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Improv Self Portrait Workshop with Allie McCathren

October 21 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In this workshop, Allie will teach how to break down an image into a gradient. This workshop covers techniques of using fabric in color families, how to arrange and use a fabric gradient, and how to break down complex shapes into simple lines to make an image into a quilt. Each participant will begin with an image of their choice (it may be a self portrait or an image of something else entirely), and Allie will work with them to translate it into fabric.

This is a fun, skill building workshop. It helps participants to have some experience with foundation paper piecing, but it is not required.

Required Equipment: One sewing machine for each student. Cutting mats and ironing stations for everyone to use and share. Design wall space for every student to use, and an abundance of straight pins. A design wall or freestanding board of 20″ x 20″ is large enough for this class.

*Before the workshop, students will need to communicate with Allie about photos they are using. Allie will prepare the photo references and bring them to class.

Member sign-ups are open now – you can find the registration link here. Member class fee is $85.

Non-member sign-up open September 20. Non-member class fee is $95.

This workshop is a 5 hours in-person event at Waldorf High School (corner of West Portal & Sloat), with a 1 hour lunch break.


October 21
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Waldorf High School
470 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco, 94127 United States
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