Textiles

Vibrant Valley Fresh Indigo Dye

Saturday April 28, 2018

The ladies behind Vibrant Valley Farm have spent the past 2 years studying, testing…

Spring Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Sunday April 29, 2018

Come explore the hidden dye plants that dot the urban landscape of Portland, Oregon!

Beginning Embroidery: Folk Sampler

Saturday May 05, 2018

In this one-day workshop, students will learn a variety of basic and advanced embroidery…

Columbia Gorge Dye Plants

Saturday May 05, 2018

The Eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge, with its dramatic cliffs, rolling grasslands,…

Batik: Ancient Technique, Contemporary Textiles

Saturday May 19, 2018

The practice of batik is one shared by cultures across the globe, from the Far East…

Machine Knitting- All Levels

Friday June 01, 2018

In this weekend intensive, beginning students will learn how to design and construct…

Textile Screenprinting with Natural Dyes

Saturday June 09, 2018

Learn how to screenprint patterns on textiles using natural dyes.

Specialty Weaving: Color and Weave

Friday June 15, 2018

The term color and weave refers to patterning effects in weaving that occur through…

Summer Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Saturday June 30, 2018

Portland is in full bloom this time of year, and with a bright array of dye plants…

Hungarian Written Embroidery

Saturday June 30, 2018

In this class you will learn the basic stitches of Hungarian written embroidery,…

Past Textiles classes

Adire: A Yoruba Textile Art

Saturday May 20, 2017

Adire (Ah-Dee-Re) is the name given to indigo dyed cloth produced by the Yoruba…


Adire: A Yoruba Textile Art

Date: Saturday May 20, 2017 - Sunday May 21, 2017

Adire (Ah-Dee-Re) is the name given to indigo dyed cloth produced by the Yoruba women of Southwestern Nigeria, using a variety of resist dye techniques. Several varieties of Indigo plants grow in different parts of Nigeria, and the rich blue cloth was once produced in very limited quantities and was much coveted as a sign of wealth and abundance. In this two-day intensive class, students will learn the basics of two traditional methods of Adire – Adire Eleko (Cassava paste resist) and Adire Alabela (Soy Wax resist). Students also will learn about the rich textile craft history, trade, and symbology of this Yoruba textile art from a Nigerian-American artist.

Bauhaus Block Printing

Saturday February 17, 2018

Drawing inspiration from the history of Bauhaus Textiles, students will be introduced…


Bauhaus Block Printing

Date: Saturday February 17, 2018 - Sunday February 18, 2018

Drawing inspiration from the history of Bauhaus Textiles, students will be introduced to repeat block-printing using a geometric and structured approach. Day 1 will be spent exploring the weavings of Anni Albers & other Bauhaus textile artists, while developing drawings and designs suitable for block printing. Negative & positive space will be emphasized alongside bold, graphic expressions. Day 2 will teach students how to carve blocks, mix inks and print on fabric. Each student will leave with a completed piece of patterned yardage.

 

Bauhaus Block Printing for Textiles

Saturday November 04, 2017


Bauhaus Block Printing for Textiles

Date: Saturday November 04, 2017 - Sunday November 05, 2017

Drawing inspiration from the history of Bauhaus Textiles, students will be introduced to repeat block-printing using a geometric and structured approach. Day 1 will be spent exploring the weavings of Anni Albers & other Bauhaus textile artists, while developing drawings and designs suitable for block printing. Negative & positive space will be emphasized alongside bold, graphic expressions. Day 2 will teach students how to carve blocks, mix inks and print on fabric. Each student will leave with a completed piece of patterned yardage.

Bedouin Weaving from Israel and Beyond

Thursday July 20, 2017

The ancient art of Bedouin weaving remains to this day, an indigenous process…


Bedouin Weaving from Israel and Beyond

Date: Thursday July 20, 2017 - Sunday July 23, 2017

The ancient art of Bedouin weaving remains to this day, an indigenous process of making peace and renewing the world. This understanding once belonged to all the diverse cultures of the Middle East. But today, it is mostly Bedouin communities who keep these practices alive, using the nomadic ground loom as a bridge between our inner and outer worlds, and a way to make peace.

This class will show participants how to build this bridge. It will also offer a historical backdrop to the origins of Bedouin weaving, examine the complex cultural identities of Israel and Palestine, and present the way in which this endangered fiber art is being used as a tool for reconciliation and cultural renewal. Students will be taken through the processes involved in weaving, from spinningwool string on a “marzal” (Bedouin drop spindle), to designing and weaving their own 5-6 foot long “sharashib,” a traditional Bedouin tent band.

Students will gain confidence in understanding the fundamentals of one of humanity’s oldest, undying means of expression, and leave with a finished sharashib to adorn their homes. Together we will tie our personal stories onto a long thread of ancient stories that connect us all, and we will see how a bundle of sticks, a few stakes, and some string can transform the world for the better.

Open to beginning weavers and more advanced students.

Students should be prepared for 4 intense days of weaving, using handmade looms. This style of weaving involves sitting on the ground, and may be challenging for students with back issues. Props, pillows and blankets will be provided to make this as comfortable as possible. Please visit our STAY page for a listing of local accomodations. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided, students are responsible for his/her own lunch.

Beginning Embroidery: Crewel Pillows

Sunday April 02, 2017

In this one-day workshop, students will create a one-of- a-kind embroidered pillow,…


Beginning Embroidery: Crewel Pillows

Date: Sunday April 02, 2017

In this one-day workshop, students will create a one-of- a-kind embroidered pillow, using crewel embroidery techniques. Crewel embroidery is a form of free embroidery, in which one “paints” with stitches, using wool yarn and large areas of filling stitches to make a dense, textured design. Students will learn basic and advanced stitches, and can use one of several provided patterns or create their own. Each student will leave the workshop with an embroidered panel that is ready to be sewn into a pillow.

Beginning Embroidery: Folk Sampler

Saturday February 03, 2018

A sampler is a demonstration of embroidery skills, and often includes an alphabet,…


Beginning Embroidery: Folk Sampler

Date: Saturday February 03, 2018

A sampler is a demonstration of embroidery skills, and often includes an alphabet, various motifs, and a variety of stitches. In this one-day workshop, students will learn a variety of basic and advanced embroidery stitches to complete a unique embroidered sampler. Students will be provided with sampler pattern inspired by early American folk samplers – or, if they wish, students can design patterns of their own from which to work. By the end of the workshop, each student will have learned to do many embroidery stitches, and, when finished, the sampler can be framed or turned into a pillow. Additional studio time is provided 02/10 from 10am-1pm to consult with Emily on how to finish your sampler.  

Beginning Weaving

Wednesday October 18, 2017

This four-week course meets every Wednesday evening, teaching students the basics…


Beginning Weaving

Date: Wednesday October 18, 2017 - Wednesday November 08, 2017

This four-week course meets every Wednesday evening, teaching students the basics of weaving on a table-top rigid heddle loom. This is a great beginner’s loom that provides a complete weaving experience, while teaching skills and techniques that are transferable to other types of looms, including larger floor looms. Warping, weave structure, pattern and color will be the focus of this 4-week class. Students will be welcome to come in for open studio hours during most weekends, 10am-4pm (schedule to be provided)

Beginning Weaving (June Session)

Thursday June 01, 2017

This four-week course meets every Thursday evening, teaching students the basics…


Beginning Weaving (June Session)

Date: Thursday June 01, 2017 - Thursday June 22, 2017

This four-week course meets every Thursday evening, teaching students the basics of weaving on a table-top rigid heddle loom. This is a great beginner’s loom that provides a complete weaving experience, while teaching skills and techniques that are transferable to other types of looms, including larger floor looms. Warping, weave structure, pattern and color will be the focus of this 4-week class. Students will be welcome to come in for open studio hours during the weekends, 10am-4pm.

Building a Practice: Weaving as Contemporary Expression

Monday September 11, 2017

Join artist Francesca Capone in this 6-week session exploring…


Building a Practice: Weaving as Contemporary Expression

Date: Monday September 11, 2017 - Monday October 23, 2017

Join artist Francesca Capone in this 6-week session exploring the methods, theory and practice of weaving. This session will help textile artists & weavers explore the limits of the medium, in both concept and practice, in a supportive group environment. Participants will share works in the progress with the group, gaining both technical and conceptual feedback in 2 formal critiques, with additional evenings spent visiting the studios of established Portland textile artists, and working in the WildCraft studio. Readings, mini-lectures and other resources will be provided by Francesca and guest artists. Students enrolled in this session will receive 25% off tuition on any WildCraft class during the Fall 2017 season. Prerequisite: Experience in warping, dressing, and weaving on a handloom.

To apply for this 6-week program, please email a short letter of interest, describing your goals and creative needs, along with 5-8 images of recent work. Email subject line should read: Application, Building a Practice, with letter of interest & images sent to: chelsea@wildcraftstudioschool.com

Coastal Dye Plants & Campout

Saturday July 15, 2017

Beat it out of the city and come explore the Oregon coastline, and the many dye…


Coastal Dye Plants & Campout

Date: Saturday July 15, 2017 - Sunday July 16, 2017

Beat it out of the city and come explore the Oregon coastline, and the many dye plants that make their home in this coastal landscape! Students will learn to extract dye from plants, trees, flowers and weeds found along the roadsides, edges of beaches and nature preserves around Tillamook and Netarts Bay. Over the course of 2 days, we’ll learn to identify and sustainably harvest numerous dye plants, from manzanita and goldenrod to salal and oregon grape.The group will learn to mordant fibers, using sea water and cook down dye plants over fires built on the beaches. We will use non-toxic mordents and animal fibers (wool & silk) to create a journal of swatches and samples. In addition to discussing contemporary trends in natural dyeing, we will explore the history of natural dyes as used by Coast Salish Native peoples, learning which plants were prized for dying wools and other animal fibers.

Camping is reserved for the group at Cape Lookout State Park. Students are responsible for bringing tents and camping gear. Dinner is provided on Saturday evening. All other meals are the responsibility of each student. This workshop is ideal for those who are comfortable being outside in all weather, and are active, healthy and able-bodied. We will be hiking, processing plants outdoors and building fires on the beach. It can be rainy and windy at the Oregon Coast, even in the summer.

Flax to Linen: Willamette Valley Fiber & Spinning

Saturday June 17, 2017

Come experience the beauty of fiber flax fields…


Flax to Linen: Willamette Valley Fiber & Spinning

Date: Saturday June 17, 2017 - Sunday June 18, 2017

Come experience the beauty of fiber flax fields in bloom. This spring, Fibrevolution will be growing fiber flax in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. On day one, the group will meet in Sublimity, OR, for a tour of a working farm and flax field in bloom. Shannon Welsh will guide a hands-on exploration of fiber flax, with a demonstration on how to hand-process flax straw into a flax strick and then how to spin it into linen yarn. On day-two, at our Portland studio, students will learn how  to hand-process flax, creating a beautiful skein of yarn to take home. 

Students will be responsible for transportation back and forth from the farm on Day One, and to the Portland studio on Day Two. Information, directions etc. will be provided a week prior to the workshop.

 

 

 

 

Floral Folk Embroidered Tunic

Wednesday May 03, 2017

In this 4-week workshop, students will be guided through several folk embroidery…


Floral Folk Embroidered Tunic

Date: Wednesday May 03, 2017 - Wednesday May 31, 2017

In this 4-week workshop, students will be guided through several folk embroidery styles on the way to creating a hand-embroidered, tunic-style dress or top. Beginning with a study of embroidered samples and images from Mexico, Hungary, and other cultures, students will design and embroider their own tunics, incorporating their own stories into their pieces. After learning basic stitches, students will design the yoke of their tunics, and learn how to combine stitches to embroider the patterns and motifs of their choosing. Each student will finish the class with uniquely designed, hand-embroidered pattern pieces that they can assemble into a dress or tunic top at home.

Flower Farm Dyes: Natural Dyeing on Sauvie Island

Saturday September 30, 2017

This…


Flower Farm Dyes: Natural Dyeing on Sauvie Island

Date: Saturday September 30, 2017

This one-day workshop brings plant-dye enthusiasts out of the studio and onto the farm! Students will be working outside, harvesting and deadheading, learning which plants and flowers yield excellent colors in the dye pot.  We will experiment with color combinations, non-toxic mordants and animal fibers to add to your journal of swatches/samples. Students will leave with recipes, swatch book and a hand-dyed silk scarf.

Ikat Weaving

Wednesday November 15, 2017

Ikat…


Ikat Weaving

Date: Wednesday November 15, 2017 - Wednesday December 06, 2017

Ikat fabrics are one of the oldest known patterned textiles in the world. Ikat is a technique used to pattern cloth, using a resist on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving. The resist is formed by binding individual yarns with a tight wrapping applied in the desired pattern. The yarns are then dyed and woven.  This class will lead students through the process of resist-dyeing warp threads, dressing a rigid heddle loom, and creating a finished weaving.
Suitable for brave beginners and intermediate weavers.

Students will be welcomed for open studio hours during weekends, 10am-4pm (schedule to be provided)

Intro to Felting

Saturday February 24, 2018

In this felting class you’ll learn how to harness merino wool roving into a firm,…


Intro to Felting

Date: Saturday February 24, 2018

In this felting class you’ll learn how to harness merino wool roving into a firm, felted textile sampler, wall hanging or coaster set for your home.  You’ll come away with felting techniques that include designing with fabric inlay, color blending, using yarn and thread as embellishments and using resists to create fabric manipulations and to reveal different layers of color. 

Japanese Textiles: Indigo & Surface Design

Saturday March 17, 2018

After 5 years of offering basic Indigo & Shibori workshops, we are excited to…


Japanese Textiles: Indigo & Surface Design

Date: Saturday March 17, 2018

After 5 years of offering basic Indigo & Shibori workshops, we are excited to announce a class that focuses in-depth on a handful of specific binding, clamping, stitching and wrapping techniques that make up the intricate patterns known, loosely, as shibori. This class will open up the world of surface design to beginners, while challenging those who have already worked with indigo & shibori to move beyond the experimental phase to intentional patternmaking. Traditional Japanese patterning techniques will be explored, focusing in-depth on Arashi (wraping & binding) and Itajime (clamping & shaped resist). Students will leave with samples and a large patterned piece of fabric. 

Machine Knitting- All Levels

Friday March 30, 2018

Machine knitting is an incredible way to create finely knit yardage, and garments,…


Machine Knitting- All Levels

Date: Friday March 30, 2018 - Sunday April 01, 2018

Machine knitting is an incredible way to create finely knit yardage, and garments, with the ability to add patterning, texture and designs. In this weekend intensive, students who are beginners will learn how to use a Brother knitting machine and understand many knit techniques while creating swatches. Demonstrations of knit techniques include shaping, ladder stitch, honeycomb technique, hold technique, knit weaving and seaming. People with previous experience knitting will receive assistance in learning techniques for a project they want to explore as well as a refresh on techniques.

 

Natural Dyes for Beginners

Saturday February 03, 2018

Learning the process of natural dyeing may seem like a daunting prospect, and…


Natural Dyes for Beginners

Date: Saturday February 03, 2018

Learning the process of natural dyeing may seem like a daunting prospect, and after fielding numerous requests over the years from textile-newbies, we finally created a 1-day workshop suited for those who can’t tell marigolds from madder root! Welcome beginners!  This class will introduce animal fibers, plant fibers, and the two main mordants that help plant dye “stick” to yarn & fabric. Students will experiment with everyday vegetables and herbs, locally foraged dye plants, as well as dye materials that can be purchased, pre-processed, to give a range of entry-points to this process. Students will leave as “experienced dyers”, with a book of recipes, samples, and a finished silk scarf and cotton bandana.  

Natural Dyes of the Columbia River Gorge

Saturday May 06, 2017

The Eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge, with its dramatic cliffs, rolling…


Natural Dyes of the Columbia River Gorge

Date: Saturday May 06, 2017

The Eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge, with its dramatic cliffs, rolling grasslands, and windswept hillsides is barely two hours from Portland, Oregon – yet, when you are there, it feels a thousand miles away. The area is home to an abundance of native plants valuable to natural dyers, such as balsam root, lupine, juniper, and bitterbrush. This workshop explores both the landscape of the Eastern Gorge and its rich and unusual dye plants. Students will learn to mordant cotton, silk and wool, and create light-fast dyes using native and local plants.

Organic Applique Sampler

Saturday March 24, 2018

Develop a flexible set of applique techniques perfect for translating shapes and…


Organic Applique Sampler

Date: Saturday March 24, 2018

Develop a flexible set of applique techniques perfect for translating shapes and simple imagery into textile art. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn the methods of raw-edge, turned-edge, and reverse applique. Using a basic grid and a color theory cheat-sheet as jumping-off points for our compositions, we will create 12x12” textiles that integrate these three applique techniques. Hand-dyed cottons and wools in warm and cool tones, and threads in rich neutrals will be provided, as will the recommended needles, pins, and pattern transfer materials. A few decorative embroidery and quilting stitches will also be modeled. Students will leave class with a finished composition ready to display as a wall-hanging, or finish later as a tote or pillow.

Root to Flower: Natural Dye Intensive

Sunday October 29, 2017

Come explore a multitude of natural dye sources, from common herbs…


Root to Flower: Natural Dye Intensive

Date: Sunday October 29, 2017

Come explore a multitude of natural dye sources, from common herbs and spices to exotic roots and barks to native NW plants. In this one-day intensive, the ancient art of dying textiles with plants is given contemporary relevance as we explore the range of colors and techniques available to the natural dyer. Students will learn to extract dye from plants, trees, flowers, weeds, roots, herbs, and powders. We will use non-toxic mordants, and animal and plant fibers (wool, silk & cotton) to create a journal of swatches and samples.

 

Silk Painting

Saturday October 14, 2017


Silk Painting

Date: Saturday October 14, 2017 - Sunday October 15, 2017

Interested in exploring textile surface-design and experimenting with with natural dyes? In this workshop participants will design and hand draw patterns on silk fabric using a gutta resist then will paint the fabric with plant based dyes. We will discuss a variety of textile processes including mordanting protein fibers, natural dye extraction and application and drawing with water soluble resists. Each student will go home with a hand painted yard of silk fabric as well as fundamental textile design and natural dye knowledge.

Snow Peak Fiber Mill & Arm Knitting

Saturday September 30, 2017

 

Snow Peak Fiber Mill creates beautiful yarns from the…


Snow Peak Fiber Mill & Arm Knitting

Date: Saturday September 30, 2017 - Sunday October 01, 2017

 

Snow Peak Fiber Mill creates beautiful yarns from the ground up: skirting, scouring, picking, carding, pin drafting and spinning. In this workshop, students will tour this working wool mill with the owners: learning the steps that transform raw wool to roving, and ultimately to yarn. Day-two, back in the Portland Studio: students will explore knitting without needles, using thick fibers spun at Snow Peak. Students will learn how to adjust yarn gauges, cast on, arm knit, bind off, slip stitch finishing and weave in ends, ultimately creating a rug/wall hanging/ dimensional textile.

 

 

 

Tapestry Weaving

Friday May 05, 2017

Tapestry is a weaving technique used to create complex pictorial imagery. Instead…


Tapestry Weaving

Date: Friday May 05, 2017 - Sunday May 07, 2017

Tapestry is a weaving technique used to create complex pictorial imagery. Instead of passing weft yarns across the entire width of the weaving, forms are built up vertically with multiple colors. In this class we will cover warping, the trials and errors of planning an image-based design, various tapestry techniques, weft shading, and finishing techniques. Students will leave with a completed pictorial wall hanging. This class is suitable for brave beginners and intermediate weavers. This workshop begins on Friday evening (6:30-9:30pm), at Kayla Mattes personal studio in SE Portland, and continues 10am-4pm both Saturday & Sunday. More details will be provided upon registration.

Textile Block Printing For Illustrators & Designers

Saturday September 16, 2017

Block…


Textile Block Printing For Illustrators & Designers

Date: Saturday September 16, 2017

Block Printing is a versatile technique, ideal for those who love to create image and pattern. This workshop is dedicated to students who have an active drawing/design practice, who want to learn to transform their unique imagery into printed fabric. Skye will lead students through the process of selecting drawings/designs that will translate successfully, as well as teaching the group how to cut, carve, place and print their blocks on fabric. Come with your drawings and leave with patterned fabric!

Textile Marbling

Sunday February 04, 2018

This one-day workshop will begin with a short lecture on necessary preparation…


Textile Marbling

Date: Sunday February 04, 2018

This one-day workshop will begin with a short lecture on necessary preparation steps for marbling fabric, including material tips, fabric treatment, and a demonstration on mixing a methocel-based marbling gel. After treating our fabrics, we will experiment with marbling on small scale cotton fabric swatches. These studies will help to finalize both the compositional and color decisions for the students’ finished yard of marbled fabric. 

Textile Screenprinting with Natural Dyes

Saturday March 24, 2018

Learn how to transform natural dyes into pastes suitable for textile screenprinting.…


Textile Screenprinting with Natural Dyes

Date: Saturday March 24, 2018 - Sunday March 25, 2018

Learn how to transform natural dyes into pastes suitable for textile screenprinting. Direct-stencil methods and photo-emulsion techniques will be explored, as students print their own designs on fabrics. Class time will be devoted to learning about mixing natural dye pastes and thickeners, along with hands-on printing and setting the dye. A great class for natural dye enthusiasts looking to create unique imagery on textiles. Students will leave with numerous samples on linen and silk as well as their own patterns printed on fabrics of their choosing.

PLEASE NOTE- this workshop has changed locations, and will now be hosted at our Portland studio- 601 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 

Textile Screenprinting with Natural Dyes

Saturday November 04, 2017

Learn how to transform natural dyes into pastes suitable for textile screenprinting.…


Textile Screenprinting with Natural Dyes

Date: Saturday November 04, 2017 - Sunday November 05, 2017

Learn how to transform natural dyes into pastes suitable for textile screenprinting. Direct-stencil methods and photo-emulsion techniques will be explored, as students print their own designs on fabrics. Class time will be devoted to learning about mixing natural dye pastes and thickeners, along with hands-on printing and setting the dye. A great class for natural dye enthusiasts looking to create unique imagery on textiles. Students will leave with numerous samples on linen and silk as well as their own patterns printed on fabrics of their choosing.

The Art of Mending

Sunday March 11, 2018

Extend the life of your clothing, while creating functional art and building vital…


The Art of Mending

Date: Sunday March 11, 2018

Extend the life of your clothing, while creating functional art and building vital and utilitarian sewing skills. This workshop series focuses on the multi-functional use of hand sewing to transform your well-loved threads into beautifully mended, unique pieces of clothing. Over the course of the class, you will learn how to turn the chore of mending into a creative act as we cover beginning hand-sewing techniques and a variety of hand-sewing stitches. We will dig deeper into the art of mending by incorporating Japanese Boro patchworking techniques, as well as learning how to work with a variety of fabrics. Bring a denim jacket, jeans, a tote bag, or anything else you want to add patchwork to.

The Art of Mending

Saturday October 07, 2017

Extend the life of your clothing, while creating functional art and building vital…


The Art of Mending

Date: Saturday October 07, 2017

Extend the life of your clothing, while creating functional art and building vital and utilitarian sewing skills. This workshop series focuses on the multi-functional use of hand sewing to transform your well-loved threads into beautifully mended, unique pieces of clothing. Over the course of the class, you will learn how to turn the chore of mending into a creative act as we cover beginning hand-sewing techniques and a variety of hand-sewing stitches. We will dig deeper into the art of mending by incorporating Japanese Boro patchworking techniques, as well as learning how to work with a variety of fabrics. Bring a denim jacket, jeans, a tote bag, or anything else you want to add patchwork to.

Weekend Weaving Intensive

Friday February 23, 2018

In this weekend intensive, you will learn how to the basics of weaving on a table-top…


Weekend Weaving Intensive

Date: Friday February 23, 2018 - Sunday February 25, 2018

In this weekend intensive, you will learn how to the basics of weaving on a table-top rigid heddle loom. This is a great beginner’s loom that provides a complete weaving experience, while teaching skills and techniques that are transferable to other types of looms, including larger floor looms. The workshop will begin on Friday evening, and will include learning to warp your loom. Saturday and Sunday will be spent on demos and hands-on weaving time. Students will be invited to Open Studio time the following weekend (if needed) to complete their pieces.  

Weekend Weaving Intensive

Friday April 06, 2018

In this weekend intensive, you will learn how to the basics of weaving on a table-top…


Weekend Weaving Intensive

Date: Friday April 06, 2018 - Sunday April 08, 2018

In this weekend intensive, you will learn how to the basics of weaving on a table-top rigid heddle loom. This is a great beginner’s loom that provides a complete weaving experience, while teaching skills and techniques that are transferable to other types of looms, including larger floor looms. The workshop will begin on Friday evening, and will include learning to warp your loom. Saturday and Sunday will be spent on demos and hands-on weaving time. Students will be invited to Open Studio time the following weekend (if needed) to complete their pieces.  

Winter Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Saturday November 11, 2017

Come…


Winter Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Date: Saturday November 11, 2017

Come explore the hidden dye plants that dot the landscape of the Pacific NorthWest! In this one-day intensive, the ancient art of dying textiles with plants is given contemporary relevance as we explore the idea of Seasonal Local Color. Students will learn to extract dye from plants, barks, flowers, and weeds found along the roadsides, parking lots, and garden plots throughout the city. We will use non-toxic mordants and animal fibers (wool & silk) to create a journal of swatches and samples, recording the multitude of colors hidden in the world around us.