The first SAQA Seminar launched in 2016 with Stitching as the primary topic. Each of the five units offered Informative Articles as well as Video Conversations, Pinterest Boards, weekly Stitch Chats, and Member Challenges.
The Education Committee wanted to create a project that delivered information to members in new ways. We wanted to reach members who are new to art quilting as well as experienced members. We wanted to provide members with opportunities to share their expertise, ask questions, have conversations, and meet new people.
Due to a change in platform, much of the content is no longer available. Scroll down to view the Video Conversations.
Unit 1: Materials, Tools and Techniques
Nitty-gritty articles about needles, threads and other basics. Curated Pinterest boards with stitch motifs, tools and links to tutorials.
Unit 2: Advanced Study
Galleries of art where the stitched line is the focus. Discussions about how artists make stitch relevant in art. Video conversations with SAQA members who take stitching to the next level!
Unit 3: History and Culture
Excellent list of books related to the history of stitch. Articles about how SAQA members are influenced by travel, history, culture and study. Pinterest boards with inspiring images of stitch from Mexico, Tibet, Greece and more.
Unit 4: Art and Artists
Articles about innovative ways artists are incorporating stitch in their work. Learn news ways technology is used with stitching and fiber. Links to examples of stitching in popular culture — album covers, YouTube videos, picture books and more.
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.