Fiber Arts Classes

Natural Dyes Part I: Indigo and Shibori

Instructor: Sara Goodman
October 11, 12, and 13, 2019  9:00 am - 4 pm
Tuition: $240, plus $25 in material fees
The class will take place at the instructor’s studio in Center Harbor on Squam Lake

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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.

The heart of this class is uncovering the magic of natural indigo. We will make two different kinds of natural indigo vats: a fermentation vat with henna and an iron vat.  How to set up and maintain these vats will be demonstrated and practiced over the three days.

We will cover several surface design techniques for making patterns on cloth.  Japanese shibori is an exquisitely sophisticated form of tie-dye. This ancient technique uses various ways of reserving portions of cloth with folds, pleats, pulled stitches, wrapped string etc. to create areas of shaped resist where the dye cannot penetrate. The Japanese developed shibori into a 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 can be taught.

Two resists will be available for making patterns on cloth.  We will be using a clay resist that can be applied to cloth with a print block, silkscreen, or paintbrush. Katasome or Japanese rice paste resist is another method for making patterns on cloth using a stencil.

Students will be given 12” x 12” squares of cotton cloth for making samples.  Students can also bring their own natural fiber cloth to experiment with.

The class will begin with scouring all the fiber and cloth we will be dyeing.  Students may bring their own natural fiber materials for this purpose, up to .5 lb.

Doing this process correctly is essential for obtaining good results in the dye pot.

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.

Natural Dyes Part II: The Mordant Dyes

Instructor: Sara Goodman
October 18, 19, and 20, 2019  9:00 am - 4 pm
Tuition: $240, plus $25 in material fees
The class will take place at the instructor’s studio in Center Harbor on Squam Lake

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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 dyestuffs.  Overdying with indigo will allow us to get purples and greens.  Using thickened cold preparations of the mordants 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 1 class description for a definition of shiibori.)

Participants will be given 12"x12” squares of cotton and silk for making samples.  Students can also bring their own cloth and yarn (limit to .5 lb.) to experiment with.  Proper scouring instructions will be demonstrated on the first day of 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.