Adult Classes | Fiber Arts

931 - Artful Basketry

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $35.00

Instructor: Bowman, Bonnie

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.

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961 - Beyond Basics: Knitting to Impress

Member Tuition: $90.00

Skill Levels: Level 2,Level 3,Level 4,Level 5

Non-Member: $120.00

Instructor: Vricos, Maggie

Enjoy the company of like minded knitters and improve your skills as you knit your choice of the ASHTON or DIVA shawls. Both are suitable for mild Florida evenings or as a fashionable accent to any outfit. Participants will become familiar with knitting pattern abbreviations, lace knitting techniques, the use of charts and lifelines. With the advice and guidance of the instructor, students will choose and purchase yarn and tools for the project. This class is designed for those who have mastered the basics of knitting as outlined in the class description for Knitting Basics.

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W-FI960 - Botanical Printing with Natural Dyes and Surface Design

Member Tuition: $400.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $430.00

Instructor: Hays, Kathy

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.

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W-FI964 - Eco Print and Indigo Workshop Intensive with Kathy Hays

Member Tuition: $400.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $430.00

Instructor: Hays, Kathy

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.

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978W - Holiday Series: Hand Dye Silk Scarves

Member Tuition: $60.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $75.00

Instructor: Glickman, Marlene

Create 3 beautiful silk scarves as holiday gifts. 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.

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960 - Knitting Basics

Member Tuition: $90.00

Skill Levels: Level 1,Level 2,Level 3

Non-Member: $120.00

Instructor: Vricos, Maggie

This class is geared toward new knitters and those who wish to review and renew basic skills. Participants will learn to: identify the tools and notions; choose yarn and needles; cast on stitches, create knit and purl stitches, increase and decreases stitches and techniques for binding off. The first project is a three piece set, consisting of a fashionable Loopy Scarf, matching Republic Hat and fingerless mittens. If time permits, a simple lace project will be added.

$20 materials fee is to cover the cost of yarn, patterns and straight needles for the scarf, hat and mittens and will be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Students will have a choice of colors.

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904 - Mayan Back-Strap Weaving

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $50.00

Instructor: Tharin, Concepcion Poou Coy

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.

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W-FI961 - Natural Dyes and Surface Design for Art Quilters

Member Tuition: $250.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $280.00

Instructor: Hays, Kathy

Come, learn how to use natural dyes to make beautiful surface design on cotton and linen fabrics. The range of color and textures you can create without the use on strong chemicals or solvents will amaze you! In this 2- day workshop you will learn how to properly mordant your fabrics, how to successfully dye, discharge and print with natural materials. The possibilities are endless and an opportunity to create unique-to-you type fabrics. No experience is needed for this workshop. Instructor will be providing the pre mordanted fabrics, natural dye extracts and consumables in the materials fee.

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W-FI966 - One Day Eco Printing Workshop

Member Tuition: $95.00

Skill Levels: Level 1,Level 2

Non-Member: $125.00

Instructor: Hays, Kathy

This is a 1 day workshop.

Eco Printing is contact printing of plants onto protein fiber fabrics. In this workshop, you will learn about plants, fabrics, equipment, and processes. This is perfect for fiber artist, feltmakers, dyers and art quilters. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and enjoy the bounties of nature. This workshop is a designed to learn the fundamentals that will launch your artwork into a new Eco Printing adventure. The instructor will provide the necessary silk scarves used to make these fabulous prints.
A $35 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.

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W-FI955 - Painted Warps for Weaving

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $179.00

Instructor: Pawl Hudson, Pam

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 $15 materials fee will be collected in class.

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W-FI959 - Rigid Heddle Round Robin

Member Tuition: $150.00

Skill Levels: Level 2,Level 3,Level 4,Level 5

Non-Member: $180.00

Instructor: Pawl Hudson, Pam

In this 2 day workshop, students will experience more advanced techniques on the rigid heddle loom. Each loom will be set up with a different technique and students will move from one loom to the next, weaving their own samples. Warps will be assigned on the first day and students will thread their loom according to instruction. Day two and three will be for weaving the samples. Each student will go home with a complete set of samples with instructions.

Techniques include pattern pick-up, weaving with a double heddle, exploring mixed density warps with a variable dent reed, inlay and more depending on the size of the class. Looms and materials provided. Please contact the instructor if bringing your own loom.

Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor.

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935W - Shibori and Silk Painting

Member Tuition: $95.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $125.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $35.00

Instructor: Bowman, Bonnie

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.

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969W - Simple Screen Printing on Fabric

Member Tuition: $55.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $85.00

Instructor: Damme, Coralette

This is a 1 day workshop.

Learn a simple yet effective process for making your own screen prints that you can continue to do at home! You'll learn how to use every day materials to create a simple silkscreen design and print it on your own tea towel! Simple designs with thick lines(think fat marker not skinny pencil lines) or shapes work best--don't know what to make? How about a monogram of your initials or some symbol that you identify with... or work from a black and white photo (not shades of gray) You'll make a single color image about 5x5 inches in size. Bring extra T-shirts, bags or other fabric items to print if desired. If you have one, a hair blower is useful for quickening the drying process.


A $15 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.

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944W - Textile Embroidered Landscapes I

Member Tuition: $95.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $125.00

Instructor: Turner, Lorraine

Award winning fiber artist, Lorraine Turner, will inspire you to create beautiful, intricate painted landscapes from fabric.

This is a one-day workshop. Although this is open to all levels, students must know how to operate a sewing machine. You will learn the basics of creating a painted landscape using fibers. Students will be using a sewing machine and a needle-felting tool. Students will learn step-by-step techniques, such as: • Creating templates using photos • Choosing fabrics that help intensify the mood of the landscape • Creating color-zone values to create dynamic dimensions • Adhering the fabric (several options will be demonstrated) • Free-motion sewing • Embellishing the foreground to add texture.

Students should bring their sewing machines to class in good working order with the ability to do free-motion sewing.

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945W - Textile Embroidered Landscapes II

Member Tuition: $190.00

Skill Levels: Level 2,Level 5

Non-Member: $220.00

Instructor: Turner, Lorraine

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 and a needle-felting tool. You will learn how to create a landscape using a diverse selection of fibers, including eyelash sari silk, dyed cheese-cloth, burlap, silk ribbons, upholstery fabric, wool, lamb locks, and more. Students will learn step-by-step techniques, such as: • Creating templates using photos • Thread painting • Choosing fabrics that help intensify the mood of the landscape • Couching ribbon, cording, and yarn to create a linear feeling • Using sheers to create shadows and perspective • Embellishing with felting to add texture

Students should bring their sewing machines to class in good working order with ability to do free-motion sewing.

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FI916 - Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Member Tuition: $149.00

Skill Levels: Level 1

Non-Member: $179.00

Instructor: Pawl Hudson, Pam

You don’t have to invest a lot of money in equipment to start weaving. A rigid heddle loom is a simple frame loom that allows you to weave anything from wall hangings to scarves. It is sometimes called a Knitters loom because it can accommodate worsted and novelty yarns. This type of loom folds and takes up very little space.

You will learn how to wind a warp and thread a loom. The first project will be sampling different fibers and learning weaving techniques. This information will then be used to weave a second project of your choice. Scarves, runners, bags , pillows are all possible on the rigid heddle loom. You will also learn how to select appropriate yarns, read project drafts and finish a piece when it comes off the loom.

Looms are provided and can be taken home between classes for a $50 deposit. A $10 materials fee covers the first project. Students will purchase their own yarns for the second project.

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946W - Wet-Felting and Needle-Felting Landscapes

Member Tuition: $190.00

Skill Levels: All Levels

Non-Member: $220.00

Instructor: Turner, Lorraine

Learn the basics of wet felting and needle felting from award winning fiber artist, Lorraine Turner. On Day 1, you'll use heat, moisture and agitation on wool fibers to create a base fabric. On Day 2, you'll embellish the surface through needle-felting and the addition of other textures.

A $5 materials fee will be paid directly to the instructor.

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