2014 Fabric Design Workshop in New York City

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November 8th, 11am-4pm

Photoshop Crash Course, $100 (only open to Workshop Participants)

November 9th-11th, 10am-4pm

Photoshop For Fabric Designers, $675 ($450 due upon registration)

In this workshop participants will learn how to create a repeating design based on their own illustrations or open source artwork. Heather will lead the class through each step in her process, from inspiration (inlcuding her favorite places in New York City to shop for ideas) and planning a succesful design, through drawing with a stylus and tablet using Photoshop Channels and building and testing repeats using a large format printer. Color for fabric design will also be discussed. Students will create a single finished design and a large test print on paper.

We are also thrilled to announce very special guest Laura Jaquinto, Creative Art and Merchandising Director at Windham Fabrics, will be with us on our final day to review student work and explain what she looks for when signing new fabric designers, as well as current market trends and her view of the retail fabric landscape.

This class will be taught on our 27” iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite. For the first time, we will also be providing wacom tablets for all the participants. Students will just need to bring their own sketching tools and ideas for fabric their designs. 

A very basic knowledge of Photoshop will be needed to take full advantage of this class. You will need to be familiar with the selection and drawing tools (pencil, brush, and eraser) as well as the copy and paste commands.  If you have never used Photoshop before or would like some practice with it prior to our workshop, we recommend that you join us for our Photoshop Crash Course on November 8th.

Fee does not include accomodations, which must be booked by participants. Workshop takes place in Chelsea, near 23rd street at 6th Avenue. Our favorite nearby hotel is the Chelsea Lodge, which is lovely and reasonable, and a short walk from the workshop. 

register here.

and PS, can we brag a little? The image above is of Rae Hoekstra, of Made by Rae. She took our Photoshop Workshop a few years ago, and now she's designing for Cloud Nine Fabrics. We love her newest collection,Lotus Pond, out this Spring! We could not be more proud of her.....

2014 Fabric Design Workshop Deposit




2014 Spring / Summer Events and Workshops


Rooftop Crafts Workshop & Launch Event / NEW YORK, NY


The probem with a top secret fabric launch is that it's top secret, but that won't stop us from planning an event around it. I can't tell you about the super-cool handwork projects I have planned or the newly released fabrics that will be provided, hot off the presses, or the books, artwork and patterns that will be waiting for you in a shwag bag that will rival all before it, or the special guests that will be helping me pull this all off. I can tell you about the lovely catered lunch, however, and the fact that this workshop / party will be on my rooftop in lower Manhattan, and that we will need you there ALL DAY, from 11AM until 5PM, and that you don't need to bring a thing. You'll have to trust me on this one. Very Limited Space! FYI, there are lots of hotels in lower Manhattan, but the only one that's actually on my block is Gild Hall. Club Quarters is also very close, just two short blocks away, and a great deal. I put my in-laws there sometimes and they tell me that they are always treated wonderfully. The restaurant downstairs has one of the best breakfasts in town.

June 8th, 11 AM-5 PM / $250






Mother-Daughter Crafts and Sewing Weekend / BLUEBERRY HILL INN, GOSHEN, VERMONT

We are looking forward to getting back to Blueberry Hill Inn for what will be our 6th year of sewing and crafts workshops in their lovely (and updated) barn, this time with our little girls. Join Anna Maria and me (and various offspring) for two days of sewing, crafts, swimming, frog-catching, and stargazing. We've got some really great stuff planned, including a very special photoshoot with my dear friend and children's portrait photographer, Patricia L Brown. We aim to send you home with a gorgeous portrait of you and your girl(s), as well as the usual crafty loot. We'll be renting out the whole Inn, as usual. We even have a very limited number of rooms that have room for two or more kids. Very Limited Space! Minimum age is six, Grown-Up mother-daughter pairs always welcome.... you can read about past workshops over here....

June 27th-29th, 2014

$1350 for two of you, $1500 for three. 60% deposit due upon registration. Includes all room and board plus program and portrait.

 Note: This workshop is sold out. We will not be accepting new attendants at this time. The payments below are for participants who have already paid a deposit.

Blueberry Hill Workshop Balance