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


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Appalachian Center for Craft

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May 2018

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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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

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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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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July 2018

Exploration of Hand Painted Silk: Silks, Dyes and Resist Methods with Traci Paden

July 6-July 8 Smithville, TN United States

Discover (or deepen your knowledge of) the magic of dye on silk. Work with a variety of silks, dyes and resists to create a scarf and wearable art or wall hanging. Experience the entire process of realizing your design on a scarf and then creating a second piece of your choice, either a simple shirt or a wall hanging.

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Pushing the Limits on Screen Printing with Jeanne Brady

July 15-July 20 Smithville, TN United States

Discover how playful experimentation can work collaboratively with traditional screen-printing techniques. Use versatile non-toxic textile pigments on fabric while learning to print with contact paper, tape, photo emulsion stencils, wax and much more. Non-traditional approaches to the printing process make creativity exciting and fun. Create yards of unique fabric.

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Sculptural Weaving with Nathalie Miebach

July 22-July 27 Smithville, TN United States

Apply traditional basket weaving techniques to contemporary sculptural explorations. Based on weaving traditions that go back thousands of years, learn the fundamentals of twining, coiling and plaiting. Use traditional and non-traditional materials as a springboard to adapt, integrate and explore your sculptural interests and material choices.

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August 2018

Free-motion Thread Painting

August 3-August 5 Smithville, TN United States

Learn to use the sewing machine to “draw” and “paint” with thread. Drop the feed-dogs on the machine and sew freely. From quilts to clothing, this technique can be used to decorate and embellish many fiber creations. Starting with the basics of free-motion embroidery, discover how to build layers of color to create images with depth and shading.

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