Date: November 8, 2023, 10-12 am
Instructor: Gay McGeary
Workshop Description: Our Instructor, Gay McGeary, sees weaving software as an important tool for designing her traditional coverlets. In this class, Gay will use coverlets as the framework for an introduction to Fiberworks PCW. She will cover basic Fiberworks functionality for entering a draft, tie-up, and treadling to create a digital drawdown.
This class is appropriate for beginning Fiberworks users. Participants should have pre-loaded any version of Fiberworks - Free, Bronze, or Silver - on their computer. Gay will give instructions for both Mac and PC users. (Note that with the Free version, you cannot save or print your designs.)
Materials/Handouts Fee: none
Attendee Limit: 22
Note: This workshop is also offered as a VIDEO ONLY workshop on the weekend (Friday noon to Sunday) following the live Zoom presentation. Please choose the VIDEO ONLY workshop if you will not be able to attend at the live Zoom workshop time slot.
Instructor Bio: Gay has been researching and weaving coverlets for over thirty years. She is fascinated with nineteenth-century coverlet patterns and weave structures and uses her research as her inspiration for her artistic interpretations. In recent years she has concentrated most of her research on coverlets woven by Pennsylvania German weavers who have left a legacy of handwoven coverlets and handwritten pattern manuscripts.
For designing her own work, she combines the interplay of block designs and weave structures with weaving software. She is also fascinated with the fringes used to frame the early coverlets. Some are simple and elegant, while others are more elaborate.
Gay returned in 2005 to her coverlet pursuits. As the chair of the Early American Coverlet Study Group, she writes and publishes articles for the group’s newsletter. She regularly contributes to the Complex Weavers Journal and shares her interests through workshops and presentations.
Introduction to Digital Design of Classic Patterns using Fiberworks
This workshop is offered as a ZOOM Workshop ONLY. A video of the workshop will also be available for viewing at noon on Friday through 5 pm on Sunday of the weekend following the workshop.
Only members of the Weavers' Guild of Boston may attend.
You will received an emailed link and reminder a few days prior to the session.