CONFERENCE CLASSES OFFERED ON DAY 1, Friday May 31
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
FRIDAY Morning – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
M-1 Waves on Cedar
Description: Using cedar bark for the spokes, this sculptural basket uses basic twining to undulate the cedar with the placement of the wire. The finish is an easy lashed border of yellow cedar outer bark.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Squirt bottle, packing tool, basket shears, tapestry needle
Materials fee: $75 – Includes wire, prepared cedar bark and outer bark, pattern
M-2 Two Tone Weaver’s Stool
Description: You will find many uses for the Weaver’s Stool after it is finished. The title “Weaver’s Stool” lets you know you will use this when preparing your loom to weave, whether cranking on the warp, threading the heddles, or perhaps when changing your tie up. The stool is a beautiful addition to any home simply as a footstool. In this mini-workshop, students will weave a two tone twill seat on a solid wood frame with one pattern on the top and a different twill on the underside. The top will be a diamond pattern and the underside a herringbone. Learn the techniques to tension the reed and find your pattern row after row.
Instructor provides the tools needed for this project.
Student equipment/supply requirements: N/A – instructor provides all
M-3 Acadian Hand Towels and Finishing Techniques
Description: In this class we will weave simple “plain weave” fingertip towels with traditional Acadian designs. You will bring your loom warped and ready to weave with 8/2 cotton. You will weave a sampler with various finishing techniques and then go on to weave your hand towels at home with traditional Acadian patterns.
We will also explore a brief history of the move of the Acadians from the royal courts of the French kings to Canada and down to the bayous of Louisiana where they became known as the Cajuns.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Rigid heddle loom or four shaft floor loom or table loom; 10-dent reed; two or three boat or stick shuttles; winder for your boat shuttles; scissors; tape measure; tapestry needle; 6” ruler
Materials fee: $30 – Includes yarn and handouts, which include instructions for all the finishing techniques and some information on the Acadians. The instructor can either measure the warps and mail them to the student or send the student instructions on how to do it themselves.
Skill level: All Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day Class size: 20
M-4 Exploring Four Shaft Shadow Weaves
Description: Shadow Weave is a fascinating color and weave effect that gives the weaver a lot of design bang for only a minimal investment in extra time. Come learn how it works, different threading structures, varieties in treadling, and how variations can really change the look of the cloth. You will leave energized and amazed. (Note: This is a combination lecture and round-robin class where each weaver will have the opportunity to weave 12 generous samples and will be provided with the weaving draft for each.)
Student equipment/supply requirements: None
Materials fee: $75 – Includes the cost of yarn, multiple drafts and other handouts, folders, page protectors, etc. as well as use of a pre-warped table loom, shuttles, etc.
Skill level: Intermediate Format: Hands-on
Duration: 1 day Class size: 12
M-5 Romantic Wraps
Description: Immerse yourself in play with fiber and color as you create a romantic nuno felted scarf with fabulous textural surface effects. Learn to make rosettes and abstract ruffles. Your piece will be bohemian and romantic!
Student equipment/supply requirements: Two to four old flat towels, a fertilizer spray bottle (Flo-Master model 5HD is available at Home Depot for $8 – it works great!) or ball brauser to wet out with, scissors that will cut fabric. Wear comfortableclothes and shoes that can get a little wet.
Materials fee: $35 – Includes scarf-sized piece of instructor’s hand-dyed silk chiffon, 30 grams of superfine wool roving, a selection of materials to use for embellishment, use of bubble wrap, soap, plastic to cover, piece of pool noodle
Skill level: All – some experience laying out wool for felting will be helpful
Pre-Conference Workshops continued from Thursday, May 30:
W-1 Weaving Origami – Susie Taylor
W-2 Weaving Spatially – Gabrielle Duggan
W-3 Learn to Weave on a Multi-Harness Loom: Start to Finish! – Anne Cameron
W-5 Four Shaft Tapestry Weaving – Joanne Hall
FRIDAY Afternoon – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Description: Like a moth to light, we were drawn to the kaleidoscope. Don’t get burned when spinning only to have your dancing colors bog down into ho-hum. We’ll explore several ways to preserve those lusciously colored rovings that we’ve all purchased instead of losing their lovely distinctiveness.
Student equipment/supply requirements: Students will bring spinning wheel in good working order, three empty bobbins, lazy Kate, wheel oil (if needed), pencil or pen.
Materials fee: $10 – Includes fibers for spinning, class notes, and folder
Skill level: Advanced beginner to Intermediate spinners. Students must know their wheels and be able to spin both directions comfortably.
S-2 Fibers or Where on Earth Did This Yarn Come From?
Description: We still use the fibers our grandmas used, but we have so much more available in the 21st Century! We think we know our ancestor’s cotton and wool. But wool comes in many forms – those who think wool is scratchy haven’t met Merino sheep! All wools are not the same, and what about llama, camel, and alpaca? And why is cashmere so darn expensive? Join us for an exploration of different fibers – cellulose, protein, man-made, and even some fibers that make the lines a little blurry. You’ll have an opportunity to feel the fibers and even (in most cases) see the yarn that fiber makes. And, since we know that we all suffer from information overload at CHT, you’ll take home a notebook with a detailed handout and with samples of the fibers for future
Student equipment/supply requirements: Note-taking supplies
Materials fee: $20 – Includes notebook with handout and samples of each fiber
Skill level: All Format: Lecture
Duration: 3 hours Class size: 25
Conference Classes continued from Friday morning session:
M-1 Waves on Cedar – Polly Adams Sutton
M-2 Two Tone Weaver’s Stool – Karen Hobbs
M-3 Acadian Hand Towels and Finishing Techniques – Yohannah Klingensmith
M-4 Exploring Four Shaft Shadow Weaves – Mary Berry
M-5 Romantic Wraps – Suzanne Morgan
W-5 Four Shaft Tapestry Weaving – Joanne Hall*
*Pre-conference Workshop continued from morning session