Textile Day @ South Durham Farmers' Market
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Textile Day @ South Durham Farmers' Market

Join us for textile day at the South Durham Farmer's Market! We will have hand-spinning demonstrations, live alpacas and my sweet Angora rabbit, Otto. There will be yarn, natural dyes, and lots of other fun fiber-related things to enjoy. Learn all about your regional textile system. The farmer's market: it's not just for food!  www.southdurhamfarmersmarket.org.

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Workshop: Block printed tea towels @ Indio Durham
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Block printed tea towels @ Indio Durham

Let's gather at one of the most beautifully curated gift shops in Durham- Indio! We'll create unique block prints on natural fiber tea towels and explore the process of transferring patterns, using found materials to create prints, and various carving techniques. Templates will be provided, but students are encouraged to use their own creativity to make original prints. They make wonderful gifts, too:)

Sign up at www.indiodurham.com

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Workshop: Dyeing with reds @ Durham Arts Council
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Dyeing with reds @ Durham Arts Council

Class Description :

In this workshop, participants will focus on creating varied shades of red using natural, plant- and animal-based dyes. From cochineal to madder, we will discuss the ways in which our beautiful Earth provides us with a color palette unmatched by synthetic dyes. We will discuss and experiment with different mordants and afterbaths. Participants will begin to create their own natural dye reference book using the samples they create in class. All students will take home a fine quality hand-dyed scarf, which they’ll make during the workshop. A $75 materials fee is due to instructor for dyes, scarf and additional materials.

To register: https://reg130.imperisoft.com/DurhamArts/ProgramDetail/3634373539/Registration.aspx

 

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Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Carrboro Arts Center
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Carrboro Arts Center

Join me for a three-hour workshop that focuses on one of many inspiring Japanese hand-craft techniques- sashiko. The literal translation means “small stabs,” an intricate, somewhat tedious technique that was once used in boro-style mending. Sashiko became a widely used decorative stitching technique and is still practiced today. In the US and around the world, it’s being resurrected as a mending technique used on jeans- but it’s so much more than that.  Join me for a three-hour session that digs deeper into the practice of sashiko. We’ll cover:

-basic practice

-tools

-laying out and preparing a pattern

-history of sashiko in Japan and around the world

Link coming soon!

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Copy of Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Gather Goods Co. in Cary
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Copy of Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Gather Goods Co. in Cary

Join me for a three-hour workshop that focuses on one of many inspiring Japanese hand-craft techniques- sashiko. The literal translation means “small stabs,” an intricate, somewhat tedious technique that was once used in boro-style mending. Sashiko became a widely used decorative stitching technique and is still practiced today. In the US and around the world, it’s being resurrected as a mending technique used on jeans- but it’s so much more than that.  Join me for a three-hour session that digs deeper into the practice of sashiko. We’ll cover:

-basic practice

-tools

-laying out and preparing a pattern

-history of sashiko in Japan and around the world

Link coming soon!

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Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Carrboro Arts Center
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Carrboro Arts Center

Join me for a three-hour workshop that focuses on one of many inspiring Japanese hand-craft techniques- sashiko. The literal translation means “small stabs,” an intricate, somewhat tedious technique that was once used in boro-style mending. Sashiko became a widely used decorative stitching technique and is still practiced today. In the US and around the world, it’s being resurrected as a mending technique used on jeans- but it’s so much more than that.  Join me for a three-hour session that digs deeper into the practice of sashiko. We’ll cover:

-basic practice

-tools

-laying out and preparing a pattern

-history of sashiko in Japan and around the world

Link coming soon!

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Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Durham Arts Council
Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Workshop: Sashiko hand-stitching @ Durham Arts Council

Join me for a three-hour workshop that focuses on one of many inspiring Japanese hand-craft techniques- sashiko. The literal translation means “small stabs,” an intricate, somewhat tedious technique that was once used in boro-style mending. Sashiko became a widely used decorative stitching technique and is still practiced today. In the US and around the world, it’s being resurrected as a mending technique used on jeans- but it’s so much more than that.  Join me for a three-hour session that digs deeper into the practice of sashiko. We’ll cover:

-basic practice

-tools

-laying out and preparing a pattern

-history of sashiko in Japan and around the world

Link to register: https://reg130.imperisoft.com/DurhamArts/ProgramDetail/3634373538/Registration.aspx

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Shibori Dyeing @1870 Farm
Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Shibori Dyeing @1870 Farm

This workshop is geared toward teens and adults! We will walk through the basics of Shibori dyeing using natural indigo, our hands, and our imaginations to create beautiful hand-dyed prints on fabric. 

Details will be posted on 1870’s website by mid-March. Www.1870.com for more info.

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May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Macrame basics @Indio Durham

This will be such a fun class! We are going to walk through the basics of macrame and complete a beautiful wall hanging that doubles as a hanging planter, all while enjoying the ambiance at the lovely Indio Durham. All supplies included. Details will be on Indio’s website by mid-March. 

Don’t miss this class!

www.indiodurham.com

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Intermediate Techniques in Natural Dyeing @Durham Arts Council
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Intermediate Techniques in Natural Dyeing @Durham Arts Council

Students who have had some basic exposure to natural dyeing: this one’s for you!

Learn more concentrated techniques such as over-dyeing, working with different mordants/afterbaths, and color mixing. Students will work with sample-sized pieces of natural fiber fabric to build their catalog of natural dye examples. 

More information here: https://reg130.imperisoft.com/DurhamArts/ProgramDetail/3539303133/Registration.aspx

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Intro to Macrame @Durham Arts Council
Mar
27
9:30 AM09:30

Intro to Macrame @Durham Arts Council

Five-week workshop on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30, beginning 3/27.

We will navigate the basics of macrame including:

-accurately measuring how much cording is needed

-basic knots

-finishing techniques

Each participant will design and complete his or her own wall hanging as the culminating project. 

Sign up at www.durhamarts.org

 

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Carolina FiberFest: Indigo Dye Workshop
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Carolina FiberFest: Indigo Dye Workshop

Join me for two days of indigo dyeing. I’ll be leading workshops on both Friday and Saturday, and sitting in on a panel discussion with other textile artists/business owners. 

Find more info at www.carolinafiberfest.org

This is an amazing event and a wonderful way to connect with your regional textile community. Come see me at the NC Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This is a highlight of the year, for sure!

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Carrboro ArtsCenter Elf Fair
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Carrboro ArtsCenter Elf Fair

This will be TTC’s first appearance at the Carrboro ArtsCenter’s Elf Fair. Diana is so excited to spend the day with many talented vendors in such a wonderful venue! TTC will have scarves, gifts, candles and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list, so be sure to come check us out!! Looking forward to seeing you there.

For more info: http://artscenterlive.org/elf-market-2017/

 

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Boro and Sashiko: The art of visible mending
Oct
8
2:00 PM14:00

Boro and Sashiko: The art of visible mending

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of decorative stitching, sashiko, and a practical boro-style stitching, a visible mending technique. These trendy skills are useful for repairing clothes and textiles and for adding your own touch to old clothes and thrift store finds. Diana will walk through the basics on how to design and stitch a range of decorative sashiko patterns and how to use visible mending to repair clothing and linens. Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of jeans, an item of clothing, or a home textile to visibly mend during the workshop. Scrap material for practice will be provided as well as needles, thread and thimbles.

$25 per person

Sign up: www.indiodurham.com

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Presentation: Eco Color - Natural Dyeing in North Carolina
Mar
25
11:00 AM11:00

Presentation: Eco Color - Natural Dyeing in North Carolina

Carolina Fiberfest - NC State Fairgrounds

Natural dyeing is making a comeback! Join textile artist Diana Cathcart for a visual exploration of natural dyeing in North Carolina. Participants will learn about native dyestuffs that grow in the Piedmont region of NC, as well as non-native plants that can be grown here with relative ease. Diana will give a brief overview of the natural dye process as well. Attendees are encouraged to ask as many questions as they’d like. 

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Workshop: Natural Dyeing Basics
Mar
4
9:30 AM09:30

Workshop: Natural Dyeing Basics

Join Diana at the Durham Arts Council for a half-day workshop where you'll learn the basics of natural dyeing. We'll walk through the major components of the natural dye process and experiment with ethically sourced natural dyes, including black walnut, a plant native to the US and NC. Students will take home several dye samples of varying materials as well as resources to support their continued practice at home. 

Cost: $27 per person plus $30 materials fee for use of dyes and materials in class

To register: https://reg130.imperisoft.com/DurhamArts/ProgramDetail/3532373133/Registration.aspx

 

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Feb
11
9:30 AM09:30

The Natural Dye Process: Indigo

Durham Arts Council

$27 + $30 materials fee

Students will learn the process of dyeing with natural indigo, a centuries old dyestuff that produces a beautiful spectrum of blue. Participants will learn about and practice the three major components of the natural dye process- scouring, mordanting, and dyeing. They will have the opportunity to experiment with various resist dyeing techniques and exposure times. Participants will use cotton material for the dye process, and each student will get to dye and take home a skein of wool or alpaca yarn.

Register here!

 

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