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Fall 2023 - Live and Virtual Workshops

September 13, 2023

Sarah Haskell

There's No Excuse -

not to weave!!

This hands-on workshop encourages participants to think outside the traditional loom, warp, and weft concepts. Founded on the idea that any solid object can be a loom and anything flexible and linear can be warp or weft, we will use natural or found objects as looms, and warp and weft materials that range from recycled packaging and clothing to yarns, ribbons, paper, twine, and rope.

Scott Norris

An Introduction to Pattern Making with Woven Inlay

The techniques for creating woven inlay are relatively simple and easy to learn. A weaver who understands how to use inlay to insert straight lines, diagonal lines, and curves into cloth holds the ability to embellish fabric with virtually any decorative shape. With the goal of developing that ability among workshop participants, Scott will describe the techniques for designing basic shapes that are suitable for inlay, provide written handouts that explain the process, and demonstrate the actual processes used to weave inlay. 

Marilyn Harrington

Introduction to Lace Weaves


The Lace Weaves Zoom Workshop will introduce weavers to the lacey and open weaves in preparation for spring and summer designs. Marilyn teaches the fundamentals of loom-based lace weaves such as Huck and Swedish lace and some hand-manipulated lace types: Leno and Brooks Bouquet. She will show computer drafts developed using Fiberworks PCW and a PowerPoint presentation to encourage opportunities to analyze the weaves and ask the central question: What is lace exactly?


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

October 11, 2023

Lois Russell

Hand-Coiled Sculptures

Coiling is an ancient basketry technique used by contemporary basket makers to carry on traditional forms and to create new sculptural forms. This 2-hour workshop will focus on learning one common coiling stitch. Participants will start a coiled basket and learn to add new material as they coil. They will shape a vessel and learn how to change or add color to make a pattern.  Participants will use waxed linen thread and either paper core or covered wire to start a small, simple basket that can be finished outside the workshop. 

Justin Squizzero

Traditional Multiple End Warping

The winding of warps with a single warp end at a time was virtually unknown in Western Europe and America before 1900. In this workshop, we’ll look at images from the 14th—21st centuries depicting a method of warping using multiple ends that create a 1x1 lease on one end and a lease for beaming with a raddle at the other. Students will have the opportunity to try the technique using 19th-century equipment, and we’ll discuss methods for using this technique with tools you already have at home.

Denise Kovnat 


Paint Two, Beam One: Painting Two Warps and Beaming Them as One


Denise will provide an online tutorial for the entire process with all the necessary techniques for hand-painting two warps in different color palettes. Class resources include printed instructions, detailed handouts, drawdowns, and images. This comprehensive information is presented within two hours; after class, students are expected to follow the instructions to hand paint their warps.

Note 1: This class may be taken as a precursor to Denise's January 3-day workshop or taken independently.

Note 2: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop for viewing over the weekend following the workshop

November 8, 2023

Sally Shore

Mad Weaving with Ribbon

Go a little crazy with mad weave using a selection of ribbons provided.  Controlling color and value in ribbon placement can reveal stacked cubes, stars, or pinwheels hidden in the weave structure.  Materials for a star pattern and written instructions will be provided.  

Peggy Hart

Sketching with Yarn; AKA Sampling

Sampling falls under Peggy's category of best practices, which she does for every project. The purpose is to tell you if the yarn will work with the structure to test the interaction of the two. Sampling will help you determine the optimal sett and calculate shrinkage. In addition, it gives you an opportunity to practice beating, being conscious of your picks per inch. It gives you an opportunity to try what-ifs (change color, sett, treadling etc.)

Jen Weber

Intro to Fiberworks for PC / Transforming Overshot to Doubleweave


Did you know any overshot pattern can be woven as a four shaft doubleweave? It's true, and this patterned doubleweave (sometimes called complementary plain weave) alleviates the problem of long floats that weaving overshot can sometimes bring. The threading conversion is tedious by hand, so we'll use the weaving design software Fiberworks to complete it quickly and accurately.


This class is appropriate for beginning Fiberworks users on either a PC or a Mac. Participants should have pre-loaded any version of Fiberworks, including the free version.

Note: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop for viewing until December 31, 2023.

January - February 2024 Special 3 Day, Multiple Session Virtual Workshop

Three Saturdays:

January 20, 2024
January 27, 2024
February 3, 2024

Several sessions each day.

Denise Kovnat

Echo & Jin: Variations on a Theme


Working with a variety of yarns, tie-ups, treadlings, and setts (if you choose), you'll weave a series of designs in Echo and Jin (Turned Taqueté).  


This workshop is for intermediate weavers and beyond, for looms with 4 to 16 shafts (with designs for 24 and 32 shafts upon request). With drafts and warping instructions provided beforehand, students will begin the workshop with your loom dressed in a two or four-color warp using an extended parallel threading. 


Teaching time will be split up over the span of the 3 days.


Note 1: Denise’s October warp painting class may be taken as a precursor to this workshop, or this may be taken independently.

Note 2: This workshop series is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY option for viewing on Sunday - Friday following each workshop day.

Winter 2024 - Virtual Meeting

February 14, 2024

Laurie Steger & Members

A Brief Look at the Life and Legacy of Marguerite Porter Davison with Norma Smayda

A Brief Look at the Life and Legacy of Marguerite Porter Davison with Norma Smayda, and a NEW Textile Travelogue for this year.

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

Spring 2024 - Live and Virtual Workshops

March 13, 2024

Pat Donald

Forensic Handweaving

Pat presents an interactive lecture on how examining Southern handwoven counterpane weaves from the 1800s can lead to new ways of exploring these fabrics. For this workshop, the word “forensic” refers to pattern recognition and analysis across diverse examples and time periods. She provides extensive opportunities to examine images, woven samples, handwritten weaving drafts, and computer-printed drawdowns from Fiberworks PCW as the basis of the exploration. The workshop will use large and small groups to enrich the discussion. No prior experience is needed for the topic; students only need to bring their curiosity! 

Deb Watson

Andean Hakima Weaving

Part 1

In this two-session class, students 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 only.

Angie Parker


Learn to Weave Krokbragd


Under the guidance of Angie Parker you will learn the essential aspects of weaving Krokbragd, with step-by-step demonstrations via Zoom.


Students can work on table looms with a minimum of three shafts or floor looms. For the purpose of the workshop, a sample warp will be recommended

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

April 10, 2024

Laurie Autio

Advanced Fiberworks

This lecture will include an overview of more advanced editing tools including transform actions, interleaving (parallel and not), and transparent paste; advanced techniques in block substitution, including user edited blocks; network drafting tools; fabric analysis; and, time permitting, sketchpad control. While some of the techniques can be used to good effect on fewer than 8 shafts, most are better adapted to 8 or more shafts. 


Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring a laptop (PC or Mac) to the workshop.

Deb Watson

Andean Hakima Weaving

Part 2

In the second class, we will troubleshoot any problems with our hakimas, review warping and, I hope, move on to a wider band with its more advanced heddle patterns.  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.

Note:  This class is the second of a 2-part series and cannot be purchased alone. 

Norma Smayda

Weaver Rose: Overshot and More


This workshop is based on the original overshot threading drafts of William Henry Harrison Rose, AKA Weaver Rose. It will include a brief history, examples of his original drafts, and how to interpret them. Norma will discuss traditional overshot as we currently draft it, concentrating on threading, tie-up, and treadling. There will be time for participants to write out overshot drafts using standard threading and treadling principles and time for Q&A.

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

May 8, 2024

Full day Annual Meeting

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