• Instructor: Deb Berkebile Saturday, June 26 10am-4pm This course is a quilter's dream! Don’t buy packs of factory dyed fabrics for your quilts, learn to dye your own! 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. Each participant will leave the course with 9 yards of dyed fabric in every color and shade of the rainbow. We can manipulate the fabric to get different markings or have your pieces a solid color. Participants will use MX Reactive dyes, which are versatile and simple to use. Come away with 3 variations of the same color way (light, medium, dark) of your rainbow palette. You will be dying 12 fat quarters at a time; however, we will prepare all 36 fat quarters before we begin.You will learn different ways of preparing the fabric for different varying results such as a solid or more mottled effect. This course is perfect for beginners and anyone interested in using fabric to sew.
  • Instructor: Jasmin Kornell Saturday, June 11 10am-4pm So many colors can be found in nature! This workshop will focus on exploring the array of color that can be achieved using historically cultivated natural dyes on a variety of cellulose fabrics. Natural dyes are an amazing way to acknowledge our environment and connect us to the history of making fabric. Cellulose is any fiber that is plant based such as cotton, linen and rayon. This process differs from protein fibers as the colors are more difficult to mordant or fix to the fabric. Participants will try many different mordanting techniques such as alum, copper, aluminum and post mordant baths. You will get the opportunity to use multiple immersion baths for layered and complex results. The basics of extraction and storage of dyes will be covered as well as some simple resist techniques (shibori) to enhance color variations. All levels are welcome! Take our 'Natural Dyeing with Wool' class to complete your introduction to Natural Dyes.
  • Instructor: Jasmin Kornell Saturday, May 21 10am-4pm This is the perfect beginner course for anyone interested in learning crochet. There are many ways to manipulate a single strand of yarn, however crochet is perhaps the most approachable, most flexible and most portable of all of the fiber processes! Begin by learning to cast on your crochet hook and making a single chain stitch. From here, learn a few basic stitches to achieve any shape imaginable. An introduction to reading patterns will be covered as well as yarn variations, weights and textures. Do you love COLOR? Sign up for ‘Yarn Dyeing’ to bring your own yarn designs to crochet with.
  • Instructor: Jasmine Kornell Saturday, April 30 10am-4pm

    So many colors can be found in nature! This workshop will focus on exploring the array of color that can be achieved using historically cultivated natural dyes on a variety of cellulose fabrics. Natural dyes are an amazing way to acknowledge our environment and connect us to the history of making fabric. During this workshop, you will learn how to use natural dyes on protein, or animal fibers. This is a perfect course for someone interested in diving into natural dyes for the first time. Protein fibers are more forgiving than cellulose and make the dyeing process easier. Participants will use wool and silk however these techniques can be applied to any protein fiber. The basics of fabric mordanting and dye extraction will be covered as well as some simple resist techniques (shibori) to enhance color variations. Students will have the opportunity for open experimentation and will leave the class with a variety of samples and studies. No experience is needed and all materials are included. Do you have protein fiber you’d like to try, bring it along!

  • Instructor: Sarah McMahon Saturday, April 9 10am-4pm Join us for a one day immersion into tapestry weaving! Tapestry is defined as a warp faced weaving with a discontinuous weft. In this class, each participant will use a handheld frame loom. Learn to warp your loom and create a design using any yarn of your choice. We will cover 6 different tapestry techniques that you can use in tandem to create any design of your choice. This course is designed for beginners. See how quickly you can access weaving anytime, anywhere. Tapestry is easy to scale up! Try it first on the frame loom and transition to a floor loom for your next project.
  • Instructor: Denise Williams Saturday, March 26th 10am-4pm Applique is a type of embellishment often found on quilts and other fabrics. In this one day workshop, participants will learn how to cut out shapes for their applique and fix them to a base fabric using hand sewing. A few basic techniques will be covered such as needle turned sewing, using interfacing and sewing with a raw edge. So many techniques can be used without the assistance of a sewing machine. Leave the class with a finished mug rug or miniature quilt. Your sewing journey starts here! *Are you interested in dyeing your own fabric for sewing? Check out ‘Fabric Painting’ and ‘Experimental Screen Print’ to design your own!
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, March 12th 10am-4pm Join us for an exploratory dive into screen printing! You don’t need chemicals and an exposure table to learn this exciting process. Begin by learning to mix dyes with sodium alginate to create a thickened mixture perfect for passing through a screen. By drawing and cutting stencils and applying wax directly to the screen you can create intricate repeat patterns on fabric. Pair these techniques with subtle first layers, you will have a complex, multi layered fabric perfect for any project you choose!
  • Instructor: Abby Cipar Saturday, February 10am-4pm

    Suitable for all levels of knowledge and expertise, this workshop seeks to cover the very basics of soft sculpture. We will be creating a small, wall-hanging object of immeasurable coziness! During this workshop, you will be utilizing simple materials such as fabric, thread, a needle, and of course, fiber fill! The course will cover craftsmanship skills to ensure the durability and stability of your piece as well as knowledge about color and texture to form eye-catching combinations. Bring your imagination along for the ride because soft sculpture is full ofpossibilities, and it tends to convince us that even our “mistakes” are actually super endearing and bursting with potential.

    During the workshop, view Abby's exhibition in the Praxis Gallery! About the artist: Based in Akron, OH and maintaining a studio space at Summit Artspace, Cipar works in a variety of mediums, most recently moving into large-scale soft sculpture and textiles. They are a 2021 graduate of the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, receiving their BFA with a focus in painting and drawing. Most recently, they exhibited their work in a solo exhibition, QUEER IN NATURE, at Current gallery in Cleveland, OH. They also recently curated the group exhibition, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, at Summit Artspace in Akron, OH. Their work has been a part of the 85th Annual Juried Student Exhibition at Emily Davis Gallery (receiving third place), as well as the 2020 GAR Foundation Student Art Show at Andrew Jackson House. Notable awards include the 2019 President’s Holiday Art Award from The University of Akron and the prestigious 2019 Folk Charitable Foundation Venice Biennale Travel Award from the Myers School of Art.   
  • Instructor: Dru Christine *This workshop is ON SITE at Dru Christine Fabrics and Design Saturday, February 12 10am-4pm

    Join us for a first time partnership with local fashion designer Dru Christine! This 'Sewing Basics' workshop will take place on site at Dru Christine Fabrics and Design located inside Lake Affect Studios, 1615 E 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44114. Use fabric that you hand painted at Praxis (See 'Fabric Painting' on January 29) or purchase unique designed fabric from Dru Christine. Particpants will learn to thread the sewing machine and to sew the shell of a 20" throw pillow. Beginners welcome! No experience with sewing is needed for this class. With the basics of sewing you will be able to tackle any beginner project on the sewing machine.

  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, January 29 10am-4pm

    Learn how to paint with dye! This workshop is designed for anyone who loves color. Unlike paint, dye chemically bonds to fabric leaving its surface quality unchanged. Participants will learn to measure and mix dyes with sodium alginate, a natural thickening agent that allows the maker to use incredible control to achieve detail with the dye. Pair that with watercolor techniques for incredible results. See how transparent colors can be layered for varying effects. At the end of the class, each participant will have 3 yards of hand painted fabric ready for any fiber project. *Consider registering for Sewing Basics on February 12th and use the fabric to create a throw pillow!

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