Workshops & Lectures

Teaching fiber arts to adults and children is a great way to encourage creativity in both myself and others. For the last 30 years I have been involved in education and presently teach adult workshops and classes in various weaving techniques in Michigan and surrounding states.


Workshops and Seminars I provide:

Designing with a sectional warp beam
Seminar:             3-hour seminar, If your loom has a sectional beam (or if one is on your wish list) this discussion will help you use it to its fullest potential. Includes the basics of winding a sectional warp with a tension box, color changes within the inch groups and hints for getting great tension.



Weaving Bands on a Shaft Loom
Seminar:             3-hour seminar, Using a shaft loom to weave bands speeds up the weaving time and allows for longer warps. Learn to adapt krokbragd patterns to weave them as bands and explore inkle band patterns. Discussion includes yarn choices, threading and beaming closely-sett yarns and making color decisions.



Adapting Card Weaving Patterns to a Four-Shaft Loom
Seminar:             3-hour seminar, Learn to translate many cardweaving patterns to four-shaft point twill threadings. Seminar includes projected images, samples, large-scale graphics and a warped loom showing the technique. Participants will use graph paper and colored pencils to design patterns.



Rosepath Using Rags
Workshop:             Explore Four Harness Rosepath, a traditional Swedish threading that is an 8-thread variation of a point twill, while learning the basics of weaving with cloth strips. Samples will include table linens and rugs. We will make samples weaving with all cloth strips, cloth strips and a tabby weft, and with two different cloth strips on opposites. Included will be information on preparing the cloth, estimating amounts needed and basic rug weaving techniques. The weekend class will include all the samples, the week-long class will include time to weave a full size rug in your chosen technique.



Rags: Beyond Plain Weave
Workshop:             Curious about weaving with cloth strips, better known as rag weaving? Bored with just weaving plain weave? This workshop will explore the basics of weaving with cloth strips, both for rugs and a lighter -weight version for table linens and totes. Includes cutting the fabric, ways of joining the strips and how to calculate needed fabric. Discussion will include design, warp choices and setts. Using a round robin system, you will weave plain weave variations and sample other suitable weaves: monk’s belt, Ms and Os, double-faced twill, overshot, summer and winter, undulating twill and crackle. You will need to be able to warp a loom independently. Warps and sample wefts will be provided for a materials fee.



Beginning Tapestry Weaving
Workshop:             Beginning Tapestry Weaving (one week) Tapestry weaving is a way of creating images with yarn using a smile loom and small amounts of yarn. It is like magic to weave parallel rows of yarn and suddenly you see curves and shapes.

In this workshop students will learn the basic tapestry joins and techniques of shading using different colors of weft threads. You will use copper-pipe frame looms supplied by the teacher to weave a sampler. Several warping styles will be demonstrated and used. Discussions will include designing, color choices, and various ways of making a cartoon (or plan for the tapestry) and how to transfer the design to the warp threads. Students will then warp the loom in their chosen warping style and complete a small tapestry. Finishing techniques, lining the weaving and mounting it will be demonstrated. No prior weaving experience is necessary. Fee includes all yarns for sampler and use of the frame loom.
Workshop:             Beginning Tapestry Weaving (weekend) Tapestry weaving is a way of creating images with small amounts of yarn. It is like magic to weave parallel rows of yarn and suddenly you see curves and shapes.

In this workshop students will learn the basic tapestry joins and techniques of shading using different colors of weft threads. You will use copper-pipe frame looms supplied by the teacher, or the students’ own adjustable-tension frame loom (such as Mirrix) to weave a sampler. Several warping styles will be demonstrated and used. Discussions will include designing, color choices, and various ways of making a cartoon (or plan for the tapestry) and how to transfer the design to the warp threads. Finishing techniques, lining the weaving and mounting it will be demonstrated. No prior weaving experience is necessary. Fee includes warp and weft yarn for sampler, use of the pipe loom, and handouts.



Weft-faced Rugs workshop
Lecture: Includes projected images, rugs and rug samples
Workshop: Beginning Weft-faced Rugs: Participants will come to the workshop with looms (either table or shaft looms) threaded in a straight draw (1,2,3,4) with carpet warp. Samples will be woven in plain weave, straight twill, broken twill, and krokbradt. Patterns will be drawn on paper and then woven. Discussions will include choice of yarns for warp and weft, how to get perfect edges, finishing techniques, and how to plan designs specifically for rugs. Additional looms, threaded in overshot and rosepath, will be available for weaving samples.
2-day workshop will be able to cover all samples, if warp is in place before the class begins.
Week-long class can include warping. Participants will also have time to weave a small finished rug in one of the weaves.
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Weaving Patterned Bands on a Shaft loom
Lecture: Includes projected images, samples, large-scale graphics, and a warped loom showing the technique.
Workshop: Love weaving weft-faced bands? Use your table or floor loom to weave bands more quickly and easily. Translate many cardweaving patterns to four-shaft point-twill threadings and adapt krokbragd patterns to weave bands. Participants will bring an unthreaded four-shaft floor or table loom and small amounts of 3/2 perl cotton in various colors. During the workshop wind a warp and weave highly patterned weft-face bands. Participants will design their own patterns, wind the warp and weave a band. Discussion will include hints for successful threading and beaming closely sett yarns and making good color choices
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Beginning tapestry weaving on a shaft loom workshop
Lecture: Includes projected images, a threaded loom to show the technique, and finished tapestries.
Workshop: Tapestry weaving is a way of creating images with small amounts of yarn. It is like magic to weave parallel rows of yarn and suddenly you see curves and shapes. Using a shaft loom has the advantage of faster shed opening and the use of the loom beater as well as a hand beater.

Participants will come to the workshop with a loom warped with 12/9 seine twine, either floor or table, with a minimum of two shafts. Rigid heddle looms are not appropriate. Using wool yarns, participants will learn basic tapestry joins with added discussions of the advantages of using a floor loom to make the shed, keep good tension and perfect edges, using both the loom beater and hand beaters. Color choices and use of shading will be stressed. Discussions will include designing and various ways of making a cartoon (or plan for the tapestry). Finishing techniques, lining the weaving and mounting it will be demonstrated.

Participants must be able to warp the loom and be familiar with its function. No tapestry weaving experience is needed.

Fee includes all weft yarns for sampler and handouts. (2-3 days)
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