Textiles Tuesday | 01.25.22

Schedule For Upcoming Textiles Tuesdays
Open Studio @ The Edna Boykin Cultural Center
In Historic Downtown Wilson, NC
From 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesdays in February & March

The Skaru:re (NC Tuscarora) and Geechee knowledge of growing and harvesting color and stitching was preserved in my bloodline, but I don’t own it. It was my dying mother’s prayers that brought me back to the lessons, teachings, and stories from my childhood. It came back to the People on Lumbee land at the Studio of Patricia Brayboy. The knowledge has been transferred in Virginia with the Nottoway, and on Canadian Treaty Lands in Toronto, Calgary, and the Kainai Reserve. It now belongs to all of us. For us, the process of indigo, along with natural dyeing is healing medicine and a practice in cultural survivance. It’s one of the steps we’re using to decolonize ourselves by creating our own indigenous seed to runway fashions, honor blankets, and modern quilts.

How Do I Transform A Bundle to A Design


Indigenous Indigo Dyeing
Making Bundles 2 Simmer In An Indigo Pot
Binding Up Sorrows & Disappointments
Stitching In Joy & Gratitude

Free observation in Open Studio on the creation of cloth bundles to be simmered in an indigo or natural dye vat.  This is NOT a class or workshop.  Open Studio only.  Questions will be answered but no detailed instructions provided.  Textiles Tuesdays Open Studio sessions are recorded and available on YouTube and on my blog.  All instructions are for cellulose or plant fabrics: cotton, linen, hemp.

February 1, 8, 15, 2022 | Patterns Created Using Rubber Bands & Twine

My Supplies:

  • Fabric that has been prepared for dyeing
  • Rubber bands, I prefer all my bands to be the same size
  • Twine (I use tobacco twine & cotton sinew but I also use hemp twine)
  • Scissors

February 22, March 1, 8, 2022 | Patterns Created by Stitching

Stitched Example

Supplies I Commonly Use:

  • Fabric that has been prepared for dyeing
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Heavy duty polyester thread
  • Fabric Marking Tool
  • Paper or Plastic Template Optional but Beneficial

March 15, 22, 29, 2022 | Patterns Created Using Clamps &/or Embedded Objects

Supplies I Commonly Use:

  • Fabric that has been prepared for dyeing
  • Clamps in various sizes
  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Assortment of objects to embed, i.e. marbles, coins, lids, plexiglass or wood cutouts

Published by Carola Jones, Artist

Indigenous Artist, Writer, Designer | Internet Techie | Pow Wow Dancer | Lover of Dyeing Cloth Especially With Indigo, Madder & Marigold | 4th Generation Hand Embroidery & Sewing Enthusiastic | Working Traveler | NC Toisnot & Mattamuskeet Tuscarora & FL Seminole | Algonquin Gullah Mixed Blood

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