Sustainable Textiles 2019
Common Ground Farm and Textile Lab work in partnership to bring workshops that engage our community to learn how to repair, repurpose, and reinvent old clothing through the use of natural dyeing and textile repurposing techniques.
Financial assistance is available for each workshop in this series. Contact Sember at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UPCYCLED CROCHET MARKET BAG
Saturday, June 8th - 10 AM to 3 PM at COLORANT, 146 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Learn how to crochet a market bag from repurposed tee shirts. Participants will make tee shirt yarn, plan a pattern, learn how to crochet in the round and build the bag. The group will break for lunch at noon. Take home instructions are included!
HARVEST DYE MATERIALS
Saturday, July 27th - 10 AM to 12 noon at Common Ground Farm
This workshop will teach participants about plant-based dyes and regionally sourced, ethical textile systems. Participants will harvest their own plants at CGF to create dyes that will be extracted from the source plant material. The dyes made at this workshop will be used at the Dying with Regional Plants workshop.
DYING WITH REGIONAL PLANTS
TBD - 12 noon to 3 PM at COLORANT, 146 Main Street, Beacon, NY
This workshop builds off of the Harvest Dye Materials workshop. Participants will work with the dyes made at that workshop and will learn how to prepare fibers for dying, how to change the PH of the dye in order to alter plant colors, and will experiment with dyeing a variety of natural fibers.
TBD - 12 noon to 3 PM at the Beacon Farmers’ Market, Beacon, NY
Market-goers will be encouraged to bring old jeans, bags, sweaters, or anything else that needs to be patched, darned, or felted. Participants will learn how to use Japanese Sashiko and Improvisational Stitching sewing techniques and needle felting techniques to give new life to old clothes.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.