Home Studio Workshops: Ready to start up again after a very long break. These will be held in my home studio in Clearwater. Average cost is $60 for a 3 hour workshop. If there is a supply fee, it will be noted. Limited to 6 students. See details for workshops and dates below.
*ZOOM workshops: ZOOM workshops are available on a variety of subjects: Creative Fabric Collage; Beginning Silk Dyeing; Intermediate Silk Dyeing; Advanced Silk Dyeing; Indigo dyeing and Shibori, Hand Dyed Silk Greeting Cards and Landscapes. Contact me for how to schedule. Most are 3 hour workshops. 3 students minimum at $60 each. Supplies separate cost, order ahead to allow for shipping time.
NOTE: Private instruction via Zoom or in person are available. Please email me to arrange and ask about fees.
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Scheduled Shows, Workshops and Free Open Studio 2022:
17 June 2023 Saturday 1-4:30pm HOME STUDIO workshop 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. Using Lumiere Fabric Paint and shaving cream, create a design using a silk screen onto fabric. $60 includes supplies. Limit: 6 students
Future workshop topics below:
Indigo and Shibori Dyeing with Color Hue Instant Set Dyes: Learn how to mix indigo (light, medium and dark) and basic shibori techniques to create some unique designs on silk fabric. Techniques to be covered:
Dip Dyeing for an ombre or gradation of color from dark to light effect or even a change of color as in Green to Turquoise to Blue.
Casual Arashi Pole wrapping effects (zebra stripes/sunset lines technique)
Ne-Maki wrapping fabric around found objects using small rubber bands or binding around them using thick thread to produce rings or squares.
Itajime Shape resists using wooden shapes, felt, lace doilies, foamy shapes, sticks, clamps for geometric effects
Student provides own supplies or orders www.SilkDyes.com (note: Dharmatrading.com as well as ThaiSilks.com sell silk)
Supplies recommended: Color Hue 10 Color Dye Kit (if you don’t have it), 4 Silk Scarves (or the Silk Scarf Kit with 5 scarves $28) Tabletop Technique Kit $20 or buy your own Wooden shapes, sticks, wooden rulers for longer sticks, clamps (small to medium plastic ones at Harbor Freight Tools)
Objects (marbles, beans, plastic caps, little rocks) Small rubber bands (hair bands from Family Dollar)
Pint to Quart plastic container for dip dyeing
Usual silk dyeing set up: Color Hue Silk dyes with instruction booklet on how to mix dyes, Bottles (spray and flip top), white and clear plastic tablecloths, wipe up silk scarf, plastic 2 oz cup for special colors, gloves, baggies, pipettes, old towel, iron, ironing board.
ZOOM Creative Fabric Collage. $30.00 for the workshop. Collage kit available at www.SilkDyes.com $30.00 plus shipping within the US. You choose the color of the kit. Please allow a minimum of 1 week for delivery so you have time to see what is in the kit (fondling the fabrics) and getting your area set up for the workshop. Each kit includes fabrics for making at least 15-20 collages, and includes sheers, foil, fusibles and 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, using sheers to create fog or shadow effects and working with foils for a sun or moon or abstract design. You will provide the device (computer) for taking the workshop, cutting board and scissors, rotary cutter and clear ruler for the cutting board and cutter, small tabletop ironing board and iron, needle and thread to go with the color of collage kit you chose. Optional: sewing machine with thread and bobbin thread at hand in light, medium and dark colors to sew your collages. And a fun attitude for experimentation, exploration and design.
ZOOM Creative Fabric Collage Phase 2: Revisit Foil and Fusibles as well embossing velvet with stamps; coloring with colored pencils for subtle shading and gel pens for details; using clothing labels in design work; 3D effects.
Color Mixing with Color Hue Dyes. For anyone who already has a set of Color Hue dyes. If you don’t, you can order a set online and take this mini-workshop. Learn how to mix the colors in your dye kit with tap water and testing them for saturation of color. Using a white silk scarf as the tester, you will end up with a silk scarf that is one of every color in your kit. There are also special colors that people want to know how to mix-lime green, indigo, teal, olive green, etc. With a Zoom mini-workshop, I will be able to take requests for certain colors ahead of time, work out the ratios and present them in the workshop demos. Email me with the color you would like to learn how to mix.
Beginning 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 and dynamic lines. Supplies to have on hand: For this online class you will need a Color Hue dye kit, bottles, clear and white plastic tablecloths for your dyeing table, a flip top sandwich baggie, gloves to mix your dyes with tap water, 2-3 silk scarves (you can buy from me at www.SilkDyes.com or DharmaTrading.com or ThaiSilks.com). I still have a few of the Master Dye Kits available for $150. They don’t include the tote carry with handle as the shipping is prohibitive. But if you want it, the total cost will be about $30-35. Note: if you get a dye kit from me it will include a silk scarf, baggie, gloves, pipettes for putting dyes from dye bottle into water bottle and instruction booklet. You can get either the 10 color dye kit or the 6 color dye kit. You will have plenty of dyes left over to do more silk after the workshop. A set up instruction sheet will be emailed to you when you sign up.
Intermediate Dyeing for Beginners: Create 5 silk scarves using these simple techniques: Growing Trees (with a review of zebra stripes and abstract); the following can be done with smaller silk samples – Mandala with clothespins; Repeat designs with two knots; tiny bands, shapes under silk.
Advanced Lumiere, Color Hue Dyes & Silk Screens on Fabric and Paper Learn to add imagery to your silk using dyes mixed with unscented shaving cream to thicken them and screen images onto silk. Adding Lumiere fabric paint to the mix of cream/dyes give you a metallic effect with color. The hand of the fabric stays soft even with the paint applied. The dyes and Lumiere can be layered over existing dyed silk from the previous workshops. (Supplies needed: Color Hue Dyes, Lumiere Fabric Paint (DharmaTrading.com) , Cardstock paper or cards, silk (lightweight Paj, China Silk 8mm or 15mm as well as 22mm silk broadcloth), Black Cotton or other dark colors (can’t be overdyed with Lumiere but creates great effects), Previously dyed silk; Print Pad (felt with muslin cover) sponge brushes, 2-3 oz mixing cups, stir stick, Silk Screens (Ginny Eckley has lot of screen designs- https://www.makescreens.com/; also Jane Dunnewold-offers custom screens based on your own designs also;
Hand Dyed Silk Greeting Cards and Landscapes Hand Dyed Silk Greeting Cards: (see picture below) Dye sheer silk organza in 3 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles and fuse to cardstock. Then add a touch of bling fusing gold or silver foil to the paper under the silk design. Great for any season or special occasions. Details created with gel pens and colored pencils.
Easy Watercolor effect Landscape on Silk : Taking a 10 x 12 inch rectangle of silk broadcloth 22mm (feels and sews like cotton) or silk ranging from 8mm-18mm, learn to create a stunning landscape dyeing both sides of the fabric. Once dried with an iron, add details with gel pens for fine lines, colored pencils for shading areas. Finish off with a touch of bling adding a fused foil sun or moon. Optional: dye a piece of sheer silk organza and lay it over the landscape to add a a subtle color/design change.
Pin Weaving Workshop : includes all pin weaving supplies in your kit, including a pin weaving board. If you fall in love with the process, you can make lots more re-using the board. Let me know what colors you want to work with: Yellow/Oranges; Pinks/Reds; Blues; Purple/Pinks; Greens; Black/White/Greys. Create a small pin weaving using threads, yarns, lightweight fabrics and roving. Once released from the pins, the back of the weaving will be fused. No tight weaving needed. This is similar to a tapestry type weaving method. Fuse the weaving to the onto Silk Organza with extra on top to form a sleeve. Cover with tulle and free motion or do some hand stitching. Cut away tulle to reveal contrasting fabrics and yarns. Embellish with beads, hand dyed ribbons and any special trinkets you have on hand (not included in the kit). 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. Weaving Kit with board/pins needed.
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. Using Lumiere Fabric Paint and shaving cream, create a design using a silk screen onto fabric. $60 includes supplies.
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.