• 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: 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: 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, July 10, 10am - 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. This workshop focuses on stitch resist and indigo. Beginners are welcome. About the Instructor:
    Sandy Shelenberger is an artist from Conneaut, OH whose textile art has been widely exhibited.   She hand-dyes much of her fabric and uses surface design techniques such as batik or experimental screenprinting to create her own marks and patterns. In addition to quilting, Sandy has become enamored with working in encaustic and cold wax.  Sandy teaches dyeing, shibori and surface design techniques on fabric. She is a member of Textile Art Alliance, Cleveland Museum of Art, Surface Design Association, Art Quilt Network and the Northeast Pennsylvania Artist Association.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for the creative process.
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    Instructor: Sarah McMahon March 27, 2021, 10-4pm In this course, students will learn how to warp their frame looms and learn various tapestry techniques. Students will sample these techniques on their frame loom that they will take home with them to work on future projects. This is a great class for beginners who are looking for a relaxing portable practice. All material included. No previous weaving experience required.
  • Instructor: Deb Berkebile Saturday, May 29th, 10 – 4pm

    Low Immersion Dyeing - Palette Builder

    I started using hand dyed fabric so that I could get specific colors for my upcoming projects. I mostly used batiks at first.  Hand dyes are one of the most favorite parts of my processes. It is so easy, fast and it brings the chemist out in you!  You get to mix colors just as a color engineer does! We will be referring to a great book "Color by Accident" by Ann Johnston. It is like a color bible with so much information for dyeing processes.

    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.  We can manipulate the fabric to get different markings or have your pieces a solid color.  We will be using Procion MX dyes, which are versatile and simple to use.  We will be using all safety equipment when creating our projects.

    If you are a quilter or a textile enthusiast, you will find this class chocked full of information and get you started on your own color palette for your upcoming projects.  No previous dyeing experience necessary!     About the instructor: Deb is an artist with an extensive background in textiles and quilt making. Recently, she has been exploring surface design and multi-media in her artwork. She is a naturalist and environmentalist at heart. Her current body of work explores satellite imagery and creating ‘false-color’ artistic depictions of remote sensed satellite images or Geographical Information Systems. She has eight quilts in her “Earth in Three Bands: R, G, B” Series: The Painted Desert, Eye of Sahara, The Great Salt Desert, Susitna Glacier, The Grand Canyon, Galileo Inspiration, The Great Lakes and my latest Rocky Mountain Trench. The vivid colors and their outstanding variations are what first drew her to these representations. She is also interested in activism and has been juried into the “OurStory” traveling exhibit about civil rights. Her pieces feature quilts celebrating the contributions of Martin Luther King/Rosa Parks and Sitting Bull “Lakota Warrior”. She has started a new series of work combining natural dyes and Shibori techniques. She uses rusted hand dyed fabric dipped into indigo; manipulating the fabric with an assortment of Shibori techniques has led to this series with Sashiko hand stitching for finishing numerous pieces. She creates most of the fabrics she use in her design process. she use surface design techniques, hand-dyeing and painted fabric, plus digital manipulation of images printed on fabric. She enjoys the challenges of creating original artwork that combines her passions and interests.  
  • Need a gift for a fiber lover but unsure what to get? Let them choose! Give them a Praxis gift card they can use toward a class, workshop, open studio, or any item in our store! This $125 gift card can be redeemed for any of our Saturday Workshops. Mailed to you or your gift card recipient for free. Please include an optional message in the comments to add a personal message to thank you card :) Due to shipping delays, please allow 2 weeks for gift card to arrive.
  • 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: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, April 17, 10 – 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. Students will be provided with individual workspaces and supplies.
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    Instructor: Deb Berkebile Saturday, April 24, 10 – 4pm Eco Printing is a form of natural dyeing where plant materials are bundled and use a direct contact printing method, drawing out tannins & pigments from plants to make interesting and surprising marks on  protein (silk, wool) fibers which are transferred to fabric via steaming or boiling. Two for one bundling is a favorite technique. Learn how to make an iron blanket which dramatically changes and deepens the colors of the printed leaves.You will learn how to use natural dyes on your pre-mordanted silk fabrics, and the use of color blankets. Enjoy creating your own fabulous Ecoprinted scarves.
  • Instructor: Jen Omaitz Saturday, May 1st 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 on thickened water (carrageenan). The inks are then manipulated through a series of swirls, rakes and other techniques to transform them into given design. Each student will have the opportunity to experiment on paper and silk and will finish the workshop with a silk marbled scarf.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, May 8, 10am - 4pm Experimental Screen Printing is a combination of traditional screen printing, painting and fabric surface design. This is a great opportunity to learn about the techniques of screen printing on fabric, without the added expense of photo emulsion and a dark room. This process is great for home dyers without the equipment for a full screen printing practice. Manipulate your imagery with stencils and resists directly on the screen. Experiment with layering and mixing thickened dye. This process is full of the unknown! Experienced artists and beginners will both walk away with new knowledge and lots of results.
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