Build your design vocabulary and foster confidence in designing and making your quilt your own.
Join Thomas Knauer as he guides you through a variety of design concepts and techniques, starting with basic quilting shapes and leading to a quilt that is wholly your own. Thomas also discusses a variety of types of messages you might desire to send with not only your quilt top but the quilting itself. In each episode, Thomas lays out design concepts for the quilt top as well as ways to quilt the pieced quilt to add an extra dimension of meaning and/or design elements to the quilt as a whole.
Discover the episodes included in this video series:
Stripes | 30 minutes
This episode will explore some of the intricacies of using stripes. Equating stripes to the pacing of a narrative, Thomas will demonstrate how variable widths, directionality, and disruptions can tell an abstract story.
Minimalism | 30 minutes
Minimalism is frequently misunderstood as simply being about large pieces and simple designs. This episode will explore the richer realities of the Minimalist tradition, looking at how subtle tonality and texture can be used to produce complexity and depth within seemingly simple quilts.
Palimpsest | 27 minutes
This episode will focus entirely on quilting, exploring quilting as an independent part of a quilt, a second writing of the quilt. Rather than simply following the quilting, or filling spaces, this episode will look as how quilting can provide a second voice, responding to the top rather than following or repeating it.
Squares & Rectangles | 30 minutes
This episode will look at some of the possibilities of the simplest of quilting shapes. In releasing squares and rectangles from the service of specific blocks and looking more at overall relationships within a total quilt design, the humblest of elements can produce extraordinary effects.
Half-Square Triangles | 26 minutes
This episode is going to be all about looking at using HSTs in more sophisticated ways. Far too often they are just used as symmetrical elements in a block, mirroring each other.
Expectation & Interruption | 29 minutes
This episode will be all about breaking expectations in a design. Most quilts end up univocal because they establish a pattern or expectation and then stick to it throughout.
Rotating Blocks | 25 minutes
This episode will look at developing variations and iterations in a quilt by rotating and staggering blocks. Rather than looking at methods like disappearing nine-patches that give the impression of greater complexity; this episode will look at the ways in which sophisticated relationships can be formed through iterative processes.
Balance vs. Symmetry | 28 minutes
This episode will explore what balance really means, moving beyond both overall symmetry and quilts comprised of repeated blocks. Rather than teaching any particular design, this episode will focus on strategies for developing an abstract quilt without simply hoping for inspiration.
Flow | 26 minutes
This episode will look at circles as a compositional device. Circles are so often used as decorative features, ornaments to the core of a design. This episode will look at the ways in which circles (and other curvilinear elements) can facilitate flow through and around a quilt; this episode will have a zen-like quality, looking at creating calm designs.
Hidden Message | 27 minutes
This episode will be all about thinking of ways to translate ideas into form; in this case we will be quite literal and use Morse code to translate a word into a design.
Scale | 25 minutes
Most quilts are based on a single scale of elements, but scale shifts can produce meaningful points of emphasis without turning to a new or different visual vocabulary.
Bridging Contrast | 27 minutes
This is going to be another quilting intensive episode, with the discussion revolving around demonstrating the uses of continuity and discontinuity in quilting, specifically exploring how color and get different parts of a quilt to talk to each other and how thinking more broadly about quilting shapes can introduce a hybrid vocabulary to bridge diverse aspects of more free-form and improvisational quilts.
|Product Type||Video Download|
|Runtime||5 hours, 27 minutes|
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