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Rhonda Fargnoli
Rhonda Fargnoli studied fashion and textile design at Chamberlain School of Design and has taught art and studio art for more than 25 years. Rhonda was the Faculty Advisor to the Hand Knitting Certificate Program at Rhode Island School of Design/CE. She has been featured in articles about teaching knitting design courses for RISD/CE in Yarn Market News and Vogue Knitting, for her Vogue Knitting Challenge class for teens, which included the winning student's design. Rhonda's recent RISD graduates have been published in several magazines and books, something she is most proud of. Fargnoli has also designed for several yarn companies, and her knitting designs are published in Noro magazine and Knit Simple.

Rhonda has spent her recent years botanically dyeing yarn for 30 yarn shops nationwide and now works for Eileen Fisher, where she continues to combine her love of sustainable fashion and rediscovering ways to re-purpose fabric and fiber.



STITCHES SoCal 2018 Classes
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1109 No skills required Yarn Dyeing using Botanicals from the Garden Color has been an inspiration through the ages. Fiber artists spend a great deal of time choosing the right hues to create beautiful garments and accessories. Rhonda will introduce you to the magic of natural dying with Cochineal, Saxon blue, Madder root, and Logwood. Learn the basics that make it work: fiber content, dye stuffs, mordants, and methods. Then it's hands-on as you paint a skein of yarn.
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1110 No skills required Dyeing and Printmaking with Flowers on Silk Fabric Learn how to create Eco Prints on fabric using flowers and leaves. You will create two beautiful scarves as Rhonda shows you how to prep the fabric, collect flowers and leaves, and create bundles with silk fabric. You'll never look at flowers or plain white fabrics the same again!
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm     SOLD OUT
1112 No skills required Printmaking on Silk Scarves Learn how to carve a stamp for printing on silk. You'll begin by sketching or choosing a design, then transferring and carving it into a rubber block using hand tools following a Japanese tradition. This simple and creative process uses water-based inks without a press for ease, portability, and quick results. Be inspired and join the fun!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1113 Easy Hand Dyed Sashiko Sampler In this split 6-hour class, you will learn how to prepare dye cotton fabric using natural dyes, on Saturday afternoon (so it can dry overnight). On Sunday morning Rhonda will show you how to embellish your fabric by block printing with rubber blocks and adding texture using Japanese sashiko stitches.

Note: Should have basic hand-sewing skills.


Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
1108 No skills required Learn to Create an Indigo Vat Dye from the indigo plant has a long history in many parts of the world and is best-known as the source of blue-jean blue. Rhonda shows you an easy way to prepare an organic indigo vat using just 3 steps. Then you will dye two scarves using the ancient method of shibori-resist dyeing.