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E-Weave DesignPC401-E-Weave Design
Marg Coe
Mon-Wed

Designing liftplans using graphics design software is one of the latest additions to our arsenal of weaving tools. Come find out what all the excitement is about-learn the tools of our time! This workshop is a detailed step-by-step presentation of current trends in digital weave design using graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements. Participants follow the presentation in real time as they develop their own liftplans. Among the structures covered (time permitting) are: twills, satins, double weave, double-faced, diversified plain weave, deflected double weave, 3-dimensions, tied weaves, polychrome summer and winter, and taquete. Time permitting also included are: drawing for the drawing challenged, and additional design techniques for straight and point threadings

Materials Fee: $13
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: Notetaking supplies. Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements and a weave design program installed.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Cutting Loose with Tied WeavesPC402-Cutting Loose with Tied Weaves
Robyn Spady
Mon-Wed

Tied weaves create patterned fabrics with floats of limited length. One threading can provide a multitude of different treadling options from singles and pairs to Dukagang and taquete. Participants will learn the fundamentals of tied weaves and explore a variety of treadling techniques. There will also be a portion of the workshop dedicated to design. If you're a weaver interested in understanding terms like summer and winter, single two-tie, taquete, and samitum, then this workshop is for you! Four- shaft loom minimum; eight shafts recommended.

Materials Fee: $20
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: four-shaft (minimum) pre-warped loom (instructions will be provided as soon as class list is received); shuttles; extra bobbins; scissors; weft; pen or pencil.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Tablet Weaving From Around the WorldPC403-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 which gives us the popular Ram's Horn design and is fairly contemporary, Coptic Diamonds, from Egypt from over 1000 years ago, and Anglo-Saxon card weaving from the British Isles from around 1500 years ago.

Materials Fee: $15 Includes Pack of 20 cards, 1 shuttle.
Level: All
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.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Garment Construction and Finishing Techniques for Handweavers and Other Fiber ArtistsPC404-Garment Construction and Finishing Techniques for Handweavers and Other Fiber Artists
Daryl Lancaster
Mon-Wed

A crash course in garment construction, fit, finishing, and all around fun! For weavers or anyone interested in learning to construct great looking and great fitting garments. Learn to be creative with your seam finishes, buttonholes, closures, linings, and embellishment. From sampling to sett to fabric finishing, this is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to sew clothing from their handwoven or other special fabric, as well as for those more experienced wanting polished and professional results. Participants will have the opportunity to draft a custom pattern for a simple unlined jacket, vest or tunic

Materials Fee: $30
Level: All
Equipment: Participant to bring: cardboard cutting board with printed grid (check www.joann.com) 36" x 56" (can also use a large piece of corrugated cardboard or foamcore 36" x 36"); two or three good quality color pencils (eg. Sanford Prismacolor); see-through straight-edge ruler; bulletin board push pins; tape measure; 6" SEAM GAUGE with sliding marker; thread; pins; sewing machine in good working order with manual and accessories; power strip and/or extension cord; good scissors or dressmakers shears; embroidery scissors; notebook and pen (highlighter also suggested); lots of scraps for sampling techniques (at least 8" square and can be any fabric that allows easy sewing of techniques, such as denim); any show and tell, questions or problems; and don't forget your camera!

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Color and Creativity for SpinnersPC405-Color and Creativity for Spinners
Kate Larson
Mon-Wed

Inspiration is everywhere. The challenge for fiber artists is in translating interesting architecture, a sunset, or a memory into yarn and textiles. In this workshop, Kate will walk you through her own design process and help you begin a spinner's creativity notebook. Building upon color studies and explorations you develop in class, the workshop will cover fiber preparation and spinning techniques used to manipulate color, managing handpainted fibers for different color effects, finishing techniques, and more. You'll leave with an organized notebook filled with samples and ideas, and the tools needed to turn them into beautiful yarns.

Materials Fee: $25
Level: Intermediate - Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn.
Equipment: Participant to bring: A spindle or working wheel, extra bobbins, and lazy kate. You will need handcards for this class-some will be available to borrow. Optional: Knitting needles, crochet hooks, or pin-looms for sampling.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Predicting the Unpredictable: Color in TapestryPC406-Predicting the Unpredictable: Color in Tapestry
Rebecca Mezoff
Mon-Wed

Yarn reflects light differently than paint does. The weft-faced weave of tapestry creates different effects than other kinds of weave structures. This class explores basic color theory as it applies to tapestry. We will experiment with various color combinations, practice mixing colors in the weft bundle, and discuss how color interacts and how best to weft and how best to create desired effects in the medium of tapestry. All of this is built upon a discussion of color theory. Through our exploration of color we will begin to learn to make intentional color choices that work for us

Materials Fee: $40
Level: Advanced Beginner - Basic tapestry skills required.
Equipment: Participant to bring: Warped tapestry loom, weaving tools, scissors for fiber and paper, clear tape, notebook.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Deflected DoubleweavePC407-Deflected Doubleweave
Madelyn van der Hoogt
Mon-Wed

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Watch warp and weft threads deflect to form round circles and curvy waves. This unique variation of doubleweave allows total contrast between two or more colorways on as few as four shafts. Even more excitement comes when a different fiber is used for each weave, one that shrinks and one that doesn't. Marvelous puffs and shapes form in a variety of finishes, from puckered to fulled to felted. Participants bring pre-warped 4-shaft or 8-shaft looms, choosing from a wide range of fibers, colors, and designs and exchange looms for a comprehensive library of samples.

Materials Fee: $15
Level: All - Basic warping skills
Equipment: threaded loom ready to weave.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Weaving Shimmering SilksPC408-Weaving Shimmering Silks
Heather Winslow
Mon-Wed

Ah, the mystery, elegance, and shimmering beauty that is inseparable from the word silk! Included in this class will be the history of silk production; an introduction to the four main types of silk with samples of their cocoons, yarns, and fabrics; and a discussion of the properties and characteristics of silk, and how these relate to the weaving of silk. The workshop will consist of a round robin in which each participant will weave eight to ten samples of silk fabric using different silks and weave structures. These fabrics are all suitable for clothing and other finished products. Examples of Heather's silk garments will be on display. Workshop requires pre-warped loom (4 or 8-shaft). Instructions and pre-wound warps will be sent to student.

Materials Fee: $55
Level: Advanced Beginner - Student must be able to dress a loom, read a weaving draft, and willing to work at 24 epi or more
Equipment: pre-warped loom and specific supplies listed at end of your instruction sheet; boat shuttles(s), bobbins, several film containers or pill bottles for weighting or mending warp threads; one or two toilet paper rolls (the core); embroidery floss in four to six harmonious colors and floss bobbins if you have them; tape measure; scissors for paper and cloth; fabric glue; notebook, pencil, masking tape, and transparent tape; ten 1" cardboard hang tags to label samples; twenty 1/2" x 10" pieces of cardboard to separate samples; (optional) silk fabrics (handwoven or commercial) for show and tell.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Weaving with Handpainted YarnsPC409-Weaving with Handpainted Yarns
Cathie Chung
Mon-Wed

Do handpainted yarns call to you until you get them home and then fall silent? Explore how handpainted yarns combined with the choice of weave structure can create extraordinarily magical results.

Materials Fee: $75 Includes Includes warp and weft yarns, drafts, handout, and shipping
Level: Beginner - Able to warp a loom
Equipment: harness loom in good working order.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Weaving with Handpainted YarnsPC409-Weaving with Handpainted Yarns
Diane Smith
Mon-Wed

Do handpainted yarns call to you until you get them home and then fall silent? Explore how handpainted yarns combined with the choice of weave structure can create extraordinarily magical results.

Materials Fee: $75 Includes Includes warp and weft yarns, drafts, handout, and shipping
Level: Beginner - Able to warp a loom
Equipment: harness loom in good working order.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Crimp and CreatePC410-Crimp and Create
Dianne Totten
Mon-Wed

This is an on-loom workshop taking fiber in a new direction by creating crimp cloth. Using a variation of woven shibori for both warp and weft, learn to create fabric with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed. Apply this stash-busting technique to any threading and, learn the thought process that will lead to endless possibilities for creating this magic cloth. Participants will draft, weave, and crimp their samples in class. Learn how the fabric can be used for scarves and shawls that won't fall off your shoulders as well as for entire garments. See how permanently crimped pleating can replace knitted ribbing for a sweater or can add a knit look to the collar area of a jacket. Sewing tips for using crimp cloth will be included in this round-robin workshop. No dyeing is involved

Materials Fee: $3
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: A pre-warped loom (minimum of 4-shafts, 8 or more is even better!) and a basic knowledge of drafting. Workshop preparation information will be sent to the registrants.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Overshot OdysseyPC411-Overshot Odyssey
Rita Hagenbruch
Mon-Wed

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Embark on an adventure exploring the overshot weave structure. Be inspired by the designs of historical coverlets and Scandinavian linens. Learn creative use of color and explore pattern with different yarns. Learn how to read overshot pattern drafts, how to balance them, and how to create your own designs. This workshop covers both 4-shaft and 8-shaft overshot instruction. Students will learn how to expand their draft for a future coverlet, table runner, or pillow.

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: For this workshop, students prepare a warp of 354 ends using 10/2 cotton. I will send 4 shaft drafts before the workshop to use allowing you to come to the workshop with your looms threaded and ready to weave. One will need a 15-inch weaving width on their loom.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Scottish Weaving SamplerPC412-Scottish Weaving Sampler
Melissa Weaver Dunning
Mon-Wed

Experience several Scottish weaving traditions while you sample traditional tartans, tweeds and district check patterns. The timeless beauty of traditional Scottish tartans is so appealing and weaving colorful tartan is great fun. Tweed cloth has been woven in Scotland for centuries, using natural sheep colors and local plant dyes that imitate the colors of the heather hills. The earliest simple patterned cloth was the Shepherd's Check, from which many simple variations have been created. All the great houses of England's Borderlands and the Lowlands of Scotland eventually had tweed patterns that were woven in quantity to clothe their groundsmen, grooms and foresters; even Downton Abbey has a registered tweed pattern! This workshop includes a slide lecture on tartan and tweed history and instruction in translating tartan setts into warp plans. This round robin class will produce a notebook of samples for future independent exploration.

Materials Fee: $25
Level: Beginner
Equipment: a warped loom; 1-5 boat shuttles and bobbins; scissors; measuring tape; T-pins; notebook, pen, and pencil.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Natural Dyeing on CottonPC413-Natural Dyeing on Cotton
Eileen Hallman
Mon-Wed

Learn to scour, mordant, and dye cotton with natural dye extracts. We will use small yarn and/or fabric samples to develop a notebook. We will learn the importance of proper scouring and explore the properties of cotton and its dyeability with bleached, unbleached, mercerized, and Dye-Lishus cotton samples in a matrix of alum, tannin, and aluminum acetate mordants. We will also print mordants and iron modifiers onto cloth before dyeing to explore a range of colors that can be achieved with one dip in a dyebath.

Materials Fee: $50
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Apron, gloves, plastic bag for carrying damp yarn home, enthusiasm. Optional: each student may bring 100 grams of cotton yarn, hair dryer.

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