Members! Join us via Zoom for coffee or tea, conversation, and quiet handiwork. Suggestions: knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, sock darning, embroidery or any other portable project you have going lending itself to a get together. Let’s exchange ideas and chit-chat! Every Friday for the foreseeable future from 4-6pm.
Bring. Yourselves, a mug, and your ongoing work. Also optional: bring a piece of your finished work to show others what your interests are.
Hosted by Susette Shiver
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In this one hour virtual class, led by Joyce Tromba, you will learn one of the most versatile techniques in bookbinding. It requires no specialized equipment and book is easy to make and modify. In this class you will learn an easy trick for inserting a small piece of art work: either something of your own or a selection from a card, calendar, etc.
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Learn to knit and purl, and then make a hat. You'll leave the class with a new skill and a warm head!
Local Cloth studio supplies yarn and needles or participants can bring their own.
Materials Fee: $0
Registration: Members $55, Non-members $65
Instructor: bio Lynne Noble
Join us for a fun afternoon, working on your own projects. We're changing things up this month, as we head into summer, using fiber reactive dye on cotton, rayon, linen and other cellulose fabric. Bring a white or pastel t-shirt, leggings, blouse or underpants and we'll experiment with ice dyeing and shibori (japanese version of tie-dye). Plan to leave your items overnight to set the dye, and return on Sunday to rinse.Experienced acid dye user are welcome to do their own thing.
Level: OK for beginners
Sometimes all you need is a gorgeous button to update and uplift a garment. We will make a Dorset button using one color, and if there is time, we'll make another with two colors. One of the great things about these buttons, is that you can choose to use either side and have a different look!
Each participant will need a ring - can be a plastic curtain ring, a washer (a little harder to use) or anything that is hard and round and has 3/4" or 1" diameter. Each participant will need embroidery floss in two colors - perle cotton can be used - probably size 8 - later you can experiment with ribbon, etc. A tapestry needle is required - your threads should fit through the eye! If you have your own materials, there is no materials fee.
Materials Fee: $4.50 (Instructor will mail a kit to anyone who wants one.) Need to sign up before June 1 for mailed kit option.
Non Members: $20
Instructor: bio Lynne Noble
Tablet weaving, makes a long narrow belts, using tablets with four holes in the corners. It is an ancient and rare form of weaving, with a multitude of patterns and possibilities. We will start with a two-color threading to experiment on a variety of structures and patterns, including lettering. You can spell out your own words in your weaving. It is challenging, rewarding, and inspiring. You will leave this class with a small belt and a good understanding of tablet weaving.
Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $10
Registration: Members $100, Non-members $120
Instructor: bio Peace Weaver
Join us for a day of creating felted jewelry, Bring some various stone options for us to felt around and create a pendant. Depending on time, this can be taken home to add to any chain you desire or we can create felted necklaces for which your felted stone can hang from. This will be a wet felting class with addition details done in both needle felting and sewing. This is detailed handwork and is best suited for those with some felting experience.
Materials Fee: $30
Instructor: bio Jamie Sparks
Level: Beginning Materials Fee: $10 for pulp, use of molds & deckles, add-ins
Instructor: bio Judi Jetson
Materials fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets,tools, hand outs and some wild vines.
Registration: Members $200, Non-members $240
Instructor: Carla Filippelli
All things indigo!
The Indigo Interest Group meets in alternate months from February through December.
From growing to processing to dyeing , painting, and resist techniques--if it has to do with indigo, we will study it.
In the first three sessions in 2020 we will explore painting with indigo. Three helpful references are Boutrup/Ellis The Art and Science of Natural Dyes and John Marshall’s books Singing the Blues and Salvation through Soy.
Bring your cloth and paintbrushes. We will treat fabrics with soymilk and make indigo paint together.
If you are new to the group, please refer to the Indigo Interest Group Guidelines.
The Indigo Forum can be found here. Consider subscribing to it and posting your questions, answers, work, etc.
Organizer: Denise Arcuri
Learn this very simple, enchanting, and soothing embroidery style! Choose which of five traditional Japanese patterns you’d like to embroider. Your class comes with everything you need— sashiko thread, the correct size needle, and the sampler of your choice in a beautiful indigo dyed 100% cotton from Japan.
Registration: Members $50, Non-members $60
Instructor: bio Jess Kaufmann
This is a beginning class for getting started with a knitting machine. We will learn to cast on, bind off, increase, decrease on the machine. Learn to set it up and take down the machine. We will make a number of small projects. You do not need to know how to hand knit though it will be a bit easier to learn.
Materials Fee: $20
Registration: Members $150, Non-members $180
Instructor: bio Lori Helms
Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $5 for magazines, color chips
Registration: Members $25, Non-members $30
Instructor: Judy Levine
The goal of this class is to expose you to the basic understanding of the craft of sewing. We will learn to make a very simple yet fun detailed muslin top that is easy to wear. You will learn to sew and design your top in a practical fabric that will allow you to learn with out worry.
Materials Fee: $35
Instructor: bio Cynthia Anderson
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
Materials Fee: $15 for all hand dyed reeds, buckets, tools and hand outs or this class
Instructor: bio Carla Fillipelli
Materials Fee: $5.00 for Instructional handouts
Instructor: Marilyn Haas-Haseman
Shibori but not blue
Shibori and indigo are a match made in heaven but you can also apply stitched shibori techniques with other plant dyes. We will stitch some small samples and then dye with a few plants which we will decide on in our May meeting.
What to bring: Small pieces of scoured fabric to stitch, this can be cotton, linen, silk or some of each. Strong nylon thread and long, thin needles. You can also pre stitch the samples before the meeting. As usual: notebook, apron, some handwork to work on during down time, any show and tell, as well as any books, magazines, websites, podcasts, events you have come across to share with the group.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Information for new members of the Natural Dye Study Group
An introductory course that will provide students with the tools necessary to begin exploring the magical world of eco printing. Students will generate silk samples using different mordanting and modifying techniques for insuring successful results. Silk fabric and a variety of leaves will be provided for the experiments. After a series of “testing” students will select their favorite “method” and print a 14” x 72” silk scarf. Students will leave with a 14” x 72” silk scarf, multiple samples and handouts containing thorough instructions for working at home.
Materials Fee: $25 includes all fabrics and supplies
Instructor: Patricia Spangler bio
Eco Printing--The Next Generation is a follow-up to the introductory workshops. In this class, students will learn techniques for creating colored backgrounds to enhance the effects of eco printing on silk. Focusing on background surface design and color, we will work with natural dyes including cochineal, logwood and osage orange--as well as tannins such as pomegranate and gall nut.
Prerequisites: Eco printing experience highly recommended.
Materials Fee: $30 includes all supplies and fabrics necessary for success. Students will leave with a 14" x 72" silk scarf, multiple color samples and handouts containing thorough instructions.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials fee: $35 for silk noil warps (one per participant), silk weft, embroidery floss, dyes (including vinegar and sodium alginate), handouts, woven shibori samples, miscellaneous tools (plastic containers, brushes, cross holders, etc.)
Registration: Members $300, Non-members $360
Instructor: Neal Howard
We will wet felt a scarf. We will choose among various colored silk scarves that will be the base.. We will use prefelt plus we will explore all the possible embellishments. Some felting experience is required.
Instructor: bio Judy Ott
Take this in-depth class from experienced knitter and designer Gregg Johnson and learn how to go beyond commercial patterns and develop the best knitted fabric for your sweater design. You'll also learn about: Yarn Structure and size, Color Palette and color placement, Custom Fit, How to take and use your body measurements, Garment Shape and Fit to Flatter principles, How to get professional finishing results, Choosing stitch patterns, and much more. Be warned - there is homework!
Materials Fee: $4
Registration: Members $300, Non-members $350
Instructor: bio Gregg Johnson
Materials fee: $30
Instructor: Bio Jen Swearington