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Silk Painting with Sandy Melroy

Workshop canceled    hope to reschedule in 2022

Two Day workshop     Saturday and Sunday 

                                      Cost: Workshop: $175

                                    Registration Deadline 

                                      Materials: $40 (collected on first day of workshop)


Sandy has been creating hand painted silk textiles for almost 20 years . She learned to love this form of fiber art while living in England, and now, happily living back in Wisconsin, she shares her experience to people of all ages and experience levels.

Even if you have never held a paintbrush or ever tried your hand in creating textile art, Sandy is certain you will love the process of applying water based paints (as thin as a dye) to luxury silk fabric for a unique and colorful piece of art.

For this workshop, Sandy begins with a trunk show of her silk painted scarves, wearable art pieces and framed silk art for inspiration, along with many books and ideas for drawing designs.

Additionally, she brings ALL supplies for this workshop. You will have the opportunity to create several sample pieces using a variety of techniques (wet on wet, salt, resists , stamping, etc.) and will take home a piece ready to frame, some painted/embellished silk yardage (suitable for incorporating in other textile projects) and even a ‘suncatcher’ to welcome in the sunlight in your home.

Register soon for your place in this fun workshop!

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Shibori and Indigo Dye Workshop

TBD Spring 2023

Instructor: Kipp Inglis

Workshop cost: $175

Materials cost (paid to instructor on day of workshop): $20

      include needles, threads, binding materials and pre-scoured fibers.  Extras can be              purchased from the instructor.  Printed instructions/diagrams will be provided.

Student enrollment: Minimum - 7, Maximum - 12

Workshop Description

Satrurday  (at Lost Art Studio, Waukesha)

Shibori; methods of tying, bundling, stitching, and otherwise isolating fabric to resist dye uptake.  Almost every culture that has used dyes to color their fibers has found ways of creating patterning by some method of “resist”; creating an area or areas on fiber or fabrics that will resist dye uptake. 

The Japanese word is SHIBORI.  Eastern Indian use forms of TIE & DYE (where our Sixties “TYE-DYE” originated).  Unlike using pastes and clays for printing and adding dyes in layers, RESIST dye work is done with stitching and pulling, bundling, tying, using blocks and clamps, folding and twisting. 

Participants will be shown examples of several forms; the instructor will demonstrate ones that can be accomplished during the workshop session time. 

We will be working on a “kit” of cotton bandannas, napkins or fat quarters of a quilting cotton which have been scoured. 

Hopefully each participant will created one stitched sample, one folded and bundled sample and one clamped sample and another of their choosing. 


Sunday (at Gwenyn Hill Farm, Delafield)

Indigo Dye:

Using an indigo vat.  Students who made shibori samples from Session One will prepare their items for dying in the Indigo vat at the end of day 1.  Day 2 only students have the option of dyeing a hank of yarn for weaving or knitting provided it has been properly scoured and soaked (studio can provide materials).  Day 1 students can assist with starting the indigo vats at the end of the first day.  Day 2 students will be given the “recipe” to start a vat.  Students will learn about using a Fructose vat, often called a 1-2-3 Indigo vat.  We will learn proper preparation for the fibers to be dyed, the process of putting together a vat, different types of Indigo vats, touching on the history of dyeing with indigo in various parts of the world and its impact on cultures.   Participants will be shown the best practices for a good dyeing outcome.   Supplies for making an indigo kit will be available to purchase from the instructor.  Sources for purchasing indigo making will be supplied.   Printed recipe and instruction will be provided.

Beginners encouraged and welcome

You will need: OLD clothes that can get dirty and dish washing gloves


Indigo Wool Yarn Dyeing

Instructor: Kipp Inglis


May 21st 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (30 minute lunch break)

Workshop to be held at Gwenyn Hill Farm 

                                            N130W294 Bryn Drive

                                            Waukesha, WI 53188

           Workshop Cost: $150

            Dye Material Fee:  included in workshop cost

            Yarn:               We will be using Gwenyn Hill Organic Wool fiber and you will dye  (2-3) - 3 oz skeins of yarn

                                    Yarn Options:

                                   purchase wool fiber from Gwenyn Hill and spin your yarn. Available at Lost Art Studio or at Gwenyn Hill Farm

                                                               (contact Lost Art for pre scouring method)


                                   purchase Handspun Gwenyn Hill Farm skeins of pre scoured yarn for dyeing. 

                                                                                 Available at Lost Art Studio or at Gwenyn Hill Farm


                                   contact Lost Art Studio if you have your own wool yarn for dyeing. 


Beginners encouraged and welcome

You will need: OLD clothes that can get dirty and dish washing gloves

Using a specially prepared natural indigo vat for wool, participants will dye pre-scoured skeins.

Learn about the Indigo dyeing process using a natural fructose dye vat.

Students will be able to take home their own dye bucket to continue the process.

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Shibori and Indigo Dyeing * 3 Day Workshop  CLASS IS CANCELED

Instructor: Kipp Inglis

Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 21, 22 & 23   9:00 am - 4:00 pm (45 minute lunch break)

           Workshop Cost: $360 if registered before June 7

                                      $375 registration after June 7


            Material Fee:  included in cost of workshop

Minimum # of Students 6 – Maximum 10. 


Registration due by July 1

Beginners encouraged and welcome

This workshop will be held at a nearby farm, 15 minutes south of Waukesha. 

You will need: OLD clothes that can get dirty and dish washing gloves

Using a fructose (1-2-3) natural indigo vat, students will learn a few shibori techniques to pattern and then dye cotton napkins with indigo they have learned to prepare for use.  The napkins will be pre-scoured and ready for dye.  Samples of various shibori will be shown.


Day 1 & 2 – prepare indigo vats of 2%, 5% and 8% strengths.  A variety of shibori techniques (stitched, tied, folded and bundled).  Students will have the remainder of the day and the second day to make their shibori samples.  Samples must soak for a minimum 2 hours before dyeing.  Students will be shown proper fiber manipulation IN the dye vat and rinsing (LOTS of rinsing!) and finishing. 

Day 3 will be for dyeing and rinsing (cut off for dyeing will be 1PM to allow proper rinsing and clean up). 


Each student will receive:

  1. Their own indigo kit which will make a medium to dark 5-gallon vat of indigo that will dye several pounds of fiber.  (They can choose to make a weaker vat with provided instructions for dyeing even more fiber). 

  2. A 5-gallon bucket with lid to make their vat and take home.

  3. 6 organic cotton prepared-for-dye napkins (approx.. 19” square).

  4. ½ yard of Moda’s Bella quilting cotton, prepared-for-dye.

  5. Sample sizes of linen and lightweight Japanese cotton prepared-for-dye.

  6. Needles, thread and use of instructors tools for various shibori techniques.

  7. Non-latex nitrile gloves (several pair) and dust mask (for mixing the powders).

  8. List of resources and articles about indigo.

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