Fascinating Fascinator Hats. In this class you’ll be learning how to make a small fascinator hat that can be embellished in a number of ways. You’ll build a hat from the foundation up. These can translate from simple day hats to ornate wedding veils.

I’ll be posting tons of pictures of finished projects the closer the classes get.

G

Button, Button: Part Deux

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, on with the show!

These are the fabrics I selected for the buttons. The foundation fabric didn’t really matter to me because they were going to get covered in beading, so I just chose some scraps that I had left over from the main project. These are all hand-dyed cotton.

Using the 2 inch circle template, I traced out a circle on the fabric. I used a white Prisma pencil so I could see the circle clearly.

Once the fabric was cut out, I hand gathered the outer edge, much like making a Yo-Yo; only, you don’t turn under the raw edge.

All basted.

Place the Pelltex disks in the center of the basted circle.

Gather up the thread to form a tight center and back stitch the thread so it doesn’t come out. As you are securing the thread, make sure there are no major pleats on the edge of the button.

All covered!

Traditional bead embroidery is done directly to the interfacing without covering it first. I know you can dye it, but I like the idea of fabric as a backing. You’re getting a double whammy today because I do my bead embroidery on a sheer foundation fabric then place it on what I’m covering.

Here is my set-up.

I paint my own silk and the drips that end up on the counter get mopped up with scraps of silk organza. This is one of those pieces.

Here is the silk organza stretched out on my beading frame. I use this frame a lot. I got it at the Quilt Festival here in Houston. It was originally designed for needlepoint, but with the clamp attachments and a set of stretcher frames, it can easily be converted into a bead embroidery frame. If you don’t have a fancy-schmancy frame like this, you can get the same results  with an embroidery hoop. I use the giant quilting thumb tacks to secure the fabric to the frame. You’ll see a seam in the organza because the piece I had wasn’t big enough.

I busted out the trusty template again and drew a circle on the organza. I used the one inch circle because I didn’t want to run the risk of beading bigger than the covered disk. You can always add, but taking off beading is kind of terrible.

You can faintly make out the circle in Prisma pencil. I always draw the circle after the organza has been stretched.

Here are the beads I’m going to be using. I wanted to do little rows of neat color, but that got old really quickly, so I made my own little color combos, as you’ll see in the next post!

Lata,

G