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Friday July 6, 2018

   Friday July 6, 2018

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        9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Contemporary Knotted Pile
Friday, Saturday
Sara Lamb  One of the most luxurious fabrics, knotted cut pile is surprisingly simple to weave.  Using modest equipment, learn to weave this ancient technique used to make Oriental cut pile carpets. Learn the process while weaving a small sample.  No previous weaving experience necessary. Loom required*.

Prerequisite:  None

Materials Fee: $25. Level: Beginner.


Calnan shadow weave

Explore Shadow Weave
Friday, Saturday
Elizabeth Calnan  This workshop will cover consecutive and opposite threadings of shadow weave and how to weave them. The two days will be divided almost equally between weaving theory and practice. Students should be able to design their own threadings and liftings at the conclusion of the workshop. For the workshop, a draft will be provided, so that students bring their looms threaded and ready to weave on. Loom required*.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and read a draft. Being a able to work with weaving software is an advantage.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Intermediate.

Peck_Rigid-Heddle_Loom Control Weaves

Rigid Heddle Loom Control Weaves for Texture
Friday, Saturday
Nancy Peck  A hands-on exploration of rigid heddle weaving for loom-controlled textures using one heddle,  a pick up stick, and string heddles. We will warp the loom, and explore a variety of loom controlled textures, such as warp and weft floats, waffle, and honeycomb resulting in a sample scarf. Not a round robin. Loom required*. 
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Intermediate.


Weaving 3D : A Tube in a Tube in a Tube  (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Friday, Saturday
Louise Lemieux Berube  Weaving a simple tube in plain weave is rather easy. A tube that comes out of a tube is another challenge; it becomes a 3D weaving. All planning is done on paper with simple illustrations to better understand. Each participant will be shown and asked to weave a few miniature compound tubes. Loom required*.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and read a draft.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Intermediate.

Clemes Carding

Exploring the Drum Carder  (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Roy and Henry Clemes  Students learn the history of drum carding, how they work, and why they function the way they do. The rest of the day is hands on as we delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, explore the many tools that make drum carding more efficient, and crank out six different batts.

Materials Fee: $35. Level: All.

Gaskel bangles

Kumihimo Beluga Bangles  (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Adrienne Gaskell  Students will learn marudai basics while making these elegant bangle bracelets. Seamless joins can be created in multiple ways using easy techniques and some simple beadweaving skills. Choose one of bracelet for your class project and another to make after class. Bracelets can be stacked together or worn individually.  
Maradai required, may be rented in advance from instructor*.

Materials Fee: $35. Level: All.


Potpourri of Wet Felting Techniques (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Joan Berner  Learn the basic felt making techniques as a springboard for your creativity.  We will make a two layer felt, a felt with a batt as one layer, nuno felt and three dimensional felt shapes, appropriate for embellishments or jewelry.  Understand and master basic techniques.
Prerequiste: Must be able to stand for long periods.

Materials Fee: $25. Level: All.

These felting classes are available:  
Felted Landscape
Not Your Nana's Nuno Art Journal


Spinning Cotton on a Spinning Wheel  (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Jill Holbrook  Many spinners think cotton is hard to spin. The truth is cotton is easy to spin. The trick is to allow it to do so. Students will learn to do the long draw, how to adjust their wheel for cotton, plying and end uses.  
Wheel, Spindle or E-spinner required*.

Materials Fee: $12. Level: Intermediate.


Tablet Weaving for Beginners (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Inge Dam  Participants will become familiar with the tools and best yarn to use for specific projects. The difference between threading defined and turning defined patterns will be taught. They will learn how to make two different warps. How to read patterns for the threading-in designs and regular double-faced tablet weaving will be taught and they will explore how to design patterns for those two techniques.

Materials Fee: $3. Level: Beginner.


9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

jageler_Beginning_Rag_rugBeginning Rag Rug Weaving And Tips   (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Friday morning
Ruth Jageler  This session will describe type of loom needed, setts of warp threads, and preparing rags or fabric for weaving. Students are offered tips on the best shuttles, rag cutters, how to figure material needed for a rug and different ways to finish rugs. Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom.   

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Beginner.

Weiss_DoubleweaveDouble Weave Drafting   (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Friday morning
Marcia Weiss Explore the exciting range of possibilities in double weaves, including: vertical and horizontal tubes, double width fabric, checkerboard pockets, two single layers, and pleats.  Master the five steps to draft double weaves, including the “magic step”.  Participants will create weaves, threading, tie-up and treadling diagrams for loom-controlled double weave.
Prerequisite: Helpful to have some drafting knowledge, but not required.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.


9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


Fitting Essentials  (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Friday morning
Daryl Lancaster  Make your beautifully handwoven garments fit your body! Do you know the difference between design ease and wearing ease or semi- fitted and very loose fitting garments? Did you know that commercial pattern companies and ready-to-wear designers don’t use the same industry standard measurements? Taking proper measurements, grading techniques, and a tutorial on draping are all part of the agenda.

Materials Fee: $12. Level: All.



Traditional Silk Weaving in Hill Tribe Laos
Friday morning
Maren Beck  Using their own photographs, video, samples and models, Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein present the traditional silk weaving process of hill tribe Laos, including village sericulture, silk reeling, natural dyeing, textile design, and hand weaving on traditional looms.  The independent textile artists of the region have practiced this art contiguously for centuries, and is foundational to both the transmission of their cultural heritage and the regional economics.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Beginner.





Weaving Innovations from the Bateman Collection
Friday morning
Robyn Spady   Dr. William G. Bateman created a collection of woven samples that is ominous and impressive, but largely unseen since Dr. Bateman’s work far exceeds the samples included in the six monographs published in the 1980's by the Shuttle Craft Guild.  In this presentation, Robyn Spady will share some of Dr. Bateman’s most innovative work and how he took some weave structures to new heights.
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: Intermediate.


1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.


Inkle Weaving Intermediate Techniques: Three Shaft Turned Krokbragd (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Friday afternoon
Daryl Lancaster  For those who are looking for the next step with this simple two shaft loom, explore this more challenging technique for greater versatility in design.  Three Shaft Turned Krokbragd creates three separate warps using additional heddles and a couple of paperclips. Participants will be warping the loom in class and learn to navigate this beautiful option, without the need for pick up.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and weave a competent band. Must be able to follow a complex draft.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: Intermediate.

Introduction to Hand Spindles  (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Friday afternoon
Melissa Weaver Dunning  Hand spindles are portable, relatively inexpensive and easily learned. Skills with hand spindles can enhance your wheel spinning skills, too!  Students will explore the techniques of spinning on the three basic types of hand spindles found in cultures throughout the world: the grasped spindle, supported spindle and suspended spindle. 

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.


Introduction to Network Drafting (Full - sign up for waiting list)
Friday afternoon
Robyn Spady  Network drafting is a method for creating designs with curves.  It may not look intuitive; however, there is a method-to-the-madness.  In this hands-on seminar, participants will be introduced to the step-by-step methods for developing an original network-drafted pattern and how to manipulate it into new and exciting designs. Learn the fundamentals of designing network-drafted patterns and understand what terms like initial, grid, and network mean.  Even if you have four shafts, you can weave a network draft.
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.
Materials Fee: $5. Level: Intermediate.

Plan Your Tapestry Diary
Friday afternoon
Molly Elkind  Find out why so many tapestry weavers are doing diaries, and the amazing variety and growth potential that’s possible.  Learn how to make your own ground rules— break them when needed! And, plan out the details so you can start your own diary when you get back home.
Prerequisite: Familiarity with basic tapestry techniques is helpful.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: Intermediate.


romatka_boatRibbon Magic: Chinese Dragon Boats
Friday afternoon
Marilyn Romatka These geometric gems are hand-crafted in China, filled with insect-repelling herbs, and hung up during the Dragonboat Festival in the hot 5th month of the lunar calendar. We will be filling our sachets with dried lavender, or whatever other herb the student wishes to bring. A simple technique that gives exquisite results! We will finish two sachets in class. 

Materials Fee: $20. Level: Beginner.




1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

From Garden to Gallery
Friday afternoon
Judy Zugish  Your backyard garden, your neighbor’s patch, “roadsides” and woodland all present a wonderland of fibers for basketmaking:  classic, traditional, contemporary.  Judy will share images and samples from her 30+ years growing a remarkable fiber arts garden.  Be inspired to collect the wonder!

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Beginner.

* A complete list of materials needed for each session is available online.