Past Textiles classes
Adire: A Yoruba Textile Art
Adire (Ah-Dee-Re) is the name given to indigo dyed cloth produced by the Yoruba women of Southwestern Nigeria, using a variety of resist dye techniques. Several varieties of Indigo plants grow in different parts of Nigeria, and the rich blue cloth was once produced in very limited quantities and was much coveted as a sign of wealth and abundance. In this two-day intensive class, students will learn the basics of two traditional methods of Adire – Adire Eleko (Cassava paste resist) and Adire Alabela (Soy Wax resist). Students also will learn about the rich textile craft history, trade, and symbology of this Yoruba textile art from a Nigerian-American artist.
Beginning Embroidery: Crewel Pillows
In this one-day workshop, students will create a one-of- a-kind embroidered pillow, using crewel embroidery techniques. Crewel embroidery is a form of free embroidery, in which one “paints” with stitches, using wool yarn and large areas of filling stitches to make a dense, textured design. Students will learn basic and advanced stitches, and can use one of several provided patterns or create their own. Each student will leave the workshop with an embroidered panel that is ready to be sewn into a pillow.
Floral Folk Embroidered Tunic
In this 4-week workshop, students will be guided through several folk embroidery styles on the way to creating a hand-embroidered, tunic-style dress or top. Beginning with a study of embroidered samples and images from Mexico, Hungary, and other cultures, students will design and embroider their own tunics, incorporating their own stories into their pieces. After learning basic stitches, students will design the yoke of their tunics, and learn how to combine stitches to embroider the patterns and motifs of their choosing. Each student will finish the class with uniquely designed, hand-embroidered pattern pieces that they can assemble into a dress or tunic top at home.
Indigo & Shibori
Shibori is a traditional Japanese term that applies to the many methods of folding, wrapping, and clamping fabric to create geometric and organic resist patterns. These simple techniques yield surprisingly beautiful patterns when paired with the versatile and powerful dye, indigo. In this one-day workshop, students will learn a brief history of indigo dye, how to extract the most color and potency from the dye bath, and several shibori techniques. Students will leave with a shibori sample book and patterned piece of yardage.
Machine Knitting: All Levels
In this weekend intensive, beginning students will learn how to design and construct knitted fabrics with a manually operated Brother Knitting Machine. Along with mastering basic operational knowledge of the knitting machine, emphasis will be placed on learning various knit construction techniques through sample-making and experimentation. Guided by color, texture, pattern, concept, and material research, students will create an extensive collection of knit swatches. Intermediate and advanced students will further explore punch cards with tuck stitch, lace, and/or knit weave patterning. Other techniques to be explored include shaping, knit cords, seaming, designing a shaped pattern, and other topics or requests raised by students. This workshop is hosted at teacher, Kayla Mattes' personal studio, beginning 6:30pm Friday night. The workshop will continue 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday.
Natural Dyes of the Columbia River Gorge
The Eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge, with its dramatic cliffs, rolling grasslands, and windswept hillsides is barely two hours from Portland, Oregon – yet, when you are there, it feels a thousand miles away. The area is home to an abundance of native plants valuable to natural dyers, such as balsam root, lupine, juniper, and bitterbrush. This workshop explores both the landscape of the Eastern Gorge and its rich and unusual dye plants. Students will learn to mordant cotton, silk and wool, and create light-fast dyes using native and local plants.
Tapestry is a weaving technique used to create complex pictorial imagery. Instead of passing weft yarns across the entire width of the weaving, forms are built up vertically with multiple colors. In this class we will cover warping, the trials and errors of planning an image-based design, various tapestry techniques, weft shading, and finishing techniques. Students will leave with a completed pictorial wall hanging. This class is suitable for brave beginners and intermediate weavers. This workshop begins on Friday evening (6:30-9:30pm), at Kayla Mattes personal studio in SE Portland, and continues 10am-4pm both Saturday & Sunday. More details will be provided upon registration.