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Sunday July 8, 2018

 Sunday July 8, 2018

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 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Simpson_ConncetionsConnections, Layers, and Pockets  Closed
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. Loom required*.

Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and read a draft.

Materials Fee: $20. Level: Intermediate.
Other Double weave classes:
Double Weave Workshop
                                                                Double Weave Drafting


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Custom Fit and Fabulous  Closed
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.
Prerequisite: Some sewing experience is helpful. 

Materials Fee: $20. Level: All.


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Double Heddles on the Rigid Heddle Loom  Closed
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 ways. Rigid Heddle loom required*. 

Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: Intermediate.


Double Weave Workshop  Closed
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. Loom required*.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: Intermediate.
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L'Amour de Maman - Acadian Weaving 
Sunday, Monday

Melissa Weaver Dunning L’Amour de Maman or Acadian dowry fabrics were woven with 2 harnesses and a few simple techniques. Weavers of all levels will be amazed at the possible variations of pattern.  Students will weave samples of weaving from early French Canada and Louisiana: couverture de mariage, a la planche, boutonne, cordonne. Loom required*.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and be able to read a draft. Being able to work with weaving software is an advantage.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.

Parallel Threadings are the Weaver’s Playground  (Closed)
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.This is not a round-robin workshop.loom required*.Four-shafts minimum. Eight-shafts highly recommended.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: Intermediate.

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Rosepath Rag Rugs 
Sunday, Monday
Nancy Crampton  Explore four-shaft Rosepath using cloth strips to weave rugs and table runner-weight fabrics. Participants will bring threaded table or small looms. Samples will be woven using all cloth strips, cloth strips with a tabby weft, and with two different cloth strips on opposites. Included will be information on preparing the cloth, estimating amounts needed, wisth of strips and basic rug weaving techniques. Material fees includes all cloth wefts and handouts.   Loom required*.

Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom.

Materials Fee: $4. Level: Intermediate






Intermediate Sprang: Lace  Closed

Carol James So you’ve already dabbled in sprang, but now you 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. Return home with a lace creation all your own. Sprang Loom required*.
Prerequisite: Must be comfortable with basic sprang, know ow to warp the frame, and work the interlinking stitch.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: Intermediate.
Band Weaving, Backstrap with a Rigid Heddle Loom Closed
Joanne Hall  Traditional 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. Students keep the Band Weaving Loom.
Materials Fee: $30. Level: Beginner.


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Bow Loom Weaving
Marilyn Romatka Bow Loom weaving 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.

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Drafting, Key to Design  Closed
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. 
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: All.

It's in the Bag! A Felted Purse Workshop  Closed
Lela Luetger  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.

Weave a Pin Loom Spirit Horse  
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. Pin loom required*.
Prerequisite: Must be able to wind and weave on a 4"pin loom.

Materials Fee: $14. Level: All.


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

Chenille, the Woven Yarn  Closed
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.
Materials Fee: $10. Level: Intermediate

Intro to Inkle Weaving Closed
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. Inkle loom required*.

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.


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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.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and read a draft.
Materials Fee: $10. Level: Beginner.

Petrini_plain weaveThere is Nothing Plain about Plain Weave  Closed 
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.
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $15. Level: Beginner.




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

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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.


Taylor Shadow Weave ImageThe History and Mystery of Shadow Weave  Closed
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.




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


Gaustad_ CloudCloud Preparation  Closed
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.

Materials Fee: $5. Level: All.


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. 
Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: Intermediate.



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Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts  Closed
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.




Kennard_high_twisted_YarnsThe 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.
Prerequisite: Must be able to warp a loom and read a draft.

Materials Fee: $0. Level: All.




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

Neilson_kumihimoKumihimo:  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.


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Understanding Lace Weaves  Now Open
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.

Berner_ Entry_acceptedYeah! 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.

Complete List of Supplies Required for Classes