Workshops Now is the time to sign up!
Workshops are a favorite perk of EBHQ. You will meet a world-class fabrics/design teacher in a small group setting (no more than 24 people). The workshop space at 980 Stannage is airy and bright. Exposure to new techniques will inspire you and you will go home energized from the creative and social workout.
Saturday, May 18 and Monday, May 20 Singing the Blues - Creating Beauty with Indigo (2 days)
Saturday: We will begin with a brief talk about how Japanese indigo dye techniques differ from those used in other areas of the world (this will be covered in greater detail during the Monday lecture) and then charge in with using rice paste resist and stencils to layout our images on cottons and silks. Participants will learn how to make the paste and carve the stencils, but there won't be time in this class for them to actually do so themselves. Students will also have the opportunity to apply the paste with wood blocks, silk screens, brushes, and cones while learning how to vary the paste recipe to accommodate the unique properties of each. The pasted fabric will be allowed to dry until Monday.
Monday: The first thing we will do is prepare an instant indigo vat and begin dipping our prepared fabrics. Some participants may choose to apply natural pigment dyes before dunking the fabric to allow for variations in the blue. Once dyed, the paste will be washed from the fabric with tap water and the cloth dried. Using soymilk and pigments, additional colors may be added at this point, or indigo (as a pigment) may be used to touch up areas or add details to their artwork. A final rinse of soymilk will be applied to prevent crocking, and hopefully the masterpieces will be dry in time to share at the general meeting and lecture that evening.
Stitch up a great gift for yourself or a friend, an accessory for VIC, and use up all your odds and ends of yarns, ribbons, and heavy decorative threads (including perle cottons, metallic’s, embroidery floss, etc). Or just use this as an excuse to buy some of those luscious ribbons, trims, and yarns you’ve been eyeing.
From ethereal to substantial, use water-soluble stabilizer to make scarves and shawls, bowls, free-standing lace, dimensional embellishments, and more. You are limited only by your imagination. Using straight stitching, decorative machine stitches, and free-motion stitching, you’ll be able to create a variety of one-of-a kind items in this one-day workshop.
Do you have a stash of hand-printed fabric or commercial cloth you do not know what to do with? If you love it but cannot decide how to use it, this is the class for you!
Bring your rotary cutter and be prepared to enjoy slicing and combining your hand-printed cloth (or any commercial fabric you find a challenge to use) with other fabrics to create new work! Using your fabric as a starting point, you will see whether it works as a focus fabric to build around or needs to be cut into skinny strips and used in small bits. Either way, you will discover how to get started creating an original quilt with hard-to-use fabric!
Monday, September 30, 2013 – Red Sticks
October: Kerr Grabowski http://www.kerrgrabowski.com/index.htm
Saturday and Monday - October 26 & 28, 2013 -Deconstructive Screen Printing