Creating art and community
with knitting and crochet since 1980
Suzann Thompson’s presentations and workshops can be tailored to the specific needs of your group. Find her teaching and speaking experience at http://www.textilefusion.com/cv.pdf, pages 1-3.
Programs and Workshops for General Audiences
Texas Fibers—Mohair, Cotton, Wool (slide show and activity for elementary school students). We use thread every single day. Here are the stories of the fibers grown in Texas, where they come from, how they go from growing in a field to being part of our clothing. Students tape samples of Texas fibers and others onto a colorful handout to take home. If there’s time, we’ll make a bracelet with finger crochet. (Kit fee: $1.00 – $2.18 per student.)
Celebrate Doilies! (meeting program with slide show). Doilies and other handmade things are part of family history and culture–they connect us to others across time and miles. When you hear Suzann’s stories about doilies and the hardworking and creative people who made them, you’ll know why we Celebrate Doilies! (This is a good choice for historical societies and genealogy groups.)
What to Do with Grandmother’s Doilies (meeting program with slide show). Do you have a cupboard full of inherited or estate sale doilies? Not sure what to do with them? Learn reclaim, restyle, and repurpose those lovely pieces of lace! (This is a good choice for historical societies and genealogy groups.)
What to Do with Grandmother’s Buttons (meeting program with slide show). Enjoy button lore and history, while you see the practical and not so practical things people have been doing with buttons. You might be able to make a dent in your collection with these imaginative ways to use lots and lots of buttons.
TextileFusion: A Knitting of Art (meeting program with slideshow). Suzann wanted to knit art. This colorful slide presentation shows how her knitted, quilted, and embellished wall hangings developed. See her artwork at www.textilefusion.com/gallery.
Designing Sweaters: 2% Inspiration, 98% Hard Work (meeting program with slideshow). How do artists, designers, or even engineers go from a vague idea or a pile of supplies to a finished product? Here is practical advice on how to go about designing.
Make Your Own Buttons (6 hrs, limit 17 participants per class). Make faux lapis lazuli, swirl, millefiori, and crazy patchwork buttons from polymer clay. The buttons are machine washable and dryable. The clay, which is available in craft stores, is cured in your home oven. We will bake in class. Beginners welcome! More information and lots of photos at www.textilefusion.com/make-your-own-buttons/
Make Your Own Buttons 2 (6 hrs, limit 17 participants per class). Make flower millefiori, mica shift, faux turquoise, and mosaic buttons from polymer clay. The buttons are machine washable and dryable. The clay, which is available in craft stores, is cured in your home oven. We will bake in class. Beginners welcome! More information and lots of photos at www.textilefusion.com/make-your-own-buttons/
Workshops for Knitters, Crocheters, and Textile Enthusiasts
These presentations and workshops can be tailored to the specific needs of your group. Please let Suzann know what you need. Workshops that indicate “3 hours or more,” are suitable for day-long workshops. To request workshop supply lists or find out about supply kits, please contact Suzann (contact information below).
Workshops for Knitters
How to Knit Mosaic Patterns and Design Your Own (3 hrs). Slip stitch color knitting is easy with Barbara Walker’s wonderful method. Learn to knit from her charts, and then chart your own designs. The little house at left is one of the class samples.
Intarsia from Beginning to End (3 hrs). Intarsia can be a happy knitting experience! Learn to plan for success, add and change colors properly, make smooth joins, and avoid holes.
Color, Texture, and Structure with the Elusive Slip Stitch (6 hrs). Explore the many possibilities of slip stitch, like selvedges, edgings, pleats, color knitting, and so-called “quilting” stitches.
Color Cross Training (6 hrs, knitting or crochet). Vincent Van Gogh wound yarn butterflies to study how colors affect each other. If a painter could learn about color from yarn, can yarn users learn from painters? Of course we can! After covering painterly knowledge about value and contrast, we turn to quilters and their wonderful ways with prints and solids (for us this translates to multicolor and solid color yarns). We glean information from weavers and add pizzazz to our color-ways with a fun technique devised by a jewelry-maker.
Color Composure (6 hrs, knitting or crochet). You won’t be afraid of color if you approach it the slow and easy and fun way (like starting with a pretty collage like the one below). Learn step by step how to begin with one color and add more and more colors into your knitting or crocheting until you aren’t intimidated even by a riot of colors!
Workshops for Crocheters
Crochet Charm Lace (3 hrs or more). Pin crocheted motifs in any shape you like to a throw-away fabric template. Sew motifs together and remove fabric. The result: lovely and unusual lace, like the Forget Me Not table mat at right, which is our class project.
See more at www.textilefusion.com/crochet-charm-lace/
Fun Flowers and Leaves (3 hrs or more). Suzann is the author of two books about crocheted flowers and leaves. She loves to share some of the fun flower and leaf-crocheting techniques she’s learned over the years. We’ll start with the simple and popular Irish Crochet rose, and then move on to a 3-D crocheted ribbon flower, and a technique Suzann called “rocking leaves.” A longer workshop includes double bullion picot petals and more.
Full of Bullion (Stitch, That Is) (3 hrs). The word “bullion” refers to a crochet stitch, an embroidery stitch, or an unworked mass of gold or silver. In this workshop, you’ll learn a trick for making bullion stitch perfectly almost every time. When Suzann first learned it, she felt she had found the mother lode! Pure crochet gold! She’ll teach you the bullion trick, and then you’ll go on to learn the double bullion stitch. We’ll make bullion shell edgings, bullion picots, bullion roses, and bullion grapes, and more! Go home with patterns for a bullion stitch edging, insertion, and flower.
Pretty Picot-Rama (3 hrs). Peek into the world of picot stitches! (Say it “PEEK-oh.”) Picots make delicate and lovely trims for the perfect finish on your crocheted garments and accessories. We will crochet at least a dozen different picot styles, from the delicate thread loop picot to the substantial Clones knot. We discuss how to incorporate picot details into patterns you already have and how to “pop” picots. You’ll see before and after picot samples. Go home with free patterns for a picot-covered flower, a picot fern leaf, and a totally picot fringe trim.
Color Cross Training (6 hrs, knitting or crochet). Please see class descriptions under Knitting Workshops, above.
Color Composure (6 hrs, knitting or crochet). Please see class descriptions under Knitting Workshops, above.
Programs and Workshops for Quilting Guilds and Textile Arts Groups
What to Do with Grandmother’s Doilies for Quilters (meeting program with slide show). Do you have a cupboard full of inherited or estate sale doilies? Not sure what to do with them? Learn ways to reclaim, restyle, and repurpose those lovely doilies! Presented with quilters in mind, this talk includes ways to attach doilies to quilts.
TextileFusion: A Knitting of Art (meeting program with slideshow). Suzann wanted to knit art. This colorful slide presentation shows how her knitted, quilted, and embellished wall hangings developed. See her artwork at www.textilefusion.com/gallery. (This is a good meeting program to pair with the “Art Quilts from Your Old Sweaters” workshop.)
Quilts with Doilies On (3 hrs or more). Make a 10 x 14 inch mini-quilt like the one at left, with two small doilies attached. Suzann can provide the doilies, if needed. This is a good companion workshop for the “What to Do with Grandmother’s Doilies for Quilters” presentation.
Art Quilts from Your Old Sweaters (3 hrs or more). Give old knitted sweaters, cardigans, and swatches new life by making them into unusual quilts for home décor. For example, Newspaper Valentine, the wall hanging below, is made from four different thrift store sweaters. You’ll need a sewing machine with a walking foot. (“Treasure Textiles” is a good companion to this workshop; “TextileFusion: A Knitting of Art” is a good program to pair with this workshop.)
Treasure Textiles (3 hrs or more). Make a textile sampler by attaching the treasures you’ve collected over the years: bits of lace and ribbon, beads and buttons, broken china, coins, marbles, sequins, stones, yarn, and zippers. (A good companion workshop to “Art Quilts from Your Old Sweaters.”)
Terms for Programs and Workshops, 2018-2019
Thank you for your interest in Suzann’s presentations and textile workshops! Be sure to contact her with any questions you have about her programs.
Fees for Programs and Workshops:
- Lecture or program (45 minutes to 1 hour), single: $350
- Lecture in conjunction with one-day workshop, discounted to: $300
- One day workshop (six hours): $695
- Kit fee per student: See below.
- When you book the Celebrate Doilies exhibit, the fee includes one free lecture or program.
- Short presentations are available. Please contact Suzann for pricing.
Client pays for or reimburses:
- For venues up to six hours’ drive from Dublin, Texas, $0.62 per mile (includes driving time).
- For venues beyond six hours’ drive from Dublin, Texas, a round trip airline ticket from DFW or DAL.
- $180 to cover expenses for the drive from Dublin, Texas, to DFW or DAL and back.
- Airport parking and any transportation costs at destination.
- For overnight stays, a reasonably nice hotel room (similar to La Quinta or Hampton Inn) for duration of my stay.
- Meals for duration of my stay.
Once you decide on a workshop, you may want to discuss whether it makes sense for Suzann to provide some or all of the supplies for the class. Together, you and Suzann will determine the contents and price of a supplies kit.
Process for Booking Programs and Workshops
- Choose a presentation or workshop from the list above. Email Suzann if you have any questions about the program.
- Fill out the Book Programs and Workshops form online and submit, OR print a paper form, fill it out and send it through the post to Suzann.
- Once she receives your booking form, Suzann will phone you to confirm the date and find out more about your group, so she can tailor the presentation or workshop to your group’s specific needs.
- Suzann will email you the following:
* Photos and text for you to use in promoting the event
* Estimated travel costs
* For workshop bookings, a list of supplies for the participants to bring or the price for a full or partial supply kit.
- A few weeks before the event, Suzann will contact you to confirm arrangements.
Studio Mailing Address:
2901 FM 1496
Dublin, TX 76446
Telephone: 325 864 7902