• Instructor: Cathryn Amidei June 13-17, 9am - 5pm (with 24 hr access to the DWL and TC2 loom) This workshop is designed as an introduction to weaving with the TC2 and allow participants the hands on experience of weaving on this exciting tool. This workshop is suitable for all levels and will be flexible to conform to the experience and interests of the participants. The workshop will start with an introduction to using Photoshop to design files for digital weaving and progress from single, to multi-shuttle structures. Small class sizes allow for individualized teaching and support. The class size will be limited to 5 participants. Content will also include discussions about warp densities, loom set up, winding, warping, end feed shuttles, and winding bobbins. Read more about the Digital Weaving Lab and Residency! *Two rooms will be available for rent at the Digital Weaving Lab, we will assist other participants in finding close and convenient lodging through Airbnb. Teacher Bio: Cathryn has been studying and weaving and teaching in Jacquard technique for 15+ years. She held a faculty position at Eastern Michigan University until 2018. She is currently the director of the Digital Weaving Lab at Praxis Fiber Workshop and provides technical support to artists and Universities in North America  when they purchase a loom.
  • 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
  • June 14, 15, 21, 2021 6-8pm 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: June  14, 15 & 21 6-8pm Eastern Cost: $180 Course Maximum: 10
  • July 12, 13, 19 2021, 6:30- 8:30 EST

    Jacquard Weave File Design II
    This course builds upon the fundamentals presented in Jacquard Weave File Design I but is not required.
    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.
    Content will focus on the development of weaves and effects using multiple shuttles, and approaches to dimensional fabrics- additional double or triple weave effects including 2 faced and double width fabrics, as well as approaches to developing files that include supplemental wefts.
      All learning styles accommodated with multiple approaches offered. All sessions will be recorded. Leave ready to weave on a TC2!   Cost: $180  Course Maximum: 10
  • 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.
  • Instructor: Tony Williams Saturday, March 20, 10 – 4pm Students will explore the Art of Mark making using a variety of tools and techniques to form a resist, creating patterns and textures when dyeing with Indigo. 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. We will explore African Designs and Adire patterns while discovering the origin of Indigo in the Americas and its importance.   Tony Williams is a Cleveland based artist whose 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 1983, 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, writing and illustrating children’s’ books.
  • 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!
  • Praxis Fiber Workshop 4th Annual Holiday Benefit and Pop-Up Shop Saturday, December 4th・12:00–6:00pm Praxis Fiber Workshop invites you to celebrate another year with us at our 4th Annual Holiday Benefit. Your contribution will directly support the continuation of our indigo program, class scholarships, and free community programming. Please drop in during our open house on Saturday December 4 from 12-6pm Schedule of Events: 12:30 - Welcoming remarks by Executive Director Jessica Pinsky 1 & 3pm: Outdoor Natural Indigo Demos 2 & 4pm: Demo of the TC2 Jacquard Loom at the Digital Weaving Lab 5:30: Raffle winners announced! Benefit tickets are $50 dollars and include a chance to win an original fiber art piece from Executive Director Jessica Pinsky and Digital Weaving Lab Director Cathryn Amidei. Drop by during our open house benefit anytime from 12-6pm. While you are here, enjoy a tour at the schedule above, view the amazing 'One Year, One Outfit' Exhibition and purchase tickets for a chance raffle with many fiber and handmade gifts. Ticket price also includes a take home box filled with a Tie-Dye Kit and  dessert to enjoy at your leisure with someone you love. Pick up your box, explore our pop-up shop, gallery and raffle, December 4th from 12:00–6:00pm. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing community of artists, neighbors, and friends and we thank you for your support – we can't wait to celebrate with you.
  • 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: 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: Denise Williams Thursdays, April 21, 28, & May 5, 12.  6:00-9:00pm   Begin your spinning journey using a drop spindle. This portable tool will allow you to understand the basics of spinning yarn from wool. This course will begin with fiber preparation as this is the number one way to ensure you have a successful start at spinning. In week 3, participants will move to the spinning wheel. Starting with learning to treadle, you will become comfortable with the rhythm and pace of the spinning wheel. Participants are welcome to bring their own wheel, or try a variety of wheels at Praxis from one treadle to two treadle to compact travel wheels. The course will conclude with immersion dyeing yarn and plying. The end result will be unique skeins ready for any fiber project. Participants in any 5 week course receive access to Praxis during our open studio hours Wednesday and Sunday from 12-4pm.
  • 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.
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