July 12-15, 2017
Nat’l African American Quilt Convention (Vendor Booth)
July 20-23, 2017
July 29, 2017
4th Annual Yara Customer Appreciation Day
August 9-13, 2017
SewJourn Colorado Mountain Retreat II
African Fabric Month
October 18-24, 2017
SewJourn Santa Fe…and Albuquerque!
Santa Fe, NM
Join Lisa for one or more Cultured Expressions events (see the Calendar to the left), or contact us to arrange a special event for your group or organization. Our special events and some of CE’s most popular Hands-On Workshops are listed below, and we can tailor other Fabrigasmic adventures to your group’s needs & preferences — Contact us for details!
SOLD OUT — WAIT LIST AVAILABLE AUGUST 9 – 13, 2017! Pack your sewing machine and enjoy a glorious extended weekend at a gorgeous retreat house, about 40 minutes from Denver, CO. Picture a sewing & quilting pajama party with like-minded friends, including a special presentation by fiber artist Valerie C. White. Plus, a field trip into downtown Denver will uncover some interesting CE-approved resources, and a visit to the Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild’s exhibit opening reception.
SOLD OUT — WAIT LIST AVAILABLE October 18-24, 2017 —Apparently, we can’t get enough of Santa Fe! so we’re heading back for more in 2017, with a focus on workshops and artsy adventure ; ) And this time, we’re adding a night-and-day in Albuquerque… Spend two days learning from indigo master Gasali Adeyemo, plus pottery and embroidery workshops by local artists. Great food and drink, fun shopping, optional activities, and the services of Tom G, New Mexico’s best tour guide! Our Tour concludes with a visit with the New Mexico Quilters Association, and a trunk show by Lisa.
TRUNK SHOWS/LECTURES — HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS CUSTOMIZED RETREATS
Trunk Shows / Lectures can accommodate any group size. 60 to 90 minute presentations including optional video presentation. Allow additional time for the book signing session; we also arrange to have books, African fabrics, trims, kits and available for sale following the program. Ask about including signed copies of the books for each participant.
African Accents for the Home gives a general overview of African fabrics and how to use them in home decor. Pick up valuable tips and easy ideas for working with mudcloth, korhogo, adinkra, kente and kuba raffia cloth. Designed for general audiences and all skill levels.
Quilting with African Fabrics provides quilters of all skill levels with new ideas and creative insights for using African fabrics in quilts, from cotton prints and handcrafted batiks to pieced mudcloth & korhogo combinations.
On The Go! Accessories & More shows how African fabrics translate into unique fashion accessories with style and function. Along with the outer choices of fabrics, handles & embellishments, tips for inner structure and support are reviewed.
Global Textile Influences explores a variety of fabric techniques from around the world, the cultures that created them, and how to incorporate them into quilting & home decor projects. Based in part on the book Global Expressions.
For fees and scheduling, contact us.
African Mosaic Quilting
Our most popular workshop features our pre-cut quilt kit. By carefully arranging 2″ squares so one color range flows gracefully into the next, you create an artistic, mosaic-style quilt. Design tips and ideas for other projects will be given. Kit includes 200 2″ squares, one yard of pre-printed 2″ fusible grid for easy assembly, and instructions. 5 hours.
Color Block Batik Tote
Show off your favorite color scheme in rich 7″ squares of jacquard batiks from Ghana. Suitable for all levels from confident beginner to advanced. Embellishments & additional fabrics available for purchase during class, or students can bring in their own. 4-5 hours.
Embellished Mini-Quilt with Fabric Beads
Create a collage-style mini quilt (11″x14″) with bogolan from Mali and jacquard batiks from Ghana, then add color, texture and surface interest with West African beads, decorative yarns & other accents. Stitch by hand, by sewing machine, or both. Create fabric beads and other fun fabric embellishments perfect for quilts, jewelry, and general crafts. 4 hours.
Sew up a one-of-a-kind fashion tote, in bold geometric, texture-rich Kuba fabric. Each piece is handcrafted in the Congo region of central Africa. Choose barrel or classic carryall style. 5 hours.
Mudcloth Covered Journal
Professional no-sew techniques are used to create a personal journal – record your daily thoughts, nightly dreams, even to-do lists with Afrocentric style! Discussion of types of journals, tips for keeping one and more. Includes all materials; optional embellishments available for purchase. 2-3 hours.
Lisa’s Bangle Bag
This sassy little bag has “hands-on-hip” attitude, in your choice of mudcloth or batik fabric. Then embellish as you like, slip it on your wrist and go! 2-3 hours.
Enjoy individualized instruction as you create your favorite African fabric projects. Depending on your chosen project, techniques can include fusing, applique, quilting and basic sewing. For individuals or groups. Min. 2 hours.
For fees and scheduling, contact us.
CE Home Shows
Invite friends to your home for a relaxing evening of creative inspiration, fun, and “retail therapy”! Lisa will share the latest CE projects, supplies, her books and a selection of finished crafts, and help you and your guests to select fabrics & trims to create their own culturally relevant Quilts, Décor, Crafts & Accessories… You can also enjoy a hands-on Mini Workshop. Plus, as the Host, you can earn free CE merchandise! DETAILS