Workshops in Fabric Art

by Marjan Kluepfel

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Introduction - I have conducted quilting and creativity workshops and lectures for more than 25 years. I love teaching my techniques, inspiring budding artists and meeting quilters from all over the world. My goal is to inform and entertain so people come away with new knowledge and a memorable experience.

Where I have taught -Some of the venues where I have taught in the past include: Mancuso quilt shows in California (Pacific International Quilt Festival), Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, [] ; Quilt Festival Houston; The Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, Australia; Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar, CA; quilting retreats at Lake Tahoe; quilters guilds across the US, Australia and New Zealand; Quilt Seminars at Sea [].

Types of groups -I enjoy interacting with small groups as well as engaging groups of up to 300. Many of my hands-on workshops are focused on groups of 20-25 where students sometimes are dyeing fabric, creating art quilts and always learning and having fun.

Below is a listing of some of my classes. For more information please contact me.


Learn how to make three-dimensional quilted fabric sculptures. In this class you will make a quilted vase, bowl, or flower, but with the techniques taught, you can create many different quilted 3D shapes. Your imagination is the limit...


fabrics2-1.jpgDYED FABRICS: THEY’RE IR-RESIST-ABLE - 6 hours

Learn to create your own beautiful hand-dyed fabrics! You will become familiar with the principles of color theory, fabric dyeing using Procion fiber reactive dyes, and many surface design techniques such as immersion dyeing to create color progressions or value gradations; dye painting; bleach discharge; resist techniques; shibori; stamping and stenciling.

handdyedfabrics-1.jpgHAND-DYED SILK SCARVES – 3 hours

Dye your own silk and rayon scarves in your favorite colors. This class is a shorter version of my fabric dyeing class (above).

- 6 hours

In this class you will learn to paint realistic looking birch trees, which will be used to create a beautiful landscape wall quilt. My class kit will take the worry out of fabric selection.

skypainting1-1.jpgSKY PAINTING WORKSHOP
- 6 hours

Paint your own beautiful sunsets or water fabric and overlay them with a silhouette of trees (free pattern provided) or other shapes or embellish with threads (bobbin drawing and thread painting) to create an original landscape wall quilt.




Create a beautiful Butterfly wall quilt by fusing the butterflies to a background and adding movement and texture with free motion quilting. 
A kit (hand dyed fabric and pattern) takes the worry out of fabric selection.  In class we will conduct a series of fun exercises in which you will create free form quilting designs without marking or templates.  Each exercise leads you step by step in developing your own style and expertise to free motion quilting with confidence.

– 6 hours

“Plantasy” is the name I use for my fantasy flowers and plants. Learn how to create an original wall quilt with beautiful flowers using the following techniques: designing and creating a fabric collage using fused or regular appliqué, free-motion machine embroidery, thread painting, embellishing with Angelina fiber and beads, couching and bobbin drawing. Patterns are available for those who are not confident to make their own designs.


SEASCAPES – 6 hours

Create your own original seascape wall quilt. Learn about essential design principles. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced quilters with patterns available for those who are not confident to make their own designs. We’ll be creating a fabric collage using fused or traditional appliqué, free-motion machine embroidery and thread painting, stamping and stenciling with fabric paints, foiling, embellishing with Angelina and beads, yarn (couching) and bobbin-drawing.

– 6 hours

Learn about essential design principles to make a beautiful fantasy view or bring that inspiring photograph that you have wanted to translate into a beautiful wall quilt. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced quilters. We’ll be creating a fabric collage using fused or traditional appliqué, free-motion machine embroidery and thread painting. Bobbin drawing and couching will provide extra texture. Learn how to sew from back to front, following your own drawing or my pattern.

– 6 hours

In this class you will learn to create a small landscape wall quilt (suitable for framing) using the following techniques: free motion machine embroidery, thread painting, bobbin drawing, couching, use of Sulky Solvy to make trees and shrubs, foiling, embellishing with Angelina fibers and Tyvek. Emphasis is on learning the techniques. Small landscape patterns will be provided to practice on.


Create a beautiful dragonfly wall quilt and learn how to add sparkle with iridescent Angelina fibers, foiling and machine embroidery threads. This is a fast and fun technique suitable for new and experienced quilters. Learn about the many exciting ways you can use this unusual fiber. A kit with several colors of Angelina fiber is available for $5.


- 3 hours

Many of us have a large collection of gorgeous threads, ribbons and yarn that are too thick to thread through a sewing machine needle or too fragile to withstand the machine’s tension disks and thread guides. With bobbin drawing you will be able to use these wonderful threads. Learn the basics of this exciting technique and free-motion machine embroidery, thread painting and couching in this 3 hour workshop.




This is an educational slide lecture and trunk show with a big dose of humor woven in. Marjan grew up in the Netherlands. You will hear about her untraditional approach to quilting and how she creates her hand dyed fabrics. She explains where her ideas and inspiration come from, how her work has evolved over the years and why she does what she does. Learn from Marjan’s mistakes so you won’t make them yourself!


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Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton VA; Feb. 21-25, 2018
Ocean Wave Quilters, Fort Bragg, CA, April 8-9
Antelope Quilters Guild, Citrus Heights, CA, May
8 Oroville Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Oroville, CA, June 21
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 12-15

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Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA; Feb. 26 - March 3, 2019
MQX Quilt Festival, Manchester, NH; April 10-13, 2019
Spring AQS Show, Paducah, KY, April 24-27, 2019
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, PA; September 11-15, 2019
Ridge Quilters' Guild, Paradise, CA; September 17-18, 2019

Fabulous Flowers Workshop Video

Marjan Kluepfel at a workshop she taught at the Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, Oct. 2-4, 2014.

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