Upcoming Workshops


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.


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

Two-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
June 3 - 4, 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 the fundamentals of marbling on fabric, including materials selection, how to prepare a marbling vat, and the best pigments to use for lasting patterns. We’ll spend one session learning the secrets of Japanese suminagashi, and the second session getting colorful with Western-style pattern making.


bundle dyeing workshop

Bundle Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday June 8, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this one night workshop students learn the basics of extracting color from plants for accessible and sustainable naturally dyed fabric. We'll explore the Bundle Dyeing technique of directly imprinting fabric with the petals, leaves, and roots of dye plants to create beautiful patterns. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


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.


natural dyeing 101

Natural Dyeing 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
July 7 - 8, 2017
11:00 - 5:00

This two day intensive workshop introduces students to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Students 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. Students will leave with the substantial beginnings of a swatch library documenting a range of fibers, dyes, mordants, and modifiers - including indigo! Bring along any materials you'd like to experiment with.


suminagashi workshop

Large Format Suminagashi

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday July 15, 2017
11:00 - 5:00

In this one day intensive, students will learn the fundamentals of suminagashi, the craft of Japanese marbling. We’ll discuss the history and ideology shaping suminagashi, then how to create monoprints on paper and fabric. Small studies will be expanded upon in our large 4x4’ marbling vat, where students will have the opportunity to print yardage with their unique patterns! Materials will be provided by TAC, but students may bring additional natural fiber fabrics if they wish.


coptic bookbinding workshop

Coptic Bookbinding

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday July 18, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

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.


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.


bundle dyeing

Bundle Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday July 27, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this one night workshop students learn the basics of extracting color from plants for accessible and sustainable naturally dyed fabric. We'll explore the Bundle Dyeing technique of directly imprinting fabric with the petals, leaves, and roots of dye plants to create beautiful patterns. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


Suminagashi

Evening Series
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
August 1 & 2, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this two session class, students will learn the basics of suminagashi, a Japanese marbling technique. The history and ideology shaping suminagashi will be covered, as well as basic fundamental tools and materials. Students will learn how to create and pull suminagashi monoprints on paper and fabric, and leave with enough knowledge and skills to continue exploring on their own.


Bundle Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Thursday August 3, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

In this one night workshop students learn the basics of extracting color from plants for accessible and sustainable naturally dyed fabric. We'll explore the Bundle Dyeing technique of directly imprinting fabric with the petals, leaves, and roots of dye plants to create beautiful patterns. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


Fabric Marbling

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday August 15, 2017
6:30 - 9:30

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 workshop you'll learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to set up a marbling bath and the best inks to use.


Book Arts 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
August 19 - 20, 2017
11:00 - 5:00

Explore the basics in this course that looks at bookbinding as a fluid and expressive art form - and one that dovetails with fiber arts! Students will learn the fundamental vocabulary and tools of bookbinding as we create 5 non-adhesive books. Using paper as a fiber, each book model will explore the opportunities for fiber and book arts to connect through techniques including embroidery, needle weaving, natural dyeing, and resist techniques.


Large Format Fabric Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday August 26, 2017
11:00 - 5:00

In this one day intensive, students will learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to prepare a marbling vat and the best pigments to use for permanent prints. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling traditions, then get colorful creating marbled monoprints. Small studies will be expanded upon in our large 4x4’ marbling vat, where students will have the opportunity to print yardage with their unique patterns! Materials will be provided by TAC, but students may bring additional natural fiber fabrics if they wish.


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.