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The Nine-Patch Field Coat

  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)
The Nine Patch Field Coat

With India Flint

$995 [Includes $150 lab fee] class limit 16. Sept 25-29 (Wed-Sun) 10am-4pm.

Join India Flint for five days of stitching and dyeing and a bit of rather clever cutting to make a short one-size coat with a sweet twist. Why short? Field coats need to be hip-length so they don’t get damp or catch seeds when the wearer is walking through fields. 

Inspired by the exquisitely stitched ralli quilts of the subcontinent, the field coat will be dyed piece by piece using windfall leaves gathered around Maiwa East as well as eucalyptus leaves from commercial sources. Each student will receive a length of beautiful wool yardage. You’ll harvest pieces from pre-loved shirts to make pockets and closures, and maybe add plain undyed detail.

We’ll write a little poetry, talk about cloth and dyes and mordants, dye some threads, and share stories. This class is as much about the delights of the sisterly sewing circle as it is about making a unique and beautiful garment.

India joins us from Australia.

India will also guide an event.

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India Flint

In 2008, with the publication of her first book, Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles, India Flint brought a fresh new perspective to an ancient practice and rethought the entire dye process. Her book eloquently champions ecologically sustainable plant-based printing processes to give colour to cloth. When it first arrived on the scene, Eco Colour was both an eye-opener and a game-changer. Since then India has published Second Skin: Choosing and Caring for Textiles and Clothing and five additional titles exploring the connection between dyeing, wandering, cloth, and writing. India’s textiles have been exhibited internationally.

Earlier Event: September 24
Wonderlust Evening
Later Event: September 26