AAFG 2017-18 Workshops

Workshop Registration Form 2018
Workshop Registration Form 2018 (Fillable)

See the Workshop policies below.

October 6 – 8, 2017
“Acrylics on Fiber”
Jacqueline Sullivan
In this 3-day workshop Jacqueline Sullivan, a mixed media, acrylic and calligraphic artist, uses her treasure box of acrylic techniques as surface design on fabric. Students will build layers and textures on a fabric ground using gesso, molding paste, and tissue, highlighting these textures with metallic media. Students will learn about fabric mediums, fluid acrylics and high flow acrylics, and how to preserve the hand of the fabric as well its wash-ability and sew-ability. Jacqueline has been teaching workshops for art retreats, and art and calligraphy guilds in the US and Canada, for over 30 years. She has published technique articles in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages, and Astarte’s Mega-Zine. Jacqueline was one of 18 artists selected nationwide to become a Golden Certified Artist for Golden Paint Company.


March 16 – 18, 2018
“Shibori with Indigo and Natural Dyes”
Ana Lisa Hedstrom FULL!
Using a natural fermentation vat with natural indigo, henna, and lime, the basic techniques of Shibori dyeing processes will be explored by participants: folding and clamping (Itajime), carved clamp wrapping (Beni Itajime), stitch resist (Mokume) and wrapped pole (Arashi). Natural dyes, including madder and pomegranate, used along with the one bath method, will allow for a larger variety of colors and effects.


May 11 – 13, 2018
“Jackets that Fit!”
Helen Welford
Over the course of 3-days, Helen Welford will guide participants in creating a personal pattern for a customized jacket that fits their body, made from their own fabric. Students may choose to bring their own pattern, or select one of two patterns Helen will have available; one simple and the other complex. Helen’s patterns will build skills in shaping, draping and fitting, each offering options for seams, sleeves, length, and fabric placement. The workshop will focus on selecting pattern pieces, creating and fitting a muslin, making a pattern for a final jacket, and cutting out and sewing the final jacket. Participants will consider design lines, shapes, textures, colors and weave, and will work in pairs to help with fitting. Completion of the garment will depend on how complicated the pattern becomes, if the garment is lined, and if it has additional detailing. Those new to sewing garments can choose to simplify their jacket for a faster and easier introduction to garment making. Helen has been making gowns for vintage dancing since 1993, for herself and for others, for balls and for performance. Her background includes 35 years of working in the fiber arts.

Workshop Policies

Workshop registration for Guild members will be processed first. Non-members will be included in a workshop if the limit is not reached 6 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop. Registrations will be processed based on the date the registration is received. If a workshop is cancelled by AAFG, a full refund will be issued.

There will be no refunds for cancellations received within 6 weeks prior to the opening workshop date. 100% refund with 43 days notice. Non-members receive a complete refund if not accepted into a class.


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