We will explore the range of color obtained by a few of the dye plants that can be grown or harvested in our region, such as weld, marigold, madder root, and black walnut. We will learn how to dye with these plants, exploring how pH, mordants and over dyeing will shift the color. We will create an elaborate sample book with wool, cotton, and silk. All mordanting will be done prior to class, but I will share the mordant processes used to create the samples.
Materials fee: $20 for Dyes, fiber sample, etc
Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180
Instructor: Melanie Wilder
4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30pm.
Free to all, but please RSVP
Each month explore a different book or article(s), from scholarly to general interest, with an emphasis on thoughtful discussion.
Image by Irving Amen. “Reading Black Beauty” 2005
The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine by Rozsika Parker
Download the 2019 spring, summer, fall listing and any documents for this month or email Dani Burke for PDFs of articles.
Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. This Lab is for Advanced Beginners and beyond. You need to bring your wool, mohair, alpaca or silk pre-soaked in vinegar, rubber gloves, plastic bins and dye to share. We use a variety of techniques and equipment - low water immersion, steaming, crockpot dyeing, etc. with consultation from an experienced leader - Judi Jetson and/or Beth Sellars - to get the result you want. If you like, bring magazine pages or photos with images you find appealing, and we'll help you mix dye colors to match.
Level: Advanced Beginners to Expert
Natural Dye Study Group July
Printing with Ferrous Acetate July and August meetings
This month and next we will explore printing with ferrous acetate. We will use a thickened paste of ferrous acetate and print on cotton to achieve a printed image. We will use simple foam stamps which you can make or buy. They will work best if the texture of the stamp is not smooth. Also go for more solid motifs rather than delicate ones.
This month we will dye the fabric with indigo and next month we will dye with madder. As usual we will have small samples of fabric to use, if you want to do additional pieces bring your own fabric (cotton or linen) to experiment with. Your fabric does not have to be mordanted for printing or dyeing this month since we are using indigo.
Thinking ahead to next month it would be a time saver if you bring in mordanted fabric to print this month and then dye in the madder bath in August.
Please sign up if plan to attend so we can have enough supplies for everyone.
Hope you can make it!
All things indigo!
We will revisit stitching in its many forms.
Bring your cloth and needle and strong thread that cannot be broken easily by hand.
From growing to processing to dyeing techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.
The Indigo Forum can be found here. Consider subscribing to it and posting your questions, answers, work, etc.
Day 1: The Favorite Sketchbook
There are sketchbooks and sketchbooks, but this particular lovely book has become my favorite and will be yours too! It opens totally flat, it can be made from easy to fine materials, and best of all, it features a textile cover and you made it! We'll be making a 6" x 6" sketchbook in class with hard covers and 120 pages of multi-media paper. Once you make this book in class, you'll know how to make larger and smaller version with whatever paper you want! You'll learn all the book making basics and then some…paper stuff, gluing, piercing, sewing, all the fabulous bits that go into making a well-made, useful and enjoyable sketchbook/journal. I will bring a tool kit for you to use and all the supplies including some wonderful pieces of fabrics to use on the covers, but you might want to keep your eye open for that special thrift store find, or check your drawers for your favorite saved textile treasures. Light to medium weight, woven cotton type fabrics work the best.
Day 2: The Perfect Bound Journal
The perfect binding (glued binding) is one we handle all the time in our daily lives as ordinary paperback books, yet when used in a handmade notebook it becomes extraordinary. We will make a “Perfect Little Notebook” using this quick and marvelous binding technique as well as tea staining the paper sheets (text block) for an antique look and feel, creating the cover from your favorite cotton or rayon fabric and making a closure from small buttons and ribbons. Once we finish our small ( 5” x 3.75” ) notebook of 64 pages, information will be shared as how to create larger and different shapes for this binding at home.
Level: All levels
Materials fee: $55 for handouts, use of book binding kit, sketch paper, glues, waxed linen, extra fabrics, All supplies needed to make sketchbook
Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen
Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240
Materials fee: None
Instructor: Christina Danaee
Materials Fee: $40 for Lanaset (acid) dyes, vinegar, sodium alginate, synthrapol, vinyl gloves. A selection of silk fabrics: 2 fat quarters very light weight, at least one fat quarter mid weight, 2 fat quarters noil, 2 scarf blanks. Handouts. Access to Neal's surface design tool/toy box (clamps, stencils, stamps, brushes, etc.)
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: Neal Howard
Learn the ABCs of safely using the Local Cloth Dye Studio for yourself and for a group. This training session, required to rent the Studio or host an interest group, will show you what resources are available, what materials are included, and the requisite safety equipment.
Available to members only; no fee, but you must register.
The Devil’s Blue Eye: Indigo and Slavery by Jean M. West
From Calpixqui to Corregidor: Appropriation of Women's Cotton Textile Production in Early Colonial Mexico by Margaret A. Villaneuva
Bring your freshly harvested leaves and learn four simple non-vat techniques using ice water and a blender to get robin's egg blue and lavender on protein fibers and light blue and pink on cellulose with the addition of readily available household chemicals. If time permits, we may make a fructose vat with the strained pulp.
Level: Beginning; anyone whose mother allows them to use a blender can do this
Materials fee: $5 for ice, assists, handouts
Instructor: Eileen Hallman
Cultures of Use: Invasive Plant Fibers
Plants deemed weeds and/or invasives often carry secret legacies of use with them. By studying ancient and contemporary applications of plants where they are native, we can learn how to bring them into ecological harmony where they are currently vilified. In this talk, we will hear a variety of intriguing stories about two different plants that are both feared and loved: kudzu and paper mulberry. These dynamic plants have complex stories to tell, after experiencing millennia of human use for food, medicine, ritual, and fiber.
Materials Fee: $25 for Different colored fleece as well as design extras such as mohair, fancy yarns, metallics, etc
Weaving can be small, portable and uncomplicated while remaining creative, challenging and lots of fun. Susan brings decades of weaving skills to these small loom projects that can become as large as the weaver can imagine. From tiny amulet purses to snuggly throws for your couch, there is no limit to the results of weavings done on these small looms. Textures, colors and weave structures will all be studied in this class. Whether you have no experience and would like to try weaving on a small scale as an introduction, or whether you have been weaving on a large loom for years and now have reasons for scaling down, this class will offer many types of looms and techniques for you to consider. From cardboard, to pot holders, to pin looms and bands, this class will challenge you to use your imagination and hopefully see weaving from a different angle.
Materials fee: $20 for all looms and all yarns
Instructor: Susan Morgan Leveille
Instructor: Lauren Bacchus
Materials Fee: $10
Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60
Instructor: Kudzu Co-Op Members
2 articles from Cloth and Human Experience, to be determined
Materials Fee: $10 for fiber and use of spinning wheels
Instructor: Lorri Helms
Level: must know how to knit, purl, and work in the round
Materials Fee: None
Instructor: Varian Brandon
Experience transforming your old clothes into new upcycled treasures in this one day workshop. You will learn “recipes” from upcycle designer Stina Andersen on how to turn your old pair of pants or shirt into a fit and flare skirt. Transform a shrunken wool sweater into new functional accessories. No prior sewing skills required. Bring your sewing machine and 3-5 garments that you want to transform or dig into our clothing stash and request a classroom machine.
Materials fee: None. Instructor will supply extra clothes and classroom machines to share. Scissors, pins, notions, trims etc.
Instructor: Stina Andersen
All levels welcome
Materials Fee: $30 for all materials that students will eco print and take home. Also supplied will be plant and natural dye materials (though we may forage for some, too), herbal tea, and class handouts.
Instructor: Maria Muscarella
Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert
Materials fee: $5 Download fee of written and pictorial information
Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360
Instructor: Joan Berner
Materials Fee: $5 for Demo loom, Demo warps, Warping paddle and warping mill, Multiple cones of yarn for demoing warp and bobbin winding, Hand tools including variety of shuttles, electric bobbin winder, and small tools
Registration: Members $125, Non-members $150
Instructor: bio append #instructor name Kathrin Weber
Materials Fee: $30 for pre-wound, scoured warps and skeins for those of you who want to supplement your supply. Please order through my webshop at least 2 weeks before the workshop. Since I am driving, I can bring them along with me.
We will create gnomes with recycled sweaters.
Materials fee: $3 for rice, wool for noses, thread,stuffing and fiber for beards.
Instructor: Elizabeth Searle
NOV 13**2nd Wednesday
The Materialists by Jenelle Porter (Fiber : Sculpture, 1960 to Present)
About 10 Years: From New Tapestry to Fiber Art by Jenelle Porter (Fiber : Sculpture, 1960 to Present)