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Instructor | Doshi

| Shape Resist Dyeing

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Location: Encinitas, CA


Class Fee * Refund Policy
TSGSD members: $135.00 per student/per day
Non-members: $170.00 per student

Material Fees

Handouts & Materials $20 payable directly to the Instructor

No prior experience necessary - beginners welcome!



With Shibori the dyer works in concert with the materials, not in an effort to overcome their limitations, but to allow them full expression. An element of the unexpected is always present.  Chance and accident give life to the Shibori process, and this contributes to its special magic, appeal, and individual expression.  In the workshop you will work with a variety of techniques to achieve one of a kind pieces of art.  You will have time to complete several samples.


Requirements from Attendees

  • Water soluble fabric marking pen

  • Clear plastic ruler or measuring tape

  • Scissors

  • Needles – just large enough to get your thread in – the smaller the needle the easier it is to get through the fabric

  • Thread - Heavy Duty - buttonhole twist or upholstery - something that you can pull very hard and does not easily break.

  • Large ball/cone of sturdy string – poly or poly/cotton

  • Protective gloves

  • Pieces of silk fabric or silk scarves in a variety of weaves (chiffon, crepe, noil, charmeuse, etc—whatever you have), without finishes, remnants are good

  • Plastic bags to take wet pieces home

  • Bag lunch


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Instructor | ​Jean Degenfelder

| TSGSD Fall Give Back Workshop

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Location: La Jolla


Class Fee
TSGSD members: Free. Workshop sponsored by TSGSD for members only. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Material Fees: All materials are provided.


No prior experience necessary - beginners welcome! 



Students will learn how to form a felted pouch over a rock, cut it off, finish the felting and get it ready for embellishment.


Space is limited, RSVP here now!


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Instructor | Galina Kofod

| Leather + Silk Flowers

Date: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5, April 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (1-hour breaks and lunch included)

Location: TBA


Class Fee
TSGSD members: $240.00 per student
Non-members: $275.00 per student



  • TSGSD Members open now.

  • Non-Members open December 1st.

Materials Include (Material fees are subject to change)

  • Handouts

  • $55 for materials pay in classes


No prior experience necessary - beginners welcome!


Spaces are limited.



Students will go through all the stages of creating flowers from silk and leather. This will include the preparation of materials, dying them, making patterns, assembling and finishing techniques.


In this workshop, the students will have the opportunity to learn a famous Japanese flower making technique, Somebana. This enables the students to individualize each and every flower. The flowers made using this technique look much more realistic than flowers made with traditional flower making techniques. Based on the  Japanese silk flower making technique, students will learn how to apply this knowledge and skills to leather.


On the first day of the class, students,  depending on their progress, will create one or two flowers from leather. The students can choose from the range of flowers.


On the second day of the class, students will make a silk Old English Rose (David Austin Rose) in the Somebana technique.


They will also learn how to modify existing patterns and design their own flowers.


Depending on their progress will make 1-2 different leather flowers.   So they need several thin (1mm thick leather or less is the best) pieces of leather (goat, sheep, deer, kangaroo, pig). At least 2 pieces of different color leather   (30 cm square each min), one is for petals, the other one is for leaves and stem.
If students choose not to bring their own leather, they will be able to use Tutor KITs. It will cost $ 20 for each leather flower.

The Tutor will prepare for the class pre-cut kits of stiffened silk for flower-making in Japanese technique.   The KIT will cost US$30, the price also includes the dyes that students will apply, Japanese glue and other Japanese materials that the students need for making a silk flower in the Japanese Somebana technique.   Payable to instructor in class.


Requirements from Attendees


I/ Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Creating a leather flower from your choice of Patterns Workshop

Please Note: Soldering iron must be able to accept Galina's tooltips.

  • Pencil & pen paintbrush

  • Medium paintbrush

  • Pieces of cotton material (bedsheet thickness), 30cm minimum

  • Piece of soft foam rubber, 15 cm square, a minimum thickness of 5 cm for making leather flowers

  • Strong, quick-drying clear glue, Helmar 450 or Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue (not white school glue)

  • 20-30 sheets of white paper

  • Florist wire, 3-4 pieces (26-28 gauge if possible)

  • Correct screwdriver for your soldering iron to change your tool heads

  • Aluminum or glass pan to put hot tools on

  • Bath towel

  • Awl

  • Wire cutters

  • Flower stamens

  • Hairdryer, optional

  • Aluminum foil (piece at least 12”)

  • Styrofoam ball, not bigger than 1” diameter, optional

  • Scissors to cut leather

  • Flower making tool heads for soldering iron. Contact Galina here for advice and suggestion.

Disposable medium (0.25-05. Inch width )


II/ Sunday, April 5, 2020 | Creating Somebana Silk English Rose (David Austin Rose)

Please Note: Soldering iron must be able to accept Galina's tooltips.

  • Pencil & Pen

  • Scissors to cut silk

  • 3-4   soft, flat, medium (0.25-05. inch width )   paint brushes

  • Piece of thin cotton material, handkerchief weight, 30cm square minimum

  • 3 pieces of cotton material, bed sheet thickness, 30cm square minimum

  • 1 or 2 pieces of foam rubber, 15cm minimum, but any thickness you have over the 15cm square minimum, 5mm thick

  • Toothbrush

  • Wood glue (Elmer's has one)

  • Bath towel

  • Small towel

  • 20-30 pieces of white paper

  • Florist wire, 3-4 pieces, 12”-16” (26-30 gauge if possible)

  • Piece of thin stiff plastic (15cm x 10cm minimum) e.g. a plastic folder

  • Tweezers

  • Correct screwdriver for your soldering iron to change tool heads

  • Aluminum or glass pan to put hot tools on

  • 3-5 white or clear glass jars or plastic cups to mix dyes

  • Tweezers with rounded ends (optional)

  • Flower making tool heads for soldering iron. Contact Galina here for advice and suggestion.

  • Wire cutters

  • Flower stamens

  • Long-nosed pliers

  • Thin wooden skewer



Learn more about Galina

Galina will be TSGSD April Guest Speaker. Check here for more information.

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We do not issue refunds on workshop registrations.


Our workshops require a great deal of pre-planning, including ordering supplies and tools, reserving art studios, and making commitments to pay our instructors -- all based on the number of students who register. As a non-profit organization, we are unable to absorb the cancellation costs.  
If you are unable to attend a workshop at the last minute, we suggest giving your spot to a friend!

Thank you for understanding!