Conference Workshops and Seminars – Friday

CONFERENCE CLASSES OFFERED ON DAY 1, Friday June 2

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.

FRIDAY AM – 9:00-12:00
M1: Inge Marie Carmel

Exploring Scandinavian Art Weaves

Description: Dukagång, krabbsnår, and halvkrabba all fall under the broader category of Scandinavian Art Weaves – they are inlay techniques, woven mostly without a shuttle, and mostly originating from the Swedish province of Skåne. Traditionally woven on a 4-shaft horizontal loom, Marie has adapted these techniques so they can be woven on any loom. Woven weft-faced, these techniques are faster than tapestry, they lend themselves to modern interpretation, and are a great way to add pattern or decoration on a plain weave cloth. Any cross-stitch or grid pattern can be adapted to Dukagång.
Note: This class continues Friday afternoon.

Student supply list:
 Warped loom – it’s easier on a shaft loom, but a rigid heddle loom or even a frame loom will work. 70 ends of 12/6 carpet warp, or equivalent strong smooth warp, sett at 8 epi. You will need about a yard of warp for your sampler plus loom waste
 Shuttles – shuttle, bobbin and bobbin winder for background weft; netting shuttles for inlay (optional)
 Other – pickup sticks and/or weaving sword; scissors; Sharpie, note taking materials

Materials fee: $20 (includes handout and a kit of weft materials)

Skill level: All
Class size: 12
Duration: 1 day (2 units)

M2: Mary Zicafoose

New Strategies for New Works in Cloth

Description: This fast-paced day of 2-D and 3-D design exercises, individual critique, and discussions has been conceived to stimulate and energize your creative thinking. Emphasis will be placed on creating new work as well as expanding work into a series. Tools for greater efficiency, productivity and goal setting will be included. In total, we will set a holistic and robust curriculum to reinvigorate your personal work in textiles: the application of new ideas, the excitement of inspiration, and the satisfaction of adding new skills specific to your unique journey in cloth.
Note: This class continues Friday afternoon.

Student supply list: Will be provided to registered participants with registration confirmation.

Materials fee: $10 (includes handouts and additional supplies to be used in exercises)

Skill level: All
Class size: 15
Duration: 1 day (2 units)

M3: Eileen Hallman

Dyeing the New Cotton*

Description: Dyeing does not have to be scary or complicated—the newly available cotton accepts any dye without any extra chemicals. We will play with food coloring, cake decorating gel, fiber reactive dyes, natural dyes, and maybe even Rit.
Note: This class continues Friday afternoon.

Student supply list: Note taking materials, apron, gloves

Materials fee: $30 (includes handout, fiber, yarn, fabric, and dyestuffs)†

Skill level: All
Class size: 12
Duration: 1 day (2 units)

* Workshop will be held at the Sugar Land Arts Center

M4: Karen Hobbs

Animal Whisk Broom

Description: Create this charming, useful, whisk broom with an animal handle. Students will begin by choosing which animal is to their liking for the handle. They will then choose the broomcorn, hurl and colors, and learn how to center the hurl on the handle. From there, we will use basket reed to plait the collar and learn how to sew the brooms flat.
Note: This class continues Friday afternoon.

Student supply list: None

Materials fee: $42 – Instructor provides all materials

Skill level: All
Class size: 12
Duration: 1 day (2 units)

FRIDAY PM – 1:00-4:00
M1 Exploring Scandinavian Art Weaves – Inge Marie Carmel — Continued from morning session

M2 New Strategies for New Works in Cloth – Mary Zicafoose — Continued from morning session

M3 Dyeing the New Cotton – Eileen Hallman — Continued from morning session

M4 Animal Whisk Broom – Karen Hobbs — Continued from morning session

S1: Michael Rohde

Miao Textile Village Traditions

Description: Michael recently had the good fortune to spend a month in rural China visiting textile producing villages in Guizhou and Yunnan. These are special areas of the world since each village has its own particular dress or costume. Some employ weaving, some embroidery, some appliqué, and many employ indigo dyeing. Michael will share his experiences through a slide show and examples of the textile items he collected on his travels.

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

S2: Lynn Williams

Elevating Textiles with Embroidery

Description: Take your handwovens, felt, and silk fusion to the next level with simple stitching techniques. Embroidery is an effective way to create surface interest and dimension in textiles. This class will focus on using stitches as a kind of mark making or drawing. We will explore a variety of basic stitches as well as how to gather inspiration from traditional textiles and your daily environment.

Student supply list: Embroidery hoop or frame, scissors

Materials fee: $5 (includes fabric, embroidery floss, and needles)

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

S3: Deborah Chandler

The Looms of Guatemala

Description: In the US we do a wide variety of weaving techniques on our looms, adjusting our heddles and reeds as necessary. In Guatemala, it is far more common that for every new type of weaving there is a different loom. This lecture and slide show will showcase the colorful, intricate designs characteristic of Guatemalan weaving, and explain how these fabrics are created using a dizzying array of traditional looms and tools.

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

S4: Dee Dee Woodbury

Fun Felt Ornaments –

Description: An introduction to felt making, the students will learn to make felt beads and balls in the wet felt technique. The instructor will provide dry felt beads and ideas on making ornaments. No experience necessary, all equipment will be provided for you. Just come and have fun!

Student supply list: None; instructor provides all supplies

Materials fee: None

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

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