Story Stitching: Handworked Mini Story Art Quilts

Reis artwork
Women depicted in 2 quilts
detail of 'Demeter' artwork

Date: March 4-5, 2023 (Spring, 2 day)
Medium: Textiles
Instructor: Jennifer Reis (email)
Skill Level: All

Textile artist Jennifer Reis will lead a workshop on basic and advanced hand-worked art quilting techniques, teaching non-traditional methods of quilting, appliqué, embroidery and embellishing. Using techniques like raw appliqué, thread embroidery and quilting, and embellishing with shi- sha mirrors, beads and found objects, students will create a technique sampler as well as an individually designed small scale “story quilt”. All techniques are hand-worked, emphasizing non-traditional sewing and quilting, and is open to sewing novices and experts alike.

This course has ended.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Cotton or cotton blend fabric, approximately ½ - 1 yard washed prior (can bring multiples)
Low loft ‘traditional’ polyester batting (felt-like), approximately ½ - 1 yard (best to buy from the bolt).
An assortment of fabric pieces to appliqué (a few fat quarters should be adequate – primarily should be cotton or cotton blend – and the weave should be loose enough to run an embroidery needle through and bring enough to swap if you want. Silk dupioni is also good, especially for beading, or other fancy fabrics like upholstery)
Pencil/paper (or sketchbook)
Variety of embroidery thread (bring enough to swap if you want)
Beading thread used for SEWING (not stringing!): Nymo, a few spools, your choice of colors, or instructor will have some to purchase (
Several colors of regular quilting thread
Sewing needles, both quilting and embroidery, and beading (I like Dritz® Short Beading Size 10 6 pc: order @
Straight Pins
Scissors (Dura-Sharp blue handled scissors) for cutting fabrics
Fiskars "Micro Tip" orange handled little scissors for cutting through layers of fabric
Pailettes, large sequins – to learn Shi-Sha Mirror technique. Can additionally bring Shi-Sha mirrors (small round flat glass).
Beads (a variety of seed beads, larger beads, bugle beads {silver lined are nice} etc.) & Sequins
Misc. decorating stuff: costume jewelry, buttons, ribbons, patches, trim, etc. -- anything you can sew down, use your imagination. Bring some to trade. Seriously, more IS more so bring it!

Laminated images (instructor will bring laminating materials)
Aluminum cans (to sew on aluminum applique)
Images printed on fabric photo transfer paper (if student is interested in utilizing)
Photographs or other thicker paper images to sew down
Disappearing fabric pen and/or chalk
Grommets, zippers, velcro and/or other binding/joining notions

Other: Students have the option of purchasing additional supplies directly from instructor.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.

About the Instructor

Jennifer A. Reis is a textile artist who creates intensively hand-worked, ornately beaded, and embellished paper doll icons on cloth using traditional and alternative materials.  Her artistic practice has been honored with numerous awards and prizes, including Kentucky’s Al Smith Fellowship, national adjudicated and invitational exhibitions, and teaching opportunities at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, Cleveland Institute of Art, Society of Contemporary Craft, and the Southwest School of Art.