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Welcome to Arlene's workshop and lecture page. Here are her current workshop and lecture offerings:

You may contact Arlene via email to request information about availability, prices, and contracts.

Below are the classes that Arlene offers:

Color Splash (a dye workshop)

This is a low-water immersion dye workshop where each participant will come away from the workshop with 12 one-of-a-kind hand dyed fat quarters and a complete instructional handout, including a suppliers list. Arlene supplies the mixed dyes and required chemicals for all participants. Also included in the workshop fee are 3 yards of Testfabrics PFD fabric per student. An additional minimum supply list is provided. Examples of Arlene’s hand dyed fabric can be viewed on-line at Delta Fiber Art Fabrics. Student supply list is provided by instructor.

3-hour Workshop

Dressing Up Your Hand-Dyes

A fast-paced informative workshop on how to take commercial or artist-created hand-dyed fabrics and make them your own unique creation.  Learn a variety of surface design techniques by actual "hands on" experience with many different mediums.  This workshop gives you, the artist, experience in making the ordinary - extraordinary.  Student supplies the fabric and loose-fitting Playtex rubber gloves, while the instructor supplies the rest.

3-hour Workshop

Art Quilt Potpourri

In this one-day workshop, each student will create a wonderful small art quilt that incorporates seven different techniques.  We will have fun with free motion machine embroidery on both fabric and Solvy, fusing and working with a variety of fibers (including Angelina Fiber), quilting, binding, and beading the quilt.  With these techniques and demonstrations, the instructor will also share the possibilities of how to incorporate them into each quilter's personal work.  This class is designed for all skill levels.  Student supply list is provided by instructor.

1-day Workshop

Fabric Postcards

Create original miniature pieces of artwork that you can mail to family and friends, as well as collect.  This workshop is a great opportunity to experiment in many different techniques and fun embellishments.  By working in small format, you will learn about composition, the impact of color, and self-expression.  Join Arlene for a relaxing afternoon of making original fiber artwork.  Students will need to bring sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, variety of threads, and any fun beads or embellishments that they might like to incorporate into their postcards.  Instructor will also bring a variety of threads and embellishments for students to experiment with.

3-hour Workshop

Three-Dimensional Embellishment

Create miniature works of art to add a three-dimensional aspect to quilts, wearable art, or just to enjoy alone.  Arlene's simple and fast techniques for creating unique embellishments will give your next project that special "Wow."  This is a hands-on workshop that will leave the participant with multiple finished pieces.  Student supply list is provided by instructor.  Instructor will also bring a variety of threads and embellishments for students to experiment with.

3-hour Workshop

River Run

Finding inspiration from years of family canoe trips, Arlene has designed this easy and colorful original quilt.  While the design looks intricate, this quilt is perfect for quilters of ALL skill levels.  Students will need to bring sewing machine, basic sewing supplies, blue and green threads, and pre-washed/pre-cut fabric.  Cutting instructions are provided by the instructor.  This is a two-day class, wherein during the first class we construct the center panel of the quilt and the second class is for constructing the sashing and borders.

2-day Workshop

Workshops have a five (5) student minimum and a twenty-five (25) student maximum.  Travel fees, food and lodging are to be provided by host organization if applicable.

For additional information regarding availability, fees, and supply lists, please contact Arlene Blackburn via email or at (901)861-3575.

Below are the lectures that Arlene offers:

Finding Design Inspiration in Your Everyday Life

Do you find yourself drawn to the same colors and fabrics again and again?  Are you looking for a way to introduce a "new life" into your quilt designs, but you just can't figure out how to get started?  Arlene can help you discover and identify that elusive "something special" to make your next quilt ZING!  This fun and informative lecture is chocked full of visual examples that inspire and will certainly change the way you approach selecting fabrics and designs in the future.

20-30 minutes + open discussion

Fine Art Quilts

A lighthearted and informative lecture on contemporary quilts and their makers.  Great fast-paced slide presentation with MANY different contemporary quilts from national exhibiting artists. Definite eye candy!  You will come away with a feeling of inspiration and without the sore feet of an entire day at the quilt show.   Slide projector and screen provided by hosting guild.

20-30 minutes + open discussion

"The Critique Session"

So many quilters want honest feedback on their work from their peers, yet few know how to get exactly what they need and want from group discussions.  As a founding member of "The Collective," a national critique group, Arlene has many years of practical experience in organizing, hosting, and participating in critique. "The Critique Session" is structured to help your group set up guidelines for honest critique in a sharing, encouraging, and nurturing atmosphere.  Included with this lecture is a sample critique session with participants to illustrate the positive benefits of critique.  Guideline handouts to all participants are included.

20-30 minutes + open discussion time.

*** All lectures include a trunk show of Arlene's quilts and fabrics

Travel fees, food and lodging are to be provided by host organization if applicable.

For additional information regarding availability and fees, please contact Arlene Blackburn via email  or at (901)861-3575.

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