September 12-15, 2019
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Lake Oswego, Oregon

Workshop Fee: $795

  • 4 days of design, fitting and sewing instruction
  • classroom equipped with pressing stations, irons and pressing tools
  • 6 foot table for each student
  • lunch each day
  • notebook of instructional materials

Explore fabric collage techniques inspired by designer Koos van den Akker as you sew a one-of-a-kind garment and combine a variety of fabrics and fibers into a work of art. Choose a Koos pattern from the Vogue pattern book, or start with a simple style jacket, coat, top or dress as your base. Learn several methods for designing your collage pieces and see how fabric is sliced, stitched, twisted and pieced together to create wonderful surface texture and design.
Marla will show you collage techniques including fabric slicing, couching, applique, origami texture and using bias tape for both design and finishing edges. Discover how to effectively combine fibers, colors, textures, prints, plaids and stripes all part of the collage magic. Once your design is created, you will learn how to finish your masterpiece and add yet more interest with a variety of seams, seam finishes and edge finishes.

For a preview and inspiration, visit our Fabric Collage album in the Photo Gallery where you will find collage ideas, garments and fabric combinations. Upon registration, you will consult with Marla to choose your perfect pattern and get help with choosing fabrics. Take advantage of Portland's wonderful fabric stores with a day of shopping to round out your fabric selections (see Optional Shopping Day below).

You may bring your own sewing machine or arrange with Marla to borrow one.

Workshops begin each morning at 9AM and finish at 5PM. The classroom is available to you in the evening and will be locked securely overnight.

Lunch is included each day. There are many restaurants within walking distance for dinner on your own.
This workshop will be limited to 6 students to ensure individual attention. A $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve a space for you.

The workshop will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Portland South/Lake Oswego, located at 6100 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Accommodations are available at the Fairfield Inn or other nearby hotels. Contact the Fairfield Inn directly at 503-670-7557 to make a reservation. Ask for the Kazell Sewing room rate.


An optional shopping day on Wednesday, September 11, will give you an opportunity to visit many of the fabulous fabric stores in Portland Josephine's Dry Goods, Mill End, Fabric Depot, and others. Shop for the perfect fabric for your class project or add an irresistible piece to your stash. We'll break for lunch, then shop 'til we drop! The fee for this optional day is $115.


To reserve your space, please send the registration form and a check for either the $100 non-refundable deposit or the total fee. The balance is due August 15, 2019. Please make checks payable to Marla Kazell. Return form to:

Marla Kazell
13333 SW 72nd Avenue, #10-E
Tigard OR 97223


For cancellations made 30 days prior to the workshop or earlier, any fees received (beyond the $100 non-refundable deposit) will be refunded or transferred to another workshop. There are no refunds or transfers for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the workshop. Workshops may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not obtained 30 days prior to workshop. All deposits and fees will then be refunded.
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