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Alterpojagi

Discover this technique of “pojagi” without limitations, with it you can do whatever you want.

Let’s  work works in large or small formats as well as all kinds of geometries. All this in a simple way, easy to make and with the sewing machine.

In this course we will make a piece of “pojagi” with which we will discover and enjoy the different creative possibilities that this technique offers, using silk organza and showing other fabrics that can be used.

This technique seeks to enhance the lightness, transparency and subtility of the organza, which on the other hand contrasts with the intense color that is achieved by dyeing it. You can create really spectacular artistic works.

Fall in love with silk

To use silk in patchwork and textile art works turn them special, since the natural characteristic of this fabric has « something magic « .

In this workshop, we will teach the different qualities of silk, its characteristics and why and how each one could be used. Depending on the effect you want to obtain, you can use different silk qualities, but you must to know how to process it in order to work with them. So, we will show you the suitable stiffening and interlinings . And also the recommendable threads and tools to work with.

We will do a little sampler to try the different qualities of silk and techniques. Finally, we will show some works made by us, so you can see the posibilities of this material and the techniques.

Entretelas

If you like sewing, are you interested in textile world or is your working media, surely often you have found amazing creations that you don’t know how are they made.

There is a world of interlinings used to many things, like getting special effects, help in realization processes or simply do things that would not be possible otherwise.

Our long experience with silk and research to obtain new effects with it, has made us know and find easy techniques that facilitate the work and that allow to do really spectacular things for any person with a few average skills with the sewing machine, applicable to many kind of fabrics.

In this course we teach many working resources with different interlinings to make things from basic and simple to very sophisticated, but always an easy process.

Printing

Working with hand patterned fabrics by you makes your work more personal and you can give them the intention that you want to.

We will teach you how you can change your fabrics. Starting with a commercial or hand dyed fabric you can get different textures and prints.

To do this, we may use found objects and everyday materials too. You can also create our own stamps from different materials.

We will work mostly on cotton, but we also can work on all types of natural fabrics such as linen, silk, rayon, bamboo…

Transparency

The use of transparencies in textile work brings aesthetic and artistic qualities that with other kind of fabrics cannot be achieved. Silk also adds its own properties: natural fabric, shiny, can easily be dyed at home to get their own color palettes.

We will work mainly with the following qualities of silk: organza, cheesecloth , hankies , decorative threads and hank .

Our main objective is to transform surfaces in new fabrics with which to develop artistic works as well clothing and accessories.

It is known that silk has many properties which are valued but it is not an easy fabric to work . Our long experience with this noble material and restlessness to achieve new effects with transparency, has made us develop techniques that greatly facilitate the work and allow to do really spectacular things for anyone with average skills with the sewing machine.

In this course we propose: Playing with overlays transparencies to create subtle shades and glazes, layering with surprise results but always fun and easy to make and two ways to get fabrics that bring us closer to contemporary lace.

These techniques can be applied to a fabric base , for example to make quilts or bags , and without base, accentuating the play of transparencies , such as pojagi quilts, clothing, accessories, curtains and lamps.

Shibori workshop

Shibori is an old Japanese technique of dyeing and decoration of fabrics that, using the pressure, gets stamped between the parts under pressure and those that do not.

This pressure can be realized in different ways: making knots, tying, pleating, folding, rolling, sewing … each one receives a specific name.

In this workshop we will:

Itajame. Using different templates

Kanoko i kumo – knotted, pleated and pressed

Bomaki i Arashi – pleats

Maki-age, ori-nui, i mokume – sewn

It is a technique where the results are always surprising and spectacular. Fabrics stamped with these methods can be used to decorate foulards, make household clothes and for our patchworks or textile works.

Dyeing silk with microwave

Sometimes, you may want use silk in your works to give them a « special » touch., but is difficult to find silk in market in degradee colours . Using microwave is a easy way to fix colours in silk ,and you can have the ones you want in few minutes using tools you have at home. It is cheap to use this method because silk can be dyed with a minimum quantity of dye.

We propose to experiment several ways to dye silk in order to obtain different textures and colors.

We will do that using materials and tools that we have at home, like citric or acetic acid and recycled plates.

We will work with acid dyes, because are so easy to find in a lot of suppliers, and also easy to use.

Working this way you can have dyed silk in few minutes without an infrastructure. You only need a microwave, a plate, citric acid and plastic.

First of all we will do some exercises with the same kind of silk (ponge), so you can see different textures with the same quality, because every kind of silk has different results, and we will see it after that.

You will learn how to do a degrade, shibori, two layers, …

We will bring some samples with us to show some works made with dyed silk.

Reactive dyies

Working with self hand-dyed fabrics makes the works more personal. In this workshop you will dye your own cotton fabrics (you can also use other natural fabrics such as linen, silk, rayon, bamboo …) to use them later in your creations.

You will learn to use reactive dyes performing different exercises like same color gradients, gradients from one color to another, color mixes, tied and reserves, overlapping colors, etc.

More transparency

In this course we take a step in the use of transparencies getting create new tissues and effects that can be applied to many different works. Silk also adds its own properties: natural fabric, shiny , can easily be dyed at home to get their own color palettes.

We will work mainly with the following qualities of silk: organza, cheesecloth and chiffon crêpe.

Our main objective is, based on the different qualities of silk, get new fabrics with which to develop artistic works and also clothing and accessories.

It is known that silk has many valued properties but it is not an easy fabric to work with, especially for the work proposed in this course. Our long experience with this material and research to obtain new effects with transparency has made us find easy techniques that facilitate the work and that allow to do really spectacular things for any person with a few average skills with the sewing machine.

In this course we propose: to make pojagi  in a very simple and quick way , set of overlapping geometric shapes and voids , overlapping layers of cheesecloth to create a lightweight, durable and reversible tissue; overlay for highly textured torn tissue strips.

These techniques seek to enhance the lightness, transparency and etherealness organza and cheesecloth , on the other hand contrast with the intense color that gets to dye them . You can create artwork really spectacular.