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I love to teach! Researching a topic, learning how things are done and sharing with others is one of my favourite things to do. There are many ways to approach a subject, many methods, and techniques. My aim is to teach you something new and to help you to explore a topic further. I also plan to foster an environment that will encourage students to feel free to create and build upon their personal skills, talents, and experiences from the beginner to the experienced artists.

Note: Due to Covid 19 I am not teaching in person workshops. Hopefully by September 2021 I will be able to meet in person.

Dye a Colour Wheel Rainbow Low Water Immersion

This is a great course for a group of friends or those curious about dyeing fabric. Dye a Colour Wheel Rainbow with 3 primary colours of Procion MX Dyes using a low water immersion technique. You will dye 12 cotton FQ’s of good quality quilting cotton in large drink cups or Ziplock bags. Written notes supplied to all participants at class.

Experience Needed: Beginner

Length of Class: Half Day Workshop: 3 – 3.5 hours. 

Cost: $ 40 per participant

Kit Fee:  Prepared for dyeing fabric cut into 12 Fat Quarter’s. Mixed dye used in class, dye pan, dye cups or zippered bags, gloves, dye chemicals, instruction booklet, miscellaneous supplies.

Dyeing for Quilters Low Water Immersion

A more in-depth course for quilters detailing mixing your own dyes, dyeing gradients and tints to achieve more colours for your dye experience.  More tips and techniques for the dyer included. We will use 3 primary dyes and a black to create your work. You will be shown the basic techniques in the morning and allowed time in the afternoon to create another colour as a gradient or tint. Demos of some further techniques will be done such as basic shibori techniqueswith lowwater immersion.  Instruction booklet included. This class assumes prior knowledge. 

Experience Needed: Confident Beginner to Intermediate

Length of Class: Full day workshop: 5 – 6 hours

Cost: $ 80 per participant

Kit Fee: Prepared for dyeing fabric used, dyes, dye pan, simple shibori resists, gloves, cups or zippered bags, instruction booklet included, and miscellaneous supplies. Kit fee based on supplies consumed in class.

Dye Another Day for Quilters Low Water Immersion

You are comfortable with the dye basics classes, but you want to learn  and dye some more. The class would be based on having the teacher explore colour by more primary dyeing.  Teach some new to them techniques such as shibori, flat dyeing, thicken dyes or dye painting.

Experience Need: Intermediate

Length of Class: Full day workshop: 5 – 6 hours

Cost: $ 80

Kit Fee: Prepared for dyeing fabric used, dyes, dye pan, simple shibori resists, gloves, cups or zippered bags, Instruction booklet included, and miscellaneous supplies. Kit fee based on supplies consumed in class. Kit supplies to be discussed with instructor on booking.

Ice Dyeing with Procion MX Dyes

Ice dyeing is an interesting technique that uses ice or snow to dye with regular Procion MX dyes. The student will dye 6 FQ and a silk scarf if desired. The student will learn how primary and non primary dyes can split when used with ice and snow. The method used in this class will use Procion MX dyes, ice cubes and soda ash prepared fabric. Wonderful designs can be made with simple shibori folds and resists. Instruction booklet included.

Experience Needed: Beginner

Length of Class: Half Day workshop: 3 to 3.5 hours

Cost: $ 40 per participant

Kit Fee:   6 Fat Quarters of prepared for dyeing fabric, Procion MX dyes used, ice, soda ash, gloves, dye pan, simple resists, and miscellaneous supplies.

 Optional silk scarves are available at class for purchase to dye with.

Dyeing with Indigo For Beginners

***This class has a physical component that may be difficult for some participants. Standing for long time periods, lifting, and bending are required. If you have questions about ability, please discuss with instructor before the class to see if we can accommodate you.***

Dyeing with a pre reduced indigo vat to create the lovely blue that people so admire. A brief history of indigo will be discussed along with the types of vats possible. Safety procedures, starting a pre reduced vat, shibori folds that can be used, a show of samples, dipping and creating fabric and more. Supplies to involved in the folds and shapes are provided in class for the students use.

The students will share a vat with other student(s) as they help one another dip their work. Time is included to open the bundles to take home. Instruction booklet included.  Up to 10 Fat Quarters can be dyed in this class and one silk scarf.  Instruction booklet included.

Experience Needed: Beginner

Length of class: Full day workshop: 5 – 6 hours

Cost: $90

Kit Fee:  Kit includes all the supplies needed to dye 10 fat quarters of prepared for dyeing fabric and supplies used in class such as indigo vat, consumable supplies, gloves, dye pan and use of resists prepared for shibori techniques. Optional silk scarves are available at class for purchase to dye with. 

Indigo Dyeing Some More….

Must have previous experience.  

*** This class has a physical component that may be difficult for some participants. Standing for long time periods, lifting, and bending is required. If you have questions about ability, please discuss with instructor before the class to see if we can accommodate you.

Want to dye some more? Learn more about Shibori folding, machine and hand stitching resist and wrapping on poles. An indigo class to come and dye some more fabric with the easy chemical reduced indigo vat, using supplies from the instructor. Discuss stitched shibori and do a simple stitched resist. Learn more complex fold and resists. Instructor will help class get through making some unique pieces to use in their work. Instruction booklet included.

Experience Needed: Intermediate

Length of Class: Full day workshop: 5 – 6 hours.

Kit Fee:  For supplies used in class such as indigo vat, consumable supplies, and gloves.

 Extra materials used available for purchase – dye pans, prepared for dyeing fabric and scarves.

Eco Printing – Beginner on Fabric

A great workshop as an intro to the very popular eco printing world.  Many have booked for a group activity for friends.

You will create one unique personal silk scarf using a dependable printing technique of alum mordanted fabric and using an “iron” blanket. Leaves and mordent will be supplied by teacher. An instruction booklet is included.

Experience Needed: Beginner

Length of Class:  Half Day workshop: 3 – 3 ½ hours

Cost: $40

Kit Fee: Fee One silk scarf 72” by , one cotton “blanket” scarf size, mordent and  miscellaneous supplies used.

Eco Printing – Beginner on Paper

This workshop with explore creating beautiful eco prints on paper to use in cards, mixed media and more. This is the same type of technique used in eco printing on fabric but some different methods and mordanting used. Paper often takes colour from flowers where fabric does not as easily.  Instruction booklet included.

Experience Needed: Beginner

Length of Class: Half Day workshop– 3 to 3.5 hours

Cost:  $ 40

Kit Fee:  Leaves, mordants and dyes, gloves and consumables.

Bring your own paper.

Eco Printing and Beyond!  

Loved creating your scarf and cotton blanket? Take this next level class to learn more about the properties of eco printing. Learn more about which leaves work and why. Learn a different method to get colour into your eco printing by adding a natural dye blanket to your silk scarf or cellulose based fabric. Dive into a new world of colour and printing that will lead you to see nature and fabric a new way. You may dye cellulose or silk fabric.

Experience Needed: Intermediate

Length of Time: Full day workshop:  5 – 6 hours

Cost: $80

Kit Fee:  Consumables, leaves, dye baths.  Fabrics to save time and create consistent results must be prepped before class by the teacher.  Cotton, silk, or linen must be chosen and discussed with teacher. We will be producing samples for you to be able to see what results can be made.

Note: If you use your own fabrics you need to scour them with an acceptable method for that fabric. This must be done to keep up with the class. Please contact teacher.

Things to consider before selecting a class.

  1. Please read all class requirements in the course description.
  2. Classes are either full day (5-6 hours) or a half day workshop (3-3 1/5 hours)
  3. Beginner classes require no special prior knowledge to take.
  4. Experience Beginner and Intermediate classes require the basics for a foundation we will plan to build upon. You may take an experienced class if you have taken an introductory class before from me or someone else. Participant will need to contact me so we can discuss class suitability.
  5. All classes require some physical movement and standing. Some classes require good mobility, stamina and are quite physical in nature. Such requirements may be standing for long periods, lifting, and bending. When such are requirements are required it will be stated. Please make sure you are able to participate fully as outlined. I want you to be successful.
  6. Group Workshop and Lectures fee deposit on booking. Payment due month prior to event.
  7. Workshops available for a 6-participant minimum to a 20-participant maximum depending on venue. Please discuss before booking.
  8. In case of cancellation of a lecture or workshop they can be rescheduled or a cancellation fee of 10% will be applied.
  9. Kits are available for all applicable classes to ensure that the participant has the correct supplies needed for the class and will get satisfactory results. *Kit fee will be based on current market prices and will be calculated at time of booking.*

Contact for further information:

Jo – Anne Vandermey

jovdmey@gmail.com