Modern Macrame: Macrame was one of the most popular fiber art crafts of the 1970s and has recently been resurrected with a modern, fresh look. It's time to pick up those cords again (or for the first time)! Join textile artist, Diana Cathcart, in the main house for a macrame basics workshop and create your own, beautiful wall hanging of natural fiber cords and foraged materials from the farm. Participants will learn basic knots, how to prepare their projects, and how to troubleshoot along the way. Macrame is so much more than plant hangers- come and see for yourself! (This workshop runs through lunch, so feel free to bring yours along, and we'll take a pause to eat before finishing up.)
$60 per student; all materials included
Sign up at www.1870farm.com
Join Diana in the garden at beautiful 1870 Farm in Chapel Hill for a hands-on natural dyeing workshop. Participants will work with native black walnuts and walk through the entire dye process, dispelling the myth that working with this dyestuff is too difficult. Participants will have the opportunity to dye several different pieces of material and local fiber. This will be a fun class- don't miss it!
$50 per person. All materials included.
Sign up at www.1870farm.com
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
Join me at the Durham Arts Council for an introductory sewing workshop that will walk you through the basics of sewing by hand and on a machine. We will complete an infinity scarf during our time together that you can take home and wear or gift to someone for the holidays!
Here's the link to sign up: NEW! Teen Series: Sewing Basics
$35 per person, materials included
Always a fun time! Come check out my work and the work of a few dozen others at the Armory downtown. I'll have some fun back-to-school items as well as Halloween costumes (since I think about Halloween year-round).
This will be my last Patchwork market for 2017, so don't miss it!
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.
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
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.