Nancy Crow quilt-making classes
Nancy Crow quilt-making classes
Nancy Crow quilt-making classes

Nancy Crow

Nancy has been teaching quiltmaking as an art form for over 30 years; she finds teaching both a very creative experience and uplifting. One of her goals is to help students find a path through roadblocks to a more flexible way of approaching composition. Composition is the focus of all of her 17 workshops in which she proceeds sequentially from beginning to very advanced composition while at the same time introducing many wonderful techniques which can be used in machine-piecing. Nancy promotes machine-piecing as one of the most important ways to work for a quiltmaker, paralleling it to oil painting. Nancy was selected for two national honors: Fellow of the American Craft Council and National Living Treasure by the Museum of World Cultures at the University of North Carolina. The National Living Treasure award honors Americans who work in traditional handicrafts. In addition, she has won many Individual Artist's Fellowships from The Ohio Arts Council. She leads art tours to Peru, Mexico, South Africa, France, and Guatemala, and is the author of seven books, including: Self-Portraits: Mono-Prints, Nancy Crow, Nancy Crow: Improvisational Quilts and Nancy Crow: Quilts and Influences.

Nancy’s classes

  • • September 24-29, 2017 | Lines, Curves, Circles & Figure/Ground Composition: Part I

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    Lines, Curves, Circles & Figure/Ground Composition: Part I
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced (students must be practiced in free-hand cutting and construction and expert at machine-piecing)
    • Zig zag sewing machine:
    Yes
    • Materials fee:
    No

    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Early: $895 - Tuition ($655) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by April 1, 2017
    • Regular: $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by June 1, 2017
    Crow Timber Frame Barn art quilt classes
    DESCRIPTION
    This workshop begins with an intense study in the “creation of line(s) and their spatial relationships” when grouped together with other line(s). All lines will be cut freehand while sharpening one’s eye to stronger proportions. These initial exercises will be done in solid black and solid white. Many small sewn-together compositions will be created. It is hoped that participants will begin to see line as a very important element in quilt-making.

    Afterwards, this workshop will begin to address other kinds of geometric shapes such as curves and circles in machine-pieced compositions while moving into color and more degrees of values. These new design exercises will investigate evermore sophisticated relationships within a composition.
    All work will be done in direct machine-piecing using a broad range of solid colors (commercial or hand-dyed).
    NOTE: Marbled fabrics are not appropriate for this class nor are splotchy hand-dyed fabrics.

    Students will be given timed exercises that explore classical design concerns such as
    COLOR, VALUE, PROPORTION, SHAPE, CURVES, CIRCLES, AND LINE RELATIONSHIPS. Lots of SEED IDEAS will be GENERATED.
    • MAKE SURE YOU BRING A GOOD SKETCHBOOK (not a yellow lined pad of paper), DIGITAL CAMERA and SMALL PRINTER!!!

    • Do not come with an agenda! Be open to experimentation and working quickly!


    PRESENTATION
    Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with a digital presentation/laptop or 3-6 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (3-5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. The Crow Timber Frame Barn provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop.

    SUPPLIES
    Sewing Machine
    • Needles/Bobbins
    • Digital Camera/Printer (Canon SELPHY printer recommended)/Paper
    • Scissors/Thread/Rulers
    • Swing Arm Lamp
    • 24” x 36” Cutting Mat
    • 7’ x 7’ Batting/Flannel (White) on which to pin work (optional)
    • Extra Large Rotary Cutter and Blades
    • Iron/Iron Cleaner (optional as Barn has irons)
    • Ball-Head Pins (very fine and regular size)
    • Small Water Spray Bottle for Ironing
    • Glue to Adhere Snapshots into Sketchbook
    • Multiple Outlet Power Strip/Adaptors/Heavy Duty Extension Cords
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other Supplies You Want
    • Packing Tape if shipping boxes (plus return labels)

    Optional Books:
    • CROSSROADS, 2007, Breckling Press (catalog from one of Nancy’s exhibitions) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, 2006, Breckling Press (book covering Nancy's work from 1989-2005) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, MONO-PRINTS: SELF-PORTRAITS: FOCUS, 2012 - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • COLOR IMPROVISATIONS 2 & CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS: BULL’S EYES QUILTS, 2016, (books from two exhibitions curated by Nancy) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    Unfortunately, the following titles are out of print, but your local library may have them or order on Amazon.com.
    • GRADATIONS: FROM THE STUDIO OF NANCY CROW, Quilt House Publishing
    • NANCY CROW: WORK IN TRANSITION, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: QUILTS AND INFLUENCES, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS, C&T Publishing


    Fabrics:
    6 yards each of:
    • SOLID BLACK and SOLID WHITE
    1 yard or more of:
    • SOLID COLORS (commercial or hand-dyed) in the widest range you can afford to bring & be sure to include both flat & glowing colors - 80 to 100 different colors. We will use a lot of solid colors so bring a good range that includes darks, medium and light values of Browns, Blues, Greens, Reds, Golds, Yellows, Oranges, Purples, Violets, Etc.
    2 yards of:
    • BRIGHTS are essential for this workshop and they are defined as hot lime, hot pink, acid yellow, bright red, bright orange, bright turquoise, bright medium blue, bright lavender, bright medium purple, bright medium green
    • GRAYS light, medium light, medium, medium dark, and dark values

    • BE SURE TO WASH AND SHRINK ALL FABRICS BEFORE CLASS IF POSSIBLE
    • We will use everything listed above so do not decide to leave anything out!
    • DO NOT BRING FAT QUARTERS.
    • Do not bring prints.


    NOTES REGARDING FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
    Yes, the rumor is true!!! Yes, I do ask that each student bring lots of fabrics. My personal theory embraces the belief that one will be
    freer to be creative if one has many fabric choices available in class. After 30+ years of teaching, I consider each class I teach to be on a graduate level and therefore I expect students to arrive prepared with all necessary supplies. In that regard, I have outlined those fabrics we will use in this class. For some students, my fabric supply list will seem overwhelming in quantity and variety, while for other students, the selection they bring will never be good enough.

    About solid colors - the more shades you have to work with, the more you will learn about
    how to work with color. Color is Joyous!!! Color does not cause pain!!! Take DELIGHT in color!!!

    Working in color does not mean only using BOLD colors or HOT colors; working in color means learning to be versatile in all types of colors.

    I caution you to not bring mostly middle value solids, rather bring a wide variety, including:
    • Light values
    • Medium light values
    • Medium values
    • Medium dark values
    • Dark values
    • Please bring the glowing version… AND… the dull/flat version of as many colors as possible.

    • Remember that
    ANY COLOR… AND… ANY VALUE of ANY COLOR can be glowing or dull/flat.

    Many students arrive with their own hand-dyed solids or stacks they have purchased from other dyers. By all means, bring hand-dyed if you want… but not splotchy with white splotches on all colors.

    But solids (dyed commercially) are equally acceptable.

    I usually work with my own subtly dyed solid colors. My own palette includes approximately 500+ shades.

    Regarding fabrics: I recommend 2 yard cuts or larger because I feel happier with a minimum of 2 yard cuts. But please feel free to come with 1 yard cuts if this will facilitate having a much broader range of values. But please do not blame me if you run out of any color as I have no way of knowing which colors you will use up.
  • • October 1-6, 2017 | Lines, Curves, Shapes & Figure/Ground Composition: Part II

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    Lines, Curves, Shapes & Figure/Ground Composition: Part II
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced (students must be practiced in free-hand cutting and construction and expert at machine-piecing)
    • Zig zag sewing machine:
    Yes
    • Materials fee:
    No

    • PLEASE NOTE: The design exercises given in this workshop are not the same as those in LINES: PART I.

    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Early: $895 - Tuition ($655) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by April 1, 2017
    • Regular: $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by June 1, 2017
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    DESCRIPTION
    An energizing and thought-provoking (different from those in PART I) group of design exercises has been developed for this new workshop with the intention of strengthening one’s understanding and practice of figure/ground composition. Students will work freehand, cutting by eye all the parts of each compositional exercise while learning to better engineer the construction of a composition. Lines, shapes, and curves will be used to develop geometric configurations.

    There will be a
    STRONG EMPHASIS on geometric LINE AND SHAPE CONFIGURATIONS…plus…the USE of FLAT & GLOWING COLORS/VALUES. In this workshop, a variety of sewn-together compositions will be created that will incorporate percentages of FLAT & GLOWING COLORS/VALUES making it very important that each student bring appropriate fabrics. Fabrics of choice will be a broad palette of hand-dyed or commercial solids and values. NOTE: Marbled fabrics are not appropriate for this class nor are splotchy hand-dyed fabrics. All sewing will be done in direct machine-piecing.

    Students will be given
    TIMED EXERCISES that explore classical design concerns such as COLOR, VALUE, PROPORTION, SHAPE, CURVES and LINE RELATIONSHIPS. SEED IDEAS will be GENERATED that could be used for working-in-a-series. One-on-one and group critiques will be integrated into the class.
    • MAKE SURE YOU BRING A GOOD SKETCHBOOK (not a yellow lined pad of paper), DIGITAL CAMERA and SMALL PRINTER!!!
    • Do not come with an agenda! Be open to experimentation and working quickly!


    PRESENTATION
    Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with a digital presentation/laptop or 3-6 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (3-5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. The Crow Timber Frame Barn provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop.

    SUPPLIES
    Sewing Machine
    • Needles/Bobbins
    • Digital Camera/Printer (Canon SELPHY printer recommended)/Paper
    • Scissors/Thread/Rulers
    • Swing Arm Lamp
    • 24” x 36” Cutting Mat
    • 7’ x 7’ Batting/Flannel (White) on which to pin work (optional)
    • Extra Large Rotary Cutter and Blades
    • Iron/Iron Cleaner (optional as Barn has irons)
    • Ball-Head Pins (very fine and regular size)
    • Small Water Spray Bottle for Ironing
    • Glue to Adhere Snapshots into Sketchbook
    • Multiple Outlet Power Strip/Adaptors/Heavy Duty Extension Cords
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other Supplies You Want
    • Packing Tape if shipping boxes (plus return labels)

    Optional Books:
    • CROSSROADS, 2007, Breckling Press (catalog from one of Nancy’s exhibitions) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, 2006, Breckling Press (book covering Nancy's work from 1989-2005) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, MONO-PRINTS: SELF-PORTRAITS: FOCUS, 2012 - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • COLOR IMPROVISATIONS 2 & CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS: BULL’S EYES QUILTS, 2016, (books from two exhibitions curated by Nancy) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    Unfortunately, the following titles are out of print, but your local library may have them or order on Amazon.com.
    • GRADATIONS: FROM THE STUDIO OF NANCY CROW, Quilt House Publishing
    • NANCY CROW: WORK IN TRANSITION, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: QUILTS AND INFLUENCES, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS, C&T Publishing


    Fabrics:
    6 yards each of:
    • SOLID BLACK and SOLID WHITE both flat & glowing colors
    2 yards of:
    GRAYS light, medium light, medium, medium dark, and dark values

    1 yard or more of:
    • OFF-WHITES tans, warm white, cool white, creams…and PASTELS both flat & glowing colors
    • SOLID COLORS (commercial or hand-dyed) in the widest range you can afford to bring & be sure to include both flat & glowing colors - 80 to 100 different colors. We will use a lot of solid colors so bring a good range that includes darks, medium and light values of Browns, Blues, Greens, Reds, Golds, Yellows, Oranges, Purples, Violets, Etc.
    1 yard of:
    • BRIGHTS are essential for this workshop and they are defined as hot lime, hot pink, acid yellow, bright red, bright orange, bright turquoise, bright medium blue, bright lavender, bright medium purple, bright medium green

    • BE SURE TO WASH AND SHRINK ALL FABRICS BEFORE CLASS IF POSSIBLE
    • We will use everything listed above so do not decide to leave anything out!
    • DO NOT BRING FAT QUARTERS.
    • Do not bring prints.


    NOTES REGARDING FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
    Yes, the rumor is true!!! Yes, I do ask that each student bring lots of fabrics. My personal theory embraces the belief that one will be
    freer to be creative if one has many fabric choices available in class. After 30+ years of teaching, I consider each class I teach to be on a graduate level and therefore I expect students to arrive prepared with all necessary supplies. In that regard, I have outlined those fabrics we will use in this class. For some students, my fabric supply list will seem overwhelming in quantity and variety, while for other students, the selection they bring will never be good enough.

    About solid colors - the more shades you have to work with, the more you will learn about
    how to work with color. Color is Joyous!!! Color does not cause pain!!! Take DELIGHT in color!!!

    Working in color does not mean only using BOLD colors or HOT colors; working in color means learning to be versatile in all types of colors.

    I caution you to not bring mostly middle value solids, rather bring a wide variety, including:
    • Light values
    • Medium light values
    • Medium values
    • Medium dark values
    • Dark values
    • Please bring the glowing version… AND… the dull/flat version of as many colors as possible.

    • Remember that
    ANY COLOR… AND… ANY VALUE of ANY COLOR can be glowing or dull/flat.

    Many students arrive with their own hand-dyed solids or stacks they have purchased from other dyers. By all means, bring hand-dyed if you want… but not splotchy with white splotches on all colors.

    But solids (dyed commercially) are equally acceptable.

    I usually work with my own subtly dyed solid colors. My own palette includes approximately 500+ shades.

    Regarding fabrics: I recommend 2 yard cuts or larger because I feel happier with a minimum of 2 yard cuts. But please feel free to come with 1 yard cuts if this will facilitate having a much broader range of values. But please do not blame me if you run out of any color as I have no way of knowing which colors you will use up.
  • • October 8-13, 2017 | Potpourri III: A Challenging Variety of Compositional Exercises

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    Potpourri III: A Challenging Variety of Compositional Exercises
    • Level: Very advanced (student must be a good machine-piecer and skilled at cutting improvisationally. Need to have studied with Nancy on an advanced level and understand the mechanics of piecing together asymmetrical compositions.)
    • Zig zag sewing machine:
    Yes
    • Materials fee:
    No

    • PLEASE NOTE: The design exercises in POTPOURRI: PART III are different from those in POTPOURRI: PARTS I & II. It is advised that students take classes in sequence if possible.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Early: $895 - Tuition ($655) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by April 1, 2017
    • Regular: $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by June 1, 2017
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    DESCRIPTION
    Although POTPOURRI: PART III has essentially the same description as PARTS I & II, the design exercise in PART III is different and perhaps a bit harder than that given in PARTS I & II. This class will explore the use of more complex geometrical motifs (called configurations) in compositions. A MOTIF is defined as being a simple figure (a theme) on a ground that is repeated in some manner. A CONFIGURATION is defined as an arrangement of connected lines and shapes that create a figure on a ground.

    It is the responsibility of each student to think about which lines & shapes & combinations of these could become new fresh motifs, to draw up many, many ideas in their sketchbook, and then, to actually cut out and sew together as many black/white motifs as possible. Making these motifs out of fabric will enlighten the student as to which motifs are both visually effective and which are easy to sew together. The size of the motif samples can be approximately 8” x 8” up to 12” x 12”. Keep black figure on white ground on the first round; make the reverse of each also with white figure on black ground. On the morning of the first day of class each student is to have all of their motif ideas pinned to their work wall. Students will be expected to work with more than one of their motif ideas depending on the design exercises given during the week.

    ***It will help if students think about how their motifs from the above homework can be combined into strong and useable configurations.

    The FOCUS of this class will be on creating one large composition, intuitively and improvisationally, and to push one’s imagination into being more playful and flexible. Students will continue to work more effectively from instincts as they make use of LINE, SHAPE, FIGURES, CONFIGURATIONS. As the title POTPOURRI suggests, the design exercise may represent many manners of compositional approaches so students need to be practiced in engineering any type of pieced construction. Figure/ground composition, value and color usage will be emphasized at all times, so each student must come prepared with a sophisticated range of shades and values in solids (commercial or hand-dyed) in as many color families as possible. It is important that the range of values includes very light colors, medium lights, mediums, medium darks, and darks. All parts of each composition will be pinned to wall as it progresses so students must bring at least 2 boxes of good quality short, fine Clover ball-head pins.

    This class requires very individual thinking and total concentration, and is meant to be challenging! The method of working will be a journey about discovery and will require an attitude of risk-taking! The design exercises will stimulate thinking and hopefully help to develop more individual work.

    ***Students must come prepared with motif ideas!
    Note: All design exercises will be done in solid colored fabric using machine-piecing techniques. Each exercise will result in a composition. Keeping a sketchbook with excellent notations will be vitally important throughout the workshop; therefore, it is required that students bring a digital camera and a small digital printer (such as the Canon Selphy printer) to use as a tool for keeping track of works-in-progress.


    PRESENTATION
    Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with a digital presentation/laptop or 3-6 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (3-5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. The Crow Timber Frame Barn provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop. This helps me and all the other students to know where you are in your work at this time. Please bring new work since the last time I saw your work.

    SUPPLIES
    Sewing Machine
    • Needles/Bobbins
    • Digital Camera/Printer (Canon SELPHY printer recommended)/Paper
    • Scissors/Thread/Rulers
    • Swing Arm Lamp
    • 24” x 36” Cutting Mat
    • 7’ x 7’ Batting/Flannel (White) on which to pin work (optional)
    • Extra Large Rotary Cutter and Blades
    • Iron/Iron Cleaner (optional as Barn has irons)
    • Ball-Head Pins (very fine and regular size)
    • Small Water Spray Bottle for Ironing
    • Glue to Adhere Snapshots into Sketchbook
    • Multiple Outlet Power Strip/Adaptors/Heavy Duty Extension Cords
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other Supplies You Want
    • Packing Tape if shipping boxes (plus return labels)

    Optional Books:
    • CROSSROADS, 2007, Breckling Press (catalog from one of Nancy’s exhibitions) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, 2006, Breckling Press (book covering Nancy's work from 1989-2005) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, MONO-PRINTS: SELF-PORTRAITS: FOCUS, 2012 - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • COLOR IMPROVISATIONS 2 & CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS: BULL’S EYES QUILTS, 2016, (books from two exhibitions curated by Nancy) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    Unfortunately, the following titles are out of print, but your local library may have them or order on Amazon.com.
    • GRADATIONS: FROM THE STUDIO OF NANCY CROW, Quilt House Publishing
    • NANCY CROW: WORK IN TRANSITION, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: QUILTS AND INFLUENCES, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS, C&T Publishing


    Fabrics:
    6 yards or more each of:
    • SOLID BLACK and SOLID WHITE
    1-2 yards or more each of:
    • SOLID COLORS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark values) so you can be free to work – Reds, Pinks, Blues,Teals, Greens, Limes, Violets, Browns, Yellows, Golds, Oranges, Purples, Maroons, Turquoises, Rusts, Etc.)
    • BRIGHTS
    • BROWNS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • GRAYS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • TANS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • OFF-WHITES (warm white, cold white, cream)

    • Bring BOTH the GLOWING and the FLAT versions of as many of these colors as possible.
    • We will use everything listed above so do not decide to leave anything out.
    • Please wash and shrink all fabrics! No need to iron though if you fold at end of drying cycle!


    NOTES REGARDING FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
    Yes, the rumor is true!!! Yes, I do ask that each student bring lots of fabrics. My personal theory embraces the belief that one will be
    freer to be creative if one has many fabric choices available in class. After 30+ years of teaching, I consider each class I teach to be on a graduate level and therefore I expect students to arrive prepared with all necessary supplies. In that regard, I have outlined those fabrics we will use in this class. For some students, my fabric supply list will seem overwhelming in quantity and variety, while for other students, the selection they bring will never be good enough.

    About solid colors - the more shades you have to work with, the more you will learn about
    how to work with color. Color is Joyous!!! Color does not cause pain!!! Take DELIGHT in color!!!

    Working in color does not mean only using BOLD colors or HOT colors; working in color means learning to be versatile in all types of colors.

    I caution you to not bring mostly middle value solids, rather bring a wide variety, including:
    • Light values
    • Medium light values
    • Medium values
    • Medium dark values
    • Dark values
    • Please bring the glowing version… AND… the dull/flat version of as many colors as possible.

    • Remember that
    ANY COLOR… AND… ANY VALUE of ANY COLOR can be glowing or dull/flat.

    Many students arrive with their own hand-dyed solids or stacks they have purchased from other dyers. By all means, bring hand-dyed if you want… but not splotchy with white splotches on all colors.

    But solids (dyed commercially) are equally acceptable.

    I usually work with my own subtly dyed solid colors. My own palette includes approximately 500+ shades.

    Regarding fabrics: I recommend 2 yard cuts or larger because I feel happier with a minimum of 2 yard cuts. But please feel free to come with 1 yard cuts if this will facilitate having a much broader range of values. But please do not blame me if you run out of any color as I have no way of knowing which colors you will use up.
  • • October 15-20, 2017 | Potpourri IV: A Challenging Variety of Compositional Exercises

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    Potpourri IV: A Challenging Variety of Compositional Exercises
    • Level: Very advanced (student must be a good machine-piecer and skilled at cutting improvisationally. Need to have studied with Nancy on an advanced level and understand the mechanics of piecing together asymmetrical compositions.)
    • Zig zag sewing machine:
    Yes
    • Materials fee:
    No

    • PLEASE NOTE: The design exercises in POTPOURRI: PART IV are different from those in POTPOURRI: PARTS I, II, & III. It is advised that students take classes in sequence if possible.

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Early: $895 - Tuition ($655) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by April 1, 2017
    • Regular: $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by June 1, 2017
    Stacks Image 33069
    DESCRIPTION
    Although POTPOURRI: PART IV has essentially the same description as PARTS I, II, & III, the design exercise in PART IV is different and perhaps a bit harder than that given in PARTS I, II, & III. This class will explore the use of more complex geometrical motifs (called configurations) in compositions. A MOTIF is defined as being a simple figure (a theme) on a ground that is repeated in some manner. A CONFIGURATION is defined as an arrangement of connected lines and shapes that create a figure on a ground.

    It is the responsibility of each student to think about which lines & shapes & combinations of these could become new fresh motifs, to draw up many, many ideas in their sketchbook, and then, to actually cut out and sew together as many black/white motifs as possible. Making these motifs out of fabric will enlighten the student as to which motifs are both visually effective and which are easy to sew together. The size of the motif samples can be approximately 8” x 8” up to 12” x 12”. Keep black figure on white ground on the first round; make the reverse of each also with white figure on black ground. On the morning of the first day of class each student is to have all of their motif ideas pinned to their work wall. Students will be expected to work with more than one of their motif ideas depending on the design exercises given during the week.

    ***It will help if students think about how their motifs from the above homework can be combined into strong and useable configurations.

    The FOCUS of this class will be on creating one large composition, intuitively and improvisationally, and to push one’s imagination into being more playful and flexible. Students will continue to work more effectively from instincts as they make use of LINE, SHAPE, FIGURES, CONFIGURATIONS. As the title POTPOURRI suggests, the design exercise may represent many manners of compositional approaches so students need to be practiced in engineering any type of pieced construction. Figure/ground composition, value and color usage will be emphasized at all times, so each student must come prepared with a sophisticated range of shades and values in solids (commercial or hand-dyed) in as many color families as possible. It is important that the range of values includes very light colors, medium lights, mediums, medium darks, and darks. All parts of each composition will be pinned to wall as it progresses so students must bring at least 2 boxes of good quality short, fine Clover ball-head pins.

    This class requires very individual thinking and total concentration, and is meant to be challenging! The method of working will be a journey about discovery and will require an attitude of risk-taking! The design exercises will stimulate thinking and hopefully help to develop more individual work.

    ***Students must come prepared with motif ideas!
    Note: All design exercises will be done in solid colored fabric using machine-piecing techniques. Each exercise will result in a composition. Keeping a sketchbook with excellent notations will be vitally important throughout the workshop; therefore, it is required that students bring a digital camera and a small digital printer (such as the Canon Selphy printer) to use as a tool for keeping track of works-in-progress.


    PRESENTATION
    Optional but important: Each student should come prepared with a digital presentation/laptop or 3-6 actual quilts and be prepared to make a short (3-5 minutes maximum) but articulate presentation about their work including future goals. The Crow Timber Frame Barn provides use of a digital projector connected to a laptop. This helps me and all the other students to know where you are in your work at this time. Please bring new work since the last time I saw your work.

    SUPPLIES
    Sewing Machine
    • Needles/Bobbins
    • Digital Camera/Printer (Canon SELPHY printer recommended)/Paper
    • Scissors/Thread/Rulers
    • Swing Arm Lamp
    • 24” x 36” Cutting Mat
    • 7’ x 7’ Batting/Flannel (White) on which to pin work (optional)
    • Extra Large Rotary Cutter and Blades
    • Iron/Iron Cleaner (optional as Barn has irons)
    • Ball-Head Pins (very fine and regular size)
    • Small Water Spray Bottle for Ironing
    • Glue to Adhere Snapshots into Sketchbook
    • Multiple Outlet Power Strip/Adaptors/Heavy Duty Extension Cords
    • Sketchbook/Pens/Other Supplies You Want
    • Packing Tape if shipping boxes (plus return labels)

    Optional Books:
    • CROSSROADS, 2007, Breckling Press (catalog from one of Nancy’s exhibitions) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, 2006, Breckling Press (book covering Nancy's work from 1989-2005) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • NANCY CROW, MONO-PRINTS: SELF-PORTRAITS: FOCUS, 2012 - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • COLOR IMPROVISATIONS 2 & CIRCULAR ABSTRACTIONS: BULL’S EYES QUILTS, 2016, (books from two exhibitions curated by Nancy) - signed/dated editions available at the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    Unfortunately, the following titles are out of print, but your local library may have them or order on Amazon.com.
    • GRADATIONS: FROM THE STUDIO OF NANCY CROW, Quilt House Publishing
    • NANCY CROW: WORK IN TRANSITION, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: QUILTS AND INFLUENCES, American Quilters’ Society
    • NANCY CROW: IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS, C&T Publishing


    Fabrics:
    6 yards or more each of:
    • SOLID BLACK and SOLID WHITE
    1-2 yards or more each of:
    • SOLID COLORS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark values) so you can be free to work – Reds, Pinks, Blues,Teals, Greens, Limes, Violets, Browns, Yellows, Golds, Oranges, Purples, Maroons, Turquoises, Rusts, Etc.)
    • BRIGHTS
    • BROWNS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • GRAYS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • TANS (wide range in light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark)
    • OFF-WHITES (warm white, cold white, cream)

    • Bring BOTH the GLOWING and the FLAT versions of as many of these colors as possible.
    • We will use everything listed above so do not decide to leave anything out.
    • Please wash and shrink all fabrics! No need to iron though if you fold at end of drying cycle!

    NOTES REGARDING FABRIC SUPPLY LIST
    Yes, the rumor is true!!! Yes, I do ask that each student bring lots of fabrics. My personal theory embraces the belief that one will be
    freer to be creative if one has many fabric choices available in class. After 30+ years of teaching, I consider each class I teach to be on a graduate level and therefore I expect students to arrive prepared with all necessary supplies. In that regard, I have outlined those fabrics we will use in this class. For some students, my fabric supply list will seem overwhelming in quantity and variety, while for other students, the selection they bring will never be good enough.

    About solid colors - the more shades you have to work with, the more you will learn about
    how to work with color. Color is Joyous!!! Color does not cause pain!!! Take DELIGHT in color!!!

    Working in color does not mean only using BOLD colors or HOT colors; working in color means learning to be versatile in all types of colors.

    I caution you to not bring mostly middle value solids, rather bring a wide variety, including:
    • Light values
    • Medium light values
    • Medium values
    • Medium dark values
    • Dark values
    • Please bring the glowing version… AND… the dull/flat version of as many colors as possible.

    • Remember that
    ANY COLOR… AND… ANY VALUE of ANY COLOR can be glowing or dull/flat.

    Many students arrive with their own hand-dyed solids or stacks they have purchased from other dyers. By all means, bring hand-dyed if you want… but not splotchy with white splotches on all colors.

    But solids (dyed commercially) are equally acceptable.

    I usually work with my own subtly dyed solid colors. My own palette includes approximately 500+ shades.

    Regarding fabrics: I recommend 2 yard cuts or larger because I feel happier with a minimum of 2 yard cuts. But please feel free to come with 1 yard cuts if this will facilitate having a much broader range of values. But please do not blame me if you run out of any color as I have no way of knowing which colors you will use up.
  • • Independent Study

    Open or Close
    Independent Study
    • Level: Intermediate to advanced
    • Zig zag sewing machine:
    Yes
    • Materials fee:
    No

    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Early: $895 - Tuition ($655) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by April 1, 2017
    • Regular: $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by June 1, 2017

    Due to frequent requests, Nancy is offering Independent Study for up to 7 students in the lower level dry room during each week of the Fall 2017 workshops. Students must be self-driven and come with their own ideas. Each participant will have their own work table & work wall. Nancy will be available for one-on-ones, critiques, etc. 
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  • • 2017 Fall class tuition and Meal plan
    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class for Fall 2017 (except Claire Benn’s Working with Intent class - see info below):
    • Early: $895 - Tuition ($655) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by April 1, 2017
    • Regular: $915 - Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by June 1, 2017

    Tuition & Meal plan for
    Claire Benn’s Working with Intent class (limited to 14 participants):
    • Early: $1005 - Tuition ($765) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by April 1, 2017
    • Regular: $1025 - Tuition ($785) & Meal plan ($240) | paid in full by June 1, 2017

    • Note: Some of the workshops have an additional fee for materials & facility usage. Each class description indicates whether there is an additional fee. Material/facility fees are due with the final payment.

    Meal plan
    During the art retreats, Margaret Wolf, will prepare fabulous gourmet lunches and dinners plus a coffee/snack break daily during each week of class. The meal plan is provided so participants may concentrate fully on their work without being bothered by the interruption and inconvenience of cooking for themselves. The break times present a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, share ideas, and just relax together in this wonderful environment.

    The meal plan includes an opening night welcome dinner, five lunches, five afternoon coffee/pastry breaks, and four more dinners during the duration of the workshop. Coffee, tea and water will be served during these break times. Participants are responsible for any other beverage choices, such as soda pop, beer, wine, milk or bottled water.

    Please keep in mind that if anyone chooses not to participate in the meal plan, they are solely responsible for all of their meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages. The kitchen facilities are reserved for the resident chef. There is a microwave and a refrigerator in the wet studio for student use. Most restaurants are at least a 20 minute drive away from the barn.

    Please note: Due to facility limitations, meal plans are available only for workshop participants.
  • • Accommodations
    Recommended accommodations & offering special rates:

    Hampton Inn, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Please ask for "Nancy Crow Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-864-8383 or book online

    Best Western, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    All suites hotel with separate living area and bedroom. Offers complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, heated indoor pool, exercise room, & business center. Call 614-860-9804 to book and ask for “Nancy Crow Workshop” special rate.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Reynoldsburg (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    Please ask for "Crow Barn Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-861-8888 or Email the manager

    The Morgan Theater Home, Baltimore, Ohio (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, mention Crow Barn)
    Former silent movie theater converted into a private residence. Three rooms for rent include free cable TV & free high speed internet access. Kitchen/refrigerator/stove & all "kitchen stuff" available. Phone: 740-862-4765 or Email

    Rosabella B & B, Millersport, Ohio (10 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn; mention Crow Barn)
    Beautifully restored 1850s Italianate farmhouse is surrounded by farm fields. Breakfast included. The grounds include a wrap-around porch, hammock, patio, pool, hot tub, and fire pit. Phone: 740-467-3580

    Other accommodations, please negotiate your own weekly rates:

    AirBnB options in the area near the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    City of Lancaster, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Hampton Inn, 740-654-2999, clean and quiet
    City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Fairfield Inn, 614-864-4555

    Campgrounds near the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    Rippling Stream Campground, Baltimore, OH, 740-862-6065, (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    KOA Campground, Buckeye Lake, OH, 740-928-0706, (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
  • • Miscellaneous information
    Roommate
    • Please let us know if you would like a roommate. We will try to match you with another participant to share accommodations.

    Travel to and from the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • The Barn is located near Baltimore, Ohio (southeast of Columbus, Ohio)
    • Please keep in mind that there is not a shuttle service to and from the motels to the Barn, therefore please arrange a rental car or carpool with another participant.
    • Port Columbus (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio, is the major airport serving the area (30 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)

    Rental sewing machines, cutting mats & lamps
    • Bernina sewing machines are available for $75 per 5-day class.
    • Cutting mats are available for $15 per 5-day class.
    • Lamps are available for $15 per 5-day class.

    Formal class hours
    • Monday-Friday: 9-12 and 2-5 daily
    (Classrooms are open 7 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm Friday)

    Professional facilities
    Each student is provided with a large work table, an 8’ x 8’ work wall, and a comfortable chair. Classrooms are well illuminated and are open from early morning until late in the evening, plus the classrooms have air conditioning & heating. The surface design/dye studio at the Crow Timber Frame Barn includes large padded tables, lots of light (natural and color-corrected bulbs), 3 commercial stainless steel sinks, & washer/dryer. All facilities are non-smoking.

    Mailing list
    If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming art retreats, please send your contact info.

    Questions? Email
Images of student work and classes at the Crow Timber Frame Barn