What is the course about?
Mixing traditional dyeing techniques with basic hand weaving we will work developing
unique textures, colour and surfaces. We will work from the yarn to the woven textile and
from the dyed textile to our own handmade yarn. We will focus on the process rather than on a particular result, since all the swatches will have an experimental output. By the end of the course you will have created a series of samples for personal reference and/or to build up your textile/fashion
portfolio. Intermediate students might be able to develop their own textile pieces and get support in their own projects.
What will we cover?
We will learn traditional dyeing techniques for yarns and textiles as well as learning the basics skills and ways of weaving on a small frame loom. We will focus on creating interesting surfaces playing with colour and textures. We will make our own yarn and unique textile samples and will explore the use of dyeing and weaving in art, fashion and interior design. Although this is a very practical course there will be some basic theory handouts and teaching about colour theory.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use procion dyes to tie dye methods, dip dye, shibori
- Work with reverse dyieng
- Experiment creating your own dyeing patterns
- Weave on a frame loom using dyed yarns
- Learn techniques such as looping and fringe weaving to create exciting surfaces
- Learn basic colour theory
- Understand the basics of a woven textile.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for beginners and intermediate students. Anyone interested in mixing dyeing and
weaving techniques and who is eager to explore and experiment with their creativity. No previous knowledge is required. You should be happy to work well individually as well as enjoy the company of others and interact in a group.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support each class,
handouts and for heath and safety information.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will work mostly through practical exercises and there will be basic colour theory
explained in one of the lessons.
Informal group discussions and feedback will be part of each class, and handouts will
also be given. Contemporary examples of weaving and dyeing in Fashion and Textiles
will be shown and discussed.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials will be supplied. During the third class of the course, students
will be required to bring any natural, undyed yarns they would like to use for dyeing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX702 Textiles: constructing pattern, colouring cloth
VX972 Felt making: experimental 2D to 3D techniques
VX704 Textile sketchbook: developing ideas and projects.