Our very first textile travel experience
The Tatter Blue Library Textile Retreat
in MidCoast Maine
Join us for a unique retreat where we will walk into the Maine woods foraging for, and then dyeing with, a rainbow of incredible fungi. With newly-dyed thread, yarn and cloth, we then immerse in the rich history of embroidery samplers of Maine. Students will learn to name and distinguish edible, non-edible and dye-producing fungi, and will use their hand-made materials to create their own unique works of embroidered art. Maine has a unique landscape and textile history, and we are thrilled to connect to aspects of both, as inspiration for deeper textile learning.
Date: September 29 - October 5, 2019
Upcoming Class: Indian Mirror Embroidery
Indian mirror work, known as Shisha, is the ancient Indian embroidery technique of attaching tiny mirrors onto fabric. Developed during the 17th century, it is practiced widely throughout India and the East and has many variations.
In this class, students will learn the basic Shisha technique, along with a couple of complimentary stitches. Students will have the opportunity to complete a project incorporating a single mirror, which can be worn as a pendant, and begin work on a small design of their choosing.
Students will be encouraged to add their own creative flair to their projects, while reflecting on the cultural significance of embroidery, and what it can teach us about the history and traditions of our own and other cultures.
Dates: Friday, June 21st, 2019, or Saturday, June 22, 2019