Indigo Dyeing and Texture Weaving two-part Workshop series

Sat Aug 28 2021 at 11:45 am to Sat Sep 11 2021 at 04:15 pm

The Silver Studio | Seattle

Mandy Greer Studio
Publisher/HostMandy Greer Studio
Indigo Dyeing and Texture Weaving two-part Workshop series This two-part workshop will teach you the basics of indigo dyeing and then we'll use our fibers in deep texture weaving on a frame loom
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COVID-19 NOTICE -- SUMMER 2021

  • We are in a time of transition with Covid precautions and vaccine rates, so I look closely at all emerging CDC guidance.
  • To that end, classes will currently be held in an Outdoor Studio Garden with plenty of fresh air.
  • Classes are capped at 8 students max to provide adequate distancing.
  • Fully vaccinated people may remove masks when at their distanced tables, but must wear them when inside the indoor studio to use the facilities.
  • Unvaccinated people must wear masks fully worn over mouth and nose at all times.
  • Social distancing will still be met, with two students per table at 6 foot distance, and demos are limited to 15 minutes at a time with instructor.
  • Proper hand hygiene and sanitation is readily available. Students must wash hands upon entry to studio. And hand sanitizer will be available.
  • All students will have their own set of tools to use, that have been sanitized.
  • Anyone who is sick, or exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, must not attend. Please contact me ASAP to get a class credit, and so I can make your spot available to someone on the wait-list ( most appreciated!).

Stay Safe and Healthy! xoxo!


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Check out my profile all my other fiber art classes, in-person and online available.

Join me at my Columbia City fiber art studio for a two-part workshop on Indigo dyeing for texture weavings.
Saturday AUG 28th from 11:45am - 4pm for dyeing, and Saturday SEPT 11th for weaving 10:45am - 4:15pm. Your ticket covers both workshops in the series.

The first class, we’ll be dyeing yarn and reclaimed fiber in indigo vats, creating a myriad of subtle shades of blue, like sky and sea.

The next class, I’ll be teaching frame loom weaving, focusing on really deep chunky texture, perfect for using our ripped ribbons created from our dyed upcycled fabric.

This will be a really immersive experience, perfect for those totally new to indigo and also weaving! We’ll be dyeing and weaving in my beautiful outdoor shade garden studio.

I will be teaching some different techniques from my usual 5 hours weaving class, so you’ll learn some new things if you’ve taken that!
But I will also start at the very beginning of weaving, so anyone can take this, even if you’ve never woven before.

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We’ll be exploring getting subtle shades of blue by overdyeing and re-dipping our pieces, but note this isn’t a Shibori class focusing on patterns. We’ll be shredding the fabric into long ribbons perfect for loops and fringe and twists. This will give you a taste of the magical indigo process, which you can take further into future investigations with Shibori.

All materials and tools will be provided, and you are welcome to bring a bunch more fabric and yarn from your own collection, so we can dye until the indigo vats are exhausted.

I’ll provide each student on dyeing day with:
  • nitrile gloves
  • 100% cotton yarn skeins in 153 yards bulky , 125 yards dk organic , 328 yards sport
  • 3 yards of upcycled fabric pieces diverted from the waste stream
  • an indigo vat shared with two people, and all the water for rinse buckets, washing, etc!
  • I’ll handle the set up, clean up, washing and drying!
  • various blocks and rubber bands for patterns
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On weaving day:
  • all looms and tools provided! A few of the looms will be available to rent after class.
  • you’ll have access to all kinds of colors of yarns and warp threads to add in with your indigo blues.
  • you’ll have dyed more than enough fibers for several more future projects on your own!
  • sparkling water and wrapped snacks


Dyeing indigo is an alchemical-like process with a substance that is more like sourdough than paint— it must be nurtured and coaxed and rested. It’s a living culture and dipping the fabric in requires you to hold your breath and observe the bubbles going in, and the subtle changes of color to know when the bath needs to rest — it’s own kind of meditation. The importance of Indigo spans many cultures, and is both viewed as a sacred plant, and also has associations with manual laborers, as blue farmer and factory dungaree work clothes were once dyed with indigo.

I'm excited to share these two processes married together!

PLEASE READ FAQ BELOW BEFORE BOOKING.




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The Garden Workshops are held in a small urban forest with towering heritage Douglas Fir trees, that create a cool and pleasant shade garden, even in the height of summer.
Workshops are held rain or shine, because there is a covered workshop and a festival tent.
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FAQs : Please Read!


CLASS MINIMUM: Four people must be registered for the class to run. Please do share with friends! I tend to cancel classes 7 days ahead if the minimums have not been met, so don't wait until the last minute to register.


AGE/ABILITY: Great for beginning weavers! You can do this! It just takes dedication. For adult learners, and children 15 and up who have an interest in weaving and maturity/ability to focus for 5 hours, are welcome to attend with a registered adult.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact me HERE


REFUND POLICY: Please review before booking.

Due to class minimums, I do not offer refunds, unless you have Covid-related health issues. If you are sick with Covid-related symptoms, please do not attend, and notify my ASAP so I can offer your spot to someone on the waitlist. I can offer you a class credit to any of my available classes, on-line and in-person.


WHEN YOU BOOK:

You will receive an important Informational Email.

It will come from "[email protected]" the day you order, with your Order Confirmation.

PLEASE SCROLL all the way to the end, to find the Informational Email, to know what you need to bring, and how to find the studio.


WHEN TO ARRIVE:

Please plan to arrive no later than 11:45am on the 28th and 10:45am on the 11th ; in order to find parking, get settled, go to the bathroom, wash hands, and be led to the Garden Studio.

Due to the nature of the studio set up, I must lock the doors at 11:55 am, on the 28th and 10:55am on the 11th, since we will be heading away to the Garden Studio, and it is unsafe to leave it unattended.

Sadly, we cannot accommodate people who arrive late.

Demos start promptly at the start of class time.Due to the structure of class, demos cannot be re-done for late-comers without cutting things out of class for everyone.


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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Silver Studio, 5264 39th Avenue South, Seattle, United States

Tickets

USD 183.00

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