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Online Interactive Workshop

Saturday 01 June 2024: Online Workshop (Creating The Piece!)

New guest teacher Carl Brown hosts a new three-hour Online Interactive Workshop titled 'Creating the piece'.

Saturday 01 June 2024: Online Workshop (Creating The Piece!)
Saturday 01 June 2024: Online Workshop (Creating The Piece!)

Time & Location

01 Jun 2024, 16:00 – 19:00 BST

Online Interactive Workshop

About the Event

Carl Brown  - Saturday 01 June 2024 - 4.00pm to 7.00pm (BST)

Online Interactive Workshop: Creating The Piece!

Carl Brown, one of the latest teachers to join the CraftyMonkies stables returns this month with this second brand NEW class. In Carl's first class in April he taught our students how to create a Tool Box of 'Improv' parts and in Class Two, this class, you'll use those parts to make an interesting Quilted Piece. It's not essential that you took the first part (you could however rent it from our online Video Store if you want to!), but for this class you will need to have some pieces ready. Here's Carl to tell you more...

Introduction by Carl:-

As a fibre artist, I've  has been sewing and quilting for about 5 years. Like many fibre artists I began with simple traditional quilt patterns and then began to create more complex abstract and improvisational work utilising his own designs. I have a tremendous fascination with colour, shapes and especially an appreciation with curve improvisation fiber work. My techniques include Imrov quilting, applique and applipiecing, as well as both machine and long arm quilting. Perhaps one of my best skills is completing the improv work at hand by fitting all those pieces into a final product. I've been a student with numerous well known quilting instructors to include Nancy Crow, Sheila Framton Cooper, and Irene Roderick.

In my history as a fiber artist, I've had several quilts juried into national and international shows. Recently I was named 'Emerging New Artist' at Interpretations 2023 at the Visions Museum of Textile Art in San Diego. I've been juried into International Quilt Show, Road to California semi-finalst the last two years, Quiltcon, Mancuso’s Quiltfest shows, and numerous American Quilt Society shows as well. Internationally, I was juried into Salon Pour l’Amour du Fil, in Nantes, France. I also have won awards for my fiber art, so I'm proud as punch and really want to teach you what I've learnt, I'm very passionate about it!

Besides being a fibre artist, I'm also known as Dr. Carlton 'Carl' G. Brown, RN, PhD, FAAN as a long-term oncology nurse, researcher, book author, and health care executive. I'm the editor of an award-winning textbook for oncology nurses and patients with cancer and I've cared for patients with cancer for 30 plus years.

What You Will Learn in this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Creating The Piece - In this workshop (Class Two) we will take all the pieces we made in Class One on Saturday 27 April 2024, plus any other pieces students might have made and place those into a piece. NB If you didn't take Class One on 27 April, you will need to come to class with 5-6 different Improv pieces, to include Lines (straight, curved, skinny), stripes (easy, complex, and curved), curves (simple and complex), checkerboards, log cabin squares and triangles. Please have them made in different colours. 

NOTE: Shortly after it has aired on Zoom on Saturday 27 April 2024, you will be able to rent Carl's first class in the CraftyMonkies Video Store if you want to create the Improv Toolbox workshop or just turn up with your assorted pieces.

While this might seem like the easy part, sewing bits together, this can be an area where many students can find themselves way off track. You can't just sew everything together because many of your pieces will be different sizes so we need to work towards a cohesive piece, it will be so exciting because everybody's work will be different, which means there will be lots of discussions and lots to learn from each other... We'll work towards a finished product with a discussion of how to sew everything together, with special emphasis on avoiding Y seams and unusual shapes There will also be some discussion of the use of negative space, perhaps using some fabric prints to add motion, and the plan to finalize the work. I just can't wait to see your work and start creating. 

Let's do this!

Skill Level for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Advanced Beginner - able to work their own sewing machine, sew a scant 1/4” seam, and use a rotary cutter safely.

Material requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

The student will need:-

  • A sewing machine that sews a straight stitch, preferably with a knee lift (not mandatory).
  • A few appropriate sewing needles
  • Thread for sewing—my favorite is 50 wt Aurifil Dove Grey (2600) but any thread that the student has familiarization with will do.
  • A rotary cutter—my favorite is a 60” with safety but 45” will do just as well. And a newly inserted blade.
  • A pair of sewing scissors, preferably ones only used priot for cutting fabric 
  • Some form of design board that we can stick our created Improv pieces too—but no worries as a 30 X 30” piece of leftover batting or flannel will work nicely.

Fabric requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

Any fabric will do, leftover scraps, fat quarters, or yardage. I mostly use solid colors as that is part of the modern definition, and maybe a few striped or checked prints. You might want to come with one family color, like say lime and then also brings other green colors and maybe yellow, plus some white and black colors as well. Unless you are going for that effect, avoid holiday colors like Halloween (orange, black, white) or Christmas (red, green, and white). A few pieces of fabric fat quarter size or bigger might be nice to have as we cut half circles.

Equipment requirements for this Online Interactive Workshop:-

See Material Requirement listing above to include a Sewing Machine that does a simple straight stitch, and knowledge of how to use that machine.

​Tickets for this Online Interactive Workshop (via the Zoom platform) will be limited & allocated on a first-come/first-served basis! If applicable, any free pattern, or other information, relevant to this course will be forwarded to you after booking and approximately 5 days before the course date. The ticket price of £35.00 is based on ONE person attending this crafting class.

This CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop is being broadcast from the United Kingdom and the class time given is based on Grenwich Meantime (GMT). We advise you check via Google Search (or similar) to see corresponding start-time in YOUR location!

Ordering MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT Online For Any Class/Workshop!

Please ensure you book your place & order any materials/fabrics/equipment online in plenty of time ahead of course dates.

Great News! This class is being recorded so, if you can't attend live, simply buy a ticket and we'll send you the recording a couple of days later. It will be as if you're in the class with us!...


  • Online Workshop: Create Piece

    This ticket is for the CraftyMonkies Online Interactive Workshop with Carl Brown on Saturday 01 June 2024 (4.00pm-7.00pm, BST)




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