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The TexT ile ArT isT 's sTudio hAndbook
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Visnja Popovic moved to the U.S. from Belgrade,
Serbia, in 1991. She studied textiles at the Rhode
Island School of Design, including a semester study-
ing traditional batik dyeing and woodblock printing
in Accra, Ghana. After graduating, Visnja moved to
New York City to work in the surface design industry.
In 2007, she returned to school to receive a masters
in Art Education from Pratt Institute. Since then, she
has taught textile design and weaving in New York
City and South Africa. In 2009, Visnja co-founded the
Textile Arts Center, LLC; an educational institution
that specializes in supporting the textile community
and advocates conserving traditional techniques.
Visnja’s specialty is weaving. She lives in Brooklyn,
New York.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Owyn Ruck had the
luxury of growing up in a creative and artistic en-
vironment. She graduated from Skidmore College
with a B.S. in Fine Art, with a concentration in fibers
and printmaking. After several years of exploring
the interior design industry, Owyn met Visnja and
together they founded the Textile Arts Center. While
she knows and loves many textile media, Owyn’s
first love is arts education, providing others with a
creative outlet and the opportunity to learn. Owyn
lives in Brooklyn, New York.
About the Authors
Visnja And Owyn would like to thank
Isa Rodrigues, Addison Walz, Pauline Shapiro,
Alexandra Labriola, and Jordana Martin
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Index
acid dyes, 124
acrylic, 33, 36
alpaca, 32, 41
alum, 125, 127
aluminum acetate, 125, 127
angora, 32, 41
appliqué, 138, 145, 147–148
apron stick, 74
aramids, 36
back beam, 74
backstitch, 142, 155
Back Strap Loom, 71
baking soda, 127
balanced weave, 77
balls, 77
ball-winder, 52, 76
bamboo, 33, 36, 37
basting stitch, 141
batik, 133
beading, 157
beater, 74
binding off, 55, 66
blanket stitch, 155
block printing, 16, 20, 105109
bobbins, 76, 93
bobbin winder, 15
brayers, 106
burnishing tool, 106
burn test, 4041
carding, 5859
carpet beetles, 24
carving blocks, 105
carving tools, 105
cashmere, 32
casting on, 55, 64
castle, 74
cellulose fibers, 31, 41
chain stitch, 155
cloth beam, 74
coir, 31
color layers, 106
cones, 77
conservation, 23–25
cotton, 29, 31, 32, 41
couching, 155
crewelwork, 156
crochet, 38, 50
overview, 57
project, 67–69
tools, 52
crochet hooks, 52
cross, 77
cross stitch, 155, 156
cutwork, 157
dark areas/rooms, 16, 20, 21
decortication, 31
density stripes, 88
direct (substantive) dyes, 125
disperse dyes, 124
dobby loom, 76
double cloth, 99
double width, 99
D.P.I. (dents per inch), 77, 80
draft, 77, 9698
draw-down, 96
draw-in, 77, 80
drawn-thread work, 157
drawstring bag, 149151
dressing the loom, 8486
drop spindle, 52
dry area, 20, 21
dry felting, 46, 49
dry storage, 20
dye bath, 131
dye garden, 128–129
dyeing, 17, 20
equipment and materials, 127
history of, 123
overview, 122
process, 131
projects, 134–137
safety, 130
techniques, 132–133
types of dyes, 124126
dyes, 111
extracting and preparing, 130–131
natural, 123, 125127
synthetic, 124
electricity, 18
embellishing, 38, 153
embroidered note cards, 158159
embroidery, 153–155
environmental conditions, 23–24
E.P.I. (ends per inch), 77, 79
equipment. See tools and
equipment
fabrics, 105
felting, 15, 20, 38, 4449
needle (dry), 46, 49
nuno, 46
tools, 45
tutorial, 47–49
wet, 45, 47–48
fiber reactive dyes, 124
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