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Thursday August 4, 2016

 

WORKSHOPS

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

   

2W-R031 Designing Layered Textiles 

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Thursday, Friday

Jannie Taylor

Doubleweave is really all about the architecture of a textile. The structure of those layers can be whatever your loom and your imagination allow. Learn to design fabric with 2 or more layers that form patterns, exchange positions, are stitched together, combine weave structures, or open up into 3-dimensional shapes.

A laptop (that can run a Windows® based program, i.e. WeavePoint7) will be required. Materials Fee: $35. Level: Intermediate.

  

2W-R032 East Meets West—A Sampler

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Thursday, Friday

Kay Faulkner

Most weavers look towards European and American weave structures for inspiration. Some real gems can be found in Eastern textiles and analysis of ethnic textiles provides interesting additions of technique—such as warp manipulation, warp wrapping, and weft patterning on warp faced cloth—for the hand weaver. These techniques can then be combined with Western structures to achieve interesting cloth. Instructions will be provided to pre-warp your loom so that the maximum number of techniques can be covered. The combination of several structures in one cloth will be explored.

A pre-warped 4 shaft loom, size 12 reed, and 2 shuttles will be required. Materials Fee: $3. Level: All.

 

2W-R033 Round the Beading Twist

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Thursday, Friday

Jacqui Carey

Twisted cords are quick and easy to make and require little or no equipment. The course will cast new light on this ancient technique, revealing stunning potential and modern, creative designs. Use the workshop to build up a sample book of ideas for cords that can embellish other crafts. Experiment with scale, color, texture and special effects, including beadwork, with the option to make a sample into a necklace.

A post that can be clamped (warping post) and a G- or C-clamp will be required. Materials Fee: $24. Level: All.

  

STUDIO 

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

U-R034 Fabric Painting Three Ways (Registration for this class will close June 30, 2016)

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Thursday

Molly Elkind

Explore surface design with three kinds of paint on commercial fabrics! Use Neocolor ll® watercolor crayons to create watercolor effects on cotton. Try Shiva Paintsticks® to experiment with stencils and resists. Play with intensely hued, easy-to-heatset Dye-na-Flow® silk paints on silk and cotton. You’ll leave with starter sets of each kind of paint and a collection of vividly patterned fabrics for inspiration or another project.

Materials Fee: $65. Level: All  

 

U-R035 Mud Cloth

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Thursday

Judy Dominic

The seemingly simple white design on black background cloth represents a serious artistic manner of communicating the morals of village life in Mali, Africa. Learn about the traditional method of bogolanfini, dyeing cotton cloth with mud, and then modify the tradition for your use. Create your own designs using local muds on cotton and other natural fiber cloth. Connect with the earth and gain an appreciation of the Mali culture. Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

U-R036 Navigating the Graphic Potential of Pro- Weave for Repeat Design

Thursday

Wendy Weiss

A dazzling array of software is available to handweavers. Pro-Weave is an unusual choice because it allows the weaver to draw as a key part of the design process. In fact, the graphic potential is so great that the user can easily generate charts for other textile projects. This workshop explores how to use the graphic tools for repeat design and more.

A laptop with the free demo version of Pro-Weave installed will be required. Materials Fee: $6. Level: All.

 

U-R037 Sawdust, Leaves and

Bugs: Shibori with Natural Dyes

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Thursday

Denise Kovnat

Using sawdust from Osage Orange wood, leaves from indigo plants, and bugs for cochineal, you will dye your fabrics in a variety of hues ranging from golden yellow to brown, pale to dark blue, and pink to red. You will learn how to mordant your fibers and dye them using shibori- resist techniques: arashi (pole-wrapping), Itajime (board-clamping), Ne-Maki (binding found objects), and Kumo (tie-dyeing). Materials Fee: $35. Level: All.

 

U-R038 The Interaction of

Structure and Function

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Thursday

Marcy Petrini

Weaving structures are the vocabulary, function the grammar. By matching the structure to the function of a piece, we arrive at a good fabric. We review the various structures and discuss the pros and cons of each for particular purposes. The contribution of fiber, yarn size, and sett to the functionality of our work will be covered, as well as color—a personal preference which can change with the structure.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Beginner.

 

 

SUPER SEMINARS

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

SS-RA039 Introducing Children to Fiber Arts

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Thursday Morning

Connie Lippert

Weaving with children can easily be successful as long as you show up with the right materials and an appropriate project for their age level. Children take naturally to weaving and are excited with the results. Experience hands-on projects appropriate for large or small groups of children as well as children of different age groups including; paper ladybugs and butterflies, pouches, batik, Kool-Aid dyed mug rugs, bookmarks, and tapestry.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.

 

SS-RA040 Marketing Yourself Online

Thursday Morning

Becka Rahn

As an artist, making yourself “findable” on the Internet can be an overwhelming task. This seminar will focus on easy and accessible ways to create your own web presence and to help draw your audience to you. Whether your goal is selling your work, an online portfolio, or creating your own website, we will talk about the technical aspects of popular platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram), pros and cons, the costs and expertise needed, and much more.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

SS-RA041 The Studio: A Process Workshop

Thursday Morning

Amanda McCavour

Come explore the multitude of ways we can engage with the creative process in our studios. How does our way of working inform our final product? What is the role of sketching and planning, in our practice? How do we decide on themes and color choices? Different strategies will be introduced in lecture format and then will open to discussion. Students are encouraged to bring images of their studio and projects.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

 

SS-RA042 When a Single Harness is Simply Not Enough—Double  Harness Weaving Techniques

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Thursday Morning

Sara von Tresckow

In the never ending search for ways to apply pattern to fabric, techniques to manipulate warp threads independently of the ground shafts have been created. These techniques are referred to by various names–opphamta, damask, double harness, and drawloom. This presentation presents the concept and implementation of double (or more) harness weaving techniques for those becoming interested or just starting out. We will cover the definition of terms and techniques, and give examples of fabrics, drafting depictions, sheds created, and concrete information about accompanying loom modifications.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Intermediate.

  

SEMINARS    

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

 

S-RA043 Warping Accessories and Tools and Techniques for Using Them  

Thursday Morning

Joanne Hall

Warping discussions arise almost every time a group of weavers gather together. Traditional warping techniques produce warps which go on the loom quickly and are a dream to weave on. There are some tools and warping accessories which are extremely helpful. These tools will be described and demonstrated along with some basic thread and winding techniques.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

  

SUPER SEMINARS

 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

 

SS-RP044 Beaded Pouch

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Thursday Afternoon

Connie Lippert

Weave a beaded pouch on a chipboard loom. A chipboard loom offers the ultimate in portability and an easy way to use up bits of leftover yarn to make something special. Gain an understanding of how chipboard looms can be formed into many different sizes and shapes to make small take along weaving projects.

Materials Fee: $6. Level: All.

 

SS-RP045 Fabulous Felt Flower Fascinator

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Thursday Afternoon

This class will be taught by Betty Kirk

In this hands-on workshop, we will transform merino wool roving into a beautiful felt flower (or two) using just our hands, imagination, and a little soap and water with the magical process called wet-felting. From here, we will transform a foundation base (provided in your materials fee) into a lovely fascinator headpiece suitable to wear on your next special outing.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.

 

SS-RP046 Photo Basics

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Thursday Afternoon

Becka Rahn

Don’t know your MB from your DPI? This session, designed especially for artists, will help you with the vocabulary of digital photographs. Every publication, show jury, and call-for-entry has a different set of rules for your images. Learn how to re-size, crop, and rename your images to fit the requirements for submitting them and most importantly to translate and unravel the requirements with confidence. We will do a number of practice exercises and have time for questions and answers.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

 

 

SS-RP047 Spinning Techniques: Drafting

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Thursday Afternoon

Andrea Mielke Schroer

Experience several drafting methods—long draw, short draw, point of twist, from the fold, and more; as well as discuss woolen and worsted yarn preparation and which drafting methods are best suited to each.

A spinning wheel or e-spinner will be required.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.

 

 

SEMINARS

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

 

S-RP048 Countermarch: Understanding and Tying the Countermarch

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Thursday Afternoon

Joanne Hall

Though it sounds like a mysterious and complex weaving loom, the countermarch is actually a very simple way to tie up loom treadles. A jack and lamm are added to each shaft of a counterbalance loom to make it a countermarch. That great shed you have heard about is not a myth, but stories about countermarch may be, and we will dispel any thoughts of difficulty in this presentation of how the countermarch works.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.