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Dyeing To Felt

  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)

With Jessica De Haas

$495 [Includes $135 lab fee] class limit 14. Apr 12, 13, 14, 15, 2018 (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

As an artist, one of the most important aspects of your work is a personal palette.

In this active and inspiring workshop, students will work at the intersection of two creative worlds: dyeing and felting. The class will learn to manipulate colour with the goal of achieving remarkable results on felted projects.

Participants will start by learning how to create their own palette using acid dyes on wool. The dyed wool will be used to create felt of various weights, including nuno felt (which opens up a whole world of creative possibilities). Students will learn different methods of creating pattern and texture through the use of partial felts, resists, overdyeing, and free-motion embroidery.   

Students will obtain a good technical understanding of the felting and dyeing process and be confident in their ability to dye wool and silk using acid dyes.

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About Jessica De Haas

Jessica de Haas has had a life-long fascination with fibre arts. It may have started when she received a Fisher-Price loom for her eighth birthday and wove her first piece.

Growing up rurally in the interior of British Columbia gave her a great appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and nurtured her creativity and imagination. When she was a teenager, she discovered batik and started her first clothing company. At 18 years of age, she went to Indonesia to study with a family of batik artists. This was the beginning of a series of travels involving grassroots study and involvement in the local communities she visited. Formally, she studied fibre arts at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC. In 2003 she started her felt clothing line, Funk Shui, and she has been creating and selling out of her Granville Island atelier since 2006.


Earlier Event: April 7
Reverse Pattern-Drafting
Later Event: April 13
Entwined Lines: Exploratory Tapestry