Carrie Miller, “(Pass) Through” (detail)

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January 2018

Textile Odyssey Tour to Myanmar

January 13-February 5 Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Rakhine State, Kengtung , Myanmar

Textile Odyssey Tour to Myanmar Jan./Feb. 2018 Main Tour: Textiles and Temples in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake (Jan. 13 - Jan. 25) Extension Tour: Rakhine, Khami, Mro, and Laytu Chin Weavers in Sittwe/Mrauk U (Jan. 25 – Jan. 31) Extension Tour: Hill Tribes in Kengtung, Shan State (Jan. 31 – Feb. 5) Main Tour: Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle Lake –Yangon (Jan. 13 - Jan. 25) Discover Myanmar’s unique and intriguing textiles while experiencing the beauty…

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Follow the Thread

January 23-January 28 Bennington, VT United States

Explore new territory with line and stitch, in this free-motion quilting workshop. Learn to focus on the character of line and symbols through simple exercises. Translate line to thread and develop techniques to accept the imperfect, accelerate ideas, and stitch from the imagination. Learn new tools for seeing, interpreting and completing concept-driven work. With a focus on generating ideas through research and observation, you will build your stitching vocabulary and learn to trust the thread to tell your story. Open…

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February 2018

The Eleventh Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture

February 10 1:30 pm-3:30 pm San Francisco, CA United States

Through rare examples of traditional dress and adornment, this lecture will explore centuries of cross-cultural encounters in the Arabian Peninsula. Culled from private collections in Saudi Arabia, they include exceptional examples from the Kingdom’s coastal region of Hijaz, home to historically cosmopolitan urban centers such as Mecca, Medina and the port city of Jeddah. Image credit: (detail) Courtesy of Marwah Al-Mugait, Avant Garde Arabia Series, 2011  

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March 2018

Painting Silk Scarves with a Botanical Motif with Debra Dolsberry

March 9-March 11 Mendocino, CA United States

This workshop teaches silk painting using transparent dyes, Resistad and other water-soluble resists. Working with the primaries magenta, yellow, blue, plus black, students will explore color theory as they learn to mix transparent color both on and off the silk. Painting techniques of layering transparent colors over other transparent colors will be demonstrated. Additional techniques using water, alcohol and a variety of salts will be used to create texture. In this beginning-intermediate workshop, students will be guided in drawing with…

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Felting Boots

March 30-April 2 , Netherlands

The goal of the workshop is to give you the tools you need to create and customize your own footwear that are both water resistant and orthopedic as they are made for your feet. The course will cover tips for creatively improving the design of your own boots. The workshops will be filled with invaluable practical and technical information that will inspire your own creativity. The course is entirely interactive with Questions, Answers & Discussion throughout. In this workshop the…

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April 2018

Wacky Basketry with Emily Dvorin

April 7-April 8 Mendocino, CA United States

This two-day workshop will explore and experiment with a variety of basket making techniques and structures. We will create a few free-form vessels while experiencing unusual and fun materials and stretching the definition of basketry.

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Creativity, Cloth and Culture

April 19-April 28 Antigua, Guatemala

An exploration of color, cloth and culture in beautiful Guatemala. Workshops in Natural dyeing, weaving and creativity.

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Foam Party 2018: Dyeing with Shaving Cream with Pavlos Mayakis

April 22 9:30 am-4:30 pm Mendocino, CA United States

Quilters, Dyers, Paper Artists, Surface Designers, and even Woodworkers, this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will discover the many benefits that dyeing with shaving cream can bring to your work. In this one-day workshop, we will explore techniques and applications ranging from faux marbled effects to stamping, screening, stenciling, and painting with shaving cream. Pavlos will present his recipe that allows all fiber reactive dye colors to flow and perform in concert with each other having the…

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The Art of Tapestry Weaving with Tricia Goldberg

April 27-April 29 Mendocino, CA United States

Weave with sumptuous fine wool yarns and learn tapestry techniques including hatchings, hachures, slits, and patterns for combining colors, and experiment with eccentric or non-horizontal weaving. Begin with warping a small loom and choosing or creating a design for your paper cartoon to use as a guide during weaving. Looms, yarn, and small equipment will be provided. Open to all levels.

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May 2018

Silk Painting with Alternative Resists with Debra Dolsberry

May 4-May 6 Mendocino, CA United States

For this workshop, students should have basic experience on how transparent dye behaves and mixes on the silk. Demonstrations will focus on using dye, sodium alginate, cellulose, water and salt to create imagery and border design. Cellulose will be used both to treat the silk and as a dye thickener. They will be instructed on how to work with dye and thickening agents such as sodium alginate and water-soluble resists. Specifically, students will learn techniques that allow them to layer and dye-paint a motif on top…

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