Dyeing Arts Retreat Spring 2014


“Painted” with thickened dyes

It has been a while since I have had time to do any blogging, and this one is quite brief.  Learning the different forms of resist dyeing is best accomplished by DOING rather than reading.  All the text books, videos,  manufacturers’ instructions, and blogs can not compare with hands-on instruction and personal experience.  That is why I train apprentices and offer workshops.  It gives those new to the art form an opportunity to gain basic skills.  It also allows the more advanced practitioner the opportunity to sharpen techniques under the guidance of an experienced Master Dyer.  The third Saturday of each month I host a Beginners and an Advanced workshop in a classroom at one of my retail outlets in Cookeville, TN, USA.  These 2 hour workshops are a great way to give resist dyeing a brief try.  But my patrons have demanded more in depth learning experiences.

Therefore it is my distinct pleasure to invite you to attend a Retreat Workshop in the hills of Tennessee near my home.  I have reserved a rustic lodge at Standing Stone State Park at Hilham, Tennessee for the evening of March 28, 2014 through the morning of March 31, 2014.  We will  explore several resist dyeing techniques, including three methods of Batik, Shibori, Tie Dyeing,  Discharging, and the use of thickening agents to paint with dyes.


Batik using soy wax and fiber reactive dyes

All lodging, meals, supplies, and materials are included as a package for only $350 per person.  Due to the intensity of our curriculum, the workshop is limited to six participants.  A $100 non- refundable deposit is required by Dec. 31, 2013, with the remaining $250 due by March 1, 2014.  Interested individuals may seek more information, and registration procedure at the Events section on my Facebook page–link at upper right of this page.

In all likelihood, I will offer more Retreat-style Workshops in the future, perhaps covering different topics. In the event that this time it is not feasible for you to participate, Fear Not, other opportunities will arise!


“Painted” using thickened fiber reactive dyes on cotton


Discharged with household cleanser, then re-dyed using thickened fiber reactive dyes


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