Mini Sessions



How to have a Successful Guild SaleFM301-How to have a Successful Guild Sale
Layna Bentley
Friday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
This seminar is a step-by-step process to plan and execute a Guild sale with the purpose to make sales and promote fiber craftsmanship to the general public. How to involve all Guild members, establish quality, create the display, promote the sale, and manage the paperwork. Layna has participated in the Handweavers Guild of Boulder sale for 18 years and has coordinated the Omaha Weavers and Spinners Guild sale for five years.

Materials Fee: $2 Includes Handouts
Level: All
Equipment: Pen and pencil for note taking

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Sami-Inspired BraceletFM302-Sami-Inspired Bracelet
Katherine Buenger
Friday AM

These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Students will learn to make a four strand braid using tin thread, and then they will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.

Materials Fee: $25 Includes Written instructions and complete kit to make one bracelet
Level: All
Equipment: Small, sharp scissors

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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FM303-Can't Stand Intarsia?
Greg Cotton
Friday AM

I'm with you. I can't stand knitting back and forth on straight needles and dealing with all those little bobbins. No fun at all! But once in a while, I love to see a colorful design plopped right in the middle of a plain background. What to do? In this class, we'll explore two alternatives for achieving the intarsia effect. Armenian knitting was apparently developed in the 1930s: it involves carrying two yarns throughout the project, trapping the unused yarn and bringing it forward when you need that splash of color. Invisible stranded knitting also allows for an intarsia-like pattern, but it is a small area of double knitting. Both techniques are fun to do, and each can be a fine tool when the occasion arises. We'll knit a small sample of each.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: Two strongly contrasting balls of yarn (both colors the same weight), needles of an appropriate size for your yarn (I prefer a 24" circular needle.)

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Temari: Swirl StitchingFM304-Temari: Swirl Stitching
Betty Huttner
Friday AM

Temari, embroidered and wrapped thread balls, have been part of Japanese culture since the fourteenth century. From their origin as toys for little princesses, they evolved into cherished gifts for special occasions, with many now considered small works of art. This session will provide a short history of temari, a demonstration of how to wrap the temari ball, and the opportunity to stitch temari. Working with a prewrapped ball, participants will learn and practice decorative wrapping and swirl stitching to create a temari in the colorway of their choice. Stitching may not be complete at the end of the session, but everyone will leave with the skills and materials necessary to complete the temari.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes How-to booklet, needles, thread, and prewrapped mari.
Level: All - Simple emboidery skills helpful but not necessary.
Equipment: Sharp embroidery scissors and pencil; magnifier and lamp if routinely used for close work.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Toothbrush RugsFM305-Toothbrush Rugs
Donna Kallner
Friday AM

Nalbinding, a category within the larger family of single-element techniques called looping, is often associated with Nordic traditions for making warm, wooly wearables. But true to looping family tradition, it's actually found around the globe and with many variations. What those traditions have in common is using available materials to meet practical needs. Rugs, for example, were made from strips of fabric salvaged from worn-out goods. They were often called "toothbrush rugs" because the needle used was carved from an old toothbrush handle. In this class you'll learn a basic nalbinding stitch and a round start, and then use fabric strips to begin a small project (machine washable!) like a mug rug, potholder, or flexible flying pet toy to complete on your own.

Materials Fee: $20 Includes Precut fabric strips, wooden nalbinding needle, instructor-made start for sampling, and handouts
Level: All
Equipment: Embroidery scissors, eyeglasses you use for close work; personal task lamp

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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KKFM306-KK's Market Basket
Laura Klaus
Friday AM

This is a classic style basket. It is a great beginner basket, even if it's not your first basket. You will learn over/under, start/stop weaving and finish with a cut & tuck and lashed rim. Decorative X's at the handle complete the basket. Finished size is 12" X 8" X 6", not including the handle.

Materials Fee: $24 Includes Complete kit to make one basket
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Catch of the DayFM307-Catch of the Day
Marilyn Moore
Friday AM

Using Marilyn's unique method of blending color and using copper wire for spokes, explore the use of two colors of fine wire as a twining material. The fish could be used as a pendant or make a matching one for a pair of earrings

Materials Fee: $50 Includes Wires prepared as spokes, 2 spools of 32 or 34 gauge wire of different colors, 3 EZ bobs, cord, ear wires
Level: All
Equipment: Small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, small Weaverite packing tool (or something similar), embroidery needles sizes 1-5, nylon-jaw wire straighteners, personal light

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Going SteadyFM309-Going Steady
Beth Smith
Friday AM

If you want more consistent yarns, this is the class for you. I will show you important tricks to spinning more consistent yarns. We will get hands-on with some glorious fibers and explore how drafting, twist, and ply affect a finished yarn, and how to manage each one for a consistent yarn in grist and twist. But it's not just all class and learning. You will have an opportunity to play "What Went Wrong," a spinners' game that diagnoses the specific problems in finished yarns that aren't quite right.

Materials Fee: $15
Level: All - Must be able to spin a continuous thread
Equipment: Spinning wheel in good working conditions, 3 empty bobbins, lazy kate, note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Introduction to Network DraftingFM310-Introduction to Network Drafting
Robyn Spady
Friday AM

Network-drafted patterns are a method for creating designs with curves. In this seminar, learn the fundamentals of designing network-drafted patterns and understand what terms like initial, grid, and network mean. After the fundamentals are covered, explore how to apply network-drafting techniques into different weave structures-from twills to doubleweaves and more!

Materials Fee: $3 Includes Handouts and worksheets
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving: Mug Rug with Flowers and BeeFM311-Introduction to Pin Loom Weaving: Mug Rug with Flowers and Bee
Meg Stump
Friday AM

Come learn how to weave on a pin loom and create a fun project; you will weave one or two mug rugs embellished with tiny flowers and a bee, all woven with pin looms. This class teaches the basics of pin loom weaving and gives you an opportunity to make some two dimensional and three dimensional items. Find out what the buzz is all about. No previous experience is required, and all the materials will be provided (except for your 4" pin loom). This is intended as an enjoyable, fun class to explore this simple but satisfying weaving technique.

Materials Fee: $8 Includes All yarn needed for project, extra weaving tools, use of 2" pin loom, handouts
Level: All
Equipment: 4" pin loom with 6" weaving needle, scissors, tapesty needle, small crochet hook (1.75-2.25 mm)

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Crimp Cloth PrimerFM312-Crimp Cloth Primer
Dianne Totten
Friday AM

Discover crimp cloth to add to your weaving repertoire. An overview of warp and weft crimp used to create fabric with permanently crimped designs will be presented through lecture and visual presentation. See how the fabric can be used for one-size-fits-all garments, scarves and shawls that won't slide off your shoulders, and knit-look ribbing for a sweater or jacket collar. This technique is good for stash-busting. Be inspired by the endless possibilities.

Materials Fee: $3 Includes Handout
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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New Millennium FibersFM313-New Millennium Fibers
Heather Winslow
Friday AM

What on earth is Lyocell? Why would anyone combine cotton, silk, or merino wool with stainless steel or copper into a yarn? Aren't pineapples and soy beans for eating and bamboo for building? What does a combination of silk and ramie feel like? How does one deal with lycra? What is seacell, and how do you use crepe and paper yarns? Learn the answers to all these questions and more during this fun filled seminar about using new millennium fibres. Just imagine what a unique project you can then weave when you get home.

Materials Fee: $3 Includes Yarn samples
Level: Advanced beginner
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Uncommon ThreadsFA314-Uncommon Threads
Layna Bentley
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Fashion designers continue to reach beyond the norm of yarns and fabric to create unusual and inspiring garments. This class will reference garments presented at "Manus vs Machina" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016, showing the cutting edge of design today and in the past. We will discuss examples of how to incorporate new "threads" in our own work.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: Note-baking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Tin Thread NecklaceFA315-Tin Thread Necklace
Katherine Buenger
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Using Swedish tin thread (4% silver), we'll learn how to make 5 strand braids, and then use the braid to create a necklace! Students can choose the necklace length and thread width, and a clasp.

Materials Fee: $35 Includes Fee is $25-$45. Depends on length and width of necklace; includes written instructions and complete kit to make one necklace.
Level: All
Equipment: Small sharp scissors

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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India Odyssey: Weaving Our Way Through IndiaFA316-India Odyssey: Weaving Our Way Through India
Geke de Vries
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Join us on a textile tour to India starting in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and continuing on to Hyderabad and along the east coast of Andhra Pradesh from Vishakapatnam to Chennai (formerly Madras). Our PowerPoint adventure includes visiting a double ikat workshop in Patan, weavers using pit looms, and weaving villages where warps for saris are stretched in the streets for half a block. Other textile arts will include kalamkari (pen drawing) and block printing with natural dyes. On this trip we visited several Coops and NGO's that support handweavers with programs to improve the quality of the handwoven fabric as well as everyday life in rural communities. We enjoyed the history and beauty of ancient cultural sites from temples to water wells and experienced everyday life in big cities and rural villages. It was exciting to see so many examples of India's rich textile tradition. We will bring a selection of the textile treasures collected along the way for you to examine and enjoy.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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India Odyssey: Weaving Our Way Through IndiaFA316-India Odyssey: Weaving Our Way Through India
Rebecca Reed
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Join us on a textile tour to India starting in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and continuing on to Hyderabad and along the east coast of Andhra Pradesh from Vishakapatnam to Chennai (formerly Madras). Our PowerPoint adventure includes visiting a double ikat workshop in Patan, weavers using pit looms, and weaving villages where warps for saris are stretched in the streets for half a block. Other textile arts will include kalamkari (pen drawing) and block printing with natural dyes. On this trip we visited several Coops and NGO's that support handweavers with programs to improve the quality of the handwoven fabric as well as everyday life in rural communities. We enjoyed the history and beauty of ancient cultural sites from temples to water wells and experienced everyday life in big cities and rural villages. It was exciting to see so many examples of India's rich textile tradition. We will bring a selection of the textile treasures collected along the way for you to examine and enjoy.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Recycling Commercial Sweaters for Their Yarn: A Thrifty OptionFA317-Recycling Commercial Sweaters for Their Yarn: A Thrifty Option
Terry Jones
Friday PM

Thrift-shop sweaters can be a unique source of inexpensive yarns for your fiber projects. Learn how to identify good candidates for deconstruction, the best methods to use, helpful tools, and an efficient record-keeping system. Instructor will have examples of items she has produced utilizing recycled yarns. Participants will each select a sweater and begin to take it apart, then take the pieces home to continue the unravelling process.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handout materials and cost of sweater to take apart
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Ripple Effect LoopingFA318-Ripple Effect Looping
Donna Kallner
Friday PM

Simple knotless netting (one of looping's many forms) is a great structure for lace (it's so stable it cannot unravel). In this workshop, you'll learn a basic looping stitch and tension control, then start exploring skipped and grouped stitch variations. The class project is worked over a stone with Irish linen thread, and you'll leave with materials to make a second piece to share (stones like these have a ripple effect when you give them away). You'll enjoy having this technique in your repertoire of portable techniques when you want to sample or showcase uncommon threads.

Materials Fee: $10 Includes Irish linen, needles, stones, and handouts
Level: All
Equipment: Embroidery scissors, eyeglasses you use for close work; personal task lamp (optional)

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Napkin BasketFA319-Napkin Basket
Laura Klaus
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
This lovely multi-purpose basket is accented with colorful dyed reed and would make a great gift-if you can stand to give it away. The placement of a dyed spoke will give each basket its own unique look. Techniques include twining, start/stop weaving, and shaping. This basket is finished with a traditional rim and a matching bow. A variety of colors will be available. Finished size is approximately 7" X 7" X 4", not including the handle.

Materials Fee: $14 Includes Complete kit to make one basket
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Basket BeautiesFA320-Basket Beauties
Marilyn Moore
Friday PM

Learn to twine and make miniature baskets on these little "Beauties". Shaping and blending colors with fine colored wires is the focus of this class. Attach your favorite beads to dangle beneath the discs and make a very wearable pair of earrings.

Materials Fee: $50 Includes Wires prepared as spokes, 2 spools of 32 or 34 gauge wire of different colors, 3 EZ Bobs, instruction sheet, beads and findings
Level: All
Equipment: Small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, small Weaverite packing tool (or something similar), embroiery needles sizes 1-5, nylon-jaw wire

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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The DevilFA322-The Devil's in the Detail
Robyn Spady
Friday PM

Would you like to find ways to make your fiber art projects more intriguing, see different ways to incorporate fiber into other projects, or look for simple ways to improve your projects and set yourself apart as a fiber artist? Sometimes the most understated detail or accent can make the difference between something ordinary and something extraordinary. In this class, participants will be presented with a variety of fiber techniques for adding a little detail to create exceptional results.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handouts
Level: All
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Five Essential Pin loom JoinsFA323-Five Essential Pin loom Joins
Meg Stump
Friday PM

Once weavers find out just how easy and fun it is to weave on a pin loom, the burning question becomes "How do you join the squares?" This class focuses on five essential pin loom joins-the ones that make it possible to complete any item you want to make. We will be covering several joins that work for large and small blankets, good joins for stuffed toys, and embellishing joins for scarves and shawls. Be sure to bring at least six 4"x4" pin loom squares to use for your samples. If you have questions about current projects, feel free bring them along.

Materials Fee: $3 Includes Illustrated handouts, extra yarn, and woven squares for samples
Level: All - Know how to weave on a pin loom
Equipment: 6 woven 4" Squares, scissors, tapestry needle, 4.0 mm crochet hook, small crochet hook (1.75-2.25 mm)

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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From Cone to Clothing: One WeaverFA324-From Cone to Clothing: One Weaver's Journey
Dianne Totten
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Need inspiration for your next wearable? In this presentation of her work over the years, Dianne shares her approach to designing one-of-a-kind garments. See what steps she takes to make her "visions" materialize, and hear the tips and tidbits of sewing with handwovens learned on the journey. The presentation concludes with her current work-"crimp" clothing-and what led her to it. Questions and discussion will be welcomed.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Theo Moorman InlayFA325-Theo Moorman Inlay
Heather Winslow
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
The Theo Moorman inlay weaving technique allows you to create an isolated image of any shape or size wherever desired on the surface of the background cloth. It can be used to create tapestry like imagery. Its versatility will become apparent once you are introduced to this simple 4-shaft structure. You will learn to adapt the technique for any project through fiber selection, placement of design elements, weaving with a cartoon, and incorporating threading variations to suit special needs. Heather's clothing will demonstrate how you can use the Moorman technique to elevate your handwoven garments into the arena of wearable art.

Materials Fee: $1 Includes Handout
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Tin Thread Chevron Braided BraceletSM301-Tin Thread Chevron Braided Bracelet
Katherine Buenger
Saturday AM

Learn to make an 8 strand chevron with tin thread (4% silver) or tin thread and leather to make a handsome bracelet with a button closure.

Materials Fee: $25 Includes Written instructions and complete kit to make one bracelet
Level: All
Equipment: Small, sharp scissors

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Twined KnittingSM302-Twined Knitting
Laura Demuth
Saturday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Twined, or two-end knitting, is an old Swedish technique that was only recently rediscovered in Dalarna Province. Because the technique requires that you knit holding the working yarn in your right hand in the English, or "throwing" style, twined knitting nearly died out when the left-handed, or Continental-style of knitting, became more popular. In twined knitting, two strands of yarn are worked alternately, either from a single ball of yarn for a solid color piece, or two balls for a two colored piece. The resulting fabric is especially warm, elastic and long-lasting. This technique is easy to master and can be added to patterns which may require extra strength or warmth, such as the heel or toe of a sock. Twined knitting also lends itself to a very pleasing knitting rhythm. In this class, students will begin knitting a neck warmer using two contrasting colors of yarn. Students are welcome to bring their own yarn to class. The instructor will also provide skeins of Hugge sport weight yarn in a variety of colors for those who would like to use it. Hugge yarn is especially suited for twined knitting because it is Z-plied. Most yarns manufactured today are S-plied, which is not as suitable for twined knitting because the twist in these yarns becomes tighter in the twining process.

Materials Fee: $17 Includes Per skein of the Hugge yarn
Level: Intermediate - Familiar with knitting in the round
Equipment: 1 skein (320 yds) each of two colors of sport wieight yarn, Size 3 16? circular needles, 9 stitch markers

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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How and Why to Turn a DraftSM303-How and Why to Turn a Draft
Karen Donde
Saturday AM

Turning a draft so treadling becomes threading and vice versa can mean faster, one-shuttle weaving of complex patterns. It also can simplify other aspects of warping or weaving, and even enhance some woven textiles' design and performance. However, turning a draft may require threading twice as many ends and tensioning multiple warps independently, and in some cases it's not worth the effort. This class will show participants how to turn a draft and adjust the tie-up manually and with weaving software. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate drafts to determine whether turning them does or does not make sense.

Materials Fee: $8 Includes Handout with drafts and examples
Level: Advanced beginner
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Itty Bitty BoundweaveSM304-Itty Bitty Boundweave
Beth Duncan
Saturday AM

The various Krokbragd and bound weave motifs are interesting and fun to weave. But sometimes an entire rug doesn't fit into a weaver's budget or onto their loom. This lecture will share the technical information and many designs, so weavers can plan and design their own Itty Bitty Bound Weave rug projects. Instructor will share ideas of what to do with the small rugs after they are woven

Materials Fee: $2 Includes Handout and use of instructor's materials
Level: All
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Weaving in 3-D DoubleweaveSM305-Weaving in 3-D Doubleweave
Sarah Fortin
Saturday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Puckers, pleats, gathers, bumps and shirring. Loom controlled, double-woven, 3-dimensional fabrics, woven by hand, controlled by mechanics. Explore an on-the-edge, loom-controlled structure that creates three dimensions as you weave. By weaving horizontal folds that gather and/or pleat, one creates instant texture and dimension for interesting fabrics to be used in art-to-wear and art for home decor. Samples, slides, and a demonstration will be used to illustrate this weave structure.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handouts
Level: Advanced beginner
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Spinning Cotton on a SpindleSM306-Spinning Cotton on a Spindle
Stephenie Gaustad
Saturday AM

Don't judge the cotton spindle by its size alone. It is small, but it can out-perform many treadled wheels when it comes to spinning a fine cotton yarn. The "cotton draft" used with this spindle is very fast and productive. All techniques learned in this hands-on presentation can be adapted to other fibers, such as cashmere, quiviut, camel down, silk, and angora rabbit. Students will learn how to manage a supported spindle and draft woolen style. The cotton spindle we will be using in class can make yarn much faster than your typical wheel.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes All fibers and use of spindles
Level: Beginner - Should be familiar with spindle spinning
Equipment: None; familiarize yourself with spinning cotton before coming to class

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Unlock the Mysteries of Weaving DraftsSM307-Unlock the Mysteries of Weaving Drafts
Donna Hanson
Saturday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Do you look at weaving books or magazines and say, "I wish I could understand these drafts!" or "Why are drafts written in so many different ways?" In this class we will review threading drafts, tie-ups, treadlings, and drawdowns to understand how they relate to each other and how they affect your weaving. You will create drawdowns from drafts and create drafts from just the drawdowns. We will look at many different sources, books and magazines, to see how different drafts are written and how to read them. In addition to looking at how to interpret floor loom draft treadlings for table looms, we will have a brief introduction to profile drafts! Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, individual concerns or confusing drafts to this session, so we can address them.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: Advanced beginner - Must have previous weaving experience
Equipment: Pencil with good eraser

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Temari: Interlocked BandsSM308-Temari: Interlocked Bands
Betty Huttner
Saturday AM

Temari, embroidered and wrapped thread balls, have been part of Japanese culture since the fourteenth century. From their origin as toys for little princesses, they evolved into cherished gifts for special occasions, with many considered small works of art. This session will provide a short history of temari, a demonstration of how to wrap the temari ball, and the opportunity to stitch temari. Working with a prewrapped ball, participants will learn and practice decorative wrapping and herringbone stitching to create a temari in the colorway of their choice. Stitching may not be complete at the end of the session, but everyone will leave with the skills and materials necessary to complete the temari.

Materials Fee: $20 Includes How-to booklet, needles, thread, and prewrapped mari.
Level: All - Simple emboidery skills helpful but not necessary.
Equipment: Sharp embroidery scissors and pencil; magnifier and lamp if routinely used for close work.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Faux Braid from a NeedleSM309-Faux Braid from a Needle
Donna Kallner
Saturday AM

Figure 8 looping is often found in the base of aboriginal bush string bags. On its own, it looks braid-like, but it's made from a single thread. This flexible structure can be worked with a wide variety of materials and used many ways-from button loops to straps for a bag-even as a belt. It's compact, portable handwork. In this class, you'll learn to stitch this structure and make samples in several materials, and learn different ways to add on when a thread runs out. You'll also learn to make hand-twisted cordage from silk fabric strips and use that to make a flexible cuff bracelet in Figure 8 looping.

Materials Fee: $10 Includes Needles, cords, and threads for sampling bias-cut silk fabric, and handouts
Level: All
Equipment: Embroidery scissors, eyeglasses you use of close work, personal task lamp (optional)

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Remote ToteSM310-Remote Tote
Laura Klaus
Saturday AM

Starting with not 1, but 2 handles, easy twining, start/stop weaving, and a traditional rim finish this cute little basket. But before that you will be adding overlays on every other spoke to accent the basket. The filled base on this basket is woven in a diagonal pattern. Lots of dyed reed and color choices will be available. Finished size: 11" x 6" x 4" not including handles.

Materials Fee: $22 Includes Complete kit to make one basket with accent color choices
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Weave Structures: Totally Twill--the BasicsSM311-Weave Structures: Totally Twill--the Basics
Robyn Spady
Saturday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Twills are one of the most versatile weave structures and the possibilities are amazing! The breadth of weaving twills can be a bit daunting, but so much fun! In this class, we will cover the basics from straight draw and point twills and then move on to broken, undulating, M&W, Dornick, plaited, and turned twills.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handouts
Level: All
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Gnome for the HolidaysSM312-Gnome for the Holidays
Meg Stump
Saturday AM

Come join the fun and make your very own pin loom Gnome-perfect as a tiny, portable companion, a rather large lapel pin, or a Christmas embellishment. Build your pin loom weaving and construction skills with this unique creation. Techniques include constructing pin-loomed objects, blending yarns, and practicing joins for 3-D pieces.

Materials Fee: $8 Includes Use of 2" pin loom during class, all yarn and stuffing needed for the project, complete written and illustrated instructions
Level: All
Equipment: 4" pin loom with 6" weaving needle, scissors, tapesty needle, small crochet hook (1.75-2.25 mm), 2" pin loom (if you have one)

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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How I Fell in Love at "Tender Buttons"SA313-How I Fell in Love at "Tender Buttons"
Layna Bentley
Saturday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Antique buttons are mini works of art that offer a creative feature for wearable art and other accessories. This class provides the history and special facts about vintage buttons, identifying the buttons that I feel are most useable with handwoven clothing. We will see the use of buttons in past and present fashion and have an up-close look at my collection, plus learn where Tender Buttons is located!

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: Note-taking materials

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Tin Thread Bracelet with Beads and Magnetic ClaspSA314-Tin Thread Bracelet with Beads and Magnetic Clasp
Katherine Buenger
Saturday PM

Learn to add beads to a four-strand braid and glue on a clasp to make a quick and easy elegant bracelet.

Materials Fee: $20 Includes Written instructions and complete kit to make one bracelet
Level: All
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Brioche KnittingSA315-Brioche Knitting
Laura Demuth
Saturday PM

Brioche knitting creates a cushy, reversible ribbed fabric that is best suited for loose-fitting garments. The technique involves a combination of worked and slipping stitches. Two-color work produces rich, thick ribbed patterns where the dominant color on the front side is reversed on the back. In this class, students will begin knitting a scarf using two contrasting colors of yarn.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: 200 yds. each of two contrasting colors of DK weight yarn, Size 8 circular needles, 8? or longer

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Go Big with Color and Weave EffectsSA316-Go Big with Color and Weave Effects
Karen Donde
Saturday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Have you ever wanted to weave the giant houndstooth patterns that show up frequently on fashion runways? Houndstooth is simple to weave on four shafts, belonging to a class called color-and-weave effects. These are created when contrasting color sequences in both warp and weft combine with a weave structure to create a distinct visual pattern. Generally, motif size is limited by yarn thickness. However, using a thick-and-thin technique in a structure similar to shadow weave can simulate the large motifs seen in jacquard woven fashion fabrics. In the handloom version, color orders and weave structures are applied to blocks of ends vs. individual ends. Participants will learn how to expand popular motifs using graph paper or weaving software.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handout with drafts and examples
Level: Advanced beginner
Equipment: Note-taking tools, few sheets of graph paper, 4 colored pencils, computer/tablet with weaving software (optional)

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Design Process: From Inspiration to Finished ProjectSA317-Design Process: From Inspiration to Finished Project
Sarah Fortin
Saturday PM

The design process for each project is deeply personal for each of us. Explore one weaver's method of creating, from inception-a glimmer in the brain, if you will-to the completed project. Sarah will present several examples of her work, explaining each segment of her design process: inspiration, structure exploration, warp planning, weaving methods, and final construction process. She will use samples, images, and working plans to illustrate the projects. This is not so much a blueprint for an organizational process for creating beautiful cloth as it is an explanation of one weaver's process.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: None

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Breaking the RulesSA318-Breaking the Rules
Stephenie Gaustad
Saturday PM

Good design is informed compromise. As beginning spinners we watch our teachers and work to copy their movements and choices. When we mature in our craft, we discover that our original techniques can put limits on the range and types of yarn we spin. "Breaking the Rules" encourages you to take a new look at old concepts, old rules. Is there ever a reason to spin in the grease? What about balanced yarn? When the reasons for the old rules are discovered, then we have the choice to break them to good end. Breaking the rules takes you to a place outside the box. Sometimes that place is precisely where you want to be. Sometimes it is not.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handouts and fibers
Level: All - Need to be familiar with making and converting yarn by any technique such as weaving, knitting, crochet, tatting, etc.
Equipment: Bring a functional spinning device (wheel or spindle), hand carders, and any questions on the topic. If you have found an offending rule, please write it down and be prepared to share it in class.

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Create Color Wraps to Make Colorfuls WarpsSA319-Create Color Wraps to Make Colorfuls Warps
Donna Hanson
Saturday PM

Do you admire beautiful, colorful warps and wish you could create them, too? Whether it is for a rep weave project, towels, fabric, or any other weaving project, you, too, can design colorful warps! In this hands-on class, you will expand your experience with color combinations as you create many different color wraps to see the effects of colors as your eye blends them together or how the colors interact when they are next to each other. Try colors you would never think of using together and find some new favorite combinations! Create some beautiful striped designs! Your instructor will guide you through several exercises as well as give you plenty of time to create wraps on your own. A multitude of colors of 8/2 cotton will be available to try both color blending and color patterning. You will see many examples of how the warp colors interact with a variety of weft colors and be introduced to the "sample napkin." You will go home with a new set of color wraps and many new color ideas for future projects.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Handout and yarn
Level: All
Equipment: Sharp scissors, clear tape, colorful pictures from magazines or other sources for inspiration pen and notebook

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Square Cake CarrierSA320-Square Cake Carrier
Laura Klaus
Saturday PM

This is a lovely multi-purpose basket with colorful accent reed and is a good class for beginners and experienced weavers alike. This basket features a swing handle. Tips shared will be "chicken feeting" the fillers to make a solid base, a lock-in row, how to miter corners, and how to lash a rim with double X's. Shaping to make weaving easier will be discussed as well as how to dye reed. Color choices will be available at class time. Finished size approximately 10" X 10" X 4", not including the handle.

Materials Fee: $20 Includes Complete kit to make one basket with accent color choices
Level: All
Equipment: None

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Mini Fabric CollageSA321-Mini Fabric Collage
Rebecca Kobos
Saturday PM

Have fun creating mini fabric collages in a frameable 5" x 7" card format. Using fabric pieces, Wunder Under, and an iron, let your imagination run wild. Images can be realistic, whimsical, or abstract. Let the color and pattern of the fabric be your guide. Try free motion stitching over the collages to add details. This is an opportunity to experiment with these techniques in a quick, structured, supportive environment.

Materials Fee: $12 Includes A variety of fabric pieces with Wunder Under already attached, drawing paper, light weight batting, 5 frame cards and envelopes
Level: All
Equipment: Good fabric-cutting scissors, iron and towel, sewing machine for those who would like to try stitching (optional)

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Deciphering the DrawdownSA322-Deciphering the Drawdown
Robyn Spady
Saturday PM

Do you ever feel like you need a background in cryptography to decipher weaving drawdowns? Are the terms "turning a draft" and "skeleton tie-ups" a mystery? By understanding how a pattern is developed, a weaver will know why the pattern weaves the design it does, learn how to create distinctive and innovative designs, and augment the possibilities of a single threading by changing the tie-up and/or the treadling.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Handout
Level: All
Equipment: None

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From Pin Loom to Eternity (Scarf): How to Make Those Squares Adorn Your NeckSA323-From Pin Loom to Eternity (Scarf): How to Make Those Squares Adorn Your Neck
Meg Stump
Saturday PM

Weave a patterned scarf and practice several scarf-making joins. This pin loom project is a starter class. Students will start their patterned squares in class and complete the scarf at home. They will weave several squares in their choice of pin loom patterns as well as practice scarf joining techniques. In order to make weaving patterns even easier, each student will receive a numbered template to make weaving patterns on the Zoom Loom easy as pie. Students will receive all the directions, patterns, template, and weaving experience needed to be able to complete their own handwoven scarf.

Materials Fee: $5 Includes Includes worsted weight yarns for weaving samples, printed directions for weaving and joining squares, a variety of weaving patterns for the pin loom, and Zoom Loom numbered weaving template
Level: All - Know how to weave on a pin loom
Equipment: 4" pin loom with 6" weaving needle, scissors, tapesty needle, small crochet hook (1.75-2.25 mm), 140-170 yds of fine, light, or medium weight yarn of your choice

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