Stencil and Sew with Linda Lee and Nancy Shriber
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
September 30 - October 4, 2019
About the Workshop:
Join us in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a personalized sewing experience. In this workshop, you'll dive into a set of skills centering around the art of modern garment sewing with an artistic edge. Work intimately with two nationally-known instructors, Linda Lee of The Sewing Workshop and Nancy Shriber, founder of Contemporary Sashiko.
In this workshop, you will stencil and paint your fabric using Nancy’s signature technique. Create your own unique fabric by embellishing with stenciling and writing. Then make the coordinating pieces for a unique ensemble while honing your sewing skills with Linda, all while enjoying breathtaking views on top of the Ozark mountain range.
We will be sewing in the gorgeous, light-filled conservatory at the historic Crescent Hotel & Spa. The Crescent has been hosting travelers in Eureka Springs since 1886 and is a perfect location for our sewing week. Whether you choose to stay onsite in a hotel room or in one of their luxurious and convenient cottages, you will be close to the sewing action.
The Crescent Hotel is also home to the wonderful New Moon Spa. During your stay, the spa offers a 20% discount on any service. For a full list of services, visit newmoonspa.com.
The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday. We will have lunch at the Crescent Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, we will walk to local favorite, Oscar’s for lunch and then explore Mary Tait’s inspiring interior workroom and Elinor Lux’s weaving and jewelry studio. Box lunches are provided for Friday’s lunch.
We start the week with a trunk show of Nancy’s hand painted and stitched garments and ensembles of Sewing Workshop garments with Linda. You can also participate in Show & Tell if you are wearing something that you have made.
During the week, Linda will demonstrate specialized sewing techniques relating to the garments sewn in the class. As you sew, the Sewing Workshop team will be on hand to assist you with any questions you might have.
What to Bring
The Sewing Workshop will supply cutting and pressing stations, some basic sewing supplies and sergers. We have sewing machines that we can supply to you at no charge, which we recommend for those flying into Eureka Springs. However, our driving visitors may want to bring their own machine. Please let us know if you need to reserve a machine.
Students are responsible for bringing the patterns and fabric for their jacket, tank and pants. The patterns, as well as a curated collection of coordinating fabrics, will be offered at a discount closer to the workshop. We will also have additional fabric on hand for your buying pleasure!
The workshop fee of $795.00 includes the workshop and lunch Monday through Friday.
Dinners are on your own, though we are happy to recommend restaurants and make reservations for you.
We recommend staying onsite at the Crescent Hotel. They offer rooms in the historic hotel and on-site cottages, plus a bar, restaurant options and spa. There are two cottages located on the Crescent property. Each cottage has two 2-bedroom suites. When you call for reservations, ask about the cottages if you are interested. All rooms, including the cottages, are offered at a special rate when you mention The Sewing Workshop. They also have a convenient shuttle that will take you to and from downtown Eureka Springs for dinner, shopping and historic tours.
Historic Crescent Hotel
75 Prospect Ave
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
If you are traveling by air to the workshop, you will fly into Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is about 1.5 hours away from Eureka Springs. Visit the Crescent Hotel’s website for driving directions: http://www.crescent-hotel.com/arrival_proc.shtml
Students should plan to arrive on Sunday evening to be ready for the workshop on Monday morning. On Friday, the workshop ends at 1:00 p.m. to allow time for students to depart for flights or to drive home.
Meet the Teachers
Linda’s training and experience as an interior designer has come in handy as she travels the country teaching the art of combining beautiful fabrics for the fashion–conscious home sewer. Along with teaching fitting skills and fine sewing techniques, she is known for designing patterns under the name of The Sewing Workshop, a line of patterns for the modern sewer who is interested in architecturally interesting styles to flatter with flare.
Along with three talented staff members, she operates out of her pattern-making studio in Topeka, Kansas, where you will find a huge inventory of fabrics that are sold online. With ten Craftsy classes and 13 books under her belt, Linda has the depth of experience and enthusiasm needed to pass on the fine art of sewing garments to her students.
Nancy Shriber is a nationally recognized artist, teacher, lecturer and writer who designs under the Contemporary Sashiko label. Nancy was a faculty member of The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco and for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos for many years. She has written for and been featured in a number of national publications including Threads. Nancy published Sashiko Handbags 14 on 14 and created and produced The Garment Series, a collection of sashiko-style pillow and tote bag patterns. You can see a few images of Nancy's work here.