Go Big or Go Home: Resist Dyed Yardage • January 14, 21, 28, and February 4

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Mondays, January 14, 21, 28 & February 4, 10 am – 1 pm

Ceci Lewis

Learn how to pattern large pieces of cloth with repeating designs in a series of classes designed to empower participants to create hand-dyed yardage in sufficient quantities for successful garment, fiber art, and quilt-making adventures. Students will use materials that are common to sewists, cooks, and embroiderers, using stitching (machine or hand), machine pleating/gathering, folding, binding, and clamping. Each method allows the dyer to control and pattern large pieces of cloth while fitting them into smaller dye pots, or to use direct application of thickened dye on large pieces affixed to PVC pipes. Participants will learn how to select the best method for specific fabrics and fiber types–such as coarse, medium, or tightly woven cellulose or protein-based–to discover how weave structure affects the outcome.  Tricks will be revealed that keep the ground intact or force more dye into folded layers. No small samples or little bundles of yarn here! Materials fee $25, payable to the instructor. ** See supply list of items to bring to class **

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Instructor Bio:

Ceci Lewis has been a garment sewer more than fifty years, with indigo and other natural dyes prominent in her work. Utilizing and teaching sustainable practices is her specialty. She has cultivated a rainbow of natural dye colors in her postage stamp sized yard and shared natural dyeing with more than a thousand children in the metro area. Lewis served a lead artist in collaboration with Penumbra Theatre, Textile Center, and many talented quilters for the “Black Nativity”. For the last twenty years dyeing, quilt making, and long-arm quilting have taken over her life. Her quilt, New World is part of the Minnesota History Center’s permanent collection.


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Cancellation Policy
If your notice of withdrawal or tuition transfer is received at least 5 business days before the start of your workshop, you will receive a refund of your workshop fee, minus a $25 processing fee.
There is no refund of workshop or processing fees if your notice of withdrawal or tuition transfer is received less than 5 business days before the start of your workshop. We will be happy to provide you with a receipt for your donation to Textile Center.

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