Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats

"Natural Dye Master Class"
October 23-27, 2017

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. This 5 day class will cover the basics of using natural dyes including: Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates; How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia); How to get a range of colors and beautiful blacks; Both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications; Discharging mordants; Setting mordants …and more!
Location: Coupeville, Washington
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Cost: $850; Material Fee: $50
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Website, email, 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

"Yarn Painting"
November 4, 2017

Learn to apply dye to yarn to create your own custom skeins. You will learn about color and dye and will receive a handout with all the details. The yarn will need to steam, so bring a separate project to work on, or plan to explore Shake Rag Alley and Mineral Point while you wait. Class fee includes 4 skeins of yarn, dyes and all other necessary materials and equipment. Additional skeins will be available for purchase from the instructor at $6 per skein.
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Sandy Jones
Cost: $95
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Website, email, 608-987-3292

"Improvisational Stitching"
November 11 & 18, 2017

Stitching is a uniquely textural and versatile form of mark-making. Explore its potential as textile art in a welcoming community environment. Learn over twenty basic embroidery stitches, fabric collage, and techniques for drawing with needle and thread. Create embroideries for display on their own or incorporation into sewing projects and multimedia artworks.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Sheryl Kessler
Cost: $215, Lab Fee: $25
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632

"Coiled Basketry Weaving with Linda Conroy"
January 13, 2018

Coiled Basketry: Pine Needles, Sweet Grass and Broom Corn. In this class, students will learn to make a coiled basket using various materials. Explore the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your own basket. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. We will learn a variety of stitches as well as decorative options for this ancient style of basketry. Bring a small pair of scissors, a thimble and reading glasses if you need them. All other materials are supplied.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Linda Conroy
Cost: $60
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Sashiko: Japanese Hand Stitching for Beginners"
March 22, 2018

Sashiko (literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Sashiko embroidery was used to strengthen the homespun clothes of olden times. Worn out clothes were pieced together to make new garments by using simple running stitches. These clothes increased their strength with this durable embroidery. Modern day sashiko stitching is not restricted to the traditional indigo colored fabric but uses a variety of color combinations, and it is considered a beautiful surface embellishment for fabrics.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Maday Delgado
Cost: $80
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics"
March 24, 2018

Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken Lisa’s Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this one-day workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration.
Location: Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lisa Binkley
Cost: $110 ($80 class fee, $30 kit fee)
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Website, email, 608-643-5215

"Women’s Woven Voices"
April 19-28, 2018

Artist and author of “The Spiral of Creativity,” Brecia is a passionate champion of creativity and fiber artist extraordinaire. Brecia has spent years indulging her free spirit and unquenchable appetite for color while creating uniquely fabulous wearable art and loves sharing this passion with creative spirited folks around the globe. As an award winning and nationally exhibited artist, her zeal for color, texture, and movement has driven her own life as an artist and taken her from New York, to London, to Kyoto exploring various facets of the art world. Brecia will also share her skills as a creativity coach encouraging everyone to Play-Explore-Discover.
Location: Antigua & Atitlan, Guatemala
Instructor: Brecia Kralovic-Logan,
Cost: $2,685 Shared, $3,325 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209

"Fiber Arts Workshop with Katie Pasquini Masopust"
May 21-25, 2018

Katie is a very popular teacher who presents her unique contemporary quilting theories and techniques in workshops worldwide. In this workshop, you'll explore the creative possibilities of working in a series. Participants bring a couple of pieces to the workshop from which to build a series of additional works. We will first evaluate the pieces made in advance and discuss their potential for development into a series. Participants then form a plan of their own considering color, composition, and elements of design, such as contrasts of size, contrast of temperature, contrast of values, engaging the edge, negative space, etc. Each piece in your series builds on the previous one.
Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instructor: Katie Pasquini Masopust,
Cost: $649
Sponsor: Northeast Workshop Retreats
Website, email, (978)-729-4970

"being (t)here with India Flint: Norway"
September 23-29, 2018

India will be traveling to Norway from her farm in the deep south of Australia to share her wandering spirit and creative gifts with us. She is best known for developing the highly distinctive eco-print, an ecologically sustainable plant-based printing process that gives brilliant color to cloth. With 20 plus years working with plant dyes, her textile practice embraces art, theatre, science, and fashion. Represented in both private and museum collections in the U.S.A., Europe and Australia, she has undertaken costume commissions for Leigh Warren & Dancers as well as the West Australian Ballet. Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color cloth, yarn and paper, she continues her journey into botanical alchemy.
Location: Valldal, Norway
Instructor: India Flint
Cost: $7,395 Shared, $8,195 Single
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Website, email, 617-855-9209


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