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Teaching

Dianne is acknowledged to be one of Australia’s leading teachers, and travels regularly throughout Australia and New Zealand teaching the art of “needle turn” appliqué and “shattered glass”.
Dianne Johnston specialises in the art of “needle turn” hand appliqué.  This form of hand appliqué is the only method that will enable the artist to do all techniques and patterns of appliqué.  Dianne is a designer of floral appliqué and her classes revolve around her original designs.  Because of her formal training in floral art, the designs feature good balance of the flowers, lifelike use of colour, and balance of colour within the designs.  The classes focus on the technique of “needle turn" appliqué, with emphasis on invisible stitches, sharp points, smooth curves, and fray free concave corners.  Dianne has a clear and easy to understand method of teaching, and makes the classes enjoyable and rewarding for all students. Hand appliqué being a time consuming technique usually requires a two day class to put the students on the way with their project, but there are a few one day classes which focus on technique rather than large projects.  Students can usually choose to do either a large or small piece of appliqué in all the classes.

New classes have been added in the “shattered glass” technique.  This is a form of “stained glass” which requires no black bias, and can be completed in a couple of days, all on the machine.  Classes can be achieved in one day, and students have many designs to choose from.  These classes have proved to be extremely popular.

Charges and Conditions

  • Daily tutoring rate on application
  • Travel charges – usually on a share basis with other groups
  • Accommodation and meals whilst in your area – motel or billet.
  • Maximum number of students – 18
  • Class times – 9am – 4 or 4.30pm daily.  Some evening classes by negotiation.
  • Lectures by negotiation

Class List

 

Twist, Over, and Under - A Form of Machine Reverse Applique

Duration: 1 or 2 days
Experience: All Levels

The class will be a choice of two designs by Dianne Johnston, both created using a machine reverse appliqué method. The technique is very quick, and each student will work on several blocks in a 2 day class, and 1-2 blocks in a one day class.  Students can choose to make cushions, or as large as a quilt.

Tropical Fiesta

Duration: 1 or 2 days
Experience: All Levels
“Tropical Fiesta” is the latest design in the Shattered Glass range from Dianne Johnston. The technique is simple and easy, and suitable for all levels of students, even complete beginners. Students can enlarge the piece by adding a border around the outer edge.

Turkish Delight

Duration: 1 or 2 days
Experience: All Levels
The workshop teaches students the art of “needle turn” hand appliqué. The shape we use contains the four essential techniques - points, concave curves, concave corners, convex curves. Students may choose to make a large or small project.

Geisha Fans

Duration: 2 days
Experience: Medium
The class is designed to explore further steps in the needle turn appliqué process. The technique will involve extra layering of fabric to achieve greater dimension and visual effect. The appliqué will be further embellished with embroidery. Students will work on one fan in the class, but the extra patterns to create the entire quilt are available for purchase.
Tulips and Anemones

Tulips and Anemones

Single & Double Bed Quilts

Duration: 1 day
Experience: All levels
This is a traditional appliquéd quilt which comes in single or double bed form.  The students may choose to do a small lap quilt, single bed, or double bed quilt.  
Floral Windows

Floral Windows

Duration: 1 day
Experience: Beginners
Students will work on a block from the popular “Floral windows” quilt.  All needle turn techniques will be explored, along with colour and balance.
Volets and More

Violets and More

Duration: 1 day
Experience: Medium
Students will work on one block from the “Violets and More” quilt. Applique pieces are smaller and more intricate than other projects.
Old Fashioned Rose Centre

Old Fashioned Rose

Duration: 2 days
Experience: Advanced
The class has developed from the award winning “Inspiration” quilt.  It is an original design of full blown roses with daisies and columbines to compliment the sprays of roses.  Students may choose to do a small wall picture, or several different sections of the quilt, or the entire quilt.
Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

Duration: 1 or 2 days
Experience: All Levels
Machine and hand work.  The quilt is based on traditional “nine patch” with 12 seven inch appliqué blocks complimenting the scrap nine patch.  Wonderful beginners quilt as the blocks are small and easy to appliqué, and a way of using up some of your scraps of fabric.
Pink Rose and Pansy

Beginners Applique

Duration: 1 day
Experience: All Levels
An introduction to “needle turn" appliqué concentrating on techniques.  Each student will work on a 40cm block which would be suitable for a cushion or wall picture. 
Orchards and Wisteria

Building on Basic Applique Skills

Duration: 2 days
Experience: Medium to Advanced
This is a technique class that takes students beyond what they have experienced in appliqué.  The basic method of " needle turn" is covered with many new and time saving ideas to add to the students appliqué knowledge.  Each student will work on a block, four floral designs  to choose from.
Sunflowers

Begginers Reverse Applique

Duration: 1 day
Experience: All Levels
Reverse appliqué is such a wonderful technique, and should be used by all appliqué artists.  This class is an introduction to the technique, and will wet your appetite for more complicated reverse appliqué in the future.  
Tribute to Baltimore

Baltimore Blocks for Beginners to Advanced

Duration: 2 days
Experience: All Levels
The resurgence of interest in Baltimore appliqué never seems to wane.  The class takes students through the techniques they require to do all the traditional Baltimore blocks.  Students will work on two different blocks chosen from an extensive collection of traditional Baltimore patterns.  
Tribute to Baltimore

Tributre to Baltimore

Duration: 2 days or 5 x 4hr classes
Experience: All Levels
Covering all the techniques required for Baltimore appliqué, this 80cm centrepiece is a combination of many techniques used in traditional appliqué.  All students work on the same large centrepiece, and emphasis is placed on techniques, colour balance, and creating lifelike colour in the flowers.
Love of Applique

The Love of Applique

Duration: 1 or 2 days
Experience: Medium to Advanced
In this class students work on one or two different blocks taken from my book “The Love of Appliqué”.  They are all 40cm blocks and can be continued to make a quilt or used for a cushion or wall picture.  All the techniques required to continue with the blocks are covered in the class. 
Villa des Fleur

Design Your Own Floral Applique

Duration: 1 or 2 days
Experience: Medium to Advanced
The next step from learning appliqué is to start to design your own blocks.  This class teaches you the rules required to design successful floral appliqué blocks.  Students may work on any size block they wish.  All the drawings of the flowers, leaves, etc. will be supplied, so nobody need worry that they find drawing difficult. 
Florintine

The Magic or Reverse

Duration: 2 days
Experience: All Levels
Reverse appliqué is a must for all appliqué addicts.  This class goes through all the possibilities of reverse appliqué in a clear and concise manner.  Students will work on one block.  Many designs to choose from.
Shattered Wild Rose

Shattered Glass

Duration: 1 day
Experience: All Levels
This new and exciting technique has proven to be very popular.  It is a form of stained glass without bias.  Very quick and easy. Can be machine or hand work.