Fiber Arts Classes

SH-01 5-Day Summer Weaving Intensive – 5 Warps in 5 Days
Instructor: Sara Goodman
June 25 – June 29, 2018
9:00 – 4:00
Location: Sandwich Home Industries 32 Main Street, Center Sandwich
Tuition: $400 per student, plus additional material fees
All skill levels welcome

2018 marks our 5th annual summer weaving class.  Each year it gets better and better! We hope you will come and join the fun!

Sara’s weaving intensive meets the needs of all weaving levels. If you are a beginner but have always wanted to learn to weave, this class is for you. You will put on a new small warp every morning and weave it off in the afternoon. By the end of the 5 days, you will really know how to set up a loom on your own.

If you have a loom, but haven’t woven in years and need a refresher, this class is also for you. If it’s possible for you to transport your loom to class, then you can learn on your own loom.  Every loom has its own quirky personality and the class will help you make the best of the equipment you have.

If you are an experienced weaver and want to expand your knowledge to include some new weave structures or kinds of yarn, how to use a warping paddle, how to use a computer for creating pattern drafts, how to read block drafts etc. then this class is also for you. More advanced students can spend the 5 days working on one project, with the support of the instructor.

Because this is a small class, Sara will work with students individually at their level.
You may communicate with Sara prior to class so that you come to class ready to begin.
All necessary weaving equipment and yarn will be provided, though students are welcome to use their own yarn as well.

Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH. She has been weaving, dyeing with natural dyes, and doing shibori for over 35 years. Her work has been featured in many fiber arts publications and also in national and international exhibitions. She has been a juried artist with the League of NH Craftsmen since 2006.

SHI-04 Visible Mending
Instructor: Juno Lamb
July 12th, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Sandwich Home Industries 32 Main Street, Center Sandwich
Tuition: $20, all materials included. 

Come learn creative mending techniques and spend a fun, social evening mending your clothing in community. Visible mending uses diverse fabrics and stitching techniques from several cultures to embellish clothing as you mend it, deepening the garment’s history and sense of story and extending its usefulness and beauty. Holes in blue jeans are a great place to start. Bring a pair of holey jeans or some other fabric garments with holes or tears, or work on a sample patch. Lovingly mended clothing makes a wonderful gift for a special someone. Search #visiblemending on instagram.com for examples.

Wondering why to mend when clothes are so cheap today? Watch The True Cost for free on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime or iTunes to learn about the human and environmental costs of global fast fashion, and why we might want to buy fewer new clothes and take better care of the ones we have, as did many generations for most of human history.

Juno Lamb is a lifelong mender and maker, clothing embellisher, and textile artist, working with many different fibers and media.

SHI-14 Natural Dyes Part I: Indigo and Shibori
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Friday, October 19, 2018
3:00 – 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuition: $200, plus $25 in material fees
The class will take place at the instructor’s studio in Center Harbor on Squam Lake

This is a class for quilters and stitchers of all kinds who want to dye their own cloth. It is also appropriate for spinners, knitters, and weavers who want to dye their yarn.

Japanese shibori is an ancient technique for creating patterns on cloth. Using various ways of reserving portions of cloth with folds, pleats, pulled stitches, wrapped string etc. areas of shaped resist are made where the dye cannot penetrate. The Japanese developed the techniques of shibori into a sophisticated and complex art form. There are literally hundreds of different Japanese shibori techniques, each with their own name.  In this class, we will learn three essential methods: mokume (stitching), arashi (pole wrapping), and itajime (fold and clamp). For experienced students, more variations of each of these will be taught, along with boshi or capping. We will also be using a clay resist that can be applied to cloth with a print block, silkscreen, or paintbrush. Participants will be given 15”X15” squares of cotton cloth for making samples. Students can also bring their own cloth to experiment with. Proper scouring instructions will be provided prior to class to obtain good results. An indigo vat will be available for dyeing once the cloth is prepared.  How to set up and maintain a natural indigo vat will also be demonstrated.

Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH. She has been weaving, dyeing with natural dyes, and doing shibori for over 35 years. Her work has been featured in many fiber arts publications and also in national and international exhibitions. She has been a juried artist with the League of NH Craftsmen since 2006.

 

SHI-15 Natural Dyes Part II: The Mordant Dyes on Cloth and Yarn
*It is not necessary to take both of these classes.  You can sign up for either or both.*
Instructor: Sara Goodman
Friday, October 26, 2018 3:00 – 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 9:00 – 4:00
Tuition: $200, plus $25 in material fees.
The class will take place at the instructor’s studio in Center Harbor on Squam Lake

This is a class for quilters and stitchers of all kinds who want to dye their own cloth. It is also appropriate for spinners, knitters, and weavers who want to dye their yarn. This class will cover fiber preparation on all natural fibers – both plant and animal — for successful dyeing.  The second key to good dye results is proper mordanting. We will be using alum and iron for mordants in various concentrations and combinations. This will allow for a range of colors with each dye that we use. We will apply the dyes to either cloth or yarn, cold as a thickened paste, or hot in a full immersion dye bath.  Concentrated natural dye extracts will be the main source of dyes, but we will also work with both fresh and dried local dye stuffs. Overdyeing with indigo will allow us to get purples and greens. Using thickened cold preparations of the mordents and dyes will allow us to print, paint, and silkscreen on cloth and yarn.  Basic shibori techniques will be taught on cloth.  (See Natural Dyes Part I class description for a definition of shibori.) Participants will be given 15”X15” squares of cotton cloth for making samples. Students can also bring their own cloth to experiment with. Proper scouring instructions will be provided prior to class to obtain good results.

Sara Goodman is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH. She has been weaving, dyeing with natural dyes, and doing shibori for over 35 years. Her work has been featured in many fiber arts publications and also in national and international exhibitions. She has been a juried artist with the League of NH Craftsmen since 2006.