Su Butler is a lifelong weaver. She earned a B.F.A. in Fibers and Watercolor painting in 1977 from The University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, Colorado. For 43+ years Su has been fascinated with the process of interlacing threads to form cloth. Utilizing hand dyeing, painting, and/or surface design techniques, Su enhances and enriches her yarns, then weaves in simple and complex weave structures, sometimes embellishing during and after the weaving process. From plain weave on 4 shafts with handpainted and embellished silk noil yarns, to complex structures on 24 shafts with very fine silk yarn, to complex interlacements on the drawloom, every aspect of interlacing threads and creating fabric intrigues her. “I have always loved to work with my hands, beginning weaving at age three. To me weaving is a tactile dialogue. Given limited elements and equipment restrictions, I, the weaver, am presented with creative questions, each answer leading to another question, each experience helping to push me beyond my limits, allowing me to grow as a craftsperson and artist.”
Su's first book,Understanding Rayon Chenille, was released in December 2002, and re-issued as a CD in August 2009. She has numerous articles published in HANDWOVEN and WEAVERS magazines and The Complex Weavers Journal. Su is currently working to finish a new book on Tied Weaves.
Learn the basic principles of weaving parallel threadings and treadlings utilizing color rotations that allow four colors to appear on the surface of the cloth! Useable color theory, actual woven samples and lecture will enable students to weave a sampler in class, and looms will have enough warp prepared to weave a full sized scarf when sampler is completed.Intermediate skill level required. Students MUST be able to prepare the loom and have some concept of regular Doubleweave. This is NOT a workshop for rank beginners. 8 Shaft Table looms only
Class Limit: 15