Monday, May 2, 2011

A Defining Moment: Natural Dyeing meets Sock Summit 2011

Sock Summit (n) : an event inducing fits of excitement, one will touch, feel, and hopefully purchase piles of yarn created by dyers as far north as Canada and whose dyeing process spans every nook and cranny, from semi-solid to striped, from electric yellows to indigo blues, colors abound, internationally known teachers, knitters from around the world gather to knit, spin, and indulge in all conversation relating to socks, occurring every 2 years in the City of Roses aka Portland, Oregon.

Natural Dyeing (v) : the use of plant, fungi, and insect materials, gathered both locally and internationally, to produce the full spectrum of color upon the porous fiber material mostly spun into yarn - to do what we love most - to knit.

Teaching at Sock Summit and teaching natural dyeing. Who knew?

Until Stephanie and Tina brought it up, I didn't even think it would be a possibility. And to be honest, this class is a bit different then others taught at Sock Summit, there is the limitation that I can not practice my craft directly in front of you.  I am technically not allowed to do any dyeing at the convention center (hello! fire marshall! yet, again, we meet!).  Though, with ideas and creativity pulsing, I've been working on a plan to bring the world of natural dyeing to you regardless of these limitations. I am creating a power point presentation which will include step by step instruction of how to use natural dyeing. I am working to make this as close to actually doing it in person as possible.

I will also have on hand the tools that I use to do natural dyeing, as well as the dyestuffs I use, and a huge array of dyed skeins so you can see the endless possibilities available to the natural dyer. To create this presentation, I will draw upon my experiences in India and my work at the Textile Museum in Washington DC, when first learning about natural dyeing, to creating my business and using natural dyes in a production format. There will also be plenty of time for questions. We will also have dyestuffs available for purchase in our Sock Summit booth, in case you would like to start dyeing yourself. 

The class I am teaching is offered in two different formats: 

Natural Dyeing: An Overview
a 1 hour overview of natural dyeing, the process, my methodology, and samples
Friday, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30


Global Color: A Survey of Natural Dyeing
This is the more in-depth 3 hour class. I will cover all of the above and more! I highly recommend Global Color if you would like to learn about indigo and cochineal. Both of these dyes require a more complex process.
Sunday 9-12

Enrollment for Sock Summit opens at NOON pst on Wednesday, May 4th.

I hope to see you in class!

p.s. If you are in the Bay Area, and can not make it to Sock Summit, I am offering these classes in my studio this Summer. Though in my studio, you will get a more hands on approach to the class.

Class dates:
Global Color
Sunday May 15th 2-5pm
Sunday June 5th 2-5pm

Natural Dyeing: an Overview 
Thursday June 2nd 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday June 18th 12-1pm

Click here to learn more and to sign-up.

1 comment:

Angela said...

I SO wish I could be there! Congratulations on the classes and hope it is a great experience all the way around.