SewDown Philadelphia-Liesl Gibson

Join us in Philadelphia! New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

Each day this week we will be sharing a little about their teaching style.

First up is Liesl-who will be teaching a mini-sampler texture quilt!

Class Description: Quilting gives your finished quilt texture and depth, but have you ever considered adding dimension and texture to your quilts during the patchwork stage? Liesl will inspire you to think of your quilts as three-dimensional art.  You’ll add gathers, shirring, and a variety of tucks to create a mini-sampler quilt that’s got lots of texture and visual appeal. We’ll build our sampler quilts intuitively, with no pattern needed. Bring your love of experimentation and be ready to play!

We asked Liesl a few questions.
What do you love about the process of teaching?

“Teaching is the absolute best part of my job! I love to meet passionate sewists and share new skills to both inspire and enable them to tackle new challenges. We learn from each other in the process and have a lot of fun doing it.”

 What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“It’s so inspiring! I’m more creative in collaborative settings, and I think that’s true for a lot of people. We develop new ideas by working with each other and taking ideas in a variety of directions. And sewing together gives us new energy and ideas to bring home to our quiet sewing time when the class is over.”

What do you want your students to walk away with?

“Three things: inspiration, new skills, and new friends. You need all three of these things together to construct a perfect class, I think.”

About Liesl Gibson

After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl Gibson returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child in 2005, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter’s clothing. “People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making,” Liesl says. “One thing led to another, and I had a new career.” In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children’s clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.

In 2011 Liesl also created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women’s apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand’s tagline, “Life is hard. Sewing is easy.” expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality.

Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn. You can find Liesl here.

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