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Fall 2022 - Live and Virtual Workshops

September 14, 2022

Marjie Thompson

Textile Analysis

Using antique textiles, students will learn to identify weave structures and how to reproduce them using today's materials. Pick glasses and graph paper will be used to see and draw the weave structures, and students will be encouraged to develop their drawing styles. Block profiles and adaptations are covered in detail, as well as an analysis of commercial fabrics. The use of computer help in the process will be discussed.

Jayne Flanagan

Inkle Loom

The inkle loom is a fixed-heddle, continuous warp loom which yields a warp-faced fabric. It is portable and may be used for weaving bands up to about 4” wide. Learn more about this style of fixed heddle loom, its essential geometry and even how to jury-rig a warping frame into an inkle loom! We’ll discuss reading drafts, yarn selection, warping, selvedge control, beginnings and endings, and designing warp patterns. We will warp and start weaving a band in class and add some simple pickup.

Mary Mandarino and Ginny Hamilton

Sewing a Zippered Pouch


Here is an inspiring project to use your leftover handwoven fabric.  Learn how to make zipper bags with a complementary lining using remnants of handwoven fabric.  Create a surprise on the inside and a bead pull tab. They are great for gifting.

This is a hands-on virtual workshop. Along with the instructions and material list that you will receive in advance, you will need an iron and sewing machine at the ready.   Our goal is to have each of you make one zipper bag together.

Note: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop for weekend viewing.

October 12, 2022

Gretchen Romey-Tanzer

Complex Double Weave, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 2-part double weave workshop. Participants may register for either or both of the sessions offered in October and November, depending on their experience and interest level. This first session will work on understanding and drafting 4 to 8 shaft double weave focusing on the plain weave structure. Threading and treadling double layer fabrics generally uses straight draw sequences. The tie-up uses a systematic approach with the help of profile shortcuts. Drafting and designing will focus on the use of color within the two-layer structure. Participants will use graph paper and colored pencils to begin to understand the potential of dueling color layers. There will be a variety of 4 and 8-shaft doublewoven samples and hand-outs available.

Rachel Benson

Needle Felted Gnomes

Needle Felting is the process of using barbed needles to turn loose wool fibers into a more condensed material. The needles are pushed repeatedly through the fibers locking them together. The more you poke, the denser the fibers become. Needle Felting can be done by hand with a single needle or using a multi-needle felting tool for a larger project. There are many applications for needle felting, from creating three-dimensional objects like felted animals to creating wall art or adding texture to existing designs. In this class, students will learn the basics of needle felting while being guided step by step to create their own fall gnome. You will leave with a finished product ready to give as a gift or keep for yourself.

GWU Museum Staff


George Washington University Conservation Tour and Conservation Advice


A unique opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour and personal advice on your textiles! Participants will virtually tour the museum's Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center, followed by a virtual conversation with museum conservators about storage and care of textiles from the participants’ personal collections.

Note: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop for weekend viewing.

November 9, 2022

Gretchen Romey-Tanzer

Complex Double Weave, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part double weave workshop. Participants may register for either or both of the sessions offered in October and November, depending on their experience and interest level. The second session will expand the options of block structures in doubleweave using 8 to 16 shafts. Plain weave and twills will be the primary structures focused on in this class. The concept and practice of Networking block transitions in double weave will be described as well. A variety of samples and hand-outs will accompany this session

Suzi Ballenger

Have Fun with

Ms and Os

This unassuming, traditional 4-shaft weave structure can be surprisingly fun and sophisticated! It can be woven in many ways for linens, place mats, cushions, scarves and garment fabric. Color, fiber, and design help create an exceptional statement with this weave. Explore how different yarns can create texture and pleasing color effects. Although it is mostly 2 blocks on 4 shafts it can also be 3 blocks on 4 shafts. We will look at a variety of techniques to use this conventional structure in a new way. Identifying pattern, creating symmetry (or not), making rhythmic repeats, using unusual yarns, varying textures and thicknesses all contribute to building design. We will investigate some of these with graph paper and/or drawdown programs on tablet or laptop.

Cally Booker

Designing for weave with sound and rhythm


The sounds of our environment can be a rich source of inspiration, but how exactly do we take that inspiration to the loom? In this workshop we will reflect on the sounds we hear in our local soundscape - from the uplifting to the mundane - and explore ways in which we can respond to them creatively. We’ll learn different ways of visualizing sounds and consider how to interpret them in colour and structure.

Note: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop for weekend viewing.

January - February 2023 Special 3 Session Virtual Workshop

Three Saturdays:

January 14, 2023
January 21, 2023
February 4, 2023

9:30-11:30 am

Janet Phillips

8-Shaft Summer and Winter Study Course


The aim of the course is to teach weavers the design possibilities of

8-shaft Summer and Winter weave patterns.

This course will be based on Part 4 of Janet’s book Exploring Woven Fabrics.  Students of the course must have a copy of Exploring Woven Fabrics for reference during the course and be ready to weave an 8-shaft Summer and Winter sample blanket/gamp during the course.


Janet’s teaching methods are highly interactive. Participants signed up for the live Zoom series must plan to attend all three live sessions. A video only recording series will be available for a limited number of additional attendees.

Note: This workshop series is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY option for viewing on Monday - Friday following each workshop session.

Winter 2023 - Virtual Meeting

February 8, 2023

Laurie Steger & Members

Textile Travelogue

on Zoom

Textiles hold a key to understanding about other peoples and cultures.  During the February 2023 meeting, members will share pictures of a textile piece and talk about it as a possible inspiration to their weaving practice, the history behind the piece, or as a moment of sheer wonderment.

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 2023 - Live and Virtual Workshops

March 8, 2023

Adele Harvey

Paper Yarn for Weaving

This workshop introduces Shifu, the Japanese art of making paper yarn for weaving. A short history is included as well as a description of the process. Students using their own materials will actively go through the stages of preparing paper to be spun and then spin paper yarn. If time permits, a small sample weaving using a cotton and linen warp on a piece of cardboard will be made. Specific paper types are used and can present challenges – which is part of the fun!  I will bring examples of woven paper yarn projects to show!

Deb Watson

Andean Hakima Weaving

Part 1

In this two-session class, we will learn to weave hakimas, the small, narrow bands that are the first weavings of young Andean girls and through which they learn the basic patterns and techniques they will later use as they progress to larger, wider looms. We will begin with a prepared warp for each participant in order to learn the smallest pattern and the techniques, and then learn to set up a warp ourselves (first session). Although it is not necessary to finish the band between classes, I would hope that participants would practice a little in the interim.

Note: This workshop is sold as a 2 part series.

Sally Orgren

Swedish Textile Tour and how to plan your own textile tour 


A trip to Sweden for a family reunion in 2019 evolved into two weeks of non-stop textile adventures for Sally Orgren. Enjoy behind the scenes tours of Östergötlands Ullspinneri (a wool spinning operation), Klässbols Linneväveri (four generation linen factory), Almgrens Sidenväveria (Stockholm silk museum), and some of the student textile work exhibited at the University of Borås in this presentation. Tag along virtually as Sally visits weaver Kerstin Fröberg, the 14th Century Bocksten Man (with his clothing mostly intact!) and nearly 400-year-old textiles recovered from the Vasa, a famous Swedish ship that sank in 1628.

Note: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop for weekend viewing.

April 12, 2023

Louise Abbott

Designing forTapestry

This is a two hour immersion discussion into the design possibilities for Tapestry weaving.  We will discuss the path to designing and consider sources for inspiration, how to prepare a tapestry design, adaptability to weaving on a grid, negative space, contrast, and most important, enjoyment of the process and having fun!

Deb Watson

Andean Hakima Weaving

Part 2

In Part 2, we will troubleshoot any problems with our hakimas, review warping, and, I hope, move on to a wider band. We will also cover finishing techniques, mostly simple 3- and 4- strand braids. Weavers can work at their own pace, and I will give lots of individual attention. I will bring some of my Peruvian textiles to illustrate the amazing weaving done on backstrap looms by weavers whose patterns are stored entirely in their heads and hands and how cloth and Andean culture are inseparable. In danger of disappearing, this tradition has been revived by Nilda Callanaupa of Cusco, Peru, who works with weavers in remote villages in the Cusco area to ensure that they keep weaving and receive fair remuneration for their work. I will also bring scrapbooks of my trip and other beautiful books.

Janet Dawson

Weaving Tips & Tricks


The hints, tips, and suggestions for warping and weaving that tend to be show stoppers during classes from beginning to advanced. Something for everyone no matter how long you've been weaving, since it's always worth seeing how other folks do something and adding more tools to your weaver's toolbox. Janet will describe and demonstrate her top two or three hints (and favourite household gadgets!) for each step of the weaving process: winding warps, beaming the warp, threading the heddles, tying up, and sitting down to weave.

Note: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop for weekend viewing.

May 10, 2023

all day program - Annual Meeting 

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