Textiles Workshops at Penland

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include tapestry weaving, sewing, knitting, quilting, surface design, natural dyes, shibori, basketry, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for summer and fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.




SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017

Akemi Nakano Cohn, Katazome Samples, paper stencil, resist-

dyed ramie, stencil: 12 x 14 inches, samples: 15 x 28 inches each


Akemi Nakano Cohn
Katazome with Natural Dyes & Indigo

Katazome is a traditional Japanese rice paste resist technique that is applied through a stencil and colored with natural dyes. In this workshop, students will learn basic katazome and explore images representing their own story. We’ll cover cooking rice paste, making soy milk, brushing a variety of natural dyes, mordants, earth pigments, and steaming to set colors. We’ll also dip rice-pasted fabric into the indigo pot to create intense shades of blue. Tsutsugaki—freehand drawing with rice paste in a pastry tube—will add to the work. Students will take home a variety of experimental fabric pieces to use as a guide for future projects. All levels. Code 06TA


Studio artist; studied dyeing in Japan for 10 years; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack (ME); exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Bellevue Art Museum (WA), Gallery Uesuto (Japan).


Saberah Malik, What Will I Be, polyester fabrics, Plexiglas,

mirrors, toy calves, 14 x 40 x 18 inches


Saberah Malik
Transforming Textiles

The first week of this workshop will cover up to ten different shibori techniques of stitching, binding, restricting, and immersion dyeing to create sample yardage, wearable art, or fine art. During the more experimental second week, we’ll build on our understanding of fabric manipulation to mold flat fabric into freestanding sculptural forms by ‘encrypting’ the shape of any mold being used onto the memory of the cloth. Students will make dimensional work using fabric, especially silk, dyed during the first week. All levels. Code 06TB


Studio artist; teaching: Stonehill College (MA), Panjab University College of Art and Design (Pakistan); exhibitions: Danforth Art Museum (MA), Green Space (RI), Contextile (Portugal); work published in Dimensional Cloth Art: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra Stanton.







SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Lisa Sorrell, Wild and Blue, kangaroo and alligator leather


Lisa Sorrell
Leather Inlay & Overlay

This is a workshop for learning to create art through inlay and overlay using fine leather, such as chrome-tanned kangaroo and calf. We’ll make several small leather projects and finish with an opportunity for each student to design and create a unique project of their own. All levels. Code 07TA


Bootmaker; teaching: Hiko Mizuno College (Tokyo), Penland; 2010, 2013, 2016 Gold Medal at the triennial International Shoemaker’s Days (Germany); work published in The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay (Schiffer).







Rebecca Ringquist, Untitled, cotton, hand embroidery, machine

stitching, 16 x 12 inches


Rebecca Ringquist
Maximalist Embroidery

This workshop will explore a maximalist aesthetic in drawing and embroidery. Through doodling, collage, and contour line drawing, we’ll use our sketchbooks to collect images and patterns. Students will learn a bevy of surface embellishment techniques—including hand embroidery, drawing with the sewing machine, appliqué, and reverse appliqué—improvising and using chance to create new ways of accumulating marks. Starting with traditional embroidery, students will develop their own vocabulary of mark making and additive processes to create dense designs. All levels; comfort with a sewing machine will be helpful. Code 07TB


Studio artist; teaching: Art Institute of Chicago; exhibitions: Grand Rapids Museum (MI), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Textile Art Center (NYC); author of Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer.








Fall 1-Week Session 2

October 22 - 28, 2017

Kim Mirus, Shift, black and white wool, 16 x 16 inches


Kim Mirus
Untangled: Weaving on Floor Looms

Weave fearlessly and efficiently on floor looms. We’ll collaboratively dress looms with prepared warps and then weave, weave, weave! Each student will explore a variety of woven structures tailored to their skills and interests and will have the opportunity to experiment with materials, patterns, techniques, concepts, and different looms in a fun and inclusive setting. Students will leave with a plethora of samples, plans for future woven work, and the confidence and skills to weave independently on a floor loom. All levels. Taught in a second-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $30. Code F02TB

Studio artist; teaching: The Crucible (CA), national board certified visual art teacher (CA); residencies: Hambidge Center (GA), Icelandic Textile Center; Lenore G. Tawney Fiber Scholarship.






Spring 8-Week Concentration

March 11 - May 4, 2018

Amara Hark-Weber, Untitled Gold and Black, salmon, water

buffalo, and cow leathers, thread, ladies size 8-1/2


Amara Hark-Weber
From Shoes to Boots: Footwear 101

This workshop will walk you through the basics of footwear construction, patterning, and finishing—and everything in between. Each student will design, pattern, click, close, last, and finish each of their own pairs of shoes or boots. We’ll cover three assembly techniques: we’ll start with cemented shoes, move to pegged shoes, and then we’ll cover hand welting. The workshop will be taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. Be prepared to work hard and be forgiving, as shoemaking is not for the faint of heart. Strong hands are encouraged; a strong will is necessary. All levels. Note: this workshop is taught in a third-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $215. Code S00TA

Custom shoemaker; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Quest University (British Columbia), University of Wisconsin-Madison, and privately; William R. French and Jerome fellowships, Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship.







Spring 1-Week Session 1

March 25 - 31, 2018

Jane Callender, Study Sample, indigo on cotton, 16 x 11 inches


Jane Callender
Indigo Shibori

In this workshop students will engage in the multifaceted art form that is shibori, creating resists and dyeing in three different indigo vats to exploit indigo’s exceptional capabilities. (Additional dyes will also be available.) Through simple geometry and pattern planning, we’ll explore the many textures and pattern variables possible with stitched shibori. We’ll also cover itajime, cylinder wrapping, binding, and reserving, learning to engineer them in isolation and in combination with stitching to produce unique samples using natural fiber fabrics. A time of personal observation, interpretation, and study will bring the workshop to a close. Students should have basic hand stitching skills. Second-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $40. Code S01TB

Studio artist, owner of Callishibori; teaching: Maiwa Symposium (Vancouver), Kuwait Arts and Textile Association, Aranya Natural (India); London Arts Board individual craftsman award; author of 2000 Pattern Combinations and Stitched Shibori.