Sign up now for Craft Napa!

I’m so excited to tell you registration is now open for Craft Napa and classes are filling fast. Many of the teachers from last year are returning along with a few new ones.

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What a fantastic line up, you can’t go wrong taking classes with any of these gals: Melissa Averionos, Sue Bleiweiss, Carrie Bloomston, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Lynn Krawczyk, Jane LaFazio, Jenny K. Lyon, Judy Coates Perez, Melanie Testa, and Victoria Findley Wolfe.

Now look at this fun filled schedule, along with descriptions for the classes I’ll be teaching.

Wednesday January 11, 2017
6:00- 7:00pm

Craft Napa Welcome Party

Grab your complimentary totes, swag, name badges, and join your host Pokey Bolton and Craft Napa Workshop Facilitators for a lively meet and great. Door prizes will abound. Complimentary party to all registered Craft Napans!

9:00am – 5:00pm

Paint offers endless opportunities for creating special effects on fabric, from adding details, dimension or shadow to creating fully illustrated scenes. While working with textile paints, students learn to control paint bleeding, paint backgrounds and fill large areas evenly, avoiding blotchiness, learn techniques for creating gradations of color, glazing paint to create more visual depth, and how to work with freezer-paper masks, as well as paint fine lines and details.

Learning how different paints affect the hand of the fabric, and how to baste painted fabric for quilting will also be covered. This is an information packed class geared to help students gain confidence painting on fabric for art quilting.


12:15- 1:30 PM

The View:


Join a luncheon repast while listening to a panel of Craft Napan teachers as they address (and opine) on a variety of art-related subjects. What thread or paint is their favorite (and why)? What are their best (and worst) practices in their studio? What’s their favorite show (or shows) to attend? Participants will have the opportunity to send in questions ahead of time for members of the panel to address.


6:30pm – 9:30pm

Skip the learning curve involved with carving rubber stamps and discover how easy it is to make foam stamps using a few basic tools and inexpensive craft foam. Learn how to make simple stamp designs, two-part stamps that can be printed in layers, and simple modular designs that can be combined to make more complex stamped patterns. You can use these stamps with all your mixed-media paper or textile projects.

9:00am – 5:00pm

Paint and Print-A-Palooza 

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Make your own personal fabric line! Learn several techniques for creating colorful textured fabrics using acrylics inks, and then learn how to apply patterns using thermo-fax screens and a variety of different stamping techniques.

6:30 -8:30 PM

Craft Napa Artists Market

Free, and open to the public.

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Join fellow crafters and artists for a fun vendor night brimming with unique artist offerings and wares.

9:00am – 5:00pm

Blessings In The Wind: Making Mixed-Media Prayer Flags 

JCP prayer flags 2Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, strength, well-being and wisdom, and when blown by the wind, spread good will and compassion. Students will begin by making a variety of beautiful fabrics by applying different painting techniques with acrylic inks. Then they will then create unique and personalized imagery on their fabric; printing with thermofax screens, stamps and incorporating words and images using Judy’s unique printed Abaca tissue papers. The painted, printed and collaged fabrics will then be cropped for composition into flags, ready to be strung together for hanging.



Blend your own Wine Competition

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Each participant will be taking home a bottle of the winning wine,  delivered to the hotel the next morning.

During this event, a variety of exciting loot will be raffled off for participants.

9:00am – 5:00pm

Sip and Sew Wine Train

Join fellow Craft Napans for a three-hour tour up the beautiful Napa Valley! Here we will enjoy each other’s company in a chartered car as we take in the vineyard and mountain scenery, stitch on handwork, enjoy a three-course meal, and taste some wine.

Register now!

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I’m off to the bay area this week to give a lecture and workshop with the Diablo Valley Quilters, so next week I’ll write about my travels in the midwest. Stay tuned…






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