Textiles Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.



Fall One-Week Session 2

October 18 - 24, 2015

Carol LeBaron, Spring Growth, resist-dyed wool, acid dye,

hand stitched, 48 x 96”


Carol LeBaron
Explore Shibori: Acid Dyes

This workshop will explore the limitless possibilities inherent in acid dyes. We’ll begin with simple immersion techniques, creating a base and adding layers with direct application. We’ll explore shibori techniques in the hot acid dye pot, which can cause wool and silk to hold the shape when dried. This week will be an investigation that will result in a rich assortment of samples and many techniques and ideas to follow up in your own work. All levels. Code F02TA

Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Arrowmont (TN), Campbell Folk School (NC), Peters Valley (NJ), East Tennessee State University; exhibitions: Nashville Airport, Textile Museum (DC), International Shibori Symposium (Hong Kong); work published in Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Design Book Seven, 1000 Textiles (Lark Books).





Spring Eight-Week Concentrations

March 13 - May 6, 2016

Mary Zicafoose, Mountain for the Buddha: Caution,

wool, linen, weft-faced ikat tapestry, 60 x 60”

Mary Zicafoose
Artist & Weaver

This eight-week textile intensive will provide mentorship with the goal of igniting and focusing studio practice. Our main areas of emphasis are as follows: Developing personal voice at the loom: we’ll build tapestries in series using classic and slit tapestry techniques, surface design, compression and resist applications, stitching, and off-loom embellishments. Color: guest teacher Catharine Ellis will lead us in a dyeing workshop that will help students gain creative fluency with both synthetic and natural dyes. Professional practice: the workshop will include a strategic planning curriculum for artists: goal setting, statements, résumés, PowerPoint, social media, record keeping, promotion, exhibition, and more. Intermediate level: prior weaving experience required. Code S00TB

Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Penland, weaver’s guilds nationwide; recent exhibitions: World Ikat and Shibori Conference (China), Joslyn Art Museum (NE); work in 12 U.S. embassies worldwide.