Pure Improv Weekend beach walk
Pure Improv Weekend, beach walk
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Beach Cottage
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Farm to Table
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Pure Improv Weekend with Denyse & Richard

In this two day workshop, we will explore the farthest reaches of improvisational patchwork—and your own creativity—using traditional patterns as a foundation. We'’ll begin with fun, fast-paced exercises to become completely familiar with a single quilt pattern. Once we internalize its basic structure, we can apply the principles of improvisation to create spontaneous and uniquely individual expressions of a single theme.

In addition to an exciting workshop experience, we have packed the weekend with very special opportunities to sample some of the most interesting and inspiring highlights of the region, and spend creative down-time with Richard, Denyse, and your fellow classmates. Saturday evening enjoy a delightful, private cocktail hour and a delicious farm-to-table dinner in a charming 1930’s cottage, situated directly on the beach, with sunset views and ocean waves just feet away. Join us for a guided beach walk along the spectacular Pleasure Beach, with its teaming wildlife and amusement park ruins. Sunday morning head to Denyse’s favorite vintage hunting ground – the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market before class if you wish!

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to test your own creative limits, and experience a weekend full of inspiration, motivation, beautiful views, and great food!

Saturday May 30 - Sunday May 31, 2015

If no dates appear in the drop-down menu below, the workshop is full. Email us to be added to the wait list for any last-minute openings.

Prior to registration please be sure to read our Registration Policies section.

$725 tuition includes the following:

• Workshop 11-4 Saturday, 11-2 Sunday
• Sewing machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter and all other tools
• Saturday and Sunday morning coffee, pastries and fruit
• Saturday and Sunday lunch
• cocktail and appetizers at the Beach Cottage
• guided beach walk on Pleasure Beach
• delicious, farm-to-table dinner at the Beach Cottage
• optional evening sewing hours
• goodie bag!

What You Need to Bring

• Please bring a minimum of 3-4 yards EACH of two solids (6-8 yards total). The two fabrics should be either close in hue but slightly different in value, OR similar in value but slightly different in hue. For example, red-orange and orange; lime and grass green; white and cream. Shot cottons are an acceptable substitute for a solid. In addition, feel free to bring scraps, fat quarters, and/or yardage of other fabrics including yarn-dye stripes or plaids, or prints. We also have fabric available for sale.
• sketchbook or paper and your preferred drawing tools.
• a digital camera if helpful for recording work in progress.
• If you prefer to bring your own sewing machine and tools, please feel free to do so. Just let us know if advance and plan to arrive one-half hour early to set up your machine.

More Information

Whether you are traveling from afar or from just down the road, we've put together some information to make getting here easier, and to help you plan an entire weekend in the area.