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West County Fiber Arts

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August 2018

Batik & Indigo with Kori Hargreaves

August 11 @ 10:00 am - August 12 @ 4:00 pm
West County Fiber Arts, 3787 Ross Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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The art of beeswax resist has evolved in countless cultures around the globe as a method of creating intricate, multi-layered designs on textiles… In this class we will combine this expressive art with the beauty of natural indigo, and participants will get to wrap themselves in a weekend of beautiful blues and magical beeswax! The first day of the class will be devoted to learning how to apply wax resists to fabric, and experimenting with various tools and techniques in…

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Zapotec Natural Dyes with Porfirio Gutiérrez

August 18 @ 10:00 am - August 19 @ 4:00 pm
West County Fiber Arts, 3787 Ross Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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Natural materials have been used to produce dyes and colorants throughout much of human history. in Oaxaca, the way of learning has been passed down from generation to generation. Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez to learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context, and to make a range of richly colored dyes using natural colorants derived from indigo, cochineal and pericón (Mexican tarragon). In this 2-day workshop, we will mordant yarn and felt using…

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Trunk Show: The Weavings of Porfirio Gutiérrez and Family

August 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
West County Fiber Arts, 3787 Ross Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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We are honored to host master weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez at West County Fiber Arts, where he will be presenting a trunk show of his weavings on August 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. All proceeds are shared by the family. All weavings made by the family have a letter of authenticity that includes a list of natural dyes used in each piece and instructions on how to care for naturally-dyed weavings. This event is free and open to the public. More…

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September 2018

Bundle Dyeing / Eco Printing with Babs Behan

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
West County Fiber Arts, 3787 Ross Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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Join Babs Behan, author of the newly publish book, Botanical Inks: Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects and founder of Botanical Inks natural dye studio in England, for a 1-day intro workshop to bundle dyeing and eco printing with flowers and plant materials. Bundle dyeing is an innovative process which bypasses the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their herbal qualities into cloth. With plant vinegars, steam, a variety of simple fold and bind techniques…

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October 2018

Pine Needle Baskets with Judith Thomas

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
West County Fiber Arts, 3787 Ross Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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Explore the beauty and simplicity of this ancient form of basket making. Learn how to work with pine needles to create a small coiled basket using the universal weaving technique of “coiling” — using a tapestry needle and waxed linen thread or raffia to bind the bundles of needles together as they spiral out and then up. Information about how to source materials including gathering, preparing, and preserving needles will be covered. All materials are included. We will have a potluck lunch,…

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