Techniques & How-To's

Looking for a new technique to try to express your creativity? We've put together of list ranging from surface design methods to using technology for art.

Educational Video
Art on the iPad is a slide show and video demo from Susie Monday of apps that textile and quilt artists can use for designing fabric, quilts, compositions, and art tools.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Dinah Sargeant discusses her use of hand-painted fabrics and raw edge applique to create her award-winning artworks.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Sue Reno joins us for Unit 4: Other Techniques to discuss the use of cyanotypes in her artwork. Learn more how she masterfully includes natural imagery in her creative process.
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Artist Carol Soderlund often uses imagery from her travels to create her own personalized printing tools. Find out more about her process and the beautiful results!
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)

Carol Anne Grotrian explains her unique process of creating whole cloth pictorial quilts using shibori, indigo and dye. Also included below is a great list of books and other resources.

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Camille Hawbaker joins us for Unit 3: Print and explains her process of creating unique etchings on silk.  

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Deborah Boschert finds out more about the materials, tools, and techniques that artist Natalya Aikens uses in her hand-stitched creations that are architecturally inspired, thoughtfully repurposed, and delicately stitched.
SAQA Seminar (Video Conversation)
Sarah Ann Smith is a wealth of knowledge about machine stitching and thread. She shares great visual aids including a giant sewing machine needle and explains the mysteries of how thread is wound onto spools and so much more!
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Artist Jill Kerttula describes how she combines digital photography into her exquisite stitched pieces. The results are simply beautiful!
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Have a beautiful piece of surface design fabric? Artist Pat Pauly offers some great advice about using your one-of-kind fabrics.
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Jette Clover joins us for Unit 3: Print to discuss how she incorporates printing techniques into her mixed-media collage constructions.
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Formerly a painter, Sharon McCartney is full time artist who now works with mixed media to create her layered textile constructions. Sharon incorporates hand-stitching, found objects, and printed fabrics in her pieces.

SAQA Seminar (Article)
In this exclusive article just for SAQA Seminar, Melanie Testa explains her process of selecting colors when creating her custom printed fabrics.
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Artist Peggy Brown has compiled her tips and techniques for using watercolor paints on fabric. This type of process provides both subtle and ethereal effects.
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Sue Stone shares examples of her hand-embroidered work that often feature fish. Sue is also known for her portraits and often includes extensive textural stitching.
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Want to learn more about rust and eco-dyeing? Then check out this article by artist Maggie Vanderweit. She provides great information and tips about these fun dyeing techniques.

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