INDIGO FIBER DYEING & RESIST TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL SNACK
August 1-4, 2018 ~ Harrisville Designs - 4 Mill Alley, Harrisville, NH 03450 ~ 603-827-3996
In August I will be teaching an Indigo Fiber Dyeing & Resist Techniques workshop at Harrisville Designs. As many of you may already know, I became the Creative Director of Harrisville Designs in September and moved my studio practice to New Hampshire. Teaching (and academia) has always been a passion of mine, so I am thrilled to be able to continue teaching in my new role. I invite you to come hang out with me, learn about indigo & explore the beautiful village of Harrisville — we have a boarding house in town that is extremely affordable, so it’s the perfect summer retreat.
In this course, you will learn the ins and outs of dyeing fiber, using synthetic indigo as a starting point. At the end of four days you will have a swatch book of indigo hues and resist patterns to use as a resource for future projects. We will explore resist processes such as ikat and shibori, and utilize techniques such as stitching, binding, clamping, wrapping and folding. The swatch book will be composed of yarn and fabric, with the option to also dye skeins of yarn, handmade clothing, cotton squares for quilting, and warps for weaving (ikat). Material experimentation and creative alternatives is encouraged, although the majority of the class will be focused on dyeing wool and cotton (silk if you want to spend the majority of your time practicing traditional shibori!). This workshop is meant to encourage creativity and spontaneity, and once all the techniques are reviewed, you will have the freedom to focus on whichever practice most inspires you.
Weather permitting, we will do all of our dyeing outside, with class discussions and breaks taking place in the Harrisville Designs studio. There will be looms available to those who wish to dye a warp and weave during the workshop.
Why synthetic indigo?
Natural indigo requires chemical reducing, which produces waste that can be harmful if not disposed of properly. Synthetic indigo requires fewer chemicals, creating a lower environmental impact and making it easier for the water filtration system to dispose of in Harrisville. Synthetic indigo requires fewer steps, but acts and looks the same as natural indigo. Although we will be using synthetic indigo in this course, a lesson on dyeing with natural indigo will be given along with detailed instructions. Those who would like to try natural indigo on their own will have the knowledge and insight to do so after this course.
To sign up for the class or if you have any questions please call the Harrisville Designs retail store at 603-827-3996. The retail store is open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
Harrisville Designs & The Cheshire Mills Boarding House
Take a step back in time and join Harrisville Designs for their 47th year of workshops, and study with incredible teachers from around the country who will inspire you to a new level of expertise. Harrisville Designs offers workshops on weaving, knitting, spinning, fiber dyeing, sewing, felting and more.
Harrisville Designs workshops are held on the second floor of the Bethuel Harris Mill building and overlook the Harrisville canal and mill pond originally operated on water-power. This beautiful brick building was built in the 1830’s as a spinning mill for locally raised wools, and it now houses the Harrisville Designs retail store and studio space. It is relished for its sunlit windows, fresh air and tranquility. Most classes meet daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; however, the studio is open to students 24 hours a day while class is in session. During 5-day workshops, students have the opportunity to tour our spinning mill and listen to a talk on the history of Harrisville.
Harrisville Designs highly recommends staying in their Cheshire Mills Boarding House while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop.