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Stitching Soft Sculpture

September 24 - 29, 2023

Nicole Havekost  ·  nikimade.com

Workshop at a glance

An exploration of the expressive nature of fabric and textiles in 3D forms and the compelling mark-making system of hand-stitching to create soft sculpture.


  • Simple armature techniques to build sculptural forms
  • Subtractive and additive sculptural process
  • Draping and pinning fabric around sculptural forms
  • Hand-stitching techniques


  • Fabric and thread
  • Paper
  • Upholstery foam and fiberfill
  • Wood


  • Making soft sculptures
  • Exploring armature techniques
  • Discovering hand-stitching as a mark making system

Artist Bio

Nicole Havekost is an artist living in Rochester, Minnesota and teaches foundation courses at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She earned her BFA in printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in printmaking from the University of New Mexico. Havekost is a three time Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Artist Initiative Grant recipient as well as a 2021 McKnight Fiber Artist Fellowship finalist. She has recently exhibited work in Texas, California, Illinois and Iowa as well as Tasmania, Australia.

  • Nicole Havekost
  • Nicole Havekost
  • Nicole Havekost
  • Nicole Havekost
  • Nicole Havekost
  • Nicole Havekost

Workshop Description

During this workshop students will begin their soft sculpture journey with simple hand-sewing techniques to explore the kinds of mark making systems available with needle and thread. Uncomplicated armature techniques and both additive and subtractive sculptural processes will be used to create a 3D form. You will then drape and piece fabric to this form, organically pinning and fitting the fabric and stitching it to shape. Fabric manipulation techniques will include appliqué, patchwork, and additive embellishments. Participants should bring to class fabrics or repurposed soft materials and ephemera (beads, sequins, paper, feathers, buttons, etc.) that have personal meaning to incorporate in their sculpture. Additional materials will be provided. Students will be encouraged to experiment with shape, form, and scale in samples and to create works that could grow into a larger group of objects. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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