Saturday, May 14, 2011

COLOUR TRICKS: DYEING, SPINNING, AND KNITTING

2011 Maiwa Textile Symposium Workshop

Janel Laidman
$295 (Includes $45 Lab Fee) Three full days
October 12 - 14 (Wed - Fri) 10am - 4pm
Maiwa East - 1310 Odlum Dr. Vancouver, Canada Class Limit 16

The workshop opens at Maiwa East for the first day of playing with colour in the dyepots. Students will learn techniques for dyeing unspun fibres in the morning and yarns in the afternoon.


They will learn foolproof techniques for dyeing fibres without felting, for getting a nice even-space dye, and for developing colour combinations. They will also learn how to speckle dye yarns and try their hands at some other fun tricks.

For the second day the class moves to the Maiwa Loft where students will learn how to spin dyed fibres that are provided (just like the magic of a cooking show, already dyed and ready). The class will learn how to get the most out of a painted roving and how to make striping yarns, non-striping yarns, and long colour-sequence yarns (faux “noro”).

The third day (also in the Maiwa Loft) is dedicated to knitting with hand-dyed yarns. Participants will learn about the modulus of the dye repeat. They will learn how to combine colours to maximum effect and they will pick up tips and tricks for stranded knitting. Students will go home with a wealth of new information and loads of colourful yarns and fibres on which to practice their new-found skills.

Janel arrives from Oregon to teach this workshop.

This workshop takes place at two locations, the Maiwa Loft and Maiwa East.

Janel Laidman

Janel Laidman knits, spins, dreams, and writes in Eugene, Oregon, where she is always hard at work on her next endeavour. Janel has taught knitting and spinning nationally and is the author of The Eclectic Sole: Socks for Adventurous Knitters and her new book The Enchanted Sole: Legendary Socks for Adventurous Knitters. Janel also runs Rustling Leaf Press and publishes Spindlicity, a knitters blog. www.rustlingleafpress.com


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