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February 9, 2004


Contact: Jennifer Reynolds, media specialist, 909.798.5048

            Or Ann Deegan, curator of history, 909.307.2669 ext. 236

For release: IMMEDIATELY

Event date: Saturday & Sunday March 6 & 7




Workshop on Color and Dyeing


The Inland Empire Handweavers Guild will present a two-day workshop, "Serendipity in a Cup: Color Essence for Hand Weavers," on March 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Museum. Pre-registration is required for this workshop, led by Kris Abshire from Wasilla, Arkansas. The cost is $120 for both days.

            The workshop will provide methods and techniques for applying permanent, colorfast dyes and paints to hand-woven cloth. Class discussion, instructor-supplied samples, slides, and hands-on experimentation will allow participants to learn basic color theory as it relates to design considerations and color interplay in weave structure.

            "With a 'no limits' design approach in color application to both warp and weft, available only to hand weavers, we will explore various techniques of precise imagery as well as serendipitous freedom," said Abshire.

            During the workshop, participants will design, dye, and finish warp and weft for two silk scarves: one in precise imagery, the other with a watercolor effect. "All this will be accomplished with colors in a cup," explained Abshire. "No boiling pots. No cumbersome buckets, and no chemicals added to the dye liquids. Students will learn that using the simplest inexpensive tools and supplies can apply to virtually any weaving project."

            The workshop is designed for adults with weaving skill levels from beginning to advanced. For more information and to request a registration form, call Jean Long, (760) 343-0816.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $6 (adult), $5 (senior or student) and $4 (child aged 5-12). Children under 5 and members of the Museum Association are admitted free. Parking is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. The museum's Garden Café will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, snacks, and beverages. For more information, visit or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.



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