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Surface Design on Fabric

Course Overview

In this two day course, we will explore two different styles of surface design on fabric. On the first day, we will use earth pigments and natural plant dye extracts to paint paste resist designs on fabrics. You will paint directly on natural fibers that have been pre-treated with soy milk.  In some cultures, brush painting on fabric has been an art form for centuries. On day two we will learn to carve simple Scandinavian-inspired designs on linoleum blocks and use permanent fabric inks to print the design onto fabric.

This course is part of Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday, a new feature in 2020. On February 14, we’ll host a day of speakers, demonstrations, open studios and community gatherings free for all enrolled students. This popular model, borrowed from our Wood Week and Basket Week, allows students and instructors alike the opportunity to meet one another, expand their interests and enjoy our cozy campus learning atmosphere. Come early or stay late; you won’t want to miss Fiber Friday! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Wed, Feb 12th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $230.00
Includes materials fee of $60.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

  • Simple design ideas or photo images you like.
  • An old apron
  • Any natural fiber fabric you would like to use.  (I will be providing fabrics also....cotton, linen and silk)
  • Favorite books or samples of other peoples work for a "show and tell" session with everyone

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.