Monday, May 18, 2009

ReVamp your Wardrobe class!

I have been wanting to offer this class for awhile, so I am making it happen! Email me at with questions and to register.

ReVamp your Wardrobe!
using Japanese fabric dyeing techniques
with Textile Artist Amber Dawn Coppings

Why buy new clothes when you can revamp them? Save money and reinvent your wardrobe by dyeing your clothes using Japanese Shibori fabric dyeing methods.
Sewn Nui shibori and Folded Itajime shibori will be explored along with immersion, gradation and over-dyeing techniques. Shibori is a general term for hundreds of different traditional and contemporary fabric dyeing techniques that originated in communities in Japan. Imagine tie dye with geometric shapes, interesting details and a lot of innovation!

You choose which methods to use on your clothing. Low impact, eco-friendly fiber reactive dyes will be used with many colors available. Some color theory will be discussed to help you figure out the best colors to dye your clothes. Let me know any special color requests when you register- some can be accommodated.

When: June 27, 1pm-5pm
Where: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
$50/$45 for PCC and Fiberarts Guild members
All dyes, chemicals and preparation materials included in tuition fee.
Dye kits to use at home and silk scarves will also be available for an extra fee.
Cash, local check and Paypal are accepted. Payment is due upon registration to reserve your spot. A minimum number of students is required to run the class, maximum is 10 students. Full refunds will be given if the class does not run.

Email Amber at to register and for more information.

Important Details: Please bring up to 6 items of clothing/accessories that are made of 100% cotton, silk, rayon, or blends of those fabrics. Other blends are ok if they are less than 10% of another fabric. Number of items dyed in class will be determined by what everyone brings. Please bring plastic bags (grocery and/or gallon freezer bags) and a bucket with a lid (kitty litter buckets are ideal) to transport your items. Students will need to wash their dyed items at home.

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