Pre-Conference Workshops

NOTE: All materials fees are paid directly to the instructors at the conference. Members may register for a pre-conference workshop and not register for the conference.


W-1 Weaving Origami
Susie Taylor

Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 pm to Friday, May 31 at Noon

Description: This workshop will introduce students to a method of setting up their looms and weaving with individually weighted warp sections that are not tied to the back beam, but instead hang over the back of the loom, weighted down by S hooks and water bottles, etc. This technique will allow them to weave discontinuous strips of cloth that can be manipulated to produce dimensional effects. Susie will be teaching her method of weaving origami, but students are encouraged to explore the dimensional possibilities within their own work.
The warping instructions are for a 9” wide sample with 1” sections, but students will notice the outer sections are 2” wide, which will create a side border. Susie primarily weaves with linen, but for the purpose of this workshop, she recommends 8/2 or 20/2 cotton because they are both practical and affordable. Feel free to set up your loom with 20/2 linen if desired. In the warp, Susie prefers white, cream, or other light colors, but feel free to experiment with color with your weft yarns. The sample will be primarily plain weave, however if you have an 8-shaft loom, you can experiment with twills.
This workshop starts with a short exercise using cut paper and folding. This will allow students to see (in paper form) what they will be weaving. The paper models are very useful when it is time to manipulate (fold) the woven samples.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Students should bring a loom threaded using Susie’s instructions, weft yarns, bobbins, shuttles, cloth and paper scissors, measuring tape, masking tape, tapestry needles, C clamps to attach table looms to tables for stability, and 3 to 6 water bottles for weighting warp. Susie uses approximately 2.6 pounds of weight on each B section. She recommends two 16-oz. water bottles per weighted B section. You can adjust the amount of water in the bottles for your preference. Please resolve any threading errors before the workshop. We will start with 4” of woven cloth as a header.
Instructor will bring aluminum rods, waxed linen lacing cord, cardboard shuttles, S hooks, tape or glue, handouts.
Pre-Conference Registration Workshop Cost: $185

Materials fee: $20
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Duration: 2 days      Class size: 12



W-2 Weaving Spatially
Gabrielle Duggan

Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 pm to Friday, May 31 at Noon
Description: Students will weave on a loom with unconventional materials, and then expand into space from that initial plane (cloth), both on and off-loom. The on-loom weaving will create opportunities for off-loom intervention (such as overshot and
doubleweave) to translate the 2D cloth into a 3D object. Off the loom, we can then experiment with wet media for stiffeners to expand the cloth in 3D space.
Student equipment/supply requirements: 8-harness loom threaded as assigned (table or floor), bobbins and shuttles, gloves, apron, sketchbook. Optional: works, samples, and materials that the student is not happy with and which may be interesting in physically dissecting for this process.

Pre-Conference Registration Workshop Cost: $185
Materials fee: $25 – Includes wires, stiffeners, and miscellaneous weft materials
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Duration: 2 days       Class size: 12 

W-3 Learn to Weave on a Multi-Harness Loom: Start to Finish!
Anne Cameron

Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 pm to Friday, May 31 at Noon

Description: In this workshop, you will learn everything you need to know to prepare, warp, and dress a four-harness twill design on a multi-harness loom. Students will warp their looms on Day 1 and weave their projects on Day 2. We will cover weaving terminology, how to read a draft, how to plan a project, how to measure, beam, thread, tie on, weave, finish, and wet finish a project. All students will complete all the steps of weaving and go home with a twill sampler and/or scarf. Each student will receive a packet of detailed instructions to take home as well.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Scissors, tape measure, straight pins, note paper, and pencil. Students who have their own four-harness (or more) loom that is portable are encouraged to bring their own loom (with a $20 discount on the materials fee).

Pre-Conference Registration Workshop Cost: $185
Materials fee: $50 per participant for all yarn, materials and equipment, loom rental, take-home packet of instructions/handouts. ($20 discount for students who bring their own loom).
Skill level: Beginning
Duration: 2 days             Class size: 12 

W-4 Diamonds in Cedar
Polly Adams Sutton

Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 pm to Thursday, May 30 at 3:00 pm
Description: Using wire and ash over cedar bark spokes, this basket will be twined, employing two techniques of X’s. Diamond patterns will be visible, inside and out. A double lashed border will finish this small basket.

Student equipment/supply requirements: Squirt bottle, packing tool, basket shears, tapestry needle

Pre-Conference Registration Workshop Cost: $125
Materials fee: $80 – Includes wire, prepared ash, prepared cedar bark, pattern
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Duration: 1 ½ days     Class size: 12



W-5 Four Shaft Tapestry Weaving
Joanne Hall

Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 pm to Friday, May 31 at 4:00 pm
Description: In this class you will weave a sampler of four shaft tapestry techniques. These are techniques that I have used for weaving tapestry commissions, including some very large tapestries During the arts and crafts movement of 100 years ago, Swedish weavers needed techniques to weave tapestries more quickly. Individual weavers developed these techniques in different ways, providing opportunities for today’s weavers. After learning from Hans Krondahl, who studied at the Handarbetets Vanner, the Friends of Handcraft in Stockholm, where tapestry weaving is taught and large tapestry commissions are woven.

I have continued to expand upon these non-traditional techniques of tapestry weaving. Along with the four shaft weaving techniques, we will also apply color principles and take advantage of color possibilities. Student equipment/supply requirements: Pre-warped four shaft loom, 12” minimum weaving width, although a little wider is helpful, scissors, tape measure, a stick shuttle or slender boat shuttle.
Pre-Conference Registration Workshop Cost: $225
Materials fee: $40 – Includes linen warps, sent in advance, postage, quills, wool and linen weft
Skill level: Intermediate; some tapestry weaving experience is helpful, but not necessary
Duration: 2 ½ days      Class size: 14 

W-6 Triad Dyeing
Peggy Doney

Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Description: Triad dyeing is a systematic way to create 66 colors from three dye stocks using simple proportions. Learn how to mix dye stock; prep white, tan, and grey yarn samples for dyeing; and use the triad recipes to create 198 samples to take home.
This triad display shows the variety of colors that are obtained from the three stock colors, which are seen in the vertices of the triangle. Students will leave the class with a notebook similar to this one containing pages with the recipes and samples of each color, as well as notes on basic acid dyeing techniques and how to use the recipes for larger dye batches.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Students will bring an apron, pen or pencil, and should wear old clothes and comfortable shoes (not sandals).
Pre-Conference Registration Workshop Cost: $100
Materials fee: $35 – Includes pre-cut yarn in three colors, dyes, recipes, dyeing equipment, gloves, notebooks, sample pages, and class notes
Skill level: All
Duration: 1 day  Class size: 20




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