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2018 Workshop Descriptions & Materials

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. You'll be introduced to a number of basic resist dyeing, hand embroidery stitches, and indigo dyeing by making a small series of small art-textiles. Due to snow, this workshop was rescheduled from December. There are a few spaces available!

Friday & Saturday, January 12 & 13 
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $198 + materials

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

Printing with Plant Dyes


Michel Garcia

In this three day workshop, Michel will demonstrate the fundamentals of polychromatic printing on cellulose fabrics. In the South of France, the art of calico printing was developed during the 18th and 19th centuries to create fabrics used for traditional garments. Revered for their skill, masters of this technique were able to create beautiful colors in a wide variety of shades using a minimum amount of materials. Over three days we’ll review these historic techniques and discover a wide range of amazing color combinations.

DAY 1: white patterns on a blue background
DAY 2: greys to black and beige to golden yellow on one piece of fabric
DAY 3: reds, pinks, purples and a combination of all colors on one piece of fabric.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 9, 10, 11
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Michel Garcia
Fee: $350 + materials

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

Indigo Printing & Discharge


Indigo print by Catharine Ellis

This workshop will introduce you to two innovative applications for indigo: printing with indigo to create a true, dyed indigo print on a cotton textile and discharge of indigo, where indigo is removed using a safe oxidation process. 

Both of these techniques were used industrially in the past but are little known to dyers today.

Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Catharine Ellis
Fee: $235 + materials

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

Hand Dyeing Embroidery Thread with Plant Dyes


Plant dyed embroidery thread by Amy Putansu

In this workshop you'll hand dye high quality, sustainably sourced, cotton embroidery thread with natural plant dye colorants. Mordanting methods for cotton, handling yarns in the dyeing process, and a range of plant dyes will be explored. Students will produce a selection of hand-dyed embroidery threads for any future project, with a focus on achieving variegated looks and tonal variations.

Saturday, May 19
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $98 + materials

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Abundant + Local + Natural: Spring Dye Plants 


Dede Styles, students and 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 traditional techniques and color modifiers.

Saturday, June 2
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Dede Styles
Fee: $88 + materials

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Investigating Concept  |  Developing Content


Materials and design elements
Woven detail by Amy Putansu

Through a series of exercises in writing, drawing, material studies and discussion, you'll generate concrete strategies for approaching personally meaningful artwork. Bring a starting point to the class: an idea or inspiration and together we'll work on methods of visual expression, using a framework of formal design elements and the breadth of fiber techniques. You’ll leave with a collection of samples to complete, integrate into future projects, or use as part of your ongoing process of creative development.

Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $198 + materials

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ReVAMP your Wardrobe! 


Block printed skirt by Heather Allen Hietala

Express yourself! Give your clothes some creative personal style by printing on them. Upcycling is cool and a great way to give your wardrobe an expressive boost. Bring an assorted selection of clothing to enhance with textile paints, stenciling, block printing and painting. Learn how immediate and versatile textile paints are. The instructor will have a wide assortment of tools for experimenting.

Friday & Saturday, July 27 & 28
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Heather Allen Hietala
Fee: $198 + materials

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Surface Design:
Block Printing with Plant Dyes + Mordants


Mordant and plant dye print by Barbara Zaretsky

In this workshop you'll create and print your designs onto cotton fabric using wood mounted foam shapes and plant dyes and mordants. With just a few earth friendly ingredients, you'll thicken cutch, osage and pomegranate extracts to create brown, yellow and beige colors and ferrous acetate for gray tones. Dyes and mordants can be combined to create additional colors such as green and black. Bring design ideas and inspirations.

Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Barbara Zaretsky
Fee: $198 + materials

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

Screen Printing: Wax Resist


Screen Print by Heather Allen 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 28 & 29
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Heather Allen Hietala
Fee: $198 + materials

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Plant Dyes: Exploring the Beauty of Tannins


Tannins and swatches

Plant dyes that include tannic acid can produce colors in the range of warm neutrals, from yellows to reddish shades and browns. Not only does this subtle and soft palette embody the unique beauty of natural hues, the role of tannin is special in it’s ability to reduce color fading of the dyed object. In this introductory workshop you'll study and experiment with a narrow range of plant dyes: the “tannins”. Many plant dyes have the soluble astringent complex known as tannin present, such as cutch and black walnut. You'll work with fresh plant material as well as dye powders and extracts.

Friday & Saturday, November 2 & 3
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $198 + materials

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Cloth Fiber Workshop  |  Riverview Station [South]  |  191 Lyman Street, Studio 104 • Asheville, NC 28801  |  t: 828.505.2958  |  e-mail Cloth