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Attn: Quilters, dyers, seamstresses, nuno felters....really EVERYONE!

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Blessing the Blues....A Journey into the Joy of Indigo Dyeing and Many Shibori Techniques - 5 day workshop - Wed August 15 - Sunday August 19th 2018 with Melissa Arnold

Come prepared to be delighted and inspired by these beautiful Japanese techniques for putting pattern on cloth and be awed by the beauty of the blues we can achieve from indigo!

In this 5 day journey you will learn the art of traditional shaped resist (shibori) and indigo dyeing as well as some inventive contemporary twists! You see it everywhere right now - shibori and indigo are HUGE!

Who doesn't love the depth and variation of the blues one can achieve with this indigo process? From deep and dark, almost black blues to every shade you've probably ever seen in the sky or water! There are so many cultures that use indigo as a dye from Japan, India, many subsaharan African countries, and Morocco where I just was visiting and found a lot of indigo dyeing as shown in this close up of a bag I purchased there. I think you can see how lovely the variation is in this fabric! Blue is beautiful. And indigo is really big right now (just check out pinterest!).

And if you have already learned to dye with indigo and feel like you've "been there, done that", you may want to reconsider!! This class is ALSO about learning 5 traditional resist methods of shibori - from foldings and stitchines to wraps and boards! So you will also be learning how to add pattern to fabric.

And of course, these techniques for adding very intricate patterns to the cloth can then be applied to any dyes - natural or chemical - and to a range of fabrics. So whether you want to go home and play with other natural dyes or use your MX Reactives or acid dyes or dye burlap fabric, you will have so many new skills and technqiues after this wonderful week.

Think of this not just as a class....but as an "experience". Five days is a vacation in which you get to leave the normal stresses of life behind and you surround yourself with other passionate textile artists and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of this ancient technique. We are richer and more creative for all the different "experiences" we have enjoyed in life and not for what we have "acquired". Having just returned from vacation, it is fresh in my mind how it can unleash the creativity inside! So just get yourself here in the morning and then indulge your passion and let your muse awaken. Lunch will be served so you don't even have to think about that!

After Melissa's workshops here last year, I think I can speak for everyone in class when I say that they were a sheer joy. We learned a lot of techniques, made a lot of felt and dyed a lot of silk, and we had a great time. It was truly like a vacation - no stress, wonderful relaxed setting in which to be purely creative! Melissa is a very generous teacher with lots of share from her 25 years as a professional dyer.

In the first couple of days we will learn some of the traditional shibori techniques involving stitching: Wood Grain (Mokume shibori-I'm guessing the last photo on the right?), Japanese Larch (Karamatsu shibori), and Chevron Stripes (Maki-nui shibori), as well as Folding and Clamping (Itajime shibori-second photo from left), and Arashi (pole wrap) shibori. And in the last few days Melissa will share with us some contemporary variations on the traditional techniques to expand our use of these techniques.

And throughout the week, we will be learning about the rich history of Indigo, what makes it work and how to dye with it, using a variety of different kinds of fabric. We will be working with different types of cotton, linen and silk to get different effects with the shibori processes.

Wow....learn 5 totally different traditional methods of creating pattern on fabric while exploring the differences of the effects on different types of fabrics and then see how to take this rich traditional technique and add your own contemporary twist!

And remember....we will be exploring the rich colors of indigo in this class, so you'll have pieces that will all work together beautifully if you have a particular project in mind!

Part of making this 5 day journey what it is (and not trying to "cram" it into 3 days so it would be less expensive), is about giving us the time to enjoy the process and be creative rather than rush to get thru things. And to really explore it in depth rather than have to pick and choose just a couple of techniques to explore in a shorter timeframe. It really is about giving participants a chance to "experience" the connection to the cultural and historic traditions and enjoy the comradery of other passionate fiber people - on top of the "how-tos" (which I can assure you will be comprehensive and complete).

I will be providing lunch to participants, so you won't have to think or worry about food during the day and you can just let yourself "be one with the process"!

Instruction fee: $695

If the class fills (10 people) , then each participant will receive a $50 credit at the store for supplies.


Nordic Inspired Mittens

Every Wed night in October 5:30 -7

In this 4 week workshop I'll walk you thru every aspect of knitting a 2 color mitten.

You can stop by the shop to see the options for patterns which we have chosen to include kids to adult as well as both traditional and contemporary and including a free pattern option!

We'll review 2 color knitting and the importance of understanding yarn dominance PLUS, I'll show you a couple of creative and fun cast ons and interesting cuff options that will add new dimension to your mittens!

Then we'll work the thumb and thumb gusset together including a few tips for making these really neat! And lastly, I'll review a few different top shapings, depending on your preferences

Instruction fee: $40

Spin Your Own Yarn - TBD - One full Saturday this fall...

During this 3 week workshop, you will learn to spin your own yarn from wool fiber using the short-draw technique. This class is suitable for those who have never spun before, as well as those who have started spinning but want more time and experience to develop your technique so you can really control the thickness of yarn you make.

We'll fill 2 bobbins with fiber on weeks one and two, and then in week 3 you'll learn to ply the yarn. I'll review the wheel's ratios and what significance they have to the yarn you are spinning, the difference between worsted and woolen spun and also carding vs. combing, but the emphasis will be on spinning.

Because you will learn best if you can practice your spinning in between WEdnesdays, I am offering this workshop free to those who purchase a wheel from me between now and May 15th.

Instruction fee includes the use of a store wheel if you don't have one (although you cannot take it home with you to practice between classes - I used to do this and the wheels were returned with parts broken and missing, sorry) , all handouts and the fiber used in class: $65

Silk Paper Making - book Binding and basket weaving with Silk!!! Sat Nov 17th 10 - 5

Use 100% silk fibers - tussah, eri, bombyx, reeled, hankies, etc - to create paper that you will then use to make a beautiful note book. From using the gorgeous natural colors of silk to the beautifully dyed silks, you will be amazed at the gorgeous papers you can create! In addition to using some of what you create in class to bind a notebook, you'll also make lots of sheets of 100% silk paper that you can take home to then use for notes and cards to send for the holidays or to consider for special party (wedding?) invitations! The bound notebooks and woven baskets (Yes...those baskets above are woven from 100% silk paper!) make lovely gifts!

So pack a lunch and grab a friend and come spend a day exploring color and silk and being amazed at what can be done with this fiber!

Instruction fee includes the silk you use: $100


Kumihimo a Dog Leash Tuesdays Oct 9, 16 & 23rd 5:30 - 7 photo coming - I couldn't find it just now!

Learn the craft of Kumihimo and make a new leash for your best friend this fall!

If you're like me, you're tired of seeing the same 8 patterns/colors of dog collars and leashes around - whether PFW, Pet Smart, Guys Farm & Yard---they all have the same ones!

So come put your own colors together and weave/braid a new leash that will be unique. Using either cotton or a cotton/linen/hemp blend yarn and the Japanese braiding technique of Kumihimo, I'll guide you thru the steps of making a great handle, weaving the leash body, and then finishing it off and adding the hook.

Class fee includes the yarn, hook, kumihimo disc and instruction: $45


Intro To Felt Thurs Sept 27th 5:30 - 8:30

In this workshop you'll learn the basic fundamentals of wet felting while making a great pair of wristlets. You'll have fun playing with design and color while learning to felt around a resist so other 3-D constructions (like slippers, hats, etc) come easily to you.

Instruction fee includes the materials and instruction: $55



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Building Surface Design in Felt - Saturday October 13th 9 - 5

In this full day class we will work 5 samples to show you various techniques for adding surface design/structure into felt. I ran this advanced beginner/intermediate class about 6 years ago and it was a hit so I thought I'd offer it again. From working with prefelts to layering and cutting to stitching and shibori.

Whether you ultimately are interested in felt vessels, wall hangings, garments, accessories like bags and hats or creating home furnishings, this workshop will set you up nicely to add color, depth, line, and dimension to all your future felts.


Felting Week

April 15 - 20, 2019

I know....the cost of these "big" felting classes (big names and big projects) is up there! It is an indulgence that most of us have to save for and aren't in a position to do on a whim!

But keep in mind as you read the details below and think about your vacation time next year - that you are not only getting a spectacular one of a kind coat or dress out of these classes, but you are learning a lot of techniques that will fuel your future felting projects at home for the years to come.

AND the "experience" of getting away for a week from the usual routine and letting yourself be one in the creative process - away from email, the workplace, the "to-do" and "what I didn't get done" lists! - is really important to our sanity.

I think these "big" classes are like travelling to an exotic land - as I think it was Mark Twain once said about travel -

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


Take both the coat and the dress class - and save big! Anyone who has the fortitude to do these 2 classes back to back deserves a great deal!

Registration for both (that's 6 days of felting) - $795

that's like getting the dress class and 2 days for just $100!!

Felt Coat - Mon - Thurs April 15 - 18, 2019 9:30 - 4:30

This 4 day workshop will focus on creatively exploring surface design options while designing and making a one-piece nuno felted A-line coat.

Students will learn how to create and to add box pleats and extra float accent into the coats to create a flattering princess line coat with either long or short sleeves.

Students will learn to develop and enlarge their own pattern with a very simple, but effective method that Charity uses in her own work and that will help them to make a coat that will suit and fit their body shape and aesthetics.

Students can have fun with all kinds of fibers (linen, soya, silk fibers) and raw wool to create the surface textures to their own liking.

No sewing needed.
Felting experience required.

This workshop will be held at the OBC just two blocks from the store. Each participant will have 2 tables to work on and plenty of room, but that means I need to limit enrollment - so don't delay in registering if you want this class!

Instruction fee for 4 days: $695

A detailed list of supplies will be provided to those who register, but to get an idea of the amount of fiber you will need so you can consider additional costs - approx 500 gm of 18 or 19 micron merino plus 9 meters of chiffon, pongee or habotai (3.5 - 5mm). Plus assorted wools, locks, silks for embelllishments.

If you pick a color of merino for your main color (500 gms) and want to purchase it here I will extend a 20% discount on the 500 gms to participants - but I need to know by Jan 1st what color you want the 500 gms of so I can be sure to have that in stock for you when I place the January order. Other embellishments, silk, etc will be at the normal 15% discount to class participants.


Felt Skirt or Sleeveless Dress Fri and Sat April 19 & 20 9:30 - 4:30

Join Charity and learn her technique for creating a lovely seamless nuno felt sleeveless dress or creatively textured skirt - whichever is your preference.

For this workhsop, participants will need about 6 meters of silk fabric and about 350 gms of merino wool. Plus, of course, assorted silks, nepps, locks, pin drafted top, etc for embellishements!

Instruction fee: $350

A more detailed list of supplies and materials will be forwarded to those who register.

This class will be held a couple of blocks from here so everyone has 2 tables to work on and plenty of elbow room.


more classes to come - check back around Aug 15th





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.