Monday, May 9, 2016

News from The Net Loft!

Dotty writes:

Attention Northwind Quilters!
Net Loft Fiber & Friends: FIsherFolk is coming.  A weeklong event celebrating the connections between fishing and the FiberArts.
There will be some workshops that quilters may be interested in attending.

1. Color Theory for Textiles     One Day Session    Friday, July 1

Instructor: Terri Stavig  (
Many of us find ourselves intimidated and confused by color.  We often lack the confidence to use color in our textile pursuits. This class is designed to give participants an academic and practical color experience that will build their confidence in using the principles of color in all areas of their textile filled lives. During this six-hour class, students will explore and create the following Color Theory concepts:
  The Color Wheel 

  Color Shades, Tints and Tones 

  The Science of Color Combinations 

  Neutrals and Their Affect on Color 

  Color Analysis 

Students should bring to class multiple samples of textiles and fibers that appeal to them for analysis during class.
Participants will spend the entire day immersed in color by creating their own color handbook. This handbook will serve as a reference for current and future textile experiences.
Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Cost: $100.00 Class fee includes lunch and dyeing supplies 

2. Color of Cordova: Natural Dyes on Fabric and Wool   Two Day Session     Saturday & Sunday, Juily 2-3
This would be great for quilters both the fabric and for creating naturally dyed wool FABRIC for wool applique.
This class will journey outdoors to collect and dye with a variety of local plants in and around Cordova and discover what colors they produce. The options include windfall, common flowers, ferns and pine cones – the list goes on! Responsible gathering will be discussed and encouraged. In addition, we will experiment with the ancient traditional dyes such as cochineal insects, madder root, osage sawdust and walnut hulls to complete our color wheel.  On the second day, we will dip our dyed fabrics into indigo and experience over-dyeing to create even more beautiful colors.  Students will receive information about common dye plants plus recipes and procedures for naturally dyeing at home and setting up and using an indigo vat.  All fabric will be provided and are enough for a small project. As a bonus, Kathy will also be covering dyeing on yarn for those interested.
Please dress for outdoor activities and bring a gathering bag or bucket, garden gloves and a pair of clippers or scissors.
Length: 2 days (12 hours)
Cost: $250.00   Class fee includes lunch and dyeing supplies.

3. Natural Dyes - Indigo Blues: The Fisherman's Colorway   One Day Session - Tuesday June 28

Indigo refers both to the blue pigment used as a dye and to indigo plants of the genus Indigofera. Indigo dye has been used for thousands of years by civilizations all over the world to dye fabric blue. It has been the most famous and most widely used natural dye throughout history. This workshop will explore the basic principles of Indigo Dyeing. (build a vat, balance, dip)
Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Cost: $125.00   Class fee includes lunch and dyeing supplies.

4. Tuesday Evening 7 pm.  
Kathy Hattori will be at the Cordova Center for a drop  in town indigo dye. We will have more information on this available as we get closer, but you would be able to bring a small piece of cotton fabric to dip in the indigo pot. I thought this would also be great to overdye a pice of grey or natural wool fabric for a unique indigo fabric swatch. First thing that cam to my mind was dyeing a swatch to wool applique blueberries!
This is a complimentary dip and follows an all day indigo class that day. 

There are still opportunities available for volunteering which can reduce the cost of your registration.
Please contact Dotty Widmann at The Net Loft for any further questions.

Thank you!!

Dotty Widmann

The Net Loft
Traditional Handcrafts
140 Adams Avenue
PO Box 880
Cordova, Alaska  99574 the beautiful shores of Prince William Sound
"Follow the fish, Follow the knitting."