• 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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  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Handwoven in India, 100% silk and perfect for dyeing. 16” x 78”. This super soft silk comes from China and is woven in Bihar, India. 33 ends per centimeter. Single Scarf: $15 10-Pack of Scarves: $125 (Save $25!)
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    Handwoven in India, 100% wool and perfect for dyeing. 12” x 86” with fringe. These soft and lightweight fibers come from New Zealand and are processed in a spinning mill in West Bengal, India. 6 ends per centimeter. Single Scarf: $20 10-Pack of Scarves: $175 (Save $25!)
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    Handwoven in India, 100% wool and perfect for dyeing. 24” x 86” with fringe. These soft and lightweight fibers come from New Zealand and are processed in a spinning mill in West Bengal, India. 6 ends per centimeter. Single Scarf: $30 10-Pack of Scarves: $270 (Save $30!)
  • 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, April 18th, 10am-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: Gregory Hatch Saturday, February 22, 10am-4pm Have you always wanted to learn to felt? Now you can! This accessible course will teach you the basics of wet felting while also exploring the sculptural potential of seamless felted forms. Learn how you can transform wool into functional objects, organic soft sculptures, or even theatrical puppets. This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience.
  • Instructor: Kathryn Simmons Wednesdays: February 26, March 4, 11, & 18 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 learn to spin and ply yarns in this exciting four week course.
  • Instructor: Kathryn Simmons Wednesdays: February 26, March 4, 11, & 18 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 learn to spin and ply yarns in this exciting four week course.
  • 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: Sarah McMahon Mondays, Feb 24, March 2, 9 & 16, 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: 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: Jasmine Kornel Saturday February 29, 10am-4pm Learn the basics of natural dyes and mordants and how colors change depending on the mordant you choose. Use multiple immersion baths for layered and complex results. Feel free to bring dye stuff from your own garden to experiment with on various types of fiber. You will also use plants from Praxis' very own natural dye garden. All materials are included.
  • 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.
  • 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 space or equipment? Come use ours! Maybe you’ve taken a class but need a little extra time to work.  A drop in fee of $30 includes access to our dye lab, print tables and equipment.  All dyes and chemicals are included, just bring your materials. or buy some of ours! Drop in hours are for artists who have taken a related class in the past or have experience with the equipment. If you are interest in learning how to use our facilities please consider taking a workshop or individual instruction in order to utilize open studio. Email contact@praxisfiberworkshop.org if you have questions!
  • 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, March 21, 10am-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!
  • 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!
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    100% cotton apron, hand dyed with screen printed logo at Praxis Fiber Workshop. o/s, made to order
  • Please join us for our A FIBER AFFAIR: Our forth annual Praxis Benefit on Saturday December 7th from 6-9:00 p.m.
    
    Please join us as we celebrate our successes and plan for our future goals at our annual holiday fundraiser.
    Live Music
    Catering by April Thompson
    Christmas Ale and Wine
    Fabulous Fiber Decorations
    Silent Auction and Raffle