Cheesecloth Imagery

July 24 - July 28


Cheesecloth Imagery

Cheesecloth Imagery

This is a 5-day workshop.  Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.

Prepare to be amazed by the remarkable, creative potential of humble cheesecloth. Beginning with simple exercises exploring figurative imagery – landscapes, birds, animals, and portraits – you can then create a unique larger piece … or just keep exploring with a series of small works.

Master the fundamentals of composition by playing with cheesecloth, with an emphasis on value, transparency, and contrast. Discover new ways to include a variety of textures in your fibre art and how to paint background fabrics easily with wax pastels. Focus on black and white for dramatic chiaroscuro or add colour – to your cheesecloth or your background – with paint, ink or dye.  Learn how to adjust your own reference photos – or choose from thousands of copyright-free images – on a laptop or tablet using simple programs and apps.

Understanding that not everyone is comfortable with technology, the instructor is also happy to prepare your pattern on her laptop for you, with your preferred layout, and you can print your pattern on the school copier. Sew as much or as little as you want. Finishing instruction includes machine quilting or just placing works on a stretched canvas.

Material fee includes supplies provided by instructor.  See student supply list for further details.

Visual presentations, including the instructor’s significant collection of completed cheesecloth pieces, will inspire and demonstrate every step of the process. Along the way we will share eureka moments plus tips and shortcuts for working with fibre. This is a whole new way of working with fibre and I am excited to share it with you.

Material fee includes supplies provided by instructor.  See student supply list for further details. 

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $30
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: none stated

Price: $869

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Mary Pal is a Canadian fibre artist best known for her cheesecloth portraits, based on a technique she pioneered a decade ago. Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout the world, and published in numerous books and magazines.


Click here to read more about MARY PAL


If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.

Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on February 7th at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on February 14th at 12:00pm (PST)