• Instructor: Rebecca Cross June 16 & 17th, 9:30 - 4pm Big Ass PAPER DYEING is a first time partnership between Praxis and the Morgan Conservatory of Paper making. Sign up for Julie McLaughlin’s BIG ASS Paper making class at the Morgan on June 9 & 10 and receive a discount to BOTH classes. Beginners and non, Morgan Students are welcome to enroll in this exciting course, individual sheets of Big ASS Paper (8’ x 10’) are available for purchase. Learn to manipulate these gorgeous sheets of lightweight KOZO paper and dye them using MX Reactive dyes. Techniques can be applied to all types and sizes of paper dyeing. See how the fibers of paper compare to the fibers of fabric in this special collaborative course.
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    Instructor: Eleanor Anderson Saturday, September 7th, 9:30-4:00pm In this 1 day workshop, students will dye silk scarves and bandanas (materials provided). While our cloth dyes in the vat, we will design and create linoleum blocks using carving tools and then use them to print on our scarves. This class will explore repeat pattern strategies as well as color relationships on fabric.
  • Instructor: Cathryn Amidei Saturday/Sunday October 20 & 21th, 9:30-4pm In this course, learn an introduction to the TC2 jacquard loom! The TC2 is a handloom that digitally controls every thread in the warp independently. This workshop will present methods using photoshop to create patterns, imagery and color in the woven matrix on a handloom.  As a special event to kick start the opening of our Digital Leaving Lab, Praxis invites instructor Cathryn Amidei to teach this course on a Tc2 shipped to Cleveland from North Carolina. Cathryn has been studying and weaving Jacquard for 15+ years. She has travelled extensively, studying and teaching on the TC2. She spent a year living in Norway working and walking at Tronrud Engineering Headquarters: the Digital Weaving Norway production facility. She owns a TC2 and provides technical support to Artists and Universities in North America when they purchase the loom and after.
  • 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: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, July 20, 9:30 - 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. Learn the basics of indigo dying and combine multiple techniques to create unique cloth. The natural indigo is grown in our very own dye garden here in Cleveland. All materials included, beginners welcome.
  • Instructor: Eleanor Anderson Saturday, October 19th, 9:30-4:00pm In this 1 day workshop, students will learn the basic stitches of embroidery such as couching and french knots, among many others.  Students will create a sampler and spend time practicing the techniques on cotton fabric during the workshop. This workshop is perfect for beginners and a great technique to do at home!
  • Instructor: Trey Gehring Saturday, March 30, 9:30 – 4pm
    Ikat is a yarn dyeing technique that employs tight wrapping of warp or weft bundles in specific areas to resist dye. This class will focus almost exclusively on warp ikat dyeing.  Participants will design and execute their own multi-color ikat warp. Considerations for using the warp including warping techniques will also be discussed.
    Previous warp winding experience is recommended but not required. Please also note that proper ikat binding requires moderate strain on the hands.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, September 21st, 9:30-4:00pm 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. Learn the basics of indigo dying and combine multiple techniques to create unique cloth. The natural indigo is grown in our very own dye garden here in Cleveland. Then, enhance your indigo designs by incorporating multi layers of color removal using discharge paste and discharge immersion vats.
  • Instructor: Isaac Heyman Saturday, September 28th, 9:30-4:00pm 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 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.
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    Instructor: Trey Gehring Thursdays: February 21 & 28, March 7 & 14 6 - 9pm Interested in learning how to create your own cloth? Or do you already have a loom at home but have no idea where to start? In Intro to Weaving you will learn how to weave on floor looms from yarn to cloth. By weaving a color and weave sampler scarf using simple woven structures, you will become comfortable with all of the steps in the weaving process all while creating a beautiful scarf to show off to all of your friends. This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience. It is also a great course for anyone that has learned to weave in the past, but needs a refresher.
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    Instructor: Trey Gehring Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1 6 - 9pm Interested in learning how to create your own cloth? Or do you already have a loom at home but have no idea where to start? In Intro to Weaving you will learn how to weave on floor looms from yarn to cloth. By weaving a color and weave sampler scarf using simple woven structures, you will become comfortable with all of the steps in the weaving process all while creating a beautiful scarf to show off to all of your friends. This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience. It is also a great course for anyone that has learned to weave in the past, but needs a refresher.
  • Instructor: Sarah McMahon Thursdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 6:00-9:00pm Interested in learning how to create your own cloth? Or do you already have a loom at home but have no idea where to start? In Intro to Weaving you will learn how to weave on floor looms from yarn to cloth. By weaving a color and weave sampler scarf using simple woven structures, you will become comfortable with all of the steps in the weaving process all while creating a beautiful scarf to show off to all of your friends. This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience. It is also a great course for anyone that has learned to weave in the past, but needs a refresher.
  • Instructor: Isaac Heyman Saturday June 15 , 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 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: Rebecca Cross Tuesdays: October 16, 23 & 30, November 6 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: Dena Gershon Saturday, April 13, 9:30 - 4pm What happens when you combine the most lush materials of merino wool and silk together? In this class, you will learn to felt wool onto lightweight silks to create one of a kind, soft and beautiful cloths to be turned into scarves or any type of garment of your dreams. This is a technique developed from Australia that has only been around for twenty years.  You will also learn immersion dyeing techniques onto your merino wool to get your favorite colors. No prior experience needed!
  • Instructor: June Covington Saturday, June 22, 9:30 – 4pm Weaving is not confined to formal looms, you can learn to make a beautiful woven objet d'art on a forked tree branch, a household object, or almost anything. Instructions will include material selection, methods, and hands-on techniques. Off-loom weaving can transform everyday objects into the foundation for expressive textile techniques. This beginning weaving workshop is limited to 8 participants.
  • Instructor: Trey Gehring Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 6 - 9pm Students will learn to read draft patterns while experimenting with overshot on eight shaft looms. Some weaving experience is required and students should have knowledge of warp/weft calculation and loom set up before taking this course. Open studio sessions (Wednesday and Sunday from 12-4pm) are included during the 4 week course and it is recommended that students are available for those extra hours to complete an advanced project.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, November 9th, 9:30-4:00pm Create your own unique fabric by using thickened dyes to make designs that are one of a kind! Learn how to do simple printmaking techniques that will enhance the complexity your fabric designs. Bring your sense of fun and experimentation!
  • Please join us for our A FIBER AFFAIR: Our third annual Praxis Benefit on Saturday December 1st from 6-9:00 p.m.
    • Catering by April Thompson and Desserts by Sweet Melissa
    • Live Music by Silver String Band Duo from 6-8pm
    • Raffle, Silent Auction and Fiber Collectables available for sale!
    • Best Fiber Decorations all Year.
    Please join us as we celebrate our successes and plan for our future goals at our annual holiday fundraiser.
  • Instructor: Eleanor Anderson Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3, 6:00-9:00pm In this course, students will learn how to warp their own looms and learn various weave structures for rugs such as rag rug, rya knot and tapestry. Students will sample these techniques before moving on to a larger piece towards the end of the class. Prior weaving experience is recommended but not required. Beginner students should plan to take advantage of all open studio sessions during the class, included in the class price. Open studio sessions on Wednesday and Sunday from 12-4 are available to all participants.
  • 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: Jen Omaitz Saturday, October 12th 9:30-4:00pm 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.
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    Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, August 17, 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.
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  • 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: Sandy Shelenberger Tuesdays: April 10, 17 & 24, May 1 6 - 9pm There are so many different ways to apply dye to fabric! In this four week course you will explore the many ways of using MX Reactive dye processes on cotton and silk. In the first two weeks you will learn freestyle direct painting with dye as well as mono printing and screen printing techniques. In weeks 3 and 4 create complex layers with shibori as well as color removal processes. Custom designed fabric yardage can then be used for a wide variety of projects or wearables. The possibilities are endless!
  • Instructor: Jo Ettorre Tuesdays February 13, 20, & 27, March 6 6 - 9pm Find out what your most beloved yarns might do by blending them on the knitting machine.  Knit them quickly into blanks to be dyed or many other uses for knit fabrics.
  • Instructor: Annmarie Suglio Tuesdays: March 13, 20, & 27, April 3 Spinning yarn is one of the oldest fiber traditions whose basic techniques have not changed much since the Leonardo Davinci invented the modern spinning wheel around 1490. A meditative and relaxing process, spinning is great way for weavers, knitters and artists alike to create custom yarn. Participants will choose their fiber, dye it, and learn to spin one and two ply yarns in this exciting four week course.
  • 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.
  • Basic Membership

    $55.00 / month
    • 15% discount on classes*, workshops and loom rental
    • Free access to open studios on Wednesdays and Sundays from noon-4pm

    Note: Your card will be charge $55.00 automatically every month until you contact Praxis to cancel your subscription.

  • Thank you for considering a donation to Praxis Fiber Workshop. We accept donations via checks to Praxis: 15301 Waterloo Road, Cleveland OH 44110, or make a donation securely online below.
  • We offer open studio time Wednesdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00pm. $30 drop in.

    Open studios is a great way to try out the workshop at Praxis! Do you have a project you’re working on but need assistance? Do you have need of small equipment such as spinning wheels or drum carders? Come use ours! Maybe you’ve taken a class but need a little extra time to work. One of our qualified staff members will be here to help! A drop in fee of $30 includes access to our dye lab, print tables and small equipment (floor looms are an additional fee of $10 per week). All dyes and chemicals are included, just bring your material or buy some of ours! We have white pearl cotton yarn and fabrics (quilters cotton, silk sateen and silk organza) available by the yard. Register and pay online or call if you have questions, 216-644-8661.
  • Studio Membership

    $275.00 / month

    Studio Membership, $275/month

    • Private 170 sq. ft. studio space.
    • 15% discount on classes*, workshops and loom rental
    • 24/7 access to Praxis with your own key fob and security code.
    • Small storage locker
    • Dyes and chemicals for most common dye processes
    • Opportunity to participate in exhibitions
    • Communal workspace with large pinable tables
    *This does not include CIA classes held at Praxis

    Note: Your card will be charge $275.00 automatically each month until you contact Praxis to cancel your subscription.

  • Studio Membership, $225/month

    • Private 170 sq. ft. studio space.
    • 15% discount on classes*, workshops and loom rental
    • 24/7 access to Praxis with your own key fob and security code.
    • Small storage locker
    • Dyes and chemicals for most common dye processes
    • Opportunity to participate in exhibitions
    • Communal workspace with large pinable tables
    *This does not include CIA classes held at Praxis

    Note: Your card will be charge $275.00 automatically each month until you contact Praxis to cancel your subscription.

    • Support the mission of Praxis. Receive all promotions and mailings.

    Note: This is a one-time payment of $50.00.