Susan offers three different workshops that can be spread over 2-5 days depending on your needs and interests. Please email her  to discuss how your group can benefit from her experience and knowledge. Workshop topic content will vary depending on length chosen. All workshops include instructions in safe studio habits.

Soy wax is a perfect substitute for traditional batik waxes and is much more environmentally friendly. It is resourced from soy beans, a renewable product that supports our farmers. It is easy to remove with hot water washes and textile detergent, it melts at a lower temperature and does not smoke or produce odors.  Truly a great product for your creative journey!

Soy Wax Basics and Beyond

Students design their own unique one-of-a-kind fabrics using simple tools, dyes and soy wax…no messy clean-up, just wash this wax away! Students will be using colour and pattern in new ways with sponging, stamping, drizzling and dabbing. Then have so much fun making dynamic and exciting fabrics for all to admire. Simple techniques and perfect for the beginner designer!

2-4 days




Exploring Resists

Explore further and deeper into the many possibilities that soy wax resists provide. Students will work on multilayer applications of colour and wax and will use a variety of dyes, paints and colour products including discharge. They will employ stitch, clamping, pole wrapping and other techniques to produce pattern and texture on their chosen fabrics.

2-5 days


Resists, Rubbings and Repetition

Learn how to create exciting designs with thickened dyes and soy wax. Students will experiment with painted resists and screen printing while learning design principles, mark making and colour theory. Soy wax is biodegradable and easy to remove with washing! Students will make a variety of samples which can be used for further exploration in quilting, mixed media and stitch.

2-4 days