Weaving Workshops on Wednesday Mornings

Morning workshops meet from 10:00am until noon.  They provide an opportunity to broaden one's understanding of weaving and related areas.  Click teacher's name for biography. Sign up, and get inspired! For the quick overview have a look at Workshop Calendar.

Core Curriculum: To enhance the education program, the Guild has instituted a Core Curriculum. The notation ‘CC’ next to a workshop title on the Registration Form indicates that class is part of the Core Curriculum. Click here for a table showing the Core Curriculum.

Fee and Registration Information can be found at the end of the page.

Unless otherwise specified, morning workshops are on the 2nd floor of the church. Handouts/materials fees are payable by cash or check to the teacher at the start of the workshop.

September 13, 2017

Weaving in Greece: A Collection From My Travels
Christine House

I come from a family of seamstresses and knitters so I never thought much about weaving in Greece until I visited the country in 2003. There I purchased a sweet little tapestry in Athens, and what I thought was a wool rug in Delphi. Since then, I have focused on learning more about weaving in Greece to see how the craft was practiced and how and why it evolved. I have travelled to various areas of the country, looking for weavers. Sadly, the craft has fallen by the wayside, for the most part, in pursuit of a more modern lifestyle. I have shared my collection with a couple of New England Guilds as well as with members of the Philoptochos (women’s charitable society) at the St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church in New Haven, CT where I learned the purpose of some of my pieces.

My talk is a narrative that I have written to accompany a PowerPoint presentation; it is part travelogue, part family history and part about textiles. I have about 50 pieces in my collection, most of which are textiles. I will explain as much about those pieces as I know and share them with the group. They will be available for examination both during and after the workshop.

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Materials/Handouts Fee:  None
Attendee Limit: Room Capacity

Barbara’s Terrific Take-Along Bag
Jayne Flanagan

Workshop Description: Barbara Hunter’s legacy lives on! In about 2008, Barbara literally plucked this interesting commercial tote from a non-sewing friend’s waste basket! She dissected the pattern, tested it, and brought it to Mainely Weavers Show & Tell. Next thing she knew, she was teaching a class! Even if you’ve taken the class elsewhere, you might need a refresher course and a new bag by now; and you may want to check out some new construction ideas. Through demonstration and guided step-by-step diagrams and directions, you will learn how to make an attractive, very functional dowel-handled bag of woven fabric. Its size, comfortable grip, and two inside and outside deep pockets make it perfect for traveling and bringing supplies to meetings; a 9"x13" pan even fits securely inside for pot lucks. The lined bag is 14 1/2" long, 9" wide and 13" high with a covered insert for added stability. Also discussed will be factors to consider when designing handwoven bag fabric. Step-by-step layout and construction techniques are extensively diagrammed and described for construction. The lecture / demo is appropriate for students who understand basic sewing skills. Students need bring nothing except for note taking if desired, as there are extensive directions on the handouts.

Barbara Hunter, who passed away in 2013, was an avid sewist, hobby weaver and retired educator of Family and Consumer Sciences (previously known as Home Economics). She welcomed opportunities to share sewing ideas and techniques, and encouraged the use of handwovens in garments.

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Materials/Handouts Fee: $2.00
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

“Ought O, Weaving O’s” - Weaving Circles Plain and Fancy
Barbara Herbster

Session 1 of 2

You have woven diagonals using twills—your fancy and plain variations. You have changed a striped warp by using different weft colors to make a plaid. Now put your creative thinking toward how you can create circular forms using your rigid vertical/horizontal loom-restricting grid. Circular designs can be accomplished with four shafts, but by the addition of more shafts, a greater variety is waiting to be explored. By putting your store of drafts to use, you will be able to create or dig up patterns that explore the curved form. Via lecture and with woven samples, Barbara will lead you through the process of making cloth that has clean and modified circular motifs. A few sample drafts will be supplied but you will be encouraged to use your imagination and create your own original draft.

In November we will delve deeper, see what you have created, the structure you selected, and the item you have made.

The workshop is intended for intermediate or advanced weavers but beginners with a sound drafting background will do well.

Use your stash for materials for the home assignment after first class. One 4 shaft and one 8 shaft draft using circular motif will be provided by the Instructor.

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Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

Woven Paper Collage
Bonnie Tarses

Many years ago as I was sitting in my warm and wonderful weaving studio trying to decide between silk yarn and cashmere, I was overcome by feelings of despair. How could I justify weaving in luxury while the majority of weavers in the world often had to sell the woven garments off their backs just to be able to eat? It was then that I turned to the power of collage and created my first woven collages. I fashioned two collages: one, my wishes for myself, and the other, my wishes for the world. I then cut the collages into strips and wove the wishes for myself into the wishes for the world so that whatever I do for myself, I am also doing for the world.

Never has the exploration of the internal journey been more uplifting. In just two hours, you will first identify and then integrate your personal aspirations with your hopes for the world.

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Materials/Handouts Fee:  $5.00
Attendee Limit:  25

October 11, 2017

Don’t be a Draft Resister
Carol Birtwistle

A weaver’s most difficult challenge is weaving a fabric that is unique and exquisitely designed; drafting is one key in this process. This class will explore the eight-shaft draft as a basis for making original designs. After reviewing drafting nomenclature to establish a common vocabulary, we will design original threadings and tie-ups using the following techniques: 90 degree rotations, rearranging weave structures, and combining weave structures.

Resulting patterns may be crepe-like weaves or resemble fancy twills. Others defy classification and, after analysis, may prove to be unusable. Remember -- a draft is a take-off point from which creative weaving begins. Students should bring: Graph paper (preferably 6 to 8 squares per inch), pencils, eraser, ruler, glue stick.

Materials/Handouts Fee: $2.00
Attendee Limit:  12

Creative Blocks: One Profile, Many Options
Beth Cederberg Guertin

Session 1 of 2

Each participant will be given a two-block profile draft. The workshop will discuss and handouts will be given for different weave structures that can be woven with the profile draft on 4, 8 and 10 harnesses. The assignment will be to create household textiles (placemats, napkins, runners, dishtowels, throw blankets) using the profile draft and a chosen weave structure.

We’ll discuss fibers/yarns that would be appropriate for the different textiles and color patterns. Then using the profile draft the students will choose a household textile and yarn. Using the two-block profile draft given, each participant will design and weave a textile for the guild challenge which will also be used for the Annual sale exhibit (November 2018). In the second session, we will look at each woven product. This will be followed by a discussion of the chosen of weave structure and color patterns. Drafts and weaving instructions will be submitted to the instructor 10 days before the second session. Each student will receive a booklet of the drafts and instructions.

Help and guidance will be available from the instructor between sessions.

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Materials/Handouts Fee: $5.00
Attendee Limit:  Room Capacity

Inkle Weaving - More than Red Tape
Connie Gray

If you have always wondered about that funny-looking loom with lots of dowel pegs and string heddles…learn the basics of Inkle Weaving by using a simple portable loom. You can take it almost anywhere to enjoy weaving on the porch, at the lake, or even on a plane! You can make narrow trim, belts or bands, sashes, straps; yes, even shoelaces! Choose cotton yarns, a simple patterns, learn to warp the loom, and weave a warp-face tape in this hands-on class! Variations will be demonstrated, and discussed. Finishing techniques will be shown, as time permits. Weave your own (red) tape!

Students should bring an inkle loom (some looms available to loan, please indicate if needed), a small stick shuttle, small scissors, tape measure, 3/2 perle cotton yarns or 6-strand floss (3-4 colors) in one ounce balls, + 3 oz. for weft, carpet warp or string to make heddles, if needed.

Materials/Handouts Fee: $2.00
Attendee Limit: 12

SAORI Way of Making Clothing
Mihoko Wakabayashi

In this workshop, Mihoko will show you the basic paper patterns of SAORI clothing design including tops, dresses, and a jacket. Participants will experience how to connect pieces together to make clothing by cutting paper and taping the pieces together. She will demonstrate sewing to introduce the several kinds of stitches she uses and show sample work.

Materials/Handouts Fee: $3.00
Attendee Limit:  20

November 8, 2017

Journeyman Rating Help Workshop
Deb Watson

This is an informal session which aims to clarify any questions that aspirants for the Journeyman Rating might have and to provide any needed guidance in the weaving, finishing and presentation of submissions. In addition to your questions, please bring the printed ratings section of your yearbook or a printed copy of the ratings section from the website. Please also arrive having carefully read the general instructions as well as the requirements for the Journeyman Ratings.

Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit:  Room Capacity

Inkle Weaving Variations
Connie Gray

From Unckles for Girdles to Inkles for Laces - simple bands and straps have been used for centuries to hold clothing together, to tie burdens on draft animals, even to lace one's sandals or shoes. Using basic pick-up/push-down techniques, we will try some traditional Baltic geometric repeating patterns, as learned from Zaiga Upitis, born in Latvia. Sharing these techniques is a way to pass on these fascinating ethnic designs. We will also cover embellishments and finishing techniques.

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Materials/Handouts Fee: $2.00
Attendee Limit:  12

“Ought O, Weaving O’s” - Weaving Circles Plain and Fancy
Barbara Herbster

Session 2 of 2

See September listing for workshop description

Provest

Materials/Handouts Fee:  None
Attendee Limit:  Room Capacity

Weaving Faster – Lessons Learned from Production Weaving
Stephanie Morton

During the past 5 years, Stephanie has learned several useful tricks for both warping and weaving that she will share with hands-on instruction. She also encourages the class to share their ideas so that she can learn too!

Lesley samples

Materials/Handouts Fee:  $1
Attendee Limit:  12

December & January:  Winter Break

Alpacas in Snow

February 14, 2018

Informal Gathering: Work on Those Unfinished Projects!

Because of the uncertain weather for February, this meeting will be informal. This is a great time to dust off any projects that have gone unfinished for a little too long. If you’re stuck somewhere and in need of advice or a bit of a helping hand, bring your project along.

So bring a sack lunch and one of those unfinished projects of yours and enjoy the camaraderie and get inspired while you work. We encourage those of you that need help finishing your project, as there is sure to be someone on hand to help you. At a future meeting, it would be great to share the results at the show and tell.

Also if you’re new to weaving and feel intimidated this is a great time to just watch other people in an informal setting. As usual, the library will be open. Leader: Mary Mandarino

March 14, 2018

Dimensional Double-Cloth with Hands-on Activities
Anastasia Azure

This presentation will highlight the sculptural possibilities of the double-cloth technique. Anastasia Azure weaves extensively with the double-cloth technique, transforming metals and plastics into dimensional weave forms and jewelry. Short videos will reveal her tips and tricks to working with fine wire and slippery fishing line on a loom. There will be a hands on component to this workshop - so, please bring a pair of scissors and scotch tape for the exercise. Weavers will leave inspired to create unusual shapes with unconventional materials.

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Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit: 20

Drop Spindle Workshop
Penny Lacroix

Love to weave, but can’t find just the right yarn? Would you like to be able to create your own accent yarns? Perhaps you’d enjoy the convenience of a take-along fiber project. Spinning with a drop spindle is relaxing and portable. Students in this workshop will learn to make their own yarn from commercially prepared wool fibers using a drop spindle. Students may bring their own drop spindle or borrow one from the instructor.

Materials/Handouts Fee:  $2.00 (Will cover fiber for the class and some to take home to practice.)
Attendee Limit: 15

Organizing for the Fiber Addict
Susan Targove

Messy spaces are the sign of a creative mind, right? If your weaving space is more depressing than inspiring, maybe a little organizing would help. Learn about studio organizing from the perspective of a former Professional Organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Come to class with a list of your problem areas and take home some ideas for making your space work for you.

Materials/Handouts Fee: $2.00
Attendee Limit: Room capacity

A Demonstration of Tapestry and Rya Techniques with Rags
Faith Milnes

Faith will demonstrate the tapestry techniques that she uses in her weavings. She will also demonstrate how she uses the Rya knot techniques to create texture. Students will have the opportunity to see how they can create a rug with designs. Faith will also demonstrate some of the fringe knots she uses to finish her weaving.

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Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit: 20

April 11,2018

Creative Blocks: One Profile, Many Options
Beth Cederberg Guertin

Session 2 of 2

See October listing for workshop description

Materials/Handouts Fee:  Paid in October
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

Sewing Handwovens, or, The Fear of Cutting
Sally Eyring

Are you tired of weaving scarves and linens and would love to weave for clothes, but have a fear of cutting precious handwoven cloth? Do you think weaving cloth to sew is the same as weaving for a scarf? (Hint, there are several differences!) If so, then this workshop is for you.

Sally will help you get over your fear of cutting handwoven cloth by explaining how sewing with it is different than sewing commercial cloth. The discussion will include designing and making your own patterns, matching the cloth weight to a pattern, fitting patterns to your body, seam finishing techniques, linings that work with your cloth, and tips relevant to handwoven cloth. This is not a “how to” sewing class and a fundamental knowledge of sewing is assumed.

Because sewing is a voluminous topic that can be studied for years no matter what cloth you use, the emphasis will be on a planning approach and resources that you can study further after class.

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Materials/Handouts Fee:  $5
Attendee Limit:  Room Capacity

Rag Rug Weaving
Dena Gartenstein Moses

Rag Rug weaving is the ultimate recycling adventure! In this class, we will learn the ins and outs of turning those old and unwanted clothes into fabulous rugs. We will begin by talking about setting up your warp. We will learn how to dissect clothes and prepare them for your weft, discuss many different design possibilities, and look at lots of samples. This class will also cover different looms and what makes them better or worse for weaving rugs. You will leave with plenty of inspiration and information to get started on making great rag rugs.

Materials/Handouts Fee:  $2.00
Attendee Limit:  Room Capacity

Designing for Multiple Shaft Weave (8 – 16 shafts)
Gretchen Romey-Tanzer

This workshop will be a designing workshop. We will work with the process of profile drafting in multiple block double weave. Double weave tabby and twill structures will be the focus. Samples of double woven fabrics will be on hand along with a short slide show of additional examples of the structures’ potential. Graph paper and colored pencils will be used during this workshop as participants work out double weave profile drafting issues. The workshop is designed for the intermediate weaver.

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Materials/Handouts Fee: $5.00
Attendee Limit: 20

 

Fees

$18 for members ($36 for a two session workshop) if paid10 days before the class; $23 if paid less than 10 days before the class. $25 for non-members ($50 for a two session workshop), if paid 10 days before the class, $30 if paid less than 10 days before the class, pending space available

Unless otherwise specified with the class description, fees for materials or handouts are paid to the teacher by cash or check at the start of the workshop.

Registration

The summer Bulletin contains an application form.  Or, click Registration Form*, fill it out and mail to the specified address with your total session fees.   Registration forms should include your preferred email address for confirmations and notifications. As an alternative, you can enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for your initial notification.

If you have any questions, email morningworkshops@weaversguildofboston.org.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a refund (in the form of a voucher) in only the following situations:  cancellation by the instructor, inclement weather, or unforeseen serious circumstances with one week advance to the Morning Workshop Chair, morningworkshops@weaversguildofboston.org

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