Magento CommerceHandweavers Guild of America

Friday August 5, 2016

 

 

WORKSHOPS

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

2W-F049 Accordion

Pleated Felt Hats

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Friday, Saturday

This class will be taught by Betty Kirk

In this wet-felting hat workshop, we will transform Merino wool roving into a beautiful accordion pleated hat. Come and enjoy the making of a fantastic, artistic felt hat perfect for pulling down over your ears on those cold winter days. You may choose to add felt cords and/or a felted flower to give extra flair and visual interest to your hat. We will go over the basics of 3-D felting, creating a hollow form over a template (flat resist), and then using wet-felting techniques (wool, agitation, heat, moisture) to make fabulous felt.

We will be using a pattern as a flat resist to lay out the wool and use traditional felting (rolling) methods to create the felt.  This time the hat will not be finished when we have the wool felted. We will be manipulating the felt and once our pleats are where we want them, we will need to stitch the pleats to secure them.

Materials Fee: $45. Level: All.

 

2W-F050 Adding Color to Woven Textiles

Friday, Saturday

Louise Lemieux Bérubé

Using transparent pigments for textiles, participants will learn how to apply thin layers of color to textiles woven on Jacquard or dobby looms, with light- and dark-colored yarns. Pébéo Sétacolor and brushes will be provided. These pigments are intermixable, can be dilutedwith water, and can be heat-set to stand up to washing and dry cleaning. A visual presentation will be included explaining a Japanese method of using diluted dyes.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.

 

 

STUDIO

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

U-F051 Art Journaling to Kickstart Creativity

Friday

Molly Elkind

Kickstart the design process for your next textile project by starting a visual journal. Make your sketchbook work for you as a storehouse of inspirations, colors, quick sketches, notes—capturing ideas and images on the fly. Overcome the fear of the blank page and focus on one element of design (color, value, shape, line) at a time to generate quick compositions. Get tips on using photos as design sources. Be inspired!

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.

 

U-F052 Band Weaving with a Rigid Heddle

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Friday

Joanne Hall

Swedish woven bands are beautiful and weaving them engaging. A class in Sweden on traditional patterned band weaving started Joanne Hall’s personal study of these fun and decorative patterns. Participants will learn to weave bands on a small hole-and-slot rigid heddle called “band grind” combining multicolored plain weave bands to provide beautiful patterning, and pick-up weaves to add another pattern dimension. Material fee includes the band loom. Warp will be long enough to continue weaving after the class.

Materials Fee: $25 (includes fee for band loom). Level: Beginner.

 

U-F053 Hot Wire Noah’s Arc  (Class is closed)

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Friday

Geri Forkner

Combine traditional felting techniques with the latest fiber innovations. Make a nuno felted scarf using traditional wet-felting processes, then add an LED light and simple switch by stitching with conductive thread. Use skills you already know—absolutely no engineering degrees, soldering skills, or felting experience required.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: All.

 

U-F054 Ribbon Scarves with Machine Stitching and Water-Soluble Stabilizer

Friday

Amanda McCavour

Explore using water- soluble stabilizer by creating a wearable ribbon scarf held together with machine stitching. Students will bring two yards each of three different ribbons and combine them with various kinds of threads and yarns provided by the instructor. Students will learn the basics of machine embroidery with water-soluble stabilizer and will explore textures, pattern, and line to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.

 

U-F055 Shuttle-Tatted Lace

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Friday

Andrea Mielke Schroer

Remember grandma’s lace? You can make it, too! In this class we will cover basic techniques and pattern reading for this time-honored technique. Tatting is a portable, pocket-sized craft that requires only your fingers and a shuttle.

A tatting shuttle will be required.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

U-F056 Soft Sculpture

Friday

Judy Dominic

Take supple, pliable seagrass and create unique sculptural forms that are surprisingly sturdy. Learn to increase/decrease shape, add spokes, cause ripples, take care of the unruly ends, and create your own cordage.

Materials Fee: $24. Level: All.

 

U-F057 Weaving a Pin Loom Cat and Owl

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Friday

Margaret Stump

Pin Loom weaving, a portable and unique weaving method that allows you to enjoy the thrills of weaving in a fraction of the usual time, is making a resurgence. In this class, taught by the author of Pin Loom Weaving: 40 Projects for Tiny Hand Looms, participants will hone their pin loom weaving skills, learn joining methods, and create three dimensional stuffed owls and cats.

A 4" x 4" pin loom with 6" weaving needle and 2" x 2" pin loom with 3" weaving needle will be required Participants must have some prior experience using the 4" x 4" pin loom. Margaret will have some 2"x 2" pin looms available to use during the workshop. 

Materials Fee: $12. Level: Beginner.

 

 

SUPER SEMINARS

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

SS-FA058 Fabric From the Inside-Out

Friday Morning

Robyn Spady

It’s exciting to find a textile that inspires us to design our own fabric to weave; however, translating the fabric into a draft can feel like an insurmountable challenge. In this class, participants will be introduced to techniques and tools to assist them in analyzing a fabric, discover the subtle characteristics that make some fabrics truly remarkable, and understand how to craft a design to weave their own creations.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: Beginner.

 

SS-FA059 How to Make a Dorset Button

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Friday Morning

Denise Kovnat

The craft of “buttony” thrived in Dorset, England, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, until the Industrial Revolution. Focusing on the Cartwheel Design—one of many types of Dorset Buttons—we will create colorful, ornate, one-of-a-kind closures that can match and enhance your own fiber art. Why spendhours shopping for the perfect button when you can make your own custom creation? Materials Fee: $8. Level: All.

 

SS-FA060 No Surprises— Make It Fit and Look Great

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Friday Morning

Joan Berner

You wouldn’t weave without a sample—so never sew without a muslin. Learn the basics so you can confidentlycut your pattern from a fitted muslin and love the results. Basic fitting changes will be demonstrated and class will break into groups to fit premade muslins from the instructor. Additional information willbe provided on styles, pattern selection, and appropriateness for handwovens. Materials Fee: $2. Level: Beginner.

 

SS-FA061 Pleasing Proportions in Spite of What the Yarn Thinks: Manipulating Aspect Ratio

Friday Morning

Sara von Tresckow

Woven designs are largely gridded, and to achieve the proportions of that gridded design requires careful planning and adjustment to be  sure the aspect ratio is pleasing. There are many ways to ensure a woven design is neither shortened nor elongated beyond what is desired. This presentation will include several methods for use with any type of fabric structure or loom model.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Intermediate.

 

SS-FA062 Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts

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Friday Morning

Linda Hartshorn

Hand paint and embellish two silk scarves with brilliant colors from plants, minerals, and an insect! Discover how to use natural dyes for surfacedesign in a fun, hands-on Super Seminar. Participants will make natural paint dyes from extracts, and thicken them for stamping designs onto fabric. Take the scarves home to rinse out after they have cured.

Materials Fee: $25. Level: All.

 

SS-FA063 Woven Metal Jewelry  Class is Full. (To be added to waiting list, please contact HGA@WeaveSpinDye.org )

Friday Morning

Anastasia Azure

Create beautiful jewelry by weaving with wire and thin sheet metal in copper, brass, and aluminum. Each participant will play with basic weave structures, color, and shape to create their own pendant or pin. No experience necessary and these techniques can be easily reproduced at home with a few hand tools.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: All.

 

SEMINARS

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

 

S-FA064 A Taste ofDigital Fabric Design

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Friday Morning

Becka Rahn

Designing your own custom fabrics is a new innovation in the craft world. Online services allow you to design and digitally print any amount, from just a swatch to multiple yards of fabric, with your own photos and custom designs. You create the digital file and they print and ship it to you. Learn the basics of what you need to know to get started.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

S-FA065 An Introduction to Natural Dyeing and Woven Shibori 

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Friday Morning

Catharine Ellis

The rich palette of natural dye combines well with woven shibori on protein and cellulose fibers. There are many steps to consider: mordants, application methods, dye choice, discharging possibilities, the indigo vat, and layering color. These steps can be confusing to both novice and experienced dyers. We will explore the sequences and technical processes to provide weavers with opportunities to dye safely and effectively with organic ingredients.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

S-FA066 Warp-Twined Tablet Weaving and Brocading

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Friday Morning

Inge Dam

Beautiful brocaded tablet woven bands, dated to the Viking period, have been found in Northern Europe, many woven with fine silk as the ground weft and gold and silver as the brocading weft. Students will learn the ground weave technique and how such bands were woven, as well as how to add beads to the selvedges. Warps will be set up to give students a chance to weave on them.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: Beginner.

 

S-FA067 Weaving Errors: How to Avoid Them or Fix Them

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Friday Morning

Marcy Petrini

Planning a project, winding a warp, dressing the loom, threading, sleying, tying-on, treadling, throwing the shuttle: with every step, opportunities for errors abound. But, we can learn strategies to avoid them and when they invariably occur anyway, find ways to fix them in the most expedient way.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

S-FA068 What is Inkle Weaving?

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Friday Morning

Anne Dixon

Inkle weaving is a warp-faced tabby woven technique for narrow bands, ties, straps, inserts, bookmarks, and much more. Come for a brief history of early construction methods and the modern inkle loom, and to de-mystify the equipment and techniques. Learn Dixon’s methods for creating heddles of the correct length, warping the loom, best weaving practices, and designing a basic color pattern. See varieties of all types of inkles on display.

Materials Fee: $1. Level: All.

 

S-FM069 Freedom of Expression: Painting Warps on Loom

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Friday Midday

Sarah Saulson

Painting warps on-loom opens up potential for great freedom in color and form. Looking at images of the technique, we will explore the rich relationships expressed between color, pattern, and woven structures. We’ll also see the nuts and bolts of the technique, and examine and discuss finished pieces.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

S-FM070 Making a Case for Natural Dyes

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Friday Midday

Catharine Ellis

Who is using natural dyes? What are the implications, the challenges, and opportunities? Why use natural dyes? Wewill look at dyeing traditions and communities that use natural dye as an economic force, and discuss individuals who have found their voice through the natural dye process. Bring your thoughts, questions, ideas, and experiences.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

 

SUPER SEMINARS

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

SS-FP071 Eco-Print on Silk  Class is Full. (To be added to waiting list, please contact HGA@WeaveSpinDye.org )

Friday Afternoon

Janis Thompson

Use all-natural dye ingredients like leaves, flower petals, stems, onion, ferns, eucalyptus leaves, and more, in addition to Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, and Osage chips to print on a lovely Habotai Silk scarf. Every student will leave with their own scarf to unwrap 3 days later; hard to wait, but what a lovely surprise when you finally get to open your bundle. We will lay out the dyestuffs in a very organic design, then roll it up in a PVC pipe to steam or submerge in a mild iron bath. We may also pre-dip scarves for a more complex end result. Students will be advised about how to do an after dip in Indigo to bring out the greens and other elements of the design at home.

Materials Fee: $25. Level: All.

 

SS-FP072 Rep Weave—Books, Bags, Boxes and Beyond Class is full. (To be added to waiting list, please contact HGA@WeaveSpinDye.org )

Friday Afternoon

Lucienne Coifman

Rep weave is a very linear weave whose rib structure lends itself easily to bending and folding into useful shapes. We will review the fundamentals of rep weave and explore how to build 3-dimensional pieces using special materials such as balsa wood, beads, and pewter fastenings. The last hour will be spent building a sewing needle case or etui. Each student will receive a bag containing all the necessary elements.

Materials Fee: $18. Level: All.

 

 

SEMINARS

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

S-FP073 Ancient Tablet Weaving Techniques 

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Friday Afternoon

Inge Dam

Explore the history of tablet weaving while learning to weave motifs and make patterns based on techniques found in ancient bands. Warps will be set up to give participants an opportunity to try different techniques such as regular double-faced weave, double-faced 3/1 broken twill, and the “missed hole” technique with brocading.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: Intermediate.

 

S-FP074 Color and Weave

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Friday Afternoon

Marcy Petrini

Color and weave refers to the technique whereby the colors, usually alternating in the warp and weft, interact with the weave structure to produce specific motifs; the structure is disguised and the colors appear in interesting ways—essentially, as an optical illusion. There are many, many variations and we will explore plain weave, various twills, and other interesting possibilities.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

S-FP075 Double Weave Drafting

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Friday Afternoon

Marcia Weiss

Explore the exciting range of possibilities in creating doubleweaves, including: vertical and horizontal tubes, double width fabric, checkerboard pockets, two single layers, and pleats. Master the five simple steps to draft doubleweaves, including the “magic step.” Participants will leave with the necessary information to create their own threading, tie-up, and treadling diagrams for loom-controlled doubleweave textiles.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.

 

S-FP076 Ikat Centers of India: Gujarat, Telengana, Odisha

Friday Afternoon

Wendy Weiss

Explore the exciting world of contemporary Indian Ikat and draw your original design. In 2015 Wendy Weiss visited each area as part of her Fulbright-Nehru senior scholar research project and will show fabric samples from each Ikat region. Learn about her work introducing digital design techniques to a small group of artisans in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat and her visit to the Patola House, home of the world’s only Ikat museum.

Materials Fee: $1.50. Level: All.

 

S-FP077 Photo Boot Camp

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Friday Afternoon

Becka Rahn

This is a crash course in quick tricks you can use to take better photos of your art work. Learn about lighting, camera settings, and strategies to set up the shot. Watch demos of simple photo edits and learn how to tell whether something is “Photoshop®-able” or not.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

 

S-FP078 The Fabric of Life

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Friday Afternoon

Sarah Saulson

Celebrate the role of cloth on a journey through space and time in this illustrated lecture and examine how cloth and the process of cloth-making have permeated human life and culture for thousands of years. Examples are drawn from archeology, art history, material culture, contemporary weaving cultures, and more. A very inspirational talk that will leave you feeling thrilled with your choice to pursue weaving and fiber arts. Materials Fee: $00.00. Level: All.

 

S-FP079 Why You Should Be on YouTube

Friday Afternoon

Donna Kallner

Want to sell your fiber art in a digital marketplace, connect with a community,find information and inspiration, or curate the impression you make online? This seminar will help you identify tools you can use. It’s packed with practical tips about YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, eBooks, blogs, websites, and more. You’ll go home with worksheets to help you plan your online positioning and craft your public profile. 

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.