A brief biography
Deborah was introduced to quilting while living the life of an expat mum, in a place thousands of miles from where she is now.
On returning to the U.K. Deborah went looking for some classes so that she could continue with her new passion and jumped feet first into a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting, closely followed by Machine Embroidery.
It was while completing a project for the Patchwork and Quilting course that she discovered the joys of fabric painting. Needing to have projects in which to use all these painted fabrics she started to design her own patterns and opened her Etsy shop called QuiltRoutes.
Her work reflects amongst other things the influence of the coastline and countryside of the Heritage Coast of South Wales where she now lives.
Deborah has been featured in the US Quilting Arts magazine and in Art Quilting Studio magazine. She gets invited to teach groups and guilds in the UK and abroad and exhibited her work at the Festival of Quilts this year.
Fabric! Paint! Stitch! with Deborah O'Hare
September 20th to September 27th 2019 - FULL
During this week’s course we are going to learn all about painting fabric for backgrounds through to making art quilts. Deborah will demonstrate and teach lots of different ways to help you become a more confident and creative textile artist.
Day 1 Arrive today. Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! Deborah will display some sample quilts and discuss how she made them.
Day 2 LANDSCAPE FABRIC PAINTING
During your first day you will learn how to create fabrics to use in art and landscape quilts using permanent textile paints. Deborah will teach how to create special effect pieces of fabric, depicting skies, seas, rocks and trees. You will then paint a selection of fabric backgrounds to be used during the week.
Day 3 ANTIQUES MARKET - LIMOGES
This morning we will visit Limoges for the big antiques market and after lunch we will paint some more fabrics.
Day 4 Today we will create and stitch MINI LANDSCAPES.
Use some of the fabric painted on Saturday and create a small textile art piece. This class also looks at some alternative ways for finishing off and displaying your creations.
Day 5 MOON GAZING HARE QUILT or SELF DESIGNED ART QUILT
Applying the techniques learnt previously and using fabric painted on day one put together a pieced background to use as the base for creating own version of the Moon Gazing Hare quilt or a self-designed art/landscape quilt.
Day 6 is an outing day. The studio will be open on your return to continue working.
Day 7 ART QUILT
Use today to continue working on your main project that was started on day 5.
Day 8 Today we will say our goodbyes and 'tie up any loose ends'. Most flights are later in the afternoon so the studio will be open for you to use all morning followed by lunch before you leave.