Instructor: Margaret Arafat
Workshop Description: 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.
Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit: 22
Instructor Bio: Margaret Arafat is a Texas fiber artist who first learned to weave in 1997, and has done so continuously since 1999. She designs and weaves functional items, accessories and the occasional art-piece. As primarily a “structure” person, Margaret looks for ways to manipulate fiber to her specifications, primarily using Ondulé or fan reeds which she began using in 2010. These reeds allow her to create curvilinear pieces during the weaving process, and have helped her explore color with a bit more confidence.
As much as she loves weaving, Margaret enjoys teaching and mentoring other weavers, and introducing the art and craft of weaving to anyone willing to watch and listen. She has conducted programs about weaving with an Ondulé reed, and written about the topic in the Complex Weavers Journal and as one of the weavers featured in “Ondulé Textiles: Weaving Contours with a Fan Reed” by Norma Smayda.
Apart from her love of weaving, Margaret enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Sam, friends and family, in search of handwoven rugs and carpets, neither of which she weaves.
Ondulé Weaving - November 10, 2021
You will receive an email Zoom invitation a few days prior to the class.