July 23, 2019

Workshop opportunities

[This replaces an earlier post, with a shorter list.]
I recently wrote out a list of workshop opportunities for a friend who has taken up quilting, and thought I'd share it on my blog also. Some of these places offer workshops in a variety of art/craft practices (first group below). Others are quilt/textile centered. The teachers are usually very good, and a workshop is a great way to spend dedicated time. Except for those at quilt shows (3rd group), these workshops are usually one week long, sometimes two. And while I was at it, I listed the quilt museums I know about as well.

I've done two workshops at Arrowmont (mixed media, machine quilting), one at the Pacific Northwest Art School (hand-stitching), one at Ox-Bow (paper-making), and several at the Nancy Crow Barn (fabric dyeing, textile surface design); all have been excellent. 

Variety of offerings in art/craft, including quilts/textiles (workshops are either one or two weeks long)
·      Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
·      Haystack, Deer Isle, Maine 
·      Penland, Penland, North Carolina
·      Shakerag, Sewanee, TN
·      Pacific Northwest Art School, Coupeville, WA (on Whidbey Island)
·      Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI (the summer school of the Art Institute of Chicago; open to anyone in the summer)
·      Madeline Island School of the Arts, La Pointe, WI
·      John Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC
·      Appalachian Center for Craft, Cookeville, TN
·      Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado
·      North Country Studio Workshops, Bennington, VT

Quilt/textile focused (usually one-week workshops)
·      Nancy Crow Barn, Baltimore, OH
·      Aya Fiber Studio, Stuart, FL (mostly dyeing/surface design, but some stitching workshops)
·      Maiwa School of Textiles, Vancouver, British Columbia
·      Stitchin' Post, Sisters, Oregon (Jean Wells regularly teaches here)
·      Quilt and Surface Design Symposium, Columbus, Ohio
·      Okan Arts, Seattle, WA
·      Woodland Ridge Retreat, Downsville, WI
·      Empty Spools Seminars, Pacific Grove, California
·      Grand Hotel Needle Art Seminar, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Quilt shows that include many workshops (usually just one day long):
·      Wisconsin Quilt Expo, September, Madison, WI
·      International Quilt Festival, Oct/Nov, Houston, TX (the largest quilt show)
·      Minnesota Quilt Show, June, latest shows in Rochester or St. Cloud, MN
·      Vermont Quilt Festival, June, Essex, VT
·      QuiltCon, location varies, the show to go to for modern quilting
·      Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September, Philadelphia, PA
·      Quilt Odyssey, July, Hershey, PA
·      International Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, October, Everett, WA
·      AQS Quilt Week in Paducah, KY, fall and spring

Quilt museums
·      International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, NE
·      San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
·      Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum, La Conner, WA
·      Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT (includes a large textile collection, including quilts)

--> If you know of other resources you think I should add, please let me know.

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