Summer Series 2021
The 2021 Summer Series offers Guild members an opportunity to view the Morning Workshop recordings from the 2020-2021 season. Each video will be available to registered attendees for 7 days, during which time you can watch as often as you wish with full video control such as pause, back up, and fast forward. Handouts for each workshop will be available for download on the website video page.
June 9 - 15, 2021
Double Cloth Drafting
This is a technical, “how to” drafting workshop in which participants create weaves, threading, tie-up and treadling diagrams for loom-controlled double cloth. Discussion includes: vertical and horizontal tubes, double width fabric, checkerboard pockets, two single layers and pleats. This workshop includes the 5 steps to creating double cloth structures.
June 16 - 22, 2021
Tackling Turned Drafts
In this workshop we look at samples of turned handwoven fabrics and their corresponding drafts. The instructor shares a collection of resources where more information on the subject can be found.
Time is spent taking standard drafts, (like rosepath) and redrawing them on graph paper in a turned format. Once you understand the concept it can be easily put into practice.
July 21 - 27, 2021
Doubleweave V-Shaped Shawl on 4 Shafts
Learn how to design and weave a V-shaped shawl on a single warp, with no seams! The class starts with a review of double weave on 4 shafts, appropriate for all levels of weavers. The techniques are then applied by demonstration to show participants how to use them to weave a V-shawl or scarf. Expect “Aha!” moments! The class then turns to design and how the choice of warp color patterns changes the final product.
August 4 - 10, 2021
Dorset Buttons: Their History & How to Make Them
Based on traditional needle-lace techniques, Dorset buttons have been created for hundreds of years, beginning in the 17th century as a cottage industry in southwest England. Today they are honored as a “Heritage Craft” in England and are made by fiber artists around the world. They are valued as colorful, whimsical creations for jewelry, as surface-design embellishments and as fasteners for handmade clothing. Learn the history of these small treasures and view lots of inspirational photos along the way.
Following the presentation, we spend time learning the fundamentals for making these buttons, part of the historic craft known as “buttony.” The variations are limitless and they can be created anywhere using only curtain rings, a tapestry needle and yarn (and beads if you choose). Further, you can customize these buttons to match your own creations, using yarns from your stash.
August 11 - 17, 2021
Shadow weave, a structure derived from plain weave, can be used to make fabrics suitable for fashion and home furnishings. Two colors alternate in the warp and weft to produce color and weave effects with a great number of patterning possibilities. Mary Meigs Atwater and Marion Powell developed their own notations for shadow weave; learn how to read their drafts and compare the advantages that each system offers. Convert your favorite designs to shadow weave. Note: students should be able to read a weaving draft.