Conference Workshops and Seminars – Saturday

CONFERENCE CLASSES OFFERED ON DAY 2, Saturday June 1

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

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

SATURDAY Morning  – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
S-3 Weaving Origami and Other Dimensional Possibilities
Susie Taylor

Description: Learn how Susie was inspired to combine weaving with origami techniques. This class will present students with detailed photos and videos of her process of weaving discontinuous pleats that become folded into origami-inspired compositions. Students will be exposed to straightforward modifications that Susie makes to her loom and her weaving
process. Hands-on samples will be available for the class to look at and touch. In addition, there are many other weavers exploring dimensional techniques that we will look at discuss. Susie hopes to inspire weavers to explore the dimensional possibilities within our own work.

Student equipment/supply requirements: None

Materials fee: None

Skill level: All      Format: Lecture
Duration: 3 hours     Class size: 20

S-4 Webwords
Gabrielle Duggan

Description: Students in this workshop will initiate a new work and begin prints derived from this original. The “master” will be developed by working yarn around a frame according to principles common to crochet, knitting, and weaving techniques (familiarity is encouraged but not required). Mark-making with this original work will then be explored.

Student equipment/supply requirements: Frames (8”X8” – 16”X16” stretcher bars (square, rectangular, or other proportions will work equally well); empty thrift store frames can also work; paint brushes, sponges, and miscellaneous mark-makings for wet media; materials of interest, such as strands (yarn, thread, wires, etc.) and wet (paint, ink, natural dyes, etc.)

Materials fee: $15 – Includes wet-media, papers for printing, yarns, and materials fundamental to the class objective.
Skill level: All      Format: Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours     Class size: 12

S-5 Ply Study: A Spinning Workshop
Alissa Barton

Description: Ever wonder what else you can do, rather than just a basic two-ply or soft single? Me too, and so I have put this class together to explore the options. We will be making plain yarns, but with some truly fascinating differences. What is the difference between a four-ply and a cable ply? How do you get a diamond ply? Why would you want to? This and so much more!
Student equipment/supply requirements: Students should have their own spinning wheel, lazy Kate and extra bobbins, and 4 oz. prepared fiber they are comfortable spinning.
Materials fee: None
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate spinner – one should be able to spin a single that will hold together when plying.     Format: Hands-on

Duration: 3 hours     Class size: 20

M-6 Chasing Beargrass
Polly Adams Sutton

Description: Chase twine Northwest sweetgrass over prepared cedar bark while simultaneously weaving beargrass. Preparation of beargrass will be demonstrated. The finish is a saw-tooth folded border.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Squirt bottle, packing tool, basket shears, tapestry needle, old towel
Materials fee: $75 – Includes hand-gathered Northwest sweetgrass and prepared
cedar bark, beargrass, waxed linen, pattern
Skill level: Beginning to Intermediate      Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day     Class size: 12

M-7 Pick-Up Band Weaving
Yohannah Klingensmith

Description: Have you ever admired band loom weaving? Band loom weaving is easy, fun, portable, and doesn’t require expensive equipment. I will bring pre-warped heddle reeds for students to weave on and introduce them to the basic technique. In the afternoon, each student will learn to warp a band reed and weave on it. I will also introduce pick-up design.
We will have a two-treadle band loom warped for students to use. Each weaver will receive their own band weaving heddle reed and shuttle. These hand-crafted reeds are included in the materials fee, and students will take them home.
Student equipment/supply requirements: None
Materials fee: $50
Skill level: Beginning – no experience is required      Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day     Class size: 20

M-8 Seam Finishes – A Hands-On Exploration of Different Ways to Control Those Fuzzy Edges!
Lynne Lovett

Description: Join us to learn how to securely finish the edges of your handwoven fabric. We’ll explore ways to finish the edges with just our sewing machine, by binding the edges and by enclosing them. Which one do you use and when? We’ll discover that along the way, too. In this hands-on class, you will bring your sewing machine and take home over 15 samples of edge finishes perfect for handwoven fabric. From now on, the inside will be as finished and pretty as the outside!
Student equipment/supply requirements: Sewing machine in good working order with manual; new sewing machine needles, size 80/12 sharp or microtex; two empty bobbins; basic sewing kit including at least: scissors, pins, tape measure, seam ripper, fabric marker/chalk/pencil; note-taking supplies
Materials fee: $25 – Includes pre-cut kit with woven fabric for edge finishing; silk, tricot, and cotton for binding; thread; handout with detailed instructions for each process
Skill level: All – you just need to know how to use your sewing machine       Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day     Class size: 12

M-9 Ply Split Braiding – Make a Rose Bracelet
Eileen Thompson

Description: Participants will learn the rudiments of ply split braiding and make a bracelet in the Roses and Crosses pattern by Julie Hedges.
Student equipment/supply requirements: None
Materials fee: $25 – Participants will receive enough cords made by the instructor to
make one bracelet, a magnetic clasp, and a double-pointed gripfid. Instructor will contact students ahead of time for their choice of color way.
Skill level: All      Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day     Class size: 12

M-10 Anthropomorphic Rabbit Figure: Mad as a March Hare
Joyce Hazelrig

Description: In folklore, the Rabbit or Hare is a symbol of clever trickery and clownish antics, charming people throughout time, from the March Hare to Bre’r Rabbit and Bugs Bunny. Create this anthropomorphic figure with needle felting! Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool over wire using special needles and fiber. Using wool fiber, we will layer and shade our character with rich natural tones: golds, browns, and grays.

We will make a wire armature for our tall 15”+ figure, with wired pose-able ears and articulated hands. When creating them, they always start to take on a life of their own. They may turn out slightly crazy looking, maybe a bit disturbed or secretive, or simply too adorable for words. It’s really quite out of my control. Just so you know, that’s kind of what makes them so wonderful!
Student equipment/supply requirements: Large (10” x 7” or so) felting pad; any felting tools you want to bring, such as a Clover brand multi-tool, although I usually have some for sharing in class; if you like, something for your Rabbit to hold, like a silk flower or tiny basket, like the March Hare in the photo.
Materials fee: $25 – Each student will receive a kit which includes core and colored topcoat fiber, pre-cut armature wire/chenille stems, and detail fiber (horsehair whiskers), specialized double felting needles, and a small felting pad if necessary.
Skill level: Intermediate      Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day     Class size: 15

SATURDAY Afternoon  – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
S-6 Multi-Media Fiber Works
Gabrielle Duggan

Description: Through an artist’s talk, the work presented will be discussed as spatial (installation, performance) strategies for fiber-based materials and techniques. These strategies will then be applied through individual and group exercises, building off of weaving foundations such as tension, backstrap weaving, and muscle memory. Traditional practices will be brought back to the basics to consider alternative paths.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Materials of interest, such as strands (yarn, thread, wires, etc.); sketchbooks, individual note-taking materials and papers for ideating. Optional: works, samples, and materials that the student is not happy with and which may be interesting in physically dissecting for this process
Materials fee: $15 – Includes papers for printing, yarns, and materials fundamental to the class objective
Skill level: All      Format: Lecture/Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours     Class size: 20

S-7 Unlocking the Weaving Universe: Reading Drafts and Wrangling Blocks
Inga Marie Carmel

Description: Do you look at weaving drafts in complete bewilderment or follow them but wonder what is really going on? Ever see a weaving draft but wish the pattern was bigger or smaller? Want to design your own patterns?
Many drafts are written as profile drafts and use block weaves. We will look at different ways a draft is written, how to read them, and how you get from a profile draft to a threading draft. Using a profile draft you design, we will develop the threading draft for one or more weave structures.

Understanding how blocks work in weaving unlocks a whole universe of design possibilities, and allows you to develop your own patterns or adapt a weaving profile to your own project. It really is the key to the weaving universe.

Student equipment/supply requirements: Graph paper, pencils, erasers, and a sense of adventure

Materials fee: $5 – For handouts

Skill level: Beginners with some experience, Intermediate      Format: Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours     Class size: 20

S-8 Spinning for Socks: A Spinning Workshop
Alissa Barton

Description: In this class we will talk about what makes up a good sock yarn and practice spinning fine yarn. Alissa will show many examples and talk about how she came up with the various yarns.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Students should have their own spinning wheel, lazy Kate, and extra bobbins.
Materials fee: $35 – Includes 4 oz. of hand-dyed spinning fiber in roving form appropriate for socks and handouts
Skill level: Beginning to Intermediate spinner      Format: Hands-on
Duration: 3 hours     Class size: 20


Conference Classes continued from morning session:

M-6 Chasing Beargrass – Polly Adams Sutton
M-7 Pick-Up Band Weaving – Yohannah Klingensmith
M-8 Seam Finishes – Lynne Lovett
M-9 Ply Split Bracelet – Make a Rose Bracelet – Eileen Thompson
M-10 Anthropomorphic Rabbit Figure: Mad as a March Hare – Joyce Hazelrig
 
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