Pizzazz Studios - Denise M Cawley













 

Lectures

Lectures offered by Denise Cawley. All lectures are 1 hour in length.

NEW - Threadology - Thread Facts and Fiction
This is the absolute best and easy-to-understand information-packed seminar you'll ever attend. We teach how to distinguish quality of all types of threads including regular and decorative. You will know what to look for and learn what the labels really mean. Learn the pros and cons of all major thread types, thread characteristics, the importance of needle selection, and ideas for sewing successes. Learn how to use specialty threads successfully, regardless of the type of sewing machine you use. You will leave this lecture knowing about new threads, and layering of thread colors for your machine quilting or thread drawing.

Giving Yourself Permission To Be Creative
Creativity comes easy for some but for many people it is a difficult path. Yet bringing your own uniqueness to your quilts is a way of putting your signature in time. This lecture will delve into what makes people creative, tips for accessing your creativity as well as practical tips on how to add more creativity to your quilts. Learn easy ways to change a pattern, select colors different than the example and much more.

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Color & Fabric Selection - A World of Color
Denise will teach you the science behind color theory in order to understand how to analyze color in any context: fabric, paint, nature, interiors, and more. Denise offers tricks to expand the color palette, value range, and spatial relations in your pieces. Understanding the scientific definitions of primary, secondary, complimentary, analogous, and triadic colors is easy when you hear Denise compare it to your family tree. Once you have these tools in your pocket, picking out fabric to make award-winning quilts will be a synch.

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Thread Drawing
You don't have to be an artist or own an embroidery machine to make magnificent images on fabric. Cutting edge free motion machine embroidery techniques can be demonstrated to your group. Learn how to handle specialty threads with ease. Denise will show you how she layers thread to form embroidered appliqué gardens, animals and more. Needles, thread types, appropriate feet and other technical information will be discussed.

        

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Fabric to Dye For
You don't need a big studio or special equipment to make fabrics with delicious designs. Most quilts winning national competitions use hand dyed fabrics. Want to learn the mystery behind creating your own fabrics? Denise will share some of her unique dye methods that lead to her whole cloth and appliqué pieces. Whether you are a landscape, traditional or contemporary quilter this lecture can enhance your work.

     

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Machine Quilting
Are you tired of just meandering? So is Denise. Learn a variety of stitches, see many machine quilted samples and gather techniques for your own machine quilting projects. Discussion also includes when to hire a machine quilter and what you should ask and see when you interview a professional machine quilter.

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Color in Nature
Nature is the master of color. Do you ever struggle with what colors to pick for a quilt? Do you tend to pick the same colors and patterns you feel comfortable with? Do you know why some colors look great together? This lecture starts by teaching you basic color theory to give you a fundamental understanding of the color. Through science and nature you will be able to make color choices with ease. By participating in interactive color demonstrations you will gain confidence about the colors and patterns you choose for your projects.

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Photo Magic - Fabric Scrapbook - Embellishing Photos
Go beyond the average photo quilt and make a photo scrapbook. You will be shown easy ways to apply the many techniques of scrap booking to fabric. Not only that but you will be shown how thread and embellishments can make your fabric photos come to life. Examples of memorial fabric books will be shown.

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