Sylvia Demo Days

If you are interested in having me come to teach or speak to your group or organization please contact me with details!

Do you want to combine several workshops?

Workshops can be created to suit the needs of your particular group.

I try to give as much information as possible to help you develop your own creativity. I encourage a friendly and relaxed environment.

I can also offer custom lessons to small groups and individuals in my Kingston home/studio.

In 2017 workshops are planned from coast to coast. Please check the Events calendar.

Free Motion Machine Embroidery Reviews and Explorations

April 13th 2018

STITCH BY STITCH, 550 Days Road, Kingston, ON K7M 3R7 . 613.389.2223 . Toll Free: 1.855.959.9500

Do you want a refresher or need more free motion techniques then this is the workshop for you? . A quick review of basics will be followed by demonstrations and explanations of stitch effects such as whip, granite, and cable (bobbin work). You will be shown how to make cords with or without the machine to further embellish your future work. Exercises based on flowing water will give you the opportunity to practice.

©Sylvia Naylor


April 14th 2018


Let go and have fun by creating a small, abstract, collage.

The collage will include a variety of fabric scraps including sheers and nets, fusible webs, handmade cords plus beads and buttons. Free motion machine embroidery techniques will be used to blend and embellish. Some hand embroidery may be added.

Course requirements: an adventurous spirit

Level: intermediate [a working knowledge of free motion machine embroidery]

Length: 1 day

©Sylvia Naylor

Picture a House

May 4th 2018


In this fun class funky houses will be the theme leading to the creation of a mini quilt, about 12in square.

In order to free the creative spirit the class will begin by making paper collages with torn papers to which tulip paint or crayon lines may be added.

Sylvia’s samples and instructions will show how the paper collages can be used to inspire an appliqué picture.

Stitching lines will be like scribbles which can be done in regular stitching or free motion. Topics to be covered include use of colour and design. The house quilt can be completed by adding buttons, beads or sequins and then binding the edges.

Suitable for all levels

Class requirements: a willingness to let go, to possibly travel beyond your comfort zone!

Length: One day

Green House

Workshop Paint and Stitch

May 5th 2018


This workshop is designed to help you learn how to use opaque paints to embellish your fibre-art (quilts). Using pictures as a stimulus and working on paper and fabric, you will see how stencilling, block printing, brushwork and spraying, can be a starting point for future designs.

You have the options to stitch some of your samples during the class.

One day

Course requirements. A desire to be adventurous!