Students will learn to operate a sewing machine and construct a simple A-Line or shift dress. You'll learn to read a pattern envelope and instruction sheet to construct a garment. You'll learn to choose fabrics, make simple fitting adjustments, insert an invisible zipper, apply a neckline facing, insert sleeves and hem the dress.
In this class, students will create at least one traditional and at least one original sculptural basket. Students will learn to prepare reed, collect and prepare natural materials, incorporate man made materials and dyeing techniques. The instructor will supply plenty of natural materials, found objects and unique yarns.
This is a 1 day workshop.
Learn creative silk painting techniques and the ancient Japanese art of shibori while you create five beautiful large and luxurious silk scarves for yourself or to give as gifts to someone special. Five large 100% silk blank scarves are included but additional blanks will be available to purchase from the instructor for those who would like to make additional scarves. All materials are provided by the instructor.
Create 3 beautiful silk scarves. Artist Marlene Glickman will show you how to easily add color and pattern to beautiful silk scarves using non-toxic, instant-setting color Hue Dyes. No heat-setting required. A $15 materials fee will be paid directly to the instructor.
Create beautiful unique-to-you fabrics using natural dye extracts, surface design, and contact printing with local plants. During this course, you will learn how to properly mordant fabrics and be able to carry out at home. You will dye your mordanted fabrics and apply surface design techniques using a natural print paste for printing and for discharging of color. Printing with local plants will also be included for further expansion of skills. This intensive course allows for your creative and artistic self-soar. No experience is needed for this workshop. Instructor will be providing the pre mordanted fabrics included in the materials fee.
Supply Fee for all mordanted fabrics, dyes and consumables $125 paid to instructor.
This is a 3 day workshop.
Eco Printing is contact printing of plants onto fabric. In this 3-day workshop, you will learn about plants, fabrics, equipment, processes and bundling techniques that create artful fabrics. Silk and wool fabrics are used because of their affinity for contact printing. While learning the printing process, emphasis will be placed on artful design and purposeful placement of the plant material. Instruction for making and using an indigo vat will be included along with ideas to enhance design. The techniques presented in this workshop are perfect for all fiber artists, feltmakers, dyers and art quilters who are seeking a new medium for personal expression. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and enjoy the bounties of nature. Some hand strength is needed to create bundles and expect long periods of standing. This workshop is designed to learn the essentials, understand design and composition with plants to be carried out successfully at home. Students will take home several sample pieces as well as completed projects. Material Fee: $30 to cover plant materials, mordants, solutions and supplies (paid directly to instructor). This workshop will fill quickly! To reserve your seat, student may pay in full online, or call DFAC at (727) 298-3322 to make a $100 non-refundable deposit.
Create your own colorful skeins of yarn for your knitting and weaving projects. Morning will be devoted to picking a color palette and preparing the dyes and skeins followed by afternoon dyeing. Students will bring their own skeins to dye. We will be using MX fiber Reactive dyes that work on cellulosic fibers – cotton, bamboo, linen, rayon, hemp and also silk. It will not dye animal fiber or synthetics. No experience necessary. Please register early so there is time to order supplies. There will be a $10 materials fee payable to the instructor to cover the cost of dyes and chemicals.
This is a weekend workshop.
Explore the idea of color movement by learning to paint a warp with Fiber Reactive dyes. Students will learn how to make stock solutions, how to lay out their yarns, apply and set the dyes and then how to rinse the yarn without tangling ready for the loom. We will also learn how to paint coordinating weft yarns. Students will bring a two 5yd prepared warps (20” maximim width) and skeins to dye. They must be cellulosic fiber - cotton, rayon, tencel, bamboo, etc. Blends are fine. The instructor will send more specific warping information several weeks before class so there is time to purchase yarns and make the warps. Please register early. A $10 materials fee will be collected in class.
Learn to weave a light weight but warm scarf on a rigid heddle loom, which is a simple portable frame loom with a slot and hole mechanism which allows yarns to be raised and lowered for weaving.
Each student will be provided with their own loom, or they can bring their own, and will learn how to design a scarf, thread the loom, weave and finish their project.
Students are asked to bring one skein of sport or worsted weight yarn.
A $10 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.
In this knitting class, you will add personality to your knitted socks by first dying yarns. After completing your pair of socks, you'll be able to choose a project of your own. Students should have a basic knowledge of knit and purl stitches. On the first day, students will receive 2-“sock blanks” (machine knit rectangle with enough yarn to knit one sock) which will be prepared for you to add personality to with dyes! The next time we meet, your sock blanks will be ready for you to start knitting a basic sock pattern which will be provided by the instructor, or you can use your own. Relax and knit a pair of socks with “personality” built in! We’ll be using four double-pointed bamboo needles (which the instructor will provide). We’ll use this class to hone your already comfortable knitting skills and use this class as a building block for more classes down the road, including baby clothes, blankets, shawls…the list is endless!
Learn the ancient Mayan art of back-strap weaving. Back-strap weaving is at once a delicate and beautiful art form, highly portable (you can tie it to any post, tree, or even a nail in the wall), and wonderfully diverse (you can make original table runners, scarves, place mats, curtains, shawls, table clothes, and much more). Participants will learn to warp the thread and set up a loom, and then to weave a small table runner with some traditional Mayan designs. The thread (many colors are available), loom, warping board, needle, back-strap, and tie cord are all included in the materials fee.
Award winning fiber artist, Lorraine Turner, will inspire you to create beautiful, intricate painted collages with fabric and thread. This is a one-day workshop. Although this is open to all levels, students must know how to operate a sewing machine and be familiar with stitching with a dropped feed dog. You will learn the basics of creating a fabric collage. Students will be using a sewing machine. Learn step-by-step techniques, such as: • Creating templates using photos • Raw-appliqué • Free-form thread painting Students should bring their sewing machines to class in good working order with the ability to do free-motion sewing.
A workshop for students who have a working knowledge of raw applique, free motion sewing, thread painting and can work independently. Students will be using a sewing machine. You will learn how to create a fabric collage using fabrics, threads and custom made embellishments. Students will learn step-by-step techniques, such as: • Creating templates using photos • Raw appliqué - no glue, only pins! • Free-form sewing and thread painting • Creating texture using water-soluble stabilizer • Students should bring their sewing machines to class in good working order with ability to do free-motion sewing.