Silk to Dye (and Bead! and Sew!) For
With Katrina Walker
Mar 20, 10am-12pm and 2-4pm CDT;
Mar 21, 2-4pm CDT
Immerse yourself in the world of silk wearable art by creating hand-dyed and beaded scarves and a beautifully versatile poncho-style shrug.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of this class for 7 days following the event.
We begin our silk adventure with an introduction to silk dyeing, using instant-set silk dyes. These special dyes make the process very easy so you can focus on enjoying color.
During Session 1, you will learn a very simple method as you dye silk scarves, a pocket square, and a yard of silk chiffon. Explore hands-on how to mix custom colors using color theory, and create fun patterns such as plaids.
Session 2 will focus on beadwork, as you learn to create a beautiful latticework fringe on one of your custom-dyed scarves. You’ll use a variety of crystal-colored seed beads, rondelles, and drop beads (all included in the kit). Alternative forms of fringe will also be shown and discussed.
In Session 3, we will see how to take your beautifully unique silk-chiffon yardage and stitch a versatile poncho-style shrug. Katrina will share her tips and tricks for making chiffon easy to sew with a basic sewing machine – no fancy stitches required. You will learn to sew French seams and baby hems. It’s such an easy project you will want to make many more to wear or give as gifts!
This adventure is perfect for both beginners and advanced textile enthusiasts – anyone who loves to work with color and fabric! Join us for a truly fabulous textile adventure.
Katrina Walker is known for her silk expertise, having been a longtime faculty member of The Silk Experience and author of many articles on sewing, beading, and embroidering silk. Her hand dyed, painted, and beaded scarves were a popular item at The Bird’s Nest Gallery in Port Townsend, Washington.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Must know how to sew a simple seam on a basic sewing machine.
A kit is required for this class and a $53 kit fee will be added at checkout. The kit includes: 6-color Colorhue dye set and pipettes, 2 silk scarves, 1 practice scarf or pocket square, and 1 yd silk chiffon, seed beads, diamond-shaped rondelles, and drops, beading needles, thread, beading mat, and threader
For dye work:
__Quart-sized plastic containers – minimum of 8 for both dyes and water. Also recommended – small plastic cups (wide opening)
__Plastic coverings for tables, counters, and/or floor
__Old towels (optional)
__Textile detergent (optional) — either Dharma brand or Synthrapol
__Gloves (either rubber, nitrile, or latex)
__Bucket for dye disposal
__Bucket for clean water
__Bucket for rinsing between colors
Optional for beadwork:
__Lighted magnifying glass
For sewing :
__Spray starch, Terial Magic, or PerfectSew for preparing fabric prior to cutting and sewing
__Basic sewing machine (we will use a straight stitch)
__Needle and bobbin thread to coordinate with dyed fabric, standard sewing-weight or lighter (#50-#100). As long as it is good quality (not vintage), it can be polyester, cotton, silk, or rayon.
__Size 80/12 microtex or topstitch needle
__Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins
Optional sewing tools:
__1/4″ sewing foot
__Appliqué scissors or similar, suitable for trimming close to stitching