• Instructor: Deb Berkebile Saturday, May 29th, 10 – 4pm

    Low Immersion Dyeing - Palette Builder

    I started using hand dyed fabric so that I could get specific colors for my upcoming projects. I mostly used batiks at first.  Hand dyes are one of the most favorite parts of my processes. It is so easy, fast and it brings the chemist out in you!  You get to mix colors just as a color engineer does! We will be referring to a great book "Color by Accident" by Ann Johnston. It is like a color bible with so much information for dyeing processes.

    In this class, you will learn the techniques of how to dye your own fabric with little water and in the least amount of time.  We can manipulate the fabric to get different markings or have your pieces a solid color.  We will be using Procion MX dyes, which are versatile and simple to use.  We will be using all safety equipment when creating our projects.

    If you are a quilter or a textile enthusiast, you will find this class chocked full of information and get you started on your own color palette for your upcoming projects.  No previous dyeing experience necessary!     About the instructor: Deb is an artist with an extensive background in textiles and quilt making. Recently, she has been exploring surface design and multi-media in her artwork. She is a naturalist and environmentalist at heart. Her current body of work explores satellite imagery and creating ‘false-color’ artistic depictions of remote sensed satellite images or Geographical Information Systems. She has eight quilts in her “Earth in Three Bands: R, G, B” Series: The Painted Desert, Eye of Sahara, The Great Salt Desert, Susitna Glacier, The Grand Canyon, Galileo Inspiration, The Great Lakes and my latest Rocky Mountain Trench. The vivid colors and their outstanding variations are what first drew her to these representations. She is also interested in activism and has been juried into the “OurStory” traveling exhibit about civil rights. Her pieces feature quilts celebrating the contributions of Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks and Sitting Bull “Lakota Warrior”. She has started a new series of work combining natural dyes and Shibori techniques. She uses rusted hand dyed fabric dipped into indigo; manipulating the fabric with an assortment of Shibori techniques has led to this series with Sashiko hand stitching for finishing numerous pieces. She creates most of the fabrics she use in her design process. she use surface design techniques, hand-dyeing and painted fabric, plus digital manipulation of images printed on fabric. She enjoys the challenges of creating original artwork that combines her passions and interests.  
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    Instructor: Sarah McMahon March 27, 2021, 10-4pm In this course, students will learn how to warp their frame looms and learn various tapestry techniques. Students will sample these techniques on their frame loom that they will take home with them to work on future projects. This is a great class for beginners who are looking for a relaxing portable practice. All material included. No previous weaving experience required.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, July 10, 10am - 4pm Discover the ancient practice of Shibori using natural and synthetic indigo. Shibori is a Japanese technique to bind, tie and stitch fabric to create different resisted marks and patterns. This workshop focuses on stitch resist and indigo. Beginners are welcome. About the Instructor:
    Sandy Shelenberger is an artist from Conneaut, OH whose textile art has been widely exhibited.   She hand-dyes much of her fabric and uses surface design techniques such as batik or experimental screenprinting to create her own marks and patterns. In addition to quilting, Sandy has become enamored with working in encaustic and cold wax.  Sandy teaches dyeing, shibori and surface design techniques on fabric. She is a member of Textile Art Alliance, Cleveland Museum of Art, Surface Design Association, Art Quilt Network and the Northeast Pennsylvania Artist Association.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for the creative process.
  • Create your own Fiber Jewelry! August 14, 10-4pm In this workshop participants will have chance to learn the basic macramé skills and ancient Chinese weaving Techniques- Nianzhi. This is a unique technique that was commonly used in basketry and Jewelry.  Very intricate texture can be achieved and by combining with Macramé it will make fabulous fiber art piece. All participants will learn how to make fiber jewelry in a fun and supportive environment. About the Artist: Xuena Pu is a Columbus based independent fashion designer. She was born and grew up in Kaifeng China, an ancient Chinese city. She immigrated to the US in 2014 and graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in May 2020. She is the 2020-2021 Emerging Artist Fellow at Praxis Fiber Workshop.
  • Instructor: Jen Omaitz Saturday, October 9th 10am-4:00pm Learn the magical art of marbling on fabric with this one day intensive workshop. We will explore pattern, color and design through marbling. Marbling consist of suspending inks on thickened water (carrageenan). The inks are then manipulated through a series of swirls, rakes and other techniques to transform them into a given design. Each student will have the opportunity to experiment on paper and silk and will finish the workshop with a silk marbled scarf.   About the Instructor: Jenniffer Omaitz lives in Kent, OH. She holds an M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University and a B.F.A. in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art; showing her professional artwork under the name Jenniffer Omaitz. In 2016, Omaitz started JC Marbling after 14 months of independent research and experimentation with marbling. JC Marbling & Book Arts was founded to pursue the practice of marbling, book arts, and as a teaching out reach for the craft of marbling. Omaitz currently works with Praxis Fiber Workshop and the Morgan Paper Conservatory teaching a variety of marbling techniques and she sells her handmade books and cards at BayArts in Bay Village, Ohio; Morgan Paper Conservatory and McKay Bricker in Kent, Ohio. jcmarbling.com
  • Instructor: Greg Hatch Saturday, September 11th 10am-4pm Have you always wanted to learn to felt? Now you can! This accessible course will teach you the basics of wet felting while also exploring the sculptural potential of seamless felted forms. Learn how you can transform wool into functional objects, organic soft sculptures, or even theatrical puppets. This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience.
  • Basic Spindle Spinning: Tips and Techniques to Start Spinning and Keep it Spinning Instructor: Denise Williams Saturday, October 2 10am-4pm 

    This is a basic course with some advanced information. I will start with a little info on fiber prep, because the number one way to ensure you have a successful start at spinning is to learn good fiber prep. There is some knowledge that's useful to know before spinning, that if you keep it in mind while you spin, you will be able to achieve good results faster.

    Instructor Bio: Denise Williams, a former schoolteacher, decided to live her dream and become a writer and textile artist. A sewing enthusiast since 3rd grade, she began knitting and crocheting after college. More than 10 years ago, she treated herself to sheep herding lessons with her German Shepherds, and that started her work with fiber processing. Her passion is processing and spinning fibers to knit, crochet, and weave. Denise chronicles her fiber adventures on her YouTube channel, Something Beautiful Handcrafts.
  • Instructor: Meagan Smith Saturday, September 25th 10am-4pm In this workshop students will learn how to transform a flat woven surface into a dimensional object by using manipulated pulled warp techniques on a tapestry loom.
    We will be using eccentric and discontinuous wefts with recycled materials like paper, plastic, and wire in combination with yarns. The weavings will compress and become distorted while using these materials and techniques when the warps are pulled. Additional tying and invisible stitching will be applied to hold the final form in place.
  • Instructor: Emmy Osicka Saturday, October 23rd 10am-4pm This class is an introduction to flat and dimensional needle felting. Start by cutting out an iconic fall leaf shape from pre felt and learn to layer fibers for coloring affects. The leaves will then be finished off with a wet felting technique. Next, try your hand at using needles to felt a pumpkin! This  shape is achievable for all levels! No experience is required. Start with the basic round form and end the day by creating the details of its face.
  • October 26, 27 & November 2 6:30-8:30pm Eastern

      Join renowned digital weaver and North American TC2 representative, Cathryn Amidei for a brand new virtual curriculum to prepare you for weaving on a TC2 jacquard loom. During this three day intensive workshop, you will learn to optimize your interaction with Photoshop to create a successful digital weaving file. With registration, participants will receive a digital folder of basic weaves and black and white images to begin sample work and PDF versions of each stage of the process.    Day 1 & 2 - learn the newest approach to developing structures in Photoshop. Begin designing a weaving file with sample images (or your own) images and patterns and generate concepts for your own unique design. Day 3 - Bring your finished design for group review, troubleshooting and feedback. Your design can incorporate one or two shuttles with the knowledge on how to expand. All learning styles accommodated with multiple approaches offered. All sessions will be recorded. Leave ready to weave on a TC2! Dates: October 26, 27 & November 2 6:30-8:30pm Eastern Cost: $180 Course Maximum: 10
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  • Instructor: Tony Williams Saturday & Sunday, July 24 & 25, 10 – 4pm Students will explore the Art of Mark making using a variety of tools and techniques (including wax, raffia and cassava (yucca) paste) to form a resist, creating patterns and textures when dyeing with Natural and synthetic Indigo.  This two day intensive will explore African Designs and Adire patterns while discovering the origin of Indigo in the Americas and its importance.   Adire Alabela Batik, Adire Eleko, Adire Oniko Tie-Dye and will all be processes we will explore in this class.   Adire Alabela, which means wax resist, is the Yoruba version of batik. Using wood stamps, stencils, or foam rubber, beeswax or paraffin wax is applied to the fabric. The fabric is then dyed and the process is repeated with the next color.   Adire Oniko is tied or wrapped with raffia to resist the dye. Two different tie-dye techniques will be taught using raffia.  Stitch resist is when raffia is sewn with a needle into fabric to create design.  The second process uses raffia and sometimes assorted seeds or other small items to tie designs into fabric by hand. Once the designs have been created, the fabric is dyed and dried before the raffia is taken out to show off the resist patterns.   Adire Eleko is the process of creating designs using cassava paste (yucca) applied with a small broom and a chicken feather.  Cassava can be applied by stencil or by hand.  After drying, the piece is dipped in Indigo or other dye and the cassava paste is removed leaving a resist pattern.   About the Instructor: Tony Williams is a Cleveland based artist who's approach to works of art is like the Ashanti proverb. “You must you must act as if it's impossible to fail." Whether working in paper or a fabric quilt, or a pen and ink illustrations, his sense of design and line quality are always present in his work. A former student of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and a graduate of the Art of the Institute of Pittsburgh. Tony uses his life experience as a catalyst for his work. A self-taught Indigo artist, costume designer and Accessory designer in New York's garment industry have molded and shaped his view and eye for design. Tony uses his willingness to experiment and try new techniques and methods to expresses Art. Tony's work has been shown in numerous local and national juried exhibits, international exhibitions and publications have featured his work. Tony is currently working with Indigo on paper.
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