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Start Date: Jan 17, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Designed for students with some experience in natural dyeing, this course builds upon the basics of mordanting and dyeing with plant and natural dye materials.  Offered in two continuous sessions, each class will focus on expanding the basics, combining techniques, and experimenting with modifying and layering colors.  Some surface design, discharge and resist options will add to the variety of pattern and color.  This term we will focus on local, sustainable, low environmental impact dye processes.

Prerequisites: Some experience in natural dyeing is helpful.

 

Start Date: Jan 20, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm (Sat) 12:00pm - 4:00pm (Sun)

The amount of clothing thrown away grows higher each year due to the poor quality of seams and stitches in the mass production of apparel.  Trends change faster than one can adjust their wardrobe, and our money is being wasted.  This class is for the eco-friendly, repair what your wear, DIY savvy person in all of us.  Through this weekend class, we will learn how to repair and recycle our clothing through industrial techniques on our own home sewing machines.  Various topics of repair will be covered, including how to take in our favorite pants and tops.  We will also look at the ways of refashion and put our wardrobe through a transformation to create piece we REALLY want to wear.

Prerequisites: Basic sewing machine knowledge appreciated but not necessary

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Start Date: Jan 24, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Temari are embroidered spheres traditionally made in Japan and given as gifts to mark special occasions, or for professional accomplishments. Their intricate patterns are meant to show a particular wish for health, happiness, or prosperity. In this eight session course you will learn how to wrap a core, how to mark the core without math using relational geometry, and how to complete several types of patterns from very basic to intermediate. The history and meaning of traditional color pairings and symbols will be explored as well as the cultural context of these charming items.

Prerequisites: No prerequisite but some knowledge of embroidery or working with yarn, thread or string will be helpful.

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Start Date: Jan 27, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 11:30am - 3:30pm (Sat) 12:00pm - 3:00pm (Sun)

Become acquainted with one of our oldest fiber techniques today that is making a bold comeback: crochet.  Through this weekend class, participants will gain an understanding of pattern reading, crocheting the most used stitches, color changes, and the finishing steps to creating their own handmade headband and scarf.  One-on-one instruction will be provided by the instructor, along with video tutorials of stitches that can also be accessed post workshop.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 4, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Sun)

Learn how to embellish luscious fabrics to create a truly unique scarf that is textural, sculptural yet wearable. Students will explore various surface embellishment techniques such as pleating, tucking, shirring, cording, and trapunto and implement them to create a textural and artistic scarf. Student will learn how to make a basic wrap scarf or an "infinity" scarf.  

Prerequisite: Beginnings sewing encouraged but not required. 

Start Date: Feb 10, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Everyone is familiar with a reversible jacket, but what if versatility in garment design goes beyond simply turning a garment inside out? Students will explore versatility in apparel design by creating a garment that can be worn more than one way. A top that has multiple openings or closures to be worn in a variety of ways? A skirt that can be worn long or short? A dress with arm holes that can also be a neck opening? These are just some of the innovative ideas explored in this class. Each student will be provided with instruction to help sketch, design, pattern and sew one unique garment that can be worn in a variety of ways.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Feb 10, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Spinning basics is an intensive workshop for the beginner, you don’t have to know anything about spinning to participate. You will leave with the ability to make yarn from a variety of wools and plant fibers and from several preparations of fiber. You will know how to ply with two and three strands, and how to include beads, feathers, fabric, and fancy yarns in the structure of your finished yarn. The class will equip you to practice on your own, and you should have at least thirty yards of finished novelty yarn.

Prerequisites: None

 

Start Date: Feb 17, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat, Sun)

There’s a history of thriftiness in many cultures.  In Japan, mottainai is a term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste.  The British proclaim, “Make do or do without.”  The American phrase is “Waste not, want not,” to imply if you use a commodity or resource carefully and without extravagance, you will never be in need.  This class is an exercise in creative re-use.  By restructuring thrift store men’s shirts (or family excess?) we will construct new garments that are inexpensive, modern, and fully original without proclaiming their origins. “Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.” (G.K. Chesterton, What's Wrong with the World)

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Feb 25, 2018 Days: Sun Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Sun)

The simplest garments are those with no cutting and sewing at all and minimalist fashion is becoming increasingly popular. So how can large pieces of fabric form to the body and function as a wearable garment? In many cultures, large geometric shapes are draped, folded and tucked directly on the body to create a garment, such as the traditional Japanese Kimono, the Indian Sari or the traditional Mexican Poncho. Similar to origami, students will drape, tuck and fold large shapes in creative and innovative ways to create unique shapes that will be turned into a garment. Students will be provided instruction on draping and folding techniques to obtain the desired shapes. Students are encouraged to use minimal cutting, creating less fabric waste.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

In this 2 day workshop, we will use our own photos/images that will be printed/ transferred onto fabric. We’ll start with mark making exercises to create our personal language of embellishments to apply to the photos. We’ll use fabric scraps and threads to embellish our photo imagery.

Day 1: Conceptualization, laying out ideas, exploration of mark making. Slide show of inspirational work and techniques. Start assembling collage pieces on fabric image, machine and hand stitching.

Day 2: Continue adding details to project. Review framing ideas for finishing pieces.

Prerequisites: Beginning/intermediate sewing

Start Date: Mar 3, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? This is the place for you, in a weekend workshop you will learn the basics of knitting, casting on, the knit and pearl stitch, decreasing, and casting off. Your finished project will be a ribbed stocking cap style hat that can be decorated several ways.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Mar 17, 2018 Days: Sat Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm (Sat)

Learn to make a small, personal natural indigo vat without worrying about toxicity or cost of heavy chemicals.  This vat uses fruit residue in a natural chemical reduction to produce a quick, reliable, long-lasting indigo blue.  We'll explore simple resist techniques that produce textile patterns on silk and cotton fabrics, as well as threads for stitching. Students will learn care and maintenance of their vats.

Prerequisites: None

Start Date: Apr 4, 2018 Days: Wed Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Wed)

Continue the natural dye adventure!  Designed for students with some experience in natural dyeing, this course builds upon the basics of mordanting and dyeing with plant and natural dye materials.  Offered in two continuous sessions, each class will focus on expanding the basics, combining techniques, and experimenting with modifying and layering colors.  Some surface design, discharge and resist options will add to the variety of pattern and color.  This term we will focus on local, sustainable, low environmental impact dye processes.

Prerequisites: Some experience in natural dyeing is helpful.

Start Date: Apr 7, 2018 Days: Sat Sun Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Sat, Sun)

Put your artistic talents to use in a new direction – create a one-of-a-kind leather handbag. Using basic patterns and/or inventing new shapes, you will learn how to select, cut and assemble pieces from a variety of luxury leathers. Mix and match your personal choice of color, texture, size and embellishments. You will learn methods of hand stitching and assembling your choice of embellishments. You’ll have access to samples and materials for creating tassels, fringe, straps (long or short), snaps and closures. You’ll walk away carrying a unique bag and new skills and ideas.

Prerequisites: Basic skills of cutting out and sewing garments.