Located at The Fish House Art Center

4745 SE Desoto Ave

Stuart, Fl 34997

 the Fish House Art Center is located on the beautiful Stuart, Florida waterfront in the historic Port salerno fishing Village. the Fish House is home to 8 resident working artist studios and The Art Gumbo Art Gallery.

the Fish House Art Center is located on the beautiful Stuart, Florida waterfront in the historic Port salerno fishing Village. the Fish House is home to 8 resident working artist studios and The Art Gumbo Art Gallery.


Full, Half and 2- day workshops will be held at the Aya Fiber DYEHOUSE monthly to explore the many different Fiber Arts. In addition we have a Thursday morning “mini workshop to introduce you to various fiber arts.  From chemical to natural dyes  Indigo, Marbling and Eco and Shibori, students will practice a variety of techniques to create a palette for their fiber art.


full Day Workshops will be held from 10am to 3pm at our waterfront Studio at the Aya Fiber DYEHOUSE in Stuart, Florida. A light lunch will be included.   The cost is $80  per workshop or five workshops for  $300.  All materials for the class will be provided.  Dye kits and silks will be available for those who wish to continue at home. Currently most workshops are held on Sunday/Monday, Monday or Thursday Mornings. If you are interested in an evening workshop or want to customize a workshop for yourself or a group- PLEASE contact me!


Marbling on SilkUsing age-old methods, colors are floated on a liquid thickened with carrageen moss, to create wonderful patterns which are then transferred onto silks and cottons. The ancient art of marbling onto fabrics provides endless possibilities for decorative surfaces which can be used as stand-alone works of art or form the basis for further embellishment such as embroidery, quilting, beadwork and more.  

Using Natural Dyes, Eco- dyeing

Part of Thursday Morning Series

Participants will prepare fabrics for dyeing with natural dyes.  We will practice with onion skins, walnut shells, tea, and beet juice.  A variety of mordants will be used to achieve different results.

Intro to Indigo  Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. Natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown several shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique.

Shibori Stitching Techniques (2 Day)


 This workshop is an introduction to the Japanese art of Shibori and the stitching used to create unique patterns.. The Japanese have used stitching to resist dye in shibori for many years. This technique  is used to create designs of many types. it is the combination of the stitch used and the arrangement of the fabric that make the patterns. The principal stitch used in Shibori is the running stitch or Ori-Nui. Some refer to stitched Shibori as drawing with thread. You will learn many different stitch patterns including: Mokume (wood grain); Ori-nui (running stitch);Maki-Nui (over sewn stitch);Maki-age (stitched and tied); Karamatsu (Japanese Larch/ radiating circle) & Komasu, and produce samples for future work. We will learn how to lay patterns out and then how to execute them.

Alternative Dyeing: Ice dyeing, Shaving Cream and Parfait Dyeing: 

Part of Thursday Morning Series


Participants will learn and practice alternatives to the traditional dye pot.  We will use alternative dyeing techniques and will create a rainbow of colors.


 Sewing 101

Construct gorgeous garments and accessories you'll be proud to say you sewed!  Be a part of the SLOW FASHION movement. Join one of our sewing classes and build a foundation of skills for successful sewing projects.

During class, I'll guide you step by step and show you how fun sewing can be. You'll learn construction techniques you can use for any project, beginning with methods for measuring accurately, choosing the correct pattern size and picking the right fabrics.

Japanese Shibori Dyeing- Silk Scarves

Part of Thursday Morning Series


  any shibori techniques derive from those used in indigo dyeing. In this course some traditional methods have been adapted to use with synthetic dyes on silk.

Students will be able to take one scarf home at the end of the day . Students who find they have enough time are welcome to make more scarves but only one is included in the material expenses. Extra scarves are available from the instructor. Students may also bring articles of clothing they wish to up cycle with shibori dyeing!


Thursday Morning Open Workshops: Thursday Morning is a special time at The Aya Fiber DYEHOUSE- Open workshops from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm. Every week is something different

Shibori Dyeing

Indigo Dyeing

Marbling on Fabric


Silk Painting

Natural Dyeing


Reverse Appliqué

Ice dyeing

Dyeing with Shave cream

Make a T-Shirt

Up cycle clothing

Boro Stitching


Come enjoy an early morning cup of coffee on the dock, gather and mingle with like minded fiber artists, learn new techniques. Call (336) 693-4606 to find out what we have planned for next week or to reserve your space. Individual classes are $45.00 or sign up for 5 sessions at $160.00 and come when you can!

In addition you can rent studio space by the hour, day, week or month to practice your new skills. Purchase a Studio Pass!  It is a great opportunity to create in an intimate fully furnished waterfront studio environment in South Florida!

Studio equipped with:

sewing machines


large cutting and work tables

irons/ironing boards

dress forms

wet area with sinks

dye equipment

drying rack and indoor lines

silk and batik frames


4 harness LeClerc floor loom

Tapestry Loom

Marbling equipment

Also on site is a reference library, computer and printer. Wi-fi also available.

 To sign up for a workshop, contact Suzanne Connors at (336) 693-4606 or email  ayafiberstudio@gmail.com or Register for our monthly newsletter



By signing up to a DYEHOUSE workshop  you agree to the following terms and conditions


1. Bookings are made online (www.ayafiberstudio.com) 

2. Full payment is required to reserve a place in any class unless deposit arrangements are posted online

3. A reminder email will be sent to your  email address a few days before the class along with a materials list if required

4. If you can’t attend a class for any reason, refunds are not available– but can be transferred to another DYEHOUSE workshop offering. You can transfer your place to another person should you be unable to attend. 24 hours notice is required if sending someone in your place

5. If we need to cancel a class, we may do so at any time before the class begins .We reserve the right to move the class start / end time on the date listed at any time   We will offer a full refund or you can choose an alternative class that suits you. If minimum registration is not met we will register you in the next scheduled workshop for the same class

6. The Instructor reserves the right to move the class start / end time on the date listed at any time. Class participants will be notified of any changes to the schedule via email.

7. Upon purchasing a place in any of our classes you agree that we are not responsible for any theft or injury that could occur in our premises or in our workshops.