Workshops

buttonGreetings to our new followers and retreat enthusiasts! We’re so excited to announce the details of our next retreat, September 6th-10th, 2021.

Please read through the entire workshop information of the teacher you are thinking of. Each teacher has sewing skills criteria. We want you to have the best fit for your sewing/creative skills.

Click on each teacher’s name below for detailed information about her workshop.

Here’s a quick overview of the perks and highlights of the retreat:

  • Limit of 12 students per workshop.
  • Everything takes place in Tallac Center. This complex, the newest and largest at Zephyr, has nice lighting and fantastic lake views from the classrooms, sleeping rooms, and dining room.
  • Restrooms and dining room in close proximity to the classrooms and sleeping rooms. There’s an elevator to go from the first floor to the second.
  • If it rains, you won’t get wet (everything is covered).
  • A fabulous quilt shop, Fabric Chicks, will be on the premises again (day and hours to be decided).
  • Special diets can be accommodated.
  • An on-site massage therapist will be available for chair massages (several lengths to choose from).

Click on the Registration Form near the top of this page for details. In addition to the three workshops, you’ll have the option to choose Open Studio, where you bring your own projects. You’ll still be part of the group, and enjoy all the activities.

Here’s what you’ll get in your retreat package:

  • A single, double, or triple room, with private bath. See the reg form for fees.
  • All meals 3 meals per day
  • The workshop and teacher of your choice
  • Evening entertainment
  • Show-and-tell every day
  • Giveaways
  • Hours and hours of creativity and fun!
  • For questions about the workshops, contact the teacher of your choice (our individual email addresses are on the About Us page). Or write to us at  InfoArtisticAlchemy@gmail.com.

Plan to arrive at Zephyr by 4:30p.m. on the first day. Details to come.

Click on each teacher’s name below for detailed information about her workshop. 

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Launching into Spring

This is Jane

Spring is here and I just got back from a short Spring break excursion on the Mendocino Coast. During Covid times options to get away have been limited but we have managed a few camping trips and this time we were not disappointed.

Russian Gulch State Park

Booking tent camping at this time of year can be like Russian roulette but we were lucky to go during a warm and (more importantly) a dry spell. It was cold in the evenings and during the night but by taking along our new Solo Stove for our campfire, it was super efficient and really kept us warm in the evenings. During the day we got the opportunity to explore the coastline between Fort Bragg and Mendocino. We loved the rugged beauty, especially as it had been 20 years since our last visit.

We stayed near Caspar at Jug Handle Creek Farm and I booked our camping through the Hipcamp website. It was a great experience and location. We could walk to Jug Handle Beach and to the Ecological Staircase hike. This hike took us through various terrains including redwood forests up to the Pygmy forest, which was a total surprise.

Hiking on the Mendocino Headlands in our masks.
http://www.foothillquilters.org/2021quiltshow.html

My local quilt guild, Foothill Quilters Guild, just opened their virtual quilt show. It is online for the whole of April. As we cancelled the show last year and it was not going to happen this year we decided to hold it online. Check it out at the link above. It’s easy to navigate with quilts to look at in various categories. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites! Also support the Vendors that have special events, discount codes and links to their websites. If you click on Artistic Alchemy here or on the vendor page you can see our new Promo video. Heidi, Sandra and I had a lot of fun, and laughs, chatting about the upcoming retreat.

Heidi, Sandra and myself at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe

We are all getting excited about the retreat this September. Enrollment continues to grow for Sandra’s matrix class, my mark-making and collage workshop and especially for Open Studio that Heidi is going to lead. We are also excited to introduce evening breakout sessions for small groups and small projects. You’ll be able to sign up for those at check-in. Also remember if you are thinking of joining us we do assign lake-view rooms on a first-come, first serve basis.

Beautiful Lake Tahoe

Coming this Spring I am launching some NEW online workshops. If you wish to take the Red-eyed Tree Frog workshop that will be on May 23rd, as part of the Road@Home May event. The Big-eyed Chameleon and my popular Sunflower workshop will be part of the Mancuso’s CREATE event held in early June. Registration has just opened for both of these online events so check them out.

I continue to keep busy with memory quilts that I custom make but when I get the chance I am trying to carve out time for “my work”. This small piece was an experiment using Lesley Riley TAP paper for the nest, a handprinted bird, free-motion stitching and some hand stitching.

‘Spring’ my SAQA Spotlight Auction donation

If you are thinking about joining me for my workshop at our retreat this year my plan is to have a full day playing with paints, inks, printing and generally making our own fabrics. Then we will get into the collage technique. Either using a photo or one of my patterns. I will guide you through the process from creating an enlarged pattern, making the collage to stitching and finishing the piece.

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I do have a couple of spots in a small group, online workshop I am hosting on April 21st 1-4pm PST. It is using my Sunflower Fabric Collage patterns. If you are interested contact me and I will give you more details.

Last summer I put together my Love of Pets Workshop as an on-demand, online class on Coursecraft and it has been very successful. I have a few more classes in the works including this baby giraffe collage pattern. I like to support the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and donated half the proceeds when I sold ‘Melman, the Vulnerable Giraffe’ quilt to support this cause. I plan on doing something similar with this pattern. Stay tuned for sneak peeks of the other workshops!

So after my short break I am slowly getting back into the swing of my work and sewing. I have my 1st vaccine on Sunday and pretty soon I will be back in-person talking and teaching to guilds which is exciting. So until next time, remember to check out our new Promo Video on the home page, ‘Stay Creative’ and Happy Easter.

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