Introduction to Textiles

July 21 - July 25, 2023

Introduction to Textiles


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $85

Have you ever wanted to take a fibers class but couldn’t decide which? Perhaps you are looking for another textile method to explore in depth? If so, come take this Intro to Textiles! This foundation workshop will cover the basic methodologies of the textile world; felting, dying, printing, basketry, and needlework. We will cover both traditional and contemporary methods and give you the freedom to explore each medium as in depth or as casually as desired. We will explore both dry and wet felting techniques, the history of wool, and its modern-day applications. Dying will focus on Shibori using MX Dyes. We will explore printing on fabric using both natural and manipulated objects. Basketry will introduce round reed constriction and multi-functional forms. Needlework covers a plethora of hand techniques such as embroidery, fabric manipulation, crochet, and adornment. We will begin each day learning a new technique and building upon the previous day’s skills. Focusing on small project-based exercises, all attendees have the opportunity to leave with at least five different objects demonstrating each technique. Individuals of all practices are welcome to join!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: 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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Emery Hall

Emery Hall graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2020 with degrees in both Traditional Textiles and Sculpture. Emery is currently a Phoenix based artist blending the worlds of textiles with large-scale public art and installations. Between commissions, she travels internationally to attend residencies, honing her knowledge of traditional techniques and to further her practice. Before arriving as the Textiles Fellow at Peters Valley School of Craft in 2022, Emery was an ERASMUS+ Fellow at the National University of Art In Iasi, Romania.

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