On this website you find an overview of the workshops during EXPO VELDHOVEN 2014.
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Draw and paint with fabrics – Sophie Furbeyre Download list with materials

Sophie Furbeyre – Thursday May 1, 2014

Name of Workshop: Draw and paint with fabrics.

Create a beautiful and easy artquilt, learn how to make subtle hues of black and grey in textile art. Work with tyvek, organza, Japanese structured paper and more. Learn how to create a variety of structured fabrics. Draw with your sewing machine and paint with fabrics to produce a quilt, like fine art paintings used in my work at the exhibition.

After workshop: finished
Extra material: € 6,-
Technique: Machine sewing
Maximum number of students: 15
Workshop is mainly English spoken, some directions in French or German are also possible.

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Pomegrenates – Gillian Travis Download list with materials

Gillian Travis – Saturday May 3, 2014

Whilst in Israel in 2013 I took masses of photographs of pomegranates, on the trees, and in the shops and market stalls. I love the shape and colour of pomegranates (and of course the taste!).

I have used Notan and Counterchange design principles to design and make many new quilts which will be on show at EXPO Veldhoven in May.

My quilts are made with Batik fabric, as it is available in such fabulous colours and patterns and available from many fabric suppliers.

We will start the day by carrying out some simple design work that you should find useful for future projects. We will take a simple shape e.g. a Pomegranate, Pear or Apple and using Notan and Counterchange design principles we will come up with a design for a small quilt, wall hanging, table runner or placemat. Using transfer adhesive or Bondaweb and fabric we will transfer these designs to fabric. This may take all day and you could continue with designing and assembling your quilt or samples, keeping the sewing for working at home later.

I use many innovative approaches to quilting and this is a good introduction to contemporary quilting.

Techniques used: Design skills, Bonded appliqué, Machine stitching.

After workshop: to finish at home
Extra material: depending on what students bring, purchase of extra material possible
Technique: Machine sewing
Maximum number of students: 15
Workshop is English spoken

For more photos please visit the Facebook page of Gillian Travis.

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Indian Ladies – Gillian Travis Download list with materials

Gillian Travis – Saturday May 3, 2014

Name of Workshop: Indian Ladies

I have travelled throughout India, many times and I love to take photos of the women in their colourful sarees and have since produced many pieces of work from these photographs. These can be seen on my website and there will be many new pieces on show at EXPO Veldhoven in May.

You could use your own photos of Indian Ladies taken yourself or found on Google images etc. Please bring any that you may have or use tracing paper to copy my designs

I use innovative approaches to quilting and this is a good introduction to contemporary quilting.

In this workshop you will be able to make a similar but smaller panel. We will develop appliqué, paint and printing skills and if time allows free machine skills. I have developed a kit, which has been made up in India. This uses recycled sari silk and will be available to purchase on the day or you can use your own fabrics. All specialist equipment needed will be provided by the tutor.

Techniques used: Painting a background, Transferring an image, Block printing, Applique, Machine Stitching

After workshop: to finish at home
Extra material: €10,- optional
Technique: sewing machine
Maximum number of students: 15
Workshop is taught in English

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Sewing Pouch – Reiko Kato Download list with materials

Reiko Kato – Sunday May 4, 2014

Name of Workshop: Sewing Pouch.

In this workshop you will make a pretty Sunbonnet Sue sewing pouch for keeping your sewing tools (needles, thread, scissors, marker etc) at hand. We will use appliqué and put parts together with a zipper. The pouch is color coordinated with Japanese Yarn Dye and printed fabrics.

After workshop: to finish at home
Extra material: €40,
Technique: sewing machine
Maximum number of students: 20
Workshop is English spoken

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Date Code Teacher Workshop Duration Price
Th 01 05 SF01 Sophie Furbeyre Draw and paint with fabrics 1 day € 96,-
Sa 03 05 GT01 Gillian Travis Pomegranates 1 day € 96,-
Sa 03 05 GT03 Gillian Travis Indian Ladies 1 day € 96,-
Su 04 05 RK04 Reiko Kato Sewing pouch 1 day € 96,-

General information:

  1. Workshops ½ day costs €48,50, workshops full day costs €96.
  2. Lunch-buffet is included for full day workshops. Coffee, tea and water is included for all workshops.
  3. Classes are from 10.00-12.30 hours and 14.00-16.30 hours.
  4. Applications will be handled in order of reception.
  5. No fee will be returned to students who cancel their workshops after April 1, 2014.

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Teachers Quiltbiographies

Sophie Furbeyre creates wonderful and unique textiles using fabric, paints and silk with sewing machine. Sophie is reconized as leading international artist in her field and since childhood, her love for fabrics and crafts has led her to explore and experiment with various disiplines and materials. She has used sewing, crochet, knitting, painting, felting, leather carving, etc.

For 20 years Sophie has translated her ideas into fantastic patchwork, beautiful textile art, felt art and wearable art. She has taught at workshops all over Europe. Sophie currently lives in Paris and will be showing her creations, always different, where fantastic vibrancy of materials, colours and fabrics are mixed brillantly with embroideries and original embellishments. She is in a constant search of structures, textures and varied textile mediums with new materials.

Sophie’s work has been seen in Japan, the USA as well as numerous countries in Europe. Her Book Patchwork Formes et Couleurs, from her own patchwork techniques, has been published in in 2005.


portrait Sophie Furbeyre

Sophie Furbeyre

I am an award winning textile artist based in a small village in the North of England and have a studio near my home that I have developed to accommodate creative textiles courses. I love teaching and passing on my skills, ideas and enthusiasm to students of all ages.

I travel extensively for pleasure and my teaching, and make regular trips to India. Much of the textiles I make is inspired by my travels especially colour and pattern and take lots of photographs that later I use and design and develop into quilts

I specialise in paint, print, felt and machine stitch, and always use natural fabrics.

My 2 self-published books and the several kits that I have developed continue to sell well.


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Gillian Travis

I started to do patchwork in 1979, which I learned from Yoko Saito. I taught in Yoko’s shop from 1981 until 2009. I opened my own shop “Mother’s Dream” in 2001. I teach not only in my shop, but all around the world likei n France, Spain, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands etc. I participate in the Quilt Exhibition in Tokyo every year and have guest collections in foreign countries as well.

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Reiko Kato

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