• $120.00

 Study indigo dyeing, shibori, and sashiko  techniques with Cheryl Montale at the Visual Arts Center (VAC). Explore a variety of traditional techniques to create pattern and design on cotton, linen, silk, and wool. Indigo is a plant-based dye that produces endless shades of beautiful blues and has been used worldwide for centuries. Shibori is a generalized term for creating a resist pattern on fabric using stitching, tying, folding, and clamping. Sashiko is the Japanese tradition of stitching cloth to mend and strengthen it, creating beautiful patterns in the process. We will combine these methods to create contemporary textiles which can be used for anything from garments and home decor to wall art.

Materials fee: $20.00 - Includes indigo dye, a silk scarf, and a canvas tote. Students are welcome to bring any natural fiber clothing, new or upcycled, or yardage of 1 yard or less. Additional items to dye will be available for purchase, and will be discussed in the first class. Students should bring to class high cuffed rubber gloves, at least one old towel, a plastic trash bag for transporting wet items home, and should wear old clothing or bring an apron.


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Many Fiber Arts classes and workshops will be held in our off-site location in the Quednau-Hindman House (Yellow Building) at History Park.  Please check each class one week prior to the start date to see if it is located at the VAC or in History Park. 

The History Park facility is a classroom space only. All administrative functions, including registrations, payments and refunds are all handled at the VAC.  Registration online is available for all Fiber Art Classes and Workshops. History Park is located at 502 Shreve Street, next to the new Punta Gorda Library.  Parking is available in front of History Park or in the back of the Library.

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Registration: Registration closes 72 hours prior to start date. If you miss the start date, email and ask to join mid-session. Please register and reserve your space online so we can send you instructions and video links. If you have difficulty registering online, please call the VAC at 941-639-8810 (10am and 2pm, Monday through Friday), or email and someone will help you.

All class dates and times are subject to change. Classes with a start date within 30 days require payment in full to reserve a place. Prepaid class fees (paid more than 30 days in advance) are refundable less a non-refundable reservation deposit of $25 (VAC Members $20) up until 30 days prior to a class start date at which time all class fees become non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by the VAC.  

Please register early. Classes with less than five registered students may be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance of the start date.  Cancellation notifications are made by email and/or telephone (including voice messages) to the email address and telephone number on file. Please check your voice mail and email prior to leaving for class.