Upcoming Workshops and Events

Friday, December 1, 2017

News from this lovely IKEA desk....

I'm putting this info right on the blog post window so it's not missed.  I am consolidating my teaching this year and although I have said, promised, threatened, written and swore that I would slow down and/or stop teaching away from my home studio - I am doing it in 2018.  There are a few away classes left that involve planes and enormous suitcases full of questionable objects, but unless I can drive within a day to a class, all workshops will be held here in beautiful and exciting Asheville, North Carolina.

The away classes - which include the two last Resist classes - as well as available dates for workshops here at my studio will be listed on the 'Workshop Page" (click on workshop page above left).

How my studio workshops work: Below are the three weekend topics I teach here at my studio.  The Resist Class is especially nice as all my tools are here for you to use. If you want to attend one of the workshops, find an available date on the list and email me your request (or email me for longer workshops or middle of week dates). It's pretty much 'first come, first served'.  Just pick a date and tell me what what you want to learn. If you are the only person - hurrah -private class!!

2018 STUDIO Classes 
Studio workshop classes are held at my studio in West Asheville, NC.  It is easy to find, parking is off road, restaurants are within walking distance and several hotels are within easy access. Stairs are involved and I do have a cat!

Classes are limited to 1- 4 people for ease of working space and personal attention. Private classes are also available by request.  We start teaching at 10 am and continue to 5 pm with a short break for lunch - which you may bring or order out from the nearby WALK restaurant.

The daily fee is $140 (2 days $280) plus a supply fee (all materials and handouts) depending on the class topic (usually around $20-25/day). All supplies and tools are furnished.

Studio classes are two days long and usually held on weekends, but if you and/or several friends wish to come during the week, email me and we'll set up a time.
Please write for more information and to register. 

Workshops Available:

1.  Two Day Class -Resist Dyeing Hand Felted Wool
This is my most popular workshop! Spend two whole days resist dyeing 12 book sized felt samples with incredible colors and patterns.  Dye Master will prepare and maintain 9 different dyebaths each day. We will be using Merino Needle Punch batts which we will felt first thing in   class.  Chad's whole giant collection of resist tools will be at your fingers.  No experience necessary. 

1a. I am redesigning a felt covered journal that will be available as a class topic with a one day resist class starting in February.

2. Two Day Class - The Perfect Notebook & My Favorite Sketchbook
This exciting class will introduce you to two wonderful bookbinding techniques - and they both will incorporate textiles as the covers! We will learn to make tea stained pages for a Perfect Bound Notebook and create a hard cover, flat opening Favorite Sketchbook; 
You'll learn all the steps of beginning book making from folding and tearing pages to transforming fabric into book covers to stitching and finishing. All supplies furnished. All levels                                        
NOTE: If you want to bring your own quilt weight fabric, please feel free.  A fat quarter will be more than enough and I also provide boxes of fabrics from which you may chose.

3. Two Day Class - The Airey Fairy & Resist Shaped Bark Scarves
The Airey Fairy
Fabulous for both the harshest winds of winter or during a major fashion show -  this scarf will solve all your winter woes and banish those dreary grey days. We will use your choice of my hand dyed fine merino roving and learn to lay out and hand felt this lovely lattice scarf.
The Shape Resist Bark Scarf
Art for your neck! Learn to felt a full size fine merino scarf starting with a needle punch batt and then an ancient Japanese resist stitching method (but with a modern twist) to create bark-like texture and patterns. You will learn to do two different resists with two different dyepots creating  wonderful gradations and color mixtures.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Return to the Land of Low Laying Cloud
A view of the new garden from downstairs porch

For those who may think I'm still doing good on my promise to change my life and move to Seattle - I must mention that I have returned to the dear mountains of North Carolina, forever thankful that I did not sell my house in West Asheville.  For those who never thought I left, well, we need to go out for beers more often.   And for myself, I am returning to enjoy the slow moving morning heat, to pick up not where I left off two years ago, but at some point between now and then, hopefully with a clearer vision of how I will spend the last 20 years of my sweet, wild life.

I have been amiss for neglecting this blog, but I have been gardening with a vengeance.  Gone are two years of frantically growing weeds now replaced by a new garden addition of a garlic field and onion patch.  I have gone far beyond what I have ever done to that tiny, life saving hosta bed.

I have thought much about writing this blog, yet it is late and I have been working on the "Upcoming Workshops" page which has bested me. I need a gin & tonic badly, and a sit down in front of the TV. But important notes: Leon is still with me, my teacher of the cat nap.
Leon sleeping on edge of my journal
 And I have been working on new felt objects

And I am, or will be shortly, teaching in my studio again.  Current classes are listed.  And a new feature of my studio life is that I have scheduled regular monthly Resist Dye weekends.  I will be working and teaching on those days and if you want to come as a beginner to learn or as an experienced resist dyer needing to replenish your supplies of lovely felts, I'll be glad to see you!

So until I write again, I hope you are doing well.
Thanks for keeping your little photo in that "following" area.