Speaker: Dierdra McElroy
Lecture Date: June 21
Title: The Tifaifai Way
Tahiti is a French protectorate so this lecture is appropriately opened with an enthusiastic greeting in French as the program chairman is presented with a unique Lei. During this lecture a thorough, yet entertaining, history of the islands is given in order to give the audience the necessary understanding of the island's culture. Over 30 Tifaifai (pronounced tee-fay-fay) in various stages of production are shared with the listeners. Each design has a purpose and story which is explained and the audience is slowly lured into a virtual tropical paradise!The traditional rules for designing a Tifaifai are also given as Dierdra encourages quilters to create their own 'picture book' quilts from paradise.
Workshop Date: June 22
Title: Tahitian Applique
Description:The Tifaifai is Dierdra's singular passion because it exudes complexity when, in reality, its simplicity is unrivaled in the applique world. This free-form applique method requires no pins, ironing, spray startch, or major preparation. The secrets of laying out the applique piece (which is cut while folded like a paper snowflake) onto the base fabric is shared and practiced in class. Students experience and learn about grain lines, warps and wefts of fabric weave and then baste their design with Roxanne Glue. The afternoon is then dedicated to learning the five basic elements of Needleturn Applique and Dierdra's tricks for easy precision. Lots of individual attention is given so that everyone can learn the techniques easily.
Cost: $35 Class fee, $20 kit fee
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