Home Studio Workshops: These are held at my home studio in Clearwater, Florida usually on Thursdays or Saturdays from 10-3:30. Special days for private instruction can be set up. Price for groups smaller than 6 people is higher. Art supplies are included in the price of the workshop of $70 along with a light lunch. Workshops can be on a variety of topics-dyeing silk, collage, fusing foil to fabric, indigo, alter-ego dyeing on satin devore or velvet, painting fabric and free motion drawing on fabric.
Home Studio Workshops: These are held at 2251 Willowbrook Drive, Clearwater, FL 33764. Held 10-3:30 on Thursday or Saturday. Or book your own date. Art supplies and a light lunch are included in the price of the $70 workshop.
24 March 2017, Friday from 10-4: Creative Fabric Collage. Fee is $70.00 for the workshop/$30.00 supplies Collage Kit (student chooses color of kit. See website shopping cart www.SilkDyes.com for a selection of colors to choose from and email me Marlene@123webmagic.com so I can reserve one for you. Each kit includes fabric for 15-20 collages, sheers, foil, fusibles, embellishments. Sewing Machine optional as we will be using fusing methods and hand sewing for details. Learn to manipulate and fuse fabric creating a free form design, a textural landscape, 3D floral image and working with foils for a sun or moon or abstract design. Techniques in addition to the above are funky fiber friends, layering sheers to create shadows and fog, hand dyeing small silk fabrics to incorporate into collage design using stencils.
25 March: 10-3:30 Home Studio Workshop on Silk Dyeing with Color Hue instant set dyes. 3 silk scarves are provided so you can learn how the dyes work or experiment with a new design you haven’t tried. The first scarf will be done in the baggie for soft and dynamic effects. The second one will be a sampler of over 6 techniques – floral images, zebra stripes or sunset lines, stencils, resist shapes, repeat shibori lines without arashi pole wrapping, stamps, growing trees and abstract designs. The third scarf will be done in any design you choose. Lots of samples available to view ahead of time. There will also be a variety of silk scarves available for purchase and you can dye as many as you like for the price of the scarf. The silk scarves range in size from 11 x 60 on up to 22 x 90 and come in a variety of weights, including some satin devore silk scarves. The sheer silk grabs the silk dye color and the rayon satin design only grabs a bit of the dyes so the design really pops. Come play!!! Class limited to 8 students. Cost is $70 and includes the 3 silk scarves 11 x 72 of lightweight silk, as well as a light lunch.
7 April 2017, Friday from 10-4: Pin Weaving. Create a small pin weaving using threads, yarns, lightweight fabrics and roving. This will be fused on the back to hold it together. No tight compacting of rows needed. This is similar to a tapestry type weaving method. Then dye the sheer silk organza for a background panel. Fuse the weaving to the panel. Cover with tulle and free motion (bring your machine or I can do this part for you if you don’t sew). Cut away tulle to reveal contrasting fabrics and yarns. Embellish with beads, hand dyed ribbons and any special trinkets you would like to bring with you. All supplies are provided for the $70 workshop and a light lunch is included. Limited to 6 students. Reserve your place by signing up and paying online.
FILLED: 8 April 2017, Saturday from 10-4: Pin Weaving. Create a small pin weaving using threads, yarns, lightweight fabrics and roving. This will be fused on the back to hold it together. No tight compacting of rows needed. This is similar to a tapestry type weaving method. Then dye the sheer silk organza for a background panel. Fuse the weaving to the panel. Cover with tulle and free motion (bring your machine or I can do this part for you if you don’t sew). Cut away tulle to reveal contrasting fabrics and yarns. Embellish with beads, hand dyed ribbons and any special trinkets you would like to bring with you. All supplies are provided for the $70 workshop and a light lunch is included. Limited to 6 students. Reserve your place by signing up and paying online.
To prepay go to www.SilkDyes.com, click Calendar. Type in the date of the workshop being paid for and to be added to the reservations list.
Testimonial from the Hand Dyed Silk Scarf Workshop for Teachers at the Tampa Museum of Art:
“We dyed the scarves yesterday and I have to say it was one of the best projects ever! I had originally intended on having some adult helpers but suddenly none were available — and it was still manageable for me. I did a demo in front of the entire class and had a few student helpers who made their scarves as part of the demo. Then they were able to help me. I gave the kids choices of three colors — each one was unique and beautiful in its own way and while I was ironing I would find images of flowers, butterflies, snowflakes, horses heads, etc. which got the kids so engaged. I would most definitely do this again or take the dying process to another level.
“In addition, it was very clean, no one got excess dye on them except for me (when I was mixing them) and the worst thing that happened was someone popping their baggie while waiting.
“My only worry — and not a big one — the kids loved the scarves so much that I don’t know how many mothers will actually receive them for Christmas — I heard a few ‘I’m keeping this!’ around. But no matter, the process was HUGE success.
“Thank you so much. Please let me know if you have any workshops or anything going on.”
WORKSHOP TOPICS TO CHOOSE FROM for private lessons or for your group.
Basic Silk Dyeing-The Basics: Dye three silk scarves learning to baggie dye for a soft organic look or tabletop techniques with floral images, zebra stripes or sunset lines, stencil imagery. Possibilities abound. Make hand dyed silk greeting cards to go with them. Create a hand dyed landscape using silk broadcloth (feels and sews like cotton). There will be extra scarves and silk items available for purchase and you can dye them right there.
Advanced Dyeing for Beginners: Create 3 silk scarves using knots, clamps and sticks, and other casual shibori techniques creating repeat shapes, flowing trees, abstract imagery, dip dyeing, stamps, silk screens and more. You will also make a hand dyed silk greeting card incorporating foil into the card design.
Creative Fabric Collage Workshop Description: Work in your favorite color (see selections at www.SilkDyes.com under Supplies) using a variety of fabrics, solids, prints, sheers, fibers, beads and more. The basic Color Wheel will be reviewed and the advantages of working monochromatically. Portals can be used as a design element or choose whatever you like as a theme. Techniques covered will include layered landscapes; 3D floral images; creating shadows and fog with sheers; fusing foil to fabric creating suns, moons and other shapes; dyeing your own background silk fabric from silk broadcloth (feels and sews like cotton). All fabric, threads, pins, scissors and fusibles will be supplied but feel free to bring your own if you have favorites. Just limit what you bring so it all fits into a 1 gallon ziplock baggie. A free motion demonstration will be done. Sewing Machines are optional. Please let me know if you are bringing yours. A demonstration of how to create a collage panel in a sandwich of tulle will be presented. You have the option to use the 5-7 or more collages in a journal, garment, quilt or art quilt.
Fun with Foils and Fusing on Fabric and Paper Workshop. Explore a variety of
fusibles (sheets, web, thread, powder and liquid) on fabric and paper. Learn to embelllish a greeting card with foil and the tip of your iron. Hand dye sheer silk to soften the metallic effect. $70 includes supplies and a light lunch.