100 - Off-Loom Bead-weaving - Anne Kornow
Class Size: 12
Materials Fee (participants pay instructor directly). $25
Off-Loom Bead-weaving is a family of beadwork techniques in which seed beads are woven together using thread and needle to create flat “fabric”, tubular pieces or three- dimensional art such as earrings, rings, bracelets, amulet bags, vessels or even boxes. Different stitches and techniques produce distinctive textures, shapes, and patterns. Bead weaving requires a single thread on a needle (no warp threads), and picking up one or more beads at a time in a specific pattern. Because it is difficult to work with a thread that is longer than your wingspan, you will learn when/how to add more thread within the “tapestry” that is woven. Morning instruction will include: bead sizes and types; needles, thread and conditioning; starting, ending, adding thread; tips for precision/success; and flat weaving techniques (including practice) for ladder, brick, herringbone (Ndebele), even/and odd count peyote stitches and fringe. The afternoon will allow students to apply and practice morning instruction in order to design and make a pair of earrings using ladder and brick stitch. Favorite books, online resources, and samples showing use of stitches will be discussed. Tubular weaving will be demonstrated if time allows.
Students Should Bring: small, sharp (embroidery style) scissors, pencil, beeswax, task lamp, if possible, and reading glasses!
Materials Provided to Keep: needles, practice beads, size 11 seed beads and bugle beads for earrings, ear wires, 4mm jump rings, beading mat, handouts
Materials Provided to Share: thread, tools, other beads and beadwork samples, some extras of the above supplies
101 - Shibori- Shaped resists and relief surfaces - Susan Moran
Class Size: 10
Materials Fee: (participants pay instructor directly). $15
In this seminar we will concentrate on creating textured and sculpted fabrics using bound resist techniques. By focusing on certain silk and polyester fabrics and heated dyeing techniques we will make a series of shaped, dyed fabrics suitable for collage, wall reliefs, or clothing details. Students will be introduced to several Japanese shibori techniques ideal for creating relief surfaces. We will prepare acid dye baths for dyeing and shaping the silk fabric. Students will come away with a series of small shaped fabric samples, and the instructor's treasure trove of dyed and shaped fabric samples will be available for study and discussion.
Playtex-type rubber gloves, not disposable, smock or work clothes, scissors, seam ripper, needle and thread- thread must be "Craft" or "Hand Quilting," or similar very strong thread that resist breaking when you pull hard on it. Handful of marbles, bottle caps, medium to large buttons or beads, corks, pebbles or similar small objects that can go in hot water and do not have sharp edges, 1 or 2 rolls of dental floss, 1 ball of very strong light-to-medium-weight string, preferably cotton. Fabric- 1 to 2 yds. polyester organza, chiffon, satin or other light-to-medium-weight polyester fabrics. You may bring a variety of small pieces (1/4- 1/2 yd size) of a number of kinds, colors, even patterned fabrics, as long as they are 100% polyester. 1 yd. of silk fabric suitable for shaping will be provided by the instructor. If you'd like to bring additional silk fabric, look for silk crepe de chine, chiffon, or lightweight silk satin. We will be making dyebaths for the silk fabric, so buy white or pale colored silk. optional but handy: hair dryer, iron, extension cord
102 - Weaving Krokbragd Sheep on an Inkle Loom - Joan Sheridan
Class Size: 12
Skill level: Beginning to Intermediate. Must know how to warp and weave on an inkle loom.
Materials Fee: (participants pay instructor directly) $15 (yarn, handouts, weaving aids)
Band weaving is a great way to take your weaving on the road. If you already know how to weave simple plain weave on an inkle, then krokbragd is a great “next step.” When we think of band weaving we general- ly think of guitar or camera straps, for example, woven in striking colorful repetitive patterns. Then there is the version of band weaving that allows you to use pick up to create intricate designs, which is really cool, but requires a bit more attention. This version of band weaving is loom controlled and it allows you to make pictures. Krokbragd falls between simple plain weave and pick up in complexity. In this class we will make a flock of sheep standing all in a row. You will learn how to set up the loom and how to weave a krokbragd motif. You will also learn how to design for this weaving method so that you can make your own traditional or unique designs.
inkle loom (see NOTE), sharp scissors, table clamp (if you use one to secure your loom while warping and weaving). 40 double heddles premade to your inkle.
For Joan’s instructions for making heddles to http://heritagespinning.com/free-stu / then scroll down for a link to a short video.
PLEASE NOTE: the Ashford Inklette and similar compact inkle looms are not appropriate for this technique. Looms are avail- able for purchase through the instructor for a 10% discount if ordered prior to May 1.