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Dye classes: (20 students maximum)
> COLOR BY ACCIDENT, 2 days
> COLOR BY ACCIDENT PLUS, 3 days
> DYED TO CLAMP, 3 days
> INTRO TO DYE PAINTING, 2-3 days
> DYE PAINTING PLUS, 3-4 days
> DYE PAINTING WITH PRECISION, 2-5 days
> COLOR: A FREEHAND APPROACH, 2-3 days, New class!
> CREATE LANDSCAPE TEXTURE WITH DYE, 2-3 days, New class!
> CREATE YOUR OWN YARDAGE, 5-10 days
> STAMPING WITH DYES, 5 days
> INTRO TO STAMPING WITH DYES, 3 days
> MONOPRINTING DYE ON FABRIC, 5 days
> LAYERS OF COLORS WITH WATER SOLUBLE RESISTS, 5-10 days
> DYE AND DESIGN IN BLACK AND WHITE, 4-5 days
> BEYOND BEGINNING DYEING, 7-10 days
> EXPLORING COLOR BY ACCIDENT, 3-5 days

Design classes: (20 students maximum)
> DESIGNING WITH HAND-DYED FABRIC, 5-7 days
> QUILTING HAND-DYED FABRIC, 2-3 days
> DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR QUILTERS, 2-5 days
> MAKING DESIGN DECISIONS FOR QUILTS, 5-7 days
> THE BATTLE OF LINE VS. SHAPE, 3-5 days
> REVERSE APPLIQUE FOR DESIGNS FROM PHOTOS, 2-4 days





inside cover of book
• COLOR BY ACCIDENT
(2 days)
This class will provide the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind textures and variegated color mixtures on fabric with simple, flexible recipes. These low-water immersion dye recipes have been adapted by Ann to use the same dye concentrates used for dye painting and printing. The process allows for dyeing fabric in large quantities with less dye, less water, less weight, and fewer buckets than the standard immersion dye recipes. The class will review the standard recipe for immersion dyeing, learn the purposes of each ingredient in the process and try several variations of low-water immersion dyeing, including some that are not in the book. Students will begin to explore the unlimited possibilities of creating Color by Accident.


color by accident plus
• COLOR BY ACCIDENT PLUS
(3 days)
Same class as above, with the introduction of painting with thickened dyes.


dyed to clamp
• DYED TO CLAMP
(3 days)
This class will expand the possibilities of low-water immersion dyeing as described in Ann's book Color By Accident. Basic information and processes will be reviewed, then students will be introduced to designing by mechanically resisting the penetration of the dye into parts of the fabric. Endless variables of repeat patterns are possible using folds, stitching, and clamps. The process will give students the opportunity to observe the individual characteristics of the various single-chemical colors available in Procion MX colors and they will learn how those characteristics impact the final results. As we fold, wrinkle and clamp, dye and over dye, we will be producing wonderful one-of-a-kind fabrics and learning how to make many more.


intro to dye painting
• INTRO TO DYE PAINTING
(2-3 days)
Fiber-reactive dyes are washable and will not leave a surface texture on the fabric, so they are particularly appropriate for the quilter. They can be applied directly to fabric in a process that works well in a small space without needing heat or steam treatment. A full array of colors can be mixed with the three primaries, and its flow on the fabric can be controlled without using wax or other resists. This workshop will go over all the basics about these dyes: characteristics, recipes, and sources. Ann will lecture and demonstrate, but most of the students' time will be spent applying dye to fabric. The focus will be on color mixing and creating a sampler of techniques, learning to control the dye without resist in thick as well as thin mixtures. Students will plan colors for and dye paint a variety of fabrics that might be used in future projects. Each student will be able to work at his or her level of experience and ability.


dye painting plus
• DYE PAINTING PLUS
(3-4 days)
Same as above class, with recipes and demonstration of low-water immersion dyeing. Students will
overdye some of the fabrics they painted with dye.


dye painting with precision
• DYE PAINTING WITH PRECISION
(2-5 days)
Students will paint dyes on cotton and silk in this class and learn how to use the dyes in a medium to thin consistency with the emphasis on control of detail and shading. We will practice mixing exact colors and values and paint a sampler of various precision painting techniques that work best with this painting medium. The students will then paint designs of their own choice on blocks or on a whole cloth quilt depending on the length of the class.


color: a freehand approach
• COLOR: A FREEHAND APPROACH
(2-3 days)
Painting dye on fabric gives you direct, immediate, visual experience of colors. Real understanding of the nature of the colors we use comes from mixing them yourself. Procion MX dyes are a perfect medium for seeing the quality of colors, because they are the same on the fabric before it is washed as after. They are exciting to use because they are transparent—overlapping shows! Ann promotes each student’s learning through experience: when you understand the color, because you mixed it yourself, you will be able to mix them again and again. Red, yellow, and blue can create an infinity of variations—too many colors to name. Basic color concepts and relationships will be discussed in terms of the actual colors produced in class. Ann’s exercises are designed to broaden each student’s appreciation of color variations and combinations. The ultimate goal of the class is to finally dump the idea that mixing colors is difficult.

The three-day class will progress to mixing colors even more freehand techniques.


create landscape texture with dye
• CREATE LANDSCAPE TEXTURE WITH DYE
(2-3 days)
Ann will review the basics about using Procion dyes Immersion techniques will be reviewed briefly, but the focus of the class will be painting and printing for textures and color fields. Participants will work directly on fabric, using thin and thickened dyes, rollers and paintbrushes to make unique designs on fabric. Complex colors will be created when transparent colors overlap. A variety of tools will be used to create sky, stone, wood, forest, and other landscape textures. The resulting fabric has the original hand of the cloth and is highly light and wash fast.

The three-day class will use water-soluble resists.


create your own yardage
• CREATE YOUR OWN YARDAGE
(5-10 days)
Students will do a few brief exercises to get comfortable with the medium, mixing the colors, and practicing most of the possible applications including: painting, stamping, rolling or printing with thick and thin dyes on wet and dry fabric. They will be encouraged to explore color and pattern, and to make their own decisions. The focus of the class will be on learning by doing while trying as many ways as possible to apply the dye to the fabric. Students will produce yardage in related color ways and patterns. This class sometimes includes one morning of round-robin dyeing.


• INTRO TO STAMPING WITH DYES (3 days)
Same as above, smaller scale fabrics, as an introduction to making and using stamps with Procion MX dyes.


stamping with dyes
• STAMPING WITH DYES
(5 days)
The focus of this introductory class is stamping on fabric using fiber-reactive dyes. It is designed to help students learn how designs on fabric can be repeated with variations on a theme. After students have sampled various stamping tools, they each will design blocks of their own and explore some of their many possible combinations. Students will learn what happens to the colors and the designs as they are rearranged on the fabric, making decisions as the design are created. Students will also add background colors using various painting techniques and/or low-water immersion dyeing. The goal of the class is for the students to develop a personal style and approach to the dyeing process. Ann will gear the technical information to the needs of the individuals in the class.


monoprinting dye on fabric
• MONOPRINTING DYE ON FABRIC
(5 days)
The focus of the class is monoprinting, the creation of prints that cannot be reproduced. Students will be introduced to how to use thickened dyes and the tools that are most effective for monoprints. Both small and large scale techniques will be demonstrated and discussed, and the students will try them. Then each will chose a particular size print and it's appropriate tools to concentrate on for the remainder of the class. Each student will produce a quantity of prints according to their individual interests in subject, design, and color, which will all be related to each other in scale and design.


layers of color with water soluble resist
• LAYERS OF COLOR WITH WATER-SOLUBLE RESIST
(5-10 days)
All students should have some previous dye experience.
This class concentrates on the variables possible when fabric is dyed in layers, both wet and dry surfaces and thick and thin colors. Students will try all the possibilities and learn how to decide which approach to take and which recipe to use to get their desired results. Each piece of fabric will be dyed several times at least, including students' own previously dyed fabric brought to class. As many surface application techniques as possible will be demonstrated, but students will chose their own focus, subject, design, colors. Water soluble resists will be demonstrated, explained and available for students to use in class.


dye and design in black and white
• DYE AND DESIGN IN BLACK AND WHITE
(4-5 days)
All students should have some previous dye experience.
The focus of this class is applying black dye on fabric. We'll sample a variety of different Procion MX black mixes, painting and immersion dyeing on cotton and silk to create swatches for future reference. Students will also mix their own blacks from three primary colors. Students will practice as many printing techniques as possible using black dye on white fabric producing a lot of fabric with designs to evaluate and possibly overdye. The class will include water-soluble resists and clamping techniques to create negative white shapes on black grounds. An advanced group would spend some time on applying design principles to the resulting designs.


beyond beginning dyeing
• BEYOND BEGINNING DYEING (7-10 days)
This class is for the person who has enough experience with dyes to have advanced questions about how best to adapt them to his or her own uses.  She will start with a brief review as needed of all key techniques including printing, painting, varying wet and dry layers, and resist.  Ann will demonstrate combinations of dye methods and help students decide in what order to use them. Class members will chose their  focus on particular techniques and explore the variations they present. They will be expected to set goals according to their own specific design and color interests, and by the end of the week, produce yardage that approaches these interests.


exploring color by accident
• EXPLORING COLOR BY ACCIDENT (3-5 days)
- 5 days: all skill levels
- 3 days: for people with some LWI dye experience
Ann also offers a two-day Color By Accident workshop
Ann will teach some of the techniques and approaches to low-water dyeing that she introduces in her 2013 DVD. The class will be developed according to the needs and interests of the students. It will include some or all of the following topics:



• DESIGNING WITH HAND-DYED FABRIC
(5-7 days)
All students should bring 10 or more yards of their own hand dyed fabric.
The class will begin with a few design exercises to open up the possibilities and will produce several small studies. Ann will demonstrate various approaches she takes with her hand dyed fabric. The class will focus on starting one or more small quilt tops based on the student's interests and fabrics. (Sewing machine required.)



• QUILTING HAND-DYED FABRIC
(2-3 days)
The focus of this class is how to respond to hand dyed fabrics using machine quilting and/or hand quilting to add dimension, texture, and meaning to the surface. Students will do exercises and projects that will encourage them to take advantage of the qualities of hand dyed fabrics. Ann will demonstrate, show samples and slides, and assign exercises to encourage the students to practice responding to textures and patterns in the fabric for their quilting decisions. Students must have experience in piecing and quilting by machine, but may have none with hand dyed fabric; each will work at his or her own level of design and color experience. (Sewing machine required.)



• DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR QUILTERS
(2-5 days)
Ann will introduce the concepts of balance, unity and variety using examples from her own work. The basic design elements, line, shape, color, value, texture, and pattern will be introduced and emphasized through various exercises with paper and/or fabric. Students will do small projects, some of which are described in The Quilter's Book of Design. (Ann will adapt this class specifically for the particular group and facility, and decide if sewing machines will be used for class assignments.)



• MAKING DESIGN DECISIONS FOR QUILTS
(5-7 days)
The goal of the class is experimentation with as many design processes as possible and practice with evaluating the results. Students will analyze how they design and make quilts in order to see how their construction methods and design approaches influence their work. They will be encouraged approach designing and constructing quilts as problem solving and to find solutions that they may not have used before. Design problems posed by the instructor will result in small compositions in fabric. Students will then use an idea for a quilt brought to class and pursue its many possible solutions via two or more different design approaches. This may include starting the quilt top or it may mean making several compositions on paper to work from after the class is over. Students will spend time evaluating design solutions both individually and in groups. An extended class will pursue the many quilting, painting and/or embellishment options possible after the top is finished.



• THE BATTLE OF LINE VS. SHAPE
(3-5 days)
Students will sew a series of blocks or larger compositions based on their own photos, practicing isolating lines and shapes and exploring how the emphasis on one or the other can change the impact of an original design. In the process students will experiment with different construction techniques, including piecing, appliqué, couching, embroidery, and quilting, to see how they influence and offer the potential to change the final design. See The Quilter’s Book of Design.



• REVERSE APPLIQUE FOR DESIGNS FROM PHOTOS (2-4 days)
Ann will guide participants in approaches to using their own photographs to create a unique design for a quilt block. Ann will demonstrate step-by-step and show examples of many of the possible variations with reverse appliqué. Students will sew the block in as many different ways as possible using a series of increasingly complex reverse appliqué techniques. The resulting designs may or may not resemble or represent the original photograph, but will most likely be the beginning of a new quilt.

The three day class will start a larger project for quilting.




• Lectures:

All of Ann's lectures are slide shows of her own work. They are always changing and developing as she finishes more quilts and learns more techniques. Ann is will organize a particular topic for a special occasion.


• DESIGN SOURCES RE-VIEWED
Where do quilt designs originate? In this presentation, Ann will show slides of the sources of the designs for many of her quilts and at the same time, show how learning different processes has broadened the design possibilities of her work. She has sorted the design sources into broad categories ranging from flowers, textiles, archaeology, geology to computer graphics. The lecture shows the wide range and variety of Ann’s work over the last 30 years, with of course, the influences of time and experience.



• DESIGN JOURNEY
Ann shows her newest work in the context of the collection of photographs she has taken in her world travels as well as very close to home. The photos are categorized, somewhat arbitrarily into the elements of design, line, shape, color, value, pattern and texture, and reveal the ongoing sources of inspiration for her art cloth and quilts, no longer so easily categorized. Ann uses examples of her earlier quilts that illustrate her uses of these elements of design. She illustrates the concepts of balance, unity and variety with her most recent work, revealing some of them to show the choices she made to accomplish her design goals.



• HAND-DYED FABRIC EXPLAINED
Ann will use slides to show and explain in detail all the fabric dyeing techniques she uses. She will refer to the use of hand-dyed fabrics as design elements in quilts, but the emphasis will be on how the fabric was dyed. She will bring a pile of fabric for the audience to examine and discuss. Many pieces of fabric are shown in The Quilter's Book of Design, and Color By Design. The lecture will be continually updated with her most recent work.



• LINE VS. SHAPE
This lecture will use Ann’s quilts to illustrate the basic concepts of design and the tools used to achieve them. It’s a battle all the way, decisions, decisions, decisions. Ann’s premise is that being aware of the characteristics of line and shape for example will enable the quilter to view how decisions affect the final design. She will bring the audience up to date on her most recent quilts and at the same time give you an idea of how she has explored line and shape while pursuing the mystery of how balance is achieved or lost.



• TEXTURE AND RELIEF FOR QUILTERS
It's not done till it's quilted. That's Ann's problem and her fascination with quilts. She uses her own quilts going back over 30 years to show how the quilting adds pattern, texture, and most importantly dimension to a quilt top. This lecture explores the potential of both hand and machine quilting and the physical realities that accompany them.





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