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Sashiko and Non-Traditional Stitching

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Historically women in Japan collected fabrics and stitched them together using Sashiko, a hand sewing technique meaning “little stabs” to make their families’ clothes and interior decorations. Savor the therapeutic nature of quiet repetition through the Sashiko stitching process as we each create a stitched coaster and a sachet. The kit (Sashiko...

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$130

Boro and Sashiko Stitching

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

In Japan boro (rag or scraps of cloth that are sewn together) was a symbol of an impoverished past, but now the term also encompasses and represents an essential principle of rural ethics and aesthetics.  Inspired by this Japanese technique, you will develop your own visual expressions through exercises such as stitching, cutting, mending, and...

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$150

Indigo and Arashi Shibori Ages 16+

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Create patterns on fabric with various shades of indigo blues using the Arashi Shibori technique. Arashi Shibori is a resist dye technique that yields diagonal patterns. We'll begin with basic Arashi wrapping on small PVC poles, then creating more complex variations of pattern including zig-zag and bo-maki shibori. Review the supply list online.

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$130

Natural Dyes

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Learn the basics of the natural dyeing process on fabric. Looking at the world around us - flowers, tree bark, and plants, etc. - we will create natural dyes. Apply the dyes with simple resist including Shibori (Japanese stitching, pleating, twisting), over dyeing, and mordant to create a wide range of colors. Experiment on small fabric pieces as samples...

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$130

Natural Indigo Dyeing with Shibori

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Explore images on fabric with various shades of indigo blues applying Shibori resist and Natural Indigo dyeing. Indigo dye has been applied to clothes and interiors for over 700 years in Japan, though the harmonious beautiful colors appear contemporary in modern textile designs. Students will experience Itajime Shibori technique (folding & clamping),...

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$120

Macha Tea Mat and Sashiko Stitching

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Make a stitched mat (6" x 6" square) for Macha; green powdered tea. A small fabric piece (kobukusa) is used for tea ceremony and it is a symbol of respect and hospitality. You will practice how to make froth with a bamboo whisk in the tea ceremony manner. Then, other Sashiko with samples, books, historical art forms and a take-home project to keep...

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$95

Japanese Shibori on Silk

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Make something special for the spring! This fast paced one-day workshop will start from basic Itajime (folding) Shibori to get familiar with Japanese resist dyeing technique which is used to create beautiful Kimono designs. That afternoon, students will apply Arashi (storm) Shibori by wrapping fabric with strings on PVC pipe to make diagonal patterns....

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$95

Sculptural Felt

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 2603 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Explore the wonders of felt-making. Focus on creating three dimensional objects, functional or sculptural, with basic wet felting and resist felting techniques. Students will make unique bracelet, colorful beads, and creative container (and more!) using colored Merino wool roving. You may purchase wool roving beforehand. Instructor will send resource...

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$140
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