Fabric Collage, Stitching and Knotting with Debra
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • 10 hours over 2 days

Fabric Collage, Stitching and Knotting with Debra

Explore organic shapes, colors, textures, and patterns with textile artist Debra in the heart of Los Angeles. Allow time to slow as you work intuitively, absorbed in the process of needle puncturing fabric. Through stitching, knotting, appliqué and layering, learn to let go and let the fabric be your guide.
  • Lunch


One Guest
USD $895
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $450


One Guest
USD $375
Additional guest(s)
USD $85

Meet the Artist

Debra is a textile artist who has been fabric collaging and stitching for over 50 years. As a young girl in the 1960’s she learned to sew, crochet, cook and bake from her mother. As a teenager she taught herself macrame and would regularly go to Venice Beach to pedal her wares.

For her, the concept of layers and transparency are symbolic of our being – she loves that she can find these qualities inherent in textile scraps. She believes we collect experiences throughout our lives. These experiences mold and change us; they sway our character. When all is said and done we remain the same person, however changed we may seem. Our integrity, our soul, our being that was birthed into this lifetime remains unchanged. Through stitching layers upon layers, she creates unity and celebrates life.

Inspired by the beauty of nature, she favors organic shapes, colors and textures in both her functional garments and fiber structures. Throughout her practice, she gently manipulates fabric through stitching, knotting, appliqué and layering. Time slows as she works intuitively letting the materials guide, observing and finding peace.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Explore techniques for fabric collaging, stitching or knotting.
  • Learn to play with scraps of fabric without creating preconceived shapes.
  • Guidance on a variety of stitching techniques including running stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch and chain stitch.
  • Stitching layers upon layers and allowing the stitches to inform your piece.
  • Learning to tie a double half hitch knot to create your choice of an art piece or a rag rug.
  • Learning mini macrame techniques to create a tiny tapestry like piece.
  • Studio visits with local L.A. artists based on availability.
  • All of the tools and materials necessary to create your piece.

Stay at Debra's

Debra’s home is full of reminders of her practice as a fabric artist and you’ll be surrounded by wall hangings and rugs stitched by her hands. The guest bedroom has a full bed covered by a warm, hand stitched quilt that sleeps up to 2 people and a shared bathroom with Debra. Breakfast will be provided each morning.

Explore Los Angeles

Debra’s studio is located in one of the most coveted east side Los Angeles neighborhoods proudly inhabited by diverse cultures, ages and incomes. From architectural landmarks, eclectic shops and restaurants, farmer’s markets to hikes in nearby Griffith Park, it strikes a balance between arts, nature and comfort. See the city as Debra does, "in its glory and its chaos" and be inspired by all the things the city has to offer. Explore L.A. on foot or by metro, taking in all of the colors and textures you will need as inspiration. Visit one of LA's many museums like The Broad, The Getty, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art or climb the Santa Monica Mountains for picturesque views, and then take a dip or surf in the invigorating Pacific Ocean.

Additional Details

The best time to visit Los Angeles is in the Fall and Spring when the weather is perfect but otherwise LA weather is lovely year around.

This VAWAA can be extended for up to 7 days. If interested in extending your time, let us know by how many days and we will do our best to accommodate you.

There is no wheelchair access, but Debra can offer studio sessions outside, weather providing.
Debra's Availability 2 days

Guest Reviews

  • Catherine F., United States

    We got the creative juices going. A nice collaboration between her ideas and mine.

  • Valerie A., United States

    It was such a joy to be with Debra. Her space is so easy to relax in and is a reflection of an artist. She is a great host and really encouraging about experimenting with fabric and textures......Highly recommend. AND the clothes she designed out of unique materials are just beautiful.

  • Alise I., United States

    It sounds like hyperbole to say that my two days with Debra changed my life, but it really is true. She inspired me to find an art form and style that has since become part of my everyday creative experience. Her house/studio is an inspiration in itself, and Debra's "no rules" way of guiding her students allows for unbound creative expression.

  • Anouska C., United States

    Debra is a wonderful patient generous instructor and not to mention a terrific cook. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her and learned a lot. I was new to textile collaging and this is something I definitely will do again.

    I loved the fabrics she had to choose from and how she went through step by step what needed to be done. I learned several new stitches! Debra thoughtfully guided me through
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