Dye, Stitch, Fold, Mend: Fiber Arts as Book Arts (Session Three: Book Forms)

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on November 9, 2023. This is part three in a series of three workshops focusing on natural dyeing, embroidery, and bookmaking techniques. 

Complete Schedule:

  • November 9, 6:00–8:00 pm

You may register for one, two, or all three sessions. Please be advised that a 10% discount will be automatically applied at checkout to registrations for any two or more sessions. You can sign up for Session 1 here and Session 2 here.

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on November 2, 2023 at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

Participants in this workshop will learn how to use textile-specific materials to make several sample book covers and structures. Students will also make these sample book forms before experimenting on their own using these new materials and techniques.

This workshop will include an introduction to heavyweight and lightweight stabilizers (also called interfacing), a discussion of different kinds of fabrics (synthetic versus natural; protein fibers versus plant fibers; knit versus woven or non woven) and pros and cons to working with these. Participants in this workshop will use fusible interfacing to create a book cover, and will add embroidered works or images to this cover. You’ll also learn how to add inside pages to a fabric book and how to embroider on these pages using light-weight interfacing. If you’ve participated in the first session of this workshop series, you’ll use your naturally dyed fabric in your book, incorporating it in multiple ways, and you’ll discuss how to experiment with embroidery, bookmaking, and dyeing techniques to produce your next book project! 


Required Materials:

  • plain cotton muslin fabric. Please use woven versus knitted fabric. Knits are stretchy and it makes embroidery more challenging
  • Hand embroidery needles. I like size 18-22 chenille needles because I find the eyes are big enough to thread all 6 strands of embroidery floss
  • Embroidery threads or sewing threads. DMC is a recommended brand for color fastness
  • An embroidery hoop
  • A pair of scissors to be used only for threads and fabric
  • Heavyweight fusible interfacing. I recommend Pellon Peltex 72F
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing. I recommend Pellon PLF36.
  • Quilt batting. I like this cotton kind from Pellon
  • Recommended: a thimble

About Iviva Olenick

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist developing textiles from seed to fiber and dye and using textiles as texts. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; the Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; the Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn. Olenick is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program where she teaches Fibers. In addition, she gives artist talks and designs intensive textile-based workshops for museums and universities.  

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Spaces are limited in this online workshop. Sign up now to reserve your spot! Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class. This is part three in a series of three workshops focusing on natural dyeing, embroidery, and bookmaking techniques. You can sign up for Session 1 here and Session 2 here.

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