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