Workshop Fee: $320.00. Materials Fees are not included in the workshop fee and are set by each instructor and will be collected at the time of registration.
Fair Isle Color Exploration
Spend three days exploring color knitting Fair Isle Style. Select from several preselected color sets (8 colors) and see how you can make them sing. Along the way you will learn a bit about the history of Shetland, explore the ins and outs of their colorful knitting style and get myriad tips for improving your general knitting. The end product will be a Fair Isle cap following the template provided. Previous stranded knitting experience is helpful, but not mandatory, although you must be comfortable knitting in the round. On the last day you will be introduced to designing a Fair Isle cap of your own design, including the kaleidoscopic crown.
Materials Fee is $70 and includes 8 full balls of yarn plus pattern and workbook.
Skill level: Previous stranded knitting experience helpful, but not mandatory.
Fabulous Felt Sampler Workshop - 3 Wet Felted 3-D Projects in 3-Days
Come and learn the basics of wet-felting, or expand your knowledge, in this fun-filled three-day workshop. During our felt exploration, there will be ample time for experimentation, as well as inspiration, as we create three fabulous pieces. On day one, we will create an earthy vessel; on day two we will continue with our exploration of three-dimensional seamless felting through the making of a bird pod; and on day three, we will finish up our time together with a beautiful felt hat with spiral pleating. We will focus on techniques, patterns, and concepts, using both open and closed resists to design our felt creations. This is a great introduction to 3-D felting…Watch as our flat felt pieces become three-dimensional.
Materials Fee: $75 (Includes the 3 project kits)
Skill Level: Suitable for all levels. Some standing involved. We will be rolling our felt which requires some physical exertion. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
Contemporary Embroidery: From Surface Design to the Stitched Mark
For those with an adventuresome spirit but looking to work in a slower, more contemplative textile method, students will use textile paints to print and paint fabric with images of their own design during the first day. These images will create pattern, areas of color, or designs that inspire students to put hand stitching onto the fabric —anything goes! During the next two days, the “stitched mark” or one’s own personal stitch vocabulary, will be discussed and used on fabric to create rhythm, movement, and visual and physical texture. This workshop will strive to have students look at stitching on fabric, not as decorative, but as an expression of themselves---pulling something new and different from inside onto the cloth. Jennifer will have many samples of her own embroidered pieces, images of contemporary embroiderers’ work from around the world, and books on hand.
Materials Fee: $20
Skill Level: All
Cell Weaves on 8 shafts
A simple repeat threading on paired shafts creates 4 ‘cells’ which can be woven as Lace, Deflected Double Weave, Honeycomb, and Monks Belt! Weave a unique sampler that includes all these structures, play with bold color and weave effects, and gain confidence in fabric design. This on-loom workshop requires an 8 shaft table or floor loom, and an adventuresome spirit. Threading guidelines will be provided; you apply the cell sizes and colors! Work (play!) at your own loom, and then enjoy the variety of results that other class members discover!
Materials Fee: $10 for extra selection of wefts that I will bring
Skill Level - All levels who like to ask “What If?” Weavers should know how to warp their loom and weave with it.
Handouts - Handouts will be sent electronically and printed by weaver.
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Weaving in a Parallel Universe
Explore a parallel universe of possibilities in weaving! Parallel threadings are incredibly versatile and can be used to weave a variety of structures including echo weave twills and jin (polychrome turned taquete). Create vibrant colorways, echoes and iridescence by using four warp colors. Weave samples with a variety of treadlings and weft colors on your own loom. We will study drafts, network drafting, and learn how to create a parallel threading. Add the power of parallel threadings to your weaving repertoire.
Materials fee: $25 for workshop notebook with all handouts and color drafts, some weft yarns.
Skill Level: intermediate-advanced
Students should bring: portable floor or table loom, 8 or more shafts, in good working order. Loom will be pre-warped according to instructions.
ONE WARP, FOUR FABRICS: WEAVING WITH 60/2 SILK
This class aims to take the fear out of weaving with fine silk, using plain weave and turned twill along with a variety of weft yarns to achieve surprisingly different results. Students will come away with samples of four fabrics: one twill fabric that is suitable for scarves, with a delicate hand and excellent drape; one fabric with a silk-ribbon weft that alternates with a finer weft for a Rep-like design; one pleated fabric with lots of texture and personality; and a fourth fabric in a textured twill structure that dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Students will also have a primer on the history and potential of silk yarn.
Materials Fee: $75 (for hand-painted warp and weft yarns and additional weft yarns for samples), plus shipping via U.S. Post Office (typically about $8).
Skill Level: Advanced beginner to advanced weaving skills (must be able to warp a loom back to front and read a draft).
Students bring: 4 or 8-shaft loom and all the necessary tools for weaving. Students may come to class with their looms pre-warped or, if they would like hands-on instruction, they may warp their looms in class.
“Project Colorway – for Weavers Who Would Rather Die than Dye”
Weavers who don’t dye their own yarn are dependent upon color palettes provided by commercial sources. Learning how to blend color while working with already dyed yarn is a different beast than learning how to dye specific hues. “Project Colorway” to the rescue! This is a hands-on approach to learning how to increase your color range when dealing with a finite number of yarn color choices. A variety of off-loom exercises using Ruby’s basic approach to color theory and optical blending, together with a complete color line of Tencel yarn will help you train your eye to see color and value and begin to understand how to incorporate design and color principles into woven structure.
Ruby will demonstrate her method for winding warps with multiple colors without using a paddle and how to design color wrappings that translate into realistic, usable warps. She’ll share an extensive collection of samples for her production line of scarves that document her evolving approach to color design. This progression led to the development of a practical approach to color theory as applied to weaving and a process for designing swatches for Handwoven magazine’s ‘Color Forecast’ series that is applicable for all fiber artists.
Participants will be invited to bring in a project that’s giving them headaches, or yarn that they’d like help incorporating into a design. These are the sorts of challenges that this class aims to help resolve.
** Please note that “Project Colorway” is a hands-on workshop that does not require bringing a loom. Anyone who has previously taken a color workshop or seminar with Ruby will find new information, in a new format in this class.
Materials Fee: $75
List of items included in this fee:
Skill Level: Beginner thru Advanced (This is an ideal workshop for weavers who feel lost designing with color and/or want to break out of their color comfort zones.)
Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. Weave curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a 4-shaft loom with no special equipment. In this workshop, students will learn to weave multiple combinations of weave structures using only four shafts and a straight threading. Only tie-ups and treadling are changed between samples. Most of these combinations would normally require a minimum of eight shafts. Students will experiment with combinations of twills, summer and winter, double weave, Han damask, taqueté and more! Woven samples include continuous, complementary, and supplementary wefts, as well as weft colors that combine to produce shading for pictorial weaving. (This is similar to the color-blending process Deborah Silver uses to create her art.) Students will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating.
Although students will not be able to complete all of the samples in class, they will leave with the ability to complete them at home with all of the drafts and instructions. Floor looms are preferable, with jack looms allowing the easiest treadling. Direct tie-up and table looms may also be used. The process on a table loom is slightly slower.
Materials Fee: $15
Skill level: Beginner. Student must be able to warp and weave a simple 4-shaft weaving and follow a simple draft.