Events

NEWS FOR ARTISTS & STITCHERS

FEATURED CLASS

TANGLING ON TEXTILES WITH DERWENT INKTENSE PENCILS – Saturday, April 22nd from 10 to 4 pm Fee: $80 includes materials Instructor: Tess Imobersteg, Multi-Media artist and owner, Tangled String Creations. The students will experiment with pens and Inktense pencils on some practice pieces and then continue with a larger textile. Discussions will include textology, techniques of application, methods of activating and ‘fixing’ the color, and care of the textile. The workshop fee includes a white canvas utility case that could be used for art supplies, as a small purse, or makeup case. The student has the option of bringing in their own personal textile such as a good quality new white cotton t-shirt, onesie, or new white canvas shoes to draw on.

DESIGNER OF THE MONTH is NEEDLEWORK PRESS. This means that charts by the selected designer will be discounted 20% during the month of April, and we encourage our customers to bring in completed Needlework Press pieces for display.

CLASSES – STUMPWORK EMBROIDERY, MASKING FLUID DEMO, PAN PASTELS, INKTENSE PENCILS, ALCOHOL INKS, BASIC EMBROIDERY, PEBEO MIXED MEDIA, ZENTANGLE AND MORE

BEGINNING STUMPWORK EMBROIDERY CLASS 3 sessions on Tuesday, April 4th, 11th and 18st from 6 to 8 pm  Fee: $50 + materials (kit and basic embroidery supplies) – Instructor: Judy Caruso.    This beautiful purple and gold Stumpwork Pansy is stitched using DMC cotton floss and #12 Pearl cotton. Students will learn several different stumpwork methods for raising the pansy petals off the fabric. The back petals are stitched with long and short buttonhole stitch over chain stitch. The center petals are padded with wool felt and 2 layers of satin stitch. The front petal is stitched on muslin over a wire, cut out and attached to the fabric. Stitches learned include stem stitch, wrapped stem stitch, alternating satin stitch leaf, satin stitch, buttonhole stitch, long and short buttonhole stitch, French knot, and colonial knot. Students will need to bring sharp-pointed scissors, poor/dull scissors for cutting metal, a 3 to 7 inch hoop, and pin cushion (optional). Stumpwork is considered an advanced surface embroidery technique and may be a challenge for beginning stitchers.

(FREE) MASKING FLUID DEMONSTRATION – Friday, April 7th Stop in anytime between 2 and 5:30 pm for a brief hands on experience.  Instructor: Katie Butler   Masking fluid is used to temporarily cover a portion of your work while you add color. Once removed, you see the crisp white page underneath. This technique is effective with watercolors, acrylics, stamping, art journaling and mixed media. Come join us any time during the demo to see the potential uses and play with it yourself.

INTRODUCTION TO PAN PASTELS* – Saturday, April 8th from 10 to 12 noon Fee: $35 includes materials Instructor: Tess Imobersteg, Multi-Media artist and owner, Tangled String Creations   An introductory class where the student will learn and practice with the tools and medium. Discussions will feature what papers, fixatives, tools and techniques work best with PanPastels.

ZENTANGLE WITH PAN PASTELS* – Saturday, April 8th from 1 to 4 pm Fee: $45 includes materials Instructor: Tess Imobersteg, Multi-Media artist and owner, Tangled String Creations   Instruction will continue in the afternoon with a Zentangle® Inspired Art class. The student will work with PanPastels, colored pencils and pens to create a unique and beautifully colored circular ‘Zendala’.   *Take both morning and afternoon classes and pay only $75!

TANGLING ON TEXTILES WITH DERWENT INKTENSE PENCILS – Saturday, April 22nd from 10 to 4 pm Fee: $80 includes materials Instructor: Tess Imobersteg, Multi-Media artist and owner, Tangled String Creations. The students will experiment with pens and Inktense pencils on some practice pieces and then continue with a larger textile. Discussions will include textology, techniques of application, methods of activating and ‘fixing’ the color, and care of the textile. The workshop fee includes a white canvas utility case that could be used for art supplies, as a small purse, or makeup case. The student has the option of bringing in their own personal textile such as a good quality new white cotton t-shirt, onesie, or new white canvas shoes to draw on.

INTRODUCTION TO ALCOHOL INKS – Saturday, April 29th from 1 to 3 pm Fee: $35 Instructors: Katie Butler, CZT    Alcohol Inks are one of the newest mediums to hit the art community. They apply and blend in unique and fascinating ways. Their versatility and vibrant colors allow artists endless variety of techniques for expressing imagination and creativity. The techniques learned in this class are appropriate for individuals who have no art experience and are also valuable for seasoned artists in any medium. We will discuss how to choose inks, which to use for different projects and how to work on a variety of surfaces including Yupo paper. Students will gain hands on experience as they learn step-by-step techniques and create simple projects in class. We will discuss practical applications for art journaling backgrounds, Zentangle Art tiles, Copic marker painting, abstract dreamscaping and alcohol ink painting. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary to attend.

BASIC SURFACE EMBROIDERY CLASS – 3 sessions on Tuesday, May 2nd,  16th and 23rd  from 6 to 8 pm   Fee: $60 + basic embroidery supplies  Instructor: Judy Caruso   Learn and improve your surface embroidery stitching in this 3-session class. In Session 1, students will learn about starting and stopping threads and stitch straight/back/running, stem/outline, chain, French knot/colonial knot, and couching stitches. Session 2 will include instruction and practice of blanket, buttonhole, cast-on, detached buttonhole, satin, and long/short stitches. In Session 3, students will stitch bullions, 3 types of needle weaving stitches, and fly/feather/fishbone stitches. Students will use Pearl Cotton #8 to practice the stitches and can use their class-created stitch examples for guidance in future surface embroidery projects. Students should bring a 4- 6 inch hoop and embroidery scissors. Directions, fabric, thread and needles are included in the class kit.

PEBEO MIXED MEDIA POURED SURFACES – Saturday, May 6th from 1 to 3 pm   Fee: $35   Instructor: Katie Butler   In this class we will learn about how to use the the “Prisme” and “Moon” line of Fantasy PEBEO paints. When used correctly, these alkyd products will blend and move on the surface to create magical textures and abstract patterns. Students will create two finished projects, a 6″ x 6″ poured panel and a round tin. We will get to know these products from the ground up so anybody can come and enjoy this simple processes, even if you don’t have any art experience.

INTRODUCTION TO ZENTANGLE – Saturday, May 13th from 10 am to noon   Fee: $35 Instructor: Katie Butler, CZT   Zentangle art is a dynamic, easy to learn, patterning-art method that encourages relaxation. This popular new art method is enjoyed all over the world and across a wide range of interests, skills and age groups. The Zentangle method is taught one stroke at a time so most people can quickly understand the steps and begin successfully completing projects after just one class. No art or Zentangle experience is necessary to attend.  All students will receive a guide packet and their own Zentangle supplies kit so they can continue exploring the world of Zentangle art.

WHIMSICAL TANGLES ZENTANGLE CLASS – Saturday, May 13th from 1 to 3 pm  Fee: $25 Instructor: Katie Butler, CZT   This Zentangle class teaches dozens of techniques for creating fanciful, whimsical and imaginative patterns. In class we will discuss flourishes, flowers, dangles and several delicate and playful designs. Students will view multiple examples and explore how these types of designs can impact your Zentangle artwork or other projects. No experience is necessary to attend. Please bring a pencil, blender and a .01, .05 and .005 black Sakura Micron pen.

LA-D-DA DESIGNED STITCHED NAME TAG CLASS – Saturday, May 20th from 1 to 4 pm.  Instructor: Lori Markovic of La-D-Da.   Fee: $65 includes all except basic stitching supplies. Some prework required.  Participants in Lori’s class last year asked her to come back and design and teach a name tag class. Register early because we are limiting participation to ten students.

Call Lynn’s to get information on the class. Participants in Lori’s class last year asked her to come back and design and teach a name tag class for us.

MONTHLY EVENTS

STITCHERS’ CLUB– Wednesday, April 1st from 1 to 2:30 pm and from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Stitchers’ club meets the first Wednesday of each month. Please register in advance. Fee for each session is $5.

STITCH-IN– Saturday, April 15th from 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday, April 26th  from 10 am to 4 pm.   Come-and-go gathering for all on the third Saturday and the fourth Wednesday of every month. No fee or registration required.

PAINT-IN – All Thursdays in April and May from 10 am to 1 pm.   The Paint-in is an open work time for oil, acrylic or watercolor painting. This activity is held most every Thursday in Lynn’s classroom. We have installed a high efficiency exhaust fan in our classroom to provide a healthier environment for those using oil paints and others concerned about the fumes. No fee or registration required.

Pictures of some of the class projects and other work by our teachers are posted on our website Gallery page.  For more information about classes call the store at 608-274-1442.

Intense Pencils - Tess Imobersteg

PEBEO Mixed Media on a round tin

Pebeo Mixed Media tin