Magento CommerceHandweavers Guild of America

Saturday August 6, 2016

 

STUDIO

 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

U-S080 Bouclé: Beautiful Handspun Warp Yarn

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Saturday

Patsy Zawistoski

Bubbly, bouncy, bewitching, and beautiful! Bouclé yarns can add that special spark to your woven creations. Learn techniques to spin warp- able and reproducible bouclé yarns with endless possibilities once you understand the movement of twist in plying with two binders. Spin the most expensive fancy bouclé style or other structurally sound textured yarns!

A spinning wheel will be required.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: Intermediate.

 

U-S081 Closures—Alternatives to the Invasive Buttonhole

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Saturday

Robyn Spady

Making a buttonhole can be daunting since it often means creating a hole in a garment or fashion accessory. In this class, participants will explore different techniques that may be used as alternatives. From frogs and hand-wrapped hooks and eyes, to knotting and clasps, designing and making your own closures can be fun and exciting.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: All.

 

U-S082 Designing & Printing Your Own Fabric

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Saturday

Becka Rahn

In this introduction to digital fabric design, learn the basics of designing and printing your own fabrics based on photos or original artwork. Understand the vocabulary of digital art: pixels, resolution, RGB. We will complete several designs in class and talk about layout, repeating patterns, creating coordinates, and more. Completing the experience, we will talk about the kinds of fabric available, wash-fastness, and the durability of several different printing options.

A laptop with WIFI access will be required. (iPads and tablets will not work).

Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

U-S083 “FEAST”—Art Yarn

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Saturday

Janis Thompson

Build a spinnable feast with everything but the kitchen sink! We will stack layer upon layer of luscious ingredients; soft wool, silk, mohair locks, ribbon, Angelina, and dyed rovings into a gigantic cake, then scoop it up and take it to the wheel to produce a low twist, big personality, heavenly mixed-media yarn. There will be plenty of fabulous plying metallics and bouclés for that added finish. This will be the most dynamic yarn you have ever spun!

A spinning wheel will be required.

Materials Fee: $25. Level: Intermediate.

 

U-S084 Inkle Weaving for Beginners

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Saturday

Anne Dixon

Students will learn the basics of good weaving practice, making heddles, warping, and how to design a simple color pattern to use in warping their loom. They will then have the chance to explore simple pick-up patterns and how to add a variety of edgings.

An open sided inkle loom with tensioner will be required. Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

U-S085 Jacquard Designing

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Saturday

Marcia Weiss

Join us to decode the mystery of Jacquards. In this studio, explore the process of transforming photographic images into Jacquards through hands-on exploration, observation and analysis. Using historic and contemporary samples, we will review how pattern, color, and texture are created through woven structures. Participants will create realistic and abstracted digital simulations. Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

U-S086 Re-inventing Twills

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Saturday

Marcy Petrini

We skip a thread in plain weave and have the beginning of a 3-shaft twill. Then we move to 4. And then more. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of twill, mixing them, treadling options and treadling methods, warp-faced, and color- and-weave; then learn how to match the total number of threads in our projects to the repeats of the twill for a perfect fit.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Beginner.

 

U-S087 Sotis—An Intriguing Technique from Southeast Asia

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Saturday

Kay Faulkner

Sotis is one of the technique gems that can be found in Eastern textiles. This hands-on class will explore basic patterns that can be achieved with this technique, examine pick-up patterns, discuss how more shafts can be used to achieve more complex designs, and how this threading may also be used in alternative ways.

A pre-warped loom with 4 shafts and reed size of 12 will be required. Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

 

U-S088 Warp Painting for Weavers (Class Closed)

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Saturday

Linda Hartshorn

Painted warps add a whole new dimension to your weaving, and they are so much fun to weave on! Paint a Tencel®warp for a scarf with fiber reactive dyes. Learn about using color, how to sett a warp-emphasis fabric, and how to use warp painting in combination with various weave structures. Take your painted warp home to weave!

Materials Fee: $15. Level: Beginner. 

 

SUPER SEMINARS

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

SS-SA091 Enclosing Space—Random Weave

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Saturday Morning

Judy Dominic

Take  a mess of material and put some order into it as you learn a couple of basic starts and the principles of random weave. More suited to sculptural than functional forms, random weave manages to gracefully maintain the integrity of the structure. Make a medium sized basket using round rattan reed; create a second one as your interest and energy allow.

Materials Fee: $35. Level: All.

 


SS-SA092 Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving

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Saturday Morning

Margaret Stump

Pin Loom weaving introduces a weaving method that is very quick and perfectly portable, allowing you to swiftly weave a square of fabric with completed selvedges all the way around. Participants will have the opportunity to weave a square on both a 2"x2" and 4"x4" pin loom and construct a Loom Bloom from the weaving.

All looms and materials will be provided for the class.

Materials Fee: $28. (Change in Material Fee, Acutal Fee is $14) Level: Beginner.

 

 

SS-SA093 Lucet Braiding 101

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Saturday Morning

Andrea Mielke Schroer

Lucet forks are used to create a square cord that is very strong and slightly elastic. Because you can work from the ball or spool, very long cords can be made that are very plain and utilitarian, or elaborate and embellished with multiple threads, ribbon, and beads. In this make-and-take, lucets will be provided for class use while we learn the basic cord, and some fun variations. Traditionally used for drawstrings in clothing where we use elastic today, they still make excellent shoelaces, cords for bags and purses, and fancy cords that can also be used in couching and embellishment.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

 

SEMINARS

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

 

S-SA094 Chinese Braidmaking

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Saturday Morning

Jacqui Carey

Take a visual journey through the Chinese style of braidmaking from its historic origins and an explanation of the technique, to the modern practice of the art. Today, the Hmong (Miao) are renowned for their exquisite work, but the images will take you further in your exploration; following Carey’s fieldwork to study the talents of other cultures, witnessing the impact of “skill decay”, and the joys of the road less traveled.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

 

S-SA095 Bridging the Gap: Guild-Museum Collaborations

Saturday Morning

Melissa Wraalstad

Learn how your guild or group can identify and create partnerships with local historical societies and museums to aid in the preservation of textiles and to share your love of fiber arts. Museums are always looking for innovative and creative ways to work with community groups like guilds. This seminar will provide ideas on getting started and offer specific examples of activities and programs for inspiration.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

 

S-SA096 Natural Indigo Around the World and in Japan

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Saturday Morning

John Marshall

This seminar will include an intensive survey of indigo use around the world and the huge variety of plants that produce this colorant, with a special focus on Japan. Topics covered will include the use of reduced vat indigo as well as fresh- leaf indigo, direct painting, and resists, with a special segment on how to care for your indigo pieces and how to prevent crocking.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

 

S-SA097 Tablet Weaving: Threading and Turning Defined Patterns

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Saturday Morning

Inge Dam

Students will learn the difference between threading defined patterns and turning how to make two different warps, and explore how to design patterns for those two techniques. They will also become familiar with the tools and best yarn to use for specific projects.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

 

 

S-SA098 Weaving Layers

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Saturday Morning

Jannie Taylor

Take a look at a variety of ways to design layered fabric using weaving software. Parallel, double Two-Tie, and block threading will be explored. Learn about how to create a tie-up for free- and stitched-layers, using the liftplan to create layered designs, and designing more unusual layered textiles like Piqué.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Intermediate.

 

 

S-SA099 Woven Portraits: Weaving Wisconsins Ancestral Women

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Saturday Morning

Mary Burns

Through woven Jacquard portraits, Mary Burns’s project “Ancestral Women” honors individuals significant to each of Wisconsin’s twelve native tribes. This seminar will explore the design process and Jacquard weaving techniques used to bring these historical and contemporary portraits from photos to the loom. We will also discuss conducting research and working with communities to choose those whom they wish to commemorate, as well as how to design, fund, and promote an exhibit of Jacquard weavings.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

 

SUPER SEMINARS

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

SS-SP100 Adding Lights (Class is Closed)

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Saturday Afternoon

Geri Forkner

Learn how to add a touch of glamour to your woven or felted garments in this introductory seminar by stitching on LED lights using conductive yarn, the newest trend in electronic textiles. Use skills you already know—absolutely no engineering degrees or soldering skills required. You’ll get an overview of the evolving world of e-textiles and enough about electrical circuits to understand what a short circuit really is.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.

 

 

SS-SP101 Cloth and Memory

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Saturday Afternoon

Beverly Gordon

This seminar considers the ways people throughout the world have used textiles to keep memoriesalive. Participants are invited to tell their own stories about cloth and its role in helping them “hold on to” or connect with loved ones or special moments in their lives. To explore many examples of thisphenomenon, we’ll look at reasons why fiber and cloth work so well as memory-holders. Contemporary memory cloths are included.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

 

SS-SP102 Garlic Wall Basket

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Saturday Afternoon

Judy Dominic

Using the flexible, almost- perfectly round rattan reed, create a wall basket ideal for holding garlic, small plants, fairies or …? Twining will bethe technique of choice, open or closed, with a tied top or braided rim. Finish with a raffia or rattan hanger to proudly display your efforts. Enough material will be provided to create two baskets.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: All.

 

 

SS-SP103 Jewish Prayer Shawls: Everything You Need to Know to Honor, Use, and Make Them

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Saturday Afternoon

Sarah Saulson

Jewish Prayer Shawls are an ideal project for handweavers. We’ll examine their ancient history as well as learn what is ritually required and what is done for the sake of tradition. We will also consider what contemporary weavers can bring to the art of weaving prayer shawls. The seminar will include tying tzitzit, the special fringes attached to each corner of a prayer shawl.

Materials Fee: $7. Level: Beginner.

 

 

SS-SP104 Silk Fusion with Soy Silk

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Saturday Afternoon

Andrea Mielke Schroer

Silk fusion, also called silk felt and silk paper, is a nifty technique that creates a beautifully unique fabric that can be molded when wet for sculptures or masks or dried flat for use in clothing, quilting, basket weaving, and many other crafts. Soy silk is a man-made “silk” created from tofu waste that has all the beauty and feel of real silk, but at a more economical price. We will create two or three small pieces of silk fusion in class; enough to make several bookmarks, a small purse, or appliqué into several quilt blocks later at home.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.

 


SS-SP105 Tarim Amulet Pouch

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Saturday Afternoon

Donna Kallner

Sometimes known as Coptic knitting or Tarim stitch, cross-knit looping uses a needle entry variation to produce a distinctive vertical line element that confused early archaeologists–who thought it was a two-needle knit stockinet stitch. In this class you’ll work in the round to create a small, wearable amulet pouch from wool yarn, and explore ideas for using handspun and hand-twisted fibers in cross-knit looping.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

 

SS-SP106 Weaving a Pin Loom Sheep and Lamb

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Saturday Afternoon

Margaret Stump

Pin loom weaving, a portable, unique weaving method that allows you to experience the thrills of weaving in a fraction of the expected time, is making a resurgence. This short class is intended to hone your pin loom weaving skills and teach construction of playful little woven stuffed lambs and sheep. 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 class.

Materials Fee: $12. Level: All.

 

 

SS-SP107 Wrapped Snowflakes

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Saturday Afternoon

Jannie Taylor

Relax and spend a few hours playing with string! Make some lovely wrapped star ornaments from heavy paper and a few yards of scrap yarn. The process is fun and the product is beautiful.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

 

 

SEMINARS

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

 

S-SP108 Samurai Undressed

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Saturday Afternoon

Jacqui Carey

Explore the history of the Samurai and the development of their armor. Stemming from Carey’s object- based research, the images will reveal the composition and construction of the armor with particular attention to the textiles and include a demonstration of loop-manipulated armor braids. From their undergarments outwards the Samurai provide a fascinating insight into combining aesthetic and utilitarian components; touching upon fiber processing, dyeing, weaving, printing, and braiding.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.