Seminar Details: Saturday

Saturday AM  9-11:30

Make a Ply-Split Necklace – Eileen Thompson

(Continued from Friday)

Roots, Wood, Bugs and Berries – Deb McClintock

Level:  Beginner

Log Entry:  Natural dyestuffs fall mainly into the following broad categories: Leaves and stems; twigs and tree prunings; flower heads; barks; roots; insect dyes; outer skins, hulls and husks; hardwoods and wood shavings; berries and seeds; and lichen.

We will cover how to get those colors to “bite” with mordants; how you use different “assists” to push the colors different directions, and how natural dyes were developed and used historically.  We will go through the basic equipment needed to get started and talk about safety.  This session won’t make you a natural dye expert in one day, but you will start looking at your garden and yard plants in a new light.  What color will your valley provide?

Equipment Requirement for Students:  Note-taking materials and favorite dye book, if you have one.

Materials Fee:  NONE

Intro to Tied Weaves – Su Butler

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Log Entry: This session is a great way to begin your journey in Tied Weave Structures!  Through lecture, samples and examples, you will learn about the sometimes-mysterious Tied-Unit weave systems.  The goal is to understand how Tied-Unit Weaves work, and how they can be used to the advantage of handweavers.

Equipment Requirement for Students:  Note-taking materials

Materials Fee: $10 for handouts

Demystifying Drafts and Designing on the Fly – Susan Fricks

Level:  Beginners

Log Entry: Ever find a weaving project you’d love to make, only to see the draft that requires more shafts than you have? Do you find that all the different ways drafts are communicated are confusing? Drafts are the way we communicate how a piece of cloth is constructed, and in this workshop, you’ll learn how to decipher them and translate them for whatever loom you own. We’ll focus on how to create cloth from any draft and how to modify it to your own liking, even on the fly while weaving!

Equipment Requirement for Students: A small rigid heddle loom, with a minimum 8” weaving width. Looms should be warped with 2-3 yards of fingering weight yarn or cotton thread. Examples are sock yarn or 8/4 cotton.

Materials Fee: $15, Handout materials, yarns and pick-up tools

Tablet Weaving: Threaded-In Designs – John Mullarkey

Level:  Beginner, No weaving experience required

Log Entry: In this double session seminar, you will learn the basics of tablet weaving by weaving a friendship bracelet.  We will start with a discussion on how to read and design tablet weaving drafts.  Then we will proceed to setting up the cards, weaving the band, and end with a discussion of finishing techniques.  Along the way, we will focus on avoiding common pitfalls and sharing tips and tricks for weaving perfect bands. For those interested in learning how to tablet weave.  NOTE:  starts at 8:30am instead of 9:00.

Equipment Requirement for Students: Scissors, three balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or unmercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread in three different colors.  At lease ½ ounce of each.

Material Fee: $15, students receive 20 cards, 1 shuttle, and documentation

Note:  This class continues Saturday Afternoon, past 5:30.

Saturday PM 3:00-5:30

Tablet Weaving: Threaded-In Designs – John Mullarkey

(continued from Saturday morning and runs from 3:00—7:00pm)

Overview of Warping with Ease – Yohannah Klingensmith

Level:  Beginner – Intermediate

Log Entry:  Have you ever said, “I love weaving, but warping…!” Whether you are an experienced weaver who would like a new approach for warp snarls and hidden tension problems or a beginner wanting to establish a reliable warping system, this seminar is for you. We will cover all the basics step by step from measuring the warp to dressing the loom and beginning weaving techniques including winding shuttles. The method taught in this session is back to front the Swedish way, but we will also discuss the pros and cons of the different ways to warp. We will cover the advantages of different styles of shuttles and demonstrate how to wind them to reduce drag.

Equipment Requirement for Students: Note-taking supplies

Materials Fee:  $10.  Handouts will include warping instructions.

Repurposing Sweater Yarns for Weaving – Pam James

Level: All

Log Entry: Students will learn how to assess the suitability of a sweater as a yarn source, predict the kind of yarn a sweater will yield, retrieve yarn from recycled sweaters, and see how the resulting yarns performed as a woven yarn.

Equipment Requirement for Students:  Sweater, small crochet hook or seam ripper, scissors, magnifying glass and/or readers, and, if possible, a ball winder.

Materials Fee:  $5 for handouts.
This class is also offered Sunday morning.

Spinning Art Yarn – Kyla Crawford
Color Interactions in Weaving – Su Butler

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Log Entry: Using colored yarns and special tools, we will explore the basics of color theory and color interaction through experimentation exercises.  Practical ideas, useable color theory, samples and experiments, along with handouts and lecture notes will enable you to start a color theory notebook for yourself to use throughout your weaving career!  You will learn to train your eyes to see color through educated eyes and understand how to make choices that will work BEFORE you start weaving.

Equipment Requirement for Students:  A materials list will be sent upon confirmation of your registration in the class.

Materials Fee:  $20.  Fee will include handouts and Ruby Value.

Rio Grande Tapestry Weaving – Letitia Rogers
Intricate Patterns – Simple Threads, Looms of Southeast Asia – Deb McClintock

Log Entry: Intricate Patterns – Simple Threads, LOOMS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA – Learn about the simple looms used to create and store intricate patterns of Southeast Asia. We’ll compare looms in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, northwest Vietnam and Burma. From village wear to the royal workshops the weavers cleverly store patterns for humble surroundings to court use in much the same way.  Explore the use of equipment to create extraordinary fabrics that glow with brilliant color and intricate patterns in contemporary art applications. We’ll also look at how reeds are handmade to order and learn about making heddles by hand.

Equipment Requirement for Students:  Note-taking supplies

Materials Fee: None

Felting with Handwovens: A Lesson in Texture — Ella Strawman

Level: Intermediate

Log Entry:  In this seminar, we will discuss the option of weaving with a mixture of cotton and wool. By felting your handwovens, you create a uniquely textured fabric. We will discuss the process involved in felting, the correct types of fiber and why they work, further application of this technique to your own work, and possible ideas for using your new fabric beyond scarves and other neck wearables.

Equipment Requirement for Students: : Note taking supplies and a camera, cell phone cameras are fine!

Materials Fee: None