Workshops and Lectures

For more information, email me at dkovn[at]hotmail.com
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One Warp, Many Structures: A Colorful Look at Extended Parallel Threading

2 1/2 to 3-Day Workshop

As Marian Stubenitsky has shown in her groundbreaking book, Weaving with Echo and Iris, extended parallel threadings offer endless possibilities. In this workshop, designed for advanced beginners and beyond, you will begin with your loom dressed in a two-color warp threaded on opposites.* (Drafts will be provided beforehand.) Working with a variety of tie-ups and treadlings, you will weave a series of designs in Echo Weave, Turned Taqueté and rep -- and, if you're game to cut off and re-sley your warp, Double Weave and Shadow Weave. The takeaway is a sampler of colorful fabrics and a broader, deeper understanding of the potential for extended parallel threadings and how to design them. For 4-shaft looms and more.

*(By way of example, to thread on opposites, you would use two colors, A and B, and thread them in a straight draw on 8 shafts this way: Color A would be on shafts 1 through 4 and color B would be on shafts 5 through 8, with the warp threaded in a sequence of 1, 5, 2, 6, 3, 7, 4, 8.)


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Paint Two, Beam One: Maximizing Color in Your Weaving

2 1/2 to 3-Day Workshop

This workshop teaches students how to hand-paint two warps in different color palettes 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. (Unlike most workshops, the weaving takes place at home, after the workshop!) Students will plan their project, 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 choose 20/2 spun silk or 60/2 spun silk for warps, depending on their comfort level. Undyed warp bouts will be provided by the instructor. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced, although adventurous beginners are welcome.

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One Warp, Three Fabrics: Weaving with 60/2 Silk


2 1/2 to 3-Day Workshop

This workshop aims to take the fear out of weaving with fine silk using a few tricks of the trade to achieve excellent results. Students will come away with samples of three distinctly different and useful fabrics: one suitable for scarves, with a delicate hand and wonderful drape; one resembling rag rugs, suitable for jackets and coats; and one collapse-weave fabric with lots of texture and personality. Students will also have a primer on the history and potential of silk fiber. Students must bring ideally a loom pre-warped beforehand with fiber provided by instructor. However, if student wants to spend class time warping, they can bring an unwarped loom to class.
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Collapse Weave Techniques on 4 Shafts


2 1/2 to 3-Day Workshop

In the water, collapse-weave fabric changes before your eyes: pleating, folding, turning and reshaping itself and developing an entirely new texture. This workshop focuses on patterns, yarns, and how-to's to weave "tactile art." Topics include differential shrinkage and cloque, deflected double weave (fulled in the wash) weaving with S and Z twist yarns, weaaving with crepe and overtwist yarns, weaving with stainless-steel-blend and other specialty yarns, and using weave structures to acieve a collapse fabric. This is a round-robin workshop, with students moving from loom to loom to create a variety of samples to take home. Weavers must bring a warped 4 harness loom to each class. Instructor will provide warps and email student supply list two weeks prior to class. Skill level: Beginner to advanced.
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Collapse Weave Techniques on 4 and 8 Shafts

2 1/2 to 3-Day Workshop

Same workshop as above, but for 4 to 8-shaft looms.
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Sawdust, Leaves, and Bugs: Shibori Techniques Using Natural Dyes 

2 1/2 to 3-Day Workshop

Using commercial or handwoven fabric, we will create shibori-dyed fabric using Osage Orange, cochineal, and indigo natural dyes (along with a discharge vat, if time allows). First, we will immerse the piece in a walnut or an indigo dye vat to achieve a warm golden brown or an indigo blue base color. In the second session, we will discharge some of the base color, using dye resists (stringing, clamping and resist techniques) and a discharge (thiox) vat – or, if you prefer, a vat of the opposite color from your base color. This will create a pattern on the fabric. In the third session, we will re-tie and re-clamp the fabric for the final step, using any of the three vats: discharge (thiox), indigo, or walnut. We may even discharge a second time and then re-dye our pieces – it's your choice! The goal is to create a beautifully patterned fabric for you to use for garments, for embellishment, for quilts, for wall hanging, or other projects. The instructor will send a supply list prior to class. No prior experience needed.
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Dorset Buttons

Three-Hour Workshop

Learn to make colorful, whimsical buttons – for jewelry, surface decoration or fasteners for your handmade garments – using only curtain rings, a tapestry needle, yarn, and perhaps beads. Based on 19th century patterns from Dorset, England, these buttons are easy to create and customize to match your own fiber creations. To make your own buttons for a current weaving, felting, or knitting project, bring along your project and yarns. No prior experience needed.

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Turned Taqueté and Echo Weave

Lecture, approximately one hour, with Power Point and samples
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Collapse Weave on 4 and 8 Shafts

Lecture, approximately one hour, with Power Point and samples

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Paint Two, Beam One: Maximizing Color in Your Weaving

Lecture, approximately one hour, with Power Point and samples

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My Process and Trunk Show

Lecture, approximately one hour, with Power Point and samples
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