I’m excited you’re joining this 2 day, private workshop in Nashville, TN! See detailed descriptions for each day below. You can then add either or both days to your cart, then click the cart icon at the top of the page to check out. You’ll receive an e-mailed receipt, and more details closer to the time of the workshop. Due to the travel and materials involved, refunds are only offered if you’re able to fill your spot.
This workshop will take place over the course of two days at a private home.
September 26 - 10 am - 4 pm - Day 1 - Indigo and Natural Dyeing
We’ll spend the day exploring the world of plant-based dyes. We’ll begin by learning to set up and maintain a natural, plant-based indigo dye vat. Participants will then learn various shibori patterns for creating individual patterns on fabric. After exploring indigo extensively, we’ll expand to investigate a whole spectrum of natural color, including Osage, onion skins, black walnut and avocado. We’ll learn how to properly mordant fabric before dyeing naturally, and how to use substances like powdered iron to shift naturally dyed colors, creating an even broader spectrum of color. We’ll learn about the difference in protein and cellulose fibers. We’ll use what we’ve dyed in day 1 during day 2’s portion of the workshop. Participants will leave with dyed fabric and the knowledge of how to create color with natural materials.
Provided by me: Linen, cotton and silk scraps, along with all dye materials, elements and pots.
Optional things provided by students: Additional fabric (natural material only), articles of clothing or homegoods to dye.
September 27 - 11 am - 4 pm - Day 2 - Hand-Stitching and Mending
We’ll spend the day learning about Sashiko and geometric stitching. Participants will learn the basics behind hand-stitching, as well as the stitches and patterns of Sashiko stitching. After learning the basic rules of Sashiko, participants will then be encouraged to bend those rules and develop their own stitching voice. Participants will learn the meditative and mindful properties of hand-stitching, and learn to read patterns.
This will include decorative stitching for embellishmentand sashiko stitching for mending and reinforcing weak stress points in garments. We’ll start with traditional Sashiko patterns, and expand from there, allowing each student to find their own stitching voice. If students have dyed garments or fabric in Day 1, they can stitch on those dyed pieces, and I will provide dyed fabric and thread as well for practicing.
Provided by me: Naturally dyed thread and fabric, sashiko needles, marking tools, rulers
Optional things provided by students: Additional fabric, fabric and thread dyed on day 1, portable lamp or magnification for those who have the need.