• 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.
  • Congratulations on your residency at the Praxis Digital Weaving Lab! We are thrilled to welcome you.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for participating in our Fiber e-Fair and supporting Praxis Fiber Workshop!
  • Variations:

    1)Praxis Indigo Shirt

    Shibori dyed with our natural indigo and screen printed praxis logo

    2)Bright Tie Dye T-shirt

    Tie dyed using our Bright Tie-Dye Kit.

    3)Bold Tie Dye T-shirt

    Tie dyed using our Bold Tie-Dye Kit.

    4)Marigold T-shirt

    Resist dyed with marigolds grown in our natural dye garden. Dye with marigold using our Marigold Natural Dye Kits.

    DETAILS:

    • Made by Praxis Staff
    • 100% Cotton
    • Youth XL

    CARE:

    • Machine wash cold with like colors
    • Air dry flat

    *If variation is not in drop down menu - color way is no longer available. Items are individually dyed and are one of a kind.

         
  • Instructor: Anna Routson Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:00-9:00pm Interested in experimenting with unconventional materials? Learn to thread a floor loom and weave with or without a plan. Learn how to integrate everyday objects into your weavings. You will become comfortable with all of the steps in the weaving process while using repurposed materials to create unique pieces of art. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate weavers in mind. No prior weaving experience required.
  • $50 per hour of individual instruction with Praxis staff!
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  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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: Jen Omaitz Saturday, October 9th 10am-4:00pm Learn the magical art of marbling on fabric with this one day intensive workshop. We will explore pattern, color and design through marbling. Marbling consist of suspending inks on thickened water (carrageenan). The inks are then manipulated through a series of swirls, rakes and other techniques to transform them into a given design. Each student will have the opportunity to experiment on paper and silk and will finish the workshop with a silk marbled scarf.   About the Instructor: Jenniffer Omaitz lives in Kent, OH. She holds an M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University and a B.F.A. in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art; showing her professional artwork under the name Jenniffer Omaitz. In 2016, Omaitz started JC Marbling after 14 months of independent research and experimentation with marbling. JC Marbling & Book Arts was founded to pursue the practice of marbling, book arts, and as a teaching out reach for the craft of marbling. Omaitz currently works with Praxis Fiber Workshop and the Morgan Paper Conservatory teaching a variety of marbling techniques and she sells her handmade books and cards at BayArts in Bay Village, Ohio; Morgan Paper Conservatory and McKay Bricker in Kent, Ohio. jcmarbling.com
  • Thank you for participating in our Fiber e-Fair and supporting Praxis Fiber Workshop!
  • Thank you for participating in our Fiber e-Fair and supporting Praxis Fiber Workshop!
  • Natural Dyed Yarn - Logwood

    Variations:

    1)Logwood variegated 10/2

    2)Logwood variegated 10/2

    3)Logwood variegated 5/2

    DETAILS:

    • Naturally hand dyed by Praxis Staff
    • 100% unmercerized cotton
    • 4 oz

    CARE:

    • Hand wash cold

    *Sold in skeins, may ball at the studio if using local pick up (Wednesday and Sunday 12 - 4) Due to Corona Virus, Praxis staff will ball yarn for free by request. Please specify in comments.

    **If variation is not in drop down menu - color way is no longer available. Items are individually dyed and are one of a kind.

    ***Learn to dye with natural dyes in our Natural Dye Workshop.

  • Natural Dyed Scarves - Eco Printed

    DESCRIPTION:

    1)Eco Printed with Marigold Scarf - 24" x 86"

    2)Eco Printed with Marigold  & Indigo  Scarf - 24" x 86"

    DETAILS:

    • Made by Praxis Staff
    • Dyed with marigolds grown in our natural dye garden
    • Wool/silk blend

    CARE:

    • Hand wash cold
    • Dry flat

    *Dye your own project with marigold using our Marigold Natural Dye Kits.

    **If variation is not in drop down menu - color way is no longer available. Items are individually dyed and are one of a kind.

  • Hand Dyed Silk Scarves

    DESCRIPTION:

    1)Praxis colors (more gray) with screen printed Praxis logo - 14" x 68"

    2) Blue & violet silk scarf - 11" x 58"

    3)Praxis colors (more pink) with screen printed Praxis logo - 14" x 68"

    DETAILS:

    • Hand dyed by Praxis Staff
    • 100% silk

    CARE:

    • Hand wash cold
    • Dry flat

    *If variation is not in drop down menu - color way is no longer available. Items are individually dyed and are one of a kind.

  • Hand Dyed Wool Scarves

    Variations:

    1)Teal & pink wool scarf - 11" x 80"

    2)Blue & green wool scarf - 10" x 78"

    DETAILS:

    • Hand dyed by Kathy McConaughy
    • 100% wool

    CARE:

    • Hand wash cold
    • Dry flat

    *If variation is not in drop down menu - color way is no longer available. Items are individually dyed and are one of a kind.

  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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!

  • Instructor: Emmy Osicka Saturday, October 23rd 10am-4pm This class is an introduction to flat and dimensional needle felting. Start by cutting out an iconic fall leaf shape from pre felt and learn to layer fibers for coloring affects. The leaves will then be finished off with a wet felting technique. Next, try your hand at using needles to felt a pumpkin! This  shape is achievable for all levels! No experience is required. Start with the basic round form and end the day by creating the details of its face.
  • Instructor: Greg Hatch Saturday, September 11th 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.
  • Create your own Fiber Jewelry! August 14, 10-4pm In this workshop participants will have chance to learn the basic macramé skills and ancient Chinese weaving Techniques- Nianzhi. This is a unique technique that was commonly used in basketry and Jewelry.  Very intricate texture can be achieved and by combining with Macramé it will make fabulous fiber art piece. All participants will learn how to make fiber jewelry in a fun and supportive environment. About the Artist: Xuena Pu is a Columbus based independent fashion designer. She was born and grew up in Kaifeng China, an ancient Chinese city. She immigrated to the US in 2014 and graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in May 2020. She is the 2020-2021 Emerging Artist Fellow at Praxis Fiber Workshop.
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  • 4"  W x 11" H Handwoven fringe lampshade lightbulb not included

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