Get All Steamed Up with Debbie Ellis!
This is Debbie's third year teaching for BSG. When asked what she loves most about teaching, she said, "I enjoy sharing [my] knowledge with others and seeing their delight as they unwrap their colorful bundles of fibers and yarns. It is also gratifying to think that perhaps I have helped a person overcome a fear of dyeing by offering a format that makes the process fun, fulfilling, and encouraging, such that she/he will want to explore the process further. In addition, I have absolutely loved the support and assistance given by the workshop staff!"
When preparing for All Steamed Up, Debbie says to remember that "dyeing can open whole new worlds for their fiber activities, and that it need not be intimidating at all." More than anything, she hopes her students will be able to "delight in their results and [gain a] desire to pursue further dye studies, just as I did, from the first workshops that I attended."
So who is All Steamed Up meant for? Debbie says, "An inexperienced person will gain fundamental knowledge and learn good dye practices, with excellent results, and hopefully go home, excited to expand his/her knowledge. An experienced person will learn some interesting techniques for dyeing in a very small space, conserving water, and also a couple other surprises, hopefully!" So, like many BSG workshops, everyone can find something valuable in Debbie's class!
Parting words (for now) from Debbie: "The Pacific Northwest is a mecca for all things fiber, and it's been my good fortune to have learned from the brilliant teachers who reside here. I hope I can help others along these same lines. It is important to give back to this community."