Fall 2021 - Virtual Workshops

September 15, 2021

Ellen Hess

Developing Color Ideas from Visual Inspiration Images

A weaver’s voice comes through the use of color, pattern and texture. But where do we get our color inspiration? We see beautiful paintings, landscapes or photographs and respond viscerally to the color combinations, but we may be challenged in applying the colors effectively to handwoven cloth or other fiber arts. Woven designers often work from an existing color palette provided by a Trend Forecast service. They have to use those colors to develop a new line of fabrics.

Janet Phillips

Designing Woven Fabrics

Part 1

This 3 part workshop will be based on the text of Janet’s book ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’.  Janet will address how to construct a multiple-sectioned sample blanket or gamp, and explore design options with a 2/2 twill weave structure. Janet will cover understanding weave structure, threading plans, lifting plans, tie-up plans and treadling plans.  Design criteria include: color and weave, joining weaves, choosing color, designing stripes, yarn and fiber, sett, and dyeing techniques.

The first session will focus on understanding the construction of the 2/2 twill weave structure, and developing different threading plans that can be woven side by side on the sample blanket.

October 13, 2021

Wendy Landry

 Velvet for Contemporary Handweavers

Wendy will present the principles of handwoven velvet, and  techniques and loom adaptations  for contemporary exploration. She will show how it can be made on the simplest of frame looms with weighted warp systems. She will discuss how  common 4 and 8 shaft looms can be used by contemporary handweavers to explore velvet pile textures, velvets with brocade, and even polychrome options with two pile warps, to make images using pick-up techniques.

Jayne Flanagan

Crackle for Ratings

Jämtlandsväv, as it is known in Sweden, is a traditional “float weave”, with similarities to Overshot, Summer & Winter, and Advancing Twill. Variations range from “mystery lace” and small scale twill-based patterns to large patterns including polychrome blocks. With two blocks working in tandem, block designs are large scale and simple - which you might see as either “contemporary” or “chunky” - however, large and simple designs invite the use of more color! Many of these same treadling variations are also applicable to traditional Overshot. The goal of the class is to learn the basics of the crackle structure and be exposed to more possibilities through samples and the workshop notes.

Note:  This workshop will not be recorded for later viewing,

October 20, 2021

Janet Phillips

Designing Woven Fabrics

Part 2

Continuing the workshop based on the text of Janet’s book ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’, the second session will focus on design criteria which can be applied to the patterns in the sample blanket to enable original fabrics to be woven.

Prerequisite:  Part 1

November 10, 2021

Janet Phillips

Designing Woven Fabrics

Part 3

Continuing the workshop based on the text of Janet’s book ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’, the third session will continue the focus on design criteria which can be applied to the patterns in the sample blanket to enable original fabrics to be woven.

Prerequisite:  Part 1 and Part 2

Margaret Arafat

Ondulé Weaving

An ondulé or fan reed is no longer a total mystery to the weaving community.  Knowing how to use one, however, is another thing.  If you’ve never seen one or really don’t know what one is, you can learn a bit about this unique weaving tool.

Margaret will talk about some of the challenges a weaver faces with an ondulé reed, from designing a pattern and choosing the yarn to finishing the woven piece; challenges that move beyond weaving with a conventional reed.  You will see samples and finished pieces.  Because we learn from what works, and especially what does not, Margaret will share some of her mistakes, too.  In addition, there will be video demonstrations on how to use the reed on table and floor looms.  You are invited to take a short ride down the slippery slope that Margaret finds so rewarding.

Winter 2022 - Virtual Meeting

February 9, 2022

Special February Meeting by Zoom

Dakota Mace

 Intersections of Indigenous Design & Art

Dakota will talk on 'Issues on the Ethics of Trade, Cultural Appropriation, and Marketplaces for Indigenous Communities'

The Diné (Navajo), is one that many have drawn inspiration from and studied because of the unethical usage of traditional design-work on western apparel. There is a need to place historical context into cultural appropriation through design and material culture to understand the importance of objects and design. A crucial first step into understanding cultural appropriation concerning design and art is how to accurately implement it into higher institutions while introducing the concept of appreciation vs. appropriation. It will provide the opportunity to open up to broader issues on the ethics of trade, design, and marketplaces for Indigenous communities.

Note:  This is a meeting, not a workshop, and attendance is free to all.  Register for this meeting by clicking on the 'Events' button on the Meetings Page.

Spring 2022 - Live and Virtual Workshops

March 9, 2022

Live with

Louise Abbott

Tapestry Color Blending

It’s all about color!  Values do all the work - color gets all the credit. Join Louise for a discussion on ways to approach color in your tapestries.  Learn how to wind a tapestry bobbin and its value in weaving.  Learn color blending through yarn windings using mixtures of Melange and Chine colored yarns.  Louise will also discuss color integration through the use of hachure and hatching and the differences in their structure, the all important relationship of the warp sett, and the number and size of yarn ends in the weft bundle.

Live with

Bobbie Irwin

Weaving with Space-Dyed Yarn

Space-dyed yarns—those with a sequence of colors—are tempting, yet they can be frustrating to work with. Learn how to use these yarns to their best advantage and how to help predict the results. We’ll discuss combining them effectively with solid-colored yarns, manipulating warp and weft, and choosing effective weave structures. We’ll analyze space-dyed yarns to look for color repeats and experiment with shifting, tapestry-like patterns.

Virtual Workshop with Deb Essen

Intro to Supplemental Warps

 What are supplemental warps and how do they work? A quick tour/introduction to the weave structures woven with supplemental warps and setting up your loom to weave.

April 13, 2022

Live with

Linda Lincoln

Playing With Blocks---Monks Belt

In this age of computerized looms and shaft envy, sometimes it pays to look at some of the under utilized weave structures and discover how versatile and useful they can be to any weaver.

This mostly lecture workshop with a small hands on component will provide some practical uses for an often over looked structure.  Any four shaft weaver with an understanding of profile drafting will come away with some ideas they will want to explore.

Live with

Sarah Saulson

Designing for Creative Weaving

Weaving is a unique creative medium that asks us to make many design decisions before we even touch our yarn. That can seem intimidating, but you’ll learn an approach to simplify and demystify the process.  We will approach design as a logical progression, starting with a concept or visual inspiration, and learn how it can inform our choices for fiber content, sett, dimensions, color, structure and pattern.  You’ll have a playbook to help you create your own wonderful, personal handwovens.

Virtual Workshop With

Mary Mandarino

Making Chenille

Learn how to make your own Handwoven Chenille to make deep piled Rugs. This is the Ultimate Stash Reducing Project!  In this class, review the specifics for setting up the loom, weft options of wool or cotton yarn or rag strips of different fibers, and the post weaving process for finishing the yardage, cutting and securing the chenille strips.   

The second half of the program will be dedicated to the design process.   The class will work through the design considerations and calculations to make a simple geometric rug by weaving the vertical chenille strips for use in making the horizontal chenille strips for a thick piled rug.

May 11, 2022

all day program - Annual Meeting