All workshop registrations are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled by the Festival.
A weekend (3-day) pass to the festival is offered to participants taking a workshop. (limit one pass per person)
An opportunity to learn ombré dyeing from the ground-up – Students will be encouraged to bring their own inspirations to class; be it a photograph, a piece of fabric or even a favourite sweater. From there we will discuss what makes a harmonious yarn, the basics of dyeing and how to narrow their inspirations down to colours that will work. We will begin with acid dye, discussing how acid dye works and how different factors such as pH and water temperature can impact your colours. We will explore a variety of dye application techniques, including hand-painting, immersion dyeing and speckling. We will create 2 skeins of yarn that are evocative of the students inspirations. From there we will use our new skills to create one ombre yarn; using the sock blank method combined with hand painting techniques, evocative of the students inspiration photo. Students will take home 3 skeins; two tonal yarns and one gradient yarn.
What to bring
A colour inspiration, preferably in the form of a photograph.
2 skeins of DK weight yarn, one skein of sock yarn in the form of a sock blank for ombre painting. Acid Dye Gloves and Masks
Shireen is a designer at heart and considers her mediums secondarily. From photography to clay, glass, resin, wood, metal, and of course, yarn, she believes in the strength of cross-pollination of skills to create truly unique works. A photographer first, all of her designs are inspired by her photography. Her yarn is no different; Shireen is known for her gradient yarns, each one inspired by images taken around the world. Her gift for reproducing those colours on yarns is what distinguishes the Blue Brick Yarns. Shireen is also an experienced instructor and public speaker. From fiber guilds to Karate, she knows how to lead a group through exercises where everyone has fun and creates beautiful yarns that reflect their unique personality and photographic inspirations. Bringing a great love of both colour and teaching to each class, her students are sure to laugh and learn in equal measure :)