Retreat Workshops

The Thread House Retreat 2018 Workshops

Please note you will be sent a form for choosing classes by the end of August. Each class is a 3 hour, half day session.

Tendrils Project Pouch – Jo Avery

Jo’s Tendrils Technique is a quick and simple way to machine applique without raw edges. We will be using this on two small prepared panels and then turning these into a useful and generous zippy pouch (perfect for storing your current craft project) . You will need to bring along your panels ready quilted, instructions will be given with your supplies list. You will love this neat applique technique for leaves and stems, which can also be used for hand applique (when you have a little more time!), and Jo will also be sharing plenty of tips for using zips and adding a gusset to your pouch.

Overall FMQ Patterns – Jo Avery

Jo will be sharing her love for overall FMQ patterns in this intermediate class. Are you stuck in a meandering rut? Would you like to try some fun, quirky designs but need a little hand holding? Well this is a class for you! We will be learning two different basic motifs and then using a few simple ideas to vary them and create a multitude of different FMQ patterns. You will never be stuck for a quilting idea again! We will be concentrating on the different ways to travel around your quilt top, filling awkward areas and general advice and tips for stress-free FMQ. Please note this is not a beginner FMQ class, you must have completed at least one quilt top using free-motion quilting and be bringing a machine (and feet) capable of achieving it.

Improv Flowers – Jo Avery

Enjoy a session of pure patchwork play in this improv based course. Jo will be showing you how to make patchwork flowers and leaves from fabric with a 'no ruler' technique. Plus we'll be looking at bias tape stems and different ways to applique leaves. This is a great scrap buster and your finished panel would make a lovely cushion or the start of a wall hanging or quilt!

Techniques and Tips Class – Karen Lewis

Are you afraid of Y seams? Do you want to learn how to make more than one Flying Geese or Half Square Triangle at a time? Karen will guide you through easy steps to introduce you to all these techniques, giving you lots of tips along the way. You will have time to try all the methods and use them to make blocks over the weekend and learn skills to take away with you.

Screen Printing: the embroidery hoop method – Karen Lewis

Learn to screen print onto fabric using the embroidery hoop method. Develop skills that you can take home and apply easily and cheaply to produce your own hand printed textiles.

Lino Printing – Karen Lewis

Learn all the skills needed to lino print onto fabric, including making design choices, creating and cutting your design and printing onto fabric. You will be able to experiment with repeat patterns and all over designs as well as different paint colours.

Japanese-style Cross-back Apron – Kerry Green

In this class, you will draw your own pattern based on simple measurements (chest, hip and distance from top of apron to waist) this apron will be designed especially for you. The pattern is based on two rectangles so have no fear; it’s easy! I will send you instructions so this can be completed before the retreat leaving you maximum time to sew and complete your apron! There are no fastenings or ties, instead fixed straps cross over at the back, there’s a generously sized front pocket plus the option to add a pen holder, key tab, glasses loop.

Foundation Paper Piecing: Kitchen Trio, Three Ability Levels – Kerry Green

Using retro-style kitchen patterns especially designed for the retreat, you can choose to match your foundation piecing ability level. The Treat Jar is beginner friendly, the Coffee Time Pot is for those who have a little experience and the Kettle is the hardest pattern but not too challenging. The aim of this class is to complete at least one pattern. I’ll share my foundation paper piecing method along with extra tips and tricks for this technique. The three patterns fit together with some sashing strips to make kitchen-themed table runner.

Small Piecing Secrets: Six – Kerry Green

This is a sewing geek detailed technique class to share a range of methods, tips, tools, tricks and anything that makes your piecing more accurate, efficient, and fast! You can choose which block you make and you should be able to make more than one in the time available. They all involve relatively small pieces, which will need accuracy to work well and produce a six-inch block. I’ll bring a range of my favourite tools, share methods for strip piecing, reducing seam bulk, partial seams, making multiple half-square triangles, quarter square triangles and lots of little tips that make a big difference when sewing small pieces!