Hey, so I’m a little slow on posting about this, sorry! But I’m going to be offering two classes at Fiberworld. I’ll also be doing a talk on South Asian textile arts (intro-level, as I’m no expert!), a poetry reading, and hosting their fashion show. Will be fun.
Thursday Aug 20, 3-5 p.m. EDT: Knitted Sweets — Featuring knit & crochet cookies and knit chocolate bars, we’ll show you how to use embossed rollers and molds to make fun textile-inspired treats for your next stitch-and-bitch, or just to enjoy at home.
Friday Aug 21, 3-5 p.m. EDT: Sewing the Deaconess-Style Pleated Face Mask — Bring your sewing machine, fabric, and tools if you want to sew along with us, or just come watch as we talk and walk through the steps for creating a mask with two layers of 100% cotton, a sewn-in layer of filter fabric, and a metal nose piece.
(Not sure of the time of this one yet.)
South Asian Textile Arts
Mary Anne presents an introduction to a few elements of South Asian textile arts. She’ll start with kantha stitching: similar to sashiko in appearance, traditional Bengali kantha embroidery uses a simple running stitch to bind light pieces of cotton together, traditionally used to salvage old cotton saris and turn them into lightweight throws, cushions, and more. Bring an embroidery needle, some floss, and some scrap pieces of cotton if you’d like to stitch along as Mary Anne demonstrates how she salvages remnants of mask fabric and transforms them into charming bookmarks.
She’ll also show you some variations on traditional woven sari fabrics (including colorblocked handloomed Sri Lankan saris from her homeland), and discuss some aspects of what’s involved in bringing traditional South Asian motifs into your textile work, such as knit and crocheted designs.
Class pricing and convention registration at the Fiberworld site. Register here: https://fiberworld2020.com/