Add color to your winter with five types of shibori dyeing. Learn to safely mix and set both acid and Procion dyes, then discover several methods of preparing and manipulating fabrics to achieve various designs. Make samples on cotton and silk of itajime (folded and clamped), nui (sewn), arashi (pole-bound), kumo (found objects), and kanoko (tied) shibori. Then, replicate these techniques on scarves, shirts or other wearables, and/or yardage. All levels welcome.
...or rug, tapestry, and socks. If you weave, crochet, or knit, personalize your pieces by acquiring the age-old skills of combing, carding, natural dyeing, and spinning. Make your own yarn to add visual interest, softness, color, and texture to any fiber project. Discover the qualities of various breeds of sheep, and play with color, fiber blends, and simple novelty effects. The Folk School has all the equipment needed for this yarn-intensive week for beginning to intermediate students.
Dye wool yarn to produce the effects you want to see revealed in your knitted projects. Explore space dyeing for repeated colors, random dyeing, dyeing for stripes and dots, dip dyeing, and gradients. Learn to design colorways, prepare your yarn, and match your yarn to a project, as well as how to dye safely in your own home or studio. No prior dyeing experience required. Knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners are all welcome. (Pairs well with Knitting with Hand-Painted Yarns, Feb. 16-18.)
Love multicolor yarn but hate the way it looks knitted up? Learn to play with stitch count, pattern stitches, and combining yarns, and recognize which projects work best with which materials. Spend the weekend experimenting, select a small project to complete, or take your first steps on a longer journey. Use variegated yarns dyed by you (perhaps in Intentional Dyeing for Knitters, Feb. 11-16!), by someone else, or commercially produced.
Kate Clayton “Granny” Donaldson (1864-1960), worked in the Folk School kitchen in the early days and left a folk art legacy reflecting a delightfully refreshing spirit. Create your own individual folk art masterpiece, a Granny-inspired “Cow Blanket,” as you arrange and appliqué naturally-dyed, crocheted, or wool felt motifs of figures, animals, trees, vines, and more. Basic hand stitching skills are necessary.
Go find your yarn and needles—we’re going knitting! Curious and eager hand knitters, examine several ways to carry and tension yarn. Collect knitting styles that give tired hands a break and/or revive your almost-forgotten skill. While we knit, dye pots will be brewing with roots, flowers, and even bugs. Get playful effects and sample ideas and designs of your own. Continuing knitters of all levels and new natural dyers: gain experience and appreciation in this technique-centered class.
From the Ukrainian word meaning “to write,” pysanky are beautiful creations on the shells of eggs. Write or draw designs in beeswax and resist-dye them to add vibrant colors. Experience a variety of egg decorating methods, an Easter tradition throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Beginners will create many eggs in designs of their choice to keep or to share with family and friends. All levels welcome.
Become a fashion designer as you create your own nuno dress or coat from concept to clothing. Dye silk fabric, learn patternmaking for your size, and pick up garment construction and layout tricks. With wool, soapy water, and agitation, simultaneously create a completely new fabric and a wearable garment that fits. Wrap up your piece with finishing touches and a fashion show! Some previous felt making experience helpful.
Discover the magical creative relationship between plants and fabrics in this introduction to natural dyeing and eco printing. Create flower print surface designs on silk and other fabrics, pick plants from the Folk School’s dye garden, and discuss simple ways to start dyeing at home. Beginners welcome.
Demystify the spindle and wheel as you learn to spin your own yarn! Learn basic hand-spinning vocabulary, practice techniques using various tools, card your own fibers, and wind a skein on a niddy noddy. Discuss fiber types, work with hand-processed and commercially prepared materials, start treadling a wheel, try natural dyeing, and more. Optionally, feel free to bring along some fiber inspiration from your own stash. Beginning to intermediate spinners welcome.
Work with a blend of paraffin and local beeswax to create multilayered batik fabric and garments of your own invention. Use methods that are easy to recreate in your home studio, garage, or anywhere. Indian wood blocks, Malaysian metal stamps, Indonesian and Vietnamese tjanting tools, and paintbrushes can all be used to make resist designs on cloth. First, we wax them, then we dye them! Learn about fabric preparation, dye chemistry, layering your colors, and wax removal. All levels welcome.
*UPDATED DESCRIPTION* Discover the joy of designing for two or more color block repeat prints on fabric. Begin with basic ideas on paper, transfer them to linoleum blocks you carve, and print on fabric with transparent textile pigments perfect for multi-color layering effects. Learn how to design for a two-color pattern, successfully ink and print your blocks, and print an array of items from start to finish. Take home tools, new skills, and confidence for future printing enjoyment.
Set and use all-natural indigo vats with no harmful chemicals. Experiment with all aspects of shibori, including itajime and arashi, and some very fun and unusual ways of creating pattern resists with indigo. Explore the use of stitch resist to make beautiful designs. Discover how to keep your whites very white and crisp and how to finish your fabrics. All levels welcome.
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