Felt Garment Making, Eco Printing and Acid Dyes
Janet King, Instructor
June 26-30, 2017 (9am-4pm)
Material Fee: $130*
Janet King, an award winning fiber artist, has been hand-making felt since 2009. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her unique approaches to fiber including Best of Show at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Juried Show in 2015. The first ever fiber artist to win this coveted award.
Join Janet, professional educator and artist, for a week of advanced feltmaking and dye work. First, learn to draft a pattern and then create a custom garment (dress or coat or top & skirt) for yourself out of lightweight felt you make from natural, renewable, luscious silks and extra soft merino.
Next, learn to eco print using plants from around Whidbey while practicing on silk scarves. Find out how to use elements naturally contained in the plants and permanent, professional grade dyes to create sophisticated designs.
Finally, choose your favorite leaf prints and color palette and dye your felted garment!
Prior experience using a flat resist necessary in order to complete garment.
*Supply Fee: $130: To insure that all students have the exact items needed for this process I will buy in bulk for all students. This will ensure you success with your project and save everyone some money.
You will use and/or take with you all of the following:
I will provide:
- Pattern Paper and Resist Materials
- Duct Tape, Needles and Upholstery Thread
- Yards of Undyed Silk
- Silk Scarves
- A Pound of Undyed Fine Merino
- Undyed Long Wool Locks Raised on Whidbey
- Tubes and Rods
- Plastic Wrap and Very Thick Construction Plastic
- Painters Plastic – 4 rolls each 9-ft by 12-ft
- Tyvek Markers, Permanent Markers and Pins
- Ziplock bags
- Paper Towels
- Polyester Fabric to make strips
- 1/2 -inch and 1-inch all-purpose brushes
You Should Bring:
- Olive oil soap grated ahead of time on fine grate of cheese grater or buy a bar from Janet $2.00 each
- 3 or 4 old but clean bath towels
- Pool Noodle – full length (some are available at school to borrow if you are flying in to take class)
- 2 to 4 wood dowels at least 1-inch diameter (the rest of your wood closet pole) cut 10-inches long
- Old wood rod from a closet or PVC pipe 3-ft long (Let Janet know if you are flying and need her to provide this for you to borrow)
- Patterned and solid dyed silks in 1 to 2-foot squares for trim – coordinate them with your yarns
- Natural fiber yarns for adding to trim design
- Small baggies of matching merino for trim
- Personal sized disposable drinking water bottle (x3) empty or your favorite tool for applying water solution to dry fiber.
- 6 old nylon socks or strips of pantyhose cut about 15 inches long and 2 inches wide. If you prefer you can substitute old cotton sheets cut into strips.
- Scissors to cut plastic
- Scissors to cut fabric
- Kitchen rubber gloves
- Comfortable shoes
- Special buttons or favorite clasp to design around
- Silk roving
Eco Printing with Acid Dyes (also known as Medium Print) is an emerging method which combines classical textile dying techniques (Professional synthetic dyes) with eco printing (contact printing with plants). This technique was developed by Olga Kazanskaya and Dina Ronina of Germany and Russia.