Elizabeth Duke – Art Retreat Threads

Elizabeth Duke
Art Retreat Threads
Saturday 10 October, 2015
One Day Workshop


Do you crave clothes to wear to your favorite art retreats that are comfortable, functional AND Fun?! That is the focus of this full day workshop! We will recycle/upcycle and embellish 3-4, well-fitting garments from your current wardrobe: a pair of jeans or denim skirt, a t shirt, a sweatshirt or buttoned down shirt and either a pair of sweat or yoga pants. Using a combination of the many techniques I will demonstrate in class, these pieces will transform into a mini collection worthy to wear when you attend an artistic fest! You can feel comfy and arty at the same time! We will be doing hand and machine sewing, fabric painting, beading, embroidery and appliqué. Pictured are some of the many samples I will bring to class to help inspire your own creations.



Students will bring to class:

  • DUKE05A pair of jeans or denim skirt, a T shirt, a sweatshirt, sweatpants or yoga pants that fit you well and that you can cut up and transform!
  • Sewing machine in good working order (with its foot pedal, machine sewing needles and an extension cord, if you have one)
  • Basic sewing kit including: fabric and paper scissors, sewing needles, pins, basic thread colors, tape measure, pencil
  • Baby wipes, paper towels and an apron or smock for painting
  • Any particular pieces of fabric, trims, lace, beads, buttons etc you may want to add to your new clothes. I will also bring extra fabric, trims, lace etc as part of your kit.
  • Brushes for fabric painting including a 1” foam brush

Kit ($20. fee) will include:

  • Fabric paint, stamps, stencils
  • Fabric pieces, lace and trims
  • Beads, beading needles and beading thread
  • Fusible bond, tracing paper

Elizabeth Duke has loved playing with fabric, paper and ephemera for as long as she can remember. She has taught sewing, needle arts and mixed media arts to children of all ages for over 15 years. Elizabeth lives in Fairfield, CT with her brilliant and witty husband, two great kids and creative cat muse, Millie. Her work has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors and Art Journaling magazines. Check out her blog at edukedesigns.wordpress.com