This is a three part class.
In the first class you will Indigo dye your own fabric for use in the quilt.
We will dye eight fat quarters with a few different patterns to later make a beautiful quilt top.
|Sat, Oct 6, 2018 at 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Mary Gabich will teach the quilting portion of the classes.
In the second and third classes we will work on cutting out and assembling the quilt top.
We will be using the Four Patch Charm pattern by Kathy Schwarz. Pattern will be included in price of class.
This is an enthusiastic beginner class.
I taught another just fabulous class at Mill House Quilts last weekend!
The students were very interested in trying out new techniques. Lots had experience with dyeing but not with indigo, which was super cool.
Chopsticks were very popular in this class. It’s funny how different patterns will trend in different classes. But the Mandala is always a popular pattern.
You can still see lots of green in this one. The indigo is still oxidizing.
As I always end up doing there, I tied the lines between two cars.
Fortunately, this student’s car not only had a roof rack, but was also the right color.
And that sky!
It was hot and buggy but everyone left happy. I love teaching classes and try to get to Mill House at least once a year. It’s not easy to travel with indigo but the back of the shop is pretty ideal for indigo: breezy and just shady enough in the afternoon.
Join me for a hands on exploration in the basics of dyeing with a natural indigo vat.
I will touch on the history and science of indigo and explore several shibori resist techniques.
Sign up here!
We always have fun in my classes!
You will leave with four cotton fat quarters that you have patterned in the rich blue for which indigo is famous.
Please wear old clothes and shoes and bring one pair of rubber gloves and a plastic bag for carrying your work home.
All other materials will be provided. Feel free to bring along a tee shirt to dye – it must be made of natural fibers.
The class will meet outside. Rain Date is September 9th.
I just got these in the mail: a dozen GIANT handwoven cotton scarves from Maiwa. Guess what I’m going to do with them 🙂
If you have ever taken a dye class with me you are welcome to join Club Indigo.
I will open up my indigo vats on the first Sunday of every month in the dye studio at the Electric Needle from 11 am to 3 pm.
This is NOT a class. I will be dyeing but will be happy as always to give you my advice. If you want to work in shibori or batik, you are welcome to, but I can’t help a ton as my hands will be blue. Books, resources and tools will be available.
Bring your own fabric – limited to about 5 yards of fabric a club day. All fabric MUST be made of natural fibers. The Electric Needle is closed on Sunday so there will NOT be availability to purchase fabric on club days.
Pre-registration is required. After you have registered you will receive an email explaining how to join us.
The registration fee includes a minimum of 2 hours of dye time and 1/2 hour for clean up.
Be advised the dye studio is in the basement, you will need to be able to navigate a flight of steps to get to the studio. If this is impossible for you please call so we can arrange a private lesson.
A creative weekend getaway including: All food, beverages and lodging plus piles of fabric and paper to play with, unlimited access to prepared indigo dye vats, and gifts and prizes all for one low price!
Join a us at a creative indigo dye retreat in Westby, Wisconsin. Located about two hours from Madison Wisconsin, you’ll be able to shed the grind of your daily life, and immerse yourself in the study and play of dyeing with indigo.
Let’s make beautiful indigo dyed wearables for spring. In this three hour workshop, textile artist Jennifer Falkowski will teach us how to indigo dye using the incredibly versatile Japanese shibori technique called Arashi (pole wrapping). Arashi is a classic technique that can be used to make stripes, chevrons and wave inspired patterns that can vary from organic and loose shapes to clean, geometric lines. We’ll cover how to prepare our fabric for dyeing, preparing an indigo vat, making a variety of patterns using the arashi technique and finishing your work. You’ll walk away with the skills to continue indigo dyeing on your own as well as one hand dyed indigio Turkish Towel and one spring scarf, perfect for spring and summer adventures.
Each guest will be mixing their own indigo vat which typically can dye up to 15 yards of fabric, more than we’ll use for the towel and scarf. If you’d like to bring extra small items like tees, tanks, dresses, pillow cases, tea towels (ie no sheets or blankets or other large items) to play with dyeing, you’re welcome to. Extra dyeable Turkish towels will also be for sale.
Cost is $95 and pre-registration is required.
Four 100% cotton flour sack towels are included in the class fee. If you would like to dye a t-shirt as well, bring one that is 100% cotton. No fabric dyeing experience is required. You will learn the fundamentals of Japanese Shibori techniques and indigo dyeing and about Indigo chemistry and history. Dress in clothes and shoes that can get stained blue.
The Monona Library Mending Day, developed by The Sewing Machine Project will be held on the second Sunday of the month (Sept to May) from 2-4 pm.
Bring in your loved but worn clothes for mending …or get a head start on freshening up your wardrobe with some trim and buttons. It’s free!
Our wonderful volunteers will hem, mend, and patch items for people. Some restrictions apply and mending is done on a first come basis.