Fabric is Paint with Visiting Artist Pam Collins

So, maybe you’re wondering exactly what is this class that is going to happen on Sunday, December 3?  Yes, the class entitled “Fabric is Paint”.

I am Pam Collins, the artist who will traveling from Central Minnesota to teach the class. In this very fun class you will cut or tear fabric and use zippers and other notions to create a landscape, sunset, waterscape or a floral painting.  You will work on a stretched canvas measuring approximately 11″ x 16″.  The only tools you will likely use are scissors and glue, a few straight pins and maybe tweezers. 

We will talk about designing your art piece, and I’ll demonstrate how the process works.  The tricky part of this medium is to look at old corduroy and upholstery fabric and think of it as rocks, mountains and even trees.  It’s fun to explore how fabric can take on a new purpose and be recycled in an imaginative way.  You’ll discover how placing fabric in a certain location on your canvas, can help to give depth and perspective to your painting.  You will glue each piece of fabric or notion onto the canvas and build on to what has already been glued down. 

The pictures you see are examples of past students work.

I also hope you’ll take a moment to look at my one page website to see some of my work in fabric.  I have been teaching for a number of years, although not always textiles.  I also work in mosaics and watercolor. I find it extremely satisfying to help students discover a new way to look at things and learn this unique medium.  I hope you will be excited to join me on Sunday, December 3rd to learn this simple yet challenging medium.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact me  at pam@PamCollinsArt.com.

I look forward to meeting you! 

Welcome Rachel Davis, New Textiles Department Artist in Residence!

Rachel Davis, Artist-in-Residence

Nearly two months have passed since I began my artist-in-residence in the Textiles department. In that time, I’ve been making leaf inspired forms with cloth: quilting, cutting, and using embroidery to embellish these new pieces. I focus on color and pattern when combining textiles, dyeing fabrics when necessary. I enjoy this new, and relatively large-scale since I am using mostly cotton sheets as raw material. These new pieces are large fabric sketches that I will later refine, edit, and print on.

In addition, I am printing my botanical illustrations and stockpiling imagery for later use. I think of this new collection of images as raw material to use with the quilted pieces and to experiment with dye and color printing techniques.



I am delighted to be a part of this vibrant community and to have the gift of time and space to create new work. I am in the studio Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, stop by and visit!

-Rachel Davis

Instagram: @art_bumble


Fall Session II Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello lovely Textiles Department community members! Monday, October 16th is the first day of Fall Session II. Here’s the class and open studio schedule. Please remember that open studio is subject to change: especially during the first week of classes! Make sure to double check here before heading into the studio. See you soon!


Fall Session I: Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello All!

I hope everyone is enjoying the first week of Fall session! Open studio will open on Monday, September 18th. Here’s the class and open studio schedule so you can start planning your projects!

See you in the studio,


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Fall SI Open Studio Schedule 9.14

HAT FORMING: WEARABLE SCULPTURE with DJ DeGayner on Monday Nights!

Hello! My name is DJ DeGayner. I’m a milliner in Chicago and I’ve been teaching hat making for over 4 years now. My students and I create everything from floral headbands and sun hats, to avant garde runway headpieces. Good news! I’m teaching a hat making course this fall. But this course is special because it’s the foundation to becoming a do-it-yourself milliner: Hat blocking.

In this course, the focus will be on creating a one-of-a-kind blocked felt hat. Students will design and  carve their own hat block (which is a 3D form used to sculpt headpieces) and stretch a felt hood over this form to create a finished hat. We will also work on traditional millinery sewing techniques.

After the block is carved, you use a felt hood (of any color) and steam to stretch over the form. Then it’s roped & pinned down to emphasize the carved shapes, and let set for 24 hours.

It is then removed from the block and finished on the inside with a millinery ribbon.

We will focus on 3D carving skills to create something wearable and original. These skills can be used to create hats on your own, even after the course ends. If you’re interested in learning more about millinery materials and techniques, this class is the perfect start.

If you are interested in my work, please check out my website ddegayner.com or email me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you in my course!

If you are interested in seeing more artist’s millinery work, please look at:

Philip Treacy

Angela Moreno


And countless more… just google hat blocking.


Register for the class today!

Hat Forming: Wearable Sculpture w/ DJ DeGayner

Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, 10 weeks, starts on September 11th


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Limited Open Studio: Saturdays, August 12 and 26

Heads up!

Saturday, August 12th: There will be no open studio in the print room because of a workshop happening in the space. There will still be regularly scheduled open studio in the sewing room.

Saturday, August 26th: There will be no open studio in the print room because of the Fall Open House which will be using the space. There will still be regularly scheduled open studio in the sewing room.


Summer Session II: Class and Open Studio Schedule

Hello Lovely Textiles Department Community! Tomorrow is the start of Summer Session II classes and open studio. This schedule is subject to tweaks over the next week or so: please make sure to check back here for the most recent updates before heading in to the studio.

See ya soon!


You know how to knit, Do you know how to weave?

All of our clothing is made up of tiny little fibers all attached to one another to create a structure and hold a shape.

Garments unfortunately aren’t indestructible.

Have you ever snagged a shirt and about two yards of thread were held between you and the edge of a counter?

Have you ever tried to button up a shirt, and it pulled in all the wrong directions?

A knit is, ‘make (a garment, blanket, etc.) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine.’

A woven is, ‘form (fabric or a fabric item) by interlacing long threads passing in one direction with others at a right angle to them.’

Now that you know the basics of a knit a weave why don’t you try creating them, or working with them.

This summer at Lillstreet so many different types of classes are offered in the textile department, and if you’d like to put your knitting on the back burner you can come learn how to weave (with me)!

Weaving 101 will be offered again this summer- so sign up now. I will be teaching you how to build your own loom and learn techniques such as shapes, pattern and fringe (which is all the rage!).

Check out the first works from our current Weaving 101 class,


AND if that is not inspiration enough here are a few artists you can follow online and then learn how to weave like them!


www.mozegoods.etsy.com // @mozegoods

www.allysonrousseau.com // @allyrous

www.etsy.com/shop/wovenblush // @wovenblush


Get inspired and learn a new skill this summer!