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Sold Out – Arounna Khounnoraj – @bookhou teaches Surface Design Techniques

September 13 @ 10:00 am - September 15 @ 4:00 pm


A Three Day workshop held at Botanical Colors

503 S Michigan St Ste B

Seattle WA 98108

Friday September 13-Sunday September 15


We are very excited to have Arounna Khounnoraj from bookhou join us in Seattle for this workshop.

Arounna brings her toolbox of colors, techniques and a keen design eye to guide this in-depth exploration in the natural surface. Working with non-toxic textile paint, clay resist, natural dyes, mordants, modifiers and indigo, we will explore images and color on fabrics.  Students will work in Botanical Colors’ fully-equipped studio in the funky industrial-creative Georgetown neighborhood.  A welcome dinner at a local plant-forward restaurant is included in the price, providing an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Arounna says:

Join Arounna Khounnoraj in this workshop that explores natural dyeing and image making. We will be using a variety of techniques to create surface designs including painting with ink, clay resists, mordants and modifiers. The fabric will be overdyed with indigo and natural dyes using plants. In addition a variety of embroidery techniques will be added to give detail and texture to your piece. Arounna will guide you through these processes to create a final textile project that is inspired by shapes found in nature.

Materials needed

All materials, including natural dyes, blocks, tools, paints, fabrics, brushes, and an indigo vat will be provided.

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can get dirty. Optionally, bring a small, basic sewing kit of needles, thread, pins, scissors, thimble, if you use one if you would like to sew the fabrics you are printing.  If you are an embroiderer or stitcher, bring your favorite needles, and a small hoop. We have plenty of scissors available if you are traveling by air.

Details will be sent to attendees after registration.

Cancellation Policy

All workshop sales are final. We cannot accommodate changes or refunds to your purchase. If you are unable to attend, you may find a replacement and please notify us if you do so. Thank you for your cooperation!

About your instructor

Arounna Khounnoraj is an artist and maker working in Toronto where she immigrated with her family from Laos at the age of four. While her education includes a master’s degree in fine arts in sculpture and ceramics, her experiences eventually led to a career in fibre arts where she focused on a range of printing techniques for textiles as well as embroidery, patchwork and punch needle. In 2002 she started bookhou, a multi-disciplinary studio, with her husband John Booth where she creates utilitarian textile objects such as bags, home goods and textile art. Arounna has explored a wide range of techniques, methods and materials expressing a passion for everyday creativity and the importance of the handmade in everyone’s life. Her work emphasizes slow design, intuitive thinking and the importance of handwork. She teaches workshops on a variety of fibre arts and crafts both in Canada and internationally. In 2019, she published her first book, Punch Needle: Master the Art of Punch Needling Accessories for You and Your Home. In 2020, she released Visible Mending, which introduced mending and the reuse of clothing as a personal and hands-on way to address issues of overconsumption and fast fashion in the textile industry. Her third book, Embroidery, was released in 2022. In the fall of 2023 she released Contemporary Patchwork: Techniques in Color, Surface Design & Sewing, followed by Winter Celebrations, A modern guide to a handmade Christmas. You can find her work at www.bookhou.com and on instagram @bookhou.


September 13 @ 10:00 am
September 15 @ 4:00 pm
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Botanical Colors Seattle
503 S Michigan St, Ste B
Seattle, WA 98108 United States
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