Felt meets Indigo meets Ecoprint

October 22-26, 2018 - Pia Best & Beth Marx

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In this five day workshop you will be making a seamless nuno felted garment, like a poncho or top, out of white silk and white merino wool roving. You will then dye it, as well as other textiles, in a vat of indigo crystals after which you will eco print with leaves and plants.

NOTE: Prior felting experience is not required and beginners, as well as more advanced felters, are welcome.

DAY ONE AND TWO: Beth will teach you how to create a pattern resist from one of your own existing garments and to easily size it up to account for felting shrinkage using her "Easy Peasy Shrinkage Calculation" sheet which really makes the shrinkage calculations a no brainer. You will learn how to felt on this sized up resist pattern to create a beautiful, drapeable, seamless nuno felted garment with no sewing at all.

DAYS THREE, FOUR & FIVE: Pia will show you the details of dyeing with indigo crystals, including making a vat and testing different fabric samples like wool, silk, cotton, linen and viscose jersey to see the different results and get a better understanding of how indigo works. After this introduction participants will dye the nuno felted garment they created in Day 1&2 as well as viscose jersey and other textiles, scarves, etc.

Next Pia will teach her technique of ecoprinting using iron pipes in different variations to show how experimenting with different variables can change the result and to inspire trying new ways for an individual look. Pia will talk about different plants and their effects focusing on native and locally available plants. Additionally Pia will show different ways of designing pieces to find a well balanced design suited to the different purposes of the textile, like pre sewn garments, pre cut garment patterns, scarves or decorative textiles. You will be free to apply the techniques according to your individual interests.

Pia's daughter Marie will act as Pia's co-teacher to be able to respond to the

different levels of experience so that everyone can take new input and

inspiration home with them.

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Monday, Oct. 22nd, 9am to Friday, Oct. 26th, 4pm

5646 Corporate Avenue

Cypress, CA

The workshop is located at the American Legion in Cypress, CA. The five day workshop is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. The workshop is in a new, safe and beautifully pine tree lined industrial complex just seven miles from Disneyland; one mile from the Los Alamitos Horse Race Track; and eight miles from the ocean in the quaint seaside town of Seal Beach.

GETTING THERE: Cypress, California is a small city in northern Orange County in Southern California and is freeway close to several freeways. Long Beach (LGB) is the closest airport - 7 miles, Santa Ana/John Wayne (SNA) is 17 miles and LAX is 28 miles.

LODGING: There are many places to lodge nearby but below are two

less than a mile from the workshop:

Hyatt House, Cypress

Countyard by Marriott, Cypress


$725 for 5 days of instruction with Beth & Pia + supplies and materials many of which can be purchased from Beth & Pia.

A supply and material list will be sent to you once you register.

Prior felting or dyeing experience is not required.

Space is limited so don't hesitate.

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