Sunday Afternoon Seminars

209 - Spice It Up: From Bland to Beautiful – Cameron Taylor Brown 

Class Size: 15 

Skill Level: Beginner 

Materials Fee: (participants pay instructor directly) Assorted yarns provided by instructor for $5 per student.


For centuries, we have known that adding the right spice can transform bland food into the truly exceptional. The same is true with textiles. Discover how to “spice up” your weaving, knitting, or crochet by adding just a touch of special yarn. Examine images and samples of “spicy” textiles, make simple yarn wrappings and experiment with accent yarns to make bland into beautiful. Discuss how your wrappings can translate into weaving, knitting or crochet.



Students need to bring a pencil, scissors, clear tape, a large-eye tapestry needle and two 4” by 12” pieces of stiff cardboard. Camera suggested for visual note-taking. 

210 - Transfer Collage on Silk - Pat Brown 

Class Size:  12 

Materials fee: (participants pay instructor directly) $10 for scarf and dyes.


Let’s relax and have stress free fun. This is a two step transfer process using acid dyes. The first step is wonderfully messy and we’ll work outside. The second step is so easy and fun that I’ve done it with five year olds and so clean that I‘ve done a class in someone’s living room. Come have fun and leave with a beautiful unique silk scarf. 

211 - Digital Weave Design - Marg Coe 

Class Size: 15

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced Beginner weaver/weave design.  Should be familiar with weaving vocabulary.

Materials Fee: (participants pay instructor directly) $13 for USB & Handouts


Designing lift plans using graphics design software is one of the latest additions to our arsenal of weaving tools. Among the structures covered (time permitting) are: twills, satins, double weave, double-faced, diversified plain weave, deflected double weave, 3-dimensions, tied weaves, polychrome summer & winter, jin, and taqueté. Digital design is appropriate for looms of 16 shafts or more. Come find out what all the excitement is about!



Note Taking Supplies

212 - Weaving With Space Dyed yarns -  Bobbie Irwin (Seminar is Full)

Class Size: 15

Skill Level: beginner to intermediate 


Space-dyed and other variegated yarns are enticing, yet can be frustrating to work with effectively. Learn how to make the best use of them in both warp and weft, and how to help predict the results. 



Note Taking Supplies

213 - Couture Braids and Trim - Robyn Spady

Class Size: 15

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Materials fee: (participants pay instructor directly) $5 for handouts.


Braids and trim is one of the many items included under the passementerie umbrella. Fashion have a long history of using braids and trim to enhance their garments. It’s often one of the distinguishing characteristics of a French cardigan-style jacket made famous by Coco Chanel. There are a multitude of different techniques used to create trim from a wide variety of materials. In this hands-on class, participants will explore a variety of different techniques that require simple tools and minimal equipment.



Students will need a clipboard with old-fashioned style clip, medium-sized binder clip, scissors, leftover yarns, ribbons, etc.

214 - Planning and Sewing Garments with Handwoven Cloth - Linda Van Andel and Julie Hurd 

Skill Level: All

Class Size: 15

Materials fee: (participants pay instructor directly) $10 for handouts. Students should bring note-taking materials including a camera if they wish to photograph garments.


Are you interested in creating a special garment from your handwoven cloth, but not sure how begin? Take this seminar to learn how to design, weave and finish fabric that you can confidently cut and sew it into a well-fitting garment suited to your body type and style. 


This seminar will cover the basic principles of project planning including selection of suitable patterns, weave structures, and yarns. Adapting patterns designed for commercial fabrics will be addressed as will cutting a pattern from a purchased garment in your wardrobe. Sewing techniques particularly useful on handwoven will be covered. Participants will be guided through the entire planning process from initial inspiration to completed garment using planning forms and information provided by the instructors. Simple “weavers’ math” will be explained so that you can calculate how much fabric you will need to weave as well how much yarn to purchase. The instructors will share examples of their award-winning art-to-wear for inspiration and examination Expect to leave this seminar with a step-by-step plan for your next weaving project. 


Previous experience sewing with handwoven is not required.



Participants are encouraged to bring patterns, yarn, and/or fabric they are considering; others may wish to bring pictures, questions, and ideas. 

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