Inktense Iris


This class allows students to play with all of the fun effects that Inktense pencils can provide when paired with bamboo felt.  Joy will bring the Inktense pencils, bamboo felt , and all other supplies for this class so that you will only need to furnish your paper and fabric scissors, and optional thimble and eyeglasses,  if necessary.  We will take plain white bamboo felt and transform it into a shaded background and petals and leaves to create an Inktense Iris. Finishing options you may consider include framing, making it into a wall hanging by adding borders and backing, or using it as a decoration on a tote bag. Since this is a fun and relatively quick project, it would make a great gift.

This is an all-day class starting at 9 a.m.

Joy Duke

Joy Duke is a designer, teacher, and lecturer for Joyous Appliqué Designs. She has always enjoyed playing with fabrics and she created her first crazy quilt as a school project in the early 80’s which got her out of having to write a research paper - now that was a deal! As she grew up, she learned crewel embroidery, counted-cross stich, and finally as a young newlywed, she returned to quilting. In those days applique was referred to by her quilt guild friends as the “A Word” and Joy proclaimed that she would NEVER do applique. Those were words she would later need to eat! 

In 2012, Joyous Applique Designs was born with five original patterns and Joy hasn’t stopped designing and teaching since. All of Joy’s 90+ patterns are ones that can be stitched within a reasonable time frame – no year-long or life-long creations here.  

Joy wants her students to have fun and see real progress each time they pick up their work to stitch. Fusible applique using cotton fabrics was where Joy started and then she added yo-yos to her patterns to add additional texture and bring yo-yos back into the spotlight. These project types are very portable for hand stitching.

Joy’s latest passion is bamboo felt applique which is very similar to wool applique, but allows those that are allergic to wool to create beautiful fun pieces of art and those that enjoy wool to have a larger palette of fabrics to work with.In addition to designing, teaching, and lecturing for guilds, Joy has been published in an online magazine and now writes how-to articles for as one of the Quilting Contessas.

A Kit fee of $18 will be paid directly to the Instructor and includes:

Pattern; Felt; Perle cotton; Polyfil; Needle; Freezer paper; paper towels; and class use of Inktense Pencils and fabric medium.