Mary Pal

I'm a fibre artist who loves sharing tips and ideas for adding cheesecloth texture to beautiful fabrics to make dramatic art quilts.

Private Class: Virtual Portrait

Some videos to guide guild members through our cheesecloth portrait creation

Colouring Cheesecloth

Surprise! Seven different products you may already have that you can use to easily create beautifully coloured cheesecloth to add texture and movement to all your fibre art creations.

Cheesecloth Explorations 2: Introduction to Portraiture

Learn how simple it is to create a portrait out of cheesecloth. No drawing skills required! Learn fibre artist Mary Pal's unique method of manipulating cheesecloth that combines “sculpting” or “painting” with fibres and stitching them to a background fabric. Confident beginner friendly.

Cheesecloth Explorations 1: Windswept Pine

This workshop - available online until April 30, 2022 - is an introduction to the many ways cheesecloth may be used in fiber art. Cheesecloth? Yes! It's such a versatile medium! First, learn to colour cheesecloth with paint, ink or dye. Then learn Mary's tricks for shaping the fibres to portray any number of textures. Finally, learn how to use Neocolor II crayons to paint your background to create a beautiful home for your windswept pine. A fun one-day project suitable for adventurous sewists.

Intro Cheesecloth Combo

Combined, these two classes - Windswept Pine and Intro Portrait - form the Fundamentals of Cheesecloth. Register for this bundle and save 15%.

Course Bundle

More About Mary Pal

I am a Canadian fibre artist best known for my cheesecloth portraits. My work has been published in numerous books and magazines and featured on television and I also exhibit internationally. But most importantly for you, I have been sharing my passion for textile art with students all across the globe for many years and now am offering exciting virtual workshops that anyone can take from the comfort of their own home. 

My Cheesecloth Explorations series comprises two Intro and soon, two Advanced, classes, which are intended to be taken sequentially.

My students enjoy how I make a seemingly difficult task so easy, by breaking it down to simple steps, so that absolutely anyone can achieve success. I would love to help you see how easy it is to incorporate cheesecloth in creative ways into your own artwork. 

But you don't have to take my word for it - In November 2021, I taught a class to fibre artists in Manitoba, in TFAM, and received this testimonial:

I also took the course with TFAM Manitoba. We were able to use both the virtual and video teaching methods with Mary. The virtual part allowed us to have live instruction, real time one on one with her, questions and answers along the way, and Mary’s critiques of the portraits during the process of, and finishing of, the portrait. Various members shared how they planned to use the cheesecloth method to create other fabric art such as landscapes. After the class we had access to the videos and I took notes, and was able to catch little tidbits of fine tuning that I missed in the class. It took the process up a notch. This course is well worth the money and, as a guild or group, take it up a notch and do it virtually.