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Yarn Deep: Surface vs. Woven Textile Design

Friday, August 8, 2014 from 12:30-1:00 PM

Join us at the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a Focus on Design Gallery Chat. Our textile educator, Geana Sieburger, will be leading the 30 minute talk taking place in the Koshland Gallery. These short gallery talks by design luminaries, trendsetters, and mavens spotlight the objects, people, and stories in Designing Home.

 

Location:            Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco

Admission:          Free with Museum admission; limited space available.

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Pattern Matching for Corsets & Other Garments with Autumn Adamme

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 7-9 PM



Eventbrite - Pattern Matching for Corsets & Other Garments with Autumn Adamme

Pattern matching is one of the quickest ways to step your sewing game up to the next level and is a true delight for people with a fondness for detail. Plaids, stripes, brocades and even lace can be taken from nice to tremendous with a little care and attention to detail. Autumn will show you how to plan your cutting layout to maximize your fabric's potential, as well as how to pin and stitch to ensure perfect matching. She will bring examples of finished work, as well as in-progress projects which will include plaid, stripes, lace, and brocade. There will be time set aside for question and answer and some hands on time with your projects.

About Autumn

Autumn Adamme founded Dark Garden Unique Corsetry in 1989. She has been instrumental in bringing corset wearing and making out of the past and into present day. She has a background and education in historical costume, fashion design, pattern making, and garment construction. Her education and experience have led her to focus Dark Garden towards corset making for foundation and fashion, as well as custom special occasion attire of many types. Her boutique and atelier have been located in Hayes Valley since 1997 where all her corsets and garments are produced by herself and several other highly skilled and talented crafts women. Their high attention to detail and focus on quality construction and materials have kept Dark Garden at the forefront of the modern Corsetry movement.

Hand Appliqué Workshop with Lisa Solomon

Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 1:30-3:30 PM

 

Eventbrite - Hand Appliqué Workshop with Lisa Solomon

 

Appliqué is a fun way to add a personal and decorative touch to so many items–think t-shirts, tote bags, quilts, etc. In this workshop we’ll go over some quick and easy ways to approach hand appliqué. We’ll discuss fabric types, using [or not using] fusible web, where to get design inspiration, how to transfer designs to fabric, and how to stop [or incorporate] frayed edges. Several embroidery stitches and techniques for tacking down your pieces will be demonstrated as well. Basic hand sewing knowledge required.

 

About Lisa

 

Lisa Solomon is a mixed media artist based in the Bay Area who moonlights as a graphic designer and professor. She often questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity and personal histories through the use of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts. A “happa” [1/2 Japanese, 1/2 Caucasian] she feels as though hybridization is consistently at play in her work. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and is the author of Knot Thread Stitch – exploring creativity through embroidery and mixed media [Quarry]. Lisa shares her home with her husband, a young daughter, a bevy of pets and many many spools of thread.

Exploring Sashiko Embroidery: A Creative Approach with Katrina Rodabaugh

Saturady, September 6, 2014 from 1:30 - 4:30

 

Eventbrite - Exploring Sashiko Embroidery: A Creative Approach with Katrina Rodabaugh

 

We’ll use the mini quilt as an opportunity to explore patchwork, hand stitching, and embroidery with Sashiko. We’ll discuss how these techniques can be used to personalize our work for subtle or dramatic results. The mini quilt allows us to experiment with various materials and techniques while remaining small enough to tackle in an afternoon—they are also very useful as coasters, potholders, and placemats. We’ll discuss ways to personalize your work through an improvisational approach that can be adapted to large-scale projects or other creative pursuits. We’ll also talk about the fine line between art, design, and craft and why this benefits textile enthusiasts like you. Basic sewing and stitching skills are required.

 

About Katrina

 

Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter living and working in Oakland, CA. Her artwork, designs, and writing have appeared in various exhibitions, installations, performances, and journals across the country. She’s received grants, residencies, and awards for her work and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she trained and taught in the Book Arts Studio. She maintains a weekly blog, Made by Katrina, and is currently on a yearlong fast fashion fast to deepen her commitment to sustainable fashion, Make Thrift Mend. Visit her website: www.katrinarodabaugh.com