Workshop & Events Calendar

Home Studio Workshops: These are held at my home studio in Clearwater, Florida usually on Thursdays or Saturdays from 1-4pm (Note time change to afternoons only). Special days for private instruction can be set up.  Art supplies are sometimes included in the price of the workshop of $40. Workshops can be on a variety of topics-dyeing silk, collage, fusing foil to fabric, indigo, alter-ego dyeing on satin devore, painting fabric, silk screen imprinting and free motion drawing on fabric.

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Please contact me if you would like to set up a workshop just for you and some friends. See types of workshop to choose from below the calendar schedule of away from the studio workshops.

Open Studio: whenever the fancy strikes me and I have an available Saturday afternoon. Free to former students who have taken a workshop (dyeing, collage, foiling, pin weaving, etc.) with me. Any silk items you dye you pay for the price of the item plus $5 dyeing fee. Questions on how or what to do will be answered. Come make gifts for your friends, family, c0-workers…and have a good time. Refreshments will be served.  If you have never taken a workshop, the fee is $20.


Classes held by personal appointment. 5 or less in a group.

Types of Workshops Available on request

1-4pm: Home Studio Workshop Easy Silk Dyeing with Color Hue Dyes: The Basics: Dye 2 silk scarves 11 x 72 in lightweight silk. The first will be done baggie style for a random design. The second scarf will be a sampler of 6-8 techniques (soft and dynamic floral images, zebra stripes or sunset lines, stencil imagery, stamp images transferred to silk, clothespin clamp resist and dynamic lines. The third scarf can be done using a combination of techniques: growing trees, abstract, repeat square or chevrons, etc. Possibilities abound. Optional: learn to create hand dyed silk greeting cards or 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. Size of class limited to 5. Cost is $40 and includes dyes and 2 silk scarves.  Reservations prepaid required.

Advanced Dyeing for Beginners: Create 2 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.

Pin Weaving Workshop : Workshop cost is $40 and includes all pin weaving supplies including a pin weaving board. If you fall in love with the process, I will have supplies you can purchase to take home. Let me know what colors you want to work with. In 6  hours (10-4pm) 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 sheer silk organza for the 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 . Limited to 5 students. The project you do can be a wall hanging or cut up into smaller pieces, mounted on the silk organza and fused to cardstock for a unique textured greeting card.  I will provide supplies: pin weaving board the student takes home, fibers, fabrics, fusible, silk organza and dyes, etc.

Creative Fabric Collage. Fee is $40.00 for the workshop/$30.00 supplies Collage Kit (student chooses color of kit. See website shopping cart for a selection of colors to choose from and email me 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.

Fun with Foils: Fusing on Fabric and Paper Workshop. Explore a variety of  fusibles (sheets, delicate web, thread, powder) on fabric and paper. Learn to embellish a greeting card with foil and the tip of your iron. Hand dye sheer silk to soften the metallic effect. $40 includes supplies and a light lunch.

Indigo Dyeing and Shibori with Instant Setting Color Hue dyes on Silk and Vat dyeing outdoors with any fabric (cottons, silks, linens, rayons, etc. ) Learn to manipulate fabric-folding, stitching, clamping, dipping… and with whatever resist you created, dye in indigo to see the design that happens. Indoors in dyeing with Color Hue dyes on silk and outdoors, a variety of fabrics dipped in a vat of indigo.

Open Studio Play Day. Bring a project or gift to work on or dye a silk scarf or tie or hanky or greeting card….. Pay for the silk you want to dye. No fees for Open Studio day for former students. $20 for people who haven’t taken a workshop.

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.

15 Responses to Workshop & Events Calendar

  1. Carla says:

    this blog is great. keep it up, hugs.

  2. Cindy Axt says:

    I took your make and take silk scarf at the Sewing and Quilting Expo in Lakeland, Fl this year. I am the program director of my quilt club. I showed my scarf to my guild friends and we would love to have you come and do a program with us. There are around 30 in our group. We could always envite another club if necessary. We’d like to know how much you would charge and when would be able to come, if you can. We meet on the 4th Monday of every month. My phone # is 863 944-2022. I would call you, but, I’m sure your time is crazy and I’m not sure when a good time would be. Thank you in advance. Have a great day. Cindy

  3. Marlene says:

    Dear Cindy,
    I would love to come to your guild and do a program with you all. I will email you separately and we can work out the details.

  4. Marlene says:

    You are more than welcome. I enjoy sharing what I am learning with my Color Hue dyes as well as with fabric. I found recently that when dyeing using the baggie technique, if I want a strong dynamic more intense color with a floral type design, I pull the dyed scarf out of the baggie, let’s say it was dyed medium green. I grab each area that is still white and give it a twist. Holding all those twists, usually 5-7, I place the scarf back in the baggie with the twists up on top so the next dye will hit them first. I pour in 1-2 tablespoons of hot pink or pumpkin or another color to contrast with the green. Then I wait. I don’t squeeze and let go right away. I count to 15-20 seconds and then I squeeze and let go to make sure the dye has bonded with the silk right on those twists. It makes for fast floral images and a nice dynamic contrast in color.

  5. Linda Valentino says:

    Marlene I am so proud that you taught Joanie and I a fantastic course of color. I went to town at Joannes today to get stencils and some other fabric to work with on a trial basis, I also bought some plastic for my outdoor table to do work in. my home is large but with the kitties climbing up they may spill somthing so i do not want to do this. I loved my scarfs now i want to make various things with this… I have to make somthing nice for the niece and sister in law for the holidays this year we planning to go see them just after new years for 2013. I wish to go with you to the school in italy to teach but go there to take a class… i love this, its so easy and I do not get my hands too dirty too. I like working with screen as well… stenciling with screen is alot of fun..

    I took two of the same item and sandwiched it together and placed a screen between them and glued one side so it can have that same effect as a dabber did, its awesome thanks and also i love the colors.. I hope to do this somtime within the next 2 weeks when I have any time… I need more time!! Now I will incorporate this with my jewelry pieces and place them inside the designs and then work with the screening too…

    I enjoyed the class and now i am making my own snake necklaces that turn into scarfs, tee shirts and also belts. they are alot ot fun… so thanks for your class and I hope to join you all again soon.
    Blessings to Peter as well.
    Hugs Linda

  6. Marlene says:

    So happy you are having fun with your new ways to put color onto silk with the Color Hue dyes. It was great to have you and Joanie in my studio and watching you both create! Your screen in between items sounds fascinating. I would love to see it and see how you are using it in your jewelry work. Would love to see that also. Hope to see you soon. Love, Marlene

  7. Pauline Gauthier says:

    Hi Marlene, I took your class at the Long Ctr on 5/9 for silk scarf dyeing. I absolutely loved the outcome and couldn’t believe how beautiful these scarves come out, especially since I am not a creative person. It is so amazing. I overheard you mention that you hold a class for 6 people and the cost is $45.00, which I am very interested in going to. Can you get back to me with details of this class and the date?I woud like to learn much more from you.I so look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for all you teach and I can’t wait to learn more. This is so exciting.

  8. Marlene says:

    Hi Pauline, yes the dyes are easy to use on silk especially regardless of one’s skill level. My next two workshops during the summer are not on dyeing although in the pin weaving class and funky fiber friends dyes will be set up so you can dye a silk organza sheer background for the weaving you do. Here are the dates and details. I have two more places left in in June 2 workshop at my studio. 2 June Sat: Home Studio Workshop: Pin Weaving and Funky Fiber Friends using a variety of fibers and hand dyed silks. 10-3:30 includes supplies, weaving board, fibers, wires, beads and a light lunch.

    14 July Sat: Home Studio Workshop Fiber Journal/Books. Create a journal using hand painted fabrics, dyed sheers, discharged fabrics using a photograph or a few embellishments and mementos you bring from home as inspiration for your theme.

  9. Marlene says:

    Yes. I want to get my next 3 DVD’s made first and then use the content and photos from that for my book. DVD’s are much faster to get out and people really enjoy seeing the dyes in use to learn how to do the techniques.

  10. Pauline Gauthier says:

    Hi Marlene, thank you for getting back to me. I’m not creative at all, my fingers tend to do what I don’t want them to do. I have never done pin weaving, actually never even considered it, but I am interested in learning a variety of new things, so if you think that my lack of coordination with my fingers is not a huge downfall, I would love to learn how to do this and sign up for the class on 6/2. I am still interested in learning more dyeing with scarves, belts and drawstring bags if you have classes on that at any time, please let me know. Thank you and I look forward to your response. Pauline

  11. Pauline Gauthier says:

    I look forward to you next 3 DVD’s and I certainly want to purchase them when avalable. Sounds like soon and I’m sure you will post to your blog. So perhaps I should wait for the DVD’s instead of taking the class on pin weaving is the impression I am getting that it would probably be better for me. I will stay in touch and check on your calendar of events and also re: the new DVD’s. When these are available, please mark me down to get them. Thanks Marlene and enjoy your week end. Pauline

  12. Marlene says:

    Dear Pauline,
    Just so you know, the DVD’s won’t be covering pin weaving, just at the workshop I am doing on the 2nd of June. The DVD’s will cover the following topics: Advanced Dyeing for Beginners with a ton of the new techniques using clamps, sticks, shapes, knots, abstract designs, growing trees, etc.; Creative Collage (including landscapes, 3D florals with hand dyed sheers, using dyed sheers to create fog and shadows, basics of fusing; Fabulous Foiled Fabric and Paper. So if you do want to learn the pin weaving and funky fiber friends, would love to have you.

  13. Pauline Gauthier says:

    Yes I would like to give it a try on the pin weaving and funky fiber friends. That would be this Sat. @10:a.m at your address. Just let me know what you accept for payment, cash, visa etc. and will it be at the Willowbrook Dr in Clearwater? Thanks and advise and perhaps I can put my order in for the new 3 DVD’s as well.

  14. Betza says:

    Hi. I found you through a cps email on the 101 patkrwohcs book. Your color makes me smile and I think your booth at the crafts festival would have kept me there ALL day. As a collage person and crafty generalist, your skill at sewing amazing happy pieces makes me jealous .we always love what we can’t do too well. xox Corrine

  15. Marlene says:

    I would love to see the scarves you dyed for the ladies golf association. Do you have pics?