Sue Spargo Workshop at BARN

Fiber Arts

Sue Spargo's 'Tell Me a Story'

Spend the week with much-beloved artist and teacher Sue Spargo and create your own story with fiber and design.

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 5/13/2024 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Tue, 5/14/2024 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  3. Wed, 5/15/2024 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  4. Thur, 5/16/2024 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  5. Fri, 5/17/2024 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mon, 5/13/2024 - Fri, 5/17/2024


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Class, No Prerequisite

The Great Room

Embroidery, Sewing, Surface Design


Create your own story of a memory, an important life experience, or a meaningful expression of who you are using appliqué, embroidered wool, fabric layering, and embellishments under the guidance of Sue Spargo. She'll use fiber-related exercises to spark your creativity and expression during this five-day workshop adventure, where you'll build the foundation of your piece, incorporating hand-dyed velvet, cotton fabrics, and specialty fabrics. You'll learn new techniques for using wool appliqué and multi-medium layering to narrate your story and bring your piece to life through dimensional stitchery with thread and other imaginative embellishments that help to express your special story. Over the course of this personally meaningful workshop, you'll become more skilled at making your fiber ideas and designs come to life.

In addition to the five days of class, lunch and a light afternoon snack will be provided each day and is covered by the  materials fee included in  your registration cost.


  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginners +
  • Cancellation requests received prior to noon on Monday, March 25, 2024 will be eligible for a refund minus a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellation fee for members is $166, and for guests is $208. 
  • There are only 16 spots available for this class. It will fill extremely quickly. Please click on the wait list button when this class fills (there is no charge to do so). Should there be a cancellation, you'll be notified via email. The available spot will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • A materials fee of $175, included in the cost of the class, covers catered lunches and snacks for an afternoon break during the workshop week. This allows you to maximize your time with the instructor and is not optional.  
  • Materials for the class can be purchased at, with some materials available for purchase from Sue directly during the workshop. Please view the supplies list for a complete explanation of what you will need.
  • Your piece will be inspired by your life finding creativity from your childhood, home, grandkids, or a momentous life event. Plan your color choices to complement the vision you'll be bringing to life. There is no preparation required prior to class. 

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • This event will be held in the Great Room, which is to the left as you enter the main doors.
  • See Visit BARN for information on getting to BARN, local transportation, lodging, dining, and things to do.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Sue Spargo

This much-beloved instructor and artist was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa. African folklore is reflected in the whimsy and charm of her creations. She moved to the United States in 1980 and settled in Ohio where she started her company, Sue Spargo Folk Art Quilts, Inc. She embarked on her journey of dimensional layering and embroidery and introduced the world to wools saturated in bright colors, multi-medium layering, and embroidery, which resulted in textural depth and dimension never before seen. The circle of fans who love her and her artistry has grown exponentially over the years.

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