• 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.
  • 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
     
    					
  • 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!
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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.
  • 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: Annmarie Suglio Saturday, October 20, 9:30 – 4pm Weavers, spinners, knitters, crocheters, or anyone else that works with yarn will benefit from this one-day intensive. Participants will learn multiple techniques to create unique, colorful yarns. Techniques include: Hand-painting, gradient dyeing, and immersion dyeing. This course focuses exclusively on using cellulose dyes which can be used on cotton and linen. Students will learn through demonstrations and hands-on experience while creating their very own custom yarn.
  • 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: Jessica Pinsky Saturday/Sunday August 18 & 19th, 9:30-4pm In this course, learn to screen print on fabric! You can find evidence of screen printing dating back to 13th Century Japan, however screen printing because popularized in the United States in the 1960’s and has remained a favorite form of create repeat images on a variety of materials. Using photo emulsion, we will coat and “expose” our own designs onto screens at our neighborhood print shop, Ink House, a satellite of Zygote Press. Students will then bring their exposed screens to Praxis and learn how to mix thickened MX Reactive dye to pass through the screen. This is a different process than screen printing on paper, as screen printing ink sits on top of the paper surface while dye bonds directly with the cloth fibers.
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Tuesdays: April 10, 17 & 24, May 1 6 - 9pm There are so many different ways to apply dye to fabric! In this four week course you will explore the many ways of using MX Reactive dye processes on cotton and silk. In the first two weeks you will learn freestyle direct painting with dye as well as mono printing and screen printing techniques. In weeks 3 and 4 create complex layers with shibori as well as color removal processes. Custom designed fabric yardage can then be used for a wide variety of projects or wearables. The possibilities are endless!
  • Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday July 14th, 9:30-4pm There are so many different ways to apply dye to fabric! In this workshop you will explore the many ways of using MX Reactive dye processes on cotton. Learn freestyle direct painting with dye as well as mono printing. Custom designed fabric yardage can then be used for a wide variety of projects or wearables. The possibilities are endless!
  • Studio Membership, $225/month

    • Private 170 sq. ft. studio space.
    • 15% discount on classes*, workshops and loom rental
    • 24/7 access to Praxis with your own key fob and security code.
    • Small storage locker
    • Dyes and chemicals for most common dye processes
    • Opportunity to participate in exhibitions
    • Communal workspace with large pinable tables
    *This does not include CIA classes held at Praxis

    Note: Your card will be charge $275.00 automatically each month until you contact Praxis to cancel your subscription.

  • 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: 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.
  • 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: 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: Jo Ettorre Tuesdays February 13, 20, & 27, March 6 6 - 9pm Find out what your most beloved yarns might do by blending them on the knitting machine.  Knit them quickly into blanks to be dyed or many other uses for knit fabrics.
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    Note: This is a one-time payment of $50.00.

  • 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.

  • Working Membership

    $125.00 / month
    • 15% discount on classes*, workshops and loom rental
    • 24/7 access to Praxis with your own key fob and security code.
    • Small storage locker
    • Dyes and chemicals for most common dye processes
    • Opportunity to participate in exhibitions
    • Communal workspace with large pinable tables
    *This does not include CIA classes held at Praxis

    Note: Your card will be charge $125.00 automatically each month until you contact Praxis to cancel your subscription.

  • Studio Membership

    $275.00 / month

    Studio Membership, $275/month

    • Private 170 sq. ft. studio space.
    • 15% discount on classes*, workshops and loom rental
    • 24/7 access to Praxis with your own key fob and security code.
    • Small storage locker
    • Dyes and chemicals for most common dye processes
    • Opportunity to participate in exhibitions
    • Communal workspace with large pinable tables
    *This does not include CIA classes held at Praxis

    Note: Your card will be charge $275.00 automatically each month until you contact Praxis to cancel your subscription.

  • 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.
  • 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!
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    Silk/Wool Blend Scarf

    $40.00$350.00
    Handwoven in India, 15% silk, 85% wool and perfect for dyeing with either MX Reactive or Acid Dyes. 27” x 80” Wool fibers are sourced from New Zealand and Silk fibers are from Bangalore and Malda, India. Mulberry silk fibers are mixed with the wool fibers and spun into yarn. 8 ends per centimeter. Single Scarf: $40 10-Pack of Scarves: $350 (Save $50!)
  • 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!)