Fiber Arts: The Art of Dyeing and Stitching

This class will introduce you to a variety of textile treatments to create heirloom-quality fiber art pieces. You will explore both traditional and experimental dyeing techniques including batik and the Japanese method of shibori. We will practice an assortment of embroidery stitches and then explore their application to textiles as well as alternative surfaces. Finally, you’ll learn applique, needle felting, and textile art techniques for embellishing your fiber masterpieces!

This workshop will be a social working environment. The first 30-45 minutes of each session will be dedicated to demonstration and discussion, followed by individual work time to practice the techniques you learn.

What you will learn in this class:

  • You will build a working knowledge of embroidery and hand stitching

  • You will learn simple image transfer to create stitched works from drawings, photos, or other images

  • Color dyeing and discharge techniques

  • Hot wax, binding, and thread resist techniques

Required supplies:

  • Start the term with: a sketchbook and pencils or pens for sketching, doing layouts, and note-taking; an embroidery hoop, 6” or larger; an assortment of embroidery floss (6 strand)–your instructor, will have some available; scissors (studio will have some available); embroidery needles (1 pack, assorted, your instructor will have some available)

  • Your instructor will go over materials during the first session, but you will also need: photographs, papers, ephemera (for stitching on directly, or creating a transfer); apron or smock; an assortment of fabrics and textiles for stitching, dyeing, and piecing; buttons, beads, trim, etc. to add to and accent your work; polyester stuffing; 8” x 10” (or larger) wooden canvas stretcher; ½ – 1 yard bleached or natural muslin cloth; needle-felting needle and wool roving; rubber dishwashing gloves