Quilting the Garden Workshop and Giveaway

The Giveaway is now concluded. Any comments left after 12:13 pm today, July 19, will not be part of the drawing, but comments are still welcome!  The winner is Phyllis Carlyle, comment #36 (picked by an online random number generator)!  Congrats and THANK YOU to all!

Hey I need some advice!  I’m putting together a new workshop and/or class called Quilting the Garden (part of my Quilting the Good Life series). I need your help picking which colors and flower images to use for the class.  In thanks for your help, I’m offering a free copy of my Quilting Arts video workshop, Art Quilt Design from Photo to Threadwork (read all about it here), for someone who answers some of my questions here on my blog (not Facebook).   I’ll choose a winner in a week’s time, on July 19th.  (See last paragraph for The Fine Print.)  Read on!

My questions for you, dear readers are these:

  • What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
  • Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
  • Which individual images would you most want to do in a class?  Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on). 
  • Would you want a complicated image as one of the options, such as Multi 1 below?
Purple, Multi and Green images

Purple, Multi and Green images:  four purple or purple and white Iris, a zinnia and hosta leaves.  Right Click on image to see it larger.

Some background information

Most students can either put together a top in a day class OR do some quilting in a day class, but not both.  And most guilds and shows won’t book multi-day workshops because students tend not to sign up for them.   I would dearly LOVE to teach 3-5 day workshops, but in the meantime I’m working on a one-day exercise which can be a standalone class also.

My solution to the “can’t do it all in a day” issue is this:  I will provide a kit for a modest fee including a photograph printed on cloth (from Spoonflower, my photos, about 8×10 or 12×10 printed size, or a tad larger) plus an 8 1/2 x 11 color photo, page protector, and possibly several color photos–one of each of the three options offered in the class.  The photos will come from the ones on this blogpost (or perhaps a different red, keep reading).  And what size is good?  is 8 x 10 too small, perhaps 10 x 12 or a bit bigger?  Or as large as 17 x 21 (which of course costs more to print)?

Dogwood, Water Lily, apricot Lily, closer view of apricot colored Lily

Pink Kousa Dogwood, Water Lily, apricot Lily, closer view of apricot colored Lily.  Right Click on image to see it larger.

For the class I want a relatively uncomplicated image that will allow students to learn to use thread colors to shade and paint and color their artwork.  By working on top of a photo, the imagery is provided.  They can then use my collage process, taught in my DVD (info here), to create their own imagery in cloth rather than using a photograph.  But they will, having taken this class, have learned the skill to interpret the photo into color and thread.  A multi-color flower may be best, but not many fit that bill.  The simplicity of a lily is perfect–only six petals!  Too many petals make it more complicated.  Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?

Reds, alas I don't know the names of these glorious flowers (sending email to the Botanical Gardens horticulturalist).  Should I find a different truly RED flower?

Reds, alas I don’t know the names of these glorious flowers (sending email to the Botanical Gardens horticulturalist). Should I find a different truly RED flower, as these are burgundy and ladies who love red want REALLY red?  Right Click on image to see it larger.

In the red collage, photos 3 and 4 are intriguing, but probably not the best for this exercise, but I couldn’t resist including them.

Are whites too hard for thread selection?  Right click on collage to view larger.

Are whites too hard for thread selection? Right click on collage to view larger.

I’m also thinking that white flowers are not the best choice, but would like feedback.

Lots of yellows that I love.  The solution to the white question might be to choose the cream lily above.  The yellow rose will be one of my sample flowers--I'm working on another project for an article that involves this sample, so students may want to try this one.  Right click on the collage for a larger view.

Lots of yellows that I love. The solution to the white question might be to choose the cream lily above. The yellow rose will be one of my sample flowers–I’m working on another project for an article that involves this sample, so students may want to try this one. The coneflower photo may be too complicated for a classroom, especially the cone.  Right click on the collage for a larger view.

And:

A selection of  popular flowers, but the owner of the local gallery that has sold my work tells me orange doesn't sell, people don't like orange.  What do you think?  I think the lily would be a fabulous one for the exercise, but....

A selection of popular flowers, but the owner of the local gallery that has sold my work tells me orange doesn’t sell, people don’t like orange. What do you think? I think the lily would be a fabulous one for the purposes of the exercise, but….Right click on collage to view larger.

And there is the question of thread:

I use and teach using 40-wt poly thread, which shows up beautifully.  But some people prefer cotton, only cotton.  If students do not pre-order the photo, they won’t know what color they will get in class.  That means they would need to bring a LOT of thread:  for the orange lily above, for example, if at home I would use at least 3-4 shades of orange (pale to rust), yellow, yellow-green, and the background greens.  Is it better to kit the thread with the photo? Or allow students to bring their own, but perhaps be frustrated because they don’t have the right colors?   Me taking a thousand spools of various colors without requiring a purchase is, alas, not an option because I can’t afford to have so much money tied up in inventory.  So, what would you prefer from a class/teacher?

So tell me what you think:

  • What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
  • Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
  • What is a comfortable size for you?  Is 8×10 too small? 
  • Which individual images would you most want to do in a class?  Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on). 
  • Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?
  • Should I include a thread as part of the kit?  Each one would probably need at least four shades of thread at $6-8 per spool of Superior 40-wt polyester plus a pre-wound bobbin of  blending fine thread, so that would be an additional $25-33 on top of a kit fee for the fabric and color photocopies of about $10-12.

If this class is a go, I will offer at most three flower options.  IF students register for the class 2 months in advance, they may write to me directly with their choice of flower and I will make sure they get their first choice for the workshop.  It takes that much time for me to order the fabric, have it printed, and shipped back to me and be ready in time for the class.  The remaining students would have to pick a color from what is available at the class.  That means they’d need to bring thread for multiple colors (at least four shades of each colors) if thread is not part of the kit.

THANKS!

The Fine  Print: 

  • Remember to comment by 8 a.m. Saturday, July 19th (US East Coast Time) for a chance at winning my DVD in thanks for your taking the time to read, think, and comment here on my blog!
  • If you are outside of the US, you may comment but I’d appreciate a little help with the postage–I’ll pay up to $5 in postage.
  • Comments must be here on my blog, not a feed reader or facebook!
  • Comments like “gee I’d love to win the DVD” won’t work–I’m really looking for feedback on the images and questions I asked.

 

60 Responses to “Quilting the Garden Workshop and Giveaway”

  1. Leslie Lacktman Says:

    Pink 2 LOVE the waterlily
    Green 1 hostas are rhythmic
    Orange 3
    8×10 image is fine
    Thread issue is a tossup. If the exact shades are so important, then do a kit and charge but it is getting expensive. Can we use the variation in our own thread colors as a design element in our work?
    You are preparing a complex and exciting project combining our love of color and nature and quilting. We’ve filled classes here in FL with large red/orange flowers so there is a demand for bold.
    I took your Hawaiian Applique class in CA and you are a good communicator with these techniques so this workshop will be a hit. Plus we have a lot of people interested in using their own photographs in quilts. Can you think about a workshop for us?

  2. Robin Parton Says:

    I love your choices. I am drawn to purple 2 first, pink 4 and then yellow 4. I would be drawn to complicated, but most people would get frustrated trying to do it in one day. I don’t think I would include the hosta leaves for a first project. I personally would like the threads available even with the estra cost so the right shades and weights are available to use. I have taken workshops where I did not have the right treads and have been very frustrated. Good luck with your new class offerings.

  3. Claudia Says:

    It’s Friday afternoon and I don’t wanna do what I need to do, so I’ll play.
    Photo prefs: Purple 2, Pink 1 or 2, Red 4, White–colors are bluish on my screen, I’ll pass, Yellow 5 or 3, Orange 4.
    Color(s) most quilters would choose: I’m voting purple, although it is not my favorite. I do like the photos of the water lilies because they have good color contrast with the background (maybe crop them a little tighter?). Same for the yellow cone flower. Orange is not my favorite color, but I am learning to work with it. To me, orange SHOUTS! Others, can’t get enough. To each his own.
    Hosta leaves: the current issue of Quilting Arts has hostas on the front cover.

    I took a two day (lunch included) workshop with Tony Whitney last summer and it was $80 plus $25-30 fee for class kit. Optional fabric kit was $25 I think. In the kit (not fabric), we got a color 17 x 21 photo, a black and white (value) photo same size, pattern, paint brushes and cups, and paint we needed (small amount), and several sheets of directions (and a piece of chocolate). Fabric was 2″-6″ (20) strips of batiks (I provided my own). We got a color picture ahead of time that we would use to choose colors of fabric and thread (brand your choice), as well as a supply list.
    We could bring a picture to use, but everyone opted for the teacher-supplied photo. Simpler I think.
    My preference would be a 17 X 21 photo/print; 8 x 10 is too small. Complicated? Personally, I like complicated; others might disagree. Perhaps if the teacher picked one picture to work from, everyone would be less frustrated–including you.
    And that’s my 25 cents.
    I don’t think the thread kit fee and the fabric/photocopy fee are unreasonable–maybe even under-priced.

    I was just talking to my friend that sponsored Toni Whitney event and she said she way under-priced it (we can discuss that topic otherwise).

  4. Linda Fleming Says:

    Here are my thoughts…
    Pink 1, Orange 1, White 3 – are the ones I’d start with.
    More complicated options are Ok to include – I love Pink 2 with it’s reflection, the cone flower and the orange lilies too.
    Go with the Hostas too – they make me think of some striped cannas I have – now that would be a challenge!
    8×10 would be a good size to use so that the students aren’t overwhelmed!
    Including threads could be an option- it depends on their thread stash…
    Hope this has been helpful.

  5. Jeanne Marklin Says:

    I’d pick pink 2, purple 3 and red 4, as much for their colors as the composition. I don’t know about trying to figure out a size, because I don’t expect to ever finish something in a class.
    I think Elaine Quehl owns the hosta leaves market. If you want to choose something green there are lots of other options like ornamental grasses. HTH

  6. Heather Says:

    First choice photo orange4, Yellow6, purple1. I would like to attend a class with a kit and everything is there ready for me to sew and learn. It saves time as women can be hopeless at making a decision sometimes! I come to a class to learn and I have discovered that usually the piece I work on is not something wonderful but I take what I have learnt and do another piece better than the class one. Therefore I want to complete the piece and have something to show for my days work. Could you have a design that could be added to for the ones that need to be challenged and also basic for the ones that need simplicity? I would prefer 17 x 21. Good luck. It is quite a process to get a class right.

  7. Paula K. Says:

    I do love the apricot lily. It reminds me of my aunt. She had irises that color at the back of her house. She is gone now, but the flowers are not. I even have some in my garden. Good luck with whatever you choose, i am sure it will be gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway. Sincerely.

  8. Wil Says:

    Here are my comments:
    – orange
    – yes
    – 8″x10″ is doable in a one day class. Although I would like to have the option of buying a kit in a bigger size, say 17″x21″
    – difficult to choose, but I would go for red4, yellow5 and orange 4
    – To be able to finish it in one day, I would say relatively simple. A more complicated one in the bigger kit.
    – There is a risk that you do not have the proper colors of thread with you, if you have to bring it yourself. For that reason I would say include it in the class kit. And again for the bigger kit have the option to have the thread excluded.

  9. Cindy in Cape May Says:

    Favorites: Pink1, Yellow3 and Purple2. Although I LOVE the multi1, I think it would be too complicated for a workshop. There is so much to be learned with a simple image. I would skip the hosta, color is important when learning.

    Personally I like it when there is ONE option in a workshop. All students learn from each other, and the teacher can concentrate on helping everyone with the same problem(s). The variations one can get on one image are many, and enlightening.

    The size 8×10 is too small. Go with a bit bigger. If the student messes up one area, they can switch to a different area. This is a learning piece. Give them (us!) plenty of room to learn.

    Definitely include the thread, and increase the price of the kit accordingly. It is very disruptive when there are students who have problems because they are using the incorrect threads (that they brought from home) and therefore don’t get the results that you are teaching. Again, I’d vote for ONE choice, with threads included. (“Ok, students time to use thread color #xxx”).

    Good luck with this fabulous project!

  10. upstatelisa Says:

    My personal favorite photo flowers are: multi 1, red 1 and 5, pink 2, orange 1 and purple 2 but I would not give students that many choices… maybe 1 or 2.

    I like the hosta leaves but not sure it would be easy to use in a class, esp if others are not using it.

    I am a technique person rather than a finished project class lover so 8×10 is good for me to learn what there is to learn!

    As for indiv images, my preferences are above. I think you want to have an image to learn how to integrate more than one color and shades of color as well- red 5 or even yellow 1 might also be good selections. Again, don’t give too many choices. Keep it simple so students achieve some mastery of your techniques – esp if this is to be accomplished in one day.

    As for thread… if students know in advance, you can tell them what colors of thread to have or include the thread in the kit. It is probably easiest for students to just have all that is needed provided and pay for the kit. JMHO

    I would love to watch your DVD!!!! Maybe even win it???

  11. ellenanneeddy Says:

    Hi!
    I’ve taught things similar to this so I’m going not to answer it as a student but as someone who has taught thread work for 30 years.

    What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?

    I live and dye for purples and greens. But most folk will want pink or blue. It’s what they’re used to. It is worth stretching them.

    Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
    Absolutely. Coleus too. And crotus. Anything with a fabulous shape and neat colors. but shades of green are electric and soothing, all at the same time.

    What is a comfortable size for you? Is 8×10 too small?
    Don’t be afraid to go small. It goes a whole long way to the can’t finish issue. As long as it’s large enough for them to do the technique comfortably.

    Which individual images would you most want to do in a class? Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).

    Purple 4, red 3, yellow 4, orange 2. Your students will learn more technique if your flower shape is not regular or expected.

    Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?

    Give choices. They’ll be at very different levels.

    Should I include a thread as part of the kit? Each one would probably need at least four shades of thread at $6-8 per spool of Superior 40-wt polyester plus a pre-wound bobbin of blending fine thread, so that would be an additional $25-33 on top of a kit fee for the fabric and color photocopies of about $10-12.

    I always brought the thread I liked in for sale. I made a kit of the stabilizers and sometimes the fabric. But thread is always a personal choice. And it helps to have many colors. They could choose what they wanted and come home with a stash to continue.
    Hope this helps.
    If it would help to talk to someone who’s done this kind of class before, contact me. It sounds like you’re designing a very cool class.

  12. Fitzy Says:

    I would want to see vivid images that I recognize and want to replicate. Therefore, I have chosen Multi 1, White 3 and Orange 3. The hosta leaves (to me) are not immediately recognizable, it may just be the photo. I’d like the 8×10 size, as it is printable at home. I want bits the things I’ve learned to be able to carry over in my other art interests, without adding too much by way of inventory. Thank you for your giveaway, and the opportunity to add our opinions!

  13. Sarah Says:

    Great questions and I’m sure the answers will be as varied as the students would be. My personal choices are Pink2, Red2 and Yellow5. I also love the hosta leaves and would be just as happy doing leaves as a flower. I don’t think that the white flowers give as much of an option in learning to shade colors and I personally don’t care for orange and purple. I think that 10×12 is a good size for a learning piece. Thread is expensive and I’ve purchased thread for a workshop in the past only to realize the colors aren’t quite right after I get there. I would prefer to be able to buy a kit with the thread already chosen for the color of image. Then if I bring my own thread, it’s just a nice extra if it works but no tears if it doesn’t.

  14. Cathy Geier Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Purple #1
    Pink #1
    Pink#4

    No complicated flowers, (you can bring a few of yours to class to show them). Don’t provide thread for them, it costs too much. They pick the flowers and then you tell them EXACTLY what to buy. (Including needle size). I’d prefer a slightly larger image then 8 x 10, so I have more to grip and a bit more learning curve during the free motion.

    I would include green leaves. Hosta or another plant, we all have green in our gardens and I think it would be helpful.

    You have the more experience with thread painting so you know best what your students will need to learn to do. Go with your gut as you set up the classs. :)

  15. Sandy Says:

    1-purple fav color me/students
    2-yes/hosta leaves good for learning texture
    3-purple2,red5,pink2
    4-yes-to multi 1
    10×12
    don’t like white flowers
    true red flower good/don’ like red 3,4
    don’t think orange good color

  16. Terri Says:

    My color choice, based on my teaching experience is Purple 2, and orange 1 and 2. I would not put hostas in the design. I would look for some simplicity in the flower as it will be easier to complete. My preference is the more intricate flowers but students could become burdened with it. 8 x 10 is probably a good size. Yes, you should include thread with the kit or kit the thread separately for those who bring their own fabrics but need the thread and don’t know it until they show up. Another option is to provide a basket of thread for general class use at no charge to the student.

  17. Yvonne Watson Says:

    Hi Sarah
    My choices would be
    Pink 2
    Yellow 5
    Orange 4
    Size 8×10 inches.
    I think I would provide some threads for those who don’t pre- order or maybe suggest the colours of threads that you would use and they could buy to bring with them.
    Good luck with the course
    Yvonne

  18. Suzanne Kistler Says:

    wow. Lots of questions. First, I like Green 1, Yellow 3 and Orange 4 in that order. I think that you will find that different areas of the country have different favorite colors. Orange is very popular with art quilters in my area. I love the hosta photo, but maybe because it’s more about the design than identifying it as leaves? 8×10 seems rather small, then again 17 x 21 seems a bit intimidating. Maybe a happy medium, between the two sizes?

    “Most people” would probably pick purple, and if it were the only option, I would not be unhappy. I just prefer colors that I would view as more of a personal challenge, especially the all-green one.

    I have never had luck with any of Superior’s polyester threads in my machine, and therefore use only cotton threads. (And yes, I’ve taken Cindy Needham’s thread bar class.) I don’t know the answer to this one. I have all KINDS of threads and colors in my stash. If I were to sign up for, say, the hosta picture, I would bring every spool of green from home. Maybe that might be something to think about? Tell your students which colors they will need, and have them bring every spool they own (of that color) along with them. Too many is better than too few. And if they have those colors in their stash, the threads probably work in their machines, right?

    Good luck! This seems to be quite the undertaking!

  19. Christine Swieszcz Says:

    Answers to your questions:
    – yellow, I don’t like it that much but others seem to love it.
    – include the hosta! It’s very in and I’ve been wanting to do it but too afraid to try.
    – 8×10 or 12×12 is a good size. I want to be able to complete my project and not rush and be sloppy.
    – orange 3, yellow 6, multi1
    – one complicated one for those people that may have done some thread painting.
    – yes! People need to learn with the proper tools. Don’t worry about the cotton only people, if this is a new technique then they won’t know the difference. Also if they use cotton and have a hard time what are they going to use if you do not provide the thread? Besides we’re quilters when have we ever had enough anything?!

  20. Gari Says:

    I have to start with the fact that thread painting is something that I have never done and with no artistic ability have no plans of learning. That said, I am fascinated with this class idea. The first flower I would pick would be Purple 4 as it has several shades, great veining, and a very interesting shape. I love Pink 4 for some of the same reasons with the addition of the shading on the leaves. It doesn’t hurt that apricot is in the orange family and I LOVE orange. Thus my third choice would be either Orange 3 or 4. However, if given a fourth choice, I would have chosen Yellow 4. I think the subtle value changes would drive me crazy but for your class would be perfect.

    This has been fun, it has made me think along different lines that usual. Thanks.

  21. Karen Krull Robart Says:

    1. Pink to red – the color most would choose because it is what we are used to seeing as flower choices. My personal preference is not flowers but grasses and leaves, and so the answer to
    #2 is YES – include the leaves.
    3. I’d prefer 10 x 12 to learn on; 8 x 10 is too small for my tastes. Do like the suggestion from others to go 17 x 21 for an advanced option.
    4. Favorite 3: Pink 1, Purple 1, Orange 1.
    5. While I would like a multi-color choice, for a one-day beginner’s course it just isn’t feasible.
    6. I would prefer the thread be provided and that everyone has to use it. SO much easier if everyone has the right colors for their image AND the same kind of thread as it eliminates the problem of someone bringing in cheap thread that causes tangles and rats’ nests and delays the class. Been there, done that – not fun and not fair to the rest of the students. I’d even go for having the proper kind of needle either included in the kit or listed as a requirement that the student must supply. Anything to make sure they are coming in with a good, sharp needle that is the right size for the thread weight. IMHO, the cost you listed for the kit is too low.

    Good luck with developing the class – it sounds like a winner to me!

    PS – forgot to mention that the drawing for the DVD will be on my birthday….. hint, hint! LOL

  22. Linda Vandiver Says:

    My preference is yellow 5, white 3, and pink 2 (in that order). I think yellow 5 could lead to exploring the background, beading, but thread painting that could be easier for beginners or lots of thread painting for experienced. I also like the idea of a thread kit (but charge enough). If participants choose to bring their own thread, that’s OK. And I think I would love to use 12 x 12 or 16 x 20.

  23. Tina Howell Says:

    This is from a complete beginners brain. I have done lots of embroidery by hand and I have an embroidery machine but it wasn’t until recently that I began to look at thread painting with my domestic machine.

    First to look at size the 8 X 10 would be way to small and frustrating from a beginners point of view not enough area to see clearly and the photo though large enough to frame is to small when your attempting to paint it with thread.

    Second as far as what to offer in your kit, I believe there are three options that you should consider.
    Option A- Offer the full kit thread, fabric, and whatever other materials required. Whatever price it comes up to let them know that if they want the kit it has to be paid before the class starts. This way you don’t get stuck with a lot of left-overs.

    Option B- Offer the fabric with photo and a list of other material needed. Also must be noted which choice at time of sign up for class.

    Option C- A list of materials needed for class and when they choose this option you can email them picture that you have chosen and they can get it onto the fabric.

    I think in this way you are able to hit all arena’s the beginner to the one who is just interested in seeing how someone else does it.

    As for your choices I like multi-1, pink 2, and yellow 3. Now the pink 2 is my top choice and not because I like pink but because I believe that it offers a lot of choices and the ability to experiment with.

    Being given the ability to choose from 3 images is really up to you though because as a teacher you need to be able to respond to 3 different sets of questions even though the questions may all be the same is the answer the same for each picture.

    I have read the other 16 comments and must say that they offer sound advice most of it appears to be from those who have either attended classes or knows someone who has. You will have various levels of skill and knowledge attending your class and no matter whether you supply everything or they bring in their own material you will always have that one person who so desperately wants to learn what you have to teach but who is all thumbs when it comes to learning what your teaching. They will have the broken thread, they won’t know what needle is best to use and they will be so nervous they may simple sit quietly and appear to achieve nothing in class because everyone else in the room appears frustrated with having to go at a slow pace because they already know basically what their doing. Your job will be to teach all of them , so keep it simple,and look at how you teach and refine how to get that information to all levels that will attend your class. I will be interested to know where your class is. I don’t think it will be in San Diego but good luck and most of all enjoy.

  24. Lauren C Says:

    What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
    orange 3, 2 and 1 and/or multi 1, purple 4 and 2
    •Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
    No. I don’t like that green with the other choices
    •Which individual images would you most want to do in a class? Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).
    see above
    •Would you want a complicated image as one of the options, such as Multi 1 below?
    Yes!!! people will be at all different levels
    – size: prefer somewhat larger than 8 x 10…like 11 x 17
    – threads: don’t kit. have at lest two spools of each color available in class for students to use

  25. Diane Says:

    Love the all of the orange ones. I know I would appreciate the thread as part of the kit.

  26. Sherri D Says:

    “gee I’d love to win the DVD”
    Sorry, you know I just COULDn’t resist. :)

    Purple 2, Pink 2, Yellow 3, in that order as my favorites as well as others’ favorites. (because I have such good taste!)

    I KNOW the Hostas would be a great thread painting picture, but I doubt many would go for it, preferring pretty flowers instead.

    No smaller than 10×12 and 17×21 kinda seems big to me

    Thread with the kit. I can’t imagine the hodgepodge mess if folks had to bring thread and how many would ‘forget’. Could you get pre-wound bobbins instead of full sized spools to cut the costs?

    As far as being complex or simple, I can’t decide. There are too many arguments for both!

  27. Ann Craig Says:

    My thoughts……
    Favorite images are Orange #4, the Multi flower and purple #2. I would include these flowers to choose from orange #4, yellow #5, red #4 or 5, Pink #2 or 3, purple #1, 2 and 4 and the Multi #1 flowers. I specifically chose these flowers because they have color changes that would be fun to stitch and seeing fast results hold your interests without having to do so much thread play you get overwhelmed! For those that are more advanced I would give the option of the Hosta leaves.
    I have done thread work and started with a large 24″ X 24″ piece and it was pretty overwhelming. I think a smaller image would have been way easier. Several times I wish I had started smaller.
    I think you should offer a complicated image as a choice. But recommend it to only those that are more advanced.
    Yes on the kit to those that want a kit. I would. When I started out thread choices were hard!

    There’s my 2 cents!

  28. Ann Craig Says:

    My thoughts……
    Favorite images are Orange #4, the Multi flower and purple #2. I would include these flowers to choose from orange #4, yellow #5, red #4 or 5, Pink #2 or 3, purple #1, 2 and 4 and the Multi #1 flowers. I specifically chose these flowers because they have color changes that would be fun to stitch and seeing fast results hold your interests without having to do so much thread play you get overwhelmed! For those that are more advanced I would give the option of the Hosta leaves.
    I have done thread work and started with a large 24″ X 24″ piece and it was pretty overwhelming. I think a smaller image would have been way easier. Several times I wish I had started smaller.
    I think you should offer a complicated image as a choice. But recommend it to only those that are more advanced.
    Yes on the kit to those that want a kit. I would. When I started out thread choices were hard!

  29. Leslie Noon Says:

    What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
    Purple, pink, green

    Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
    YES, or coleus, which would also be fun, but not flowery. Some people just aren’t flower people, but still want to learn what you teach.

    What is a comfortable size for you? Is 8×10 too small?
    I have no idea. I’ve never tried thread painting.

    Which individual images would you most want to do in a class? Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).
    Pink 2, Red 4, Yellow 5. I know I didn’t say red or yellow, but I love the shapes those flowers make.

    Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?
    At least one simple and one complicated to allow for the differences in personality. I tend to go complicated right away, because I can’t resist, but I know plenty of people who prefer simple for learning occasions.

    Should I include a thread as part of the kit?
    Let them choose their image befo the class and give instruction on what colors and weights and cotton or polyester they should bring. Some would,of course, not follow directions, so you would bring enough thread to supply those who can’t follow instructions. But you wouldn’t have to bring enough to supply a whole class.

  30. Wanda Phillips Says:

    I would prefer purple 1, then orange 3 and yellow 4. 8 x 10 would be fine and while I’d prefer to have the thread included with the kit I’m sure there are people who would prefer to bring their own, maybe you can give them a choice between the two. I wouldn’t include the hosta leaves since most people are probably going to want color! While I’ve never tried thread painting (too intimidated) this class would be a fun one to take.

    Good luck with this. I’m sure it will be very popular.

  31. Roberta Koniuchowsky Says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I, personally am partial to pinks and purples, so I would prefer those colors. I also think that irises waterlilies are really popular. For the detail in the photos, I like purple 2, purple 4, and pink 2. They caught my eye right up front.

    I think you should include the hosta leaves because of the detail in the photo. You can see the veins on the leaves and immediately get a vision for the stitching.

    For size, 8X10 might be to small. The largest size might be easier to work with, but it would take longer to finish.

    As I mentioned above, my favorites are purple 2, purple 4, and pink 2.

    I would not want a complicated image because it would make the workshop more difficult to complete in 1 day. Purple 4 has the flower in the forground and a blurry background. That means much less detail and easier to stitch, and more freedom of design.

    About thread: If the students are given a choice of photo ahead of time, along with a color chart, they can provide their own thread. It seems that it would be easier for you to put more on paper than it would for you to have to carry boxes of thread. If students sign up on the spot, and the workshop is at a quilt expo or a quilt shop, they could purchase the thread from a vendor or the shop owner.

    On the other hand, maybe you could get a bulk discount on the thread and make some extra money on the kits?

    I hope your workshop is a GO. I am sure it will be a hit!!!

  32. Susan Armstrong Says:

    Preferences for images: Purple 2, Multi 1, Yellow 2 I would not include the hostas.

    As a student, I would like a choice of 3 different flowers and purchase the kit with the thread. I hate trying to come up with all items on a class supply list, it’s always such a hassle.

    Size: 10×12 Large enough to learn the techniques and small enough to finish.

    I think the multi color image would be great for learning how to deal with many colors, that would be my choice.

  33. Gail Menard Says:

    *Favorite photos to work with: Purple 2, pink 2 and white 3.
    * I think most quilters will prefer purple. and to try a new technique, the simpler the better for beginners.
    *I do think a more complicated photo could be an option for more advanced students.
    *I wouldn’t include the hosta. I don’t think it has enough pizzazz, but that’s just my personal option.
    *I think 10x 12 would be a better size. That should be big enough to really see the image you are working with.
    *The thread should definitely be included. People would not know what to bring, nor how much. Many would have to purchase the thread anyway so getting it at class would be very helpful.
    Sounds like a very interesting class and should be lots of fun.

  34. Karen Swanson Says:

    Favorite: Orange 4, No to the Hosta. Top 3: Red 1, Orange 4, Yellow 4. Less complicated to learn. 10×12, I would buy a kit….let the expert choose the thread!!! I would want to fill my own bobbins. Wish I lived closer in order to attend! K

  35. Nancy Says:

    My preferences:

    purple 4
    pink 2
    orange 4

    size: 8X10, matted would make it larger. Don’t offer a size that there’s no ready made frame available for purchase.

    No white flowers or hosta leaves.

    No thread in kit to keep down on cost. Let people know ahead of time so they can get it at JoAnn’s at 50% off.

    Keep image simple as this may be some ones first time with this kind of thread work.

  36. Phyllis Carlyle Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    What a great class! My mantra is Keep it Simple, Sarah. So I vote to kit the thread. Can you do smaller colors as bobbins to keep the cost down?

    Also KISS, an 8×10 is plenty big enough. People who are starting to thread paint can maneuver that size better, it won’t take as long to finish, and the costs will be less. You could offer some larger kits as after sales for students who love the process. They could be special order.

    I like Pink 1 and 2, and Yellow 5. Actually, I like about half of the pictures. I like the multi zinnia in particular, and I’m usually more into cool colors.

    I would suggest a beginner to intermediate level. (KISS) Perhaps your three choices could include one a bit more advanced for those who want the challenge.

  37. Marcy B Says:

    I absolutely LOVE pink 4, yellow 1 and yellow 4(my fav)I think you could offer the threads to those that may not have a thread stash and others could use what they have on hand as appropriate. Is this class going to be offered as an onsite class only or video? I live way up in Northern Maine and don’t travel too much, especially during the week. I can’t wait to see what you decide! Also, I don’t think I would go any smaller than an 8X10 to work with. I have much in thread art except for what I have made up as I went. Would love to do a class.

  38. Nancy B. Says:

    I would choose the dark purple (purple 1) as my favorite color.
    But . . . to make a project I would choose pink 2 or yellow 3
    I like the idea of a challenge even in a “beginner class”. The shading and the reflections in both of these (pink 2 & yellow 3)
    would be a perfect learning project.
    I like so many of them pink 2, yellow 4,multi 1, yellow 3, orange 1 STOP! . . . As for having “a complicated one” yes, I’m there to learn the technique. Complicated would be the way to go. The green leaves have a good range of colors and textures, perfect for learning.
    8X10 is a good size to start with. What if you emailed your students a choice of photos? Then they can bring their own threads in the correct colors.
    Sounds like this will ne a good class!! Good luck with it.

  39. Bev Metz Says:

    Favorite 3: Pink 4, Orange 3, Purple 4. Green hostas might be an option if the kit cost would be lower. Yes offer 1 complicated option. Would it make a lot of extra work for you if you offered each photo with and without thread, at different costs of course. My bee mates and I often pool thread for a class such as this which works for us since we work at different paces. Would an 8 x 10 photo be on a larger piece of cloth? Would this need to be a hooped project (Nancy Prince-type method)? I think starting out with a photo/pattern to follow would be a great time saver. Any feeling from fellow teachers what is the top end for a kit fee people will pay? That might help determine which photos you offer. Would prewound bobbins used as if they were spools work on most machines? Cost would certainly be less than complete spools.

  40. Lois Frankel Says:

    It was hard to narrow my choices to 3, but my top 3 were Purple 1, Red 5, and Orange 3. In each case, I was looking at both composition and color. Pink 3 was a close 4th. I like a composition that makes the flower the dominant image, but includes some background for contrast. I also like to see a good amount of color variation.

    8 x 10 seems too small to me; maybe 11×14 or so. I’m not sure about the thread. Could you offer 2 kinds of kits – with and without thread, so long as people have to order well enough in advance. I don’t know about the pre-wound bobbin, since not every machine can use the same bobbin. If the bobbin thread is important, just make it part of the kit and let people wind their own.

  41. Linda Vaughan Says:

    •What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you? I have glanced through the answers already posted and it looks like there is not a clear winner here. I think you will get a similar response from students. I like the purples, but if I were doing thread painting may go with one of the lighter colors so the threads would stand out more.
    •Should I include the green-only hosta leaves? I would not include the hosta leaves unless you are doing an advanced class. I think it would be frustrating for someone hoping to achieve a bold look using the thread painting.
    •What is a comfortable size for you? Is 8×10 too small? I would prefer the 10 x 12. I just did a 12 X 12 painted piece and it seemed really tiny.
    •Which individual images would you most want to do in a class? Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).
    Multi 1, Pink 1, and Yellow 4
    •Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?I tend to look at classes experience ratings so it you advertise the class as beginner or intermediate I would expect a simpler image to work with. If the class is advertised as advanced then I would expect a much more difficult image.

    •Should I include a thread as part of the kit? Each one would probably need at least four shades of thread at $6-8 per spool of Superior 40-wt polyester plus a pre-wound bobbin of blending fine thread, so that would be an additional $25-33 on top of a kit fee for the fabric and color photocopies of about $10-12.

    I would include the thread as a part of the kit. By posting the price up front, the student would know the cost and could decide if that fits their budget. As a teacher, I would expect you will have some students that bring their own to try too. As a student, it is really frustrating to take a class and pick out what you think is the right fabric or thread in this case and then get to class only to find out you don’t have the right things to work with. I have also taken classes where supplies are furnished and it is a good opportunity to try new and different things without spending a lot of money so maybe you can build on that as a way to promote providing the thread.

    Good luck with the class, I am sure it will be wonderful.

  42. Jean Impey Says:

    Pink 2
    Red 4
    Orange 4

    I think the water lilies are iconic and therefore popular, the “close up” photos would also be popular. Irises are also iconic and students love those colors but there is too much background. Maybe a close up of an iris? Of these orange 4 would be my choice

    No on the hosta, not enough of a focal point

    Medium or large size is preferable

    I think of all three of these images are complex if the student looks deeper at them but the student that just wants to color them in will be successful too. Did you mean “complicated” by having more than one flower? I think you would loose detail if you did that.

    Perhaps have student select their photo before and explain the thread choices. Like 5 color variations polyester 50wt, etc… And provide a kit price and suggest they also pack some of their own thread to make their project unique to others. Then offer a 4pack specific to their choice. Because if your student brings some crap-thread their project is going to look like crap, right?

    Good luck, always enjoy reading your posts on Janome

  43. Nancy Dickey Says:

    In answer to your questions… I think any color of a lovely flower would work just fine. I would be hesitant to include green hosta leaves only because you could keep the students focused on flowers and concentrate on the intricacies of a floral image. From your images, I like Purple 2 (iris) because it shows three petals in perspective, and the lavender veins would be great to have as a guide for the thread lines. Pink 1 is a good simple shape with four petals. Red 4 is an interesting shape. Perhaps this could be your “complicated” one. I’m going to cheat and add two more… Yellow 1 is a wonderful full-bodied shape with five petals. It shows floral perspective and good shading opportunities. The “bell” shape has more movement than a “flat” look like Pink 1 and would make an excellent moderate complicated image. Also, Orange 3 (day lily) is a great moderately complicated flower. It makes a better view to “read” the directional flow (depth) of thread than Orange 4, which is a head-on view. If your class was longer, the white flowers would be a wonderful exercise in whites/neutrals/pastels, but they might require more thread colors to adequately capture the subtle shading. Actually, I think any of these 4-5 petaled flowers have potential. As a student, I would not want to do a multi-petaled flower – like the zennia – since it looks like too much start-and-stop thread work.
    As for thread….why not recommend the 40wt poly thread, but allow students to bring what they normally use? It’s the method you are teaching and they might be more confident using what they are familiar with. Perhaps have just a few spools of 40 poly available to sell in class so they can try this thread. I’ll bet most students already have some 40 poly in their thread collection. Let them know you will feature a pink, orange, and a yellow flower (whatever three you decide on) and they should bring a series of thread colorways of pink/rose, orange/red, and yellow/gold. This way whichever flower they select there will be a full range of blending colors for the flower. (Example: the day lily would be done mainly in shades of orange, but would benefit from yellow and pink highlights and dark red shadows.)Your floral image size or 8×10 or 8.5×11 sounds good for a class sample. They can work on slightly larger fabric. I hope my comments help. I decided to answer your questions first before reading what others have written. Let us know what you decide. Good luck.

  44. Bea Sekeras Says:

    What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
    Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?

    I would say, no, those are not the best choice.

    What is a comfortable size for you? Is 8×10 too small?

    I think 10 x 12 would be a better size for most people.

    Which individual images would you most want to do in a class? Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).

    I like multi 1, pink 1 and red 2

    Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?

    I think simple is better for most people.

    Should I include a thread as part of the kit?

    Definitely include the thread as part of the kit, less frustration choosing the right thread colors will make everyone happier.

  45. Julie Mackey Says:

    What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
    I would pick purple – ironically because it is almost my least favorite color. I would pick it because I think as a beginner I would be most pleased with the outcome due to both the contrast & “less” contrast with the thread.
    •Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
    I love the hosta leaves and if not actually part of the class I would so buy the kit to take home & do!
    •What is a comfortable size for you? Is 8×10 too small?
    8×10 would be great for both cost & size to do but the next size up may be better for actually using the piece.
    •Which individual images would you most want to do in a class? Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).
    Purple 2 Purple 4 Hosta
    •Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?
    If you are really going to teach different images in the same class. Really.(yes I believe you can do it & probably have but…wow!) then certainly a more complicated image should be included in case some of us want to repeat the class and have a more challenging option.

    •Should I include a thread as part of the kit? Each one would probably need at least four shades of thread at $6-8 per spool of Superior 40-wt polyester plus a pre-wound bobbin of blending fine thread, so that would be an additional $25-33 on top of a kit fee for the fabric and color photocopies of about $10-12.
    Would you consider a separate thread kit? I would buy the thread kit because as you said it is too frustrating not having the correct colors, etc. Just make it clear if thread kits are not ordered in advance there will be none there the day of class.
    Love your blog (fit that in anyway!) and looking forward to someday taking one of your classes!

  46. Leslie Rosenberg Says:

    Hi, when I take a class, it’s all about learning technique, not necessarily finishing the project all in one day. I think the simplest thing is for you to select one photo that will be used for everyone in the class — and make it something that can teach thread-painting in regard to:
    1. Line
    2. Shadow
    3. Contrast
    4. Subtly of color
    5. Transferability to your own selected image.

    I think Pink 2 (with the reflections of the flower in the water), Multi 1 (the interest of using multicolored flowers adds another dimension to the process) or Pink 4 (the simplicity of the flower) would work best. But you should choose the one you want to teach and have everyone work together on the same parts at the same time.

    I agree that 8 x 10 might be too small, but you also have to consider the quantity of materials (fabric, thread, etc.) needed and timed needed to complete the project. If you are doing a densely stitched piece, I’d opt for smaller. If the stitching is more spread out or only concentrated in certain areas, then a larger one would work.

    Personally, I would like the opportunity to have a supply list beforehand — you tell everyone which threads and needles to buy and in which color(s). That way, people who have the materials already don’t have to buy more. At the same time, you can bring extras of everything and offer to sell them to participants on an as-needed basis. (Also, is it possible that some threads will be used in smaller quantities and therefore class participants could share, keeping the cost down?)

    Another question I would have is about bobbins — how many do I need to bring and should they be preloaded with a certain color to save time of winding them on-site?

    I don’t teach on a regular basis (just occasionally at my quilt guild), but any time I’ve taken a class, I know what I want:
    1. Clear, advance description on what we’re going to do, along with a very specific list of things to bring or buy
    2. Limited choices so it’s more about technique than finished project
    3. Class overview up-front (Here are some examples of what can be accomplished with this technique and here’s how we’re going to proceed today)
    4. Step-by-step instructions on specific areas of the project, starting with simpler techniques or warm-up exercises to get used to the technique and proceeding to the more difficult areas

    Knowing that people will have issues with their machines and other equipment (forgotten supplies, lost or broken ones), the class should be kept as simple as possible, without high expectations for completing a large, intricate design in one day.

    Hope this helps!

  47. Michelle Perkins Says:

    Hi Sarah

    Thank you for asking our opinion. I appreciate that. As for a workshop, I believe learning the technique is so important and completing the project brings it home. I would recommend the following:

    Question one: The majority of the students (including myself) would pick a purple, pink, yellow, multi, red, and then orange.

    Question two: No.

    Question three: 8 ½ x 11

    Question four: Purple 2, Pink 1, Yellow 4

    Question five: First choice, not to simply or complicated, kind of in between. Second Choice; label the workshop (beginners, intermediate or advanced)

    Question six: I have mix feelings. The goal of the class is to learn how to use thread colors to shade and paint and color your artwork, I would prefer the right thread and pay the price. However, I think more students may like a lower price (without thread). You could tell them to bring lots of thread (3 to 4 shades of certain color (pink, purple, etc.) for their project.

    Michelle Perkins

  48. Peggi Yacovissi Says:

    Personally, I love hosta. However, there are bluish green ones, green and white, and yellow and white ones which might be more interesting to stitch.
    Orange 1, pink 2 and yellow 3 are my favorite photos. The shadows on white flowers are strangely colored and might be difficult for a beginning class. I would stick to simple compositions to increase the opportunities for success!
    Selling a kit for the whole project, with thread, is probably the most efficient. Perhaps if folks are registering their preference in advance, they could ask for a kit with thread or without. Many who do machine embroidery and might be interested in this technique would have multiple shades of one color. Or, they might like having new colors in their thread stash.

    Size- 8×10 seems quite small to me. 10×12 or 12×16 would appeal more.

    Good luck. It sounds like a good class.

  49. Dina Jeannotte Says:

    I think the majority would prefer brilliant colors…brighter red, yellow, orange, and I love these too. I really do like the hosta and whites, both of which would also be good choices to work on shading.

    I think small is good, especially for a single flower, and 8×10 is fine. The problem for me is always controlling a quilt sandwich this small at the edges. Maybe you already address this in class!

    Faves:green 1, white 1,yellow 6.

    Personally, I would prefer a complicated option, so I could learn as much as possible.

    I think a thread kit option is absolutely necessary. If students prefer to choose their own, that’s fine, but I personally don’t have a big poly stash, and wouldn’t like to arrive in class with $30 of unworkable color! BTW, I seem to have some trouble with tension when thread painting with poly…maybe I need that DVD!

  50. Michelle Perkins Says:

    Hi Sarah

    Thank you for asking our opinion. I appreciate that. As for a workshop, I believe learning the technique is so important and completing the project brings it home. I would recommend the following:

    Question one: The majority of the students (including myself) would pick a purple, pink, yellow, multi, red, and then orange.

    Question two: No.

    Question three: 8 ½ x 11

    Question four: Purple 2, Pink 1, Yellow 4

    Question five: First choice, not to simply or complicated, kind of in between. Second Choice; label the workshop (beginners, intermediate or advanced).

    Question six: I have mix feelings. The goal of the class is to learn how to use thread colors to shade and paint and color your artwork, I would prefer the right thread and pay the price.

    However, I think more students may like a lower price (without thread). You could tell them to bring lots of thread (3 to 4 shades of certain color (pink, purple, etc.) for their project.

    Michelle Perkins

  51. Marie Z. Johansen Says:

    SB:
    Phew! What a ton of great comments you have!

    What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
    you know me – go with the bright, warm side of the wheel!

    Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
    The hosta leave may be useful as an exercise in subtle thread color changes though.

    What is a comfortable size for you? Is 8×10 too small?
    I think that managing the *X10 might be a bit small, especially for beginners. Thinking of it as it moves under the machine. What about a standard legal size, 11X17, as an option.

    Which individual images would you most want to do in a class?
    Zinnia, the water lily, daisies and coreopsis the best.

    Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).

    Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?
    Having a complicated one as an option might be good if students have a mixed amount of experience.

    Should I include a thread as part of the kit?

    I think that offering a kit is ALWAYS a good idea. Most people that I know prefer having a kit as it can limit their initial investment.

    Good luck!

  52. Eldrid schafer Says:

    Multi1
    Green one
    Yellow 5
    Asking for students to bring thread then teacher adding in to round out seems norm
    If you want to do kits the cost would be the consideration for your area and time ..I am ok learning a technique with less sense that’s what class are for …having a finished piece is good but it’s a learning so it can be repeated and improved on later
    Mostly I hear from friends is the class was fun and easy to flow with ..

  53. Gladys Says:

    Let me start by clarifying that I never did anything about painting with thread, or youcould not take your class to live in another country! But I love challenges and I will’play’ thinking as if I could take your class and even achieve the goal.
    As I have not clear is how the technique, will answer your questions the best that can:

    What color flowers do you think the majority of students would pick, including you?
    Pink or blue most. I would choose purple and orange.
    Should I include the green-only hosta leaves?
    Maybe if it were another photo, in the small size not I could identify were leaves.
    What is a comfortable size for you? Is 8×10 too small?
    It would depend on the total time of the class. If only for a day, I think that the small size makes it possible. It could separate sell kits in larger sizes to follow the technique alone at home.
    Which individual images would you most want to do in a class? Tell me your favorite three (use the names I have given to each such as Purple 2, Yellow 4, and so on).
    Purple2 – Orange 2 – Red 5
    Would you want a complicated image as one of the options? Or should I keep all the images relatively simple?
    Yes, the complicated love me! As Multi 1 or Orange 4
    Should I include a thread as part of the kit?
    Definitely Yes. I think that it would be convenient for you, that at the time of confirming the registration the student select the photo. If done in advance, you can assemble the class according to the selections and kits. This will make you avoid losses and more they know in advance what will work. There will always be a fit that day, but it can be less. Sometimes having inadequate at the time of the class materials makes this frustrating.
    Thank you very much for your survey, made me think “outside the box”!
    And while I’d love the prize, could not receive it, so I just did it for participating! I hope you excuse me the errors, since I don’t know your language well and use a translator to read your blog and write this comment.
    Good luck with your class! Your works are precious!

  54. Wendy Says:

    10 x 12 sounds like a good size.

    Purple 1 or 2 although the leaves in purple 1 are kinda busy,
    I also like pink 2. Keep the images simple.
    Many of the folks who take these classes are beginners and easily intimidated.
    White seems like it would be difficult; I would pick a color with a broader light-to-dark range.
    I would kit the thread & keep it simple for you & the students (see below).
    Most students I have taught would rather pay you to get all the supplies together than hunt them all down.But, give them the option to bring more thread for extra colors!
    Is there a thread mfg. that offers sampler-size spools or bobbins of thread? I thought I read that on quiltart awhile back.
    If you find one, I would be interested to know, as I have thought about doing a similar class locally.
    Good luck!

    More to the point: Pink 2, Pink 1, Purple 2

  55. Barbara Triscari Says:

    I would not include the green hostas. I look at the photos for composition more than for color. The photo that stands out above the rest for composition, for me, is the water lily (pink 2). Orange is my least favorite color and most people don’t have orange as a main decorating color. That being said, a beautiful orange poppy or lily is fabulous. I would think white would be a less popular color because people like color. I would not include a more complicated flower as it can take more time away from other students as you work more with someone who bit off more than they can chew in the time allotted. Barring the more complicated flowers, which I like, I would choose, PINK 2, PURPLE 2, or RED 4. If I was to take the class and see the more complicated options, I would probably choose one of them because they are more interesting, other than Pink 2 because of the composition.

    I would want a larger size than 8×10, but would want something I could finish or feel comfortable feeling I could finish at home easily and confidently enough, so the size should be more determined by what you feel fits that.

    As to kits, you can’t make everyone happy. I personally like to bring what I own where I can, buy beforehand what I don’t have, and purchase at the workshop if it is something not readily available at local quilt shops. I was very, very turned off (and heard the same comments from every other student that I talked to in a class where the teacher brought supplies and insisted that you really needed her items and did not tell you in advance what they would be. So there you are in class without the supplies you had at home and could have brought, buying from her!! Most people spent over $100/workshop in supplies they “needed” according to the teacher. Every time I will look at it I will remember how I felt about buying the supplies. On the other hand, I did appreciate being able to get some supplies from her. It seems you could do the pre-arrangements of photo and kits beforehand so that you bring the kits ordered and a small supply of extras. I know our guild has people sign up the night before after they hear the program.

    You could have suggested items to bring if someone wants to print their own image and bring threads. That would be what I would want to do since I print my photos on fabric all the time. guidelines as to what makes a good or bad image for your technique.

    Best wishes! I would take your class if our guild offered it.

  56. Sarah Ann Smith Says:

    For Vivian Helena, who tried to post on July 13th, but the internet wouldn’t let her, so posted directly to me: I sent you a long “letter” on your site, then I got knocked off and it requested my email, but had asked for my web site… but rather than take the time and maybe have it dumped again.. I thought I would just email you.. If you have older ladies, bet they might like the purples.. Maybe one larger flower, one smaller one, and a nice leaf to sew on.. I like the hosta leaves because they show the definition that one can follow. I like 10 X 12 or larger, are you using a hoop? Iris are always loved by everyone.. , blues and burgundy’s usually go with their houses, I am starting to make pillows from the projects I did not finish.. and then I don’t feel guilty..
    Hosta leaves are beautiful, wish I could grow them here. But too hot.. They have nice markings that one can follow especially if it is variegated. You are right with the Orange. Keep what you do simple, you will have to help people adjust their sewing machines, threads etc.. Here is an idea regarding the thread,, contact Superior thread… and buy the rewound spools, that should be enough thread for a class, variation of colors, and not as expensive,, and they sell wholesale, with periodic sales.. I use mine for the top thread often, if I can’t find just the right thread.. I liked yellow, #4 & 3^ White won’t work for ladies that don’t see the colors in it.
    Bottom Line Keep it simple… I am going to start giving classes also,, but am choosing small projects.. I don’t want to do any hand dyeing classes, or things that get messy… that I leave to teaching at home, where I have control.

    Have fun with your project.. hugs, vivian

    http://vivianhelena.com

  57. Ruth Camack Says:

    Wonderful class !! Hope it will be offered online.
    Now to answer your questions. My first choice would be the Yellow 2 because it would include several things I would be interested in learning.
    As to other popular choices it would be Pink 2, yellow 2 NS ORANGE 2.
    personally I WOULD ONLY OFFER 2 CHOICES WITH APPROVIMXIMATELY the same level of difficulty such as shading etc. \an 8×10 is ok but would prefer an 11×14 – because of standard fame sizes available.l\Use thread as an option. I personally would order the complete kit. I think the needle size and bobbin thread needed woujld be very important. AND I would insist on prepayment if the kit was ordered.
    Sorry for the lousy typing but since I am so late in posting will not take the time to change.
    Very interesting discussion. I based my color choices on the pics of the flowers shown.
    Ruth

  58. Ruth Camack Says:

    Sounds like a class I would really like to take. Any chance you would do an online class?
    Now to questions. I believe yellow would be the moist popular because it would blend with more décor.
    My personal preference(based on the pics shown) would be Pink2, yellow2 and orange2.
    an 8×10 would be ok but I would prefer an 11×14 – sticking to standard frame sizes.
    I would limit to 2 choices and keep relatively simple but with tones so they can learn how to shade, etc.\
    I would use thread as an option. Ipersonally (being fairly new at thread painting) would choose the complete kit. The needle and bobbin thread is very important as well as any stabilizer needed.
    I definitely would insist on prepayment if I was the teacher. Most people mean well but don’t always follow through in payment,.
    Ruth

  59. Sarah Ann Smith Says:

    Congratulations to #36, Phyllis Carlyle, the winning comment! Please contact me with your snail mail address. You can use the comment page or reply to this post and I’ll contact you directly by email. Thank you all for helping!

  60. Franki Kohelr Says:

    Okay, so I’m beyond the prize deadline, but no matter. Here are my thoughts:
    Orange 1, yellow 5, white 3 but I would also include green 1. It’s a great option! White is always what I go to first and it’s a difficult one for many so it would be a good learning experience for those who have shyed away from it in the past. And all these images contain enough variation in color to force shading of colors — a real challenge for many, as you know.
    I would want to work on 17×21. 8×10 seems too small. The larger size would insure the project is not finished in a day and there would be more work to pursue at home. I would include the thread in the kit. There will be enough packing and decision making without deciding on thread.
    Just one person’s thoughts. Good luck!

Leave a Reply