Dye Workshop – Sept 20th @ Port City Makerspace

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Half-Day Hand-Dye Workshop
Saturday, September 20th
11am-5pm
Port City Makerspace
68 Morning Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
REGISTER HERE

Join me for a fun and relaxed hand dyeing workshop. To start, we will mix a soda ash bath and prep squares of fabric. We will review folding and tying techniques. Both immersion dyeing and multicolored direct application dyeing will be covered. Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to bring personal projects to work on (aprons, socks, shirts, pillowcases, towels, etc.) This is a great opportunity to make a personal holiday present for a friend or family member. Just remember — your personal items need to be made of natural materials, like cotton, silk or linen.

This past May, I participated in a workshop with the modern master of tie-dyeing, Shabd Simon-AlexanderShabd even taught Martha Stewart how to tie-dye!  I learned so much in Shabd’s workshop, but the best thing that I learned was how fun and meditative dyeing can be. When all the measuring and prep work is done it’s just about working with your hands and playing with color.

I hope you can join in the fun! xo jam

Question? email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com

P.S. The last hour or so of the class is for students to work on personal projects. If you need to skip out a little early, you can.

Dye Inspiration from Emily Hadden

Emily-Hadden-Dye-JobsI can’t wait to play with dye again.  I am inspired by the work of Emily Hadden. Did I tell you that I’m teaching a dye workshop at Port City Makerspace on Saturday September 20th.  The Workshop will only be $35 and you can bring personal projects to work on.  I know, right?  And the money raised goes to support Port City Makerspace.  More details very soon. Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Freak of the Week on Crispina

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I am the Freak of the Week on Crispina’s website.  Click on the screenshot above and see what it’s all about. Crispina offers great looking workshops.  Someday I hope to take either the Sweater Chop Shop or the Potholder Rug Weaving Workshop, or both.  Her workshops for 2014 are posted on her website.  Below are examples of Crispina’s work.

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crispina jackpotcrispina-blanket

You can follow Crispina on Facebook and Twitter or visit her Etsy Shop.

 

Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive

May 10th & 11th: Tie-Dye & Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive with Shabd in Kittery, Maine!

11-5pm each day : $250 for the weekend : Sign up with a friend (or your mom!) and pay $450 total for both people.

Class size limited to 13, sign up by May 1st [Updated] and get a silk scarf to use your new skills on.

Join us in Kittery at the BUOY gallery space for a weekend of craft!

In this fun-filled workshop, Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes on a variety of different natural fibers. You will learn various tying, dyeing and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying. It will be fun, and colorful and bright! Discover the dyer in you and design your own dye patterns. Students will create swatches to perfect technique, and then have a chance to focus on individual projects. Materials are included, and students are encouraged to bring their own garments for personal projects.

Saturday’s class will focus on immersion dye methods, and Sunday’s class will focus on direct application and multi-colored dyeing methods. Each day will include instruction on all tying techniques, with a focus on the best variations to use for each dyeing method, and will include time for both samplers and personal projects.

This class is structured as a fun jumping in point for beginners, or a way for more advanced students to receive guidance and special tips on personal projects they’ve been wanting to tackle.

SHABD SIMON-ALEXANDER is an internationally renowned textile artist and designer. Her clothing line, shabd, is carried in high-end boutiques and art museums around the world. She is a professor of textiles, has led hand dyeing workshops all over the world, and taught Martha Stewart how to tie-dye. Her first book, Tie-Dye: Dye It, Wear It, Share It, came out in June.

Click on the book in the sidebar to register for this workshop.

Questions.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com or call 603-502-8497.

Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.

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I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

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Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.

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I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.

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The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.

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half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com if you have any questions.