Philippa Naylor

Sun, November 1 to Sat, November 7 2020

Machine Quilting Masterclass with Philippa Naylor

Medium: Fiber

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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Explore a wide range of machine quilting techniques, increase your skills and become more fluent and proficient in the design of all your machine quilting work in this five-day workshop. Free-motion machine quilting, trapunto, corded trapunto and hand and machine embroidered embellishments will be investigated, along with studies in design to create a stitched story which really enhances your work. Put all this to use in the quilting of a completed top or a totally new whole-cloth piece.

‘Quilt as desired’ will no longer be phrase that leaves you with no idea where to go, becoming an exciting invitation to endless creative quilting solutions! We begin by discussing materials, looking particularly at suitable fabrics, battings and how different types of threads might be employed. A range of samples (free-motion and with the feed dogs raised) will be stitched to build up a reference of ideas and to inform how different threads perform and what effects can be created.

Trapunto (stuffed quilting) and corded trapunto will be investigated, both excellent methods of adding sculptural dimension to quilted work. After examining trapunto we will look at machine embroidery and see how free-motion and pre-programmed machine stitches might be added to the quilt top before layering it with the wadding and backing fabric. Creating innovative and fitting quilting designs will be addressed, with the aim of producing interesting, balanced and proportional compositions that compliment and complete the quilted piece.

Exploring all the techniques outlined above will help to inform each individual’s work – which might be a new whole-cloth piece or the quilting of completed quilt tops brought from home. When the quilting design has been developed and marked on to the quilt top, sewing the quilt ‘for real’ begins. Students will formulate a sequence of work and get down to putting all their new found skills into practice!


About Philippa Naylor

Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. A second-hand sewing machine for her thirteenth birthday enabled her to progress from making dolls clothes to full sized garments for herself, family and friends. After training to be a clothing designer she worked in industry for five years designing lingerie for Courtaulds Clothing. After this she moved to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with her husband Peter, who at the time was working as an English language teacher. Here she set up a business making bespoke wedding and evening dresses, and had two sons Daniel and Benjamin.

A chance meeting, in Saudi Arabia, in 1996 led to a short quilting course, after which clothing became less interesting and quilting an all-consuming passion. It is only in the last few years the Philippa has been making garments again, other than fancy dress costumes for her sons!

Philippa combines her technical expertise and designer training to produce intricately pieced, appliqué or whole-cloth quilts which are heavily machine quilted often utilising trapunto.

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Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $720.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $1,722.00-$1,890.00* + Service Charge & Tax

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

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