• Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, October 6, 9:30 – 4pm Explore using soy wax as a resist on fabric to create a sophisticated look of multi-dimensional layering in easy to do steps. We will work with fabric paints and/or dyes for our color palette and discuss the layering of colors. We will make or use found objects for stamping into the fabric using the soy wax. Demonstrations of wax removal techniques and all materials are provided.
  • Instructor: Dena Gershon Saturday, September 15, 9:30 - 4pm Begin the day by applying color to silk using immersion dyeing techniques with Acid Dyes. Then, begin to selectively remove color using direct application thiox and immersion thiox techniques, creating unique depth in design and pattern on fabric. Finish a beautiful silk scarf and multiple samples using the variety of techniques learned.
  • Instructor: Isaac Heyman Saturday October 27, 9:30-4pm Put aside your knitting needles and learn to use the knitting machine! Knitting machines are devices used to create knitted fabrics in a semi automated fashion. At Praxis, we have 4 Knitting Machines ranging from standard to bulky gauge to accommodate every type of yarn. These straight machines operate by moving a handle side to side to create panels of knitted fabric. Learn to choose material, cast on and knit swatches using all 3 gauges of knitting machines in this introductory course.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, November 10, 9:30 – 4pm Low immersion dyeing with MX dyes is the fastest way to apply multiple colors to plant based fibers! Low Immersion or "parfait dyeing" is a fun and easy class, perfect for beginners. Experiment with different ways of binding and folding the fabric to create different effects and blending of multiple colors. You will receive a scarf and fabric for multiple samples in this one day workshop. All materials are included.
  • Instructor: Rebecca Cross Saturday August 4 & 5th, 9:30-4pm Learn how to forge for natural dye materials in local metro parks and community gardens. Bring dye stuff from your own garden to experiment with on various types of fiber. Learn the chemistry basics of natural dyes and mordants and how colors change depending on the mordant you choose. Incorporate rust prints, eco printing and indigo dyeing for layered and complex results. You will also contribute to the creation of our very own natural dye garden at Praxis Fiber Workshop.
  • Instructor: Jessica Pinsky Saturday/Sunday August 18 & 19th, 9:30-4pm In this course, learn to screen print on fabric! You can find evidence of screen printing dating back to 13th Century Japan, however screen printing because popularized in the United States in the 1960’s and has remained a favorite form of create repeat images on a variety of materials. Using photo emulsion, we will coat and “expose” our own designs onto screens at our neighborhood print shop, Ink House, a satellite of Zygote Press. Students will then bring their exposed screens to Praxis and learn how to mix thickened MX Reactive dye to pass through the screen. This is a different process than screen printing on paper, as screen printing ink sits on top of the paper surface while dye bonds directly with the cloth fibers.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, September 22, 9:30 - 4pm Discover the ancient practice of Shibori! Shibori is a Japanese technique to bind, tie and stitch fabric to create different resisted marks and patterns. Learn the basics of pole wrapping, folding, strutting and tying on cotton and silk in this exciting one day workshop. Combine multiple techniques to create unique cloth in a variety of colors using immersion dye processes. All materials included, beginners welcome.
  • Instructor: Jennifer Omaitz Saturday, March 24th, 9:30 – 4pm Learn the magical art of marbling on fabric with this one day intensive workshop. We will explore pattern and design through marbling on silk scarfs. We will also explore color and marbling techniques through both traditional (Ebru) and non traditional approaches. Marbling consist of suspending inks on on thickened water (carrageenan). Inks are put though a series of swirls, rakes and other techniques to transform a given design. The outcome then becomes printed, similar to monoprinting, on a surface of choice.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday July 14th, 9:30-4pm There are so many different ways to apply dye to fabric! In this workshop you will explore the many ways of using MX Reactive dye processes on cotton. Learn freestyle direct painting with dye as well as mono printing. Custom designed fabric yardage can then be used for a wide variety of projects or wearables. The possibilities are endless!
  • Instructor: Annmarie Suglio Saturday, October 20, 9:30 – 4pm Weavers, spinners, knitters, crocheters, or anyone else that works with yarn will benefit from this one-day intensive. Participants will learn multiple techniques to create unique, colorful yarns. Techniques include: Hand-painting, gradient dyeing, and immersion dyeing. This course focuses exclusively on using cellulose dyes which can be used on cotton and linen. Students will learn through demonstrations and hands-on experience while creating their very own custom yarn.