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SLH Retreats!

Looking for an exciting, fun sewing related retreat?
These amazing retreats all take place at Alaska's beautiful Stillpoint Lodge in Halibut Cove, AK

Check these out for more information!

Stillpoint & Seams Like Home bring you:

Barbara Shapel
Contemporary Fiber Artist

Thread Duets- Painting with Thread
June 8-12, 2016

Artist Statement

I am in awe of Mother Nature and the natural world. My most recent works reflect my love of nature and the physical world in which we all live. I try, through the use of light, line, color, and texture, to portray nature in such a way as to invite the viewer to look closer at a subject that they might have taken for granted before.

The creation of surface texture is achieved through the use of a variety of threads and thread color. Most of mywork features densely quilted patterns which are achieved with little or no marking done on the surface of the quilt. It is like drawing with an electric needle instead of a pencil. I am often amazed at people who judge something based on what it looks like on the surface. I started creating two-sided fiber art pieces for those individuals who want to look deeper. I don't want the back to look completely different from the front, but rather offer a different perspective of the same piece. One needs to look at both sides of my quilts in order to see everything that is there. All students will be working from the same pattern to learn the technique of Thread Duets. Pattern (tbd) will be an original design based on Alaska and created especially for this retreat.

Stillpoint Lodge in Halibut Cove, Alaska is a beautiful facility, which has a relaxed, informal atmosphere. It is a place where your creative soul is set free! This is the perfect setting to explore the wonders of nature, not only in Barbara’s workshop, but also during your free time. Visit their website at www.stillpointlodge.com.

Retreat fee is $1,600 if paid in full and $1,800 if making equal monthly payments.
Limited private cabins are available for $1800 if paid in full and $2,000 if making equal monthly payments.
Retreat must be paid in full by April 30, 2016.

The retreat fee includes; 4 nights lodging in a shared cabin, 4 breakfast, 3 lunch and 4 dinner gourmet meals and snacks, workshop instruction, optional use of a Bernina Sewing machine, early delivery of sewing machine and supplies, kayak lessons, yoga lessons, transportation from Homer to Halibut cove on the ferry, tour of Gull Island, access to the boardwalk and art galleries in Halibut Cove, transportation across the cove, wifi, sauna and use of all lodge facilities plus a wonderful gift bag!

Participants provide workshop supplies, sewing machines, transportation to and lodging in Homer, lunch at the Saltry restaurant, gratuities for lodge staff and personal items.

Maximum 20 participants.

Download Application HERE!

Cinderella Quilts: Reinventing the UFO


To teach Cinderella Quilts: Reinventing the UFO

August 22-24
10-5 daily (one hour lunch break)

$300 for 3 days of instruction
Class fee includes lunch and snacks

Seams Like Home classroom
 2153 E 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99507

Contact Nan Thompson 351-6812, nthompson@gci.net to enroll

Cinderella Quilts: Reinventing the UFO
3-5 days
Create new, bold, contemporary quilts from half-finished tops or mismatched, ill-fitting orphan or vintage blocks. Take them out of hiding and bring them in for triage! You will discover how to add make and add new units that completely transform those stalled projects into original quilts you never imagined they could be.

We'll take various approaches to cutting and revamping, depending on what you have to work with.
Does your top need drastic surgery or just a bit of tweaking? Will you separate the blocks or slice across the whole top? Should it be redone into one large top or several small ones? And what about those ugly blocks? Can they be saved? Is it worth the work? We'll discuss, evaluate, brainstorm, and critique. Amaze yourself! Give these old "dogs" new life and have fun at the same time.

About the Artist

Rayna Gillman is an internationally known artist and teacher who whose work has appeared in galleries and museums across the US. She works spontaneously in mixed media, often using collage and printmaking techniques to add texture to her work.  

Rayna brings her intuitive sense of color and design into her work and her classes, infusing her students with a sense of play and encouraging them to use the words “what if?” as they experiment in their own work. She was nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award in 2010 by Professional Quilter Magazine

She has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and studied at the Université de Strasbourg under a Fulbright Grant. She is the author of the best sellers, Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts, and Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth, published by C&T and nominated for two book awards.

Her work is in private collections in the U.S. and Europe. It can be seen on her website, www.studio78.net. She invites you to visit her blog at http://studio78notes.blogspot.com and to contact her at rgillman@studio78.net.