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Join us to learn & have fun while exploring various techniques to create and design your fabulous fabrics. You will have the option to make items to wear and to adorn your home. Your unique designs will be easy to achieve, and you will be amazed at your results. 

You will also create a portfolio of your samples along with the instructions so that you can continue the process after completing this workshop.

 We will be exploring the following techniques:

"Batik" is the technique of using a resist applied to the fabric to create a design

"Ice Dyeing" uses ice cubes and dye, which will generate unique colors & patterns on your fabric

"Fabric Marbling" with surprise ingredients used! 

Our nine sessions will include:

Session 1: Will include a slide presentation of projects and supplies needed to complete the Fabric Design projects. Discussions regarding where to purchase supplies, substitutions for supplies, and any other concerns

Session 2: Batik Technique Demonstration 

Session 3: Presentation of all the participants' Batik results

Session 4: Fabric Marbling Demonstration

Session 5: Presentation of all the participants' Marbling results

Session 6: Ice Dyeing Demonstration

Session 7: Presentation of participants' Ice Dyeing results

Session 8: Portfolio Fabric Design Book Demonstration

Session 9: Culmination Event

Suggested Supply List:

100% White Cotton Fabric (at least 2 yds.)

White Cotton Tee Shirts with no side seams

4-Pack 100% Cotton Comfortable Solid Decorative Throw Pillowcase Square Cushion Cover Pillowcase Sublimation Blank Pillow Covers (Cover Only, No Insert) (18x18 inch/ 45x45cm, White)

Solid 100% Cotton Unisex Bandana - 12 Pack

Jacquard - JAC801S Dye-Na-Flow Specialty Paint Set, 2.25 Ounces, Assorted Colors, Set of 10

Plastic covering to protect your work surface; Ice Cubes, plastic takeout containers

Ice Dye Powder Shakers (I suggest you select the least 3 to 4 different colors from the following: Raven, Bronze, Indigo, Blue Grey, Turquoise, Lavender, Oxblood Red, Moss Green, Nightshade, Rust Brown, Amber Waves, Sky Blue, Eggplant, Burgundy & Truffle Brown

Please purchase your Ice Dye Powders from the link below.

Elmer’s Liquid Gel School Glue, Washable, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count

Foam Shaving Cream with Aloe

Rubber Gloves & Face Mask; Rubber bands, Masking Tape, foil, ruler, plastic bags

Paint brushes (small & medium tips) & foam brushes, pipettes, or eye droppers; Paper Towels

Registration Required. Zoom link will be sent to those registered by 10am the morning of the program.

Additional support for Creative Aging programs at BPL are made possible with support from The Sills Family Foundation; the Laura B. Vogler Foundation; Lifetime Arts with a grant from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; Apple Bank, celebrating over 25 years in Brooklyn and over 155 years of neighborhood banking in greater New York (Visit for more information); and several BPL Friends Groups, Private Funders, and Volunteers.

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