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Susan Brubaker Knapp

Susan Brubaker Knapp is a fiber artist, author, host of the PBS television show “Quilting Arts TV,” and co-host of the Quilting Arts Podcast. She is a BERNINA Ambassador, teaches nationally and internationally, and has produced numerous patterns, two books and five video workshops. Learn more at, and on her blog,

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About this course

This online course is designed to introduce you to Tyvek, a versatile crafting material. When melted, Tyvek creates interesting effects that can add wonderful texture to fiber art. Through a mixture of written step-by-step instructions (available to print out as PDFs, so that you can save them for future reference), slideshows and videos, you’ll learn the basics of working with Tyvek. By participating in online discussions, you can communicate with the instructor and your fellow students, share photos of your work and ask questions.

The class will include six lessons –  one each week over six weeks — covering:

  • information about different kinds of Tyvek
  • safety precautions for melting Tyvek
  • melting with an iron and heat gun
  • creating beads
  • making pins and embellishments
  • stitching through Tyvek before and after melting
  • manipulating Tyvek before melting to achieve special effects
  • creating a “November Leaves” art quilt
  • making Tyvek bracelets and a cuff
  • creating a “Cairn” art quilt with melted Tyvek embellishments

On May 31, 2017, the introductions section of class will open, and you'll have time to explore and get comfortable with the Ruzuku platform, and introduce yourself to the other students in the class. The first lesson opens June 7, and the last lesson opens July 12. The class will remain open for three weeks after class, so that you can finish up, get your last-minute questions answered, and print out the course content for future use. 

To download the supply list and photos of projects and activities for this class before you sign up, please click here or copy and paste this link into your browser:

To see more photos of things you'll be learning in class, check out my slideshow here or copy and paste this link into your browser:

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