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Sunday July 8, 2018

Sunday July 8, 2018

WORKSHOP

9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Band Waving, Backstrap with a Rigid Heddle Loom

Sunday

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.

Materials Fee: $30. Level: Beginner.

 

It's in the Bag! A Felted Purse Workshop

Sunday

Stacy Heydt Students will wet felt a small messenger bag using a flat resist, alpaca fiber and roving.  They will also learn how to felt a handle from roving or rug yarn.  We'll create unique pins to embellish the front.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.

 

Advanced Sprang: Lace

Sunday

Carol James So you’ve already dabbled in sprang, but now want to create those lacy designs. Learn some easy ways to make holes in your cloth, how to plan and place them to form amazing designs. We will discuss pattern reading and pattern writing. Leave with a lace creation all your own.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Intermediate.

 

Rosepath Rag Rugs

Sunday, Monday

Nancy Crampton Explore Four-Shaft Rosepath and weaving with cloth strips. Participants will bring threaded looms. Samples will include all cloth strips, cloth strips and a tabby weft, and with two different cloth strips on opposites. Included will be information on preparing the cloth, estimating amounts needed and basic rug weaving techniques. 

Materials Fee: $4. Level: Intermediate.

 

L'Amour de Maman - Acadian Weaving

Sunday, Monday

Melissa Weaver Dunning Learn about the fascinating history of the Acadian people in Canada, the Great Expulsion and their odyssey to reach Louisiana; also about the cloth they wove on two harness looms with clever weft manipulation: couverture de marriage, cottonade coverlets with a la planche patterning, drugget and linsey-woolsey skirting and bouttone.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

Double Heddles on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Sunday, Monday

Deborah Jarchow Expand your weaving skills and make two layers in your cloth on the rigid heddle loom.  While weaving, the layers can be connected in various ways to make cloth twice the width of your loom, create tubes, or pockets.  Participants will make a sampler while exploring this process.  During the workshop they will learn to thread the loom using two heddles and weave the layers in various ways. 

Materials Fee: $5. Level: Intermediate.

 

Custom Fit and Fabulous

Sunday, Monday

Daryl Lancaster No more one-size-fits-all, or clothes from rectangles! Choose between a  time-tested classic jacket pattern with optional shawl collar, vest pattern, and/or tunic pattern. A swing coat or walking vest are among the options as well.  Participants will learn to custom fit for their individual figures. Some  simple flat pattern and drafting skills will be taught in this workshop.  Expect to leave with at least one finished pattern and directions to make a  fabulous garment from your hand-woven, felted or other fabulous fabric

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.

 

Connections, Layers, and Pockets

Sunday, Monday

Janney Simpson Deflected Double Weave can be combined with traditional double weave to create connections, layers, and pockets all in the same piece. Use this technique to weave dramatic and interesting scarves, shawls, and cowls with a variety of fibers and colorways.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: Intermediate.

 

Bow Loom Weaving

Sunday

Marilyn Romatka The Bow Loom is an ancient technique using a simple loom to make narrow, beaded bands. The technique is used by ethnic groups in Thailand to make bands for their exquisite headdresses. Weave a head band or bracelet; your loom goes home with you for many more hours of weaving. 

Materials Fee: $20. Level: Beginner.

 

Parallel Threadings are the Weaver’s Playground

Sunday, Monday

Robyn Spady A parallel threading can provide a weaver with a multitude of options and patterns – from echo weaves and corkscrew twills to turned taqueté and network-drafted twills. Add on top of that weft variations in color and texture and a weaver will find themselves in a playground of possibilities. Workshop participants will pre-warp their loom from a selection of threadings and during the workshop enter a journey of discovery and exploration of how to transform a parallel threading into a myriad of patterns. The workshop is a combination of presentation/discussion, weaving, and hands-on exercises. Emphasis will be on understanding the design and drafting processes to empower workshop participants to create their own patterns. (Note: This is not a round-robin workshop. Participants will weave on their own loom.) Four-shafts minimum. Eight-shafts highly recommended.  Materials fee - $15 for workshop manual. 

Materials Fee: $15. Level: Intermediate.

 

Double Weave Workshop

Sunday, Monday

Marcia Weiss Explore the exciting possibilities of double cloth weaving on 4 or 8-shaft looms.  Participants will create a double cloth technique sampler, including: vertical and horizontal tubes, double width fabric, tubular textiles, checkerboards and pleats. Participants will receive warping instructions prior to the conference.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: Intermediate.

 

Weave a Pin Loom Spirit Horse

Sunday

Margaret Stump Participants will weave and construct their own Pin Loom Spirit Horse. Materials including yarn, stuffing, twigs, base and embellishments will be provided. This class will teach the basics of making this delightful pin loom fiber sculpture as well as offering the opportunity for the participants to individualize their Spirit Horse.

Materials Fee: $14. Level: All.

 

Drafting, Key to Design

Sunday

Dianne Totten Through lecture, computer software (Fiberworks PCW), and drafting exercises, learn the basics of designing with twill. The twill circle, twill ratios, and fancy twill included, with emphasis on figuring out tie-ups, threading and treadling options to design your own unique fabric.  A laptop with software downloaded, very helpful, but optional. 

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

 

3-HOUR SEMINAR

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

 

One Shuttle + Hand Painted Warps = Tons of Blocks

Sunday morning

Joan Berner Understand how to make blocks the easy way, using only one shuttle.  With the use of hand dyed warps, see how to combine with solids or multiple hand dyed warps to make unusual and distinct blocks.  Learn how simple set ups create very different looking blocks.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Beginner.

 

Chenille, the Woven Yarn

Sunday morning

Stephenie Gaustad  Chenille is one yarn that is not spun, but woven, looped (warp knit) or in Nautical context:  knotted. From a hand weavers point of view there are three ways to produce chenille. We will discuss  2 harness conventional woven chenille and 4 harness Tubular woven chenille. Then we will experience hands on exploration of knotted chenille aka “Baggy Wrinkles”: two/four warps, rya tied effect yarn.

Student should bring: scissors, notebook, tapestry needle

Materials Fee: $#10. Level: TBA

 

Intro to Inkle Weaving

Sunday morning

Linda Hartshorn The inkle loom is a simple, easy to use loom for making bands and straps. Choose your favorite colors in shiny cottons, set up the loom and weave! Learn to create patterning by varying the color order of the yarns.  Take home a pattern for a stylin’ shopping bag you can make with your inkle bands.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: Beginner.

 

There is Nothing Plain about Plain Weave.

Sunday morning

Marcy Petrini Because of its maximal interlacement, plain weave offers optical blending of colors – variegated, random warps, stripes and checks, etc. – and physical blending of yarns – various fibers, textured yarns, matt and shiny, etc. Ribs, baskets, and fabrics from warp face through tabby to weft face add to plain weave incredible versatility.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: Beginner.

 

Jewish Prayer Shawls: Everything you need to know to Honor, Use, and Make Them

Sunday morning

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

Materials Fee: $12. Level: All.

 

90-MINUTE SEMINAR

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

 

Learn to Look: Principles of Effective (and Enjoyable!) Critique

Sunday morning

Tien Chiu Many artists dread examining their work because they think it means torturing their work (and themselves!) by picking out everything that’s wrong. Not so! Learn to evaluate your work enjoyably yet effectively by applying five principles of critique.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

The History and Mystery of Shadow Weave

Sunday morning

Jannie Taylor Learn the history and mystery of Shadow Weave; did it spring full blown from Mary Atwater's head or does it have deeper roots?  Learn the various ways to thread and weave Shadow Weave. Discover the difference between a typical structure draw down and a color draw down.  In addition, there will be a "trunk show" of shadow weave garments, household textiles and a wide variety of samples.  

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

3-HOUR SEMINAR

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

 

Cloud Preparation

Sunday afternoon

Stephenie Gaustad  Cloud preparation is different from carded or combed. The goal of cloud prep is to completely randomize the fibers. Long, short, fat and thin are scattered with minimal orientation. Like taking a manuscript and flinging it into the air repeatedly until all pages are thoroughly jumbled. Cloud prep results in “a fiber salad”, tossed, not stirred. Combing and carding, on the other hand introduce organization. This random fiber organization results in very fuzzy, elastic and warm yarns that cannot be produced by carding or combing.

Student should bring: a spinning wheel or spindle with which you are comfortable. We will be making short samples, a niddy noddy, scissors

Materials Fee: $5. Level: TBA.

 

Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts

Sunday afternoon

Linda Hartshorn Handpaint and embellish two silk scarves with brilliant colors from plants, minerals, and an insect! Discover how to use natural dyes for surface design in a fun, hands-on super seminar. We 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: Beginner.

 

Planning a Weaving Project

Sunday afternoon

Harriette Markos Roadman What do you do when a published project doesn’t match your ideas or your yarn?  You design your own project!  In this session we will walk through all of the steps from concept inception to designing the draft and drawdown to determining how much warp and weft thread is needed. 

Materials Fee: $2. Level: Intermediate.

 

The Use of High-twisted Yarns for Sculptural Fabrics

Sunday afternoon

Teresa Kennard This seminar will focus on techniques for using high-twist yarns by identifying fiber content, twist direction and amount of twist. How to handle high-twist yarns in warping and weaving and how to calculate setts. We will explore what weave structures work best to emphasize the energy in high-twist yarns.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.  

 

90-MINUTE SEMINAR

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

 

Kumihimo:  From Defense to Decoration

Sunday afternoon

Rosalie Neilson Learn the history of Japan through the perspective of kumihimo or plaited silk cords.  It traces the historical development of Japanese plaited cords from fossilized remains in grave mounds to the exotic Samurai era with silk cords used to lace together the armor. It also explores the fashion trends using cords as obijime as well as decorative neckpieces.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Beginner.

 

Yeah! My Entry Was Accepted!

Sunday afternoon

Joan Berner For many, there is nothing more difficult than summoning up the courage to enter a piece of your personal art for a judge to review and accept or reject.  Likewise there is nothing more exciting than being accepted to an exhibit/show.  Learn tips and strategies to make your best entry.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

Understanding Lace Weaves

Sunday afternoon

Jannie Taylor Is it Bronson or Swedish; or maybe Huck Lace? Lace Weaves are remarkably similar to one another and are difficult to identify. Fortunately, each one has at least one unique characteristic that makes identification easy. This seminar will provide the tools to identify a variety of loom controlled lace weaves.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.