Friday PM 3:00-5:30
Note: Instructors will send you extended details on what to bring to your seminars.
Make a Ply-Split Necklace – Eileen Thompson
Level: Beginner No previous ply-splitting experience needed.
Log Entry: Each student will make a ply-split necklace in colors of their choice. The session, covering two session times, is designed so that students have a high probability of completing their necklace by lunchtime on Saturday. The seminar will include a discussion of ply-split braiding and a demonstration of cord making with and without a Bradshow cord maker.
Materials Fee: $15 + optional $10 gripfid cost. Instructor will provide instructions sheets, cords and loan of a gripfid with the option to buy at the end of the seminar.
Note: This Seminar continues on Saturday morning!
Blending for Spinning – Midge Jackson
Level: Beginner to Advanced
Log Entry: Students will explore the innate properties of the spinning fibers provided. They will then apply various blending and spinning techniques such as carding, combing and plying of the fibers. The fibers will include wool, silk, camelids, mohair, etc. After preparing the blends, sample yarns will be spun from them.
By the end of class students will be able to determine the unique properties of each fiber and how the blends affect the hand, strength, drape, elasticity, etc. of the individual yarns. In addition, they will have the skills to plan and prepare a yarn of blended fibers to use in their unique projects.
Equipment Requirements for Students:
- Hand Cards and combs if you have them.
- A spinning wheel in good working order
- Lazy Kate if you have one
- Ball Winder if you have one
- Niddy Noddy if you have one
Materials Fee: $10. Instructor will provide spinning fibers and equipment to share.
Designing with Computers – Inga Marie Carmel, Deb McClintock, John Mullarkey, Meg Wilson
Log Entry: We will cover a number of different e-device approaches to designing weaving including Excel, Stitch Painter, PixelLoom (Mac), WeaveIt Pro (PC), iWeaveIt (iPhone), GridIt, StitchSketch, MacStitch, WIF’n’Proof, ProWeave, Fiberworks-PCW (MAC & PC) and more!
Equipment Requirement for Students: Note-taking supplies. Good to bring laptops, iPads, etc. with whatever tools you may be using for designing, but not necessary.
Materials Fee: None
Warping and Weaving with a Zoom Loom or Weave It – Carol Ann Britt
Log Entry: Using a Zoom Loom or Weave-It, students will learn to warp and weave both a plain square and at least one patterned square. Students do not need previous experience, and those with minimal experience will learn to follow a written pattern to weave a pattern into a square. Students will choose one of the patterns available and will be given a list to out-of-copyright weave-it patterns.
Equipment Requirement for Students: Each student must have either a zoom loom or a square Weave-It.
Materials Fee: $5. Instructor will provide yarn (bamboo/cotton, crochet cotton) and needles.
Plain Weave Isn’t Plain – Sandra Doak
Log Entry: There are many techniques to weave designs and images into your plain weave cloth. I will be teaching hand manipulated techniques and speaking about plain weave designs created by order of color. Depending on the scale and contrast, the results can be subtle or dramatic. Using these techniques are easy and suitable for both beginning and experienced weavers.
Equipment Requirement for Students:
- Pre-warped loom with 2 to 3 yd warp. Rigid heddle, table loom or small floor loom threaded in a plain weave set at 8, 10 or 12 epi, using a smooth fiber rather than a very textured one in the color of your choosing.
- Stick shuttles, boat shuttles, bobbins, whatever you have. A hand bobbin winder to share if you have one.
- Something to weight a few strands of warp yarn as if you had a broken thread. Example: Film canister or empty prescription bottles with screws, bolts, pennies or fishing weights placed inside for weight.
- Yarn; all colors of odds and ends, unused stash, new, old, sequined, beaded, whatever. *This is a great way to use up old yarn left on bobbins too. No need to go out and buy anything, just bring what you have to play with.
- Note taking materials and/or a phone/camera to take pics.
- Scissors, measuring tape, tapestry needle. If you have some long knitting needles (no need to purchase) in different sizes to share.
Materials Fee: none