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Summer 2016 MLH Workshops

Hope College

Holland Michigan

June 3, 4, 5, 2016


Four-Color Double Weave - Su Butler
Learn the basic principles of weaving parallel threadings and treadlings utilizing color rotations that allow four colors to appear on the surface of the cloth!    Useable color theory, actual woven samples and lecture will enable students to weave a sampler of beautiful fabrics in class.  Students will learn how to draft 4CDW designs and weave them on their own.


Collage Vest: Made with your hand woven fabric scraps - Mary Sue Fenner
Finally, a class to use your scraps of hand woven fabrics. You will learn how to pin fit your vest pattern for your body, make samples of collaging techniques using your hand woven scraps, then we will design your vest using your scraps.

Dyeing for Blue:  Indigo with Shibori Techniques- Jennifer Gould
The seemingly mysterious dye, INDIGO, used throughout the world but famous for its special development in Japan. Students will have their own indigo pot, learn about the history and use of indigo around the world while stitching their fabric, and  develop a basic library of stitches in order to design pieces using shibori.  Fabric, yarn, and small pieces of clothing (shirts/blouses, thin fabric dresses, small jackets, scarves) can be dyed.


Working with Thickened Dye - Susie Krage
Fiber reactive dyes are very versatile, especially when thickened. They lend themselves to a wide variety of techniques that allow the user to develop many layers of pattern and texture on fabric.  Techniques to be explored will include hand painting, mono-printing, stamping, silk screening, creating textures and much more.


Color and Design in Huck Lace Towels - Rosalie Neilson
The structure of Huck Lace provides a treasure trove of design opportunities for weavers. It is a shaft-efficient weave structure where an 8-shaft loom can produce six blocks of design; and a 4-shaft loom can produce a myriad of different ways to combine textures of warp/weft floats with plain weave. Weavers will learn how “blocks” or units of huck lace are threaded on four and eight shafts, and how they can be combined to expand design possibilities.


Exploring Krokbragd on a Multi-Shaft Loom - Joan Sheridan
In this workshop you will learn the basics of weaving Krokbragd. Students will weave a sampler that demonstrates different patterns and color combinations and will create a pattern with weaving instructions for a piece they will begin in class and complete at home. Krokbragd is slow weaving, but the results are worth it!
Crimp and Create - Dianne Totten
This is an on-loom workshop taking fiber in a new direction by creating “crimp cloth.”  Using a variation of woven shibori for both warp and weft, learn to create fabric with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed.  What is even more exciting is that Dianne Totten will be back at MLH in 2017 to provide you with a workshop on “Sewing wth Crimp Cloth.”


Theo Moorman Adapted for Clothing - Heather Winslow
The Theo Moorman inlay technique allows you to create an isolated image or "picture" of any shape or size wherever desired on the surface of the background cloth.  The results are similar to tapestry but it is faster and less labor intensive. Its versatility will become apparent on completion of 10 samples on your pre-warped 4-Harness loom.


In-depth information will be posted on the website next month.  Workshop booklets will be mailed to members and should reach their mailboxes by the end of December. 

19th Biennial Fiber Show

Dear MLH Members,

The Dennos Museum Center and the Northland Weavers and Fiber Arts Guild in Traverse City are very excited about hosting the MLH 2016 Biennial Exhibition March 20-May 29, 2016. The opening reception with a talk from the juror will be Saturday evening March 19.  The gallery space is large so we challenge you to think big. Time to go to your studio and make wonderful fiber art.

I want to make you aware of a few changes for next year’s exhibit. We are very lucky to have Phyllis Fredendall, Fiber Instructor from Finlandia University in Hancock jury the exhibit. The Dennos Museum will be hanging a number of exhibits which all open the same weekend. We need time to prepare our galleries and make sure your pieces are hung professionally.  The exhibit will be pre-juried by photo images which are due to the Dennos by Feb. 28, 2016.

If you want more information about the Dennos Museum Center visit www.dennosmuseum.org

If you have questions about the exhibit please contact Terry Tarnow, 231-995-1587 at Dennos, 231-499-7012 home or email ttarnow@nmc.edu.

We in Traverse City look forward to accepting your wonderful work and having you visit our first class museum. Look in the next newsletter for information on hotels and TC guild members who are will to host you during the opening.

Please note if you picked up an early application at the MLH Conference please discard and download the updated copy


MLH Biennial Exhibit Information
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MLH Biennial Entry Form
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