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May 2018

Paper Marbling with Leslie A. Grossman

May 12-May 13 Layton, PA United States

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to the centuries-old process of floating paint onto a water-based bath, creating patterns in the paints with special tools, and permanently transferring the design onto paper. You will learn all the fundamentals of marbling, from mixing the bath, prepping the paper, and making your own tools, to learning traditional patterns and creating your own. You will take home finished papers ready to use for whatever you wish - book covers and endpapers, collages, jewelry,…

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Create Beautiful Color on Wool and Silk Fiber, Yarn or Fabric

May 18-May 20 Smithville, TN United States

Dye knitted or woven fabric, yarn or roving with user-friendly acid dyes. Begin with simple immersion dye processes and resists. Explore shaping and resist techniques in the hot dye pot, so that wool and silk retain their shape when dyed. This is great for quilters, knitters, weavers and fabric artists who want to add something new to their repertoire.  

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Indigo Dyeing with Natalie Stopka

May 19-May 20 Layton, PA United States

Focusing on plant derived natural indigo, participants in this intensive workshop will prepare two organic indigo vats for dyeing both protein and cellulose fibers. We will create an array of swatches and explore resist dyeing techniques reliant on the particular working qualities of indigo. Fabric will be provided, but you may bring along materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot! No previous experience required.

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Marbling Paper and Beyond with Bob Rhoades

May 19-May 20 Mendocino, CA United States

This class will offer experiences for those familiar with marbling as well as first timers. The objective is for everyone to come away with 10 to 20 sheets of beautifully marbled paper as well as an opportunity to explore marbling of other surfaces to include garments, fabric, absorbent objects made of cast paper, paper Mache, bisqued ceramics, and wood. The first day we'll go through the process of preparing paints (acrylics) and gelatin size. Then I will take you thru…

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Boro-Style Paper Workshop with Claudia Lee

May 25-May 27 Smithville, TN United States

Boro is a Japanese term meaning something tattered or repaired. Fold, pleat, wax, press, dye (with indigo, black walnut, and pigments), flatten, deconstruct, reconstruct, make marks and stitch on assorted papers. Use some of the newly designed papers to make a Japanese tabletop hinged screen.

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June 2018

Conjuring the Narrative with Textiles with Karen Hampton

June 1-June 5 Layton, PA United States

This creatively designed class blends together the art of narrative storytelling with textile design techniques. Karen believes everyone has a story and that the act of sharing stories is extremely healing for both the storyteller and the audience. We will explore surface design techniques that include natural dyeing, printing, painting, discharge and stitching on both new and repurposed cloth. Each participant will create both a banner and a repurposed garment.

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Making Books with Fabric: Explorations in Cloth, Collage and Collecting with Lesley Patterson-Marx

June 3-June 8 Smithville, TN United States

Create book structures that use fabric, paper, collage and your personal collections. Combine hand stitching and machine sewing with paper collage and traditional book binding techniques. Explore photographic printing on fabric; create pages with pockets, zippers and buttons; incorporate found objects; utilize relief printing on cloth and paper; and more. Projects will include a Chinese thread book, a blank sketchbook with a cloth cover, a long stitch book with fabric pages, and an accordion book.

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Introduction to Weaving with Daryl Lancaster

June 9-June 10 Layton, PA United States

Explore this time honored craft on a 4-shaft loom that allows patterning and play. Designed for beginners, and using pre-wound colorful carpet warp, this workshop will take participants through the warping process and teach them to understand patterning, reading a draft, color interaction, and how to weave good cloth. Plain weave, twills, rib and basket structures, and ‘color and weave’ will be covered. All materials will be provided and participants will take home a sampler.

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Dimensional Paper & Fabric Paintings with Leisa Rich

June 22-June 26 Layton, PA United States

Join this exploratory paper and textiles-based intensive and learn solar 2-D processes and fiber techniques that can be applied to a variety of materials. Explore a myriad of ways to use nature as method and inspiration for solar dying, and embellishing methods such as mono-printing, oil pastels, image transfers, heat, and hand stitching to create elements of dimensional texture. In-studio sewing machines will provide opportunities to do free motion machine embroidery on pieces. Work with solar film transparencies, found objects…

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Painterly Embroidered Images with Erin Castellan

June 24-June 29 Smithville, TN United States

Learn a mixed-media, improvisational approach to creating layered, pieced and collaged images. Using combinations of fabric, thread, yarn and paint, explore color and texture while developing an artistic vocabulary of marks. A range of fabric painting, fabric manipulation and surface embellishment techniques will be covered, including trapunto, embroidery, woven embroidery, pleating, gathering and more. No prior painting or fiber experience required.

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