Guest Post – Sondra from Contemporary Cloth

I met Sondra in December and almost immediately I knew I had met a kindred spirit.  Sondra owns and operates Contemporary Cloth and specializes in fabrics that I have never seen anywhere else.  If you are looking for something truly different and original, often one of a kind, Contemporary Cloth is the place to go. Sondra has a great article on inspirational workshops for you today! We could all use a little more inspiration in our lives.
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3 Places for Inspirational Workshops

Hello Everyone!

I love being here on Melissa’s blog because she is such a very special person (so talented + kind) and I totally love Anne (the Little Amazon)!

In the past 15 years or so, I have taken several amazing workshops from Jane Dunnewold in my main area of interest: surface design. Here are 3 wonderful places for workshops in quilting, fabric dyeing, surface design, paper + fabric collage, etc.

The Quilt Surface Design Symposium (aka QSDS) – Columbus, Ohio. People come from all over the world to attend these workshops from May 10th to June 28th every year, they are for all levels of experience and all of the details are here.

This quilt is by Sue Benner, an instructor at QSDS.

Nancy Crow’s Timber Frame Barn – Baltimore, Ohio. Nancy Crow has been know internationally for her quilts since the early ’70′s. As in QSDS, the instructors and attendees are from all over the world. The workshops are in the Spring, Fall and now offered in the Summer. See all of the details here.

Nancy Crow's Timber Barn

Fabric dyeing - Nancy Crow Timber Frame Barn

Both workshop facilities provide wonderful experiences with inspiration. You meet people from all over the world and many attendees make lifelong friends. The instructors are incredible. Most of my experience has been with Jane Dunnewold at both facilites.

Art Cloth Studios – Jane Dunnewold – San Antonio, Texas. I have never attended here, but would love to! She is in the process of building a new studio. Jane Dunnewold is the best instructor I have had in my life and the kindest. There is no one like her and many others feel the same. That said, on her website there are not only workshops, but resources, her publications and tutorials. Jane is the creator of the concepts: artcloth and complex cloth. Her work is stunning, see some of it here.

Etude 22: Interlude with Leaf Forms – Jane Dunnewold

Dahlia Tiger - Jane Dunnewold

Art Cloth Studios

Melissa, thanks so much for inviting me to guest post on your fabulous blog! I am honored!

Positive energy to everyone, Sondra
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Are you inspired to go find a workshop in your local area? There are also lots of great online workshops you can take! Thank you so much Sondra for all your help and support!

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5 Responses to Guest Post – Sondra from Contemporary Cloth

  1. Susan Schmid says:

    I am constantly amazed by the creative crafty things people are doing that I knew nothing about. Those fabrics are luscious! Thank you, Sondra.

  2. Lisa L. says:

    My Goodness!! Those quilts are STUNNING! I would love to do a little fabric dyeing! These workshops look amazing. Maybe I will get to one some day. :) Thanks for the post! :)

  3. Snoodles says:

    Gorgeous photos….thanks for sharing. I love Contemporary Cloth store!

  4. Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing the photos and the information. I enjoyed that.

  5. WOW !!! these are some amazing art pieces !!! :D

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