Class Overview

Fabric Surface Design - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Learn various methods of fabric surface design by adding color and design on a variety of fabrics!

Explore the limitless, often beautiful, ways that dying, painting and sewing techniques will change the surface of fabrics.

Each day will include a demonstration of the topic being discussed, followed by you planning and creating designs, and then you create your unique fabric design.

Learn about a variety of techniques including: dying, staining, discharging color, using resists, printing and transfer, fabric manipulation and combinations of all of them.

You will be able to combine your creativity with ancient techniques, modern materials, and whatever styles that interest you.

This course is part of Seattle Central College's fabulous Apparel Design and Development program in the renowned Creative Arts and Design department.

Topics covered include:

  • DYEING AND STAINING FABRIC

Natural organic dyes – Packaged Rit dye (100% cellulosic fiber)

Tie-dye – rubber bands, needle and nylon thread, ombre technique

Rusty objects used to print on vinegar or salt soaked fabric

  • DISCHARGING COLOR AND USING RESISTS

Batik and variations of such

  • PRINTING AND TRANSFER

Block printing - Multi-colored block printing

Stencil bleaching – Bleach sprayed on a variety of fabrics using various “stencils”

  • FABRIC MANIPULATION

Cut-work

Fiber Etch

Shirring

Smocking

  • COMBINING TECHNIQUE

Please see textbooks and supplies for this class.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply design principles and elements to create surface designs on a variety of fabrics
  • Sketch the planned design and make modifications prior to printing or coloring fabrics
  • Identify appropriate surface design techniques and dyes for particular fibers being used
  • Recognize and develop continuous fabric design vs. a singular piece of art
  • Apply textile knowledge to the appropriate end use

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone interested in learning about surface design on fabrics
  • Current apparel and fashion students interested in textile design
  • Artists interested in exploring a new medium
  • Students interested in proportion and scale found in textile design

Session Details

  • Class ID: 6410
  • Instructor: Loucinda White
  • When: 8 Mondays & Wednesdays; 6/24-7/17; 6:30-9:30 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 24
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building - Room 1149 | 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $259
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