Maxi Sessions



The Ultimate WeaverFF101-The Ultimate Weaver's Basket
Bev Larson
Friday

What do you look for in a great crafting basket? In this one-day workshop, basket-maker Bev Larson will help you make your own Ultimate Weavers Basket - perfect for weavers, spinners, and knitters alike. The basket has side pockets to hold shuttles and scissors, a generous central compartment for cones or handcards, and is approximately 10 x 14 inches in total size without handle or side pockets. You do not need previous basketry experience to join the workshop and all tools and materials will be provided.

Materials Fee: $35 Includes all tools and materials
Level: Beginner
Equipment:

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Fundamentals of Ply Split BraidingFF102-Fundamentals of Ply Split Braiding
Louise French
Friday

Learn the basics of ply-split braiding in this introductory class by making a keyring fob and your choice of one of several necklaces. You will also have an opportunity to make cords of your own to use for your next project.

Materials Fee: $28
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Pen or pencil; task light, if you have one; 10/2 or 5/2 pearl cotton in a variety of colors for making cords (optional).

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Understanding BlocksFF103-Understanding Blocks
Madelyn van der Hoogt
Friday

You can have a perfectly happy weaving life doing what's been done before-following project instructions or using someone else's design ideas. But that's like saying you can have a perfectly happy life without leaving your town. Understanding block weaves is your ticket to the wider world of weaving. This one-day seminar is your passport to travel, teaching you the basics of using unit weaves (threading and treadling) and profile drafts

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: Pencil with a good eraser.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Spinning on the CharkhaFF104-Spinning on the Charkha
Eileen Hallman
Friday

Learn to spin cotton the easy way! (Anything is easy with the right tools; the charkha was designed specifically for spinning cotton.) Learn how to tune and maintain the charkha. We will also cover cotton types, preparations, and properties.

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Charkha or great wheel if they have one, enthusiasm. Optional Charkha rental: $15

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Shimmering Silk  SpinningFF105-Shimmering Silk Spinning
Heather Winslow
Friday

Explore the beauty, mystery, soft shimmer, and elegance of silk! Enjoy the tactile pleasure as this exquisite fibre passes through fingers to become a beautiful, luxurious, versatile yarn. Its incredible strength allows its use for weaving, kumihimo, needle-laces, and other needle-arts, as well as knitting. Learn the properties and characteristics of silk, spin several samples of bombyx and tussah silks, and blends of silk and luxury fibres.

Materials Fee: $25
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: spinning wheel in good working order, lazy kate, extra bobbins, carders, small niddy noddy, labels to tag samples, yarn to tie samples, ten sandwich bags, pen and paper.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Tapestry Answers: Do I Want to Be A Tapestry ArtistFF106-Tapestry Answers: Do I Want to Be A Tapestry Artist
Rebecca Mezoff
Friday

Have you ever wanted to try tapestry weaving but weren't sure you were really going to like it and didn't want to buy new equipment until you were sure? In this one-day class, we will explore all your basic questions about tapestry weaving as a practice, what it entails, what looms work, and warp and weft yarns to consider. In the afternoon we will try some beginning tapestry techniques, look at ways to warp various looms, and learn why certain looms are great for this weave structure and others are not so good. Rebecca will bring some small looms to try. No experience necessary. Bring your sense of adventure, a notebook, and any small loom you might have at home you want Rebecca's opinion about. If you'd like the class to try your loom, bring it warped!

Materials Fee: $15
Level: All
Equipment: Notebook, pen.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Saori Weaving - Discover Yourself Through WeavingFF107-Saori Weaving - Discover Yourself Through Weaving
Chiaki O'Brien
Friday

SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic and healing weaving technique that allows students to relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Even though there are only two harnesses, students can still enjoy weaving with many colors, textures, and exploration! The warp will be set for students so they can start weaving right away. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programed beauty of SAORI cloth; we admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity. Be ready to feel like you are five years old! Just have fun following your hearts! If you have special materials you'd like to use for your weaving project, please feel free to bring them

Materials Fee: $20
Level: All
Equipment: willingness to explore! Nothing is needed, but if students have materials that they would like to use for a project such as homespun yarn, ribbon, your own animals' fleece, that is welcome.

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Be Inspired in Your Cotton Rug WeavingFF108-Be Inspired in Your Cotton Rug Weaving
Wynne Mattila
Friday

Wynne will share her passion for colorful cotton fabrics and knowledge of weaving her Finnish-style rugs in this workshop. She will walk you through her design process from inspiration to rug. You will be guided through an exercise to create a design plan using snippets of fabric in your own stash and go home with greater confidence in your color choices, as well as good techniques to use in your rug weaving

Materials Fee: $5
Level: All
Equipment: snippets of fabric, scissors, note-taking materials, camera or phone to take digital images.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Scarf in a DayFF109-Scarf in a Day
Rita Hagenbruch
Friday

The purpose of this class is to show the method Rita uses to wind a warp and dress a loom. Participants will be able to wind a scarf warp in class and dress their loom according to Rita's method and may even get their scarf woven before the day is over. Rita has woven over eighty commissions during 2013-2015 while babysitting her granddaughter who is now four years old and who helps Rita with hand weaving. One can dress a loom by themselves with ease and will enjoy the process. Rita has been weaving for forty-four years and has seen many different ideas of dressing a loom. She hopes participants will be inspired by her method and always keep their looms dressed

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Warp and weft yarns on cones or pre-wound into balls; loom with a reed that is appropriate for warp yarns; warping board; lease sticks; raddle; two sets of curtain rods; shuttles; scissors; sticks to separate warp layers on back beams (yard sticks, screen molding,etc); pen and paper for taking notes. Optional: adjustable drying rack for hanging warping board.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Blending Colors at the WheelFF110-Blending Colors at the Wheel
Amy Tyler
Friday

Learn to make unique multi-colored yarns at the wheel, without dyeing or the use of carding/combing equipment. In this workshop, we will take rovings and tops of different colors and combine them by pre-drafting in several simple ways to create yarns that produce more colorful and more textural fiber projects. We will cover techniques that allow you to create the same blends of color from skein to skein. We will practice making singles yarn as well as 2- and 3-ply yarns. We will also cover techniques for making marl yarns.

Materials Fee: $20
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: Spinning wheel in good working order, four bobbins, and a lazy kate.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Traditional Wool PreparationFF111-Traditional Wool Preparation
Melissa Weaver Dunning
Friday

We will start at the sheep with sorting and grading fleece, moving on to washing, picking, and carding with handcards. Wool combing and preparation for worsted spinning and a unique approach to using the drumcarder to produce small rolags will also be covered.

Materials Fee: $10
Level: All
Equipment: Handcards, handspindles, and/or a spinning wheel.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Design - Going Beyond the RecipeFF112-Design - Going Beyond the Recipe
Sara Nordling
Friday

Have you wanted to design your own textiles but don't know where to begin? This class can help! The elements and principles of general artistic design will be applied to the weaving process to create exciting and dynamic art, scarves, table runners, clothing items and even dish towels! In the first part of the class we will learn the building blocks of good design, and in the second half you will apply these to creating original designs. Please bring paper/graph paper, colored pencils, and one or two items you have woven that you think could have been a more interesting or exciting. This class is designed for advanced beginners to advanced weavers who want to design their own textiles

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: Paper/graph paper, colored pencils, one or two items you have woven that you think could be more interesting.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Intro to Fabric AnalysisFF113-Intro to Fabric Analysis
Robyn Spady
Friday

It's exciting to find a textile that inspires us to design our own fabric to weave; however, translating the fabric into a draft can feel like an insurmountable challenge. In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to techniques and tools to assist them in analyzing a fabric, discover the subtle characteristics that make some fabrics unique and truly remarkable, and understand how to create a design and weave their own creations.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: Intermediate - and adventure-seeking beginners
Equipment: Pen or pencil

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Nuno Felt Wave ScarfFF114-Nuno Felt Wave Scarf
Dawn Edwards
Friday

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Nuno, which means fabric in Japanese, is a term now used to describe the felting of natural fibers (we'll be using Merino wool) into a sheer woven fabric base (in our case, silk) to create a unique, light-weight fabric. Dawn will share with you a fun resist technique which creates a wave-like design element. Come explore the ancient art of feltmaking with a modern twist. Your finished piece will be highly textured, flexible, and very beautiful

Materials Fee: $35
Level: All
Equipment: three bath-sized towels; scissors; plastic bucket or beach pail for water; ball brause or laundry sprinkler bottle (several will be available to share); old pantyhose or an old t-shirt which can be cut into ties. Optional: you may wish to purchase a set of plastic bed risers (which run about $10/set) to raise the height of your table to a more comfortable working height.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Painted WarpsSF201-Painted Warps
Carrie May
Saturday

Many weavers often feel limited when it comes to choosing colors for their weaving projects by the cone. Variegated yarns are nice, but when woven, colors blend together creating something else entirely. Warp painting is the answer. This class will teach the students how to work with Procion MX Dyes. These are cold water dyes and are very safe. A demonstration of mixing the dyes will be given, and use of the dyes will be discussed. Students will bring their own 4-yard warps of cotton or other cellulose fiber, or may buy them from the instructor. These dyes are not suitable for wool. The students will then have a variety of mixed colors to choose from to paint their own warps. Students will have time to paint at least 2 warps with guidance from the instructor. Handouts will be given with instructions on rinsing their warps after returning home.

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Beginner
Equipment: one or two 4-yard warps that are wound and ready to dye; two buckets/dishpans; plastic saran wrap to cover painted warps; one clean gallon milk jug; old hand-towels; dust mask; and gloves. Please wear clothes or an apron appropriate for dyeing. The instructor will have blank warps ready for dyeing available for $25

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Inkle Loom WeavingSF202-Inkle Loom Weaving
Daryl Lancaster
Saturday

No weaving experience necessary! The inkle loom is portable, easy to warp, easy to weave off, and makes beautiful belts and bands. Daryl uses it to trim her garments and thinks every weaver should own one. Starting with a PowerPoint presentation, participants will learn to make heddles for the loom, follow a draft and warp the inkle loom. Proper techniques for weaving a tight even band with good selvedges will be explained. A more intermediate technique of inkle loom pick-up for interesting design options will also be demonstrated as well as supplemental weft. Participants will be able to finish a small band by the end of the day.

Materials Fee: $15
Level: All
Equipment: two ounces or more of 5/2 or 10/2 perle cotton in three different high-contrast colors (for example navy, light grey, and red) cones or balls; scissors; tape measure; If you own an inkle loom and would like to use it, feel free to bring it along. Please no inkle looms with warp and cloth beams like the Gilmore and the Glimakra. They require specific equipment for warping and this class does not focus on beaming chain warps. If you are bringing your own inkle loom, don't forget to bring a small belt shuttle, like a stick shuttle except with a more tapered edge along one side. Contact Daryl (theweaver@weaversew.com) in advance if you would like to rent or purchase a loom. Rental is $10.00 which can be applied to the purchase if desired ($68.00 - $70.00).

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Fiber BasicsSF203-Fiber Basics
Pat Maley
Saturday

Have you ever wondered why a fiber, yarn, or cloth behaves the way it does? Want to know which fibers and yarns can be mixed without problems? What are the so-called new age fibers and how can they be used? This course for weavers, spinners, knitters, felters, quilters, and anyone who uses fabric, will study natural, manufactured, and synthetic fibers. You will learn about the fiber variations and characteristics that effect spinning, weaving, wearability, and care of the fiber. You will learn to identify fibers using the microscope and other methods.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: All
Equipment: optional: If you have a small microscope (100x min), please bring it to class with a light source if necessary.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Nui ShiboriSF204-Nui Shibori
Eileen Hallman
Saturday

Learn about stitched shibori with commercial fabric that has the gathering threads woven in. Learn how to gather and tie, how to manipulate stitches, and how to dye using different dyes and paints for varied effects. We will use woven shibori from a mill, but will learn the hand stitching techniques as well. If you plan to weave your own, this class is an easy introduction to the effects you can achieve with dyeing after the fabric is gathered.

Materials Fee: $15
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Participant to bring: apron, gloves, needle and strong thread, thread snips, plastic bag for carrying damp fabric home, enthusiasm

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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4-8 WeaveSF205-4-8 Weave
Marg Coe
Saturday

Why, you may ask, should we bother using a computer for 4 and 8-shaft designs? Isn't it a tool for those who weave on 16 shafts? 32 shafts? Maybe even more? The focus of 4-8 . . . Weave! is not on what a program does but what we can do with it-how computers enable us to weave in a way we could never have envisioned in the past. This workshop presents methods for creating exciting designs: 4-block doubleweave on 4 shafts, interleaving, polychrome, the many ways to make use of parallel threadings, Jin (turned taquete), turned S2T (summer and winter)... Weave design programs come with manuals that explain the features of the programs, but not how to implement them. Just as a car's manual tells you the car's features, but it doesn't teach you to drive! This class fills that gap. Appropriate for weavers with any number of shafts.

Materials Fee: $13
Level: All - Participants should have a rudimentary knowledge of both basic weaving terminology and computer use
Equipment: Notetaking supplies. Laptop computer with specific software, defined by instructor, installed prior to the workshop (free version is adequate

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Floating Ribbons Scarf with Supplemental WarpSF206-Floating Ribbons Scarf with Supplemental Warp
Suanne Halvorson
Saturday

Create a luscious, richly colored scarf and learn about the supplemental warp technique. Participants will choose a skein of Welch hand- dyed Giotto ribbon from Colinette Yarns as their supplemental warp. The background will be Silk City Fiber's Bamboo 7. Similar to Suzanne's signature doubleweave scarves, blocks of colorful ribbon will dance up the center of the piece. Part of the workshop is focusing on color choices, so looms will be dressed in class. Participants must be able to warp their four-harness looms in about three hours without assistance. Scarves most likely will need to be completed at home. Weavers will have two design choices, both utilizing the same warp and set-up. Suzanne's inspiration for this design came from studying antique French ribbons.

Materials Fee: $40
Level: Intermediate - Must be able to dress a loom in 2-3 hours without assistance
Equipment: Four-harness loom (table or floor) and all equipment needs to dress the loom: threading hooks; 8, 10, or 12 dent reed (preferably 12 dent); paper to wind on back beam; tie-ups; and warping board. Two sets of lease sticks required, in addition to other supplies: scrap yarn such as carpet warp for guide thread and tying lease sticks; scissors; notebook and pencil; cloth tape measure; two boat shuttles; and four bobbins.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Crimp Cloth PrimerSF207-Crimp Cloth Primer
Dianne Totten
Saturday

Discover crimp cloth techniques to add to your weaving repertoire. Using a non-dye variation of woven shibori, learn to create permanently crimped fabric for clothing that flatters any figure and scarves and shawls that won't fall off your shoulders. Or, think beyond wearables to create your own unique project. Through lecture and visual presentation, learn to draft and get tips for weaving both warp and weft crimp, then how to process the crimp. Sewing tips for using this magic cloth will be included. Leave with a plan you create for your own crimp project, if time permits.

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: note-taking materials; scissors (small with a good snipping point if possible).

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Ply Split Braided VesselsSF208-Ply Split Braided Vessels
Louise French
Saturday

Take ply-split braiding to the third dimension. The next step in ply-split braiding is moving from flat braids to vessels. You will learn how to make simple baskets, the importance of color placement of cords, and the theory of going from a flat two-dimensional piece to a three-dimensional vessel. The class will conclude with finishing options. Time permitting, students may make additional cords for future projects.

Materials Fee: $20
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: Task light, if you have one; Gripfid, if you have one or a loaner will be available; pen or pencil. Variety of 5/2 or 10/2 pearl cotton for additional projects (optional

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Double Card Double Turn DiagonalsSF209-Double Card Double Turn Diagonals
John Mullarkey
Saturday

Also called Egyptian Diagonals, this workshop will focus on weaving diagonal patterns with tablets. We will use the circular warp setup and learn how to use two packs to create interesting diagonal designs. Patterns will be provided, but individual exploration will be encouraged. No previous tablet weaving experience required.

Materials Fee: $15
Level: Beginner
Equipment: scissors, four balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or unmercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread. Each ball should be at least 1 ounce. Two balls of one color, and two balls of one different highly contrasting color. There will not be time in class to wind off, so please come prepared with four yarn sources.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Creating the Yarn you WantSF210-Creating the Yarn you Want
Amy Tyler
Saturday

This workshop is designed for the spinner who wants to gain greater control over the final characteristics of the yarn she or he spins. We will practice methods for controlling the thickness and twist of yarns. We will cover practical techniques for creating yarns that are consistent from bobbin to bobbin, and that match already existing yarns, either hand spun or commercial. We will also touch on techniques for plying a "balanced yarn".

Materials Fee: $20
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: Spinning wheel in good working order, three bobbins, and a lazy kate.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Be Inspired in Your Cotton Rug WeavingSF211-Be Inspired in Your Cotton Rug Weaving
Wynne Mattila
Saturday

Wynne will share her passion for colorful cotton fabrics and knowledge of weaving her Finnish-style rugs in this workshop. She will walk you through her design process from inspiration to rug. You will be guided through an exercise to create a design plan using snippets of fabric in your own stash and go home with greater confidence in your color choices, as well as good techniques to use in your rug weaving.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: All
Equipment: snippets of fabric, scissors, note-taking materials, camera or phone to take digital images.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Pattern Weaving on a Rigid Heddle LoomSF212-Pattern Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Constance Hall
Saturday

Pattern weaving on a rigid-heddle loom is a fun and easy way to turn that simple looking loom into a weaving powerhouse. Using a pick-up stick or two you will weave patterns that it would take a six-harness loom to weave. This is a no-worries, step-by-step workshop. We will warp the looms and weave a sampler of patterns from warp floats and weft floats to leno and lots in between. Come learn to make magic happen on your loom

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: scissors; pen; and five sheets of printer paper; tape measure; glasses if needed and comfortable shoes. This workshop requires a Rigid Heddle Loom. If you are bringing a loom, contact constancehall@yahoo.com with any questions about what you need to bring. Please make sure you have all the pieces and parts that go with the loom including: two shuttles, two pick up sticks, a 10 dent reed, warping peg and clamps. Some pick up sticks will be available for use in class. A Schacht Cricket loom may be borrowed to use in class with option to buy at the end of class, if notified in advance.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Finishing TechniquesSF213-Finishing Techniques
Betty Kirk
Saturday

Once your woven piece is off of the loom, it is time to finish it! See samples of what can be done on the loom and once your fabric is off of the loom. There are many rules or tricks of the trade that can be used to finish handwoven cloth such as how to deal with fringe, decorate edges, join pieces, and use beads. After examining the samples, participants will practice several techniques.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: Beginner
Equipment: scissors, blunt tapestry (large eye) needle, seed beads, beading needle, and beading thread. Optional: magnifier, task light

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Trapezes and Weights and Whacking - Oh My!SF214-Trapezes and Weights and Whacking - Oh My!
Kati Meek
Saturday

With demonstration, participants practice the speed and ease of beaming a beautifully tensioned warp all alone, using the warping trapeze, athletic weights and a spanking stick. Live-weight tensioned weaving shows how any loom can have a self-adjusting automatic brake on the warp beam. The focus is on developing ease and simplicity in loom dressing, rhythm in weaving, fine tuning the loom, the bench, the shuttles, and the weaver for beautiful cloth, comfortable weaving, and healthy bodies; eliminating wasted and risky motion. Workshops often emphasize the end product; this one focuses on the details of the process resulting in a better product, whatever it is.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: standard note-taking; digital camera if desired

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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