Caps, Caps, Caps
Jan
31
to Feb 2

Caps, Caps, Caps

This three-day introduction will lead you through the design and construction of a traditional European-style cloth cap. You may choose from two popular styles: the “newsboy” or “poor boy” style and the “flat cap” often identified as a driving hat. Although these hats appear deceptively simple, you will learn the special tailoring skills needed to enhance their fit and complete the desired look.

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Feb
7
to Feb 9

The Inkmaker's Pen

Making ink has much to recommend it. It may be done in small spaces. It does not require specialized equipment or expensive ingredients. The results may be quickly seen and put to use. The process has an element of alchemy about it, where mundane materials are transformed into something extraordinary. It can lead one to appreciate diverse histories, both of civilizations (for what civilization has not had writing at its centre?) and of artists and artistic movements.

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Feb
19
to Feb 23

The Master Hatter: A Study in Hat Making

Dive deep into the hatter’s art. In this five-day workshop, you will work from creative conception to finished hat. Mentored by Edie every step of the way, you will be guided through inspiration, design, styling, felt selection, fitting considerations, selection, and use of blocks (from Edie’s own unique collection of traditional and contemporary blocks).

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Feb
27
to Mar 1

Baskets: Working with Flat Materials

Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. In this course students will explore weaving techniques associated with flat materials, such as plaiting twill, flat and three-dimensional diagonal plaiting, and single sheet free-form construction. These techniques offer a broad exposure to basketry construction.

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Feb
28
to Mar 1

The Art of Embroidery

This fast-paced workshop will introduce a long list of traditional embroidery stitches. As the class progresses, emphasis will shift to variations and combinations of these stitches, with experimentation leading to a means of personal expression. For those interested in shisha mirror work, we will study the art of attaching mirrors to fabric with thread.

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Mar
6
to Mar 8

Sculptural Cloth & Silk Painting

This version of Izabela’s popular silk painting workshop emphasizes a range of creative sculptural effects through pleating. Izabela’s innovations in surface design emerge from a passion for texture and colour. Her methods of hand-painting silk and applying multiple arashi shibori techniques produces finished cloth with unique three-dimensional forms.

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Mar
6
to Mar 8

Creative Rug Hooking

The world’s most impressive folk artistry often comes from repurposing materials. In this class students will learn how to hook rugs as most early practitioners did, with wide (1/4") strips of reused woolen fabrics. Reclaimed wool is both ethical and sustainable, and it results in unexpected yet felicitous juxtapositions of texture and colour. 

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Mar
11
to Mar 15

Katazome

Katazome is a Japanese textile art form that incorporates elements of printmaking and painting. It relies on simple natural materials: paper, pigments, rice paste, and soymilk. Join Cheryl Lawrence in this intensive five-day course as you go through all the steps involved in creating traditional and contemporary katazome designs on silk, cotton, and linen.

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Mar
19
to Mar 22

Natural Dyes: Print & Paint

The ability to thicken natural dyes, tannins, and mordants opens up possibilities for creating designs on fabric that are simply not possible with immersion dyeing. Learning the art of mixing natural dyes extends this potential into new realms. In this workshop participants will study the techniques of preparing natural dyes and mordants so that they can be used for direct application.

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Mar
28
to Mar 29

Obsessive Chain-Stitch

Chain-stitch is often used to embroider a line, but when it is packed together to form a continuous surface, it creates a sheen of great opulence. Varying the thickness, direction, and shading of threads permits the embroiderer to achieve painterly effects as well as convey a sense of motion and depth ...

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Apr
1
to Apr 5

The Natural Dye Studio

Charllotte Kwon’s passionate study of natural dyeing techniques has led her to visit and work with traditional artisan cultures around the world. In this new expanded version of her popular workshop, she and her daughter Sophena Kwon will teach a full study of natural dyes and then take this knowledge even further with direct application and patterning techniques ...

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Apr
1
to Apr 2

From Mark Making to Stitch

Develop your creativity with UK-based textile artist Ekta Kaul. Students will discover the transformative power of moving between media as they create a repertoire of stitched surfaces in response to mark making. Students will learn to explore drawing, layering, collage, and playing with scale to produce exciting visual compositions.

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Apr
3
to Apr 5

Mapping Memory

This course will focus on how to use the stitch to make commemorative maps expressing memories related to place. Inspiration will be drawn from personal photographs, maps, objects or souvenirs that can act as prompts for exploring memories.  Students will learn to create visual compositions and then translate them into stitched patterns and textures evoking memories of land, location and people.

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Apr
15
to Apr 16

Introduction to Sprang

We begin on a pre-warped frame with the basic stitch and learn to create a very elastic cloth. The focus is on the “stitch,” how to use your fingers to manipulate the threads, how to identify and correct “irregularities,” how to avoid mistakes, and how to deliberately introduce irregularities as design elements. Explore some finishing methods as you transform the first piece into a small bag or hat. Once you have completed the first piece, learn to set up a new “sprang” from scratch.

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Apr
17
to Apr 19

The Garden Dyepot

Autumn leaves lifted from the rain-spattered sidewalk often leave a print behind. When collecting produce from the garden, one often encounters a range of colours held within flowers, leaves, roots, and stalks. The chromatic potential of what lies just beyond our front door provides a jumping-off point to consider options for contact printing, pressing, steaming, and immersion dyeing.

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Apr
17
to Apr 19

Intermediate Sprang

For those who want to take sprang to the next level—explore with an expert. Learn to set up and work a circular warp. Find out the easy way to make holes on purpose, and how to place them to form designs and lace patterns. Use the lean of the stitch and coloured thread to create patterns. Discover shaping methods to form garments such as mittens, vests, and socks. You will learn how to read and write patterns and gain a better understanding of sprang structure. 

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Apr
21
to Apr 25

The Nature of Colour

For dyers, this is our most talked-about workshop. Michel Garcia’s deep knowledge of dye chemistry is communicated in metaphor, humour, and wit. Students learn not only what happens with dyes but why. This year we have included an indigo component (previously a stand-alone workshop titled: The Organic Vat). This is an advanced class. Students must have some experience with mordants and natural dyes.

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Apr
22
to Apr 26

Pattern Drafting: Working from the Block

In architectural terms, pattern blocks are the foundation for all garment construction. In this advanced five-day workshop, students will learn how to manipulate and alter a basic set of dress blocks (bodice, skirt, and sleeve) through flat-pattern drafting techniques. Students will learn dart manipulation, sleeve variations, skirt variations, neckline and collar variations, and techniques to create style lines and add fullness.

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Apr
30
to May 3

Creative Studio

This workshop is one of our most inspiring and creative, so much so that we have students who have taken it more than once. Students come to answer the question, how can creativity be tapped, mined, or made to flow when we need it most? In this original workshop, students will travel on an exploratory adventure, discovering techniques and letting go of assumptions that may hold them back. ...

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May
2
to May 4

9th Century Islamic Box Binding

In this intensive three-day workshop, students will be introduced to the history of early Islamicate bookbinding by making their own leatherbound box binding. Starting with handmade paper from Sanganer, India, students will prepare sections and wooden cover boards for sewing. As the class progresses, students will be introduced to sewn headbands, simple leather work and clasp making.

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May
6
to May 10

Couture Hand-Sewing

In this workshop students will explore the world of couture sewing by fully constructing a garment using hand sewing techniques. No machines are involved here. You will develop an appreciation for the skill of the human hand and its role in quality constructed garments. These are skills that anyone can learn ...

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May
6
to May 10

The Book of North Country Shifu

North Country Shifu is Velma’s take on traditional technique, directed toward textile, paper, and book objects that demand haptic exploration and enjoyment. The class will make, spin, weave, and write on paper with stitch and colour. You will learn to evaluate and prepare a sheet of fine, long-fibred kozo or lokta paper to spin into kami-ito. The kami-ito is the thread that we will weave into shifu. Students will work with drop spindles and then weave on “stump looms” that we build ourselves.

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May
25
to Jun 5

Clothing the Journeywoman: A Masterclass with India Flint

For this masterclass Charllotte and I have put our heads together and collaborated to design the journeywoman’s dress. It’s a timeless design that will suit you whether you’re an earth goddess or wood sprite, that will become not just your travel essential but an everyday favourite. Lovingly produced in a range of fabrics including stalwart linen and luxurious handwoven silk, the dress is ready to be embellished with stitch, appliqué, and overdye.

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May
27
to May 31

Design Studio

Spend five full days immersed in design. Design is everything. It is the reason an art piece works or fails. Design often functions just below the conscious surface, influencing the audience and guiding them toward a more profound engagement with the work. 

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Jun
5
to Jun 7

The Colour Workshop

This workshop will give students a theoretical and creative grounding in working with colour. Classical theories of colour put forth by Newton, Goethe, and Itten will be introduced. The language of colour will be covered, giving a grounding in harmony, value, saturation, and hue ...

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Jun
10
to Jun 14

Stitch Resist Masterclass

This workshop thoroughly explores stitch-resist shibori. Jane Callender is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative artisans working in stitch-resist today. An accomplished instructor and author, Jane returns this year to teach this comprehensive masterclass. Students will refine skills in stitching, itajime, cylinder-wrapping, pleating, and binding. We will then move on to lesser known techniques such as hotaru shibori and shirokage shibori. Experience with stitch-resist is necessary for this workshop.

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Jun
12
to Jun 14

The Fedora Then & Now

In this three-day class, Edie will guide you through the use of a unique collection of traditional equipment and blocks to create a felted fur fedora. You will have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques of steaming, blocking, pouncing, wiring, sizing, finishing, lining, trimming, and embellishing using machine and hand stitching.

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Jun
26
to Jun 28

Shibori & Indigo

The magnificence of indigo blues has thrilled artisans of almost all cultures and times. The transformation of cloth dipped in indigo suggests a potency recognized by craftspeople all over the world. When combined with the many variations of shibori resist techniques, the result is blue and white patterning that ranges from simple motifs to elegant three-dimensional pleating.

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