Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Series of Natural Dye Collaborations; with Portland Textile Businesses

Something I'm super excited about:
My new Natural Dye Collaboration Series with Portland Small Businesses. 
Starting in February I'll be starting a series of natural dye collaborations with 

Each class will be a two parter starting with learning how to use natural dyes for a particular textile form at Portfiber. The second day will be using those dyed fibers to create a unique project at one of the three shops. 

First up:

Natural Dyeing for Weavers
March 15th and 22nd 
Day 1: at Portfiber, we'll learn dye techniques for yarn and dip dye methods taught by me
Day 2 and (maybe) Day 3 also at Portfiber, weave your project-  taught by Dana Fadel

this was a really fun class. Here are the yarns just after dyeing:

I can't wait to get started on my tiny loom. But right now, my husband is in the middle of his first weaving project- so that's a good thing. I'll let him take his time:) 

Natural Dyeing for Knitters
April 19th and 26th
Portfiber and Knitwit

Day 1: at Portfiber, using quince yarns, we'll learn fun color mixing techniques to create just the bright colors we want using just 3 plant dyes (plus black walnut for the back ground color). 
Day2: Judy over at Knitwit will guide you through a fun fingerless mitt project using all your beautiful color samples. 

Natural Dyeing for Sewers
Date TBA Late May- early June.
Portfiber and Z Fabrics
Day 1: at Portfiber using lovely silk fabric from Z Fabrics, we'll set up bundles to dye and play with Shibori techniques.

Day 2: over at Z Fabrics with Anne Riggs, you'll create beautiful edgings with a hem stitch and whatever else you'd like on your fabric.


June 14th & June 21st (we've been rescheduling this a few times in order to get enough signups) 
Day1: we'll learn techniques for hand carding and dyeing rologs 
Day 2: needle felt your favorite song bird and learn how to create tiny details

Both workshops will be taught by me. Follow the link above to sign up.

As we all work together to tie up the details, I'll continue to update this post. 

If you have any questions, send me an email or leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you. 

ox! R

1 comment:

Jean said...

These look divine!