Chapter Meeting with Helene Knott

     Saturday, October 15th
Education Program Presented by Helene Knott
Mill End Store, Classroom
9701 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97222

Global Dances, 10:00am-12:00pm

During our morning chapter meeting, Helene Knott, who is an award-winning quilting/fiber arts teacher and designer, will present Global Dances, an overview of textile arts from over the world and various cultures. The program will include a trunk show of Helene’s work and examples of some of these global textiles. Door prizes, too. The morning program is free.

The always popular FreeCycle, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Marvelous Mola Workshop, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Helene will also present a hands-on workshop for those who would like to learn to make a Mola, a colorful textile folk art from Central America in which rustic motifs are rendered in layers of reverse appliqués ($30 discounted tuition for members, $45 for non-members). Your small “Molita” can be incorporated into garments, bags, home décor, and quilts. Helene will have a number of designs for you to choose from, and you have the option to use either machine or hand-sewing techniques. Skill level: confident-beginner and up.

Kits are available from Helene at the workshop for $28. Supply and kit details are in the Workshop Supply List.

Lunch purchase is optional. Choices are on the registration page.

Join the Columbia River Sewing Chapter of the American Sewing Guild to register as a member and save $15!


Molas are a decorative folk art appliqué practiced by the natives of the San Blas Islands off of Panama. In this technique, several brightly colored fabrics are layered then cut away and reverse appliquéd, traditionally by hand, to create a design usually depicting Folk Art themes.

Not everyone enjoys handwork, and Helene has developed a fast and easy, non-fused, machine technique as an option for those who would prefer to use a sewing machine to create these intricate designs. In this workshop, you will have the option to learn either method. There will be a variety of tribal and folk art motifs to choose from and kits will be available to purchase at the workshop for those who would prefer not to assemble their own fabrics and threads.

Click here for the Workshop Supply List.