Upcoming Workshops and Events

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Workshop in Heaven - The Pacific NorthWest Art School

Fort Casey Beach, and look, there's me standing in front of our workshop building!
This just in - the wrong price was posted in the PNWAS catalog!  
Now this fabulous workshop is much cheaper!

I can't believe I am hunched over here in North Carolina, on March 16th, and I am dreaming of sitting on this fab-u-lous stone and pebble strewn beach - a Pacific Ocean beach - on Whitby Island next August 29 to September 1st.  Aren't you jealous!!  Ah Ha!! You don't have to be because you can join me here with the warm waves tickling our feet as we stitch awesome felted books all day long.

This Workshop in Heaven is The Pacific NorthWest Art School's little annex at Fort Casey on Whitby Island right near Seattle. I'll be teaching the ever changing and fabulous Resist Dyeing Class  - the one with 17,4869 different resist tools and dyebaths galore.  And not only will you  resist dye your little heart as well as the hand felted wool, we will be learning several fabulous projects which will showcase your beautiful resist samples.
Here are some of our resist tools.
Add the dye master and dye pots
some of the fabulous resist felts that come out of the dye pots!
And here are some of the projects - wonderful, colorful and extremely useful resist-felt wrapped journals, leather lined with thrift store skirt findings.

Long Stitch bound resist felt wrapped journals and sketchbooks
How can you beat that purple leather lining!!

 You can make use of your precious button collection for closures on these books.  I'll be demonstrating about a dozen different types, including my favorite which makes use of found sticks and (ahem) driftwood from magical places.

Fort Casey Bench again

 Can you imagine the wood closures we can make from the driftwood on this beach right in front of our classroom?  I love finding interesting objects from wherever I am and then using them in the books and brooches I make there.  Opps, did I mention Brooches?  YES. I will teach you all how to make these fabulous pins from, what else? - our resist dyed felt pieces.  Add beads and stitching and learn how to make a backing from book board and silk or linen (all available from local thrift stores) and I will furnish some fabulous pin backs that feature a bail - a loop- so you can wear the brooch as a pin or necklace!!

 So are you interested?  I really am.  I've been teaching for years at the Pacific NorthWest Art School - formally known fondly as just Coupeville - and have totally fallen in love with the San Juan Islands and Whitby Island.  This workshop will be held on August 29 to September 1st and will be jam packed with learning and breathing the sea air.  You'll learn how to full fine merino needle punch batts, set up a safe dye kitchen, some simple chemistry of the dyes we use for the resist dyepots, how to use the resist tools to make amazing marks on the felt, how to overdye again and again, and then the books, the beautiful books and the brooches, and as I am writing this I am thinking of even more...how about an optional early morning hour long sketch class of the beach - and then binding that sketch into your book!!

Yikes, I am hyper-ventilating. I hope you join me.  Oh, how to join the class? Contact the folks at PNWAS:  email: info@pacificnorthwestartschool.org  or call them: 360-678-3396.  The workshop is limited to 10 or 12. So hurry.  email me with any questions; chad@chadalicehagen.com


  1. This is going to be a FABULOUS workshop!!!

  2. So glad I took my first resist dye class with you on Whidbey a few years ago. Great to see that you're coming back to teach again!

  3. Chad, It's great to see you in action! Just did my first cold wax workshop in Asheville and it was great! Good luck.Cindy

  4. wow........looks like a wonderful workshop! wish I could come!

  5. Fantastiskt! !!♡♡♡ THANK YOU♡
    Creativa20xx, Maria-Conchita