This Bloomin’ Jewels kit is available for purchase right   here  .

This Bloomin’ Jewels kit is available for purchase right here.

"I always love finding new applications for my illustrations and this process just felt "right" to me. Intuitive, flexible, freeing. If you ever get a chance to learn from Tierney, take it! She's such a generous and warm teacher."  

                     - Rachel Beckman, after spending a beautiful day in                                                  the "Enchanted Wonderland" Workshop at                                                                  Squam Art Workshops 2018


2020 workshops coming soon. So much fun to be had!

Introduction to English Paper Piecing

Learn how to English paper piece with textile artist Tierney Barden in this relaxed workshop. Join the slow stitch movement and enjoy the sweet satisfaction of (portable) hand stitching. You’ll learn the techniques needed to make Tierney’s Bloomin’ Jewels pillow (the top only), or you can rearrange the pieces and make a mug mat, mini quilt, etc.. You will leave with the skills needed to finish your pillow top and go on to make any EPP project.

  • Your workshop kit is included, and contains everything you need except fabric, thread and scissors.

  • This is a hand sewing class. Complete instructions for making the pillow (including machine sewing the pillow cover together) are provided in your kit.

  • If you have them, please bring fabric scissors. Rotary cutter and mat are optional.

  • Fabric will be provided from my own stash; however, feel free to bring assorted fabrics and coordinating thread from your stash. Light and dark solids, prints, low volumes - they’re all great! If you want to consider fussy cutting your Bloomin’ Jewels, templates will be available for purchase.

  • This workshop is suitable for ages 14 and over.

For workshop details and booking, please email:

Artist’s Biography

Tierney is a quilt designer and natural dyer in upstate NY. When she's not designing, she's happily making progress on personal pieces such as art quilts and hand stitched garments. Having earned her BFA from NYS College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University with a concentration in drawing and painting, Tierney brings her painterly style, love of pattern and storytelling to her work today. 

Learning the ancient art of shibori dyeing at Arrowmont in 2006 was Tierney's first exposure to hand dying fabric. From there, she went on to make her first art quilt which was shown in the 2008 Quilts=Art=Quilts juried exhibit. She has been published in Quilting Arts Holiday Gifts Magazine 2013 and 2014. Teaching and speaking venues have included Squam Art Workshops, Quilters Consortium of NYS and area quilt guilds. For three consecutive years, Tierney has participated in a long distance teaching experience with The Palouse-Prairie School Midsummer Night's Dream project. Her naturally dyed fabrics were most recently featured throughout the projects in Karen Lewis's book Wabi-Sabi Sewing. Today, Tierney dyes, teaches and sells her wares.