SUMMER ART CAMP: Fiber Arts Camp with Brooke Shepherd and Deirdre Spahr

Tue, September 6 @ 10:00 am – Thu, September 8 @ 1:00 pm

SUMMER ART CAMP For Adults (and kids) Program*

Fiber Arts Camp with Brooke Shepherd and Deirdre Spahr

Three One-Day Workshops: RSVP for 1 or all 3

Tues Sept 6 10am – 1pm   Workshop with Brooke Shepherd

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

Come try tapestry weaving! This basic technique of weaving cloth starts with very simple

beginnings. In this class you will learn the basics of choosing yarns, warping the loom and

weaving basic shapes. The sample piece you create may be kept as a future reference, used as

a small mat or sewn into a pouch or pocket. Small looms and basic materials will be provided.

Materials Fee $45 includes small loom, yarn, and tapestry needle.

Please RSVP 2 weeks before class begins

Students may bring yarn and their own loom and save on materials fee

Max 12 Students Skill level – Total beginner through Intermediate

All ages – children 5 and up


Wed Sept 7 10am – 1pm Workshop with Brooke Shepherd

Dye Workshop: Indigo or Shibori

Learn about different dyes and how they relate to the weather and temperature. The appropriate technique will be determined by the instructor (and the weather) and then all will have hands-on instruction.


Thurs Sept 8 10am – 1pm Workshop with Dierdre Spahr

Felted “Paintings” with Naturally Dyed Wool

Natural dyes presentation and workshop – Wool painting design planning through drawing or painting, Begin felted pictures through laying down base layers using multi-needle felting tool, Finalizing felt paintings through using single needles to add fine detail

Materials: $55 each for natural dye materials, wool roving, wool backing, foam felting pads,             felting needle tools and felting needles – participants would take home a felting needle tool, felting foam and a handfelted “painting”

Brooke Shepherd

Growing up on the West Coast with the Pacific Ocean in my backyard has most definitely shaped my creative processes: salt air, the rhythm of waves crashing, the cycle of the tides and the moon…these are the memories that I invoke which inform most of my work. Seawater Studio is my textile arts studio based in Portland, Oregon. I create a seasonal collection of garments and accessories as well as collaborate with other artists in order to produce one-of-a-kind handwoven yardage for the fashion, interior design, and costuming industries. I aim to use only sustainable and organic yarns, dyes, and fabrics in my work and am especially inspired by the mission of the  Fibershed movement.


Deirdre Spahr, Deirdre’s love for the outdoors began as a child in Pennsylvania where, from a young age, she and her little sister had free range of the farm fields, woods and creeks surrounding their home. Her parents are both active environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts who have long supported her interests in sustainable development. Before becoming a Waldorf school teacher and moving to Portland, Deirdre worked with non-profit groups in New York to develop educational programming for children and adults, on environmental and humanitarian issues. It is Deirdre’s hope to reawaken conscious connection with nature and community through fun . . . and a fair amount of goading people into putting away their cell phones to engage directly with mud, bugs, skipping stones, stinging nettle, the pouring rain, climbing trees and more, as much as possible.




Cost $75 for all three days or $30 each day paid to the Sou’wester. This workshop is open to the public.

Please bring additional material fees noted in class description paid directly to the instructor. All skill levels welcome, no art experience needed. Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack. Hot tea and coffee provided.­

Please RSVP   or   360 – 642 – 2542



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