Workshops and Lectures

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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 colorways
  • 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

2 1/2 to 3 day workshop

This workshop explores the possibilities of extended parallel threading, beginning with Echo designs. 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 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, Jin (Turned Taqueté) and Shadow Weave -- and, if you're game to cut off and re-sley your warp, 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 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.)

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 structure they've chosen for 4 shafts or more. We'll look at how to vary tieups and treadlings for different designs and learning the different techniques for weaving selvages (a unique challenge in Deflected Double Weave). In addition, 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 being weaving the first morning.

*This can also be presented as a one-day, off-loom workshop.
Deflected Double Weave as Collapse Weave
2 ½ day 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, and 12 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 Weave is achieved in the finishing. They will also practice drafting and planning their own Deflected Double Weave designs using Collapse Weave techniques.
Echo and Jin: Variations on a Theme 
2 ½ to 3 day workshop

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

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

Working with a variety of yarns, tie-ups, treadlings and setts, you’ll weave a series of designs in Echo and Jin (Turned Taqueté). You’ll explore color, using two colors in the warp and a variety of colors in the weft. And you’ll explore design, trying different treadlings, tieups and setts. Also, by inserting tabby in your treadling, you’ll weave Jin, which allows for additional designs and color combinations. This is for intermediate weavers and beyond. With drafts and warping instructions provided beforehand, you will come to the workshop with your loom dressed in a two-color warp threaded on opposites. (Note: I also offer this workshop for advanced weavers, with samples for 8, 12 and 16 shaft looms.)

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.
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. Skill level: intermediate to advanced.
Collapse Weave Techniques for 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 achieve 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. Skill level: Beginner to advanced.
Collapse Weave Techniques for 4 Shafts and More 
2 1/2 to 3 day workshop

Same workshop as above, but for 4 to 8-shaft looms and more.
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.

Dorset Buttons 
One-hour lecture

Dorset buttons, a traditional craft, continue to serve 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 Jin
The Possibilities of Extended Parallel Threading 
One-hour lecture

This lecture, with Power Point and samples, illustrates how threading on opposites -- known as "Echo" threading -- offers weavers many options for different fabrics and color palettes, just by changing the tieup and treadling and varying the weft yarns and sett. 

Collapse Weave on 4 and 8 Shafts

One-hour lecture

Lecture with Power Point and samples exploring the many techniques and possiblities of collapse weave

Paint Two, Beam One: Maximizing Color in Your Weaving
One-hour lecture

This talk is a Power Point presentation, accompanied by garments and samples, providing 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: My Process and Trunk Show

One-hour lecture

One-hour lecture with Power Point presentation, exploring my weaving journey from concept to completion of a garment, followed by a fashion show.

Every year for the past decade, 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. Since 2008, I have been able to meet the challenge – but there’s more to the story, with lots of ups and downs along the way! Anyone who weaves or creates fabric or designs garments will relate.