Landscapes in Cotton: Layering for Space

Landscapes from simple to advanced can be created by learning to layer fabric. Instead of piecing with patterns, enjoy free-cutting and building simple shapes using theories of perspective to suggest landscapes with illusions of space and distance, light effects and glowing color.

Pond Reflection

Miniature Landscapes

Almost exactly like Landscapes in Cotton except the focus is on small, quickie projects…confections. Almost exactly like Landscapes in Cotton except the focus is on small, quickie projects…confections.


Remembered Vistas (detail)

Advanced Landscapes: A Design Class

This class explores landscape enhancement, re-structuring, repeating and morphing to make the basic landscape richer and more interesting. Paper exercises lead to expanded layouts with multiple views and shifting focus. This is a good class for a group which has had experience in creating landscapes.


Underwater Magic: Designer Fish

When multiple class scheduling, this class is better done after the basic landscape class. Often, Designer Fish is offered as an option in conjunction with a one-day Landscape Class. Because the same basic design process is used for both subjects they can be taught together easily.

Holly Hock Dress

Direct Designing: Floral Subjects

Another class featuring free-hand cutting.




In her workshops Jo teaches the method of designing that she uses, free-cutting without  patterns. Her many years of practice at both creating her own work and teaching, ensure good outcomes for participants. Jo is dedicated to sharing information and making her students successful.

All the workshops are based on free-hand cutting, direct designing and the combining of many layers of appliqué. The method is always the same, so you should think of Jo as a one subject teacher. The subject matter or focus of a workshop can vary, but the method does not.

Hand stitching is demonstrated in class, but any student who wishes to bring a sewing machine to do surface stitchery over the layers is welcome to do that. However, Jo is not competent to teach machine technique, nor is she qualified to adjust or repair machines. Bringing a machine is an optional choice for the student.

The workshops are best done in a full day session (six hours), but any one of them can be presented in a half day (three hours). In shorter workshops students design and cut but probably won’t get to sewing. Possible combinations (done in the same full day workshop) might include Landscapes and Fish – or – Landscapes, Fish and Flowers – or – Fish and Flowers.

All workshops are geared toward any ability level except for Advanced Landscapes, which is best for Intermediate and Advanced students.


• Full-day Workshop (6 hours); 20 people; absolute max 25; must have lots of space, i.e. only two students per 8’ table. Crowding makes for less successful work. $500

• Half-day Workshop (3 hours) must be part of other teaching. $300

• Travel reimbursement, lodging and meals are due in addition to teaching fees. Accommodations must be non-smoking. Please take note: Jo only teaches at venues she can drive to. She no longer does teaching that requires airplane travel.


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