Conference Workshops

All classes will be held 9-12 and 1:30 - 5 on Friday/Saturday and 9-12 on Sunday
Participants will indicate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices
Participants are normally expected to be 18 years or older, however those wishing to bring younger weavers etc. may apply on a case by case basis.


Garment Construction
Tablet Weaving
RR indicates Round Robin Format


Novice — Interested, but lacking in basic skills
Beginner — Some experience with equipment and able to perform basic techniques
Intermediate — Comfortable with equipment; experienced in a variety of techniques; able to plan, draft, and design work
Advanced — Very comfortable with equipment, skilled at a wide variety of techniques, willing to experiment.


101 - Warp Painting FULL
Instructor: Su Butler
Experience level: Novice to Advanced
Materials fee: $45.00
Equipment required: None
Students are required to bring at least 6 warps prepared to teacher specifications. An overview of color theory, mostly discussion of the value scale and application to dyeing and color mixing, begins this workshop. Students then learn to mix chemical warp paintingwater and dye stocks from powdered dyes. Different application techniques will be taught, and both steaming and batching of dyed warps will be utilized. Students will receive detailed handouts so they can duplicate their experience at home. At least 6 warps will be painted. Instruction will include resist methods, surface design techniques, discharge, overdyeing and hand manipulated techniques. In addition to protein and cellulose fibers, experimentation will be done with blends. Students will create a notebook of dye recipes to use in the future. This class is suitable for any level dyer who wishes to learn about warp painting.

103 - Woven Shibori with Natural Dyes
Instructor: Linda Hartshorn

Experience level: Intermediate
Materials fee: $25.00
Equipment required: None
woven shiboriWeave, tie and dye your own unique patterned fabrics! Woven shibori fabric has extra threads woven in that are pulled up to gather the cloth before dyeing. Learn to layer different natural dyes to create various color effects. Fabrics will be woven at home from drafts supplied by the instructor, and dyed in the workshop. We will explore overdyeing, discharge, resists, and pleating with our fabrics and get fascinating results.

104 - Don’t Change the Sheets, Change the Cloth
Instructor: Anita Luvera Mayer

Experience level: Novice to Advanced
Materials fee: $60.00
Equipment required: None
Students will use different dye methods on fabric and paper. Two silk scarves will be completed using variouschange the cloth embellishment techniques. Students will create a reference notebook of a wide range of fabric samples including surface design using resist, rust dyeing, discharge, fabric paint, fabric crayons, shibori along with contemporary embroidery stitches, cording, beading, and mirror work. A polar fleece scarf featuring wrapped rings and beading will be completed in addition to creating silk scarves using rust and shibori and fabric paint.

105 - The How-To’s of Successful Fabric Marbling
Instructor: Regina St. John

Experience level: Novice to Advanced
Materials fee: $60.00
Equipment required: None
Students will bring 6-8 blank silk scarves, no larger than 17” x 66.” Scarves shall be pre-washed, and may be white or mottlemarblingd dyed (marbling looks great on such scarves.) Students will also bring 4 yards of PFD cotton, washed, white or dyed, cut into 18” x 22” pieces Dharma Trading is a good source. Students will learn how to prepare fabrics, paints and a carrageenan marbling bath. They will be introduced to the basic marbling techniques using stylus and combs and will progress to learning how to use a variety of combs to produce more intricate patterns. Initially, students will work on marbling tanks that accommodate 18” x 22” size pieces of fabric. When comfortable with the process, the smaller tanks will be transformed into full size scarf tanks. Students will then have the opportunity to work with larger combs as they prepare marbling patterns for larger pieces of fabric or scarves.

106 - Expand Your Design Repertoire with Ikat
Instructor: Polly Barton
Experience level: Beginner
Materials fee: $25.00
Equipment required: A table or floor loom w/ 8-dent reed.
Ikat is a dyeing technique used around the world to tie design elements into the weaver’s warp and/or weft. In this classIkat we will explore how you can use ikat to add complexity, dimension, elegance, historical reference and personal style to your weaving. Students will tie and dye a warp in ikat, and depending on their weaving experience may tie this warp on and learn how to work with weft ikat as well. Those students who need more time on their warp ikat will learn from the others, and everyone will have the materials to take home and work with weft ikat in their own studios. We will be working with natural dyes which will allow flexibility with many kinds of fibers. This is a fun and inspirational class. One must be meticulous in learning to tie the “ikat knot”, but beyond this the technique allows many possibilities for use in your own way.

107 - Paint 2 Beam 1
Instructor: Denise Kovnat
Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced
Materials fee: $30.00
Equipment required: 4- or 8- shaft loom
Students will need to bring two warps of either 100% silk or 100% wool, ready for dyeing. This workshop teaches stpaint2beam1udents how to hand-paint two warps in different color ways and beam them together to make one beautiful warp on their loom. The result is an ever-changing color palette that serves as the basis for fabric that can be woven in virtually any weave structure. Choosing from four different weave structures, students will plan their project for 4 or 8 shafts, paint two warps in different but compatible colorways of about 4-5 colors each, and then beam these warps together in stripes or blocks of their own choosing. The focus is on exploring the possibilities of color and learning new skills. Students may use wool or silk for their warps, to be dyed with Wash Fast Acid Dyes. Instructor will provide choices of drafts and patterns during the first day. After planning their project, students will make their warps in class, soak them for dyeing, and begin painting. The second day, after rinsing and drying their warps, students beam the warps together on the loom and begin threading. The final one-half day students will continue to thread their warps and, if time allows, begin weaving.


202 - Three Fabulous Felted & Dyed Scarves to Warm Your Heart
Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen

felted dyed scarves Experience level: Novice to Advanced
Materials fee: $45.00
Equipment required: None
Three days of intense fun dyeing and felting intensive class and we’ll make three very different hand dyed and felted merino wool scarves. We will be working with both fine Australian merino needle punch batts and merino roving. The focus will be on dyeing, both resist and immersion, to shape and change the hand and surface of the scarf. We’ll create the shape resist Mokume/Bark scarf, the Spider-Moon shawl and the all time favorite, the Airey Fairey Scarf.


301 - Spinning to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Spinning to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom Instructor: Michelle Boyd
Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials fee: $45.00
Equipment required: Spinning wheel and rigid heddle loom
Spin a yarn, then warp and weave a scarf on a rigid heddle loom. This class will give participants the basics in both spinning for weaving and the use of a rigid heddle loom. First, we will look at the characteristics of a good warp yarn and how to spin for maximum durability under the abrasion of a loom, then we will make our warp yarns. Both basic yarns and art yarns will be examined for their suitability in weaving. Students will then have the opportunity to warp and weave a simple scarf on a rigid heddle loom, using the yarns provided by the instructor. This workshop is suitable for spinners of all levels of experience. Participants should be able to spin a continuous thread on a spinning wheel or spindle.

302 - Wool Spinning 101
Instructor: Martha Owen

Experience level: Novice to Beginner
Materials fee: $25.00
wool spinning 101 Equipment required: None
We will start at the sheep with sorting and grading fleece, then move on to washing, picking & carding with hand cards. Wool combing and preparation for worsted spinning and a unique approach to using the drum carder to produce small rolags will also be covered. A variety of fleece breeds will be used in class with a discussion of choosing the right fleece for a particular project. Students will then explore the techniques of spinning and plying on the grasped spindle, supported spindle and the suspended spindle, as well as basic great wheel spinning. We will discuss the types of spinning heads for great wheels and basic renovation of antique wheels for spinners. Last, but not least, will be an introduction to low wheel spinning and how to make friends with a new wheel. Students should bring any spinning tools they have or can borrow: hand cards, hand spindles and/or a spinning wheel.

303 - Intermediate Spinning: Taking the Next Step
intermediate spinning Instructor: Andrea Mielke Schroer
Experience level: Beginner
Materials fee: $50.00
Equipment required: spinning wheel, hand cards, ball winder or nostepinde, niddy-noddy or other skeining tool
Learn how to use all those knobs and adjustments on our wheels; where and when to oil our wheels; how to card, comb and blend fibers; several ways of drafting, such as long draw, short draw, point of twist, and from the fold; spin with fibers that may be new to us, such as cotton, flax, and silk; various novelty yarn constructions; multiple plying options, including Chain/ Navajo; and last, but not least, how to finish and care for our yarns. The goal of this workshop is to give you the skills and knowledge you need to make the specific yarns you desire for your projects.

304 - Playing with Plying
Instructor: Amy Tyler
playing with plying
Experience level: Intermediate
Materials fee: $45.00
Equipment required: Spinning wheel in good working order, 2 bobbins partially filled with Z-spun singles with approximately the same amount of twist and the same thickness, 2 or more additional bobbins, and a lazy kate.
The ply structure of yarn is a significant factor in how a yarn behaves in knitting, crocheting, or weaving. In this workshop, we will spin singles yarns of various thickness and twist, and we will create a variety of plied yarns: both balanced and unbalanced yarns, 2-ply, 3-ply, 4-ply, cabled, crepe, and chain plied. In addition, we will cover some techniques for creating textured yarns in the plying process, incorporating knots, snarls, wraps, and cages. The process of finishing a yarn will also be covered


401 - Understanding the Structure
understanding the structure Instructor: Sharon Alderman
Experience level: Advanced Beginner or Intermediate.
Materials fee: $0
Equipment required: None
If you have always wanted to understand weave structure so that you could design structures yourself instead of having to “shop” in weaving books and magazines for a draft, this is the class for you: a workshop focusing on the structure of woven fabrics. All you need to know in advance is how to read and use a weaving draft. Participants receive a thorough grounding in drafting that takes them far beyond the basics. We explore many kinds of drafts: structural, pattern-only, profile and industrial drafts. Using this information we work through various weave structures to get to the heart of the issue: how to translate your idea about structure, drape and hand into a draft. Although structure is the topic, there are plenty of references to the way that color may be used in a weave structure, discussion of yarn styles as they apply to the structure being considered and lots of practical tips from a full-time weaver. This workshop is illustrated by the instructor’s handwoven fabrics.

403 - Weekend Immersion: Intro to Weaving
Instructor: Sara Bixler

immersion: intro to weaving Experience level: Novice
Materials fee: $25.00
Equipment required: Loom in good working order with a minimum of 4 harnesses and weaving bench (Please contact Sara if you do not have a loom & bench, or are unable to borrow one for the duration of the workshop) Contact information: or (717) 624-2223 daytime work phone @ the Mannings
Weaving is one of those wonderful crafts that have been introduced to us at many points throughout our lives from early childhood on. If the intrigue has stuck with you, but you’ve never had an opportunity to give it a try yourself, this is your chance. This weekend immersion will give novice weavers a wonderful foundation to start weaving on their own. We will tackle all of the necessary skills needed to be an independent weaver such as understanding warp calculations, how to wind a warp, dressing the loom and all the terminology regarding the parts of the loom and the weaving process. Through a simple twill scarf students will gain the knowledge of how to thread a loom and read a weaving draft, how to change treadling for different patterns and the finishing process.

404 - RR - Introduction to Weaving with Variegated Yarns
RR Intro to weavig with variegated yarns Instructor: Cathie Chung

Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials fee: $60.00
Equipment required: Loom (in good working order; warped and ready to weave)
Explore how the choice of weave structure combined with handpainted yarns can create extraordinarily magical results. Study the effects of hue, value, structure and thread size. This round robin workshop will investigate simple weave structures that can be used to create surprising and unique fabrics.

405 - Laptops and Looms
Instructor: Marg Coe
laptops and looms
Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced (appropriate for 16+ shaft looms)
Materials fee: $15.00
Equipment required: Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements and a weave design program installed
Designing liftplans using graphics design software is one of the latest additions to our arsenal of weaving tools. Come find out what all the excitement is about! Laptops & Looms presents digital weave design in a user friendly manner accompanied by tutorials. Among the structures covered (time permitting) are: twills, satins, double weave, doublefaced, diversified plain weave, deflected doubleweave, 3-dimensions, tied weaves, polychrome summer & winter, and taquet..

406 - 2/2 Twill Rug Weaving
twill rug weaving Instructor: Jason Collingwood
Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials fee: $4.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped loom with 4 or more shafts
A comprehensive look at twills, an excellent structure for strong and durable rugs. In this class Jason will guide students through every process involved in making a successful rug. Straight, broken, double faced and twill on opposites will all be covered. Techniques such as clasped wefts, and crossed wefts will be used to greatly increase the design possibilities. The class will also include some work with Shaft Switching, students learning how to adapt their own looms to this exciting technique. The class is suitable for anyone with an interest in furthering their rug weaving skills, be they beginners or more experienced weavers.

407 - Turned Twills, Their Many Possible Faces
turned twills Instructor: Barbara Diefenderfer
Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced
Materials fee: $5.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped 8-shaft loom
Students will weave a reference sampler while exploring the many creative possibilities of turned twills. Come to class with an 8-shaft loom ready to take the adventure of seeing possible twill variations and other structures available while using a turned twill threading. This is a great class for the weaver who has recently moved up to 8 shafts. It is amazing what a change of tie-up can do! Color exploration will be a part of the instruction and is strongly encouraged. Warping instructions will be conveyed to each participant after class registrations are complete. Students in this class will use their own looms throughout the weekend.

409 - Modified RR - Tabby is a BASIC, but NOT a PLAIN Weave
Instructor: Barbara Herbster
Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
tabby is a basic not a plain weave Materials fee: $40 fee for a 3 . yd. scarf warp, with the option of the participant winding a warp
Equipment required: Pre-warped 2- to 4- shaft table or floor loom
Here is something to challenge all weaving levels, not just beginners. Each weaver will come with a warped loom but will work on other looms as well. A step by step hand out with drawings and photographs will lead the weaver with instruction to weave and progress at her own pace. A notebook will be made. Class will be a modified round robin where a third of the looms will be threaded one way, another third to accommodate a different group of weaves and still another third threaded to accommodate weaves unrelated to the first two. Weavers will weave on their own loom the first day, move to someone else’s loom the next and move to another the last day. Students will have a folder of possibilities at each loom to select something that challenges or interests them. Each day builds and develops unusual applications of a simple technique to apply to later work.

410 - Shimmering Colors: The Magic of Iridescence FULL
shimmering colors Instructor: Bobbie Irwin

Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials fee: $18-$27 dependent on weaving width
Equipment required: Pre-warped 4-shaft loom capable of weaving 9-18 inches wide
Fabrics that appear to change color as the light and angle of view change seem almost magical! Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t have to use fine silk, plain weave, and complementary hues to weave iridescent fabrics. In fact, most of the “rules” you may have heard are at least partly myths. Learn to predict which colors will produce iridescence while you experiment with a variety of weave structures. Iridescence in 3, 4 or even 5 colors is one of the amazing possibilities! A large selection of fabric samples, both handwoven and factory-made, will be available for your inspiration.

411 - Understanding the Design Process: Fabric to Wear designing fabric to wear
Instructor: Sarah Jackson
Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials fee: $25.00
Equipment required: Loom and related weaving supplies
This workshop will provide a thorough understanding of the design process including in-depth discussion regarding working through decisions about fiber, color, weave structure, and pattern selection. The workshop is a combination of presentation, discussion, and weaving; it is not a round robin workshop. The instructor will illustrate the relationship of the design process to her handwoven garments. Participants will complete the workshop with samples, the confidence to define design criteria, choose appropriate materials, & successfully translate ideas into garments.

412 - Sakiori and Zanshi: Weaving Japanese Rural Cloth
Instructor: Tom Knisely

Japanese rural clothExperience level: Beginner to Intermediate
Materials fee: None
Equipment required: Pre-warped 4-shaft loom with 15-inch weaving width; materials for weft
Sakiori and Zanshi fabrics represent some of the finest examples of recycling. Sakiori is a fabric that is woven with very narrow strips of fabric much like a rag rug but with a subtle hand that makes it possible to wear as clothing. Zanshi cloth is woven with the left over threads of previously woven fabrics. The broken warp threads, left over bobbins and thrums would be tied together to make a continuous length that could then be woven to make a new fabric. In this workshop students will learn the basic fundamentals of weaving Sakiori and Zanshi. Each student will be sent a draft and instructions on how to warp their looms so that they will be ready to weave when they come to class. A list of tools and materials to bring will also be included with the warping instructions. As a preliminary to the class, interested students should save any old silk, rayon or fine cotton fabrics or clothing. Local thrift stores, such as Goodwill Industries, are a great place to find materials to cut up for your Sakiori exercises. Save all your thrums and little bits of thread and yarns.

413 - RR -There Must Be 50 Ways to Weave Your Color
Instructor: Ruby Leslie
Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials fee: $90.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped loom with 4 or more shafts (8 are preferred); no rigid heddle 413looms. Ideal workshop for weavers who feel lost designing with color or who want to break out of their
color comfort zone. You don’t need to master color theory to use color masterfully. Using one color palette and a myriad of weave structures, we’ll take a layman’s approach to color theory and the principles of optical blending for a facilitated, semi-scientific investigation of color design. Weaving in round robin format on pre-warped looms (with custom-wound warps provided by Ruby prior to the conference), participants will explore the effect different fibers, yarn grists and structures have upon a single colorway. By weaving a color sampler at each loom, everyone will produce the equivalent of a case study in color and weave structure --- a reference tool for weavers to successfully integrate color and design into their cloth-making repertoire.

414 - Designing with Pattern Blocks and Weave Structures
designing pattern blocks and weave structures Instructor: Gay McGeary
Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate
Materials fee: $15.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped 4- or 8- shaft loom; laptop computer if possible
Experience the art of early pattern weaving while learning the beauty of planning with computer software. It takes at least two blocks to create a pattern motif such as a star or rose and three blocks to create a snowball and its variation, the tree. Come learn how the 19th century coverlet weavers used block design to create their patterns with different weave structures such as overshot, summer & winter, star work, tied Beiderwand, double weave and turned twill. Students will weave a runner in one of these weave structures while gaining experience treadling in woven as drawn in, rose fashion and by manipulating the block design to create border patterns. Students will also have hands-on experience determining a draft of an early pattern through fabric analysis and will utilize tools from the 21st century to plan a pattern design in Fiberworks PCW or Weave Point.

415 - Doubleweave Diversity for 4 and 8 Shafts
doubleweave diversity Instructor: Jennifer Moore
Experience level: Intermediate
Materials fee: $10.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped 4- or 8- shaft loom
Learn all about the magic of doubleweave! In this workshop participants will weave a sampler that explores weaving two independent layers of cloth, double-width cloth, tubular weaving, color-and-weave effects, pique, quilting and doubleweave pick-up. Students with 8-shaft looms will also be able to weave samples of 2-block doubleweave techniques in checkerboard, windows and double-blocks. Graphing designs and working with multiple colors will be introduced. These techniques can then be taken home to create clothing, sculptural pieces, decorative hangings and whatever else the imagination can dream of.

Scandinavian weaving417 - RR - Scandinavian Weaving Techniques FULL
Instructor: Norma Smayda
Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate
Materials fee: $2.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped loom with 3 to 8 shafts
Rich designs, colors and quality materials are inherent in Scandinavian weaving. The following techniques will be explored: Rosepath, monksbelt, Swedish and other lace weaves, halvdrall, Rosenkransen twill, beiderwand, krokbragd, Telemarks teppe, reversed block twill, 7-shaft summer and winter, and hybrid drafts. This is a round robin workshop.

418 - RR - Shadows and Echoes
shadows and echoes Instructor: Mimi Smith
Experience level: Intermediate
Materials fee: $3.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped loom with 4, 8 or more shafts
When is shadow weave a weave structure, when is it echo weave, and when can it be called something else? Technically echo weave is not a pattern weave, but it “echoes” the threading of several pattern weaves such as twill, huck, overshot and – shadow weave! In this round robin workshop we shall discuss and weave different shadows and echoes of several basic structures. Just a tweaking of either the tie-up or treadling can completely change a design.

tied weaves419 - Cutting Loose with Tied Weaves
Instructor: Robyn Spady
Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced (and adventure-seeking beginners)
Materials fee: $15.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped 4-shaft loom minimum; eight shafts are recommended
Tied weaves are a whole group of different ways to create patterned fabrics with floats of limited lengths. Plus, one threading can provide a multitude of different treadling options – from singles and pairs to Dukagang and taquet.. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of tied weaves and explore a wide variety of treadling techniques to create different results. This workshop is for weavers interested in understanding terms like summer and winter, single two-tie, taquet., samitum, and exploring Quigley or Bergman tied weaves.

18th & 19th century textiles420 - RR - 18th and 19th Century Handwoven Fashions for the Home and Body
Instructor: Marjie Thompson
Experience level: Beginners who are able to warp a loom and read a draft as well as Intermediate and Advanced weavers who will find new weave structures for their use.
Materials fee: $15.00
Equipment required: Looms, in good working order, of two to however many shafts are available
Presenting a round robin journey through the 18th and 19th century handwoven textile world with drafts from the everyday through British “high fashion” for the middle class. Participants will weave samples of many once used but now most often ignored weave structures. Drafts will be taken from published and manuscript sources and existing textiles and will include, among others: log cabin, crossbar, spot, dumb flowers, flushing variations including damboard, Armenia net, and gebrochene. Participants are asked to bring a warped loom to class with at least the participant’s own sample woven. Drafts will be sent in advance. Class time will alternate between weaving and talking about the weave structures, their uses then, and how to adapt the weaves for today’s clothing and furnishing fabrics.

woven bands and ribbons422 - RR - Shimmering Silks: History of Silk
Instructor: Heather Winslow
Experience level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced - Able to dress a loom, read a weaving draft, and willing to work at 24 epi or more
Materials fee: $55.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped 4- or 8- shaft loom
Ahh.....the mystery, elegance, and shimmering beauty that is inseparable from the word “SILK”! Included in this class will be the history of silk production, an introduction to the four main types of silk with samples of their cocoons, yarns, and fabrics, and a discussion of the properties and characteristics of silk, and how these relate to the weaving of silk. The workshop will consist of a round robin in which each participant will weave 8-10 samples of silk fabric using different silks and weave structures. These fabrics are all suitable for clothing (and other finished products of course).


ply splitting502 - Ply-Splitting: Braids, Baskets and Beyond FULL
Instructor: Barbara J. Walker
Experience level: Novices, Beginners, and those with basic plysplitting experience
Materials fee: $70.00
Equipment required: None
Ply-splitting offers an unusual, very portable, and very addictive fiber technique to weavers, braiders, basketmakers, and other fiber enthusiasts. Instead of elements moving over and under or around each other, in ply-splitting fourply cords move through each other to create pieces that are dense and durable. Discover how a simple handheld tool allows you to create shaped bands, tubes, baskets, and flat pieces. You will construct basic braids, a small basket, and a tube that will serve as future references. We will also discuss cord design and finishing techniques.


tablet band incorporation503 - Tablet Band Incorporated Into Fabric
Instructor: Inge Dam
Experience level: Beginner
Materials fee: $2.00
Equipment required: Pre-warped loom of 4 or more shafts with a weaving width of at least 15 inches
In this workshop the participants will learn how to add a tablet band into a piece of fabric. A simple tablet weaving technique, the threaded-in technique, will be taught. A tablet warp will be made and the participants will be taught how to arrange the tablet warp within the fabric warp that has been wound on the loom ahead of time. Participants will learn how two warps can be woven together using only one shuttle and how to avoid tension problems between the two warps, Additionally, participants will learn how to accommodate the difference in take up of the two weaves. A small piece of fabric will be woven and some ideas on how to sew the fabric into a bag, how to decorate it, and how to finish it off with a closure and a handle will be discussed.

two sided delights504 - Two-Sided Delights
Instructor: John Mullarkey
Experience level: Beginner to Advanced
Materials fee: $15.00
Equipment required: None
In this workshop we will learn how to design and weave double faced patterns which allow for woven figures and lettering. We will also explore Double-card doubleturn Diagonals, also called “Egyptian” Diagonals, weaving diagonal patterns with tablets. We will use the circular warp setup, and learn how to use two packs to create interesting diagonal designs. Patterns will be provided, but individual exploration will be encouraged. No previous tablet weaving experience required.


505 - Designing a Tapestry and Making it Happen
designing a tapestry Instructor: Kathe Todd-Hooker
Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate and beyond
Materials fee: $25.00 if instructor supplies warp and weft; $15.00 if student has own materials
Equipment required: Good tapestry loom with a good tensioning device---no picture frame looms
How to design a tapestry from start to finish and what you need to pull it off. This is all about designing a tapestry, deciding how it will be woven and the techniques you want to use to make it happen -- colour choices, etc. It’s my process for designing tapestries and making it happen. How do you make color choices? What techniques can you use to design even if you don’t think you have the skills to draw a design? Students will design a tapestry and weave a small sampler of techniques or a small portion of their design.


506 - Making Temari Balls
making temari balls Instructor: Karen Heppen and Jen Weber
Experience level: Novice to Intermediate
Materials fee: $50.00
Equipment required: None
This class explores the ancient Japanese art of creating temari. Begun in the 600’s, noblewomen used silk thread stitched around a core of rice hulls to create a soft ball, or “mari” that they used for gentle indoor games and for decoration. In the current era, temari has evolved into a popular craft in Japan. Temari are given to newly-married couples, on the birth of a baby and at holidays. They decorate many Japanese homes. Outside of Japan, temari is not so well-known, but has a growing and enthusiastic following throughout the world. Beginning with a pre-wrapped, premarked ball, students create temari using pearl cotton and simple stitches. During the three-day workshop, participants will learn to wrap and mark, follow patterns and learn techniques to complete several unique temari.

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