Workshops

Registration Opens January 4, 2021

301 - In the Boro Spirit - Lisa Binkley

February 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 2021 10 AM-Noon each day for all students

February 4, 9, 11, 2021 10 AM-Noon each day for individual consultation, open to all students

 

Class Size: 14

Skill Level: open to all levels, but some hand sewing experience required

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: None

 

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2021

 

Boro mending, kantha cloth, the Quilts of Gee's Bend. Each of these evokes images of old, worn fabrics, simply but beautifully stitched for a new purpose out of need and salvaged cloth. Born of necessity in diverse cultures worldwide, contemporary fiber artists can learn much from these traditions both technically and aesthetically. In this workshop we explore the traditions that created these textiles and then look to them for inspiration.

 

Beginning with pieces of old fabrics, especially those with personal meaning—vintage linens, pieces of worn jeans, even bits of blankets or tattered garments—we select, curate, layer, and hand stitch them into new looks and new life. Techniques explored include non- traditional hand piecing and applique, hand quilting with various weights of threads, inclusion of repurposed embellishments such as shirt buttons and beads from old jewelry, as well as design considerations in creating our compositions. This workshop is a meditative blend of history, hand work, upcycling, and art making. This class is suitable for all levels of fiber artists. 

302 - Exercises in Color Blending and Texture - Jan Friedman

February 12, 2021 7-9 PM

February 13, 14, 19, 2021 10 AM – Noon and 2-4 PM.

Available for questions by email February 15-18, 2021

 

Class Size: 15

Skill Level: all levels

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: $ 65 (1 bag of yarn gradations, silk and cotton fabric strips)

 

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2021

 

This workshop will concentrate on teaching you how to weave slow color gradations using color groupings. This approach is effective not only in tapestries but also in rugs, table linens, and garments. It is possible to achieve wonderfully rich colors by combining numerous thin yarns of varying shades. By choosing different fibers such as rayon, wool, cotton, silk and metallic yarn, you also can add subtle textural interest to your work. Further textural effects will be explored by working with dyed silk and cotton fabric strips. Simple tapestry techniques will be used, making this workshop accessible to beginners: intermediate and advanced students are also welcome.

 

There will be prepackaged yarns, a small bag of contrast yarns and silk and cotton fabric strips for immediate experimentation. A variety of woven samples will be available in which color blending is used in the warp as well as the weft. Images of my work employing this technique will be shown. Participants should have a loom threaded at 6 epi; straight draw, 10” wide, 2 yards of natural carpet warp or cotton seine twine (12/6 or 12/9). 

303 - One of a Kind Jacket

Mary Sue Fenner

March 12, 19, and 26, 2021 10 AM-Noon all days, plus email availability March 12-30, 2021

 

Class Size: 12

Skill level: advanced beginner to Advanced

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: none

 

Registration Deadline: February 22, 2021

 

This class is designed for all fiber artists: weavers, felters, dyers, and surface designers—to inspire and help you make a beautiful, unique jacket from your own fabrics, during a week of fun. We’ll begin with a Mary Sue Jacket Trunk Show. With help you’ll choose a suitable style for you and your fabric (approx. 5 yards of 30′′ width), alter your pattern if needed, and sew, using contemporary and classic methods. Sewing machine in good  working order required. 

304 - Beginning Weft Faced Rugs

Nancy Crampton

April 8-9, 6-9 PM both days, April 10-11, 9:30 AM – 3 PM both days

 

Class Size: 15

Skill Level: need to be able to warp a loom, no rug weaving experience required

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: none, downloaded handouts available

 

Registration Deadline: March 4, 2021

 

Using 4-shaft looms, either table or floor, threaded in straight draw (1,2,3,4) with carpet warp, samples will be woven in plain weave, straight twill, broken twill, and krokbragdt.

 

Discussions and demonstrations will include choice of yarns for warp and weft, how to get perfect edges, finishing techniques, and how to plan designs specifically for rugs. 

305 - Four Color Double Weave - Su Butler

April 20, 22, 24, 2021 10 AM 1 PM and 2-5 PM all days (will include one-on-one time) 

 

Class Size: 15

Skill Level: Intermediate

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: $20

 

Registration Deadline: March 16, 2021

 

 

 

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 full sized scarf when sampler is completed.  Prior to class, students will pre-dress their loom to teacher specifications and have all weft materials required to weave to spec.  Students must be able to prepare the loom and have a basic understanding of the idea of Doubleweave. NOTE: 8 or more shaft table looms or compu-dobby floor looms are required for this class.

 

 

306 - Creating Drape in Handwoven Fabric Teresa Ruch

June 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11, 2021 1-4PM each day

 

Class Size: 25

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced. Need to be able to warp a shaft loom in straight draw

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: $100 (painted Tencel 2 yd warp, weft, and instructions)

 

Registration Deadline: April 26, 2021

 

The purpose of this workshop is to understand how drape can be created in a handwoven fabric. It is a combination of fiber characteristics, yarn twist, the sett (ends per inch), the weave structure or the number of intersections of yarn per inch and the finish of the fabric. These factors contribute to the drape of the fabric. Each of the participants will be given a painted/dyed warp ahead of time to warp their looms at a specific sett. This warp will be of either 5/2 tencel, 10/2 tencel or 3/2 tencel. Each participant will be sent a dyed/painted warps, warping instructions and wefts. Two sets of samples will be woven; one to be left as is and the other to be wet finished so you can see the change in the hand and drape. There should be enough left of the warp to weave a short/blazer scarf, 55 to 60 inches. Discussion will include the weight, drape and possible end use of each sample and why it would better for certain garments over another type. Information will be sent close to class. Lecture then time to weave. Recommend purchase of pick glass (google pick glass to see purchase options). 

307 - Weaving for the Absolute Beginner (and Returning Weavers)

Joan Sheridan

May 22 – individual consultation with each student by appointment (email will be sent);

June 21-25, approximately 9-11AM and 3-4 PM each day.

Class Size: 8

Skill Level: no previous weaving experience required

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: $80 - includes a full-color handbook with step-by-step instructions and lots of

extras, a tool box of weaving supplies, and two cones of 8/4 yarn (you may select the colors)

and shipping to the continental US.

 

Registration Deadline: May 17, 2021

 

Learn to weave on a multi-shaft loom in one week. Class is a combination of lecture and weaving. The class covers yarn selection and preparation (how to wind a warp), dressing the loom (attaching the warp to the loom), reading a pattern, weaving and finishing. You will learn terms that allow you to "talk like a weaver." In addition, you will learn about weaving ergonomics and efficiency, how to make selvedges of which you can be proud and many tips that will help you enjoy the entire weaving process. From one warp you'll weave a sampler and create enough fabric to make a tote bag or pillow.

 

Students must have: a 4 shaft loom in good working order with 12 dent reed that weaves a minimum of 16" and has a minimum of 48 heddles on each shaft, lease sticks of width to match loom, raddle to match loom width or at least 18" with clamps (blue and yellow Irwin Quick-Grip Clamps 12” recommended), boat shuttle with at least two empty bobbins, and a roll of brown paper (or stiff wall paper -- pasted is perfect) that is 18" wide and 3 yards long (but no wider than the warp beam), 6 beaming sticks (can be window blinds cut to loom width or 3/8” or ½” dowels), threading hook, sleying hook, yoga block or small box for positioning shafts, and glue stick. Tune up loom by tightening all bolts/screws/connections prior to class. You will also need a chair or bench for weaving.  An adjustable mechanics type stool is helpful for dressing the loom, but not mandatory.  PLEASE do not make any investments until speaking to the teacher who will help guide you through the supplies.

308 - MudCloth: Bogolanfini Modified

Judy Dominic

August 20-21, 10-Noon and 2-5 PM All Three Days; August 23, 10-11:30 AM and 2-3-3:30 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Size: 15

Skill Level: all levels

 

Workshop Fee: $200

Materials Fee: $24

 

Registration Deadline: July 9, 2021

 

The strikingly simple white design on black background cloth represents the serious artistic manner of communicating important cultural norms of village life in Mali, Africa. Learn about the traditional method of bogolanfini, dyeing cotton cloth with mud, as well as how that process can be modified to work outside of Mali. During the workshop you will create your own story designs using local muds on cotton and/or other natural fiber cloth. Connect with the earth and gain an appreciation of the Mali culture. Some supplies will be sent to you; a list of student-supplied materials and tools will be available after registration. 

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