Each day will begin with a short walk to observe natural patterns and textures outdoors,
sketchbook in hand to record rough notes. In the beginning, a new technique will be
introduced daily, with increasing time to experiment. Toward the end of the workshop
there’ll be an opportunity to create a fused or collaged piece incorporating techniques
and observations. A variety of supplies are needed due to the range of techniques offered.
Many of them you’ll already have around the house.
Portable Table Top (lightweight padded surface for various textile processes)
Cut at home and bring to class:
1 sheet of styrofoam or foam insulation , about 1” thick
2 sheets of cardboard
Note: If convenient, bring extra materials to make more than one table top).
If traveling, adjust size a little if needed, but too small isn’t useful.
General Art/Office Supplies
Pencil, (mechanical is easiest), soft leads
Ruler (C-thru is best)
Scissors (all purpose, for paper)
T pins (or extra, strong straight pins-two dozen or so)
Xacto knife (not box cutter)
White glue (small bottle, Sobo best but any ok)
White plastic erasers (3)
Brushes: bring a variety of whatever you have, include foam brushes 1 1/2” -2” wide,
and a cheap watercolor brush, also a flat stiff nylon art brush.
A stencil brush (optional)
Scissors (for fabric)
Scissors (small sharp point but not your best)
Needles (large enough for button & carpet thread)
Button & carpet thread & poly-cotton thread (neutral color)
Seam ripper (optional)
Fabrics (pre washed)
Basic: washed, dried, untreated dyeable white 100% cotton (3-5 yards)
Note: PFD or "prepared for dyeing" fabric is not required but guarantees the best results.
For experimentation: additional light colored prints, light colored solids, a few darks
Note: Cotton is most versatile for these techniques; other plant fibers or silks can be
used for experiments.
A fusible, e.g. Stitch Witchery, Wonder Under (for final project)
Felt ( few squares or 1/4 yd)
Containers, et al.
Plastic containers (2 each: quart & pint plus a couple smaller, e.g. yogurt-sized)
Styrofoam plates (3-4)
Plastic spoons, forks, knives (a couple each)
Plastic bucket (one-about 2 gal., from hardware or paint store, good for carrying stuff to class)
Small spray bottle
Plastic putty knife (1 1/2” preferred, hardware store)
Contact paper, 1 yd
String: varied weights, your choice (e.g. nylon thread, kite string, postal twine, jute, etc.)
Masking tape, no wider than 1/2”
Cothespins (hinged kind, not one-piece type)
Rubber bands (smallest, e.g. tiniest ones for hair)
Q Tips (about 2 dozen)
A couple of smaller plastic bags
Large trash bag (to protect table)
Materials fee, for dyes, paints, handouts and other supplies will be about $30.
If you are traveling from far away, contact me about sources for supplies near workshop site.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol Anne at email@example.com
or 617-868-4055. Also see www.carolannegrotrian.com.