Upcoming Workshops

natural dyeing workshop

Natural Dyeing 101

Four Weeknights
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Tuesday nights February 7-28, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this intensive course students will learn the basics of dyeing fabric using natural materials such as flowers, bark, roots, and indigo. We'll explore dye color extraction, discuss the question of permanence, and learn how to use mordants to fix color.


bundle dyeing workshop

Bundle Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday February 16, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this one night workshop, students learn the basics of natural dyeing and how to extract color from plants. We'll focus on the “Bundle Dyeing” technique; or how to dye fabric by simply wrapping it with natural dye plants and flowers to make a direct imprint. Material will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


Indigo Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday February 23, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this one night workshop, students learn the basics of creating an all organic indigo dye vat, and techniques for dying fabric and yarn. Fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday March 7, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

Once one of TAC's younger students described marbling as "magic fighting magic". That's pretty much how we feel about this magical technique. In this workshop you'll learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to set-up a marbling bath and the best inks to use.


indigo workshop

Indigo Dyeing

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday March 12, 2017
11:00 - 5:00

In this one day workshop, students learn the basics of creating an all organic indigo dye vat, and techniques for dying fabric and yarn. Fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


introduction to natural dyes workshop

Introduction to Natural Dyes

Morning Series
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Tuesday March 21 & Thursday March 23, 2017
10:30 - 1:30

In this two session workshop students learn the basics of dyeing fabric using natural materials, including natural dye sources, how to extract colors, and how to use mordants to fix them to fibers.


fabric marbling intensive

Fabric Marbling

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
March 25-26, 2017
11:00 - 5:00

Once one of our younger students described marbling as "magic fighting magic". That's pretty much how we feel about this magical technique. In this two-day workshop students will learn thefundamentals of marbling on fabric, including how to set up a marbling bath and the best pigments to use. We’ll spend one session learning the secrets of Japanese suminagashi, and the second session getting colorful with Western-style pattern making. Students will also have the opportunity to print yardage in our large marbling vat!


shibori dyeing worksho[

Introduction to Shibori Dyeing

Morning series
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Monday March 27 & Wednesday March 29, 2017
10:30 - 1:30

In this two session workshop, students will learn the basics of Shibori, an ancient Japanese resist-dye technique that involves creasing, folding, dyeing, stitching, binding and knotting, to create beautiful and well defined patterns. Fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

Sweet Paul Makerie Brooklyn Retreat
Textile Arts Center
Saturday April 8, 2017
registration details here

In Fabric Marbling, students will learn the fundamental materials and techniques for marbling on fabric, including how to set up a marbling bath, prepare fabrics, the best inks to use for western-style pattern making. We will provide about a yard of fabric to experiment with. Please bring silk or cotton fabric to print on if you'd like. You could create napkins, pillow cases, bags, scarves or whatever other fabric item you can dream of.


coptic bookbinding workshop

Coptic Bookbinding

Sweet Paul Makerie Brooklyn Retreat
Textile Arts Center
Sunday April 9, 2017
registration details here

Developed in 4th century Egypt, Coptic books have beautiful linked stitches that stretch across the spine and open flat, perfect for a sketchbook or journal. Each student will complete the binding of a book in class. All levels of experience welcome! Students are invited but not required to bring decorative papers they would like to use for their book's cover.


shibori dyeing workshop

Shibori Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday April 13, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this one night workshop, students will learn the basics of Shibori, an ancient Japanese resist-dye technique that involves creasing, folding, dyeing, stitching, binding and knotting, to create beautiful and well defined patterns. Fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


suminagshi workshop

Suminagshi

Morning Series
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Monday April 24 & Wednesday April 26, 2017
10:30 - 1:30

In this two session class, students will learn the basics of the Japanese marbling technique suminagashi. We’ll discuss the history and ideology shaping suminagashi, as well as the tools and materials it requires. Students will learn how to create and pull suminagashi monoprints on paper and fabric, and leave with the skills to continue exploring on their own.


shibori dyeing workshop

Shibori Dyeing

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday April 30, 2017
11:00 - 5:00

In this one day intensive workshop students will learn the basics of Shibori, an ancient Japanese resist-dye technique that involves creasing, folding, dyeing, stitching, binding and knotting, to create beautiful and well defined patterns. Fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday May 2, 2017
registration details coming soon

Once one of TAC's younger students described marbling as "magic fighting magic". That's pretty much how we feel about this magical technique. In this workshop you'll learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to set up a marbling bath and the best inks to use.


indigo dyeing workshop

Indigo Dyeing

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday May 7, 2017
registration details coming soon

In this one day workshop, students learn the basics of creating an all organic indigo dye vat, and techniques for dying fabric and yarn. Fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


natural dyeing workshop with natalie stopka

Introduction to Natural Dyes

Two Day Intensive
Peters Valley School of Craft, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
May 13 & 14, 2017
room and board available

Participants in this two day intensive will be introduced to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. If you'd like tobring items made from natural fiber fabric you will have the opportunity to experiment with them in the dye pot. No previous experience required.


introduction to natural dyeing

Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Two-day Intensive
Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland
May 20 - 21, 2017
registration details coming soon

This two day intensive will introduced students to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Learn the basics of selecting and preparing paper and fabric, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes for permanence. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary techniques for incorporating dyes into book and paper arts. Students are welcome to bring any materials they’d like to experiment with in the dye pot.


marbled scarf workshop

Fabric Marbling for Scarves

Two Day Intensive
Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA
June 17 - 18, 2017
room and board available

Delve into the broad world of fabric marbling! Uncover the secrets of Japanese suminagashi, then explore the colorful world of Western-style pattern making. Topics include the history and ideology behind each technique and how to select fabrics, prepare a marbling vat, and create permanent prints. Once familiar with the process, students can develop their own style to print two silk scarves. All welcome.


marbling for book makers workshop with natalie stopka

Marbling for Book Makers

Five Day Intensive
Peters Valley School of Craft, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
July 21 - 25, 2017
room and board available

Learn the fundamentals of marbling on both paper and fabric, including how to select materials and prepare a marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind the craft, as well as the tools and techniques required to create permanent prints. After participants have developed their own suite of patterns, we’ll move to the bindery to create books featuring them. Everyone will leave with 3-4 finished books including a full cloth binding with edge marbling! No previous marbling or bookbinding experience is required; however a propensity for hand skills is very helpful.


fiber techniques for book artists workshop

Fiber Techniques for Book Artists

One Week Intensive
Snow Farm, Williamsburg MA
October 1 - 7, 2017
room and board available

Add fiber arts techniques to bookmaking and bring a world of color, pattern, and texture to your work! Learn to prepare and fix natural dyes to fabric and paper for accessible, sustainable color. Use these fibers to create a bound book exploring the synergy of fiber arts, book arts, embroidery, and needle weaving. Bring materials to test in the dye pot or incorporate into your binding. All levels welcome.


Registration for all Textile Arts Center classes can be found here.

Contact Natalie for information about private lessons for individuals or small groups.