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2017 Workshop Descriptions & Materials

Surface Design on Cloth: Layered Composition


Crazy Things Happen by Jen Swearington

In this two day workshop, you'll piece and stretch fabric to build a strong base, then layer paint washes, drawing media, paper and fabric appliqué, hand stitching, free motion embroidery, and thread painting. Final composition may be further developed afterward or finished as a ready-to-hang wall piece. 

Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Jen Swearington
Fee: $205 + materials

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Mixing Colors with Natural Dye


Natural dyes on wool. Dyed and woven cloth by Catharine Ellis

Natural dye colors can be mixed in the pot, or by using after-baths. The class will experiment with controlled shades and gradations of color on wool. At the end of the day, students will have samples and records of several different color gradations, including the use of indigo.

Friday, April 21
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Catharine Ellis
Fee: $118 + materials

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Middle Mordant on Silk


Natural dyes on silk

 

 

 

 

This class will introduce the Japanese approach of applying the mordant in the middle of the dyeing process, rather than using a pre-mordant. We will also learn to safely use iron on silk in order to shift color. Participants will dye silk scarf lengths with 3 different dyes.

Saturday, April 22
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Catharine Ellis
Fee: $118 + materials

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Traditional Embroidery

This day long workshop will focus on practicing a range of classic hand embroidery stitches, applied to simple transferred designs on linen. The introductory level of this class means that emphasis will primarily be on working with the stitches, tools and tips and less on imagery. Simple designs will be provided to transfer onto cloth, providing lines to follow while practicing many types of stitches. Students will develop unique samplers as a resource for future hand embroidery designing.

Saturday, May 20
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $98 + materials

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Screen Printing: Non-Traditional Methods


Screen print details by Heather Hietala

This workshop explores the incredible versatility, fun, and immediacy of using a blank silk-screen as a creative tool. We will use blank screens and play with non-traditional methods of screen printing to create texture and images. Simple and immediate stencils, masks, and resists on the screen and on the cloth will allow us incredible flexibility to explore and develop personal marks, textures and iconography. This class is about experimenting with mark making, pattern and image possibilities using silk-screens in an intuitive painterly way. We will use textile paints that are immediate and non-toxic. Bring your ideas, and creativity and see what can happen. You will go home with a blank screen, squeegee and all the information to continue screen-printing at home!

Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Heather Allen Hietala
Fee: $198 + materials

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This workshop is full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list.

Shibori in Deep Indigo


Shibori and indigo by Amy Putansu

This dyeing workshop will focus on achieving deep shades of indigo blue on cloth with resist-dyed patterning. We will explore some basic Japanese patterns and techniques on vintage handkerchiefs and linens. Students will make a series of small pieces and dye them using recipes and methods for the darkest blues possible with natural indigo. The results will be a collection of finished, one-of-a-kind fabric pieces with classic white motifs on a deep blue background. Emphasis will be primarily on dye instruction and procedure: cotton and linen fabrics in a ferrous indigo vat, while practicing the simplest of resist dye techniques.

Saturday, July 1
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $98 + materials

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This workshop is full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list.

 

Screen Printing: Wax Resist


Screen print wax resist detail by Heather Hietala

In this workshop you'll use wax resist and brush work to create organic and painterly designs. Liquid wax allows you to draw designs directly on the screen. You'll use the flexibility of wax resist to explore and develop personal marks, textures and iconography. This class is about experimenting with mark making, pattern and image possibilities using silk-screens in an intuitive painterly way. You'll use textile paints that are immediate and non-toxic. Bring your ideas, and creativity and see what can happen. You'll go home with a blank screen, squeegee and all the information to continue screen-printing at home!

Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Heather Allen Hietala
Fee: $198 + materials

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This workshop is full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list.

Abundant + Local + Natural: Fall Dye Plants


Dye plants 

In this workshop you'll accompany Dede into the field to learn about abundant local dye plants, where to find them, how to identify them and when to collect them. Afterwards you'll return to the studio to make at least two dye baths and learn some tricks of the trade to create additional colors using tradition techniques and color modifiers. 

Saturday, October 7
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Dede Styles
Fee: $88 + materials

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Traditional Embroidery II


Embroidery detail

The pleasure of gathering together over a common practice of handwork is at the heart of this workshop. In this day long class you'll be introduced to a set of advanced knotted, looped and chained stitches, while continuing to practice basic outline and filling stitches. You'll also explore new transfer techniques to bring designs to your cloth. No previous experience is required and each student will be working at their own pace.

Saturday, November 4
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $98 + materials

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Embroidered Shibori + Indigo


Hand embroidered, indigo dyed, shibori resist detail by Amy Putansu.

In this workshop you'll use shibori resists and indigo to create patterning on fabric. Hand stitching will then be applied as a form of layered decorative mark-making. The focus of this workshop will be reinterpreting shibori patterning and linework into embroidery to create a cohesive fusion of pattern and technique. The workshop will begin by creating fabrics of simple shibori resists such as kumo (bound resist) or ori-nui (stitching and gathering) and dyed in natural indigo. Additional shibori-inspired patterning will then be applied using embroidery stitches such as chain stitch, French knots, back stitch, split stitch, coral stitch and many others.
Students will be introduced to a number of basic resist dyeing, hand embroidery stitches, and indigo dyeing by making a small series of small art-textiles.

Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $198 + materials

Registration options:
This workshop is full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list.

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