Workshops I Offer
Tapestries & Rugs
Weavings with Vitreous Enamels
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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
Seminars I provide:
Designing with a sectional warp beam
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
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
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
|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
|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
|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
Fee includes all yarns for sampler and use of the frame loom.
|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
|Includes projected images, rugs and rug samples
|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
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.
Weaving Bands on a Shaft Loom
|Includes projected images, samples, large-scale graphics, and a warped loom showing the technique.
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
Contact for available dates and prices.