Virtual Workshop

Illusion Quilt Sampler Workshop with Vivien Wise

December 5, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

How can a pattern help us imagine multiple perspectives?

Learn how to create optical illusions through the quilting process with artist, Vivien Wise. During a live Zoom workshop, Vivien will teach participants how to hand sew a mini quilt sampler that can be used to create a decorative pillow, wall hanging or whatever you desire. This workshop will offer important technical skills to expand your sewing expertise. A basic knowledge of sewing is suggested.

Participants have the option to select an FWM quilting kit to be sent to them by mail. Please allow one week for shipping; if you are local, please reach out to us to discuss a possible drop off.

The kit includes:

  • A curated assortment of FWM hand screen-printed cotton fabric – pre-cut to pattern size!
  • backing fabric
  • cotton batting
  • quilting pattern

After purchasing, we’ll contact you to choose from one of 16 unique options! See images below for options.

Materials needed to participate in the workshop:

  • sewing machine or sewing needles
  • fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • ruler
  • thread (color of your choosing)
  • up to a 1/2 yard of assorted fabric
  • cotton batting
  • quilting pattern (will be mailed as a PDF for those who opt out of the sewing kit)

Virtual Workshop Schedule:

  • 10am-12pm – workshop
  • 12-1 pm – lunch break
  • 1-3 pm – workshop

Event Information

December 5, 2020
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Virtual event
Zoom details to be emailed with registration confirmation
The workshop will be recorded, and the recording will be shared with participants to reference after the workshop.


Workshop Fee for Non-Members: $50.00
FWM Members: 20% discount with member code
FWM Quilting Kit (optional): $35.00

For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at or (215) 561-8888.

About the Participants

Vivien Wise received her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. She has a BFA in Fibers from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Through explorations of materiality and tactility, her work comments on the concept of shared spaces and connections. Vivien searches for connections between others and herself to find community in this way. She mainly makes objects, in which she incorporates function through either the object itself or an implied action. Additionally, Vivien integrates a personal domestic history, especially connected to her mother and grandmothers. This personal domestic history as well as an interest in the function of objects is based primarily in craft. Vivien is drawn and connected to the process and materiality of the rag rug, the quilt as art object, and the community formed by a knitting circle. Sustainability as a general concept is woven into the fabric of her being and consumption/waste is an important consideration for her.