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Take a Leap and Grow!

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog during the Fiber Art Connect blog hop!

I am so excited that Desiree Habicht has created the Fiber Art Connection. I wish I had had this access to such wonderful teachers when I first embarked on my art journey. So much great education coming to me for such a great price!  I love how FAC is about connecting and there will be opportunities for discussions, growth, learning and sharing in this online community. 

In order to build a great community experience students won't be able to register after classes start. Registration for the Fiber Art Connection CLOSES on March 15,2016 so be sure to register before then. 

Of course you can Register now!  

There are 10 technique and tutorial filled weeks with lots of opportunity to connect with teachers and other students. Each week a different teacher teaches a different class, with material presented each day of the week so you aren't overwhelmed. There’s a great FAQ document to answer all your questions.l

Take a leap and grow with us!

One thing that all the teachers at FAC have in common is we love getting to know our students. We are all about community, encouragement and helping our students grow and bloom into the artist that lives inside of them. 

So, here is a little bit about me...

What draws you to the fiber arts? Why do you work the way you do? 

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved fabric. I love the way it drapes and the many textures of it. I tried other art media and often take classes outside of textiles but I always come back to fabric. 

Why do I work the way I do....hmmm that is a big question. Over the years I have looked for the 'right' way to work. It has taken me a long time to realize that there is no 'right' way and my way is as good as any! And, of course if I am not true to my way of working I don't get much work done. I work a lot in my head. Thinking through design issues as I drive or do the dishes. I tried for years to work on paper but it just doesn't work for me. 

I do work in a sketchbook but not necessarily to design a project. I use a sketchbook to experiment with techniques but most often to simply play. I have been working on my drawing skills the last couple years and I do use a sketchbook for that. 

Tell us about your studio! Where in the world is it? Is it clean or messy? Is it hidden away or out in the open?

I have three studio spaces in addition to the Thread Lab It sounds like a dream right? Not so much! The two rooms I use at home are mostly dumping grounds and store my class supplies. During travel season it looks like my suitcases have exploded all over the floor...because they have! LOL 

I have a public studio space at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. I love my studio space there. Moving into an art center has been life changing for me. I didn't realize how much I needed the comradery of other artists. Being surrounded by so much beautiful art is inspiring and it has given me courage to stretch and grow.  I share the studio with Cass Mullane a friend and fellow textile artist. The studio at Cottonwood is generally very tidy and we have a small gallery space. 

The Thread Lab is a teaching space underwritten by WonderFil Specialty Threads. Half my thread is there and the other half in my main studio...never the one I need of course!

The problem is that the 'thing' I need is often in the studio I am not at. I schlep bags back and forth much to the amusement of my studio mate! Packing for a teaching trip is quite the adventure and I have to have detailed packing lists so I can collect the bits from all the studios. I get lots of exercise running up and down the stairs at Cottonwood between the two spaces there. Of course half the time I get to the 'other' studio and forget what I was looking for! LOL

What’s your favorite color and why?

 Yellow Green! I love every tint, shade and tone of yellow green from chartreuse to deep olive....yes, even that shade that looks like baby poo. To me this is the color of possibility, growth and freshness. 

What's your least favorite thing to do when you're working a piece?

Cleaning up after I am done! I tend to pull everything out and have piles everywhere when I am creating....I wish I had an efficient studio elf that would come in to clean after every project. 

If you could fly where would you go?

If I could fly I would love to fly to all the National Parks. Wouldn't it be cool to see them from the vantage point of a bird? 

Baby blessings accordian book

Tell us about the class you’re teaching in The Fiber Art Connection. What do you hope your students will learn from this?

My Fiber Art Connection class is all about collage. It is everything I wanted to learn when I was trying to learn collage: enough composition and design to feel confident, ways to organize my thoughts to communicate the feelings, emotions and story I want to share and fun techniques to make it uniquely mine. 

Collage is a wonderful medium and so accessible to everyone because you don't need a lot of expensive materials to get started. I hope my students can use this medium to discover and develop their own unique style of expression. 

Where else can we find you on the internet?

I am on facebook, instagram, google+ and of course on my web site here. 

FAC basket horizontal

Have we not got a fabulous give away??? Who wouldn't want to win this pile of goodies? For your chance to win you need to leave a comment below.  Comments are open until midnight 3/14/16

In your comment, tell me what you most want to learn this year--doesn't have to be textile art related

Visit the rest of the fabulous artists teaching at Fiber Art Connection for more chances to win! 

Commenting on all the posts will be open until midnight your local time on 3/14, which is the day before the course actually starts. After combining all the entries, we’ll user to choose a winner, Desiree will ship to the winner that next day so they could use the items in the class if they registered.

3/1: Desiree Habicht

3/2: Candy Glendening

3/3: Liz Kettle-me! 

3/4: Roxanne Lessa

3/7: Ruth Chandler

3/8: Cecile Whatman

3/9: Deborah Babin

3/10:  Rayna Gillman

For even more chances to win you can:

  1. Register for the workshop that will change your art!
  2. Share a link to this blog post on social media and then leave another comment here telling me you did so
  3. Sign up for the  mailing list, link found
  4. Don't forget you can enter multiple times at each stop along the blog tour by following step 2 on each one as well as leaving a comment!


Liz believes that CREATIVITY is the new superpower! She is a mixed media textile artist living in Colorado. Liz is author of First Time Beading on Fabric and she is co-author of 2 books, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. Liz loves teaching and sharing the joy of making stuff in her articles, classes and workshops. join the fun in her free on-line book studies in the discussions forum.


  • Christine
    Christine Monday, 14 March 2016

    This year I would like to learn to play a bit more and not so focused on the finished product.

  • Kathleen Chrisman
    Kathleen Chrisman Saturday, 12 March 2016

    I'd like to learn to some new fiber art jewelry techniques.

  • Meta Van Nostran
    Meta Van Nostran Thursday, 10 March 2016

    I want to learn how to show more depth and reality with some innovation in my quilts.

  • Pam
    Pam Tuesday, 08 March 2016

    I shared your post on Facebook. Thanks again!

  • Pam
    Pam Tuesday, 08 March 2016

    I would love to learn more about free motion quilting and coloring fabric. Thanks for the fun!

  • TX Creatrix
    TX Creatrix Tuesday, 08 March 2016

    would love to know more about image transfer

  • Laura
    Laura Friday, 04 March 2016

    I'd like to learn more about design so I can use some of the things I've made and create works I am pleased with.

  • Liz Kettle
    Liz Kettle Monday, 07 March 2016

    We will talk about a lot of design in my class Laura! The most important thing is to have confidence that if you find it pleasing others will as well. It took me a long time to learn that. :-)

  • Helen O'Hara
    Helen O'Hara Friday, 04 March 2016

    There is so much to learn in life. I would like to learn to finish something!

  • Liz Kettle
    Liz Kettle Monday, 07 March 2016

    finishing is always a good outcome Helen but sometimes we learn everything we need to by just starting and exploring a technique. I 'released' a lot of unfinished work about 6 years ago and it felt so amazing! :D

  • Laura Schmidhammer
    Laura Schmidhammer Thursday, 03 March 2016

    I have a stenciled quilt and a stencil on organza my grandmother made me when I was born. I want to revitalize them in a creative textured baby quilt for my namesake niece who is also an artist. I am currently working on finishing a sunbonnet baby quilt my grandmother started when my niece was born. She completed the babies and had drawn the life scenes in each square for hand embroidery. I've finished the squares with machine embroidery, Sashiko quilting, machine appliqué and fabric painting. My mom will do the sash work so it will end up being a 3 generation piece. So that's what I'm excited about learning new skills I can incorporate into the quilt.

  • Liz Kettle
    Liz Kettle Monday, 07 March 2016

    that is so cool Laura! I love work that has a story to it...probably why I love to create and teach collage so much.

  • Linda Ippel
    Linda Ippel Thursday, 03 March 2016

    I most want to learn how to focus my work. I tend to fall in love with all sorts of techniques, then flit to the next one. I seriously want to transition away from my current media, pottery, and into fiber. I'm just not sure which direction to take from here.

  • Liz Kettle
    Liz Kettle Monday, 07 March 2016

    Linda, I was just reading about Agnes Martin and she spent 20 years exploring techniques and media before she focused her painting for the rest of her life. I used to judge myself for loving so many techniques but now I am happy that I know many ways to get where I am going. I am working with a potter at Cottonwood Center for the Arts on a joint show in the fall. Let me know if I can help you on your journey into fiber.

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