• In Collaboration with: Praxis Fiber Workshop & Circle of Renewal Yoga + Wellness Studio Date: Saturday January 18th, 2020 Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm Cost: $80 early bird $120 after Jan. 6th, 2020 Location: Retreat will be held at Praxis Fiber Workshop -15301 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110 Facilitated by Chris Keller, Owner of Circle of Renewal Yoga & Wellness Studio & Praxis Fiber Workshop   Calling all women who do too much! The new year is the perfect time to pause, vision, and consciously create your intentions for the year ahead. Creating an intentional pause from life’s endless “to-do’s” can change everything and up-level your connection to joy, vitality and inner-radiance! In collaboration, Circle of Renewal Yoga & Wellness Studio and Praxis Fiber Workshop is offering a half-day retreat dedicated to slowing down, recalibrating and connecting with a supportive sisterhood. We will work to renew our commitment to self-care and creativity with self-care tools that nourish and inspire. This workshop includes gentle movement, relaxation practices and an opportunity to create an individualized self-care plan. We will explore dissolving barriers to expression and share in heart-centered communication and connection with yourself and other like-minded women. Part two of the workshop will include creating a literal translation of your intentions for 2020 by creating an intention scarf.  Explore an intuitive process by writing your mantra or intention onto the handwoven scarf with a resist and then use colors of your choice to reveal your unique design onto the fabric. Take home this garment that you can wear and be reminded of your beautiful intention for 2020. If you are ready to renew and rebuild your resiliency for life’s ups and downs and prepare for the year ahead come and explore unique ways to help you find balance as a busy, modern woman. Come gather for an intentional and illuminating transition into the new year and leave feeling empowered and refreshed. Cost includes a light lunch and tea and supplies to create an intention scarf. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing. Be prepared to unplug. Registration is recommended as space is limited. Reserve your spot today. Cost: Early bird price $80   March 15, 2020 $120 after early bird ends Registration closes: April 2, 2020  
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  • 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, February 8, 10am-4pm 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.
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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: Anna Routson Wednesdays - April 1, 8, 15 & 22 6pm-9pm Students will learn to read weaving drafts by picking an eight shaft pattern and planning their projects. Weaving experience is recommended. 
  • Instructor: Eleanor Anderson Saturday, October 26th, 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: Laurie Moormann Saturday, March 28th,  10am-4pm The great wheel was one of the earlier types of spinning wheel. The long-draw is used, which requires one active hand mostly, freeing the other hand to turn the wheel.  The large drive wheel turns the much smaller spindle assembly, with the spindle revolving many times for each turn of the drive wheel. The yarn is spun at an angle off the tip of the spindle, where it is then stored.  Join us in learning this timeless tradition. Spinning experience recommended.
  • 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.