2016 Workshops Schedule 

Workshops dates will be limited at Ecouture Textiles this year.  I will be working on expanding my own body of work and writing a book(!!).  Dates are listed below each class description.  

I will be teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for Session 6 - August 28-September 3.  Visit http://www.haystack-mtn.org/ for more information and an application.  If you are interested in being my technical assistant, please apply though the Haystack website under scholarships.  Thanks!


Session 6: August 28 - September 3, 2016


Foraged Color – The Art and Science of Eco-Printing - FULL
Cloth and plants pigments do not often get together in a good way: think grass stains. Eco-printing changes that! This process involves heating local plant material in contact with prepared cloth and paper to create extraordinary color and imagery. Workshop participants will learn a variety of eco-printing techniques and fabric preparation methods. Through sampling, group discussions, and individual practice participants will develop their creative response to—and interaction with—plants, natural objects, and the local environment through textile and paper creations. All levels welcome.

Eco Printing at Ecouture Textiles 2016

Eco-Printing - Here in Maine, we are surrounded by nature and wrapped in textiles.  Why not combine the two?  Eco-printed cloth is created by layering prepared silk, linen, paper and other materials with local plants and flowers.  The cloth or paper and leaves are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed.  This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the material.  No external dyes, inks or paints are used in eco-printing.  All color and pattern come from the plants themselves!  Release extraordinary secrets from local plants we see every day and often take for granted. 

Participants will print/dye a variety of prepared silk, linen and cotton cloth.  We will also experiment with eco-prints on paper.  Each student will complete a silk scarf,  1/4 yard each of cotton, silk/linen, spun silk broadcloth and linen; and 12 different art papers.  ($95, all materials included)

Feedback from students:  "It was the best class I have ever taken!"  (BW, Maine)  "You bewitched us with your knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm."  (BN, Maine)  "Nothing can ever compare to the magical day that (was) yesterday."  (SH, New Hampshire)  "Your presentation and instructions were so professional and understandable, and I'm thrilled with what I produced!" (LY, Maine)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - Full

NEW!  Thursday, August 11, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Eco-Printing - The Next Steps -  If you have taken an eco-printing class from me before, come back for a refresher, more sampling or to learn techniques of yardage printing.   ($60, materials purchased separately)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NEW - Friday, August 12, 2016

Eco-Printing Mosaic

Traditional Natural Dyeing 

Use sustainably sourced natural dyes and non-toxic mordants to create samples of  more than 50 colors on protein fiber yarn (wool and silk).  Until 1856, all colors came from natural sources.  With the advent of synthetic dyes, the use of most natural dyes was discontinued in favor of  less time consuming and more consistent but highly toxic chemical dyes.   Using Madder Root, Cochineal (insects), Osage Orange(sawdust), Cutch (resin) and Indigo we will create a thrilling range of colors from nature.  All recipes are repeatable!   (More information coming soon - Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen - winter 2017)

Wool yarn dyed with Madder Root

Wool yarn dyed with Madder Root

Indigo - Indigo is a natural blue dye derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and other pigment bearing species. Indigo has been used as a colorant for nearly 5,500 years. The dye is extracted from the leaves through a lengthy process of soaking and fermentation, drying and grinding.  When the cloth or fiber is removed from the dye vat it changes, as if by magic, from yellow-green through green and turquoise to blue.  Multiple dips in the dye vat are required to create dark shades.  

Intro to Indigo (1 day) - learn the basics of indigo dyeing and vat preparation. Make 1 silk scarf and several cotton samples.  Bring something of your own to dye!

Indigo Shibori (1 or 2 days) - explore techniques of traditional Japanese resist dyeing.  Learn binding, stitching, and pole wrapping techniques.  Experiment on cotton and silk cloth samples, make one finished silk scarf.  

November 18 & 19 Plymouth CRAFT  (Overbrook House, Buzzards Bay, MA) - Please sign up though Plymouth CRAFT. Day 1 - Shibori Techniques.  Day 2 - Open Dyeing Day - bring prepped shibori pieces, yarn, cloth. These classes may be taken separately or together.  

Indigo for Quilters (2-3 days, non-consecutive) - explore indigo dyeing and a variety of resist techniques to make 6 graded fat quarters, and 6 resist dyed fat quarters.

TBD - Please contact me if you are interested in this class.  

There are no pre-requisites for Indigo classes.


Samples of shibori:  arashi (pole-wrapping and scrunching), horse teeth (folding, stitching and gathering), crackle pattern (scrunching), kanoko (bound shibori)

Please email me to sign up today!  

All classes held at Ecouture Textiles are $95 per student per day unless otherwise noted and include all materials. 10am -4pm. Please bring a bag lunch.  Coffee, tea, water and juice will be provided.

Workshops are held at Ecouture Textile Studio in Brooksville, Maine.  However, if you know a group of people who are interested, I would be happy to come to you!  Please email ecouturestudio(at)gmail.com for further information and availability.

Workshops with Christine Leith, Eggemoggin Textile Studio (please contact Chris via her website for more details and to reserve a space).

Chris' workshops are held at her studio: 497 Reach Road, Sedgwick, Maine.

Dyed and Discharged Shibori Silk Scarves by Chris Leith

Dyed and Discharged Shibori Silk Scarves by Chris Leith