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My Inner Monster with Linda Lay at slowfiber

July 1, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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My Inner Monster with Linda Lay as part of The Stitch as Self Portrait Series


My Inner Monster

This sweet little monster is a special embodiment of you, your heart and your secret wishes. You will brainstorm with Linda to transform the emotional to the visual- from these feelings to 3-D form, This creates your inner monster.

Search through your scrap fabric or maybe the house-hold donation box. Fleece, wool, sherpa, cotton, bath towels and velvet. All are monster fabrics. Choose colors you connect with. Think soft and touchable This makes a great monster body, just make sure to have about 1/2 a yard of it. Consider using items with soul that “speak to you” . Items might be special buttons pins, or patches. Scraps of precious fabric or heirloom garments as monster-mementos add meaningful additions to your magic little beast. Participants are encouraged to use cloth-on-hand for this process to get the full experience, The slowfiber classroom has supplemental cloth yarn etc. Crystals infused with extra special monster love will be provided for sewing into your monster. Feel free to include any words, poems or wishes, to further infuse it with extra power.

Supplies included:

  • 1 yard of pattern paper
  • Hoooked recycled cotton stuffing

Supplies that are not included in the price are below. Many of us have so much in the way of personal material and notions already. Please do buy your necessary items through slowfiber after you sort your own. Hand Sewing Thread will be provided.

  • Sharp fabric Scissors
  • thread snips or thread scissors
  • needles- a few sizes (large and larger and with big eyes-easy for threading
  • notepaper or note book and pencil
  • trims, cloth scrap, accessories, buttons.
  • Fun bits, cloth, tapes, ribbons and bobs from your scrap box
  • Seam ripper or 4 in 1 tool
  • Pins-safety and straight
  • tailor’s chalk or fabric pencil
  • 1 yard of pattern paper
  • Hoooked stuffing

The Stitch as Self Portrait Series


Always meeting in person in the slowfiber classroom (outside if necessary) on the first Friday of the month, beginning in the morning before the weekend’s round of obligations begin. 9-12 formally, then you might take a lunch break at one of the many awesome eateries in downtown Monterey then return to use the slowfiber classroom to work in an informal way, for the rest of the day if you please. This is an adult (16 year minimum) class.


Community stitching is as old as time whether to conserve candle light or stave off loneliness and the shared time at the needle heals us. Fine artists are tuned to see nuance and to look inward. Combined, these two elements can be an alchemical masterpiece of experience. This is not a literal interpretation of the act of making a Self Portrait but an opportunity to explore the self ( hence the title ) through stitching and cloth with others. A safe place for guided self examination- and a check- in to who we are at this place and time. We will recover from Covid’s constraints as a community eventually but for now we dig in deeper, changed as a result of our collective experience. Needle, thread and heart are the focus in this series. A time for you (and maybe a friend) to work quietly and contemplatively with a practicing artist, about you.

What will we be doing?:

This hand work (no machines) is not an outcome based opportunity but a mindful, slowing of expectations combined with digging deeper inwardly to locate the hidden gems which make each of us special and creatively unique. Needle, thread and heart are the focus. A time for you (and hopefully friends) to work quietly and contemplatively with artist who’s lens is honed to seek greater meaning in the work.

Supplies that are not included in the price are below. Many of us have so much in the way of personal material and notions already. slowfiber will have the tools you need for purchase. as well as an incredible scrap box of yarns, cloth and accessories to share. Thread will be provided.


  1. must be able to thread a needle and sew a strait(ish) line.
  2. patience
  3. a kind heart free from judgement (self and others)
  4. This is an adult class. kids 15 and older must be with their adult for the entire event

Linda Lay has an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute. She has shown and sold her varied forms of monster art and performed written works based on things liminal in Los Angeles and all over the United States. She was able to realize her dream of standing next to her beloved Muppets as an extra in the 2011 Muppet Movie, and paid $35.00 to shake hands with Haruo Nakajima, the actor who is best known for playing Godzilla. She’s actively worked as a professional artist since 2003 and has been a teacher of art and creative writing for about fifteen years.

You will be asked to mask and vaccinated with booster to participate (until further notice). We max out at 8 people per session.

If you need to cancel we understand-72 hours notice is required. NO-SHOWS and cancellations inside of 72 hours are charged 100%. Please be sure of your purchase. You agree to this policy with your payment.


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Monterey, CA 93940-2829
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