Conference Seminars – Sunday

CONFERENCE CLASSES OFFERED ON DAY 3, Sunday, June 4

M = Mini-workshops, meeting during both a.m. and p.m. sessions
S = Seminars, meeting during the p.m. session only

NOTE: All materials fees are paid directly to the instructors at the conference.

SUNDAY AM – 8:00-11:00
S11: Rosalie Neilson

Kumihimo: 16-Element Kongo Gumi Braid

Description: Learn about Japanese history from the perspective of kumihimo by following the historical development of Japanese plaited cords from fossilized remains in grave mounds to Samurai silk-laced armor to the fashion world of kimono, obi, obijime. See how current practitioners of kumihimo are evolving new designs to reflect changes in the world of plaited cords. Following the slide lecture, students will make a kumihimo key ring with the plaited cord known as Kongo Gumi using a round foam disk.

Student supply list:
 Basic: Tape measure; scissors; tapestry or sewing needle with eye big enough to thread a strand of 6-strand embroidery floss; film canister or medicine bottle with lid, filled with 35 pennies
 Materials for braid: Key ring; foam braiding disk (available at Braidershand, www.braidershand.com); ribbon – ¼” Spool o’Ribbon by Offray in 4 different colors (available at most craft stores like Michael’s; one skein of 6-strand embroidery floss which matches one of the ribbon color

Materials fee: $1 for handout

Skill level: All
Format: Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours
Class size: 24

S12: Eileen Hallman

Nui Shibori

Description: Nui shibori is stitched shibori; weavers know linear stitched shibori as woven shibori. We will gather and dye mill woven nui shibori developed by New World Textiles to experiment with one, two, and three colors in a piece. This play time will give you experience for dyeing your handwoven shibori.

Student supply list: Sharp snips, gloves, apron; a hairdryer or two would be helpful but not everyone needs to bring one

Materials fee: $10 (includes handout, fabric samples, and dyestuffs)

Skill level: All
Format: Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours
Class size: 15

SUNDAY AM – 9:00-11:00
S13: Michael Rohde

Houses for Nomads: A Tale of Three Continents

Description: In the summer of 2006, Michael spent a month traveling in the remote grasslands of eastern Tibet. The visit took him among nomadic yak herders, seldom visited villages, and many active monasteries. The trip was timed to allow visits to several festivals: a huge gathering of nomads, village shamans leading celebrations of the coming harvest and their mountain gods, and a horse festival in Litang. It was a special time, as things are changing: roads are being built, and the Chinese are fencing the yak grazing pastures and building houses to settle the nomads. Based on this experience, Michael created a series of more than twenty tapestries which were recently exhibited at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania. He will give a presentation with images of the tapestries and their inspirations.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 2 hours
Class size: 24

S14: Deborah Chandler

Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Beyond the Book

Description: Over many years of living and working in Guatemala, Deborah has had the honor and pleasure of working with many Mayan weavers. Their personal stories paint a picture of a vibrant, resilient culture exemplified by distinctive, colorful textiles. Deborah shares many of these stories in her most recent book, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala – Their Stories, Their Lives, co-written with Guatemalan Teresa Cordón. In this lecture and slide show, Deborah will expand on the book and share some of the many fascinating stories she was unable to include as well as how the artisans’ lives have continued on in the years since.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 2-3 hours
Class size: 24

S15: Mary Zicafoose

Symbols

Description: This inspirational slide show and seminar highlights outstanding examples of textiles from many cultures and many hands. We trace the use of several familiar archetypal symbols found in handwork over the ages, investi-gating their voice and impact on the world. A variety of inter-active exercises reinforce the importance of personal symbols in our life and creative work.

Student supply list: Note taking materials

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture/exercises
Duration: 2 hours
Class size: 24

S16: Jana Vander Lee

Modulated Thread Play: Ethel Stein

Description: How does she do it? We will study and discuss each stage of Ethel Stein’s dyeing, damask, lampass, and double weave: materials, techniques, composition, and ideas of pieces now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Also, we will look at her peers, as we find inspiration in their give and take.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 2 hours
Class size: 24

S17: Deb McClintock

Introduction to Natural Dyes

Description: Natural dyestuffs fall mainly into the following broad categories: leaves and stems, twigs and tree prunings, flower heads, barks, roots, insect dyes, outer skins, hulls and husks, heartwoods and wood shavings, berries and seeds, and lichens. We’ll talk about how to get those colors to “bite” with mordants, and consider how to use different “assists” to push the color in different directions. We’ll look back in time at what was used historically and talk about safety today. Deb will have many examples of colors produced by local dyestuffs.

Skill level: All
Format: Lecture
Duration: 2 hours
Class size: 24

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Crossing Threads/Connecting Cultures Registration Booklet

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