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Ribbon and Fabric Flowers and Ribbon Cockcades with Candace Kling


4 Day Workshop - 2 Days - Ribbon & Fabric Flowers and 2 Days Ribbon Cockcades

Thursday to Sunday, June 11 - 14, Hours 9:30-4:30

It’s always spring when you know how to make ribbon flowers. In this class, spectacular roses will bloom beneath your fingertips. You’ll learn to coax ribbon into a bounty of beautiful buds and blooms, with ruffled edges and pleated petals accented by gracefully dancing leaves. Then open up a whole new realm of exploration for your ribbonwork bouquets with the introduction of luscious and luxurious fabrics. Add to your flower inventory with more buds, petals and leaves. Learn about the attributes of bias, the cult of selvedge, and the versatility of larger shaped petals and flowers. Watch as spectacular flowers reveal themselves through cutting, stitching, and shaping.

Marvel at the spectacular forms than ribbon can take! In this workshop, students will use pleated and interlaced grosgrain ribbon to create beautiful French hat decorations called cockades or cocardes. The namesake of the cockscomb, these centuries-old geometric ribbon forms were especially popular during both world wars in the 20th century. They are used as military insignia, award ribbons, shoe bows, jewelry, as well as hat, dress, and home furnishing decorations. In class, Candace will share handouts filled with fascinating motifs: rosettes, fans, wings, pin wheels, sunbursts, and even buzz saws. Students will make samples of basic folds, and lots of variations on the theme.


Candace Kling's years of enthusiastic research in ribbon and fabric embellishment have led her to explore museum costume and textile collections across the country, lecturing and teaching as she goes. Her richly detailed textile sculptures (helmets and headdresses as well as diminutive candy boxes and monumental waterfalls) have been exhibited nationally and internationally over the last 30 years and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In addition to her wealth of knowledge from years of research, Candace shares ribbonwork samples, sources, books, and slides with her students. Her book, The Artful Ribbon, is still a favorite among ribbon fans.

Learn more on two current blog posts or by visiting her website www.candacekling.com See How We Sew-January 22, 2013 or See How We Sew-January 25, 2013 or an Interview in Piecework


4 Day Workshop Fee - $375.00

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Location: Wayne Wichern Millinery - Studio 7, Peninsula Art Institute, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

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