Sunday, August 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Basics of Working with Silks
Silk may be one of the most beautiful materials, but it can also be one of the most challenging to work with! They say that “knowledge is power” and for the quilt-maker who wants to work with silk, knowledge is also the key that opens the door to freedom and creativity.
Over the years, through the trial and error of making dozens of silk quilts, Sue Fox and Julia McCleod have learned many systems and strategies—these are tips, tricks and techniques that will enable you to enjoy the process and to succeed in using silks. They always bring lots of samples and examples for you to study, and they will share simple exercises that will give you confidence to continue working on your own.
The day will start with an overview of tactics they use for incorporating silks in their own quilts, demonstrate some reliable construction techniques, and include time to discuss the best way to exploit your own personal stash of silks.
Working with your stash, you’ll construct “art parts” that can be incorporated into either small and larger projects. The goal is to send you home with a game plan for how you will develop your lovely art parts into a full blown quilt.
Demonstrations will include: The fiber ID burn test; How to deconstruct a necktie; and 3 Methods for stabilizing silk.
Beth-El Jewish Community Center
3055 Porter Gulch Rd at Soquel Dr