Workshops & Lectures

Note: I have now offer all of my workshops and lectures as virtual workshops on Zoom. Please email me for further information:

Painted Warps and Parallel Threadings

5-day workshop

This workshop takes you on a weaving journey through Echo and beyond, with the steps as follows:
  • Day 1: Paint two warps in different but complementary color-ways
  • Day 2: Rinse and dry your warps and begin beaming them together as one on your loom
  • Day 3: Thread in an Echo pattern (using your two warps on opposites in an extended parallel threading)
  • Day 4: Finish threading, sleying, and tying on and begin weaving
  • Day 5: Experiment with tie-ups and treadlings to achieve a variety of patterns in Echo, Jin, Shadow Weave, Rep, Double Weave and, if you choose, differential shrinkage
You will go home with a beautiful array of samples and new techniques to deepen and broaden your weaving practice. 4-shaft looms are fine, 8-shaft and more are preferred. Students must know how to dress a loom and read a drawdown. Familiarity with weaving software is helpful as well.


One Warp, Many Structures: Explorations in Extended Parallel Threading

2 1/2 to 3-day workshop

As Marian Stubenitsky has shown in Weaving with Echo and Iris, extended parallel threadings offer endless possibilities. In this workshop, designed for advanced beginners and beyond, you will arrive with your loom dressed in a two-color warp threaded on opposites. (Drafts will be provided about 6 weeks beforehand.) Working with a variety of tie-ups and treadlings, you will weave a series of designs in Echo, Jin (Turned Taqueté), Shadow Weave, Rep and Double Weave. The takeaway is a sampler of colorful patterns and a broader, deeper understanding of the potential for extended parallel threadings and how to design them. For 4-shaft to 32-shaft looms.
Designing with Deflected Double Weave

2 1/2 to 3-day workshop*

Participants will share an in-depth learning experience with Deflected Double Weave. This is an on-loom workshop, with students weaving a number of samples on their own looms in a design for 4 to 16 shafts. We'll look at how to vary tieups and treadlings for different designs and learn the different techniques for weaving selvages. In addition, we will work with unusual wefts such as Colcolastic and wool/stainless steel to achieve textured effects after finishing. We will discuss the key principles in designing this visually intriguing, graphic structure and practice creating our own designs with Fiberworks or other weaving software. Students will wind their warps and dress their looms prior to the workshop, ready to begin weaving the first morning.

*This can also be presented as a one-day, off-loom workshop.
Deflected Double Weave for Collapse Fabrics

2 ½ to 3-day workshop

This workshop gives weavers an understanding of and practice with Deflected Double Weave as a structure that will collapse, pleat, and pucker after washing. Participants will choose from drafts I have designed for 4, 8, 12 and 16-shaft looms and will wind warps and dress their looms before the workshop. At the workshop, they will weave a number of samples for reference, washing at least one to learn how collapse techniques are applied in the finishing. They will also practice drafting and planning their own Deflected Double Weave designs using collapse techniques.
Echo and Jin: Variations on a Theme 

2 ½ to 3-day workshop

Echo on 8 shafts, 20/2 cotton warp and weft, 
2 colors in both warp and weft

Echo on 12 shafts, 2 colors in warp, one in weft

Working with a variety of yarns, tieups, treadlings and setts (if you choose), you'll weave a series of designs in Echo and Jin (Turned Taqueté). You'll explore the interaction of color and structure, using two to four colors in the warp and a variety of colors in the weft. And you'll explore design, learning how different treadlings, tieups and setts change the pattern and learning how to use Fiberworks to create your own designs. This workshop is for intermediate weavers and beyond, for looms with 4 to 16 shafts (with designs for 24 and 32 shafts upon request). With drafts and warping instructions provided beforehand, you will begin the workshop with you loom dressed in a two or four-color warp using an extended parallel threading.

Paint Two, Beam One:
Painting Two Warps and Weaving Them as One

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 weave one luminous fabric on their loom. 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. Many warp-emphasis designs -- for 4 shafts and beyond -- lend themselves well to this techique. The focus is on exploring the possibilities of color and learning new skills. Also, studio safety is detailed and emphasized. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced, although adventurous beginners are welcome.

1-day workshop

This shorter workshop has the same focus as the 2 1/2 to 3-day workshop, but covered in one day, with dyeing, beaming of warps, and weaving taking place after the workshop. We will cover how to wind your warps, plan your colors, prepare your dyes, paint your warps, and beam them as one on your loom. In addition to handouts, you'll receive a variety of WIFs and PDFs giving you threadings, tieups, and treadlings for patterns on 4, 6, 8, and 12 shafts. (You also have the option to work with a pattern you've chosen beforehand.)
One Warp, Four 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 different wefts, tieups and treadlings to achieve widely varied results. Students will come away with samples of four 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; one collapse fabric with lots of texture and personality; and one historic fabric that stretches vertically, simply because of the yarns and structure. Students will also have a primer on the history and potential of silk fiber. Skill level: intermediate to advanced.

Dorset Buttons: A Heritage Craft

3-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.

Dorset Buttons: A Heritage Craft

Dorset buttons, known in England as a "Heritage Craft," continue to delight fiber artists today as colorful, whimsical embellishments for jewelry, surface-design and fasteners for handmade clothing. The variations are limitless and they can be created anywhere using only curtain rings, a tapestry needle and yarn (and beads if you choose). Further, you can customize these buttons to match your own creations, using yarns from your stash.

Dorset buttons have been around for centuries, beginning in the 17th century as a cottage industry in Dorset on the English Channel. Come hear the history of these lovely little designs, viewing lots of inspirational photos along the way, and learn how to make them on your own.

Echo and JinVariations on a Theme

This lecture illustrates how extended parallel threadings -- known as "Echo" threadings -- offer weavers unlimited options for designs, textures and color palettes, just by changing your tieup and treadling and varying your weft yarns and sett. Echo and Jin designs take weaving "off the grid," allowing weavers to create flowing lines, circles and unique shapes. These techniques can include networked threadings and treadlings, which will also be discussed.

Collapse Fabrics on 4 and 8 Shafts

Lecture with Power Point and samples exploring the many techniques and possibilities for creating dimensional fabrics.

Paint Two, Beam One: Painting Two Warps and Beaming Them as One

This presentation, accompanied by garments and samples, presents techniques for painting two warps and weaving them as one on your loom. You'll learn how extended parallel threadings can optimize the use of color in your weaving.

Once Upon a Warp: From the Loom to the Runway

This one-hour lecture traces my weaving journey from concept to completion of a garment, followed by a fashion show of the garments themselves. Every year since 2008 I have set myself a challenge: Weave a garment (or two) that will be juried into the Convergence fashion show, part of the biannual conference of the Handweavers’ Guild of America. To date, I have been able to meet the challenge – but there’s more to the story, with some ups and downs along the way! Anyone who weaves or creates fabric or designs garments will relate.

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