Saturday PM


Madelyn van der Hoogt

Although you can’t always get exactly the same effects on four shafts as on more, there are many ways to convert multi-­‐shaft drafts to fewer shafts with satisfying results. This seminar shows how to reduce the number of shafts (no matter how many there are) in twill drafts and the number of blocks in a profile draft to achieve similar fabrics on whatever loom you have. Not only are the results rewarding, but the process leads to greater understanding of how weave structures work.

Prerequisites: Advanced Beginner and up.

Materials Fee: $5 for handout booklet. Students bring note taking materials including pencils and good eraser.


#2-­‐02 BEGINNING CARD WEAVING (Threaded-­‐in Design)

Marilyn Romatka

Weaving with just threads and a deck of cards? Is it possible? Yes! This popular ingenious weaving technique has been around since before the Middle Ages. It produces beautiful contemporary bands that can be used as belts, jewelry, bookmarks, trim, etc. The “threaded-­‐in design” techniques are taught in this beginner’s class. Once you learn to weave with cards, there are a lot more challenging techniques you will want to learn… the possibilities of card weaving are practically inexhaustible!!! All materials are provided, and at the end of class you take home the threaded card deck for many continued hours of happy weaving.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $12 for all the materials you will need. Just bring a sturdy belt to class, one that will fit comfortably around your hips (not waist) to which you will anchor your warp threads while weaving.



Peggy Osterkamp

When you have finer threads, warping can be speeded up significantly by warping with multiple threads at once. This is where a paddle comes in to play. It keeps threads in order with a thread-­‐by-­‐thread cross which is essential. Both the “all holes” paddle and the “slot and hole” paddle will be demonstrated with plenty of time for practice by the participants. Whether you warp back-­‐to-­‐front or front-­‐ to-­‐back this is a handy tool for the hand weaver. The “paddle” may seem mysterious but it is actually easy once  you understand how it works and get the hang of it after a little practice.

Prerequisites: intermediate weavers.

Materials Fee: $10. Materials list provided after registration.



Sheila O’Hara

The Summer and Winter weave structure lends itself to creative designs including geometric and figurative patterns in a reversible fabric. You will learn drafting basics so you can develop your own patterns with 8 or more shafts using different tie-­‐downs to alter the appearance of your fabric. Students must understand basic drafting. Learn how to enhance your designs by using multiple colors in the warp as well as in the weft to add Spring and Fall to your future weaving projects.

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

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



Lexi Boeger

The first step in this two-­‐step process will be to spin a single in very lofty mohair over a decorative core so that the mohair becomes translucent. Step two will be plying this single in many different ways against a thin commercial material. You will learn how to make waves, coils, twists and knots.

Prerequisites: Beginner spinner.

Materials Fee: none. Instructor will provide some fibers at no charge. Students bring 2 oz. mohair (locks, batts, or roving), decorative yarn for the core (it will show, so look for something with color and texture), 1 ball lace-­‐weight commercial mohair yarn.



Stephenie Gaustad

Once your handspun yarn is on the bobbin, is there anything you can do to improve that yarn? Yes! You can make your singles and plied yarns more consistent, easier to manage and have a better hand. Plus, you can take a slick yarn and make it fuzzy, and a matte yarn and make it lustrous. All of this falls under the topic of yarn finishing. Prerequisites: should be able to make a handspun

single yarn on either spindle or wheel (novice to advanced). Materials Fee: $10 for handouts and spinning fibers. Students bring spinning wheel or spindle, niddy noddy, lazy kate with two full bobbins, and at least six skeins of handspun yarn.



Julie Barbic

Cardboard pin looms are not child’s play anymore! This is a fun, portable and inexpensive way to create a beautiful woven piece. With snippets of elegant yarn scraps you can create small bags in a continuous circle with no seams. Or, you can experiment with tapestry techniques and design an abstract for a purse front or framed piece. After review of many woven samples on a pin loom,

choose a pre-­‐made pin loom from an assortment of sizes some pre-­‐warped, some not and get started as you experiment with texture, color, and weave structure.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $5. Includes pre-­‐ made pin looms, warp, many varieties and colors of yarn thrums and 2 large “eye” needles. Students bring note taking materials and scissors. Optional: left over

yarns and/or thrums.



Robin Lynde

Rigid heddle weaving does not have to be limited to plain weave. Learn to weave warp and weft floats using pick-­‐up sticks and expand on these techniques to create additional lace designs. Use of supplementary weft expands the design potential even more with creation of honeycomb and deflected weft patterns. Participants will weave samplers using these techniques. They will also learn to make heddle rods to replace one or more pick-­‐up sticks to facilitate weaving patterns that call for more than one pick-­‐up stick.

Prerequisites: Students must know basic operation of a Rigid Heddle Loom and be able to weave plain weave. Instructions and materials list provided after registration.



Lorna Miser

Open a whole new source of knitting “yarns” by cutting fabric strips. Learn many ways to cut the fabric and join ends plus tips on what types of fabrics work best. Find out what tools are available to make the cutting faster, easier and more accurate. Then try knitting with different widths of strips and different fabric types. You’ll get some practice in class by making a small pouch or purse. I’ll also discuss what kinds of designs work best with fabric knitting and how to combine it with other yarns and textures for even more stunning results.

Prerequisites: basic knitting skills.

Materials Fee: none. Students bring 1 yd. of cotton fabric (batik preferred), assorted needles (US 8-­‐13), scissors, ruler or cutting matt, and rotary cutter -­‐ optional.



Karen Huntoon

Painting with Beads is a playful approach to kumihimo and opens all kinds of doors for endless creativity. This class gives students the opportunity to combine designing, beading and braiding. Students will learn how to “drop” beads and design a beaded necklace with different sequences of patterns and colors. Students will start (some may finish) an 8 strand Painting with Beads necklace.

Level of Expertise: Kumihimo 101; must have experience with braiding on a kumihimo disk. Some experience with “dropping” beads is helpful. Student

Materials Fee: $18 includes Toho or Miyuki seed beads, C-­‐Lon cord, wide eye needle, end caps. Kits will be available in a variety of color ways. Materials list provided after registration.



Marilyn Moore

These asymmetrical earrings will please the eye as well as you learn how to twine with fine colored wires. Blending colors is also another exciting option which will be discussed. At the end of class you will have a pair of stunning earrings to add to your collection. Please do not wear perfume to this class.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $50 includes instruction sheet, two spools of wire, prepared wires for spokes, 3 E-­‐Z Bobs. Students bring small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, small weaverite packing tool (available for purchase in class), embroidery needles (sizes 1-­‐5), and personal battery powered light/headlamp.



Julia Kehew

Wet felting can result in gorgeous accessories but consider the other possibilities! Handmade wool felt is stain resistant, durable, and practical for housewares you use every day such as potholders, cushion covers, placemats, and tool caddies. Plus there are more wool options for felt than just merino. Learn the useful properties of different types and thicknesses of wool to decide the perfect combination for your project. Experiment with basic felt making and embellishing techniques to

create a unique piece of flat felt that can later be transformed into a one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind item for your home.

Prerequisites: None.

Materials Fee: $15 includes wool for a piece of embellished flat felt, use of felting tools, soap and handout including instructions for household items. Students should wear non skid shoes and clothing that can get damp. Bring a large bath towel and plastic trash bag for your project.



Carson Demers

Enjoying your fiber art shouldn’t create pain or discomfort. Understanding ergonomic risk factors found in any environment can help reduce your risk of injury. This class will teach you to identify ergonomic risk and how to reduce it through improved posture, body mechanics and other techniques. Students may also send short video clips of particular ergonomic challenges to Carson (at least 2 weeks before class) for analysis.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: none.



Anita Luvera Mayer

Participants will complete a series of note cards featuring a range of embroidery stitches presented in contemporary designs. A variety of yarns and colors will be used along with an individual approach to creative designing with the cards serving as a collection of samples or as unique gifts. The instructor’s collection of ethnic textiles and her personal wardrobe that features embroidery will be available to examine.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $25 for all class supplies including cards, fabric, yarns, beads, and needles. Students should bring scissors, small fabric glue stick and optional thimble.


#2-­‐15 ITAJAMI SHIBORI (clamping)


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 Itajami techniques. instruction and demonstration you will learn the traditional technique of itajami shibori-­‐-­‐typically known as “clamping”. You will be working on silk with acid dye

and complete at least one scarf.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials list provided after registration.



Linda Hartshorn

Hand paint and embellish two silk scarves with brilliant colors from plants, minerals, and an insect! Discover how to use natural dyes for surface design in a fun, hands-­‐on workshop. You will make natural paint dyes from extracts, and thicken them for stamping designs onto fabric. Take the scarves home to rinse out after they have cured.

Prerequisites: none
Materials Fee: $20 includes two silk scarves, dyes, and workshop notebook. Students need to bring an apron and/or old clothes and rubber gloves.



Susan Lazear

This workshop will focus on working with handwoven fabrics and fashion inspirations to create unique ensembles. Students will learn about planning and/or analyzing a fabric in order to choose an appropriate style. Considerations for various stages such as pattern planning, cutting, sewing and embellishment techniques, etc., will be included. Fashion inspirations will be shown to suggest creative techniques you can adopt in your garment building. Combining handwoven with commercial fabrics will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: comfort with weaving fabric.

Materials Fee: none. Students bring note taking materials and a piece of handwoven fabric.



Gayle Still

Create functional fiber art by coiling a basket. You will explore color and form using the figure eight and lazy squaw stitches, how to change colors and shaping techniques. You will be using yarns, including mushroom dyed wool, to cover flexible cordage and then top it off with feathers. Other fibers and embellishments will be discussed using this technique, and how you can apply it to recycle leftover yarn, fabric, beads and notions.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $15 for all materials required. Students bring scissors and a tapestry needle.



Margaret Mathewson

Learn a ‘bazillion ways to end a basket with round spokes. We will explore rims that are better for large or small material and wide or narrow spacing, from a variety of worldwide sources. Students will work on a model -­‐ a wooden base with flexible coated wire ‘spokes’. They may choose to leave the model or take it home.

Model fee: $25 (optional).

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of twining.

Materials Fee: none. Student supplied materials: notepad, pencil, strong personal light or headlamp(battery powered).



Therese Fisher

All skill levels will enjoy this class as it introduces a whole new way of weaving. Using prepared 4-­‐ply cotton cords, you will complete a colorful, wavy ply-­‐split braid attached to a key ring. The technique, which comes to us from India, is called ply-­‐splitting. The structure is called SCOT (single-­‐course oblique twining). Attach the finished product to your scissors, luggage or other item for a unique way to identify them. Note, I have permission from Linda Hendrickson to teach this, as it is her original pattern. I will also demonstrate making 4-­‐ply cordage.

Prerequisites: none.

Materials Fee: $10 Students bring scissors and Latch hook tool or Grip Fid.