Resist Dye with Wendy Weiss

2.5 Day Workshop (Friday am thru Sunday noon)

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced.  Must be able to dress a loom and weave the warp we create on your own after class.  We won’t be dressing looms during class.

Class Description

Learn how to prepare natural cotton to dye in red, yellow, orange, and purple dye baths made with all plant-based dyes from roots, flowers, and wood. Use your warping board to create a resist patterned (ikat) warp to dye in class and weave at home. Participants will learn how to bind a warp to create a dynamic resist pattern and learn how to treat the cotton with tannin and alum prior to dyeing to insure fast and bright colors. Participants will go home with a multi-hued, patterned warp of 3/2 perle cotton and dyed weft of 5/2 perle cotton for weaving.

Instructor Biography

Wendy Weiss is an independent artist, natural dyer, and weaver.  She is professor emerita of textile design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She was awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar Award, to follow up on a previous Fulbright Award in 2009, to document Ikat textiles from an artist’s perspective in India, and is a past recipient of two Nebraska Arts Council Artist Fellowships, as well as a Winterthur Residential Fellowship.  Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in North America, Europe, and Asia.  She uses natural dyes that she cultivates locally.

Materials Fee

$50 for use of all the dyes and dye assistants for the class, handouts, yarn to bind the resist pattern, a portable binding frame which students will be able to take home, 3/2 perle cotton for warp, 5/2 perle cotton for weft.

Materials Fees are not collected as part of registration.  They are paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Students to Bring

  • A warping board (we need at least 1 warping board for every 2 people)
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Black Sharpie
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Apron
  • Large Stainless Steel Spoon
  • Three 1 gallon ziplock bags
  • Close-toed shoes, long pants, and long sleeve shirt for dyeing day