Workshops 

2019 Workshop Calendar 

How about this location for inspiration?

I can hardly wait to teach at Wild Rice Retreat this summer.  

June 22-23
Bodacious Bangles 
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Bayfield, WI

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Do you adore texture? Here is your chance to create your own personally textured bangle bracelets. If you’re a confident beginner or intermediate learner you’ll start with wire and build three mid weight free form sterling silver bangles to fit your wrist. 

Some of the techniques you’ll learn are; *forging, bending, texturing by hand and machine, soldering, and stone setting. Lastly, you’ll learn the professional tips of final polishing that takes your work from good to remarkable. We’ll address design principles and engineering related to the project. Individual attention will be emphasized and you’ll learn many creative solutions to possible obstacles in the safety and camaraderie of a group.  

Lisa Flemming of Silverwaves Jewelry has agreed to assist me with this class.  Her vibrant, curious, and generous personality will add a meaningful layer to this class.    

June 25-27
Thoughtful Improv Piecing 
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Bayfield, WI

CLASS DESCRIPTION

If you love good design and want to be more adventurous in your quilts, here is your chance to explore piecing improvisationally! We’ll talk about design, principles, and color choices related to the project. Improv piecing is a fun and playful technique that you will want to employ in any future sewing projects. You will learn to select the best fabrics, format, and how it all fits together for the success of your piece.   By cutting and sewing together, we’ll take the mystery out of improv while you apply your own unique ideas every step of the way. Individual attention will be emphasized, and you’ll learn many creative solutions to possible obstacles in the comfortable safety of a supportive experienced instructor. I know we’ll have a GREAT time!!  

In three days you could get a cozy lap quilt top finished.  Or a beautiful wall piece you are free to choose!!

June 28
Meditative Stitching​ 
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Bayfield, WI

CLASS DESCRIPTION

What is Meditative Stitching?

It’s the deliberate hand stitching of lovely small pieces of fabrics joined together to make a pleasing composition. Why? To still your mind, to be absorbed in the lusciousness of the moment and the materials. We’ll use silk, linen, wool, hand-dyed cottons, ribbon, yarn, lace, or beads. Each small 4” composition tells a story and takes you on a journey. We’ll address design principles and sources as well as color theories related to the project. Individual attention will be emphasized. Students can expect to complete two to six compositions.

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Examples of work done by Improv students from past classes.  

Online Classes

How to Design with Freedom: Using Improv Techniques

Donalee Kennedy, Artist, Designer, Quilt maker

Introduction to skillshare class

Learn to make these fun potholders with my online class here.     

Class samples of Potholders

DONALEE DESIGNS

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