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2024 - 2025 Calendar

September 10, 2024

Michelle Dobrin

Lecture - "Stitched Wallscapes”

Michelle Dobrin is a self-taught art quilter and fiber artist who has been creating non-traditional, one-of-a-kind quilted wall-hangings since 1997. Her early art quilts, made while pursuing a degree in biology, featured appliquéd images of insects. Since then, her range of subjects has changed and broadened, even as her interest in nature and her love of color have led her to incorporate different fibers and creative stitchwork that add a visual texture to the traditional soft and smooth broadcloth surfaces.


Michelle’s lecture will describe her process of transforming landscape photos of her favorite buildings into beautiful quilted and textured fiber art. The techniques are similar to those used to create the Stitched Photoscapes of land and seascapes that emphasized more organic shapes of vegetation, rocks, and water. This new process emphasizes buildings - their geometric shapes and the unique patterns they can form, introducing her new technique of layering opaque sketches on dryer sheets.

October 8, 2024

Charlie Patricolo

Lecture - "Not Your Grandmother’s Dolls!"

Charlie Patricolo has been making cloth dolls for over 50 years. For the past 25 years, they are the way she has made her living and her life - teaching cloth dollmaking and creating dolls to sell in galleries, and now here. About her creative inspiration,

Charlie says:

“The start of a new doll or series can come from just about anywhere. I might hear a line in a song or story and begin to imagine how to show that thought or image in a doll form. Or I might see a piece of fabric that starts the process. I switch from making pose-able dolls to hanging dolls, to fixed position to rag dolls. There is a great joy in sharing the process with others who would like to make dolls. I teach dollmaking 'in person' and love that challenge and seeing the work that students create.”


Through a trunk show presentation, Charlie will show and talk about her dolls, where her ideas come from, and how she approaches the creative process.

November 12, 2024

Karen Turckes

Lecture - "An Overview of Fabric Alteration Techniques”

Karen Turckes is a fiber artist and teacher who has worked with textiles all her life. She is a graduate of the Clothing and Textiles program at Michigan State University, as well as Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth Mastery Program in San Antonio, Texas.

Karen will discuss techniques based on the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi – the aesthetics of finding beauty in the imperfection. Her lecture will describe and explain the process of deconstructing, reconstructing, and altering fabrics to use in collage. Techniques include layering fabric fragments, hand-stitching, mark making, abrading, dissolving, and the use of several commercial products.

December 10, 2024

Seminar Day

An exclusive day for members featuring workshops taught by members.

Please refer to the Workshops page for additional information.

January 14, 2025 via Zoom

Beth Ross Johnson

Lecture - "Sashiko: Japanese Folk Stitching”

Beth Johnson is a weaver, teacher, and writer. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina where she became interested in weaving and the textile arts, studying with weaving legend Norman Kennedy. Beth maintains a studio in western North Carolina, where she has lived since 1980, and currently teaches at a variety of institutions, writes articles for textile magazines, and exhibits her work in the US and Canada.


A lifelong fascination with Asian art led to an interest in Japanese textiles. Beth has had two extensive stays in Japan to study kasuri (ikat weaving and dyeing) and sakiori (rag weaving) with master weavers. Other avenues of exploration include sashiko stitching, nyoho-e (Zen stitching), and ikat processes.


In a Power Point presentation, Beth will discuss the history of Japanese folk stitching traditions and suggest resources for learning more about these traditional art forms. Boro Boro originated out of necessity during medieval Japan, becoming a practical way to extend the life of worn-out clothing and household items. Kogin embroidery is a type of sashiko stitching that uses short horizontal running stitches to create beautiful geometric patterns.

February 11, 2025 via Zoom

David Owen Hastings

Lecture - "Minimal Design, Maximum Impact”

David Owen Hastings is a modern quilter, graphic designer, and print and textile artist, speaker, and teacher. He creates richly layered contemporary art pieces and modern quilt and textile designs.


David will present on overview of the process he uses to create simple graphic quilt designs, starting with stitched paper models called maquettes. He will explain how to translate an architectural photo into a quilt design and show samples of mini quilts he has created using this process. The techniques David presents are also great for making unique modern quilt block designs. In addition, he will discuss walking foot quilting and how to break free from ‘stitch-in-the-ditch’.

March 11, 2025

Sue Walton

Lecture - "Looking at Series: the Whys and Hows”

Sue Walton has been weaving for over 30 years after learning to weave in a class as prep for getting a MS in Art Education. Having woven it all (almost), she chose to focus on fabrics for clothing. Sue enjoys weaving, dyeing, and spinning, and was the Weaving Instructor at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center for 17 years, a position she stepped away from to do her own work.


Sue’s presentation will explore the concept of “working in series”. To understand why creatives do this, we will look at different artists and the ways their individual work develops through the use of this approach. Sue will then help us discover how we, as fiber artists, can utilize working in a series with step-by-step ways to find inspiration.

April 8, 2025

Sue Screws

Lecture - "Properties and Possibilities of Polymer Clay”

For Sue Screws, polymer clay provides endless ways to enjoy making jewelry and other items, from mixing the clay into coordinating colors, shaping it into intriguing forms, and texturing with at hand materials.


Polymer Clay can mimic SO many materials- metal, stone, wood, glass, flesh, fur, ceramic, fabric- you name it!  Sue will explain the unique characteristics of polymer clay and the importance of understanding the effects of each property in working with the clay.

Studio 1663 LLC

May 13, 2025     9:30a - 3:30p

Community Service Days


The Community Service project that we have chosen for this year is the Sew Powerful Purse Program. This program is designed to help girls and young women in Zambia to stay in school throughout the year, and thus complete their education through high school. Please read the Overview of the program HERE.  It includes information about why the program was started and how it has helped to encourage girls to stay in school.


The Sew Powerful Purse Program aims to provide colorful and well-made purses (made by volunteers) so the girls can carry their needed hygiene supplies and still be in school.


The purses are filled with reusable cloth menstrual pads, underwear, and soap. Once a year, volunteers meet with all the girls at the local school and talk about health, hygiene, and menstruation. After that each young lady receives her supplies tucked into a beautiful purse.


The pattern we will use is found HERE. It would be great if you all can set aside some of your fabrics for this project. Two fat-quarters will be enough to cut the outer parts and the lining. Throughout the coming year we plan to cut fabric and make kits, so our meeting in May of 2025 can be a day of just sewing.


For questions: Carol Buszek at

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