Julie B. Booth









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Julie B. Booth
Julie B Booth Surface Design (blog):
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Fabric Printing at Home continues to go strong!!!
Julie B. Booth’s book, Fabric Printing at Home, is available for purchase. Create custom fabrics using everyday items from your kitchen! It’s loaded with color photos, step-by-step instructions and helpful hints. Learn how to make print blocks, rubbing plates, stencils and fabric resists from a wide range of kitchen materials. Family-friendly projects using accessible, non-toxic materials!
The Art League School
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Patching, Stitching, Weaving: Creating Healing Cloth
Create a richly stitched and meaningful fabric piece using techniques inspired by stitching and mending traditions of other cultures. Past participants have created pieces with healing or celebratory messages or to explore a life transition. Students are encouraged to bring recycled or repurposed cloth and/or cloth with personal history or meaning.
September 9 & 10, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuition: $185 Materials fee: $15 (payable to instructor, cash or check) SUPPLY LIST.
Hand Stitching
This is not your grandmother’s cross-stitch! Students develop a personal vocabulary of mark-making, using basic hand stitches and relief printing techniques. Students work through a series of thought-provoking exercises exploring hand stitches and developing a sampler book. Students also examine the works of contemporary artists who use hand stitching in their work.
Wednesdays 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM; September 20 – Oct 25 (No class on Oct. 11)
Tuition: $240  Materials Fee: $20 (payable to instructor, cash or check) SUPPLY LIST.
To Tell a Story with Cloth: Impressions, and Memories
Students paint, print, and stitch fabrics to compose a piece that honors, celebrates, or commemorates a person, place, or time in their lives. The instructor will provide engaging exercises to elicit memories, including working with cut paper and collage, color and composition, and journaling.
Wednesdays 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM; September 27 – November 15 (No class on Oct 11)
Tuition: $195 Materials fee: $25 (payable to instructor, cash or check) SUPPLY LIST.
Artistic Artifacts
4750 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304
Boro and Beyond: The Versatile Running Stitch
From the rustically stitched layers of recycled indigo fabrics found in Japanese Boro, to the rhythmically patterned designs of Indian Kantha, variations of the Running Stitch can be found in almost every culture. In this weekend workshop, we’ll explore this versatile stitch. Students will create a series of Running Stitch samplers to see how this stitch can be used to appliqué, quilt, gather/distort, and pattern fabric. Come enjoy a weekend full of exciting exploration and relaxing hand stitching.
October 21 & 22, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuition: $144 Materials fee: $10 SUPPLY LIST.
Play-with-Your-Fabric-Stash Cloth Book
Gather up your favorite fabrics, scraps or even those special heirloom handkerchiefs and laces. Turn them into a unique cloth book using a very simple binding technique. We’ll add stitched details, play with appliqué techniques and get creative with layering fabrics. These are so much fun to make that you won’t want to stop at just one!.
November 18, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuition $72 Materials fee: $10 SUPPLY LIST
I am available to give lectures, trunk shows and/or workshops to your quilt or fiber arts guilds. In addition, I have had a number of years of experience teaching children and can give workshops for schools and camps. Below are some suggestions. Contact me at for lecture and workshop fees.
Half Day Workshops (3-4 hours)
Flora and Fauna: Rolled and Folded Fabric Doll
Create a 10” doll from squares of rolled and folded fabric. Experiment with origami-like folds to create a one-of-a-kind skirt for your doll. Learn how to draw a realistic face with colored pencils and pens. Supply list. Kit fee: $10 includes doll pattern, face fabric, batting, yarns for hair, and use of pens/pencils for face.
Florette: Rolled and Folded Fabric Doll Pin (4 hours)Create this charming 4 ½” doll pin (or ornament) from rolled and folded fabric. Embellish with your cherished fabric scraps, ribbons and beads. Give your pin personality by combining simple embroidery stitches with drawn features. Supply list. Kit fee: $10 includes doll pin pattern, face fabric, batting, yarns for hair, embroidery floss, pin back, use of pens/pencils for face.
Jazzy—A Wrapped Doll with “Attitude”
This 8” doll is loaded with “attitude”! Create her by wrapping colorful fabric strips over a chenille stem “skeleton”. Kit fee: $10 includes doll pattern and all supplies. Students should bring scissors.
Wrapped Wire Animals
Create a fanciful animal of your choice by wrapping colorful fabric strips over a padded chenille stem armature. Instructor will demonstrate how to make a variety of animal “skeletons” and will work individually to help students create their one-of-a-kind creatures. Kit fee: $10 includes instructions and all supplies. Students should bring scissors. Photo or illustration of animal optional.
One-Day Workshops (6 hours)
African Influences: Textile Inspirations
Inspired by the vibrant and varied textiles of Africa, students will combine painting and printing techniques to create their own, unique versions of these fabrics. Students will be introduced to West African Adinkra symbols giving them the opportunity to imbue their fabrics with additional meaning. Supply list. Kit fee: $15 includes blocks, fabric paints, detailed instructions.
Changing the Face of Fabric Challenge
How many ways can you change a piece of commercially printed fabric into something that reflects your unique personal touch? Using various painting, printing and stenciling techniques, students will be challenged to enhance their commercial fabrics, turning them into multi-layered, one-of-a-kind pieces suitable for their next creative project. Supply list. Kit fee: $15 includes blocks, fabric paints, detailed instructions.
Inspired by Nature: Creative Fabric Designs
Using natural objects as an inspiration, students will create exciting multi-layered fabric designs. In this class we will cover: direct printing with natural objects, texture rubbings, monoprinting techniques, stenciling, relief printing techniques using carved and moldable foam blocks and how to use Shiva Paintstiks®. Students will also learn how to create simplified or abstract designs based on natural objects. Supply list. Kit fee: $15 includes blocks, fabric paints, detailed instructions.
Block Printing on Fabric
Students will carve texture, pattern and image blocks. Print these blocks in combination to create unique fabrics. Learn how to translate a photo into a block design. A great class for quilters and home decorators. Supply list. Kit fee: $15 includes blocks, printing ink, fabric paint, use of tools, detailed instructions. 
Experiments in Printing on Fabric
Take a new look at printing on fabric by experimenting with materials found at home, in nature and at the local craft store. We will look to these different sources to create one-of-a-kind fabrics. Experiments will include “roller” prints from cardboard tubes, making stamps from craft foam, and printing with found and natural objects. In addition, we will experiment with some new products, including Penscore moldable foam stamps. Supply list. Kit fee: $15 includes Penscore moldable foam stamps, craft foam, cardboard tubes, fabric paint, detailed instructions.
Fun with Pebeo Setacolor Textile Paint
Learn about the versatility of Pebeo Setacolor. This textile paint can mimic fabric dyes as well as be used for stenciling, stamping, folded resist techniques and sun printing. Create unique multi-layered fabrics for use in quilts, clothing or home decorating. This textile paint works beautifully with silks, cottons and sheer fabrics. Supply list. Kit fee: $10 includes fabric paint, use of tools, detailed instructions.
Signature Fabrics
Using their initials and signatures as a jumping off point, students will print, paint and scrawl to create beautiful multi-layered one-of-a-kind fabrics. We will cover a number of relief printing techniques, work with color washes and then use different types of tools including fabric pens and pastel dye sticks.  Kit fee: $15 includes blocks, printing ink, fabric paint, use of tools, detailed instructions.
Two-Day Workshops (12 hours)
Fiber Sculpture
Starting with a “skeleton of wire,” students construct a small-scale fiber figure or sculptural form. This intensive 2-day workshop will cover how to build a form, wrapping, fabric collage, bead embellishment and polymer clay mask-making techniques. Supply list. Kit fee: $15
“Dancing with the Spirits”: Block Printed Figures*
In this workshop, students create a unique, “spirited” cloth figure from block printed and stuffed shapes. Students begin by playing with basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle), combining, distorting, repeating and rearranging them until they come up with a pleasing form. They will then design and carve their own texture and image blocks. The instructor will discuss layering techniques, how a small number of blocks can be printed in varying configurations to form different parts of the body, and creating a “whole cloth” figure versus one made from separate shaped pieces. Students will learn turning, stuffing and assembling techniques. Embellishment techniques including “raw edge” appliqué, decorative hand stitching and bead embroidery with be demonstrated. Supply List. Kit fee: $15
*An additional day would guarantee a completed piece.