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2019 Workshop Descriptions & Materials

Spring/Summer Schedule: 

A Natural Dye Palette: No Mordant Required

Natural dyes on wool & silk by Catharine Ellis

This three-day class will demonstrate an approach to developing a distinct and full palette of natural dye colors on protein fibers without the use of an alum pre-mordant. We will focus on the dyeing of wool and silk, discussing color sequence, color mixing, and the dyes appropriate for this approach, and printing. Some of the dyes we will use include: alkanet, henna, lac, madder, rhubarb root, safflower, and indigo. You will leave with a full palette of wool and silk swatches. 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 4, 5 & 6
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Catharine Ellis
Fee: $350 + materials

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This workshop is full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list.

Screen Printing: Pattern & Repeat

Screen print by Heather Allen Hietala

In this workshop you will learn how to use pattern and repeat to create screen printed designs on cloth. Using quick and immediate stencils and resist techniques, the focus in this 3-day workshop is learning screen-printing techniques while having fun with pattern, repeat, color and value. We will use non-toxic textile paints. Bring your ideas, and creativity and see what can happen! You will go home with a blank screen, squeegee, wonderfully patterned cloth and all the information to continue screen-printing at home.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 16, 17 & 18
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Heather Allen Hietala
Fee: $300 + materials

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Shibori + Indigo

Shibori resist dyed with indigo by Amy Putansu

This three-day workshop will focus on beginner-level shibori with organic indigo dyeing. Shibori is an ancient resist-dyeing method that produces unique patterns through stitching, binding, wrapping and other methods. Although shibori has been practiced in Japan, there are versions found in cultures all over the world, such as adire in Africa and bandhani in India. In this workshop you will make a series of resist-dyed fabrics touching upon all of the basic shibori techniques and learn to make an organic indigo vat from "scratch". At the end of the workshop you will have a number of finished scarves and bandanas.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 13, 14 & 15
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Amy Putansu
Fee: $300 + materials

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Madder Root: Red, to Orange, to Brown

Madder dyed linen shawl and swatches
by Barbara Zaretsky

Achieve true reds, rich oranges and warm browns all in one dye pot. In this one-day workshop we will discuss the properties of one of the oldest known dyes—madder root (rubia tinctorium). We'll also talk about choosing fabrics that will support the best color and review the process of mordanting for protein and cellulose fibers. We'll spend the remainder of the day dyeing silk and linen for swatches. You will leave this workshop with recipes, swatches and the knowledge to create these beautiful colors on you own.

Saturday, July 13
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Level of Expertise: all levels
Instructor: Barbara Zaretsky
Fee: $100 + materials

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Cloth Fiber Workshop  |  Riverview Station [South]  |  191 Lyman Street, Studio 104 • Asheville, NC 28801  |  t: 828.505.2958  |  e-mail Cloth