Classes About Everything Else

Warp Painting on the Loom (6-113)

class is FULL

Jannie Taylor
Saturday all day 6-hr class

Using fabric paints and pens, try out several warp painting techniques—everything from applying a color wash to reproducing drawings from a cartoon. Painting the warp under tension is a fun and easy way to add a new dimension to your weaving. Students will bring a table or floor loom with 2 or more shafts pre-threaded to weave plain weave. Materials fee includes set of textile paints, brushes, gloves and printed instructions, plus access to textile markers, special metallic paints, stamps, stencils, and an array of fine weft yarns.

Skill Level: Beginning weaving skills
Materials Fee: $40
Students should bring: Table or floor loom with 2 or more shafts pre-threaded to weave plain weave.

Needlefelted Flowers and Other Embellishments (3-102)

class is FULL

Carin Engen
Saturday morning 3-hr class

The workshop will cover Carin’s technique for using a combination of wet and needle felting to make flowers, jewelry, embellishments for hats, purses, you name it. The technique makes a strong felt that has a smooth appearance. How to make a strong and durable needlefelted design on a base will also be covered.

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $10
Students should bring: Felting needles in assorted sizes from #32 to #40 and a protective foam pad or brush. Seed beeds if you wish. A small towel and scissors. Grab bags of hand dyed roving colors and other materials to play with will be available.

Solve the Mystery of Fit! (3-106)
Daryl Lancaster
Saturday morning 3-hr class

Do you know the difference between design ease and wearing ease or semi- fitted and very loose fitting garments? Did you know that commercial pattern companies and ready-to-wear designers don’t use the same industry standard measurements? The mystery behind fitting and altering patterns is unfolded right before your eyes! Taking proper measurements, grading techniques, and a tutorial on draping are all part of the agenda. Students will receive a full-color handout of the presentation.

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $10
Students should bring: Notebook and pen.

Lightweight Felted Scarf (3-201)
Carin Engen
Saturday afternoon 3-hr class

Felting is magical, wonderfully wearable and fun to make. This class will introduce you to the ancient process of wet felting while making a lightweight scarf with lots of texture. Create the texture with natural fibers, yarn, just about anything you can think of. Without using a fabric backing you are free to make strategic holes and to make it two sided if you wish. Learn to make unique fringe and how to use a resist for 3D designs. The characteristics of wool and why it felts will be discussed as well as tools and materials. I will supply my hand dyed Merino wool for the project, bits of yarn, rolling tools and detailed written instructions.

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $10
Students should bring: 2 old towels, a small bucket or dish pan, scissors, and scraps of wool boucle or mohair yarn, thick and thin wool yarn works great, lace, anything you would like to use for texture.

Finger Loop Braiding (3-202)

class is FULL

Sara Lamb
Saturday afternoon 3-hr class

Finger loop braiding is quick and easy to learn, and can be almost infinitely varied. It is used as a finishing technique for fringe on woven cloth, and as an independent braiding technique for narrow bands. Equipment is simple, and no experience is necessary.

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $10 (includes clamps and yarns)

Living on the Edge: Creative Seam and Edge Finishing for Great Looking Garments (3-203)
Daryl Lancaster
Saturday afternoon 3-hr class

Don’t have a serger? Not to worry! There are lots of alternatives. Learn how to finish the inside as well as the outside of your garments. This class will cover French, Hong Kong, bound, felled, welts, and serged seams; piping, cording, binding, and more. Lots of ideas! Learn professional and couture finishing techniques appropriate for use with all types of fabrics!

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $12
Students should bring: Notebook and pen.

Passementerie – Tassels (3-205)
Robyn Spady
Saturday afternoon 3-hr class

 

Tassels, one form of passementerie, originated as a weaving knot. Over time, tassels evolved into decorative fiber accents for interiors and garments. They’ve been found everywhere from the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs to the modern day cellular phone. There are a wide variety of techniques used to create these fiber accents. In this hands-on seminar participants will presented with several simple methods for creating tassels from yarn and other materials.

Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $5
Students should bring: Notebook and pen.

Nuno Felting (6-302)

class is FULL

Carin Engen
Sunday all day 6-hr class

The class will explore making a light weight felted fabric using a hand dyed silk scarf for the backing, merino/ tussah, bombyx silk and bits of fuzzy yarn for the “icing”. Felt these fibers into the silk fabric base and shrink them to make beautiful texture. Don’t cover the entire surface and see what happens. The pucker made when the wool shrinks makes a secondary and magical design. You will wear your scarf out of the classroom, maybe a bit damp, but finished. After you learn the technique try making yardage, a light weight jacket, shawl, curtain, who knows. One of my students made a shower curtain! Try using other fabrics with an open weave. The creativity is endless. Beginners welcome.

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $26.50
Students should bring: 2 old towels, boucle or mohair yarn scraps if you wish, small bucket or dish pan, pair of scissors. Instructor will bring rolling tool kits available for purchase after the class for $20.00

eTextiles for Knitters and Weavers (6-308)

class is FULL

Syne Mitchell
Sunday all day 6-hr class

Want to create textiles that light up the night? Come learn how to incorporate LEDs and other electronics into your fiber projects. In this class students will be given an overview of eTextiles: how to add lights, temperature sensors, motion sensors, buzzers, and more to their garments. We will look at and discuss the Lilypad Arduino circuit board, and then students will apply these principals to create  their own eTextile garment, either a knitted hat or a woven scarf.

Skill Level: Beginning (students need to know how to either weave plain weave or knit in the round and bring such a project in progress)
Materials Fee: $25
Students should bring: A project in progress, either a knit in the round piece, or a plain weave project.

Sprang: The Elastic Fabric (3-303)

class is FULL

Stephenie Gaustad
Sunday morning 3-hr class

There is an ancient textile structure that consists of a single yarn, laid onto a frame and worked by hand. Manipulation is simple and the task moves quickly as a single pass adds a row to both the top and bottom as the fabric is worked to the center.  The fabric is supple, elastic. It can be like a dense woven or open, airy like lace. It is sprang.

This presentation is a hands on introduction. Join us and experience a fabric that goes “sproing”! Materials fee includes handouts and yarn; instructor will provide sprang frames for use during the class.

Skill Level: Beginning (some experience in either knitting, crochet, weaving, or spinning
Materials Fee: $5
Students should bring: Nothing required.

A Sewer’s Perspective: Instructional Tour of the Juried Fashion Show (3-306)
Daryl Lancaster
Sunday morning 3-hr class

An interactive exploration behind the “seams” of the garments from the Fashion Show.  Experience a technical critique of the inside finishing techniques as well as the outside appearance, and fit.  This kind of experience provides the participants with many ideas for finishing, what works and what doesn’t, allowing participants to view first hand, some of the  choices used by experienced fiber artists. This seminar presents a rare opportunity to see inside the fashion show garments on exhibition.  Participants experience the ultimate “show and tell.”  The goal is to have participants look at the finishing techniques on their own work and assess the appropriateness, level of innovation and creativity. Sometimes the simplest of garments and finishing details can be the most effective.  Sometimes the details make the piece.

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: None
Students should bring: Notebook and pen.

Closures (3-402)
Daryl Lancaster

Sunday afternoon 3-hr class

Give your jackets and vests knock-out closures. Triangular bound buttonholes, machine and hand-worked buttonholes, buttonhole facings, fabric cords for loop and button closures and other suggestions for closing up those jackets and vests will be shown step by step through digital slides. Students will receive a full-color handout of the presentation

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $12
Students should bring: Notebook and pen.

Dyeing Machine Knitted Silk for Weaving (3-403)
Nancy Roberts
Sunday afternoon 3-hr class

Students will learn to dye pre-knitted silk to use as warp or weft yarn. By dyeing knit fabric “blanks” rather than 2- and 3-yard skeins, weavers can produce color repeats of any length. It is surprising how easy it is to create one continuous strand of yarn with subtle or bold color transitions.

Skill Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $35