Penland Surface Design/Third Floor Textiles Studio

Iron Studio


Iron Studio


Iron Studio


Iron Studio


Iron Studio


The list of equipment below is intended to give you an idea about what the Surface Design Studio is like. Keep in mind that, although this equipment is available in the studio, if something is not necessary for your class, it may not be prepared or available for use. The equipment used by your class will be determined by your instructor and will be appropriate to the techniques covered in your class.

This is a general description of equipment and may change before your session.





8 communal padded print tables
1 demonstration padded print table
Chairs and stools
LG washer/dryer
3 portable garment steamers
12 sewing kits for rental use (see below for more information)
2 Bernina 800 DL sergers (shared with the weaving studio)

12 Bernina model 1008 (mechanical) sewing machines, assorted feet including free-motion and cording

4 Kenmore sewing machines with walking feet
You are welcome to bring your own sewing machine.


Assorted wooden hat forms
Full body dress forms, sizes 6, 10, 14, and 16

Lawson Expo-Light vacuum exposure unit for exposing silk screens

A.W.T. Dry-It drying cabinet for drying photo emulsion coated silk screens
Misc. scoop coaters and squeegees for silk screens
Large sink/spray booth for cleaning silk screens
6 wooden, table-sized T-squares for silk screen registration
Irons and ironing boards
1 thermofax machine/3M transparency maker

1 Mighty Press clam press, 16” x 20” t-shirt heat press
2 Dell PCs with WeavePoint
1 Epson scanner
1 white, dry-erase board with markers and eraser
Hair dryers
Manual and electric staple guns
2 Q-snap floor quilting frames, 28” x 39”

18" Quilter's Wonder hoop with stand

Assorted embroidery and quilting hoops

2 Artisan 1797 walking foot industrial sewing machines

2 Artisan 5110 post bed industrial sewing machines

Dye Kitchen

6 propane gas burners with exhaust fans above
2 vertical steamers with stainless steel cores
2 horizontal steamers
Stainless steel double sink
Hooded dye mixing booth
Small refrigerator
Assorted balances and scales
2 blenders
2 hand mixers
PVC pipes for arashi/pole-wrap shibori
Various dye kitchen equipment including stainless steel dye pots and basins, buckets, pots and pans, measuring spoons and cups, spatulas, whisks, scales, thermometers, towels, plastic drop cloths, etc.

Students are responsible for any servicing and/or replacement needed for any of the studio equipment used during their class.

Supplies and Materials

Shared class supplies (specific material items requested by your instructor) can make up part of a studio fee. You will be notified in advance with the amount of the estimated studio fee for your class in your student information packet.

If your class requires hazardous materials, they will need to be disposed of properly. A hazardous waste disposal fee will be charged in addition to the studio fee.

In order to limit the hazardous waste generated in the studios, Penland cannot allow students to bring toxic materials onto the campus UNLESS they are listed on the student materials list. Any materials that you bring with you that are not listed on the student materials list MUST be NON-TOXIC. All materials brought onto the Penland campus must be in its proprietary (original) packaging. Please refer to the student materials list for specifics about materials needed for the class. In order to reduce waste, paper towels are NOT provided by the studio, so please plan to bring 3-4 cotton towels for your personal use. If you feel the need to use paper towels, please bring enough rolls for the duration of your session. Paper towels are available for purchase in the school store as well.


The studio stocks a selection of fabrics based on instructors’ requests. Fabric is sold through the surface design studio by the studio assistant during scheduled times. Please refer to the student materials list for specifics on materials needed for your class.


12 sewing kits are available to borrow for a rental fee. The rental fee for a sewing kit is $10. The sewing kit includes a French curve, set of hand-sewing needles, needle threader, a pin cushion, basic scissors, seam gauge, seam ripper, straight pins, measuring tape, tailor’s chalk and pencils, thimble, colored tracing paper, water-soluble pen, serrated tracing wheel, tracking wheel, and rotary cutter.

The student is responsible for any damaged and/or lost items and will be required to pay for the cost of repair and/or replacement of the damaged/lost equipment.


The Surface Design/Upper Textile Studio is located on the third floor of the Lily Loom House; it is accessible by staircase only. The overhead lights are full-spectrum fluorescent. The building is heated but is not air-conditioned. You may want to bring a small, portable fan with you.

Smoking is not permitted in or near the building; cigarette breaks involve two flights of stairs and a trip outside to a designated smoking area – an uncovered picnic table. A shared bathroom is located on this floor, and there are two shared bathrooms on the first floor of Lily Loom House.

Student Workspace

The Surface Design Studio is a communal workspace, with students sharing large print tables with each other. The tables stand about 30”, and adjustable chairs are provided to accommodate you. Naugahyde dropcloths are provided to use to protect the print tables. (There will be a charge for print tables damaged due to carelessness).

Students are welcome to bring favorite personal hand tools for use in the studio.


Lockable storage space is not available for student use in the Surface Design Studio. Lockers are available to rent elsewhere on campus for a refundable fee. Locks are available at the school store.

Safety Information

The studio coordinator gives a mandatory safety walk-through at the beginning of every class. The walk-through informs you on how to safely operate equipment and work in the studio space, as well as what the safety procedures are in case of an emergency.

A first aid kit, 2 fire extinguishers, a fire blanket, an emergency eyewash station, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) binder, a flammables cabinet, and an acid cabinet are provided in the studio.

A hazardous waste station is also in the studio for disposal of spent solvents/chemicals and solvent rags. A spill kit is provided in case of small spills of caustic, flammable, or corrosive materials.

North Carolina Health regulations do not permit Penland School to provide dust masks, respirators, gloves, aprons, and other safety equipment for shared use. Please refer to the student materials list for specifics about safety equipment needed for the class. Some items may be available for purchase at the school store.

Alcohol consumption is not permitted in the studios. Working in the studios under the influence of alcohol is not permitted. The use of illegal drugs is prohibited.

Shared Studio Equipment

Besides shared equipment, it is important to note that the Surface Design/Upper Textile Studio is a shared space.

Shared air space/music: Each class should discuss the playing of music and reach a consensus on the time of day, the volume, and the type of music to be played. Tolerance and consideration are expected from everyone.

If you wish to use equipment in other studios during your session, you must contact the studio coordinator or studio assistant of that particular studio first. If permission is granted, then you must work with the instructor, studio assistant, and studio coordinator of that studio to arrange access. They will determine if the desired usage is compatible with their class’ activities and if you are able to work safely and independently with the equipment.

Clean Up

The whole class is asked to participate in weekly clean-up sessions and a FINAL clean-up at the end of the class.

Session Schedule

Each session starts with an all-school meeting Sunday evening at 5pm followed by dinner in the Pines. Classes start Sunday at 8:30pm. Classes end and studio clean-up takes place the day before your session ends. The last day of each session is reserved for farewells and an all-school exhibition of work created during your time at Penland.

Everyone must participate in studio clean-up; if you must leave early, please ask the studio assistant to assign you clean-up tasks you can accomplish before your departure.

If you have questions, contact:
Amanda Thatch
Textiles, Drawing, and Painting Studio Coordinator
Voicemail: 828-765-2359 x 1126
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