Improv Hand Piecing with a Specific Theme in Mind

Instructor - Heidi Parkes

Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, January 28, 2018

10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

This class will teach students a variety of visible handwork techniques.  In the process, we will make quilt squares exploring a theme of the student's choosing. Students will receive individual guidance from Heidi on developing their theme and squares into a quilt. Heidi’s quilt in the 3rd Wisconsin Biennale relates directly to the class, and students will begin the day viewing that quilt in the “Keeping Warm” exhibition.
  Material List for Students
  • Perle cotton (size #8, and possibly also #10 and #12) or Crochet thread (size #10) in at least 3 colors.  (I like DMC, Aunt Lydias, Valdani, Anchor, Finka, etc.)
  • Milliners needles (I like the Dritz multi-pack)
  • A metal pushing thimble
  • A rubber gripper for pulling (something that fits on your index finger, or a rubber disk)(optional)
  • Embroidery hoops: 10”, 6”, and 3 or 4”
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper or thin tracing paper, and plain paper for sketching
  • Pen and pencil
  • Straight pins and a few safety pins
  • Fabric:  A mix of neutrals (more) and prints (less and smaller).  It’s nice to have some subtle variation in your neutrals, perhaps a few shades of tan for example.  A bag of scrap fabric could be very useful.

Artist Bio

A highly skilled fiber artist, Heidi Parkes is a 2005 graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Active on social media, Parkes has 5,000+ followers on Instagram, and has her finger on the pulse of the contemporary fiber art world. She’s exhibited in museums across the country.  She’s an instructor at The Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon, also at QuiltCon 2016 she won 1st place in handwork and 2nd place in improvisation. Learn more about her quilting, and listen to her podcast episodes at HeidiParkes.com