sights and Sounds of Orvieto, italy in Color and texture
Make a bolster pillow or market bag using unique fabrics & techniques
Dates: May 21 - 27, 2017
Instructor/Leader: Lynn Schmitt and Renee Nanneman
Cost - $2995 + 35 kit fee
A sewing experience set in the hills of Italy resplendent with mixed medium textiles and a focus on unique sewing and wool appliqué techniques. Class begins before arrival in Orvieto. A small amount of pre-sewing will jumpstart the design process. Students will receive a core packet of fabrics with colors and textures inspired by the landscape of Italy. The color palette in cotton, batik, raw silk, Dupioni silk and home décor fabrics set
the stage for a half-square triangle exchange. Each student will be asked to contribute fabrics to the palette mix. Individual interpretation of color will personalize each set of half-square triangles and add a touch of international friendship to everyone’s project. Half-square triangles in combination with beautifully rich background fabrics, provided by the teachers, is the structure on which you will build your design.
Cost - $2995 + $35 for kit. Fee includes:
some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what
to eat. We do give lots of advice and no one eats alone! Travel costs are not included.
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Meet Renée and Lynn
Renée Nanneman entered the needlework industry in 1984, a young designer with original patterns for counted cross-stitch; Need’l Love was born. Always a step ahead of current trends, Renée’s creative vision moved her cross-stitch company into the quilting industry with the publication of Woodland Threads. The first-of-its-kind book opened to great success at spring quilt market in 1995. The mix of wool appliqué penny rug designs, fabric wallhangings, dolls & wearables appealed to needlewomen everywhere. Although the self-published books include many quilt designs as well as rug hooking, punchneedle, crochet, needle felting, home decorating and soft craft items, the primary goal has always been to publish fresh and innovative designs that would inspire others to appreciate and enjoy quilting and the needlearts Renée loves.
The commitment Renée made in 1995 to the needlearts is the cornerstone of Need’l Love’s success Renée's success as a fabric designer. Renée partnered with Andover Fabrics in 2006 & designed “Daylily Days”, her first cotton fabric collection for quilting, inspired by an antique fabric covered keepsake chest. Renée’s line of 100% wools with exciting weaves and the look of hand-dyed colors followed in 2007. Renée has to date designed more than 35 fabric collections for Andover Fabrics, including her Itsy Bits basics and newest groups titled Cologne and Cotton, Arbor Rose and For Your Love.
Renée is currently celebrating her 30th year in business, having built on an early art education at the Kansas City Art Institute and work experience at a major printing company in Kansas City!
View Renée’s publications, quilting fabrics & kits at Need’l Love’s website: www.needllove.com
Lynn Schmitt has worked in design for most of her life. First as a fine arts student graduating with a BFA in Interior Design, then as an interior designer specializing in commercial interiors for over 30 years, and now as Owner of A Different Box of Crayons. Lynn has worked with and designed quilts for over 10 years.
A Different Box of Crayons was launched in 2010. Through it, Lynn designs patterns and kits for the adventurous quilter using new techniques and Eclectics, mixed medium textiles. Her work has been published repeatedly in American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilts and More and she has had several projects published in Need’l Love quilt books.
Initially her most popular quilts focused on whimsical approaches to graphic imagery in quilts. Lynn’s current focus is on secondary patterning, color, textures and Eclectic textiles enhanced with wool appliqué. With a little understanding of how to handle and sew with Eclectic textiles, quilters need not be limited to just cotton fabric in their projects. Eclectic Bundles afford quilters access to silk matka, raw silk and silk dupioni, both hand dyed and woven wools, linen, home dec and certainly all scales and themes of cotton. Lynn illustrates how they can be beautifully brought together to dance in a single project. Truly a new “box of crayons” for quilters of all ages to learn to color with!