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  • Shibori Dyeing: Arashi • 10/3/17

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    Tuesday, October 3, 6-9 pm

    Sandra Brick

    By wrapping, scrunching, and binding, students can create irregular patterns on fabric that look like a stormy sky. Learn the many ways to wrap fabric around a pole, and the basics of dyeing cotton with Procion fiber reactive dyes. Add color and layers of dye to intensify the impact and walk away with six different samples of arashi shibori. This is a great class for beginners wanting to learn more about the artistry of shibori dyeing. Materials fee $20, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.

    $48.60

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  • Eco Printed Garment • October 21-22

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    Saturday-Sunday, October 21-22, 11 am-5 pm

    Robbin Firth

    Whether it’s for the love of nature or the love of plant motifs on textiles, learn how to use plants to eco print on your garments over this two-day workshop. Discover clever folding techniques to eco print on any garment, use class time to explore and have fun with elements of eco printing and experimenting with mordants, natural dyes, acid dyes, tannins, and leaves. This is a great way to enhance or freshen up clothing already in your closet. This has been such a popular topic, we’ve decided to make it into a two-day workshop! Materials fee $60, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.

     

    $202.50

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  • Mastering Machine Tension • 10/24/17

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    Tuesday, October 24, 10 am-1 pm

    Steve Pauling

    Frustrated with unwanted thread loops, stitches so tight the fabric puckers, threads breaking, unbalanced stitches or those nasty nests of knotted thread? Overwhelmed with the options of what to do, or don’t even know where to begin addressing a tension issue? This class will provide you with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to master machine tension. You’ll learn about the major different factors that can affect tension and how to compensate for them. Knowing how to adjust the tension for a variety of different sewing applications will free you to explore more creative and advanced sewing skills. It will also make sewing a more enjoyable and productive experience! This is a hands-on workshop; bring your sewing machine, in good working condition, along with your favorite sewing thread. See supply list for more details and items to bring with you to class. Download supply list.

    $72.00

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  • Stitching the Digital Print: The Making of Still Lifes in Indigo • 10/24/17

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    Tuesday, October 24, 1-3 pm

    Barbara Schneider

    Join us in welcoming Barbara Schneider, the artist behind Still Lifes in Indigo, currently on exhibit in our Community Gallery! Discover how these richly embellished images were conceived and made during this special demo-lecture. Barbara’s presentation will cover photo set-up, digital image manipulation, making an ink-jet print on a home printer, backing, and finishing. A detailed demo of her machine stitching process and conversation about building composition through stitched surface design cap off this terrific opportunity to learn from a master of the medium.

    $22.50

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  • Stumpwork: Beads and Berries • 10/26/17

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    Thursday, October 26, 10 am-2 pm

    Susan Leschke

    Using three stumpwork techniques, create fun baubles and berries. You can simulate the look of raspberries, blueberries or blackberries or go wild with color and have fantastical beads that will go with anything! They might be used to embellish embroideries, bookmarks, handmade books or jewelry. Materials fee $15, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.

    $64.80

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  • Design and Dye a Color Scheme • 10/26/17

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    Thursday, October 26, 1-4 pm

    Susan Antell

    Do you have a unique color palette and would like to translate it to dyeing? Join this class to find out how you can mix and dye your favorite color scheme or design a new scheme to create a luxe coordinating grouping of colors. Discussion of the color wheel and hands on dyeing will help you look at and create colors in a whole new way. Some dye experience required. Download supply list.

    $48.60

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  • Dye Lab Training • 10/23/17

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    Monday, October 23, 12-1 pm

    earn the ABCs of renting the Textile Center Ellen Erede Wells Dye Lab for yourself or a group. This training session, required to rent the Dye Lab, will show you what resources are available, what materials are included, and the requisite safety equipment.

    $9.00

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  • Embroidery: Shisha Pin • 11/2/17

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    Thursday, November 2, 6-9 pm

    Sandra Brick

    Embellish your textiles in a whole different way. With shisha techniques, you can affix mirrors, gems, coins, buttons, and much more to make your work reflect, glitter, and shine. Practicing the technique by attaching a small mirror to a felt circle. Finish it off by making it into a pin for your cardigan, jacket, or to give as a gift. Materials fee $15, payable to the instructor. Please bring a notepad and pencil for taking notes.

    $48.60

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  • Needle Felting: Woodland Creatures • 11/3/17

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    Friday, November 3, 10 am- 1pm

    Melba Granlund

    Create a three-dimensional four-legged woodland creature to use as a holiday gift, tree ornament or winter decoration. Learn how the needle felting process works, good felting techniques, and best fiber choices for needle felting. More precise than wet felting, needle felting allows you more control in shaping, contouring, and fine details. Students will experiment with wool, alpaca, and llama fibers. Examples will be available for inspiration. Materials fee $15, payable to instructor includes all supplies, including one felting needle, felting surface, and enough fibers to make 2 critters. Additional fiber and needles will be available for purchase.

    $48.60

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  • Felted Luminarias • 11/4/17

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    Saturday, November 4, 10 am- 2:30 pm

    Leslie Granbeck

    Add a warm glow to the holiday season with pretty, felted luminarias. Learn traditional wet felting techniques using wool and a little soapy water. Add texture and other design embellishments using a variety of materials. Your luminarias are the perfect accent for the mantle, dinner table, or any spot that needs soft illumination. Materials fee $20, payable to the instructor, includes fibers and supplies for two luminarias. Download supply list.

    $72.00

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  • Mindful Stitching Journal • 11/4/17

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    Saturday, November 4. 10 am- 2:30 pm

    Maddy Bartsch

    Mindful stitching is an emphasis on setting aside time to slowly stitching lines, rows, shapes onto a piece of fabric by hand. Students will learn the meditative practice of mindful stitching through hands-on work. Students will learn background information surrounding the purpose and practice of mindful stitching, the benefits of having a “stitch journal,” and how to do the stitches commonly used in mindful stitching, including basic needlework skills like threading a needle, starting a piece, and finishing a line of stitching. Students will choose from a variety of materials available to them for their first journal page, which they will complete in class. Students will leave with a completed “journal page,” needle, and skills to practice mindful stitching in the creation of a stitching journal at home. Materials fee $16, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.

    $67.50

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  • Life of a Trend Designer • 11/8/17

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    Wednesday, November 8, 6- 7:30 pm

    Karen Swanson

    Why do we love Karen Swanson? Currently the Director of Product Development at Target, Karen uses her talents, experience, and passion for design to influence her team of designers.

    She has designed for Munsingwear Penguin, Zubaz, and Mack and Moore. Karen has extensive experience in Fashion & Technical Design, Manufacturing, and Licensing for NFL, NBA, and Colleges.

    Join this intimate discussion with one of our beloved collaborators about what it takes to be a successful creative professional in the field of design and product development. Bring your questions and enjoy the opportunity to sit down with a leader in the field.

    $10.00

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  • Many Colors with Thickened Mordants and Natural Dyes • 11/15/17

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    Wednesday, November 15, 9 am – 4 pm

    Judy Saye-Willis

    A day filled with natural dyes, mordants, and applications! Using different dye baths such as cochineal, weld, and logwood, and multiple mordants, experiment with how mordants effect natural dye colors. Participants will make samples and try different applications such as screen printing, stenciling, stamping, and painting with thickened mordants. View instructor samples and let your imagination go wild with your own designs. Materials fee $35, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.

    $126.00

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  • Embroidery: Sashiko 101 • 11/12/17

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    Sunday, November 12, 10 am-1 pm

    Sandra Brick

    Add elegant and clean lines to your handwork with this Japanese embroidery technique. Traditionally, these running stitches were used to decorate and reinforce worn fabric. Explore the history of the technique, the basic stitch, best practices, and experiment with different types of thread, fabric and backing materials. With simple designs you can make your fabric distinct with lively contrast. Students will work from a sashiko pattern and use authentic sashiko thread, needles, and thimble. Materials fee $25, payable to the instructor. Please bring a notepad and pencil for taking notes.

    $48.60

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  • Specialty Threads • 11/16/17

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    Thursday, November 16, 10 am- 1 pm

    Steve Pauling

    Specialty threads (metallics, woolies, stretch, embroidery, top stitching, perl, monofilament, invisible. yarn, upholstery, etc.) offer a whole new world of creativity and expression for textile artists, but they can be difficult and frustrating to use. Learn the technical skills in how to use them and which ones work better than others. We will also review specialty needles and their applications. This is a hands-on workshop so bring your machine (in good working condition). Students must have a good understanding of machine tension and be comfortable adjusting both top and bottom tensions on your machine. Consider taking Mastering Machine Tension as a primer before this class. Materials feee $15, payable to the instructor. See supply list for more details and items to bring with you to class.

    $72.00

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  • Botanical Transfer Printing on Handmade Felt • 11/16-17/17

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    Thursday-Friday, November 16-17, 10 am- 4:30 pm

    Robbin Firth

    Combine felting and surface design techniques to make a multi-functional table runner or piece of fiber art for your wall. The first day of class students will use merino prefelt, merino wool, and mulberry silk top to felt the base cloth of your work. The second day we will use a method of transfer printing with acid dyes and various leaves to render amazing botanical prints on your hand felted cloth. Some felting experience required. Materials fee $80, payable to the instructor. Download supply list.

    $180.00

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