LOCAL DYE WORKSHOPS by our own Kris Nardello

offered through Santa Cruz Art League

Natural dyes matching those used in Turkish pile carpet

Natural dyes matching those used in Turkish pile carpet

April 27, 1-5 p.m. Introduction to Natural Dyeing at The Tannery
May 18, 1-5 p.m. Colorway: Red, Glorious Red at The Tannery
June 15, 1-4 p.m. Indigo Shibori at the Art League on Broadway in Santa Cruz

$120 each, all materials will be provided

Classes are limited to 12 students.

For more information and to register go here and scroll down.



San Francisco textile artist, Barbara Shapiro, is offering several workshops in the coming months.

Let’s Have a Ball with Hex: Sunday, April 7 -- Walnut Creek Community Arts. Colorful balls and egg-shaped forms suitable for holiday decorations and small sculptures. 

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A Colorful Hex Plaited Flower Basket: May 4 -- For Textile Arts Council members (TAC) at the de Young Museum. [note - scroll down once you get to this link to find class]

Put a Hex in your Basket: August 24 to 25 -- At the Mendocino Art Center

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To see her work, Order/Chaos, she is included in the members’ online show, Unwrapping Memory, posted by the Surface Design Association.


Safeguarding Your Textile Treasures — A Textile Conservation Workshop

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


In the Textile Conservation Lab of the de Young Museum

fee: $75 per person; pre-registration is required

Open to all TAC members plus one guest. 

Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

For more information visit the workshop page or download a registration form.


PACIFIC TEXTILE ARTS at FORT BRAGG is offering 3 rug workshops this summer.


June 1-2 and 8-9 is a class in weaving with recycled fabrics (rags by any other name) with Jo Britton.  This class is good for beginners as well as more advanced weavers. 

July 27 - 30  is Rug weaving with Nancy Kennedy, a class for weavers with some weaving experience. 

Sept 28 - Oct. 1 is Wedge Weave with Deborah Corsini-- an eccentric tapestry weave used by the Navajo.  This class needs some weaving  experience and is especially of interest to tapestry weavers.

If you take all three rug weaving classes we are offering a tuition discount.  Normal tuition would be $1150  but if you sign up for all three tuition would go down to $950, payable in three parts--  $350 in June, $350 in July, and $250 in Sept.  We do also offer some 1/2 tuitions for volunteer work exchange for any of our classes.

They are also working on a Beginning and Intermediate Fabric Weaving class with Sue Luna in the month of August and this could also be one of the three in the tuition special.

Details for these classes are at pacifictextilearts.org.



June 15-24, 2019 Garfagnana, Tuscany

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This small-group tour takes you to visit the last of what was once a thriving tradition in the region around Lucca, in northwestern Tuscany, producing textiles ranging from rich silks for the church and aristocracy to the hand-spun hemp of farming families. You meet and learn with the artisans who are carrying on the methods of spinning, dyeing and weaving handed down the generations. They invite you into their homes to share meals with them and teach you to cook their traditional dishes, a cuisine with its roots in the farms of the textile artisans. Very small group (only 8–10 guests). Only 4 spots left!!!

You may also be interested in Tastes & Textiles: Woad & Wool offered in May, 2019 and, in September, 2019,  Tastes & Textiles: Wine to Dye For


CNCH 2019 Fiber Therapy Conference — June 20-23 at Sonoma State University

there are still a few openings in the workshops roster, and you can enjoy a single room with private bath, plus 3 meals a day, all-inclusive in your registration fee! Check the workshop list on our Registration Page to see which workshops are available. There’s still a great selection, whether you felt, sew, tapestry-weave, braid or band-weave!