Guys & Glaciers Teachers and Workshops

We've planned a fun and creative and COLORFUL cruise with Kaffe, Brandon and Liza!

Class enrollment will begin in November, 2019, so that everyone has the same opportunity to choose their teachers.  Each class will be taught twice, giving everyone even more opportunity to learn and be inspired by our dynamic trio.

See you in Fort Lauderdale

Deb Roberts



Kaffe Fassett is a leading textiles designer and practitioner of contemporary crafts.  He has a loyal following of patchworkers, knitters and embroiderers all over the world.  A Californian by birth, he moved to the UK in 1964 where through a series of collaborations, he built his name and reputation.  He began by creating knitwear designs for Bill Gibb and Missoni.  He became a leading light in the knitwear revival of the 80s. 

Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rug-making, tapestries, fabric design, theatre design and quilting.  Kaffe Fassett’s first needlepoint design was commissioned by Pamela, Lady Harlech for Lord Harlech.  His work has been collected by Barbra Streisand, the late Lauren Bacall, Ali McGraw, Shirley MacLaine and HRH Princess Michael of Kent.   

In 1988 he became the first living textile artist to have a one-man show at the V&A Museum.  He has exhibited in countries including Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the USA and Iceland.  His autobiography was released in 2012 (Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Colour) followed by a retrospective of his work at the Fashion & Textiles Museum, London in 2013. 

Kaffe has written many books on colour and design in craftwork.  Known and loved by quiltmakers across the world, his master classes are attended full to brimming.  He inspires people to work with colour in an instinctive way.

**Kaffe will be teaching the workshop below on our cruise. It will be offered twice.




Painting by Colors with Kaffe
Creating a colorway of one of Kaffe's fabrics. 
Each participant is given an A4 photocopy of a fabric of Kaffe's choice. They choose a postcard from a selection we will bring that will be the color guide for their new colorway.  Participants will Use gauche paints provided.  Any level of experience can do this workshop - its like painting by number and is very popular.
Open to all levels.

Supplies provided.




Raised in a small seaside town on the coast of South Wales, Brandon Mably has been interested in colour and design since he was young. According to author/designer and Mably mentor Kaffe Fassett, Mably has "one of the sharpest eyes for style" that he has ever come across.

With no formal education in design, Mably made a radical career change from cooking to knitting in the late 1980's after a chance meeting with the world-famous Fassett. From the moment he entered Fassett's studio, Mably realised the creative potential of knitwear designs and soon became Fassett's apprentice. 

For many years Mably organised the running of the Fassett studio, where Fassett trained him to knit, needlepoint, hook rag rugs, and grout mosaics. An inspiring teacher, Mably began travelling the world with Fassett doing workshops. Exotic locales such as Africa, Iceland, Guatemala, and India filled his designer's eye with inspiration and an explosion of colour and pattern. 

An avid and enthusiastic teacher, Mably has learned an important thing over the years - that most people have buried in them a sense of colour and design. This is helping his students discover the design sensibility that continues to inspire and motivate Mably's work. 

Since taking over the teaching of knit workshops from Fassett altogether, he has taught throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, France, Germany, and the UK.

**Brandon will be teaching the workshop below on our cruise. It will be offered twice.




Color Collage with Brandon
Paper collage color class - an exercise in working with color. 
Participants choose a postcard with a painting of colours that appeal to them.  Participants cut or tear pieces from pre-painted color sheets provided for the class then using paper glue will past and create their own abstract color arrangement, based on the colors in their chosen postcard.

Supplies Provided 




Liza made her first "quilt" in 1972 when she sewed 25 bandanas together, layered the top with a fat batt and a corduroy backing and tied it all together with wool knitting yarn. It was for her college boyfriend's waterbed.  She made her second quilt in 1990, this time in a more conventional manner, piecing a sampler block quilt. Quilting became a passion and in 1993 she proposed doing a book with her dear  friend, Kaffe Fassett.


Kaffe and Liza work closely together writing patchwork books and developing the Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric line for Free Spirit. 


Their first hardcover book was Glorious Patchwork and they just published their 6th hardcover book, Bold Blooms.  They specialize in re-interpreting traditional quilt patterns using contemporary fabrics and unexpected color combinations. 


From the time she began making quilts, her favorite projects have been those that are hand sewn.  English Paper Piecing is her passion.  She designed the popular Glorious Hexagon sampler based on the book, The New Hexagon.  Last count over 5000 people worldwide are following her lead and making their own glorious version!


Liza lives in New Hope, PA, with her husband Drew.


**Liza will be teaching the workshop below on our cruise. It will be offered twice. She will also be teaching open stitching opportunities during some of our at sea evenings.




Glorious Kantha

Make a Bohemian style scarf or shawl while learn to do Kantha style hand stitching (big running stitches using perle cotton thread) on a patchwork base. 


Each student can choose to make any size she wishes.  Before class choose a favorite fabric from the Kaffe Fassett Collective (except the batiks) in the length you desire. Layer it with a thin flannel for "batting" and a loosely woven fabric, such as Kaffe's Shot Cotton for the backing.  Pin or thread baste the three layers together.   We will provide many scraps of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabric to layer on top.


Glorious Kantha class supply list:

1. sharp fabric scissors (not snips)

2. #24 chenille needles

3.. an assortment of size 8 perle cotton  ( I like Sue Spargo's Eleganza or Valdani)

4. Roxanne's Glue baste OR  Bohin, Fons and Porter or Sewline fabric glue stick. 

5. Any fabric scraps you wish to add to your piece.

6. a magnet to keep track of your needles and pins.

7. thimble if you use one for hand sewing


Evening Surprise Sewing Project

If you wish to do hand sewing in the evenings we will be supplying a special fabric patch that represents Cuba for you to embellish however you like.  Bring a neutral base fabric that is the size of a pillow or small wall hanging as well as a basic sewing kit with an assortment of differnet size needles.


We will supply embellishments, fabric scraps, threads and


papers to use for English Paper Piecing. You will end up


with a fun and funky piece ready to take home to finish as


you wish. 



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Class registration will begin in late November, 2019.  A selection list will be e-mailed to participants, please be certain you keep us updated if your email address changes.


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