Captivating Color: Warp Ikat with Natural Dye on Cotton

August 12 - August 16, 2022

Captivating Color: Warp Ikat with Natural Dye on Cotton


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $80

Warp ikat is the art of systematically applying dye to selected areas of the warp threads prior to weaving. Participants will learn how to prepare their warp so they can bind their own geometric design onto their cotton thread and achieve their desired set of shapes or patterns before even setting up the loom. This introductory class will cover how to create an ikat design on graph paper, wind the warp and systematically bind the design. You will treat cotton yarn with tannin and alum prior to dyeing to ensure fast and bright colors, dye yarn in natural dyes, set up the loom  to align the resist dyed pattern, and weave a warp faced structure. You should know basic weaving vocabulary and experience weaving on a floor loom is desirable, but not essential, as all steps for setting up the loom to weave ikat are covered in the class.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Wendy Weiss

Wendy Weiss is an artist, natural dyer, and weaver who uses natural dyes that she cultivates and collects locally.  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. She is also 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. Wendy is on the editorial team for the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, former board member of the Textile Society of America, and professor emerita of textile design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She teaches workshops on creative applications of warp ikat and natural dye and  collaborates with Jay Kreimer on a range of installation projects using diverse materials.

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