Workshop: Botanical Printing On Cellulose Fiber

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Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts says
Merridee Joan Smith will follow up her very popular September 2016 workshop, Botanical Printing on Wool and Silk, with her two-day workshop, Botanical Printing on Cellulose Fibers. Lovely botanical prints can be produced on cellulose fibers, such as cotton, rayon and linen, using plant materials found growing in our forests and back yards. This is a fascinating process, with much current exciting innovation.

Cellulose fibers are not as receptive to printing with natural materials as are protein fibers, therefore additional preparation steps must be taken to obtain good results. The instructor will discuss fabric preparation and the use of mordants to get the prints to strongly adhere to the fabric. Participants will learn how to place the botanical materials on the fabric, roll and tie them into bundles, and steam or simmer the bundles. We will all then have the pleasure of opening them and seeing the magic!

Participants will have the opportunity to practice the techniques, experiment with different fabrics and plant materials, and document results, thus creating the start of a notebook for future reference. They will print scarves, then other items of their choice, perhaps fabric, a cotton shirt or an item from a thrift shop. Stunning botanical prints with beautiful color subtleties and patterns are our goal!

In order to speed up one of the mordanting processes, participants may be invited to premordant some of the items they wish to print prior to class. This will not be required; it is for those who want to get more samples printed. Further instruction will be provided closer to the class date.

Registration is $130 for SCTA members, and $160 for non-members. A $30 Materials Fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Class size is limited to eight, and early registration is advised. Register for the class by sending your name, phone number, email address, workshop name and payment to SCTA Program Chair, 619 39th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95816-3936.

To learn more about Merridee Smith, check her website at www.merrideejoan.com. To learn more about the workshop, email bosley.diana@gmail.com.
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