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2019 Workshop Descriptions & Materials

Spring/Summer Workshops:

A Natural Dye Palette: No Mordant Required


Natural dyes on wool & silk by Catharine Ellis

This three-day class will demonstrate an approach to developing a distinct and full palette of natural dye colors on protein fibers without the use of an alum pre-mordant. We will focus on the dyeing of wool and silk, discussing color sequence, color mixing, and the dyes appropriate for this approach, and printing. Some of the dyes we will use include: alkanet, henna, lac, madder, rhubarb root, safflower, and indigo. You will leave with a full palette of wool and silk swatches. 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 4, 5 & 6
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Catharine Ellis
Fee: $350 + materials

Registration options:

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

Screen Printing: Pattern & Repeat


Screen print by Heather Allen Hietala

In this workshop you will learn how to use pattern and repeat to create screen printed designs on cloth. Using quick and immediate stencils and resist techniques, the focus in this 3-day workshop is learning screen-printing techniques while having fun with pattern, repeat, color and value. We will use non-toxic textile paints. Bring your ideas, and creativity and see what can happen! You will go home with a blank screen, squeegee, wonderfully patterned cloth and all the information to continue screen-printing at home.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 16, 17 & 18
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Heather Allen Hietala
Fee: $300 + materials

Registration options:

This workshop is full.

 

Shibori + Indigo


Shibori resist dyed with indigo by Amy Putansu

This three-day workshop will focus on beginner-level shibori with organic indigo dyeing. Shibori is an ancient resist-dyeing method that produces unique patterns through stitching, binding, wrapping and other methods. Although shibori has been practiced in Japan, there are versions found in cultures all over the world, such as adire in Africa and bandhani in India. In this workshop you will make a series of resist-dyed fabrics touching upon all of the basic shibori techniques and learn to make an organic indigo vat from "scratch". At the end of the workshop you will have a number of finished scarves and bandanas.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 13, 14 & 15
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $300 + materials

Registration options:

This workshop is full.

 

Madder Root: Red, to Orange, to Brown

 

Madder dyed linen shawl and swatches
by Barbara Zaretsky

Achieve true reds, rich oranges and warm browns all with one dye pot! In this one-day workshop we'll discuss the properties of one of the oldest known dyes—rubia tinctorium or madder root. We'll also talk about choosing fabrics that will support the best color and review the process of mordanting for protein and cellulose fibers. We'll spend the remainder of the day dyeing silk and linen for swatches. You will leave this workshop with recipes, swatches and the knowledge to create these beautiful colors on your own.

Saturday, July 13
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Barbara Zaretsky
Fee: $100 + materials

Registration options:

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




Fall Workshops:

Pattern Design for Indigo Resist Dyeing


Shibori resist dyed with indigo by Amy Putansu

Working with basic geometric shapes, you'll playfully generate an assortment of original repeating patterns to be translated in stitched resist techniques on fabric. These textiles will be dyed in an organic indigo vat, which you'll assist in making from “scratch”.

Traditional Japanese shibori textiles include continuous surface designs that are carried out with the beauty of hand-stitched resist, which offers an organic line quality to a precise arrangement of shapes. This contrast will be the inspiration as each student designs a handful of patterns. You'll select one or more of these patterns to carry out on cloth and dye in indigo during the workshop.

Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $200 + materials

Registration options:

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

 

Mordant + Dye: Cellulose Fibers and Plant Dyes


Plant dyed linen wall textile and swatches by Barbara Zaretsky

In this one-day workshop you'll learn straight forward steps to mordanting and dyeing cellulose fibers with plant dyes. We'll begin with discussing fabric options and dyes and then spend the remainder of the day preparing, mordanting and dyeing linen, cotton and hemp fabrics. You'll leave this workshop with instructions, recipes, and dyed swatches.

Saturday, October 26
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Barbara Zaretsky
Fee: $100 + materials

Registration options:

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

The following two workshops will be held at our new space in Riverview Station, studio #115: 

Contemporary Textiles: Industrial Revolution to Today


Amy Putansu & Lapis, screen print by Lucienne Day

In this lecture series we'll focus on a selection of remarkable designers, makers and ultimately influencers in the world of textiles since the turn of the 20th century through current day. The stories of these designers and their work illustrate the impact of the political and global atmospheres on the textile and fashion industries through the decades. Highlights include female designers from Madeleine Vionnet to Iris van Herpen.

Six Thursdays: November 7, 14, 21, and December 5, 12, 19
Hours: 6 – 8 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $298 for the complete series; $55 for individual lectures

Registration options:

Online registration options:

Complete lecture series ($298 for six lectures):

 

Individual lectures ($55 each):

Week 1 (Nov 7)
Turn of the Century: William Morris and Madeleine Vionnet:

 

Week 2 (Nov 14)
The Impact of Education: Bauhaus, Anni Albers, Gunta Stolżl, and Black Mountain College

 

Week 3 (Nov 21)
Post-War Britain and Europe: Lucienne Day and Merimekko

 

Week 4 (Dec 5)
Innovations in Weaving, Midcentury USA: Jack Lenor Larsen and Lenore Tawney

 

Week 5 (Dec 12)
Women in Art Textiles: Helena Hernmarc and Adela Akers

 

Week 6 (Dec 19)
Fashion and Technology: Issey Miyake and Iris va Herpen

 

Making a Mini Quilt


Detail of quilt by Deanna Lynch

In this workshop you’ll be using favorite fabrics and hand stitching to create a mini quilt. Though not inherently quicker to make, small quilts are a wonderful way to sample pattern and technique and can be a great tool if you plan to venture into larger format quilting.

Exploring quilt block patterns, a few tricks Deanna's grandmother taught her, and a relaxed approach, you'll incorporate hand-stitching and a variety of fabrics to create your quilt. Minimal sewing experience required! 

Saturday and Sunday, November 16 & 17
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Deanna Lynch
Fee: $198 + materials

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