Dawn Edwards

September 10-12, 2019

Lecture: "Eco/Botanical-Printing: Releasing Nature's Secrets"

Simply this is the process of extracting color from leaves and plant matter that can be printed on fabric or paper when bundled and heated, a method discovered by Textile Artist, India Flint of Australia. With eco-printing, you see the wonderful leaf prints on your piece, some, such as Eucalyptus leaves print in bright color. Eco-printing is gaining in popularity all around the world...Come and find out why.

Two 1 1/2 Day Workshop: "Intro to Eco and Medium Printing"

Class Project:

An eco-printed table runner and a medium-printed silk scarf

Sign up for: September 10 & 11th or September 10 & 12th

Day 1 - Tuesday afternoon:Become familiar with the eco-printing process. We will go over the use of mordants, prepare our dye pots, learn to make dye blankets, and prepare for dyeing on day two.
Day 2 - Wednesday or Thursday:
Morning: We will begin the day by starting our pots, and bundling our wool felt table runner with plant matter and then simmering in the traditional method of eco-printing.
Afternoon: We will explore 'Medium Printing' with our silk scarf. Medium Printing is a term used to describe the combination of eco-printing and resist dyeing through the addition of natural or acid dyes to create beautiful background color.

Class Kit Fee:

$50 includes wool felt table runner, silk scarf, written instructions, mordants, natural dyes, acid dyes, use of instructor's materials.

Supply List:

Updated supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshops.

  • Varieties of Eucalyptus leaves: Silver Dollar, Seeded Eucalyptus, Willow and Cinera to name just a few. Trader Joe's has Eucalyptus for $3 per bundle... a great price. A local florist may have leaves available. Eucalyptus from Michael's/Hobby Lobby, etc. ... Do not work.
  • Onion skins: We need a lot to make a great dye bath.
  • Yard leaves that work well: Rose leaves, Oak leaves, Maple leaves, Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) leaves, Redbud leaves, Catalpa leaves, Geranium leaves, Peony leaves, Black Walnut leaves/
  • One jar of red rust solution - Prepare by putting a few pieces of rusty metal, white vinegar and water in a watertight bucket outside for several weeks.
  • Strong cotton string (Butcher's/kitchen twine) that does not break when pulled (test this prior to workshop). Scissors to cut string.
  • Plastic covering for table, rubber gloves, waterproof apron, old towel and a roll of paper toweling
  • Tools: Plastic spray bottle, Sharpie permanent marker.
  • 2 wood dowels -12" in length no longer and no wider than 1-2" in diameter. Menards, Home Depot, etc.
  • 1 hollow copper pipe (12" length, 1-2" diameter) Menards, Home Depot, etc.
  • 1 piece of iron rebar (12" length, 1-2" diameter) Menards, Home Depot, etc.
  • Group Needs:

  • Four 1-gallon bottles of white vinegar.
  • Four 15" tall 40-quart pots with lids, two with steamer inserts, which fit the pots.
  • Three 5-gallon plastic buckets for mixing.
  • One Bottle of (blue) Dawn dish soap per class
  • 2 oven mitts
  • 2-3 rolls of paper towels per class
  • Drying racks

Class Maximum: 12 for each class

Workshop Fee: $79


Najma Ma'at

October 8 & 9, 2019

Lecture: "My Fiber Art Journey"

Najma Ma'at Wilson is co-owner of Detroit Fiber Works and has been a fiber artist for over 40 years. Her interest in traditional African textiles led her to study fiber design at the College for Creative Studies, where she studied weaving, dye techniques, silk screen, and jewelry design and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Her fiber collages are luminous examples of her intimate relationship with textile sand design. She will share with us her journey as a fiber artist and business owner promoting fiber art in our community.

1 1/2 Day Workshop: "Fiber Collage"

Instruction times: 12:45 - 3:30 pm Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30-3:30 pm - Doors open at 9:00.

Class Project: Fiber collage wall piece

Najma will lead you through the process of creating a unique, organic fiber collage utilizing fabrics and fibers to create a statement piece that tells your story.

Class Kit: TBD

Supply List:

Updated supply lists will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

  • Sewing Machine with a zigzag capability in good working order and machine manual & extension cord
  • Fabrics, trims, various threads
  • Hand stitching supplies
  • Additional supplies to be determined
  • Group Needs:

    Irons - Ironing boards

Class Maximum: 18

Workshop Fee: $60


Karen Turckes

November 12 & 13, 2019

Lecture & Demonstration: "Finishing Techniques for Textile Wall Art"

Once a piece of textile art is finished it can sometimes be a mystery as to how to finish and hang it on the wall. Karen will discuss several techniques for framing artwork with and without a mat. Edges can be hidden within the frame or the piece can be floating to show its edges. She will show many samples and demonstrate some of the techniques.

1 1/2 Day Workshop: "Fabric Manipulation"

Instruction times: 12:45 - 3:30 pm Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30-3:30 pm - Doors open at 9:00.

Class Project:

Using muslin and silk in neutral colors students will make a variety of 6-inch blocks which can be used for home décor (pillows, bedspreads, wall art, art quilts) or fashion (garments, cuffs, collars, pockets, accent pieces, bags and purses).
Sew, fold, gather, crinkle and be inspired to create a new look. Students learn about manipulating fabric with the tuck, pin tuck, center-cross tuck as well as endless variations on these tucks, couching, ruching, interlocking squares, flower folds, inserted trumpet flowers and texture magic.

Class Kit: $30

- Muslin and silk fabric pre-marked for fabric manipulation

Supply List:

Updated supply lists are emailed to participants prior to workshop

  • Sewing Machine with a zigzag capability in good working order and machine manual & extension cord
  • Edge guide or quilting guide that attaches to your machine
  • Feet, (if you have them): 1/4 inch quilting foot - couching foot (or a foot meant for decorative stitching i.e. one that has a grove or some space under the foot for thick stitching or a blind hemstitch foot, open-toe foot, cording foot or pearls n' piping foot. - Pin tuck foot
  • Tools: Ruler - Sewing Gauge - Thread trimmers - Seam ripper - Fabric scissors - Pinking Shears
  • Pins & Needles: Straight pins - Universal or sharp # 12 needle - 2/80 twin needle for pin tucking - hand sewing needles
  • Ivory thread 1 large spool or 2 small - 2 bobbins already filled with extra ivory thread
  • Chair cushion
  • Optional: Bias Bars
  • Group Needs:

    Low wattage irons - Ironings boards - muslin to cover boards - two buckets

Class Maximum: 18

Workshop Fee: $60