Batik Basics with Soy Wax and Textile Paints – 2 or 3 days

If you’ve always wanted to try batik but were afraid and overwhelmed, this is the class for you. Soy wax, which was originally developed to make candles, makes the job of batiking much easier. There are no unhealthy fumes to worry about exhausting. The melting point of soy wax is much cooler than traditional batik wax, so the risk of fire is very small. Also, soy wax is water-soluble! So removing the wax from your cloth is as easy as ironing and washing it out in your own sink or washing machine. The paint is heat set with your iron at the same time you are removing the wax. Clean up is a snap with soap and water. What’s not to love?

$55 ($75 for 3 days) materials fee includes enough soy wax, tools and paint to use in class. 

Students should bring to class

  • approx. 6-8 yards of tightly woven natural fabric such as cotton, silk and rayon. All fabric should be pre-washed in hot water with a laundry detergent that is free of scents and softeners or with synthropol, a cleaning agent that can be bought from on-line dye supply houses like Pro-Chemical and Dye Co or Dharma Trading.

All levels

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Design Workshop– 4-5 days or once a week over a period of 6 weeks

Wondering how to make the leap from quilting to “Art Quilting”? Wondering what to do with those unfinished art quilt projects?Having trouble figuring out where to go with your next art quilt project?  Wondering why your piece just isn’t quite right? 

Bring in those unfinished projects you may be struggling with or the last project you did before the block came. We’ll talk about inspiration, design decisions, composition, color value, mark making and contrast, as you learn how to develop your own critical eye. 

Demonstrations as well as hands on work with a variety of techniques using textile paints will be introduced to the class as student needs arise.

Students should  to class

  • any sketchbooks or visual journals they wouldn’t mind sharing.

$65. ($70 for 5 days) materials fee includes the use of a variety of surface design supplies for classroom use.

Advanced beginner and beyond

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Dyeing Plant Based Fibers with MX Fiber Reactive Dyes – 2 to 3 days

 

This workshop is an introduction to dyeing plant-based fibers (silk, cotton, rayon, bamboo) with MX Fiber Reactive Dyes. Students will explore the exciting techniques of immersion and tie-dyeing using the basic shibori methods of folding, clamping and pole wrapping. In this class we will be using premixed dye colors to simplify the learning process.

$65 ($75 for 3 days) materials fee includes enough dyes and chemicals for use in the class.

Students should bring to class

  • a pair of heavy duty or rubber gloves designed to be used for dyeing
  • a dust mask and approx. 8-10 yards of tightly woven natural fabric such as cotton, silk and rayon. All fabric should be pre-washed in hot water with a laundry detergent that is free of scents and softeners or with synthropol, a cleaning agent that can be bought from on-line dye supply houses like Pro-Chemical and Dye Co or Dharma Trading.

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Monotype Printing on Fabric (or paper) 1 or 2 days

If you already love monotype printing, then you’ll be star struck by this wonderful new technique! Using a basic ingredient from your pantry closet as a printing plate, have fun creating monotype prints that have just a little bit something extra. Because the gelatin allows the paint to stay wet longer, prints made from a gelatin plate tend to have amazing detail and texture, making them great for printing natural objects like leaves and sticks. As the plate breaks down, the additional marks and texture only add to your prints. Students will have a bit of homework before class, preparing their own printing plate. Instructions will be provided.

$25 ($30 for 2 days) materials fee includes the use of tools and enough paint for class use only. 

Students should bring to class

  • approx. 4-6 yards of tightly woven fabrics (or paper) such as cotton, muslin, silk and rayon. All fabric should be pre-washed in hot water with a laundry detergent that is free of scents and softeners or with synthropol, a cleaning agent that can be bought from on-line dye supply houses like Pro-Chemical and Dye Co or Dharma Trading.

All levels Welcome

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Textile Paint Extravaganza – 5 days

Come find out all the wonderful ways you can add textile paints to your quilting project. Whether you add paint as an embellishment to your favorite commercial fabric or start with white fabric, textile paints can bring your creative pursuits to the next level. Use textile paints as an airbrush medium, use them for stamping and stenciling, silk screening, direct painting and so much more!

In this class students will get exposed to many samples of these techniques as well as get a chance to work with many of the materials and tools. 

All levels welcome. No previous painting experience is necessary.

$50 ($60 for 3 days) materials fee includes the use of tools and enough paint for class use only. 

Students should bring

  • approx. 6-8 yards of tightly woven natural fabric such as cotton, muslin silk and rayon. All fabric should be pre-washed in hot water with a laundry detergent that is free of scents and softeners or with synthropol, a cleaning agent that can be bought from on-line dye supply houses like Pro-Chemical and Dye Co or Dharma Trading.

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Building a Vest with Surface Design – 2 or 3 days

Time to get out those tiny bits of fabric, ribbon and lace that were left over from your favorite sewing and quilt projects, but never had the heart to throw away.  Through careful design, composition and a variety of surface design techniques, participants will turn a collection of mismatched pieces of fabric into a beautiful vest. 

Students should bring to class

  • the front and back of a vest pattern already cut out for both the outside, lining and flannel batting. Small simple prints work the best.
  • Scraps of fabric, ribbon and/or lace 
  • Scissors for fabric 
  • All purpose scissors
  • Pins
  • Vanishing marker or any other fabric marking devise
  • Exacto knife with an #A blade
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Clear ruler
  • Sewing Machine

$55 ($65 for 3 days) materials fee includes stenciling and stamping materials to bring home as well as paint, brushes, spray bottles and fabric crayons for use in class

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Painting on Silk with Water Soluble Gutta Resist and Textile Paints – 2 or 3 Days

Learn the basics of the ancient art of Serti painting on silk. Using a water-soluble resist, students will outline a predetermined design on a piece of stretched silk. Then use thin textile paints to fill in the areas with color. If you already love watercolor painting, you’ll love this style of painting on silk, without having to worry about the toxic nature of traditional gutta and dye chemicals.

$40 ($45 for 3 days) materials fee includes the use of tools and enough paint for classroom use only.

Washed silk crepe de chine will be available for purchase from the instructor at $4.00 per ½ yard.

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Unconventional  Screen Printing on Fabric without Photo Emulsion – Can be accommodated for 2 1/2 – 4 days

This class will demystify and alleviate any fears of silk-screen printing you may have developed over the years. We will explore some of the most basic, innovative and chemical-free ways to print on fabric using a silk-screen and water-soluble textile paints.

Students should bring to class

  • approx. 8-10 yards of tightly woven natural fabric such as cotton, muslin, silk and rayon. All fabric should be pre-washed in hot water with a laundry detergent that is free of scents and softeners or with synthropol, a cleaning agent that can be bought from on-line dye supply houses like Pro-Chemical and Dye Co or Dharma Trading.

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Stamp Making for Textiles (or paper) – 2 days

Using your own custom made stamps will not only bring you the personal satisfaction of working with your own designs, it will also give your work a level of personal style that commercial stamps never could. Students will be exposed to a variety of traditional and unconventional ways to make their own stamps while focusing on hand carving. Time will also be spent discussing and experimenting with paints, ink pads and glue as students learn how to use their new tools!

$65 ($70 for 2 days) materials fee includes all materials except cloth. 

Students should bring approx. 4 yards of tightly woven natural fabric such as cotton, silk and rayon. All fabric should be pre-washed in hot water with a laundry detergent that is free of scents and softeners or with synthropol, a cleaning agent that can be bought from on-line dye supply houses like Pro-Chemical and Dye Co or Dharma Trading. Most of the fabric should be white however students can also bring solid colors as well as small prints. Fat quarters are fine as well.

Students should bring from home:

  • An Exacto knife with a #A Blade 
  • All purpose scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler

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From Simple Stencils to Complex Art Quilts - 5 days

Explore surface design and quilt construction by converting simple shapes into original stencil designs. Learn screen printing using your new stencils and spray painting with textile paints on fabric, turning your images into stunning art quilts filled with layers of transparent imagery and stitch.

Students should bring from home

  • A few simple drawings or sketches (if you have any)
  • Approx. 3 yards of inexpensive muslin or a large white/cream bed sheet to be used as a drop cloth
  • A small selection of thread/yarn/decorative thread/embroidery floss
  • Hand sewing needles plus a thimble

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Painting Silk Scarves – 3 days

You don't have to use fabric dyes to create beautiful, hand designed silk scarves that are layered with color, imagery and personal nuance.

Come learn about the incredible possibilities you can achieve with textile paints from creating gorgeous, watercolor effects and simple tie dye to hand stamping techniques using your own customized and hand carved stamps. 

We'll start the workshop off learning simple tie dye techniques then move on to direct painting on unstretched silk fabric using brushes and inexpensive spray bottles. On day 2 we’ll add layers of stamping and surprising textural work to finish off the hand painted silk scarves you never knew were possible to create!

A $65 materials fee includes enough paint and tools to use in class as well as four 8” x 54” silk habotai scarf blanks, materials to carve 4 small stamps and to cut two small stencils.

Students should bring from home:

  • An assortment of foam and/or watercolor brushes you may already have 
  • Bar of soap in a plastic travel case – Ivory is preferred
  • Old tea towels or a roll of paper towels
  • An old sheet or a 3 yard piece of inexpensive muslin 
  • Scissors

Optional:

  • Digital Camera
  • Sketch Pad
  • Notebook or electronic device for taking notes

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Hand Painted Fat Quarters* - 2 - 3 days

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Hand painting your own personal and one-of-a-kind fat quarters have never been easier! Come learn about the incredible possibilities of textile paints from using them to embellishment your favorite commercial fabric to painting the cloth of your dreams. In this class students will learn to how to paint background watercolor techniques as well as design, cut and use their own stencils and stamps to create unique fat quarters that are filled with depth, nuance and personalized imagery. And best of all, no prior painting or drawing ability are needed!

Use your fat quarters for quilting blocks, pillow covers, placemats, napkins, journal covers and so much more!

Student Supply List:

  • 3-4 yards of densely woven white fabric such as cotton, rayon, silk linen etc. that have been pre-washed in a laundry detergent that is free of scents and softeners such as “All Free and Clear”
  • Stencils you may already have.
  • Stamps you may already have.
  • A large old sheet or several yards of inexpensive muslin
  • Optional:

Digital camera

  • Sketch Book
  • Notebook or electronic devise for note taking