Saturday AM


Madelyn van der Hoogt

You can have a perfectly happy weaving life doing what’s been done before— following project instructions or using someone else’s design ideas. But that’s like saying you can have a perfectly happy life without leaving your state. Understanding blocks is your ticket to the wider world of weaving and this seminar is your passport to travel, teaching you the basics of using unit weaves and profile drafts.

Prerequisites: “advanced” beginner and up.

Materials Fee: $5 for handout booklet. Students provide pencils, paper, and good eraser.


#1-­‐02 SUPPLEMENTARY WARP TECHNIQUES: Weaving with Extra Warps -­‐ 9:00

Peggy Osterkamp

Supplementary warps are extra warps not needed for the foundation, or main cloth. Made separately they float on top of the cloth for patterning. When they are not showing on the surface, they float below the cloth. This differs from double weave in that the threads can be removed and a stable cloth remains.

Supplementary warps can be weighted separately or put on a separate beam. How much weight, moving the weights, and what to use for the weights will be discussed.

This seminar addresses how the warps are made, beamed, threaded, and woven. The draft design is the basis of how this technique works. Yarns and looms best suited for this technique will be included. This one-­‐shuttle weave is very efficient for production work. Precious yarns can be used sparingly and effectively because they are only used for patterning or to enrich a ground weave. The designs can be very flexible with a variety of patterns possible on one warp.

Prerequisites: intermediate weavers.

Materials Fee: $5. Students provide note taking materials, sharp pencil and eraser.



Sheila O’Hara

Now is your chance to get drafting and designing experience in the unique multiple warp weave structure that Sheila has been developing since 1976. Artwork and reversible functional items can be created using simple, elegant loom controlled designs or more complex imagery, using a pick-­‐up technique. Drafting will be explained for both 8 and 16 shafts, adaptable to 24 -­‐ 40 shafts. Students must have a basic understanding of drafting. An entertaining and informative slide lecture will cover the development of Sheila’s tapestries from Compu-­‐Dobby to hand jacquard looms. Students will be inspired to make warps with more than three colors & learn to laugh at weaving jokes.

Prerequisites: intermediate to advanced weaver -­‐ drafting knowledge required.

Materials Fee: $7 for handouts. Materials list provided after registration.



Lexi Boeger

This class will cover the basic technique of Navaho Plying, then turn it on its ear. For project #1 you will spin a highly textured single (extreme thick and thin, using multiple materials for texture changes) and then Navajo Ply it. We will explore how dramatic singles change this otherwise traditional technique into something surprising. For project #2 (Navajo Multi-­‐ply) you will experiment with using multiple plies and learn how to control them so that one dominates the others allowing you, the spinner, to dictate color changes and textural emphasis.

Prerequisites: Beginner spinner.

Materials Fee: none. Instructor will provide some fiber at no charge. Students bring spinning wheel, 5-­‐6 oz. wild and crazy fiber, semi-­‐felted farm wool, sari silk, you name it. Mix it up!


#1-­‐05 “WHAT DO I HAVE?” -­‐ 8:30

Stephenie Gaustad

A full bobbin can pose a guessing game. “How much yarn do I have?” followed shortly by “Do I have enough?” Knitters always seem to have the option of spinning more yarn to finish that sweater if they run short. But weavers need to know how close to sett their yarn and how many yards of warp yarn they need before they can begin. Then they can take a stab at how many yards of weft yarn they will need. This lively class on project yarn management and calculations will propose solutions and give you the tools you need to find out the answers.

Prerequisites: Participant should be able to warp a loom and weave it off as well as be able to spin a yarn. (Novice to Advanced).

Materials Fee: $2. Students bring at least two prospective weaving projects represented by its own full bobbin of warp yarn (two projects, two full bobbins). Bring a notebook, pen, pocket calculator with square root key, scissors and skein tying yarns.


#1-­‐06 TWINE A PLACEMAT -­‐ 8:30

Julie Barbic

Twining is a fun, creative way to quickly use up your new or used leftover fabrics and yarns to make rugs or placemats! You will learn the basics of twining while creating a placemat using a 12” x 16” portable loom (provided). You will explore various joining techniques with different fibers and fabrics. This ancient craft is often used for creating baskets, making woven articles and embroidered laces. It can also be used as a finishing technique on woven items plus working the weft by hand twisting and twining can be very relaxing and satisfying to the weaver.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $25 includes a 12” x 16” portable loom, 2 tapestry needles, and oodles of assorted fabrics and yarns.



Robin Lynde

Explore finger-­‐manipulated techniques including Danish medallions, Brooks bouquet, Spanish lace, rya, and leno, and clasped weft. Each of these techniques has the potential for infinite creativity depending on variables of yarn choice, scale, and position. Students will weave samplers to learn the techniques and to whet their appetites for continued exploration. By using two colors in the warp this project becomes not only a sampler of techniques, but of color interaction as well. These techniques may also be used on table and floor looms, adding to any weavers repertoire.

Prerequisites: Students must know basic operation of a Rigid Heddle Loom and how to weave plain weave.

Materials Fee: none. Instructions and materials list provided after registration.

#1-­‐08 “MEETS IN THE MIDDLE” TOP -­‐ 8:30

Lorna Miser

Learn to knit this flattering, chevron top by beginning with 2 triangles then working until body size is attained. You will learn how to pick up stitches on the front for the gusset and knit them sideways for the desired width. Then you will pick up armhole stitches and knit the sleeves of this attractive garment. Learn about yarn gauge options, custom sizing and combining other yarns, all while making a bear or doll size “Meets In The Middle” sweater in this class.

Prerequisites: basic knitting skills.

Materials Fee: none. Bring circular needle size 8 or 9 and 100 yards of heavy worsted or bulky yarn, stitch markers and basic

knitting notions.


#1–09 KUMIHIMO 101 -­‐ 9:00

Karen Huntoon

In this “hands-­‐on” introductory class you will learn the basics of Kumihimo and find out how easy it is make beautiful braids on the Kumihimo disk. It’s fun, it’s quick and it’s easy! You only need a few simple tools and best of all, you can take it anywhere! You’ll have fun playing with colors and textures. During the class, you will braid an 8 strand satin bracelet and learn the techniques for finishing the braid ends and attaching end caps. This classes is taught on a Kumihimo Disk.

Prerequisites: all levels.

Materials Fee: $25 includes Kumihimo Disk Kit (Hamanaka Disk, 16 bobbins, sample thread, Kumi Kards, illustrated instructions); satin cord and end caps to make a bracelet. Kits will be available in a variety of color ways. Materials list provided after registration.


#1-­‐10 WIRE CLOTH WITH A FLAIR -­‐ 9:00

Marilyn Moore

Students will receive three different 3” squares of wire cloth: copper, bronze and stainless steel. You will learn to cut, hem, corrugate and stitch on the wire cloth and see how to receive amazing flashes of color with a torch. Each 3” square can be cut to produce a pendant PLUS a pair of earrings. At least one pendant can be completed during class. Please do not wear perfume to this class.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $30 which includes 3 pieces of wire cloth, beads, wire, instruction sheet and findings. Students bring small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, metal burnisher (available for purchase in class), cutting mat, metal ruler, and awl.


#1-­‐11 VIKING KNITTING -­‐ 9:00

Marilyn Romatka

Also called “Viking Chain Knitting” and “Viking Weaving”, this jewelry technique is done with neither knitting needles nor a loom. Instead it is worked with thin wire on a stick. Examples of these chains have been found in various archeological sights in Scandinavia dating back to the 8th century A.D. This technique can be used to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The chain looks exquisite and complicated, but the process is simple and straightforward. This is a great, portable hand craft that you can do almost anywhere.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $10 for all the materials you will need.



Julia Kehew

Snug or slouchy, plain or fancy, make a racy felted beret! Students will learn wet felting techniques with a resist to create a unique wool beret and will receive tips on styling their hats to make them their own in this fast-­‐paced hat making extravaganza!!

Prerequisites: some experience laying out wool and wet felting.

Materials Fee: $15 includes fiber for one beret, soap, use of felting tools, and handout. Students should wear non skid shoes and clothing that can get damp. Bring a large bath towel and plastic trash bag for your project.


#1-­‐13 KNITTRx (combined with Aching Hands and Wrists) -­‐ 8:30

Carson Demers

Knitting is not a “no pain, no gain” activity. Yet many of us take better care of our favorite stash fiber than we do the fibers that allow us to knit—our bodies. Tired muscles, sore joints, aching backs and necks needlessly plague too many knitters and weavers. This class will teach you fun ways to take care of yourself. Unlearn techniques that don’t serve to keep you comfortable and learn to make choices to ease the work your hands do. Don’t

let the preventable keep you from doing what you love. Knit on, safely and comfortably! Prerequisites: need to know how to work

basic knit and purl stitches.

Materials Fee: none.


#1-­‐14 RINGS AND THINGS -­‐ 9:00

Anita Luvera Mayer

Design and complete a hand -­‐dyed shoulder-­‐sling-­‐tote bag featuring wrapped and beaded rings including several types of creative cording. Methods of couching and free form beading will be part of the session along with a display of the instructor’s wardrobe that features these techniques.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $35 for all class supplies (canvas bag, rings, thread, needles, beads). Students provide F or G

crochet hook ( if you know how to make a crocheted chain), scissors, a few straight pins and sewing needles, smooth white cloth to hold beads, and a thimble (optional).


#1-­‐15 ARASHI SHIBORI -­‐ 9:00


Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The designs created by shibori processes all share a softness of outline and spontaneity of design which is shibori’s special magic, made possible by exploiting the beauty of the fortuitous things that happen when dye enters shaped cloth. We will look at a quick history of shibori and its growth through samples from Japan,

India, Africa, and contemporary artists focusing on Through instruction and demonstration, you will learn the traditional technique of arashi shibori-­‐-­‐typically known as “pole-­‐wrapping”. You will be working on silk with acid dye and complete at least one scarf.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $20. Materials list provided after registration.



Gayle Still

Several protein fibers such as silk, wool, and alpaca will be put in a mushroom dye pot to explore the variation in color that can be achieved with different fibers, alum, iron mordants and pH change. As a bonus, you’ll rubber band marbles into a silk scarf that has been pre-­‐dyed with mushrooms and use the pressure cooker to set in a “mushroom look” when the marbles are removed.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $30 for all the materials you will need. Students bring note taking materials and an apron.



Linda Hartshorn

Painted warps add a whole new dimension to your weaving, and they are so much fun to weave. You will paint a tencel warp for a scarf with fiber reactive dyes. Learn how to sett a warp emphasis fabric, and how to use warp painting in combination with various weave structures. You will be inspired by a variety of samples in this wonderful technique, and you will take your painted warp home to weave!

Prerequisites: must know how to wind a warp.

Materials Fee: $10 includes dyes and workshop notebook. Materials list provided after registration.


#1-­‐18 HANDS-­‐ON GARMENT DESIGNER -­‐ 8:30

Susan Lazear

Garment Designer is pattern software that will help you make individual custom designed patterns that will fit your personal body measurements. Garment Designer is easy to use and provides you with many personal choices with the click of the mouse!!! It can be used for sewing (including your handwovens), knitting and various other projects. You will get an overview of how the software works for various approaches to garment design as you explore its broad range of capabilities and sizing options.

Prerequisites: some computer knowledge.

Materials Fee: None. Students will need a fully charged portable computer (Windows or Mac), power strip, usb memory stick, and note taking materials. Download the demo in advance of coming to the workshop ( or email: for instructions)



Therese Fisher

Learn to make a windmill knot and use it as a base for basketry. Once you have this foundation completed, you will use a warp wrapping technique for the walls of this lovely neck pouch. A fun project that makes a great gift! Finished project size: Length: 2”, Width: .75”, Height: 2.25” Note: Material currently used is Hamburg cane.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $20. Students bring measuring tape, scissors, awl, small pliers or hemostat, towel, small water bucket. Spray water bottle optional.


#1-­‐20 MANY STARTS -­‐ TWINING -­‐ 8:30

Margaret Mathewson

Learn a ‘bazillion’ ways to start a twined or wicker basket -­‐ as many as we can fit into three hours. We will explore many methods used around the world but will focus on starts from Western North America using your choice of soft natural materials: sedge and rush or reed/paper rush. I will also include a run down on the two twining slants (S and Z) and offer a few ways to splice weavers.

Prerequisites: prior knowledge of twining is VERY helpful and either slant is OK.

Materials Fee: $10. Students provide scissors or small clippers, a packing tool or awl, personal battery powered light if needed, and hand towel.