Houston Bound

25 02 2014

Wow, I am teaching at the Houston Quilt Festival in October this year. I am excited, amazed and a little overwhelmed but it is going to be fabulous and I hope that the classes fill, so tell your friends! For ease of reference I will share the schedule, as it currently stands in this blog post.

So here we go:
Monday 27 October 2-5pm Monoprint, Mask and Stamp.

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Monday 27 October 6-9pm Scattered Circles Table Runner

Scattered circles table runner sml

Tuesday 28th October All Day  Daffodil Art Quilt

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Wednesday 29th October All Day  My Textured Garden

Textured Garden sml

Thursday 30th October 2-4  Mixed Media Miscellany  Stunning Surfaces with Man Made Meltables.  This is a session where a number of us are in a room and participants get to rotate around to see the ones that interest them.

Now that I have written this, it seems so real.





We are taking our Retreat on the Road to FNQ.

4 11 2013

Unique Stitching

Retreat on the Road

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September 2014

In Townsville

Three days of surface design, mixed media, art quilt heaven.

This little retreat will be jam packed with fun, ideas and inspiration. Tutors have been handpicked for their sharing, inclusive and enjoyable approach, guaranteeing that you will not only learn heaps, you will have a ball doing it. Classes will be held in Townsville, QLD.

Each tutor will offer three one day classes, giving you a smorgasbord of six workshops to choose from. Class sizes will be small and intimate – numbers will be strictly limited – book early to secure your position. You can book for individual days or for the full three.

Ensure your place by paying the deposit, be first to see the tutors class list and get priority placement into the classes of your first choice. Deposit is fully refundable if your plans change, so there is no risk. This option is only available for the Far North Queensland Retreat as it is the first time we are running that event. Deposit registration will be available up until the time that the full class list is released at which time, those registered will be given first priority on class placements.

Tutors at the Retreat will be Jane Davila http://janedavila.com/ and Alysn Midgelow-Marsden http://alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.com.au/. Both tutors will provide fantastic classes and a great experience for participants

To secure your place go to www.uniquestitching.com.au and register your interest.  This tiny url will take you straight to the page: http://tinyurl.com/l9ztc92

Don’t miss out!





Three days of Workshops in Canberra September 2013 – Judy Coates Perez, Sue Dennis and Cecile Whatman

12 07 2013

Judy Coates Perez, Sue Dennis, Cecile Whatman

3 Days of classes

don’t miss out

Canberra September 20-22, 2013

This little retreat will be jam packed with fun, ideas and inspiration. Tutors have been hand picked for their sharing, inclusive and enjoyable approach, guaranteeing that you will not only learn heaps, you will have a ball doing it. Classes will be held in Belconnen in the ACT.
Judy Coates Perez will be coming from the US and Sue Dennis from Queensland. Both teachers have taught extensively and have numerous awards to their names. For more detail on all the tutors, see the Retreat Page at http://tinyurl.com/m6knmvk or on the menu at the left called Retreat Tutor and Class Descriptions.


Each tutor will offer three one day classes, giving you a smorgasboard of nine workshops to choose from. Class sizes will be small and intimate – numbers will be strictly limited – book early to secure your position. You can book for individual days or for the full three. A discount of 15% will be applied to all three day bookings. A 50% deposit can be paid to hold your places up until 30 August. After that date, full payment will be due prior to the classes. To pay the deposit only, use Deposit as the Discount Code at the point of Checkout. There is information on using a Discount Code online. Three day participants will get priority over classes as they fill.
To Book go to http://tinyurl.com/pnlhs2s.

I hope to see you there.




July News from Unique Stitching

3 07 2013

Hello!

well it is a cold, foggy, damp week in Canberra but there is a lot coming up that I want to share with you. We continue to have a range of new products every week, I usually forget to tell you about them and some never make it onto the website, so you can keep up with me on Facebook or see what is new at a Craft Show near you. The facebook page is www.facebook.com/uniquestitching


The first half of this year has gone by in a flash. We have done more shows this year than in many, many years and it has been great to see so many people all around Australia. Amidst constant negativity from our Government and the media about the perilous state of the world economy, it is lovely to see people face to face and talk to them about what they are doing, what they need and what they are buying. Retail is hard at the moment, but I continue to strive to provide fresh, interesting, entertaining workshops and classes to excite, engage and tempt you. So far this approach is working. So far this year, I have brought two International teachers to Australia – Judy Coates Perez and Jane Davila. This has been a heap of fun and I know those of you that have engaged with these two lovely ladies have had a ball. There is more on the cards and I am in negotiations with several amazing people for the remainder of this year and the beginning of next.


One set of new products I have created and launched at the Darling Harbour Show was the hand dyed wool felts. Oh my goodness, did these go OFF. I have now loaded these onto the website, but here is a sneak peak to tempt you. There are 30 colour ways in this range.

There are a number of reasons for Canberra people to be reaching for their calendars and for those of you interstate to plan a trip to your national capital (truely!). In chronological order:
Saturday 6 July 2013, 10.00 to 4.00 Unique Stitching Open Day / Garage Sale. Come by and browse. This is a rare occurrence when both the stock and I are at home. I don’t have everything, but I have most of it and I will have a heap of specials and demonstrations running all day.
August 3rd and September 20 to 22 2013. I have booked space in the Belconnen Art Centre to run some classes. On the September dates, I will have at least one International Guest teaching here. Keep an eye on this newsletter or Facebook for details as I confirm them.
May 2nd to 4th 2014. The Creative Fibre Festival. This is the old Textiles Show that was run in Brisbane and cancelled. It is back with a vengence and should be a fantastic, fabulous event. Again, I am currently negotiating with some awesome international teachers for this and AQC, but this will be an event not to be missed. It will also see me returning to doing a local Canberra Show, I still won’t be returning to the August Quilt and Craft Shows.
I hope that I see some of you on Saturday. If the event is a success, I will try to schedule two to four open days each calendar year.
On the issue of shows, I have a few coming up this quarter: Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair – July 25th to 29th at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Southbank. My Pop Up class schedule is now available to book on the website here: http://tinyurl.com/n9olmmn For more information on the show itself and others attending please go to: http://tinyurl.com/m4d5e3j
After that, I have the Newcastle Stitches and Craft Show August 15th to 18th and the Hamilton New Zealand Craft and Quilt Fair September 5th to 8th. We will finish the year with the Townsville Stitches and Craft Show (3-6 October); Brisbane Craft and Quilt Show (16-20 October) and a return to the Adelaid Craft and Quilt Show (7-10 November). I hope to see you at one of these shows, near you.
In 2014, the calendar is a mess and I want to just highlight a few bigger changes.
AQC in Melbourne will be early next year, pushed to the 10th to 13th April but a very late Easter; The new Textiles Show will be in Canberra from 2nd to 4th May; International Events such as G8s or G20s or something are messing with the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Show, resulting in it being VERY early from 26th to 29th of June. YES JUNE! And what about Darling Harbour then?? Well, as all Sydney siders will now, the Exhibition Centre will be a demolished building site by then and the show will be at the new Glebe Island event from 9th to 13th of July. YES, JULY!
Confused? me too, but together we will work through it. 2015 apparently returns to something closer to what we have had for the past 15 or so years.
That will probably do from me for now. If you have someone you would like me to bring out to Australia for an event or classes, let me know. I will see some of you on Saturday and most of the rest, I hope at the shows or my classes over the next six months.
Bye for now
Cecile
PS OOH, I nearly forgot! My first attempt to import on a ridiculous scale – pallets of Gelli Plates – has almost come to fruition. The Gelli Plates are clearing Customs right now. This includes a huge number of the new big 12 by 14 inch ones. I hope to have them for the weekend, but it might be early next week. HOORAY!




Darling Harbour Pop Up Classes

9 05 2013

Jane Davila will be attending the Darling Harbour Craft and Quilt Fair as my guest artist.  She will have a lovely little Guest Artist space at the front near the entry and will be running some classes.  I will also have Jocelyne Leath and me running classes.

The Darling Harbour Craft Fair Friend is not up yet, but I can share the most important bit – my pages!

Click on the link below to download the details of what we are all teaching and please join me.  It will be fun!  You can book now at http://tinyurl.com/cqtaf2y

Darling Harbour Pop Up Classes Unique Stitching

 





Dyeing with Compliments

21 11 2012

Through out 2012, I have been running workshops on creating a run of colour or a rainbow of colour, taking three colours and turning them into six or any larger multiple of three.  It has been fun and a lot of people have walked away with a much stronger understanding of both dyeing and colour theory.  One of the things I have always mentioned in these classes is that you can take any three colours and blend them to make more, but when ever you use colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel, you will get a brown or neutral colour.  This is never bad, just you need to know that is what is going to happen.  Today’s blog post is about that colour theory and how you can make really cool neutrals or browns simply by using the complementary colour.

So, I started with three colours: – Lemon, Turquoise and Magenta

From these, I created 12, blending the three to create secondary and tertiary colours.

From there, I matched the two colours on the opposite sides of the colour wheel and then blended them.  This resulted in six runs of some very interesting blends.  Here are some photos

Run A – Blending an Orange/Yellow with a Blue/Violet.  I did not start in the most logical of places, but have a look at a colour wheel and it will make more sense.

Run B – Orange to Blue.  This one has the straight Turquoise and the a secondary colour – orange.  I love the teal to brown this creates.

Run C – Red/Orange through to Blue Green – two tertiary colours blended.

Run D – Red to Green – again a primary and a secondary colour.  There are some reds here I could get very excited about.  It is amazing that they are made with green!

Run E – Violet Red to Yellow Green - two more tertiaries, but I like this run a lot.

Run F – Yellow to Violet – the final primary secondary run.  This is my favourite with all those glorious rust oranges.  Weird as I would not have though of yellow and orange being ‘MY’ colours.

If you want to have a play with this technique, it is part of my all day dyeing classes or you can attend the Dyeing with Complements workshops at the Quilt and Craft or Stitches and Craft Shows throughout 2013, starting with the new show in Palmerston North, New Zealand February 14 to 17 2013.

We also just got a new delivery of Colour Wheel Posters which are awesome.  If you want one, you will find them here: http://www.uniquestitching.com.au/p/4974716/studio-color-wheel-by-joen-wolfrom—poster.html

Cecile





Unique Fabric Art in Perth

22 04 2012

The Perth Quilt and Craft Fair is only about four weeks away.  Running from 23 to 27 May in the Perth Convention Centre.  We will be there with the usual array of dyes, paints, fibres, felts, fabrics, magazines, books, silks and more.  This year I will have my new fabrics – hand dyed cotton Sateens and the some of the gorgeous 50%cotton, 50% silk Radiance as well as lengths of silk georgette and cotton scrim.

As part of my stand, I will have the Unique Stitching Studio.  The studio will have five textile art classes running each day of the show:  2 dyeing – one with Procion dyes and one with Indigo dye; 2 mixed media – one using Angelina and Lutradur, the other using TAP, Angelina, Lutradur and Kunin felt (shown); and one doing mono-printing with the fabulous new Gelli Plates.

You can pre book the classes on my website now at www.uniquestitching.com.au or you can book on the day.

For the fuller descriptions go to the website or you can find them here: Perth Studio Classes

If you join me, we will have a lot of fun and probably learn a heap too.





Dyeing and Mixed media classes in Brisbane 19-23 October 11

20 09 2011

I am using a new format at the shows which allows me to run classes at the stand.  I did this for the first time in Melbourne and we had a ball.  Now it is Brisbane’s turn.  The Craft Fair Friend can be down loaded from www.craftfair.com.au if you like.  My classes are outlined on pages 32-33 or you can go to my website at www.uniquestitching to see the details and book.  The class fee includes all your materials plus the use of class tools and materials.  You just have to show up and have fun.

However, here are some photos of what I am doing each day:

10am daily   By the Sea Lutradur, TAP and Angelina Sampler

11.30 daily  Quick and Easy Dyeing

 

 

 

12.30 each day  Indigo Shibori on a large Silk Wrap

 

1.45 daily  Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards with Lutradur and Angelina

2.45 daily – Floral Fantasy TAP and Encaustic Wax sampler

If you can’t make it to the Brisbane Show but would like to play with these techniques with a group or your guild let me know because I have extended versions that I teach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Are you the new face of Unique Stitching?

5 09 2011

The next year is going to be one of expansion for us at Unique Stitching with a number of very exciting new aspects planned for our shows.  As such, I am looking for some additional people to assist our existing team at the shows around the country.   If you already work for me, I am not getting rid of you – you are all too important to me, but if you would like to expand or change your role, now is the time to tell me.

I am looking for people to work as sales assistants, demonstrators and teachers.  If you work in any of the art quilt, mixed media, surface design, felting, dyeing worlds, or want to, drop me a line with your details

To be one of our sales staff, you need to be friendly, outgoing and prepared to engage our customers.  I want someone who is happy to show and explain the how whats and whys.  You need to be able to stand for up to 7 or 8 hours and still be smiling at the end of it.

For demonstrators, you need to be prepared to show our customers in more detail how some of our products work.  I am particularly looking for people who can demonstrate colour products such as our pencils, fabric paints, Shiva sticks; or our fibres; or our mixed media materials such as Angelina, Lutradur and Tyvek.  However, I am happy for you to come to me with a proposal.

We will have a full time class schedule running all day at the shows.  I am keen to hear proposals of what one or two hour classes you think will work well at the shows, using our products.  If you are interested in alternating teaching and demonstrating that could work too.

You can indicate an interest in a specific show, but availability for more than one show would be an advantage.

Pay, conditions and terms can be discussed one on one but as a general rule, I pay above the industry standard.

Email me at cecile@uniquestitching.com.au if you would like to get more information or have a suggestion.

Cecile





“Unique” Classes being run in Melbourne

4 07 2011

Hi there

we will be running a number of classes at the upcoming Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair.  Come by and join in if you can.

the first will be run twice a day and is a great beginner dyeing class:

Quick and Easy Procion dye workshop – Run at 10.00 and 3.00 each day.

Cost is $10 for scarf and $15 for Romper.

Discover how easy dyeing with Procion dyes can be;  Learn all you need to know to dye a range of fabric or clothing items; Dye a silk scarf or a cotton baby romper to take home and share.   Silk Scarf is approximately 38 by 152 cms (15 by 60 inches).  Rompers available in New Born, 00 and 0 sizes until sold out.

                                                     

 

 

for the more experienced dyer or if you have always wondered how Indigo dye works, we will have an Indigo Silk Wrap Class.  Here are the details:

Indigo dyed Shibori Silk Wrap – Run at 12.30 each day

Cost is $35.00

Explore the ancient arts of both Shibori and Indigo dyeing;  Uncover the modern twist that makes Shibori accessible to the home dyer;  Create a stunning one off silk wrap which will be both warm and decorative.

The silk wrap is approximately 55 by 182 cms (22 by 72 inches).

For those who want to play with TAP, Lutradur and Angelina, there will be a mixed media class.

By the Sea – Lutradur and TAP  – Run at 10.45 each day.  Repeated at 4.30 Saturday only.

Cost is $35.00

Play with amazing new mixed media materials such as Lutradur, TAP and Angelina; Construct four panels to make a book, a decorative concertina or elements you can mount on canvas (shown); Be Astounded at how versatile, quick and effective these materials can be for a range of applications.

Finally, by popular demand, you can use velvet to make our very gorgeous positive/negative applique and put it on a hand dyed bag.

Geometric Appliqué Velvet Tote Bag – Run at 2.15 each day

Cost is $28.00

Use raw edge appliqué techniques with velvet and see how luscious yet easy this approach can be; Experiment with positive negative geometric designs to construct a funky contemporary design; Make a fantastic bag hand dyed and appliquéd bag to gift or keep for yourself.

Tote Bag is approximately 35 by 23 cms with a 7.5cm gusset (14 by 9 by 3 inches) and two outer pockets.
Hand dyed by Cecile.  Design only shown.  Bags are on their way!

Anyone participating in the workshops will get a discount on purchases at the stand.

Don’t have time to do a class, pop by and watch Neroli Henderson demonstrating Shiva and Lumiere paints and maybe more or collect your supplies of fabric dyes, paints, pencils; mixed media materials, Angelina, Lutradur, TAP; dyed fabrics such as cotton scrim, velvet cottons and silks; silk fibres; and of course great deals on magazines and books.

A similar program is planned for Brisbane but is still in the planning stage so could change.








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