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Classes are like traveling to an exotic land - as Mark Twain once said about travel -

you can lose yourself and find yourself at the same time!

 

To register for any of these classes, you need to print the registration form and mail it in with a check or your VISfA/MC info for the amount of the instruction fee only. Materials fees will be collected at the time of class.

If you are interested in a workshop here and don't live in the area you can find a list of some hotels/accommodations here

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Classes get added randomly based on what customers ask for when, and also based on when I am able to confirm dates and details with the instructors.

So check back periodically or sign up for our once monthly newsletter since I always alert customers to new classes thru that.

 

 

Eco-Print a Silk Scarf Sat June 22nd 9-noon

Join me and learn to print a scarf using plants and botanicals for the images. This is not a class on Eco Printing so I will not be going into the details of mordants and plants and all the nuances of this natural dye technique becasue there are a lot of variables involved in it. Instead, you will be using chemical dyes with the plants to ensure a good outcome. While you can bring any particularly interesing leaves you have from your yard, I will also have a variety of leaves from around here and we can pick from the dye garden out back so you will have lots of leaf shapes to play with in the design. Then I will guide you thru laying out a scarf (you can choose whether it be silk charmeuse or habotai silk) and dyeing it.

Fee includes the charmeuse scarf/shawl and dyes used-all propane and props included as well: $45

 

Natural Dyeing Workshop Sat & Sunday July 20 & 21st

Attn all knitters, basket weavers, spinners and felters!

Whether you want to dye reeds, yarn or fabric using plants, bugs or seashells, this will be a fun and colorful way to spend a weekend this summer! You'll learn a ton and also have lots of lovely colors to go home and play with!

In this workshop you'll learn all about the safest and most used mordants - how to use them, why we need them and how they affect your color outcomes - as well as learn about (and sample) a large range of natural dyes that you can grow in your own garden, as well as a few non indigenous to the area but that you can either purchase online or perhaps get from a local wood worker! I'll even share some rare ones from my own stash that I picked up in Morocco this last spring! Wow....you won't believe the colors we'll get.

You'll learn various methods for extracting dyes from the plant material and shifting the colors using pH adjustments with vinegar and washing soda, as well as the different ways fabrics or yarns need to be prepped to make the dyes light and wash fast. So we'll use both cellulosic (cotton) and protein (wool and silk) examples and both yarn as well as fabric.

Included in the workshop will be indigo and also lichen (mammulata) as well as popular ones such as cochenile, brazilwood, alkanet, safflower, annato, bloodroot, madder, and depending on what is growing at that time, potentially Queen Anne's Lace, dahlias, rudbekia, cornflower, carrot tops, etc.

When you leave here, you'll have a notebook full of samples of every color we did in class as well as an understanding of how to then dye them at home on your own. AND....you'll have a chance to throw in a few skeins of yarn (or reeds for baskets), or a yard of fabric to your favorite colors so you can weave a basket or knit a hat with your first batch of natural dyeing!

Instruction fee includes extensive handouts, the sample yarns/cloth used for your notebook, all the dyes, mordants (and propane to keep the pots cooking all day, both days!): $150 Max class size 8

Learn to Spin Meets every Tuesday June 4 - 25 5:30 - 7:30

Learn all the fundamentals of spinning your own yarn in this 4 week workshop.

Learn every step from picking a fleece to washing, carding, & combing it to prepare it for spinning. And then learn the short draw technique for spinning it into a lovely 2 ply balanced yarn using a store spinning wheel (you do not need to have a wheel to participate).

n the process of learning the very relaxing and zen process of spinning, you'll learn a lot about wool and yarn such as what the ramifications of worsted, woolen or semi-worsted yarns is on how durable a yarn is or how it feels next to the skin? Why does the twist angle matter? What is a Z or an S spun yarn? And more....

Price includes use of a wheel and all the fiber you'll spin. $95

 

Ode to Japanese Textile Traditions Tuesdays, Sept 24th, Oct 1st, 8th & 15th 5:30 - 7:00

If I didn't already do all this, I would LOVE to take this class!

You'll learn a simple Japanese Shibori technique while dyeing a piece of cotton on the first week. On the second week, you'll learn the fundamentals of Japanese Sashiko stitching while you stitch a design onto an indigo dyed piece of blue fabric which I will show you how to hand or machine stitch 3 straight lines to turn into a bag. On the third week I'll teach you the Japanese technique of Kumihimo and you'll braid/weave a drawstring for the bag. And on the last week, I'll show you how to starch and origami fold the shibori piece you dyed the first week in indigo, into a credit card holder!

Four traditional techniques - 2 dyeing, 1 stitching and 1 braiding/weaving to learn and in the end you'll have an indigo blue drawstring bag embellished with your choice of sashiko pattern, in which you can carry your arashi shibori origami folded credit card holder! Whew!

Instruction includes the cotton fabric for the bag and origami wallet, the indigo, the kumihimo disc (which you keep), yarn for the kumihimo drawstring braid, and a package of sashiko thread with needle! $65

Space limited to 6, so don't delay in registering.

Stay Tuned for more exciting dyeing, felting, knitting and stitching classes coming in the fall!

 

 

Nota Bene: You must prepay to confirm your spot in a class. Fees paid to confirm a spot are NOT refundable if you, for any reason, cannot attend. If the class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be issued. Don't register unless you are sure you can participate, but don't delay since most classes fill quickly. In the event you sign up and can't make the class, you are welcome to send someone in your spot, but you are responsible for finding your replacement and making whatever financial arrangements between yourselves.