Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Taste of Silk Dye Painting: One Day Make and Take Workshop

One 3 hour session with supplies included March 28, Saturday 1:00 - 4:00

Have you even wondered what silk dye painting is all about? Here is an opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like without investing in supplies. Each student will work on an 18″x18″ piece of silk  or 20" x 20" scarf using a water based resist to draw lines. After drying and heat setting the lines, you will paint using acid dyes. Instead of steam setting the dyes, the final piece will be dipped in a chemical fixative to make the dyes permanent. Although this will not yield the maximum intensity of dyes on silk, it is the next best alternative and will give you an idea of the silk dye painting process. All materials included. Just bring an apron, your favorite water color brushes, and gloves.
Hellenne Vermillion has been working with silk dye painting for over eight years and has had works published in books and magazines, and shown in fashion shows.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Silk Dyeing Class

Choose either a Wednesday or aSaturday 5 week Silk Dye Painting class in April

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For the most brilliant colors on silk, we will be using professional acid dyes which will then be steam set for permanency. Dyes bond to the fiber of the silk keeping the fabric soft to the touch unlike paints that sit on top of the fabric and leave a stiff hand.

With a special water based non-toxic resist we will draw or trace designs directly onto the silk. Lessons will include the different techniques we can use with this resist, including colored resist lines, and also techniques on creating texture with salt.

Dyes will be directly painted onto the silk (not to be confused with silk screening). Steam setting will be demonstrated and each student will be able to steam set once during class as practice.

This is a great opportunity to create scarves for yourself or for gifts. And silk yardage can be used to create paintings or wall hangings. 
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and 
May 6 (bonus session)
10:30-2:30 (includes 20 minute break and set up and clean up time)
5 sessions plus special one session makeup class due to Spring Break/Easter Holidays (you can come to all 6 sessions)
WHERE: at the SEFAA Center Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance 
1705 Commerce Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA  30318
COST:        $225 + buy your own supplies which can run a little over $100 but will go far 
Payment via check or cash 

April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9
10:30am - 2:30pm (includes 20 minute break and set up and clean up time)
5 sessions
WHERE: at Buckhead Botanicals
COST: $200 + buy your own supplies which can run a little over $100 but will go far
Payment via check or cash

If you are interested, please email me at for the address to mail your check to and a link to a supply list.