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    Instructor: Sandy Shelenberger Saturday, August 17, 9:30 – 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 and all materials are provided.
  • Instructor: Jen Omaitz Saturday, October 12th 9:30-4:00pm Learn the magical art of marbling on fabric with this one day intensive workshop. We will explore pattern and design through marbling on silk scarfs. We will also explore color and marbling techniques through both traditional (Ebru) and non traditional approaches. Marbling consist of suspending inks on on thickened water (carrageenan). Inks are put though a series of swirls, rakes and other techniques to transform a given design. The outcome then becomes printed, similar to monoprinting, on a surface of choice.
  • 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: Eleanor Anderson Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 & Oct. 3, 6:00-9:00pm In this course, students will learn how to warp their own looms and learn various weave structures for rugs such as rag rug, rya knot and tapestry. Students will sample these techniques before moving on to a larger piece towards the end of the class. Prior weaving experience is recommended but not required. Beginner students should plan to take advantage of all open studio sessions during the class, included in the class price. Open studio sessions on Wednesday and Sunday from 12-4 are available to all participants.
  • Please join us for our A FIBER AFFAIR: Our third annual Praxis Benefit on Saturday December 1st from 6-9:00 p.m.
    • Catering by April Thompson and Desserts by Sweet Melissa
    • Live Music by Silver String Band Duo from 6-8pm
    • Raffle, Silent Auction and Fiber Collectables available for sale!
    • Best Fiber Decorations all Year.
    Please join us as we celebrate our successes and plan for our future goals at our annual holiday fundraiser.
  • 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!
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: 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: 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 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.