Upcoming Workshops


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
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 dyeing workshop

Indigo Dyeing

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday May 7, 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)!


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
10:00 - 4:00

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.