I'm teaching some classes at Etsy

Hey long lost internet! I know I've been neglecting you, but I swear I have been doing lots of work :)

I'm teaching some classes at Etsy Labs in Brooklyn this August, September and October. They are going to be really fun affordable classes (see the listings below) in Printing, Dyeing, and Felting. I'm both nervous and excited to teach textiles and printing.....yikes! Come down to the Labs, everyone is so nice there!

*Print with Heat!*
Saturday, August 16, 2008

Screen printing is messy and digital printing is so expensive, why not learn to put imagery onto fabric using heat! Etsy Labs has a sweet little heat press where we can print on t-shirts, dresses, pillowcases, you name it! And you can continue to print at home using your regular home iron. I'll teach a variety of ways to print using heat to transfer your print onto a range of surfaces. We will print with colored paints, metallic foil, and flock. I will bring all the printing materials, you just bring what you want to print on and ideas of what you want to print.

*Intro to Dyeing*
Saturdays, September 20 & 27, 2008

There is more to dyeing fabric than just an ol' box of RIT dye! The colors from natural dyes are very soft and rich and impossible to create with modern chemical dyes. The first class we'll learn how to mix up the natural dyes. You will learn how to make natural dye from vegetables, spices and leaves (provided). We will also try a variety of other hot and cold water chemical dyes the second week. Bring in any fabric you want to dyes. The lighter the base fabric, the more accurate the dye will be, but sometimes lovely layers can be created by dyeing over other things. We will also practice techniques to create patterns through dyeing, using methods like shibori & batik.

*Feltmaking from Scratch*
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Spend an evening fooling around with wool. Learn to make felt from wool fibers with just soap and water. Felt is so easy to work with and handmade felt is so much nicer than what you can buy at the craft store! Make fabric, buttons, rope, balls & pompoms and a whole lot more. Come with ideas for what you need in your own work and we will figure out how to make it. I will bring a wools in a variety of colors for everyone to play with. if you're not sure what to make with this amazing fiber I will have a couple of project ideas to give you. Felt is fun! No experience necessary.