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Saturday July 7, 2018

  Saturday July 7, 2018

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  9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Elkind_Collage to TapestryCollage to Tapestry Cartoon
Saturday, Sunday
Molly Elkind Discover how collage can generate lots of spontaneous designs for tapestry. Investigate what makes a good design and how to translate a collage’s colors, textures and lines into a weavable cartoon for tapestry.   Do hands-on design work and be ready to weave when you return home.

Prerequisite: familiarity with basic tapestry techniques is helpful.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Intermediate.


Zugish_copper sculptinh_200xCopper Wire Sculpting Closed

Judy Zugish Here is a miniature sculpture twined with copper wire so you see the verticals of prepared willow bark.  This is a blend of techniques and materials allows for great shaping opportunities.  The piece is small and fits lightly in the lap for weaving and suitable for all levels who likefine work. 

Materials Fee: $25. Level: All.




Saulson_Designing_for Creative Weaving
Designing for Creative Weaving  Closed
Sarah Saulson Weaving is a unique creative medium that asks us to make many design decisions before we even touch our yarn. That can seem intimidating, but in this hands-on class you’ll learn an approach to simplify and demystify the process. We’ll spend the day approaching design in a step-by-step fashion, considering fiber content, sett, dimensions, the interaction of color and pattern, and weave structure to make it easier for you to create your own wonderful, personal handwovens.
Prerequisite:  Must be able to warp a loom and a read a draft.   
Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.

Leutger_felt_200xFelted Landscape Closed
Lela Luetger With an inspiration piece as a guide, participants will use wool roving to lay out a background piece, then wet felt to a soft felt stage. Using a felting needle, they will add layers of roving to “paint” the details of the picture. Finally wool yarns and other embellishments will be added to complete the tapestry-like landscape.

Materials Fee: $18. Level: All.



Lancaster_inkleLoom_200xInkle Loom Weaving  Closed
Daryl Lancaster This lightweight, portable, inexpensive two shaft loom makes beautiful bands, belts, and trims.  Using a digital presentation participants will learn to make heddles, follow a draft and warp the inkle loom. Proper techniques for weaving a tight even band with good selvedges will be explained. An intermediate technique of 2:1 Baltic pick-up will also be demonstrated for interesting design options. Participants will be able to finish a small project by the end of the day. Inkle loom required. Bring your own or reserve with instructor.*

Materials Fee: $25. Level: Beginner.


James_Sprang_200xIntro to Sprang  Closed
Carol James Sprang is an ancient technique resulting in very elastic cloth for bags or any type of garment. Participants will receive an introduction to the basic stitch, a frame with ready-to-go warp, instruction on some basic patterns, finishing techniques, leaving with a sample and second project.

Materials Fee: $35. Level: Beginner.


Gaskell Kumihimo on the edgeKumihimo on the Edge   Closed
Adrienne Gaskell  Learn the basics of using a marudai for making fiber braids using traditional style multi-thread Japanese fibers while making this sophisticated necklace. The class will cover: Handling of multi-strand fibers, easy marudai set-up, proper hand movements, and how to incorporate metal rings into braids. Marudai required*. 
Prerequisite: Marudai experience helpful, but not required.

Materials Fee: $45. Level: All.


Sewing with Handwovens   Closed
Joan Berner Learn sewing techniques that will help you appropriately and successfully sew your handwoven fabric. Discover effective ways to layout a pattern, finish seams, safely reduce bulk in specific areas, create smooth facing and neckline edges, alternative neckline and armhole finishes, closure options and hems will also be covered.
Prerequisite: Should have basic, simple sewing skills.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.



Start Silk Painting 
Erin Miller Students will cover all the basics of silk painting, from supplies & preparation to paint application & finishing. By first practicing on hankies, then moving up to a full-sized scarf, students will learn how to control the uniquely fluid paint using various tools & resists.

Materials Fee: $25. Level: Beginner.



Romatka_viking_knitViking Knitting:  Trichinopoly on a Dowel
Marilyn Romatka  Also called “Viking Chain Netting” and “Viking Weaving”, this jewelry technique is done with neither knitting needles nor a loom, but instead with thin wire on a dowel! This technique can be used to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The chain looks exquisite and complicated, but the process is simple and straightforward. This is a great portable handicraft you can do on the go. 

Materials Fee: $20. Level: Beginner.



Stephenie Gaustad  Fiber preparation and drafting technique leave their imprint on your yarn. Learn what to expect from carded/combed materials and how drafting technique can affect yarn appearance and behavior. From the same fleece, prove that “woolen” yarn becomes elastic and warm while the worsted version is lean and lustrous. This class focuses on yarn characteristics as well as hands on spinning and fiber prep. Spinning wheel or spindle required*.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Intermediate

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

 A Pictionary of Weaving Structures Closed
Saturday morning
Marcy Petrini What’s the difference between overshot and monks’ belts? What does Bronson lace look like? With a Pictionary, the most common weave structures are discussed; the Pictionary includes a description of the structure, a close up photo, a drawdown, how to extend it to more-than-four, and ideas for “best use” options
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: Beginner.










Anderson_JoiningsBeautiful Joinings for Pin Loom Squares, etc.
Saturday morning
Rosanne Anderson Got bunches of lonely little squares? (crochet squares, too?) Now what? When the usual crochet method just isn't right, then this class will be helpful. Learn some lovely joinings to show off your delicate work, explore/share several different methods, and enjoy a few hours of finishing what you began!
Prerequisites: Should be comfortable with single crochet and simple sewing with thread/yard and needle.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: All.


Crimp Cloth Primer: Warp Crimp   Closed  
Saturday morning
Dianne Totten Learn the basic thought process to give you a start on creating crimp cloth.  An overview of warp crimp will be presented through lecture, visual presentation, and hands-on activity.  See how the fabric can be used for entire garments or replace knitted ribbing on a garment. 
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: All.




Martin_takes_five_200xIt Takes Five to Weave--A Beginner’s Primer
Saturday morning
Patricia Martin In this seminar we will go over the five key parts to successfully place a warp on the loom and weave the cloth. We will discuss choices for materials, structures, techniques for threading and equipment. The goal of this seminar is for you to know you are not alone in your weaving. It Takes Five: planning, warping, dressing, weaving and finishing.

Materials Fee: $3. Level: Beginner.





Loom and Spinning Wheel Maintenance
Saturday morning
Terry Dwyer Spinning and weaving—craft, imagination, enjoyment, skill – AND a loom that is all squared up, wobble-free and working smoothly.  AND a wheel that is clean, lubricated, and spinning true.  This session will present ways to achieve these goals, answer your questions and diagnose any problem equipment you bring along.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.



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


Dam_Borders_200xBorders and Selvages Inspired by Ancient Techniques   Closed
Saturday morning
Inge Dam Many types of borders and selvages have been found on ancient textiles. These types of borders could be tablet woven borders, side borders, finishing borders, tubular selvages, and twisted cord selvages. The students will be introduced to these types of borders and selvages through a brief historical review. How the borders can be woven simultaneously with a piece of fabric on the loom will be demonstrated.

Materials Fee: $3. Level: Beginner.


Introduction to Rigid Heddle 
Saturday morning
Deborah Jarchow Have you heard that warping a ridged heddle loom is difficult and complicated?  During this demonstration you will see just how easy it is to set up a rigid heddle loom and begin weaving.  With very little experience, you can easily weave beautiful fabric for scarves, bags, pillows, and so much more.  Let yourself learn about a new way to use your yarn. 

Materials Fee: $2. Level: Beginner.




dunning_tartan_200xThe Colorful History of Tartan
Saturday morning
Melissa Weaver Dunning Once a colorful pattern woven and worn by Scottish highlanders, tartan was outlawed by the British government after the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745.  The story of how tartan came to be both a fashion icon and a national symbol of Scotland is full of fascinating characters and stories.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.



Marsh Sublimation close up imageTips for Creating Large Bead Art on a Loom
Saturday morning
Susan Marsh Beading on a loom is easy.  But if you want to make something larger than a bracelet, it would be nice to know it will work.  I can recommend warping techniques and materials and design software that have worked.  My largest piece is 19”x35”.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.


Spady Wicked Good Weaving ImageWicked Good Weaving
Saturday morning
Robyn Spady Some weaves are just plain fun and intriguing.  But not all weaves fall into a tidy category and are worthy of their own seminar.  However, they’re still worth a look. In this seminar, Robyn shares a smörgåsbord of some of her favorite weaves from four- to eight-shafts.  Participants will leave with inspiration for their next project and a spiral-bound handout of the drafts.
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $3. Level: Intermediate.


3-HOUR SEMINAR Afternoon

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

Drafting Basics 
Saturday afternoon
Dianne Totten With lecture and drafting exercises, work through the basics of twill, the largest family of weave structures.  The twill circle, twill ratios, and fancy twill included, with emphasis on figuring out tie-ups.  Learn how to vary threading and treadling to design your own unique cloth.
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

Anderson_locker Hooking Fabulous and Fun Locker Hooking
Saturday afternoon
Rosanne Anderson What a fantastic way to use up tons of stash or "questionable" yarn, resulting in a beautiful product and almost instant gratification! A quick fiber art - students can see their progress as opposed to the delicate, ultra-fine garments lots of us never seem to get finished. Come and relax!

Materials Fee: $40. Level: All




Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving: Weave a Pin Loom Mug Rug with Flowers & Bee  


Saturday afternoon
Margaret Stump An introduction to weaving with pin looms. We will weave a pin loom mug rug with flower and bee embellishments. Participants will learn to weave with both a 2" and 4" pin loom, weaving the flowers, a 3-D bee, and one or two 4" squares to construct the embellished coasters.4" pin loom required*.

Materials Fee: $8. Level: Beginner.


Spady Gizmos ImageGizmos and Gadgets for Better Weaving
Saturday afternoon
Robyn Spady Some of the best weaving tools were not originally designed for weavers. However, they can make weaving easier or provide solutions to the everyday challenges that leave weavers frustrated or scratching their heads.  Some of these are “weaving hacks”, some of these are repurposed tools, and some defy definition.

Materials Fee: $3. Level: Beginner.






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

L'Amour de Maman - Acadian Weaving
Saturday afternoon
Melissa Weaver Dunning Learn about the fascinating history of the Acadian people in Canada, the Great Expulsion and their odyssey to reach Louisiana. Also 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.



Message in a Pattern
Saturday afternoon
Angela Schneider Create original patterns by encoding words or phrases into woven textiles. Name drafting allows you to embed meaning into your cloth and create signature designs which can be interpreted in many different structures.  In this seminar, we’ll turn language into a number sequence, profile draft, and finally a weaving draft.
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $1. Level: Intermediate.


Traveling Bead Studio
Saturday afternoon
Jenny Schu If you frequently find yourself on the road or just bouncing around town, there are many situations where you can sit and bead (or work on other projects).  Although this is bead-focused it will have many other tips and tricks to keep things from unraveling, what can be put down easily and things to do while waiting for an oil change.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.


Your Fabric Is Not Always a Painting Closed
Saturday afternoon
Marcy Petrini The most important factor for color interactions in our fabrics is the interlacement, so that's where our color considerations should start. The old or new color theories don't address yarn size, texture, fiber content, and warp and weft float length, but all of which play a key role.
Prerequisite: Should have a basic weaving knowledge.

Materials Fee: $10. Level: Beginner.






Complete List of Supplies Required for Classes