New classes at Portslade Academy

Understanding Your Sewing Machine CL044 – Foredown Tower (change of location)

DATE: Starts 29/04/17                          DURATION: 1 day

TIME: Mons 11.00am – 4.00pm         TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

  • Learn how to find your way around your sewing machine and gain confidence using the various stitches, as well as how to clean and maintain it
  • Students will gain a good overview of how their machine works, how to set it up and change settings
  • You will have opportunities to make samples using different techniques and stitches
  • Suitable for beginners. Useful for improvers who want to get the best out of their sewing machines

Course details

  • Understand your own machine
  • Gain confidence in machine sewing
  • Make a variety of stitch samples
  • Troubleshoot problems
  • How to care for your machine
  • Experiment with different threads

Course content

  • Your own machine’s basics
  • Health and safety issues
  • Maintenance & cleaning
  • Threading basics
  • Tension & what affects it
  • Needles – sizes, uses, positioning, problems
  • Threads – types, uses, effects
  • Straight stitches
  • Zigzag stitches
  • Setting up decorative stitches & buttonholes
  • Presser feet & their uses
  • Dropping feed dogs for free machine embroidery

For more information, booking and prices see https://www.portslade.org/Course/understand_your_sewing_machine_cl044/

 


Patchwork and Quilting – How To Design Your Own Quilt – CL025C     Boundary Road Centre

DATE: Starts 24/04/17                              DURATION: 10 weeks

TIME: Mons 10.00am – 12.00pm *        TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

COURSE DESCRIPTION:    * subject to student availability might be an evening class or on a different day

The course will cover the basics of

  • Choosing – shapes, fabrics, colours and waddings. Marking – and cutting skills
  • Designing – geometric patchwork, repeat block designs and appliquéing
  • Creating – overall designs, repeating blocks or a combination of designs
  • Sampling – stitching and fabrics for your chosen designs
  • Quilting – considerations for hand and machine stitching options
  • Finishing – edges, binding, labelling and hanging methods

Design your own small quilt, experiment with different shapes, layout and colours

You will be guided through the process by a designer/maker with 40+ years experience

You may need to do a couple of hours of sewing at home each week.

See the college website for the Course Description and full programme.

Leads on to: Several other beginner and special subject courses are available next year


Patchwork – Focus On: Cathedral Window Techniques – CL024C Boundary Road Centre

DATE: Starts 27/04/17                       DURATION: 10 weeks

TIME: Thurs 19.00pm – 21.00pm   TUTOR: Louise Mabbs

Twists & Tucks Sampler copy.jpgImages: Twists & Tucks Sampler © Louise Mabbs 2008
Regular Cathedral Window (column 2, row 4)                  Cathedral Spire (column 4, row 4)
Chinese Coin – a look alike method (column 3, row 2)      Japanese Folded patchwork (columns 2 & 4, row 2)
The other blocks are Log cabins, folded techniques and various points – Spansh, Prarie etc

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

The course will cover the basics of

  • Choosing – relevant fabrics, colour schemes and patterns
  • Using – templates and marking methods, rotary cutting and scissor techniques
  • Sewing – hand and machine piecing and relevant quilting techniques
  • Joining – blocks and advice on sashings, borders, bindings
  • Finishing – quilt edges, labelling and hanging methods

Learn at least 10 different techniques, which can be made up into a small quilt if you choose to

You may need to do a couple of hours of sewing at home each week

See the college website for the Course Description and full programme https://www.portslade.org/courses-for-personal-interest/

Leads on to:

Several other beginner and special subject courses are available next year

 

 

Forthcoming Shows

I will be exhibiting and teaching at the following shows

30 April – 12 June 2016 Press & Release – Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book

An exhibition of boundary-breaking bookworks within a stunning, specially designed space. The exhibition features the work of notable contemporary artists from across the world who approach the book as an art form. Details at  http://www.phoenixbrighton.org/events/press-release-2016/

Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Preview: Friday 29 April, 6 – 8 pmPress & Release

My work will be in the SOUTH GALLERY EXHIBITION

‘Stories About Stories’

Artists from locally-based groups Fabula, Sussex Book Art Collective and Phoenix Brighton present new work that embodies the rich and diverse world of the artist’s book and the associated fields of illustration, narrative and animation.

Exhibitors include: Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ruby Hermon, Dagmara Rudkin, Mags Swift, Somin Ahn , Pip Carter, Richard Clarke, Louise Dennis, Ottilie Hainsworth, Ruby Hermon, Jay Eunji Lee, Louise Mabbs, Vanessa Marr, Katherine Perret, Warren Pleece, Dagmara Rudkin, Emmi Smid, Mags Swift, Mariya Ustymenko & Che Kevliln, Russell Webb, Louise Wishhart and Jo Wonder

11- 14 August 2016 – Festival Of Quilts – NEC, Birmingham 

  • Demonstration stall – in teachers area between the two halls
    • Kits & Instructions
    • Cards and other images
    • Display of current work and kit related items
  • Teaching 4 classes
    • Fri 12th – Quick & Easy – 13.00 -14.00 Fabric Origami – Pinwheels from Triangles
      A new development from Louise’s lacy square based folded fabric Pinwheel and Windmill units this was originally from her book The Quilter’s Guide To Twists & Tucks (UK)/Origami Quilts in USA) (2006 OP). Come and see what happens when you start with a triangle instead. Starting with a semi sewn unit, we will make at least one type of unit up plus discuss several other ways of folding triangular pinwheels and how to join them into interesting structures. A particularly interesting effect happens when you use striped fabrics The kit will include instructions & enough fabric pieces to make 3 units approximately 4” diameter around a ‘hole’, making a piece of varied size depending on the layout and particular fold
    • Sat 13th – Academy Twilight – 17.00- 20.00 Not Trapped: Trapped Celtic Knots
    • We will take a Celtic Knot design and trap it between two different layers of transparent material, then use decorative stitches to hold it in place. A modern take on Shadow Quilting. My photo image is based on the Lindisfarne Gospel’s St Matthew’s knot The kit priced £5, to be collected on the day by the tutor, includes Knot designs, instructions and pre-bonded fabric, (enough for a 25cm finished sample) plus lots of ideas for other developments. Suitable for any level. You will be using Janome sewing machines. To see more of Louise’s work visit: http://www.louisemabbs.co.uk
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 11.45-12.45 When Fibonacci Meets Vasarely
    • What happens when the Fibonacci Sequence proportions meet Vasarely like ‘bulge’ grids? Well beautiful distorted optical effects for a start, which you can work into later with free machine embroidery or use as a sample to plan a larger quilt The kit will include prebonded fabrics plus grids and instructions for you to play with later on.
    • Sun 14th – Quick & Easy – 15.30 – 16.30 Fabric Origami: Windmills from Triangles
    • As Pinwheel class but making Windmill shapes instead

10 – 12 November 2016 – West Country Quilt Show – UWE (University of The West of England) Bristol

  • Artist gallery
  • Classes twice a day subjects to be confirmed

New classes & upcoming shows

After a hiatus of a year due to loads of family crisis’ (see faithfullfibres.wordpress.com *(*I will add links when I can) my home class didn’t run during 2014.

I did however have a brilliant time as a guest artist at the West Country Quilt * show , which I’ll write about with photos when I can.

I’m due at the ICHF Stitching Sewing & Hobbycrafts *  show

at Event City in Manchester 6-8 February

and Excel in London 27 – 29 March

and The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham In August

Back home in Brighton & Hove I am now teaching a beginners quilting class at PACA – Portslade Academy Adult Education’s Foredown Tower centre which also hosts a Camera Obscura, on Tuesdays 10 – 12, for two terms, there is currently one place available on the course.

We hope to re-establish the accredited course in September and run a full year beginners course too. There are also ‘Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine’ courses in February and June. Please google the college for info & I’ll add a link when I can get it to work!

I hope to establish more specialist home classes later in the year but my new studio isn’t likely to be properly sorted out for a month or so!

Please sign up for updates & alerts for when I do get them going