Kim Eichler-Messmer

Workshops + Events

workshops + events


September 27 - 28 : Hello Stitch, Berkeley, CA
I will be having an exhibition, Systems & Networks, and teaching two workshops this fall at Hello Stitch.
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 28, 6pm - 8pm
Color Theory for Quilters, Friday, September 27, 10am - 2pm
Join Hello Stitch Gallery artist Kim Eichler-Messmer and explore a variety of ways to translate your color inspiration into modern quilts. We will start with color theory exercises using paint chips to create palettes, learn how to translate those into fabric, and finish up with small sewn color studies. You will leave class with greater confidence in how to put together colors in your quilts
Architectural Cut & Slice Quilting Workshop, Saturday, September 28,10am - 5pm
We will look to our favorite architectural forms as starting points to create unusual and dynamic quilt compositions using a planned (not improvised) slice and insert technique. Elements of perspective, shadow, and pattern will all be explored in compositions that are built from the ground up.

August 4 - 5 : Slow Stitching 2019, Washington, ME (SOLD OUT)
Join Chawne, Tara, Kim, Katherine, and I at the Medomak Retreat Center in Washington, ME where you can relax, unwind and dive into your stitching practice. You will sleep in a modern yet rustic cabin, eat three meals a day with the community, and spend as much time as you like with color, needle, and thread.
Kim is returning to teach natural dyeing! Dyes made from plants and insects have been used to decorate textiles for thousands of years, but with the invention of synthetic dyes, a lot of information on natural dyeing was lost. Much of the information available now can be confusing, intimidating, and sometimes wrong about how to use them. Focusing on cellulose fibers such as cotton and linen, she will demystify the process of creating beautiful colors including sourcing materials, setting up a dye studio, proper fiber preparation and mordanting. You’ll explore various dye techniques such as immersion dyeing, shibori, and bundle dyeing. There will be plenty of hands on time for practice and experimentation and time for discussion and questions. 

July 12 -14 : Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
Indigo + Shibori + Quilts
, 3 day workshop
Indigo and shibori have been used together for centuries to create beautiful patterns on cloth. With the addition of the sewing machine, we can take the pattern potential to the next level. In this three-day intensive workshop we will cover the basics of starting and tending a natural indigo vat, a variety of machine sewn shibori techniques to create patterns with depth and complexity, and we will end by creating small hand and machine quilted studies with our one-of-a-kind fabric.

February 21 - 24 : QuiltCon, Nashville, TN
Central Pivot Workshop, Architectural Slice and Insert Workshop, Raw Edge Reverse Applique Workhshop, Lessons from an Art School Quilt Class lecture.


February 22 - 25 : QuiltCon, Pasadena, California
Fine Art to Functional Quilts lecture, Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts lecture, Reverse Applique workshop

May 12, 9am - 4pm : Sarah's Fabrics, Lawrence, Kansas
Color Theory for Quilters
If you're unsure how to use color in your quilts or feel like you're in a color rut, this fun and informative workshop is for you!
You will start with some background information on color theory and then play with some quick and easy exercises to explore color relationships and create palettes.
Learn how to translate your palettes to fabric using both solids and prints. Then move onto the sewing machine and design wall to test out different color combinations using simple quilt blocks, and finish up with small sewn color studies.
Leave class with greater confidence in how to put together colors in your quilts and a library of color palettes for potential future projects.

July 22 - August 7 : Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina
Natural Dyes & Quilting: Expanding on Tradition
This workshop will explore the potential for combining natural dyeing and quilting. We’ll cover a wide variety of natural dye techniques on cotton fabric including immersion dyeing with indigo and mordant dyes, overdyeing, shibori, clay resist, mordant painting/printing, and discharge. After creating a colorful library of dyed and patterned cloth, students will learn the basics of quilting including traditional and improvisational piecing and hand and machine quilting. Throughout the workshop we’ll channel our inner pioneers and practice patience, perseverance, and thoughtfulness


June 1 : Mighty Lucky Quilting Club, online
My tutorial on Indigo + Machine Sewn Shibori is the June Challenge. A year long subscription is $50, or you can buy just my month for $5.

July 16 - 22 : Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Week long workshop: Planned and Improvised, Quilting Inspired by Architecture

July 29 - September : The Bank Artspace, Matfield Green, Kansas
Opening July 29, 4 - 6pm

Laura Berman and I have both been experimenting with watercolor recently. We will be showing some of these experiments, inspired in part by the Flint Hills.

August 6 - 11 : Slow Stitching Retreat, Washington, Maine
Four day slow stitching retreat at Camp Medomak. I will be teaching indigo and shibori.

October 7 : Powell Gardens, Kingsville, Missouri
Day-long workshop: Introduction to Natural Dye