Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ann Williamson Workshop

This past weekend I was thrilled to attend a workshop taught by Ann Williamson and hosted by Louise Cutting. A double-header. I'm still on inspiration overload.

See Ann's logo in the upper right hand corner of this pieced scarf. All fabric is vintage kimono silk. Yum.
Ann Williamson makes stunning, one-of-a-kind garments, primarily fitted jackets. Her preferred fabric is vintage kimono silk. You may have seen her work at the Smithsonian Craft Shows or at the San Francisco or Baltimore ACC shows. I have been a big fan of hers for several years now, ever since sewing friend Ginny tipped me off!

Here Ann is wearing a coco-style jacket & pants, both of vintage kimono silk. She is also wearing one of her scarves.
The workshop started with a jaw-dropping trunk show with lots of great stories. Then we spent two full days learning and practicing her techniques in piecing and beading.

As I poured my kit beads onto the black velveteen, I saw a pattern I'd love to try to duplicate.

Each evening we went to Louise's house to shop, shop, shop. Louise of course had lots of great fabrics and buttons available, as well as her signature patterns. Sandy and Rosemary were on hand to help coordinate fabrics and patterns.

Ann allowed us to buy vintage kimono silk by the yard, as well as her kits.

Between the two of these artists extraordinaire, my head nearly exploded.

Louise is wearing a vest that will be part of a future pattern, along with pants that *may* become a pattern. Such fun!

The above sample is a gorgeous example of Ann's detailed, artful work. She is an expert in clothing construction, as well as an inspired, accomplished fiber artist.

This is a dramatic example of one of her slightly fitted coco-style jackets, constructed with vintage silk using her unique piecing techniques.

And the back is gorgeous too.

Now I am dying to find the time to work on these techniques and incorporate them into the sewing techniques I already enjoy. I think her beading approach will fit nicely with my love of sashiko. We each received a kit of silks for a scarf. I'm thinking mine may be incorporated into an Ann-inspired jacket.

Now I recommend you go directly to Ann's website and see her garments. She also has a delicious blog. Some of the best eye candy for textilians. 

Oh, my, so much inspiration; so little time!


  1. How wonderful that you got to experience this double treat! Ann's pieces are so well done. I love her color sense.

  2. Wow, that had to be a great time and my head would be exploding also. I really love Louise Cuttings' fabrics

  3. You attend the best workshops! Wish I'd known about this one!!! Look forward to seeing some new wonderful creations!


  4. Everything is so beautiful! and so inspiring as you have noted.

  5. Wow! So many beautiful things! That black and red jacket is amazing.

  6. This is the second time I've left a comment so I hope it posts. Glad you were able to attend that wonderful workshop, esp at the venerable Mount Vernon Inn that will soon be no more. Looking forward to seeing what you do with all the techniques, fabrics and inspiration here.