"Forest for the Trees" Workshop with Sue Spargo

  • Sunday, June 05, 2022
  • Friday, June 10, 2022
  • 6 sessions
  • Sunday, June 05, 2022, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Monday, June 06, 2022, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, June 07, 2022, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, June 08, 2022, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, June 09, 2022, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, June 10, 2022, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN's Great Room (Upper Floor), Class Code FI060522SS
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  • $827 + $20 Ticket for Admission to Bloedel Reserve
  • $1,075 + $20 Ticket for Admission to Bloedel Reserve

    Registration will close on April 20th at 4pm (PST)

Registration is closed

Please review all details below before you register.

Immerse yourself in the beautiful flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest with Sue Spargo as your guide. Join Sue for six full days of stitching in one of her newest creative design classes inspired by her new book Forest for the Trees. We will spend an afternoon exploring the lovely Bloedel Reserve, rated by USA Today as one of the 10 best botanical gardens in the United States, to get inspiration for creating your own unique tree and animal design.

Along the way, during this six-day workshop adventure, you will learn new techniques using wool applique, layering, cotton applique, embroidery, dimensional embroidery, and other imaginative embellishments. Over the course of this magical workshop, you will become more skilled at making your fiber ideas and designs come to life.

In addition to the six days of class, lunch will be provided each day and is included in your registration cost. Admission to Bloedels Reserve is prepaid with your materials fee.

Please click here to open a PDF document of what supplies students will need to bring. Please review this document before you register.

Important Details:

  • Please note for this class, cancellation requests received 45 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit. Cutoff date to request a refund is April 20, 2022.  
  • There is a materials fee of $20 included in the cost of the class for admission to the Bloedel Reserve.

  • Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.

  • Please click here for information on getting to BARN. This document includes information on lodging, transportation, and restaurants. Or visit our website for Getting to BARN.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • This event will be held in BARN's Great room located to the left as you enter through the main doors.
  • There are only 16 spots available for this class. It will fill extremely quickly. Please click on the Waitlist button when this class fills (there is no charge to do so). Should there be a cancellation, you will be notified via email. The waitlist will be offered first come first served by the date and time you joined the waitlist.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class.  For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor Bio:

Photo of Artist Sue Spargo in her workshop

Sue Spargo is a much beloved instructor and artist who teaches workshops around the world. We are very excited that she will be teaching this workshop at BARN.

Sue was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa. She later moved to England. She reports that living in both cultures shaped many of her designs. You can see the influence of Africa on her choice of colors. African folklore is reflected in the whimsy and charm of her creations.

She moved to the United States in 1980 and settled in Ohio where she started her company, Sue Spargo Folk-art Quilts, Inc.in the basement of her home in 2002. It was here where she embarked on her journey of dimensional layering and embroidery and introduced the world to wools saturated in bright colors, multi-medium layering and embroidery which resulted in textural depth and dimension never before seen. The circle of fans that love her and her artistry has grown exponentially over the year. Her company now has a store in Ohio with an abundance of the fiber-related products that she incorporates in her designs as well as her kits, patterns and books.   

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