The Threaducation Centre is WonderFil Specialty Thread's™ concept of a fibre creations centre. The Calgary Threaducation Centre is one of five international spaces, each devoted to teaching a broad spectrum of fibre classes from quilting to garment making to hand work - all using the broad line of WonderFil Specialty Threads™. The goal is to educate customers on the different uses of our many different WonderFil™ threads, for both art and functionality. For more information on the other Threaducation Centres around the globe, or to learn more about WonderFil Specialty Threads™, visit the links below.
Meet our team of teachers and experts who have taught at our centre
Bernadette Kent learned to quilt when her children were young and while she waited for each child at various activities. She began to stitch and as she stitched her love of quilting grew.
The adventure started when her quilt shop developed in 1999 and continued for 15 years. In 2002, Traditional Pastimes was chosen as a Top 10 shop in North America.
After many classes and Block of the Month designs, a book called Rubies, Diamonds and Garnets Too was published by Kansas City Star.
The adventure now continues at the Calgary WonderFil™ Threaducation Centre. Come and see our wonderful classroom and many activities from Hand Stitching to Free Motion Quilting!
Philippa grew up as a crafty kid in New Zealand, learning to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, smock, you name it, and was comfortable in front of the sewing machine from a young age.
But it wasnt until raising her young kids in Canada that she discovered quilting. Once all the kids had several quilts each, all free-motioned on her domestic sewing machine, quilting got put on the back burner while life with kids got busier.
Jump forward a dozen years, add in social media, and Philippa was hooked again. This time around, things were a bit more modern, the kids, and their quilts were bigger and she discovered the joy of longarm quilting.
Philippa has loved coaching new longarmers since 2014 and has quilted many customer quilts along the way.
When I was a kid, I would sew anything and everything! As years went by, my growing skills became helpful for sewing clothes that fit my body type, and had an added therapeutic effect on me. I dabbled in scrapbooking and cosmetology, but always came back to my passion: sewing.
These days you can find me buried in my craft room under yards of gorgeous fabrics, sewing a dress for my daughter, a quilt for a baby shower, or just pondering what I can get my hands into next!
I love the variety of projects one can do with the same skill set. I can't wait to share what I've learned with you!
Debby Brown has been a Handi Quilter educator since 2005 and has inspired quilters all around the globe. In addition to teaching at retail shop events and guilds, Debby teaches at major quilt shows nationally and internationally, including International Quilt Festival (Houston), Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC), International Quilt Show Dubai, and American Quilters Society (Lancaster, Phoenix). She recently filmed a series of DVDs about sit-down machine quilting featuring the HQ Sweet Sixteen®. Debby also teaches machine quilting classes at Craftsy.com.
Since Debby began quilting in 1986, she has completed several thousand quilts for herself and others. When not busy teaching, she is constantly creating in her studio in upstate New York. She and her husband were just promoted to “grandma and grandpa” and are very enthusiastic about their new roles!
I’m one of those people who have been sewing almost since I can remember. I started off making clothes for my dolls and graduated to clothes for myself by grade 5. My Mom was my sewing teacher – I did not take home economics in high school, choosing drafting instead.
However, when my kids were very young, to get out of the house a bit, I took the “Clothing Construction” program at SAIT. My “Clothing Construction” certificate is dated 1986 and, sadly, the program was shut down shortly after that. When my kids were young I sewed probably about 95% of all their clothing and my own, including outerwear.
I started a new job in the summer of 2008 and one of my new colleagues was an avid quilter. She introduced me to the world of quilting and once again I was addicted to sewing and now also quilting. I love every aspect of quilting - from designing and making the quilt top to designing and quilting the finished top on my long arm machine.
The most recognizable aspects about the quilts she makes are stylized, scroll designs appliqués in bright colours on a dark background. Her greatest source of inspiration is from ancient Burmese temple murals, which she studied as design motifs while earning her degree in Architecture.
Design is Aie's favourite part of quilt making and she has created numerous appliqué patterns. She started her own quilting pattern business in 1999 and has published original designs under her Lotusland's label.
Aie has won several awards in quilt making in the US and Canada but the most prestigious was an AQS (American Quilter's Society) Award - First Prize in Wall Hanging Category, in 2004 for her quilt, Affairs of the Heart, and the quilt design was subsequently published by AQS by the same name. In 2009 Aie was honoured as the Quilter of Distinction, at Heritage Park Festival of Quilts.
Susan Madu is a chartered accountant by day and a passionate creator and quilter by night.
Susan has been quilting for over 20 years and garment sewing since she could reach up to a sewing machine.
Susan is never without a sketchbook or some project in her hands. Her quilting has evolved from making quilts from commercial patterns to designing her own patterns under the Modern Blended Quilts banner.
Susan's patterns appeal to both traditional and modern quilters alike. A central theme of Susan's patterns is blending together elements of traditional and modern quilting. Take your traditional stash and blend it up with modern textures, solids and styles for stunning results.
Ana has been a teacher on a variety of quilting techniques for the past 20+ years. Some of the recent workshops have focused on free-motion quilting, and on surface design. She is currently working on a new series of work that includes mixed media. She is a frequent contributor to Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilting Arts TV.
Ana’s quilts have won several awards at local and national shows, and have been juried into major International shows.
Cheryl Arkison is a writer, quilt designer, teacher, mom, friend, sister, daughter, and the bestest wife ever.
Her first book, co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg, is called Sunday Morning Quilts published in 2012 by Stash Books. A Month of Sundays was published July 2013 and You Inspire Me to Quilt was released in 2015.
As a freelance writer Cheryl focuses on creativity, quilting, family, and environmental issues. Her current work can be found in Uppercase, Cake & Whiskey, Quilty, and Modern Patchwork magazines. She is a featured teacher on Craftsy with her Inset and Applique Circles by Machine class as well as a series of quilting classes on CreativeLive.
In 2003, Samantha pieced and hand quilted a queen-sized quilt after reading 10 quilt books. This kept her busy for 3 months while her husband was writing a grad paper.
She made many nine-patch quilts before branching out beyond squares.
Samantha then learned loads of other quilting techniques from classes, shop owners and fellow quilters. She now enjoys passing that knowledge on to her students.
Samantha designed and published a pattern for a tote bag from old pants called“Travelling Pants.” She has been teaching a variety of classes in Calgary since 2010 including: Bento Box, Primo Star, Log Cabin, Bali Bowls, Double Pinwheels, County Lines and more.
She favours traditional, two-colour, and black and white quilts as well as modern, asymmetrical patterns.
“Quilting has connected me to my past and brought new friends into my present; it’s my joy to be able to share what I’ve learned.”
Introducing Peggy Brown
Wife, Grandmother, Homemaker, Quilter Fabric Designer...... She has done quite a variety of things in her life - not extraordinary - but interesting.
The part of her story that relates to this class began with a desire to make family heritage quilts. Peggy desired to make heritage quilts for her children, nieces and nephews. In conversation with one of her sisters she was inspired to start flower pounding, imprinting and writing on fabric to personalize these quilts.
Next came Spoonflower - a place to submit designs and have them return printed on 100% cotton fabric. The idea came that some of these designs might be desired by others. Peggy put together a “collection” and went to market! And a designer had emerged! The possibility was never imagined or studied for! Incredibly exciting when she thinks of the investment/risk someone else put on here designs.