Slow Stitching/Fast Dyeing: Finding Balance in Your Life and Art

This workshop will introduce you to the wide, wide, world of dye and stitching techniques to create unique surface designs. Using MX Dye (fiber reactive dye) and Indigo, we will dye fabric using the Japanese method of Shibori resists, including Arashi, Nui, Kumo, and Itajime. We will also be exploring experimental methods of resisting dye using glue, flour and more. Towards the second half of the workshop, we will be exploring deconstructed silkscreening and how to integrate this process with the rest of what you have learned in this class. Deconstructed silkscreening is the process of creating a textured rubbing on a silkscreen using thickened dye and creating monoprints on your work surface.

Throughout the course, we will be creating a collection of samples that can be used to create fabric collages. I encourage you to explore a range of embroidery stitches and discuss how to integrate them into your work to create texture and resists within fabric. Playing with color and learning how to work in layers will be a big focus and conversation throughout the workshop. You will be creating a collection of fabric collages based on your own fabrics.

What you will learn:

  • Dyeing with two very different types of dye, MX and Indigo

  • Many different resist techniques

  • How to build up layers of texture and patterns

  • Using a silkscreen to create a dye monoprint

  • Basic embroidery stitches

  • Composition

Supplies for the first class:

  • Paper scissors

  • Fabric scissors

  • Pencil and/or pen

  • Sketchbook or notebook

  • An embroidery hoop

  • Crewel or embroidery needles

Additional supplies, to be discussed at the first class:

  • An assortment of fabrics and textiles for stitching, dyeing, and piecing

  • Beads, sequins, trim, etc. to add to and accent your work

  • Apron

  • Dishwashing gloves

  • Old credit cards

  • Four C-clamps

  • Plastic containers with lids (plastic food containers work great). Be sure to write your names on the lids.

  • Low relief plastic items to be used to take rubbings

  • Extra cotton or silk yardage

  • Silkscreens, preferably 16” x 20”, available at Artist & Craftsman.