Two Day Seminars

Two Day Seminars - Saturday and Sunday


300 - From Evening Bags to Market Bags - Dianne Totten 

Class Size: 10 


Bags, purses, and totes - create a carrying vessel of any shape or size. You may already have fabric in your stash, handwoven or not, that is suitable for a bag. If not, weave sturdy fabric using yarn or rags. From elegant to simple and functional, choose from patterns provided, have fun creating your own unique project, or bring a commercial pattern. Using a PowerPoint presentation, you will be guided in every step of the planning and construction of your chosen bag. The first session will focus on planning and creativity. We will take a field trip to Field’s Fabrics in Holland to shop for extra supplies or that special something to make your bag unique. The goal is to use the remaining three sessions to complete your project. The ability to use a sewing machine is necessary. 



Dianne Totten will also be presenting a three day workshop on "Sewing With Crimp Cloth:

Supply List - From Evening Bags to Marke[...]
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301 - Ply-Splitting: Beyond the Basics - Barbara J. Walker 

Class Size:  12


Skill Level: They must be experienced ply-splitters, intermediate to advanced—no beginners! 


Materials Fee (participants pay instructor directly). $40, includes book and handouts 


Ply-splitting borrows techniques from weaving in this seminar. In Part I, learn how to interpret weave structures in ply-split braiding by using the drawdown portion of a weaving draft. Any single-layer weave structure is suitable, no matter the number of shafts. Applications include baskets, narrow bands or belts, and a variety of mats. In  Part II you will analyze intricate, ornate and colorful passementerie bands, known as galons, and create their counterparts with ply-split darning. In addition, we will discuss various finishing techniques. You do not have to be a weaver to enjoy these exciting adaptations, but you do need to be an experienced ply-splitter. This is not for beginners. 


Participants need: E-mail access; prescribed number of 4-ply cords for projects; appropriate size gripfid; note-taking materials; colored pencils; graph paper; PVA glue (Sobo); tapestry needle; thread that matches darning cords; thread and scrap cord for practice splicing; magnifying glass; scissors; masking tape; extra light, if desired; ply-splitting pieces for show & tell.


Barbara J Walker will also be teaching a three day workshop on "Supplementary Warp Patterning"

2017 Conference and Workshops.pdf
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