Cameron Taylor Brown

Color in Cloth: The Weaves You Want and Why


Class Size: 15 

Skill Level: This workshop is appropriate for any weaver who can read a basic weave draft. 

Material Fee: (participants pay instructor directly) Folders and assorted weft yarns provided by instructor for $25 per student.  


Weave structures mix color in very different ways. How do we determine what weaves are "right" for what we have in mind? View weavings from inspirational museum textile collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York, supplemented by images and woven samples from Cameron’s own stash. Explore a wide range of weaving across different cultures and time periods and closely examine how weave choices dramatically affect our perception of color in cloth. Make samples that use a variety of weave structures to mix colors for specific visual effects, and create an original design with your new weave and color vocabulary. Students will need to bring a notebook, pencil, clear tape, scissors, graph paper, shuttles, bobbins, bobbin winder if possible - and a pre-warped loom threaded in a 4 shaft straight draw, 8-10 inches wide, 4 yards long plus waste, sett for a balanced 4 shaft twill weave, in any color. (Use warp yarn ranging from 800 yards per pound to 3,300 yards per pound) If you have more than 4 shafts, then by all means, use them! For example, on an 8 shaft loom, do a straight draw or group draws of 1-4 and 5-8. (Any questions about sett, color or threading, students can email me) A magnifying or pick glass is helpful, but not required. Camera suggested for visual note-taking. 

Cameron Taylor Brown will also be teaching three seminars during conference.



Saturday Afternoon

108 - Get Ready, Get Sett, GO!  - Cameron Taylor Brown


Class Size: 15 

Skill Level:  This seminar is appropriate for any weaver who can read a basic weave draft.

Material Fee: (participants pay instructor directly) $2 per student will cover yarns and additional handouts. 


Many handweavers guess at sett by winding yarn around a ruler. There is another way to determine sett simply and accurately. For many years, the textile industry used the Ashenhurst Formula, which provides easy mathematical calculations for spun yarns that account for fiber, yarn type, weave and end use. This session will reveal the secrets of the Ashenhurst Formula. In a hands-on, practical exploration, we'll move between yarn samples and paper and pencil computations, focusing only on simple calculations that are of immediate use to handweavers. 


Sunday Morning

203 - Simply Stripes: Essential Patterns for Woven Cloth – Cameron Taylor Brown


Class Size: 15

Skill Level: Beginner

Material Fee: (participants pay instructor directly) Assorted papers, oil pastels and yarns $5 


Stripes have been an integral part of textile design throughout human history. View woven samples and images from Cameron’s own collection as well as from the Cooper Hewitt in New York, the Textile Museum in Washington D.C, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nuno, Lena Rahoult and others. Examine the design elements of color, texture, weave and proportion in stripes, and explore these ideas in your own quick compositions with yarns, pastels and colored paper. Discuss how these “sketches” could be translated into woven cloth. Students should bring a pencil, clear tape, scissors, glue stick, 12” ruler with metal edge, 6-8 pieces of letter or legal–sized paper. Camera suggested for visual note-taking. 


Sunday Afternoon

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


Class Size: 15 

Skill Level: Beginner

Material Fee: (participants pay instructor directly) Assorted yarns provided by me 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. 

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