Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Two Day Intensive Silk Dye Painting Class Jan 21 and 28

I will be giving an intensive two day workshop focusing on using a water based resist for outlining designs. We will be using a product called Resistad (provided by the instructor) and learn all its possibilities drawing lines and creating colored lines. Students will make 18"x18" samples using various techniques to become familiar with this resist. We will go over dye color basics and the "marks" we can make with this medium. On the second day, we will learn to steam our pieces and receive instruction on making a pasta pot steamer and a  homemade stove pipe steamer. We will also go over ideas on using our finished silk pieces for projects or framing techniques. This is an 8 week course crammed into 2 days.
Dates: Jan 21, Jan 28 Wednesday 10am-2pm held at the SEFAA Center in Atlanta. 10am-2pm
Please contact me at for cost and sign up

2 yards of 55" wide habotai silk 10 mm or 3 yards of 36" wide 10 mm (

eight pieces of  20" long simple wooden stretcher bars (available from Binders Art Supply under $2/bar or any art supply store. Just basic stretcher bars. Not the super heavy duty type.)
Push pins any kind
Brushes for water color, doesn't have to be expensive, Simply Simmons works great. Get small, medium (size 8 or 10) and a big brush or any sort
White ice cube tray to put dyes in
Water bucket to rinse brushes in
Paper towels
Hair dryer
DYES 8 oz bottles one each of yellow, cyan (primary blue), magenta (or primary red) black Jacquard RED Label brand (if you want to use Tinfix or Dupont, that is okay too, but sometimes dharma is out of the primaries)
Glass eye droppers or plastic pipettes (4)
Optional surgical latex fitted gloves

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Silk Class starts Wed Oct 22

Hi Silk Dye Painting Enthusiasts,

Silk Dye Painting Class will start October 22 for 5 weeks on Wednesdays from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at the SEFAA Center, right off of I-75 Northside Drive Exit for $150.

These classes will be focused on using resist lines and creating textures on silk using acid dyes. We will be using Resistad, a water based resist from New Zealand, salt, alcohol, water, and dilutant. You can either do pre-hemmed scarf blanks or plain yardage pieces. 

We will not be using wax resist, screen techniques, discharging, or shibori methods. These need a workshop day or two of their own and those workshops will be scheduled at other times.

If you would like to take this 5 week class, please email me at so I can put you down on the list, and send  a check  for $150 to:

Hellenne Vermillion
195 14th Street NE
Unit 410
Atlanta, GA 30309

You will need to buy your own supplies and here is the link for the list. Please order the Resistad asap because it is mailed from New Zealand. Dharma Trading also takes about a week for delivery. If you do not have your supplies on the first day of class, I will have some you can "borrow."


Please note: the SEFAA Center is in the Senior Center Building and they will be undergoing a massive renovation at some time in the near future. We may have to reschedule some classes around the renovation, except we have no clue when this is going to happen. I am hoping you can be flexible if this happens. Thank you,


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sewing Goddess Workshop

We had a Sewing Goddess Workshop today. Wonderful work in progress and great sharing of ideas and opinions. Here are some pics.

Our collection of Sewing Goddesses in progress

June's Goddess

Gail, Lucretia, and Sandie

Sandie's Goddess

June, Ginny, Martha and Gail

Martha's Goddess

Gail's Goddess