Rosalie Neilson loves using color and geometric design in her weavings and kumihimo braiding. An avid designer and teacher, she was featured in a 2-hour DVD by Interweave Press called Rep Weave. She publishes regularly in weaving and braiding journals and maintains an active teaching schedule throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Her curiosity about unique patterns lead her to publish two recent books. One is for kumihimo enthusiasts called Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Linesfeaturing 1,157 unique 2-color patterns for the kumihimo braid structure Kongō Gumi. The other book is for designers and weavers interested in symmetric block designs called An Exaltation of Blocks. It is a two volume set featuring a toolkit of Design Pages and Transparent Overlays for developing 4- to 8-block patterns.
The structure of Huck Lace provides a treasure trove of design. 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 4- and 8-shaft looms. Discussions will focus on converting a profile draft into a threading and treadling, and how literally thousands of designs can be created within a single threading by changing the tie-up. The Workshop begins with a slide lecture.
Class Limit: 16