Fiber Arts: Creative Embellishment for Fabric and Fashion with Susan Skalak

  • Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI022220SS
  • 5


  • $75 Price + $35 Materials Fee
  • $60 Tuition + $35 Materials Fee

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Embellishing fabric is a great way to take a plain fabric or garment and customize to your personality and make it your own.  People have been using embellishment techniques for centuries. In this class we will explore several different techniques that will allow you to start making your garments of fabric uniquely yours.

The class will start with a drawing exercise in which a simple shape will be used to explore design.  From there we will use these sketches to begin the process of embellishment.  We will cover techniques such as embroidery using four basic stitches: the running stitch, the French knot, the chain stitch, and the outline stitch.  We will be using various embroidery thread and ribbon to explore stitched embellishment.  

You will also learn appliqué techniques (raw and needle turned as well as reverse appliqué.  We will look at fabric manipulation, simple beading and the addition of buttons.  Finally, you will pick a print fabric and learn to merge it with a solid and embellish the solid fabric to compliment the print.

We will be stitching on small samples and you will leave with a small book of stitched samples.


  • There is a materials fee of $35 included in the price of class. The materials fee covers the cost of a custom kit that includes generous squares of fabrics such as cotton, linen, cotton knits, and more.  It will also include needles, different types of thread, and markers.  We will be able to make a sample booklet out of these pieces that you will be able to refer back to after the class is done.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
  • Skill Level:  Universal -- all skill levels welcome.
  • Ages 16+ Welcome.
  • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave for your use.

Instructor Bio: Susan Skalak is a fiber artist who has worked in several media.  She is best known in the Bainbridge Island community as the owner of Esther's Fabrics.  She has woven tapestries, quilted, and sewn clothing for many years.  She has been teaching these techniques for the last three years at Esther's Fabrics.  Her work has been shown in shows in Virginia, Oregon, and Washington.  Her teaching philosophy is to teach you techniques and encourage you to find your creative voice through the application of these techniques.  

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