Diane Herbort

 

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"Design is like gravity---the force that holds it all together."

-Edgar Whitney

 

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

All classes are one full day unless specified otherwise.

Schedule

Words of Wisdom: a Little Book of Design Inspiration

* All Day Class with option of two days

* Kit and most supplies provided

 

Spend a "mixed media play day" creating an artist-quote-filled book of papers and fabrics collaged onto tag pages. Pre-printed directions fit on the reverse of each page! Explore some key design principles while you experiment with rubber stamping, embossing, wrapping, rubbings, unusual attachments, pockets & doors, fusing papers and fabrics to each other, and working with trapped bits. Work with watercolor sticks and crayons, rubber stamp inks, embossing powders and fibers.

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Crazy Techniques

* One, Two or Three-Day Class

* Sewing Machine Required

 

Start a small quilt, a vest or an evening bag while exploring the ins and outs of crazy quilting. This versatile technique lends itself to a wide range of fabrics, plain or fancy. Left unembellished, the asymmetrical patchwork can be fun to quilt. It also is an interesting background for appliqué. If you enjoy enriching the surface, machine and hand embroidery, beading and just about any other type of embellishment are all possibilities. Best of all, there are no points to match!

 

Diane's method focuses on the creation of irregular "units" which are joined to create crazy-pieced fabric large enough for whatever you wish to make. Unlike most methods, which result in heavy, stiff patchwork, there will be no muslin stabilizer, so the crazy-piecing drapes beautifully for garments.

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Stitchery with Hand-Dyed Fibers

* All Day Class with option of two days

* Kit and most supplies provided

* No sewing machines needed

 

Relax and enjoy creating a small floral design or "faux crazy quilt" on a sturdy hand-dyed Timtex background. Experiment with the varying textures and shading of Tentakulum's luscious embroidery ribbons, shimmer floss, flower threads and more. We'll use variations on simple stitches and add a few beads for sparkle. Bring scissors and a thimble and you will be ready to start stitching!

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Trash Bag Quilting

* Sewing Machine Required

 

One of Diane’s signature techniques. Bring your fabric scraps and any odds and ends of lace, trims, yarns, buttons, and sequins. Diane will show you how to create wonderful textured and quilted fabric while you learn the basics of free motion quilting. The trims are included in the finished fabric without sewing them on individually! You will also discover some interesting ways to use the pattern stitches built into your sewing machine. This is a wonderful class for those who did not do well in traditional machine quilting classes.

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Crazy Quilted Pins & Pendants

* Hand Sewing

* Kit of finishing supplies provided

 

Start with simple hand piecing (just one or two short seams) and then concentrate on the fun of embroidery, beading and embellishment. Your options include traditional crazy quilt embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, dimensional beading, button clusters, and beaded dangles. You will learn all the techniques for neatly and beautifully finishing your pin or pendant. Make one for yourself or create a lovely gift.

 

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Introduction to
Paper & Fabric Collage

* No Sewing Machine Required

 

Try out this easy and fascinating technique -- or find some new directions for your collage-making. Create a series of small collages while you have fun playing with scraps of paper, fabric, and found objects. We'll explore design concepts such as line, shape, pattern, and rhythm. Your collages can become note cards, gift items, or inspiration for your next quilt.

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Fun Fabric Postcards and ATCs

* Zigzag Sewing Machine Required

* Kit Provided

 

Yes, you really can send them through the mail! Transform fabric scraps, fusible web and thread into landscapes, holiday and birthday postcards. Learn the tricks for mastering some basic edge finishes and experiment with adding bits of paper to the mix. Then with the leftovers, we'll make some Artist Trading Cards, highly-addictive little collages that are perfect for experimenting with new techniques or design themes.

 

If you prefer, we can do this class without the ATC module and focus exclusively on the fabric postcards.

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Tea and Chocolate

* All Day Class

* Optional Hand Stitching

* Kit Provided - Ask for Supply List

 

Choose one or both delicious themes as the inspiration for an easy, artful tag book. Start with humble shipping tags and transform them into beautiful collaged pages. Try a touch of hand stitching, experiment with rubber stamps, embossing powders and color washes using watercolor crayons and pencils. Add clever quotes or write your thoughts and memories on the back of each page. Learn to connect the pages with colorful fibers.

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Holiday Memories Tag Book

* All Day Class

* Optional hand sewing

* Some supplies provided

 

Holidays and special occasions will be the inspiration for an easy, artful tag book with your family memories and traditions recorded on the back of each page. Transform shipping tags into beautiful collaged pages using paints, papers and scraps of fabric. Experiment with rubber stamps, embossing powder, metallic dresdens and watercolor crayons. The individual tags also make unique decorations.

 

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Itty Bitty Collaged Tag Necklaces

* Half-Day Class

* No Sewing Required

* Kit and Supplies Provided

 

Transform small paper tags into metallic-finished “book pages” hung from sparkling cords. Customize your treasure with easy techniques such as sponging, rubber stamping and the use of embossing powders. Buttons, postage stamps, sequins and other tiny embellishments add more glimmer and personality to this unique accessory.

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Love Tokens

* Sewing Machine Required

* Postcard Transfers Provided

 

Choose a full color fabric transfer printed from Diane's fabulous collection of Victorian valentines, holiday, birthday, and friendship postcards. Then use crazy piecing or log cabin piecing to surround it with fabrics, lace, and embroidery. This sentimental treasure can be framed or finished as a small quilt.

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Baubles, Dangles & Beads

* 2-5 Day Class Available

* Sewing Machine optional

* Kit Provided

 

Discover some of the creative ways to use beads, buttons, charms, trims and embroidery. Working on rectangles of your own; quilts fabric in your favorite colors, these easy and fun techniques will have you looking at embellishments with new eyes. The class samples can be assembled into a wall quilt or put in a notebook for inspiration. Great for crazy quilts, wearables, and appliqué.

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Gardening With Ribbons

* Hand Sewing

* Kit Provided

 

Based on the book "Gardening with Ribbons" (QRI Publications) which Diane co-wrote with her friend Bonnie Benson.

 

Create gorgeous dimensional flowers and leaves from shaded wire edged ribbons. You will learn about the types and styles of wire edged ribbons while completing a beautiful pin. Students will leave the class with a whole range of extra flowers and leaves. There will be lots of ideas for garments, quilts, and other projects.

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Introduction To
Disperse Dye Transfers

* 2-5 Day Class

* No Machine Needed for Two-Day

* Kit Provided

 

Experiment with the little-known but easy and versatile disperse dye transfer process. Requiring no computer or printer, this process allows you to transfer photos and documents with only an iron and toner photocopies. But there is so much more! Rubber stamping, screen and block printing, "faux marbling" and monoprinting are just a few of the surface design techniques to be explored. Disperse dye requires polyester fabric of any type from cotton-like weaves to sheers. Students begin to design and sew in 3 to 5 day classes.

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Slide Presentations

 

Digital Divas: Let's Get Organized AND Take Better Pictures

* Slideshow Presentation - No Sewing

 

Do you wish your photos were fabulous instead of just okay? Are all of your photos still on your camera or phone and you're not quite sure what to do? Learn how to organize digital images so you can easily find that great photo of your best friend or her quilt—and discover some secrets for taking fun, compelling photos.

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...And Somehow I Ended Up a Fiber Artist

* Slideshow Presentation - No Sewing

 

Starting out with a B.S. in Fashion Design, Diane continues to explore many paths, creating quilts, wearables and collage art. This overview of her work illustrates how, like most artists, certain techniques and design themes keep reappearing.

All of her Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Show outfits are included in the presentation.

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The Romance of the Crazy Quilt

* Slideshow Presentation - No Sewing

 

How did the fad for these heavily embroidered confections start? Why do today's quilters find the technique so fascinating? And why are they called "Crazy" quilts? Diane answers these questions and more as she guides you on a historical tour from Victorian days to the present through a series of beautiful slides.

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Old Glories: Breathing New Life into Old Textile Treasures

* Slideshow Presentation - No Sewing

 

How did the fad for these heavily embroidered confections start? Why do today's quilters find the technique so fascinating? And why are they called "Crazy" quilts? Diane answers these questions and more as she guides you on a historical tour from Victorian days to the present through a series of beautiful slides.

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Quiltwear: What Works and What Doesn't

* Slideshow Presentation - No Sewing

 

A personal view of what makes a successful (or unsuccessful) garment. Tips on how to create a truly wearable outfit which looks like real clothing, not a costume or a walking bed quilt. Illustrating slides are taken from various sources, including past Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows.

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Calling All Quilters!

* Slideshow Presentation - No Sewing

 

Diane just might make you laugh while suggesting fresh ideas for energizing both large guilds and smaller art groups: one-time and year-long challenges, programs that draw on members' strengths, tricks for mixing old and new members and ways to make raffle quilts fun and profitable.

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