It’s Not in the Book

 (This class is full)

I never wake up in the morning and think “I feel like weaving Bedford Cord today!” Instead, I have an idea for a fabric: how it looks (heavy or light, sheer or opaque, shiny or dull, firm or supple, its colors) and how it feels (crisp or soft, fuzzy or smooth).

Experience: This class is designed for the weaver who knows how to use a draft and make a drawdown.

Materials fee: none

Sharon Alderman has been weaving very nearly every day since 1970. Specializing in fabrics to wear, upholstery and other interior fabrics, and color studies woven of cotton sewing thread she was awarded the Governor’s award in the Arts, Artist Category in January 1996.

Her work has been shown in competitions and invitational exhibitions all over North America. In 1993 she was represented in the National Museum of Women’s Art in Washington, D.C. Her work is in private, corporate, city, county, state and federal collections.

She was one of the first weavers to apply for the Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving when that program was founded by the Handweavers Guild of America. At the first judging in 1976 she was awarded the Certificate of Excellence: her special, in-depth study was apparel textiles. Her writing and work have appeared in Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot; Interweave;; Textile Artist’s Newsletter; Weaver’s; and Handwoven. She designed and wove the Swatch Collection series for Handwoven.

Her books include Mastering Weave Structures: Transforming Your Ideas into Good Cloth, A Handweaver’s Notebook, and Handwoven, Tailormade all published by Interweave Press, Inc.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California