Preconference



Introduction to BoundweavePC001-Introduction to Boundweave
Laura Demuth
Mon-Wed

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Weft-faced pattern weaves, or bound weaves, can be woven on two or more harnesses and are rich in design possibilities. Bound weaves are woven on either a cotton or linen warp that is completely covered by a tightly packed wool weft. Weft-faced textiles are suitable for table runners, rugs, coverlets, or wall hangings. This class will focus on a three-shaft point twill boundweave technique known as Krokbragd. The threading and treadling for this weaving structure are simple, allowing the weaver great freedom to explore color and design.

Materials Fee: $75 Includes Yarns: cost will vary by number of weft colors chosen from $60-$100
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: Warped 3-harness loom, scissors, stick shuttles (bring as many as you have), graph paper, colored pencils

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Art to WearPC002-Art to Wear
Sarah Fortin
Mon-Wed

Much of the impact of a finished handwoven garment is determined by the sewing and finishing techniques that are used. The type and skill level of the finishing may end up making or breaking the quality of the piece, no matter the excellence of the weaving. This is an opportunity to create an unlined coat, jacket, or kimono-style jacket with your handwoven fabric. Bring your yardage and use my patterns (discontinued, redesigned commercial patterns) to gain the knowledge and confidence to design, cut, sew, and embellish a garment. You will learn to make appropriate decisions about seam finishes, trims, and edge finishes that are suitable and complementary to your fabric and garment style.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: All - Some sewing experience helpful
Equipment: Sewing machine in good working condition, yardage, sharp shears, small pointed scissors, sewing notions, interfacing, pellon, matching thread, closures. *Instructor will provide a detailed list of supplies and yardage requirements.

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Baskets AplentyPC003-Baskets Aplenty
Louise French
Mon-Wed

In contrast to most basket techniques, in ply split braiding the elements pass through one another rather the over and under each other. This technique offers a variety of color and structure choices that are difficult to achieve with other materials. Participants will begin by making a basket with pre-made cords; then, using variations of the same starting technique, they will make a basket of their own design.

Materials Fee: $35 Includes Materials and handout. A gripfid will be provided for use in class and may be purchased for an additional $11.
Level: All - Experience in ply split braiding is helpful, but not necessary.
Equipment: Gripfid, if you have one

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Exercises in Color Blending and TexturePC004-Exercises in Color Blending and Texture
Jan Friedman
Mon-Wed

This workshop will concentrate on teaching you how to weave slow color gradations using color groupings. This approach is effective not only in tapestries but also in rugs, table linens, and garments. It is possible to achieve wonderfully rich colors by combining numerous thin yarns of varying shades. By choosing different fibers such as rayon, wool, cotton, silk, and metallic yarn, you also can add subtle textural interest to your work. Further textural effects will be explored by working with dyed silk and cotton fabric strips. Simple tapestry techniques will be used.

Materials Fee: $40 Includes 1 bag of yarn gradations, silk and cotton fabric strips
Level: All
Equipment: Loom prewarped with 2 yards of natural carpet warp or cotton sein twine (12/6 or 12/9), threaded 6 epi, straight draw, 10" wide

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Warp-Rep: Warping and Weaving Tips and TechniquesPC005-Warp-Rep: Warping and Weaving Tips and Techniques
Donna Hanson
Mon-Wed

The bold and beautiful designs of Rep Weave are always eye-catching, and you, too, can create one! The focus of this workshop will be on learning some special techniques in back-to-front warping with two warp chains and the weaving processes for this structure. Prior to the workshop, you will receive instructions for winding two warp chains in 5/2 perle cotton, which you will need to bring to the first class. In addition to warping and weaving techniques, Donna will present her knowledge of designing warp-rep using profile drafts. Using the profile drafts provided by the instructor, you will have the opportunity to practice your techniques by weaving several small projects-mug rugs, table mats, a small runner, bag or tablet case-while varying the designs by using a variety of tie-up and treadling options.

Materials Fee: $12
Level: Intermediate - Student must be able to read a draft, wind a warp independently, and understand profile drafts and how they differ from threading drafts.
Equipment: Loom in good working order (8-shaft floor loom preferred, but drafts will be provided for both 8- and 4-shaft floor and table looms), two sets of lease sticks, a raddle, warping tools, prepared warp chains, weft materials (3/2, 5/2, and 10/2 perle), sharp scissors, tape measure. Additional supply list and instructions will be provided prior to the conference.

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Tablet Weaving From Around the WorldPC006-Tablet Weaving From Around the World
John Mullarkey
Mon-Wed

Tablet weaving is truly an international art. We'll study three different techniques from three different areas of the world and three different time periods. Kivrim, from Turkey, gives us the popular Ram's Horn design and is fairly contemporary in origin; Coptic Diamonds have been woven in Egypt for over 1,000 years; and Anglo-Saxon card weaving began in the British Isles around 1,500 years ago.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Pack of 20 cards, 1 shuttle.
Level: All - No weaving experience required
Equipment: Scissors, five balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or unmercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread. Each ball should be at least 1/2 ounce. Three balls of one color and the other two balls of two different, highly contrasting colors.

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PC007-How Red Got Her Cape: The Secrets to Purposeful Spinning
Beth Smith
Mon-Wed

How did Red's Granny make the fabric for that beautiful flowing cape? She probably experimented a little first. This class is all about making decisions in spinning from fiber to fabric. We'll begin with a range of different raw wools. Choose a wool, choose a processing method, and then we will sample away-making yarns and swatches until you get to just the right yarn and cloth making method. You'll learn to make educated choices and then experiment to see if your choices will actually get you where you'd like to go. Come to class with a couple of project ideas, and you will leave this class confident in your wool choice and sampling abilities and with the sample yarns and swatches you need to see your project through. In no time you'll be skipping through the woods ready to take on anything-even a wolf.

Materials Fee: $70
Level: All - Students must be able to spin a continuous thread on either wheel or spindle.
Equipment: Any processing tools you own, such as cards, combs, flicks, and lap cloth; tags for labeling; pen and and note-taking materials; knitting needles in a range of sizes and a small sample loom if you have them. Some tools to share wil be available in class.

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A Parallel Threading Is the WeaverPC008-A Parallel Threading Is the Weaver's Playground
Robyn Spady
Mon-Wed

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
A parallel threading can provide a weaver with a multitude of options and patterns-from echo weaves and corkscrew twills to turned taquete and network-drafted twills. Add on top of that weft variations in color and texture, and weavers will find themselves in a playground of possibilities. Workshop participants will prewarp their loom from a selection of threadings and, during the workshop, enter into a journey of discovery and exploration of how to transform a parallel threading into a myriad of patterns. The workshop is a combination of presentation/discussion, weaving, and hands-on exercises. Emphasis will be on understanding the design and drafting processes to empower workshop participants to create their own patterns.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Workshop notebook, weft yarns
Level: All - Able to warp a loom
Equipment: Prewarped loom (4-shaft minimum; 8-shaft recommended), scissors shuttles, weft, etc. for weaving workshops

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Nuno Felt: Pieces, Patches, and YardagePC009-Nuno Felt: Pieces, Patches, and Yardage
Liz Spear
Mon-Wed

Try a textile technique that will bring an exciting focus to your art quilt, garment, handmade book, or interior decor. Using an adapted wet-felting process, learn to combine fine silk fabrics and merino wool to make Nuno felt, an incredibly textured and versatile material. Create pieces, patches, or yardage to incorporate into other textile projects using your personal color choices and lots of elbow grease. Folks new to felting are welcome, while experienced felters can add a new approach to their toolbox. This active class requires some upper body strength and stamina, and long periods of standing.

Materials Fee: $10 Includes Two rolling kits: sample size and full table size
Level: All
Equipment: 1 pound Merino combed Top (NOT Superwash) suitable for felting, in your choice of colors; 3-4 yards total THIN SILK fabrics (< 8mm: organza, chiffon, paj) in your choice of colors; comfortable shoes and clothes that can get wet; waterproof apron; 1 gallon bucket and/or 4 qt. plastic bowl; olive oil soap or Ivory dish liquid; 4-8 ties (8-10" pieces cut-up panty hose legs); 3-5 large towels; scissors for fabric; tape measure; black Sharpie marker; water-spreading tool (cup, sprayer, sprinkler, ball brauser) large plastic bag for transporting wet stuff. Optional: embellishment materials.

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Signature Blocks: Extraordinary OvershotPC010-Signature Blocks: Extraordinary Overshot
Barbara Walker
Mon-Wed

Enjoy a fascinating and uncommon approach to overshot by combining one part block weave structure, plus one part quirky design, plus one part coded message to equal the fun of block name drafting. Block name drafting allows you to encode names or phrases to create a tiling effect with contemporary overshot motifs without those pesky incidental threads. Learn the mechanics of block name drafting as they pertain to overshot and other block weave structures, and satisfy that urge for sentimentality with sophistication. Discussions also include turning an overshot draft and color profiles. Prior to the workshop you will receive a selection of overshot name drafts from which you will choose one to design and warp a project of your choice.

Materials Fee: $50 Includes Workshop folder and 4 personal name drafts
Level: Intermediate - Basic knowledge of how to wave the overshot structure
Equipment: E-mail access; 4 or 8-shaft loom; enough yarn (10/2 and 5/2 pearl cotton, for example) for designed overshot project; necessary weaving equipment; colored pencils; 8/inch or larger graph paper; two cardboard strips for wrappings; four different colors of embroidery floss. Optional: Laptop or other device with weaving program and extension cord.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Focus on the Warp (Controlling Creative Chaos)PC011-Focus on the Warp (Controlling Creative Chaos)
Kathrin Weber
Mon-Wed

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Students learn nontraditional techniques that allow them to work effectively and efficiently with multiple warp chains and diverse warp elements. They will use instructor-provided hand-painted warps in which colors flow and change in the woven fabric, which appear complex to plan but actually spring from making flexible and intuitive decisions as they are setup and woven. Students will work with multiple warp chains in a variety of ways: They flip sections of the warp from end to end to create color flow in opposite directions, shift the warps to create patterns that flow in the weaving both lengthwise and horizontally, and add other warps of different weights, textures, and fiber content to create stripes within the space-dyed design. They will learn to cleanly split warp chains, which saves extra warp from a current project for use in future projects. Students will weave not-so-plain weave, twills, ribb, repp, and turned taquete on the same warp. No two warps or designs will be alike, so class members learn from their own projects as well as from the others.

Materials Fee: $72 Includes Three 4.5-yard hand-painted warp chains
Level: All
Equipment: Loom with dummy warp (instructions will be provided), 2 clamps big enough for back beam, 1" painter's or masking tape, weft (2 spools of black carpet warp; 10/2 or 20/2 black cotton or rayon); notebook, pens. Detailed supply list provided by instructor.

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Weaving with New Millenium FibersPC012-Weaving with New Millenium Fibers
Heather Winslow
Mon-Wed

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 class using new millennium fibers. Each person will receive a warp and set up a loom with a different yarn and structure, and then weave samples on all the other looms. Just imagine what a unique project you can then weave when you get home.

Materials Fee: $55 Includes Prewound warps, wefts, and binder of handouts
Level: Advanced beginner
Equipment: Prewarped loom; shuttles and bobbins as listed on instruction sheet (with prewound warp); fabric glue; scissors for paper and yarn; measuring tape; masking tape; 12 hang tags to label samples; bobbin winder and ball winder, if available; film canisters or bottle with weights; 24 cardboard strips (10" X .5"); note taking supplies; yarns or ideas for future projects (optional); fabrics samples of unusual fibers for show-and-tell (optional)

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