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.
Discover kolrosing, a Scandinavian wood surface decoration technique. Similar to scrimshaw, kolrosing involves cutting a line, filling it with pigment, and burnishing it closed. What’s more, this portable craft can be done in your lap, carrying everything you need in a pencil case! Learn basic techniques to get started on and continue your kolrosing journey, including layout and design, surface preparation, knife techniques, cutting straight and curved lines, and working on both flat and curved
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.
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.
Transfer paints rely on heat to bond with synthetic fibers. Layer these paints to achieve a watercolor wash effect, apply them in more defined shapes, or use them with resists such as botanical shapes. Learn how to mix paints and play with color combinations on sample pieces. Incorporate your transfer-painted fabrics into a nontraditional wall quilt or table runner, embellished with hand or machine quilting. All levels welcome; basic sewing skills required.
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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