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Fall University Day

Fall University Day - "Stories in the Stitches"

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall University Day is returning on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  The "Stories in the Stitches" is the focus of the full-day event and includes a keynote address plus a panel of artists telling their stories and sharing their art.  Learn about the influence of culture and folklore on fiber art.  And select an afternoon workshop to try your hand at traditional fiber art, contemporary interpretations, or ancient stitching techniques.  The day promises to be fun and exciting! Register now to get your choice of classes. Registration closes October 1.

“Essays from the American Midwest: The Quiltmaker’s Story” by Jennifer Wilder

Jennifer will present stories from her inaugural book series of essays from the American Midwest.  In The Quiltmaker’s Story, Midwestern textile artists inspire with their personal stories through the visual paradigm of their quilt making.

“Stitcher’s Stories”

A panel of “story spinners” will share their stories and show their art.  You will hear how four artists were inspired, motivated and driven to pursue their special talents.  You will be amazed by the talents of these fiber artists.

Abstraction Distraction - Pat Bishop, Art Quilter

Clothing Connection - Mary Sue Fenner, Garment Designer

Hooker By Choice - Joyce Krueger, Rug Hooker

Fusion - Sue Wojciechowski, Fiber Appliqué and Embroidery Designer

One More Story from Barbara Gross

"Tales from the Rez:  The Influence of Culture and Folklore"


Three-hour workshops for 2017 with course descriptions:

#901 - Creating an Abstract Landscape with Pat Bishop (Kit $10)

Meet Pat Bishop in her inaugural visit to WMQFA.  Compose a simple landscape, distant view of an ocean, field, sunset, etc. with a horizon line.  Strips of fabric with varied textures, tones and values, batting, other textures will be provided in the kit for a cost of $10.   No stitching required; the project requires fusing of the elements.
Skill level:  All/any level
Supplies:   Fabric scissors; paper and pencil for notes.
Artist Story:  Coming to us from Shawano WI, Pat is a full time CFO and part-time fiber artist who appreciates nature and tends toward abstraction and simplicity in her work.  Pat’s work has received awards in fine art venues as well as international quilt venues.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

#902 Introduction to Tatting - Ann Danko (Kit $12)

Skill level:  Class is intended for the beginner, but Ann is able to work with all levels.  If you need a refresher or some guidance, please don’t hesitate!
Supplies:   Scissors for snipping threads; task light (optional)
Artist Story:  Ann learned to Tat in 1993, while working at Old World Wisconsin, and has taught tatting workshops to all skill levels ever since.  With a degree in History, Ann’s curiosity about tatting has grown to include interests in many fiber arts.  A resident of Burlington WI, Ann is celebrating her 25th season as a part-time Historic Interpreter at Old World Wisconsin.  

#903 Exploring Hardanger - Carol Fisher (Kit $5)

Another ancient art, Hardanger, is the specialty of this West Bend stitching artist.  Carol will teach the basic stitches used in Hardanger as well as the Norwegian traditions of the needlework.  The kit ($5) includes 22 count fabric, pearl cotton, needle and instructions to complete a fabric bookmark with Hardanger.
Skill level:   No experience required.
Supplies:    Small, pointed embroidery scissors; task light (optional)
Artist Story:  Carol’s mother believed that a person shouldn’t just sit and do nothing.  She passed on her love of needlework to her daughters at a young age.  Carol is skilled in several types of needlework, many of which she taught herself.  Carol is widely traveled, visiting 17 countries, where she has collected examples of Hardanger and other needle art.  She continues to study, learn and practice her needlework.

#904 Beaded Broach by Barbara Gross (Kit $15)

Drawing on her Native American roots, Barbara has taught the time-honored traditions of decorative beading on fabric for many years.  You will learn beading techniques to embellish a decorative button on fabric, creating your one-of-a-kind brooch.  Included in the $15 kit is the  button/bead base, variety of beads, needle, beading thread and pin backing.
Skill level:   No experience required.
Supplies:    Small scissors; task light (optional)
Artist Story:  Barbara enjoys many fiber arts, including crochet, quilting and beading.  She also enjoys sharing the rich stories of her tribe, the Ojibwe, with others in her lectures for continuing education at UW-Milwaukee's OSHER.  

#905 Crazy Quilt Embroidery with Linda Sweek (Kit $15)

If you love stitching you must try crazy quilt embroidery!  Join Linda for a stitching afternoon.  Linda will share a bit of crazy quilt history and teach a technique or two for piecing.  The majority of the afternoon will be spent learning and practicing admired embroidery stitches for crazy quilts on a pre-pieced 12-inch square, which can be used to create a pillow top.  The $15 kit includes the pieced fabric base, embroidery floss, needles, beads and buttons, instruction sheet, one pattern.

Skill level:   No experience required, but helpful
Supplies:    Small scissors and a 6” - 8” embroidery hoop; task light (optional)
Artist Story:  After a 25-year career in marketing, public relations and communications, Linda Sweek has had the good fortune of pursuing her passion of textile and mixed media art - starting her own business, Linda Sweek Designs.  Linda teaches workshops and is the co-founder and host of Sew & Sew Retreats.  She has been privileged to exhibit her work in several juried art shows and her work is sold in numerous galleries and gift shops, she also does commissioned pieces.  Linda studied textile and folk art in the US, Mexico and Europe as well as exploring art at 23 museums throughout the world.    


#906 Beaded & Embroidered Wool Covered Tape Measure - Susan Wojciechowski ($18)

Sue has developed a pattern to create a personalized wool-covered tape measure.  Learn (or practice) embroidery stitches and beading to embellish and complete your tape measure.  All materials required to make and embellish the tape measure are in the kit ($18), including pattern, tape measure, wool, threads, beads, needle.
Skill level:   Basic sewing skills; familiarity with use of needle and thread.
Supplies:    Embroidery scissors; task light (optional)
Artist Story:  As a quilter with a knack for applique and embroidery, Sue developed an intense appreciation for working with wool.  Inspiration led to innovative fusion and Sue designed her first pattern for wool applique and embroidery.  Ewe-niversity, Inc was born (www.ewe-niversity.com) and can be found on Etsy.  Today Sue designs patterns and teaches, sharing anything and everything she has learned and experienced with wool.

#907 The Story Behind Great Laces: Beginning Stitches in Bobbin Lace - Lynn Fumuso & Nancy Wellington (Kit $10)


  In coordination with the WMQFA exhibition of pieces from the Lois Markus Collection of Laces, this 3-hour class will teach the three basic stitches used in bobbin lace, one of several methods used to make the extraordinary pieces currently on display in the WMQFA Barn Gallery.  Lace making is a living, changing art that lends itself to creative expression.  This beginner class will give students the experience of making stitches into a rectangular sampler suitable as a bracelet, bookmark or trophy ‘first piece’.  The knowledge gained will help one identify those basic stitches in lace as seen in the exhibit.  The $10 kit includes a bobbin pillow, bobbins and thread.
Skill level:   No experience required.
Supplies:    Straight pins, small scissors; task light (optional)
Artists Story:  Lynn Fumuso and Nancy Wellington have both been making bobbin lace for nearly 30 years, doing several demonstrations per year.  Lynn and Nancy are traveling from Minnesota to share their passion and expertise.  These members of the Minnesota Lace Society, along with Lois Markus, the generous donor of the Lois Markus Lace Collection, are dedicated to educating and teaching this ancient fiber art with individuals of all ages.

$90 for the day includes:

Keynote speaker and copy of “The Quilt Maker’s Story,” Stitcher’s Stories panel, afternoon speaker, workshop, lunch, snacks and beverages.  All attendees receive 2 guest passes to the museum ($16 value) & admission to the museum’s gallery exhibits In Death and Lace - Works of Adornment ($8 value)!

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Three Ways to Register, which Closes October 1.

  1. By mail (check only, made out to WMQFA). Request registration form by email to universitydays@wiquiltmuseum.com. Fill out the form and mail:


     P.O. Box 562

     Cedarburg, WI  53012

  1. Drop off registration form at the museum during business hours:

     Wednesday thru Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4

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Questions?  Email:  UniversityDays@wiquiltmuseum.com
Cancellation Policy and Refunds The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts (WMQFA) reserves the right to cancel any program up to 10 days prior to the event. When WMQFA cancels the workshop, lecture or event, students will receive a full refund. When WMQFA cancels a program due to extreme weather, every student will be personally notified and refunded. While WMQFA is understanding, “no-shows” will not be refunded. In the event that you are unable to attend a program that you registered for, please request a refund 30 days prior to the program, or you may apply your costs towards another workshop or program, within those 30 days, instead of being refunded.

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