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CBA 025-S18-1 | Sampler: Paper, Fiber, Print + Stitch

CBA 025-S18-1 | Sampler: Paper, Fiber, Print + Stitch

Mon-Fri, 6/18-6/22, 9AM-4pm, Room 508

Maximum Enrollment: 10 LBS

Course Description

Traditional embroidered samplers displayed the makers‰Ûª repertoire of stitches and their design and lettering skills. Think of this intensive as a sampler ‰ÛÓ a place and time to explore the possibilities of combining paper with textiles to create unique tactile work. Think of hybrids and cross-pollination ‰ÛÓ how can materials and methods be combined and adapted to become more than the sum of their parts? Activities and demonstrations will include laminating paper and fabric together, printing images onto fabric and paper, how to adapt machine and hand stitching for paper, spinning paper thread, and more as time and interest allow. Participants will have time to investigate demonstrated techniques and materials on their own, to make personal discoveries and connections for their own work.

TUITION: $335 + FEES: $25
CEUs: 3.5

Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She is an artist member of Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective in downtown Portland. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists‰Ûª Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.


  • Scissors
  • X-acto or similar knife with extra blades
  • Metal ruler or triangle
  • Awl
  • Glue stick (wax kind, not roller/liquid kind)
  • PVA or white glue such as Sobo or Aileen's Tacky (not Elmer‰'s)
  • 1 yard of muslin (minimum)
  • Fabric/scraps
  • Paper/scraps (printed, plain, magazine or book pages‰ - any paper, any weight)
  • Embroidery thread: DMC 6-strand, Perle Cotton, whatever you may have
  • Basic sewing thread
  • Hand-sewing needles of all kinds
  • Yarn, twine, other cording of interest
  • Writing and drawing implements
  • Sharpies, any colors
  • Sewing machine
  • Drop spindle

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