classes with lulumoon

 I am thrilled to be able to offer classes in my beautiful studio in Milwaukie, Oregon (right next door to Portland)!

I am trying out a different method for offering classes.  Instead of me posting a class on a certain date, I am now offering a menu of classes for people to peruse and choose a date and time that works for them.  To book a class, gather your friends and contact me for scheduling.  You can call and leave a message at 503-683-2129, or you may send me a message by going to the contact page.  In the message please let me know the following:

  • Which class you are interested in
  • The number of people who will be registering with you
  • The date and time you'd like to schedule a class
  • Your email address and your phone number

I will get back to you as soon as possible to either confirm the date or set up an alternative date for the class.

*** NOTE: If you don't have a group of artsy friends to sign up with, please contact me with your interest and I will let you know when a class is forming so you can join in! ***

Some general class information:

  • Classes are limited to 8 students.
  • For classes that involve machine sewing, a working knowledge of sewing and your own machine are required.
  • My classes are designed for adults, but some classes are also suitable for children, and are so noted.
  • For six-hour classes, please bring your own lunch.
  • Basic class materials will be provided, but some of the classes require students to bring additional materials, so please read those carefully.

I look forward to exploring and learning with you in the studio!

Thank you! 

 

CLASS MENU

CLOTH & CLAY DOLLS

SEWING & QUILTING CLASSES

MIXED-MEDIA CLASSES

 

CLOTH & CLAY DOLLS

Long-legged Lolas

Long-legged Lolas doll

Love to make whimsical characters?  Want to have fun combining textiles and paper clay?  Then come join me in making yourself one of these long-legged Lolas – cutie pies with legs up to there!  I’ll show you the tricks of the trade in turning skinny limbs, adding bendable joints, and how to stuff your doll.  Next, we’ll play with paper clay and sculpt an adorable face (and maybe a cute hat or hairdo!).  Finally, I’ll teach you how to paint your doll’s face in fantasy colors and add delightful details.

Six-hour class, can be broken into two sessions.

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults with sewing machine experience.

Price: $75

The price of this class includes:

  • Doll pattern  
  • stuffing
  • paper clay
  • gesso
  • use of my paints, pencils, and brushes, needles, threads, other tools

Students should bring:

  • Fun fabrics that go together for the doll’s body, legs, and arms.  (See photos for ideas – I love stripey legs and polka dots!)
  • Optional doo dads like artificial flowers and buttons
  • sewing machine!
  • scissors
  • sewing machine thread
  • You might also want to bring your own favorite acrylic paint colors and brushes.

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.

 

The Kid Inside You

THE KID INSIDE YOU

Reimagine your childhood!  In this class the doll's torso will be prepared for you, ready for you to sculpt the face and hair with paper clay.  While the clay is drying, you'll stitch and stuff the arms, legs, and apron.  Once the clay is dry, I'll teach you how to paint the details of the face and hair.  If time allows, you can stitch on hand charms and perhaps create the banner with your name.

Six hour class, can be split into two sessions.

Ages: This class is suitable for children age 6-11 with adult supervision, and teens and adults with sewing machine experience.

Price: $75.

Included in the price of this class: 

  • Doll pattern  
  • stuffing
  • paper clay
  • gesso
  • use of my paints, pencils, and brushes, other tools

Students should bring:

  • Fun fabrics that go together for the doll’s body, legs, and arms.  (See photos for ideas – I love stripey legs and polka dots!)
  • Fabric for your doll's apron, and optional trims like lace or ric-rac.
  • Optional doo dads like artificial flowers and buttons
  • Optional fabrics for name banner
  • sewing machine!
  • scissors
  • sewing machine thread
  • You might also want to bring your own favorite acrylic paint colors and brushes.

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.

Super Mini You

SUPER MINI YOU

In this class the torso will be prepared for you so that you can start class by sculpting the face with paper clay.  Next you'll stitch and stuff arms & legs, plus a super hero cape.  Finally we'll paint the face and add hair.

Six-hour class, can be broken into two sessions.

Ages: This class is suitable for children age 6-11 with adult supervision, and teens and adults with sewing machine experience.

Price: $75

The price of this class includes:

  • Doll pattern  
  • stuffing
  • paper clay
  • gesso
  • use of my paints, pencils, and brushes, , other tools
  • wool roving for hair

Students should bring:

  • Fun fabrics that go together for the doll’s arms and legs.  (See photo for ideas – I love stripey legs and polka dots!)
  • One sheet of craft felt in your choice of color for the cape
  • Optional alphabet beads for your super hero power
  • sewing machine!
  • scissors
  • sewing machine thread
  • You might also want to bring your own favorite acrylic paint colors and brushes.

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.

 

Day of the Dead Catrina

Day of the Dead Catrina Doll

The “Elegant Skeleton” Catrina character, created by printmaker José Guadalupe Posada in the early 1900’s, has become a popular symbol synonymous with the Days of the Dead.  In this class we will pay homage to all those who beautifully paint their faces as they dress up for Days of the Dead.  In the one-day class, we will sculpt, paint, and hopefully dress the Catrina doll.  On the optional Day 2, I will show you how to decorate a shadow box as an elegant presentation of your doll.  Either way, your end product will be a lovely Catrina, ready to display on your wall.

The one-day class is 6 to 8 hours long, depending on the speed of the students, which can be broken into two sessions.  The optional shadow box day class is 5-6 hours.

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults with sewing machine experience.

Prices: For the one-day class, $90.  For both days, $120

Included in the price of this class:

  • Doll body and limbs, sewn and prepared for the sculpting phase
  • Paper clay
  • Acrylic paints
  • Gesso
  • Glue
  • Pattern for skirt
  • Hardware for your shadow box (if you sign up for Day 2)
  • Use of tools and brushes

Students will need to bring:

        For One-Day class

  • Fabric for your Catrina’s dress, about 15 x 10 inches (think festive, Mexican prints)
  • Bits of white lace for sleeves, 1 – 1 ½ inches wide. 6 inches long should be enough.
  • Lace trim for skirt, 1 ½ - 2 inches wide (your choice of color); about 16 inches long.
  • A sewing machine.  (Please contact me if you don't have one, you may be able to borrow one of mine.)
  • Charms or beads for earrings – your choice

        For Optional Day 2

  • Your own shadow box.  The box I use to display my Catrina dolls is a wood painting panel.  The6” x 18” box that is 1 5/8 inches deep is a good size for this doll, fromBlick Art Supply carries it, item #13606-1618.
  • Silk flowers to decorate the box.  Marigolds are the traditional choice, but choose your own favorites.  In the sample I’ve used flowers that are from 1” to 2 ½” wide.

There will be a lunch break.  Please bring your own lunch.

SEWING AND QUILTING CLASSES

Learn to Sew with Lulu

Learn to Sew with Lulu

LEARN TO SEW WITH LULU

If you are longing to take some of these classes but have little to no experience sewing on a sewing machine, I am here to help!  This is a one-on-one class, private tutorial to teach you the basics so that you can join in the fun of sewing arts and crafts.  We'll cover machine operation, thread know-how, cutting and stitching a simple pattern.  Bring your own machine with instructions if you have one, or you can borrow one of mine.

Three- to four-hour class, depending on student's abilities.

Ages: This class can be tailored for children age 6-11 with adult supervision, or teens and adults.

Price: $45

The price of this class includes:

  • one-on-one instruction
  • use of sewing machine if needed
  • fabric to practice on
  • a simple pattern and the materials to make it
  • use of thread and tools

Student should bring:

  • A sewing machine if they have one
  • instruction booklet for the machine

Please bring your own snack or lunch.

 

Appliqué 101

Appliqué 101

Machine APPLIQUÉ 101

Learn the basics of machine appliqué, combining fusing and a variety of machine stitches to create whimsical pictures in fabric.

Three- to four-hour class

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults with sewing machine experience.

Price: $45

The price of this class includes:

  • muslin
  • fusible
  • batting
  • printed fabric scraps

Students should bring:

  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Black sewing machine thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric scraps or trims they may want to use

Please bring your own snack or lunch.

 

HAND APPLIQUÉ FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Learn some of the basic stitches of hand sewing: the running stitch, the whip stitch, and the blanket stitch.  We use these to make cute and simple aplliqués on felt.  These basic skills transfer over into the popular art of appliquéing with wool.

Three-hour class

Ages: This class can be tailored for children age 4-11 with adult supervision, or teens and adults.  No machine skills needed.

Price: $30

The price of this class includes:

  • All materials and tools needed

Please bring your own snack, if needed.

 

 

 

Patchwork Ponies

Patchwork Ponies

PATCHWORK PONIES

Giddy-up!  Round up some cute coordinating fabrics!  In this class I’ll share my Patchwork Pony pattern with you and teach you the tips and tricks to put it all together.

Six to eight hour class.

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults.  Sewing machine skills needed.

Price: $60

The price of this class includes:

  • Pattern and instructions for the ponies.
  • Use of specific tools

Students will need to bring:

  • Sewing machine
  • Two fabrics that you like together.  Woven cottons or linens work best (no knits, please). The larger piece needs to be 3/8 of a yard (or a scrap that is at least 18 x 20); the smaller piece needs to be ¼ yard (or a scrap that is at least 12 x 15 inches)
  • Thread to coordinate with your fabrics
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or fabric strips for the mane
  • Polyester fiberfill for the stuffing - 12 oz. should be enough
  • Optional: buttons for eyes 

Note: If you’re a quick stitcher and stuffer, you may have time to make 2 ponies!  Bring some more fabric for that.

Please bring your own lunch.

Thread doodling & free-motion quilting

Thread doodling & free-motion quilting

THREAD DOODLING & FREE-MOTION QUILTING

Learn how to lower those feed dogs and do free-motion stitching on your sewing machine.  You'll go from basic to fancy line work, creating some fun and fanciful doodles that can lead into beautiful designs for free-motion quilting!

Three- to four-hour class, depending on students' abilities.

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults.  Some sewing machine experience is helpful.

Price: $45

The price of this class includes:

  • muslin
  • batting
  • stabilizer
  • practice designs

Students should bring:

  • Sewing machine in good working order
  • Black sewing machine thread
  • Optional solid-color quilting fabric, like Kona cotton
  • Optional colored threads that contrast with your fabric
  • Scissors

Please bring your own snack or lunch.

 

 

Needle-turned Appliqué

Needle-turned Appliqué

NEEDLE-TURNED APPLIQUÉ 

In this class I will teach you how to do needle turned hand appliqué and reverse appliqué.  With these techniques you can create mola-style artwork as well as original designs for art quilts.

Four and a half hour class.

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults.  No machine skills needed.

Price: $60

The price of this class includes:

  • practice pattern
  • practice materials
  • batting & muslin
  • thread
  • use of tools, if needed

Students should bring:

  • Fabric shears
  • Small, sharp scissors for clipping curves
  • Optional quilting cotton fabrics (woven, no knits!)
  • Optional all-purpose sewing machine threads

Please bring your own snack or lunch.

 

Embroidery Embellishment

Embroidery Embellishment

EMBROIDERY EMBELLISHMENT

Adding embroidery stitches to you appliqué can make your piece into a work of art.  In this class you'll learn some simple and some fancy stitches to add to your sewing repertoire.  These stitches are suitable for embroidering on cotton, felt, wool, and even velvet, so that you can adorn quilts, pillows, wall hangings, and even clothing.

Three hour class

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults.  No machine skills needed.

Price: $45

The price of this class includes:

All materials and tools needed

Please bring your own snack, if needed.

 

Storybook Dolls

Storybook Dolls

Storybook Dolls

In this two day class you'll be combining doll making, appliqué, and free-motion stitching all in one fanciful project.  Come with an idea of the storybook character you'd like to create, along with the fabrics and trims you imagine would complete your doll.  These are large boudoir dolls, more than 2.5 feet tall!

2 six-hour day classes

Ages: The class is suitable for teens and adults with sewing machine experience.

Price: $120

The price of this class includes:

  • Pattern, plus instruction on creating your own pattern
  • Paper for patterns
  • Freezer paper
  • Hands for your doll (this is a big bonus!)
  • Use of specific tools, paints, embroidery floss

Students should bring:

  • A sewing machine in good working order - nice to have one with some decorative stitches
  • Black all purpose sewing thread, plus any other colors of choice
  • Two pairs of scissors – one for fabric, one for paper
  • Fabrics: Note – Please think about what you might need for each section of the body – legs, arms, head, torso, skirt or pants, FRONT AND BACK.  The fun is in the mix of patterns and colors.  Audition your fabrics at home by grouping them together to see what looks fabulous to you!
  • For the face - muslin, linen, or quilting cotton solids would be great.  This fabric does not need to be white – bring the color that you want your character to be.
  • For the body – Mix and match cottons or flannels.  Upholstery scraps can also be GREAT in small portions of the body!  Find these at recycle shops like Scrap in Portland, or ask for discontinued sample books from interior design shops.
  • One 24 ounce bag of polyester fiberfill (super lofty!)
  • Bits and bobbles: buttons, lace, ribbons, rickrack, beads, broken jewelry – please see my photos for ideas
  • Hair possibilities: yarn, wool roving, dyed fleece… Your choice

Please bring your own lunch.

MIXED-MEDIA CLASSES

Gelli plate printing

Gelli plate printing

GELLI PLATE PRINTING

Printing with Gelli plates is a fun way to create textured and layered surfaces, perfect for backgrounds in mixed-media paintings, journal pages, and artist trading cards.  We'll play with color mixing, stencils, and more.

Three hour class.

Ages: This class is suitable for children age 6-11, teens and adults.

Price: $45

The price of this class includes:

  • Use of Gelli plates and tools
  • Paints
  • Paper

Students should bring:

  • An apron or clothes that can get painty

Please bring your own snack, if needed.

 

Drawing the face

Drawing the face

DRAWING THE FACE

Come explore drawing the face in the drawing media of your choice: pencil, charcoal, or even crayon!  You will learn the basic proportions of the face and practice both contour and shaded drawings.

Three to four-hour class, depending on students.

Ages: This class can be tailored for children age 6-11, or teens and adults.

Price: $30

The price of this class includes:

  • drawing media
  • paper

Students should bring:

  • An apron if using charcoal

Please bring your own snack or lunch, if needed.

 

 

Stamp carving

Stamp carving

STAMP CARVING

In this class we'll create our own rubber or foam stamps.  I'll give you tips and tricks for creating a variety of image types.  I'll also share information about letterboxing: a fun activity that lets you put your carved stamps to good use!

Three-hour class

Ages: This class can be tailored for children age 6-11 with adult supervision, or teens and adults.

Price: $45

The price of this class includes:

Use of tools and ink pads

Stamp carving material

Paper

Students should bring their own snack, if needed.

 

MIXED-MEDIA FACES

Dive into the deep mystery of a face created with layers of media, including paint, stamping, stenciling, collage, and pencil.  We will also cover the proportions of the face and practice sketching, then quickly move into mixed media.

Four and a half hour class.

Ages: This class is suitable for teens and adults. 

 

CLASSES AT ART & SOUL RETREAT

I also teach classes at Art & Soul Retreats in Portland.  In 2018 I will be teaching the Catrina doll class, the Mini Wonky Log Cabin Quilt class, Embroidered and Embellished Tags, and Fabric Collage Folio.  The Portland retreat will be held February 3-9, 2018.  To learn more about Art & Soul Retreats and sign up for classes, please visit the Art & Soul website: http://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-pdx18-artists.php