2017 Classes

 
NEWS 2017 classes

3 1/2 day class
Weaving for Beginners on the 4-Harness Floor Loom — Carol Birtwistle

3 day class
Weaving the Navajo Way — LyndaTeller Pete

2 1/2 day classes
Beyond Beginning — Chris Hammel
Boundweave — Tom Knisely
Jumpstart Vest — Daryl Lancaster
Tablet Band Incorporated into Fabric — Inge Dam
Tapestry: Beyond 101 and Beyond — Kathe Todd-Hooker
Weaving in 3-D — Sarah Fortin

2 day classes
Bhutanese Kushutara Weaving — Wendy Garrity
Double Cloth — Marcia Weiss

1 day classes
Moving Beyond the Published Pattern:  Designing for Weaving — Dena Gartenstein Moses
Explorations in Color in Weaving — Dena Gartenstein Moses
Navajo Lap Spindling — Barbara Teller Ornelas
Painting Warps Off-Loom — Sarah Saulson
Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns — Barbara Walker
Pooch in a Pouch: Pin Loom Weaving 202 — Margaret (Meg) Stump
Resists are Irresistible: Shibori & Indigo Dyeing — Sarah Saulson
Treasures from the loom: introduction to sewing with handwoven fabric — Sarah Jackson
Understanding the Design Process, Fabric to Wear — Sarah Jackson
Woven Metal Jewelry — Anastasia Azure

1/2 day classes
200 Years of Textile Traditions at Canterbury Shaker Village — Mary Ann Sanborn
Atwater-Bronson Lace — Marjie Thompson
Black Faced Sheep (and Lambs) come to Smith — Margaret (Meg) Stump
Button, Button, Who’s got the… Polymer Clay Buttons and more — Connie Gray
Buttons, Buttons-Dorset & Deathheads — Marjie Thompson
Card Trick: The Magic of Tablet Weaving — Marilyn Romatka
Chinese Dragon Boat — Marilyn Romatka
Design Tricks: Moving Beyond the Recipe — Barbara Walker
Drafting: Basic & Color & Weave — Mary Ann Sanborn
European Paper Stars — Marilyn Romatka
Exploring the Fashion Show — Sarah Fortin
The First Cut is the Deepest — Sarah Jackson
From Mainstream to Obscurity: weaving from the 17th Century to 2017 — Marjie Thompson
From Pin Loom to Eternity (Scarf): how to make those squares adorn your neck — Margaret (Meg) Stump
Gebrochen — Marjie Thompson
Guided Tour of the Gallery Show — Barbara Walker
Inkle Weaving – more than red tape! — Connie Gray
Kumihimo 8-strand, Half Round/Half Flat Braid — Judith Shangold
Kumihimo: Basic 8 strand Round Braid — Judith Shangold
Putting It All Together: Mixed Media and Collaborations — Barbara Walker (cancelled)
Rep Weave 101 — Lucienne Coifman
Rep Weave and Books, Bags, Boxes and Beyond — Lucienne Coifman
Round & Round: Weave a Tubular Necklace — Connie Gray
Textile Analysis — Marjie Thompson
Tricks & Tips — Dena Gartenstein Moses
Understanding Summer & Winter — Sarah Saulson
Weave a custom pin loom tablet bag — Margaret (Meg) Stump
Weave, Knit, Wear – Using Knitting to Add Shape and Style to Woven Garments — Judith Shangold
Woven Metal Pendant/Pin — Anastasia Azure
Lecture: Weaving in Bhutan — Wendy Garrity

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Class Descriptions


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M 1: Weaving for Beginners on the 4-Harness Floor Loom

Instructor: Carol Birtwistle
[Special Note: This class begins promptly on THURSDAY, July 13 at 8:30 A.M.]

[Looms and equipment for Weaving for Beginners are provided by WEBS, America’s Yarn Store]

Class Description: This lively and intensive course is designed as an introduction to the basic techniques of weaving: winding a warp, dressing the loom and weaving a finished piece. The focus will be on exploring the basic weave structures – plain weave and twills in their many variations – designing and drafting a project and calculating yarn requirements. You will also learn about looms and equipment, yarns, and finishing techniques. In addition, you will be able to take full advantage of NEWS: attending general lectures and exhibits while meeting other weavers. After completing this workshop you will be able to warp a loom, weave on your own and know where help is readily available. Looms are provided.
Length of Class: 21 hours
Ability Level: Beginner and those weavers needing a refresher course.
Supplies: Two 2-inch diameter notebook rings (available at stationary stores). Five grocery bags, the brown paper kind, with the bottoms cut out, or a roll of brown Kraft wrapping paper. Scissors. Cloth or paper tape measure. Ruler. Three ring binder (for 8 1/2x 11 paper). Graph paper (6 or 8 squares to the inch) downloadable from the Web. Pencils with erasers. A pair of long heavy-duty shoelaces (used are fine). Six rubber bands. Long straight pins with a large round head. Large tapestry needle. Chair cushion is optional.
Materials Fee: None

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L 1: Weaving the Navajo Way

Instructor : Lynda Teller Pete
Class Description: This is a 3-day weaving class; most students complete their projects within the dedicated workshop time if they choose a beginning design and not a complicated overall design. The teaching style is called the “Navajo Way”, with rugs warped in the Female way. A 6.5” wide X 8.5” long pre-warped rug will be on an adjustable Navajo loom with a tabletop attachment, designed and built by the instructor’s husband, Belvin Pete. After choosing their wool, students get started immediately in learning how to weave Navajo style. Students will become familiar with the adjustable Navajo loom; the tension of the warp; how the “female stick” and the “male stick” work; and they also get a better understanding of cultural stories associated with every part of the loom, warp, weaving process and with the weaving tools. As the rugs are completed, there will be a Navajo blessing on each finished rug.
Length of Class: 18 hours
Ability Level: Beginner Level to some weaving experience
Supplies: Cushion for chair, we will be sitting for long period of time, back rest if student has back issues, clamp-on light if student needs more light for weaving.
Materials Fee: $65

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K 5: Beyond Beginning

Instructor: Chris Hammel
Class Description: Each participant will bring a 4 or 8-shaft loom that is dressed according to instructions provided by the instructor in advance of the conference. Warps will also be provided by the instructor. This is a hands-on, round-robin style workshop which is intended to provide participants with the opportunity to explore and compare different structures using the same profile draft. The workshop will begin with an explanation of profile drafts and will continue with mini-lectures throughout the three days. The mini-lectures will focus on using profile drafts with specific weave structures. Participants will also be introduced to supplementary warp pick-up, warp-faced band weaving (with the option of doing pick-up designs), and rep weave – with a focus on the technical aspect of weaving (e.g., achieving good selvedges) and not on designing. The instructor will provide two to three dressed looms to ease the stress that some weavers experience with round-robin style workshops.
Length of Class: 15 hours
Ability Level: Advanced beginners (must be able to read a draft and dress their loom prior to the workshop)
Equipment needed: 4 or 8-shaft loom dressed according to instructions sent to participants prior to the workshop
Supplies: Weft yarns, shuttles, bobbins, general weaving supplies (e.g., scissors, blunt needle, T-pins, measuring tape), paper and pencil.
Materials Fee: $10

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K 3: Boundweave

Instructor: Tom Knisely
Class Description:The bold patterns created in weft-faced twill are often associated with saddle blankets and the textiles of the American Southwest. The thick and heavy nature of this weave makes it ideal for rugs, saddle blankets, place mats, table runners and hot pads. Warping your loom for boundweave is a simple task. The warp threads are sleyed for an open sett often not more than six epi. This open sett allows the weft threads to slide down and cover the warp when beaten firmly. The patterns develop by following familiar twill treadlings but weaving with multiple shuttles each carrying a different color of yarn. Two, three and four shuttles weave in rotation following the different treadling patterns. The warping is fast and the weaving is slow but the final result is nothing less than satisfying. Each student will weave at their own loom. The looms will be threaded to a draft that will be assigned prior to class and the looms should be ready to weave on when you arrive.
Length of Class: 15 hours
Ability Level: Beginning to advanced
Equipment Needed: Loom warped according to instructions, spread and ready to weave.
Supplies: Students provide own warp and weft. Instructor will contact students with specifics.
Materials Fee: None

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K 2: Jumpstart Vest

Instructor: Daryl Lancaster
Class Description:Participants will be constructing a simple lined vest from their own handwoven fabric during the two day workshop. Fabrics should have a consistent beat, a firm but drape-able hand and should be suitable for garment construction. Since the finished garment will be a vest, participants should choose a medium weight, close sett, firm fabric in a fiber content suitable for a vest. Please do not try intricate patterning, obvious even or uneven plaids, large floats, or weaves that tend to fray excessively. Keep it simple, it’s not about the fabric. Avoid heavy slubs that may jam in the sewing machine. Do not weave something heavier than your sewing machine can handle comfortably. The fewer difficulties you encounter when working with your fabric, the better the chance you will complete your vest.
Length of Class: 15 hours
Ability Level: All Levels
Equipment needed: Sewing machine
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.
Materials Fee: $20

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K 6: Tablet Band Incorporated into Fabric

Instructor : Inge Dam
Class Description: Participants will learn how to add a tablet band into a piece of fabric to make a unique fabric for a small bag using a simple tablet weaving technique, the threaded-in technique.
Length of Class: 15 hours
Ability Level: Beginner +. Participants must know how to weave plain weave and 4-shaft straight twill.
Equipment needed: Loom with a weaving width of at least 15″. (The wider the loom the more space you have to turn the tablets.) 8 dent reed, 34 tablets
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.
Materials Fee: $2

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K 4: Tapestry: Beyond 101 and Beyond

Instructor: Kathe Todd-Hooker
Class Description: Students are taught more sophisticated joins and interlocks, introduced to hachures and hatching, geometric shapes, the use of soumack, weft splitting pick and pick techniques, cartoon design and use. The students will produce a sampler of the various techniques and be given supporting handouts of the techniques attempted and discussed in class. Slide presentations will introduce new techniques and be used to give a historical and cultural overview of tapestry.
Length of Class: 15 hours
Ability Level: Beginning to advanced
Equipment needed: Loom
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.
Materials Fee: $25

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K 1: Weaving in 3-D

Instructor: Sarah Fortin
Class Description: Students will learn to dress their looms with two warps, creating a supplementary warp beam for the second beam, if their looms are not equipped with two beams and two braking systems. They will learn to weave the two layers, separately and simultaneously to form tucks and gathered areas. Tubular weave and the weaving of pockets may also be explored. Students will learn how to dress the loom for this structure along with some weaving hints and tricks to create the puckers, bumps, pleats and gathers with the design warp (top warp).
Length of Class: 15 hours
Ability Level: Advanced Beginner +
Equipment needed: Warping board and loom
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.
Materials Fee: $5

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J 2: Bhutanese Kushutara Weaving

Instructor: Wendy Garrity
Class Description: Students will be introduced to sapma and thrima, the supplementary weft techniques used to create kushutara, the sumptuous single-faced brocade, used for women’s festival dresses in Bhutan. Students will explore traditional Bhutanese motifs and begin to combine the 5 basic stitches to weave these motifs and to experiment with their own designs. They will have the opportunity to examine samples of Bhutanese kushutara cloth and learn to identify how different patterns are created, to enable them to continue their own explorations after the workshops. Although kushutara is woven in Bhutan with a pickup stick and fine silk yarns, participants will learn using more substantial yarn that can be manipulated with the fingers.
Length of Class: 12 hours
Ability Level: Adventurous beginners and beyond. Confidence with weaving plainweave and operating your shaft loom are essential.
Materials Fee: $10
Optional material: Fine bamboo pickup sticks will be available for $10.
Supplies: A detailed supplies list will be included with the warping instructions
Equipment needed: Loom dressed according to instructions received prior to the workshop. A minimum of 4 shafts are required. Backstrap weavers who do not use a shaft loom may be accomodated. Please ask instructor.

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J 1: Double Cloth

Instructor: Marcia Weiss
Class Description: Want to expand your weaving knowledge and explore the fascinating world of multilayer textiles? This workshop is for you! Create a sampler of multiple double weave structures including vertical tubes, horizontal tubes, double width fabric, tubular fabric and checkerboards. These loom-controlled structures carry a great range of aesthetic and functional options. If you are experienced with double weave, you will be able to take your work to the next level. Learn the secrets to creating beautiful double woven textiles for your home or apparel.
Length of Class: 12 hours
Ability Level: Beginner to Advanced (must be able to warp own loom)
Equipment needed: Four or eight shaft warped loom
Supplies: 2 shuttles with bobbins, preferred filling yarns, scissors, note taking supplies.
Materials Fee: $10
[Instructions for warping loom will be sent 4 weeks in advance of the conference.]

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H 2: Explorations in Color in Weaving

Instructor: Dena Gartenstein Moses
Class Description: Color is so much of what we do as weavers, and yet many of us are scared by it or don’t even know how to start choosing. The truth is that there are no secret answers about getting fabulous color combinations, we can all do it, and it’s a personal journey. This class will combine seminar style teaching and hands on exploration using looms, colored paper, magazine cut outs and color card wrappings. We will learn about the science of color, why colors do what they do and why we see what we see.  We will discuss the many aspects that affect the way we see color in our weaving and learn about different theories of color and what tools are available to help us on our journey.  We will work towards both understanding why colors interact the way they do and learning about our own personal color statement.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: All abilities
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.
Materials Fee: $3

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G 2: Moving Beyond the Published Pattern:  Designing for Weaving

Instructor: Dena Gartenstein Moses
Class Title: Designing for Weaving: Moving Beyond the Published Pattern
Class Description: Published weaving patterns can be a great way to get ideas and inspiration for projects. At the same time, an important step in learning to weave is to step away from the pattern, let your creativity flow, and create designs of your own. In this class we will review many of the things you need to know to create your own designs.  This will include choosing and purchasing yarns based on the purpose of your project, figuring out sett and warp length, reading a draft and different methods to help with color selection.  We will cover how to do your own drawdown by hand and using computer design software.  We will talk about different categories of fabric structures and what a block is and how to use it in designing.  We will review how to use Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, what the different symbols mean and how to adjust the drafts to the size of your fabric. Everyone will come up with an idea for something they would like to weave and we will spend the last part of class designing our own projects to take home and weave. You bring the yarn, the vague idea, or just the good intention, and we will work together to create the project around it.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: Beginning to Advanced Beginning
Supplies: Nothing needed but students are welcome to bring yarns that they want to design with, finished projects that offer inspiration, or copies of draft books such as Davison or Dixon.
Materials Fee: $2

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G 3, H 3: Navajo Lap Spindling

Instructor: Barbara Teller Ornelas
Class Description: Five Generations of the Navajo Weaving family, The Tellers, have used a Navajo lap spindle to process their carded fleece to various sizes of weft used for Navajo Weaving. Barbara will do 2 introductory classes of the Navajo style of spindling wool using wool roving.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.
Materials Fee:
Supplies: None

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H 6: Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns

Instructor: Barbara J. Walker
Class Description: Expand your ply-splitting repertoire and move away from the usual recipes. Learn how to interpret weave structures in ply-splitting by using the drawdown portion of a weaving draft. Any single-layer weave structure is suitable, no matter the number of shafts. Ply-splitting a 40-shaft drawdown is just as easy as ply-splitting a 4-shaft drawdown. Applications include baskets, narrow bands or belts, and a variety of mats.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: Experienced ply-splitters
Materials Fee: $30 for the workshop book (if a student doesn’t have the book already)
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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G 4: Pooch in a Pouch: Pin Loom Weaving 202

Instructor : Margaret (Meg) Stump
Class Description: Students will use 4” and 2” pin looms to weave cloth to make a dog and a carrying pouch and then construct the two projects. Participants will walk away with a really cute handwoven dog, a pouch to carry it in and an understanding of pin loom weaving, joining and constructing skills.
Traditionally, pin looms were used to make blankets and baby clothes. In this class students are invited to explore a more playful side of the little loom. Take the first step toward a menagerie of animals, or just enjoy the idea that you can make a creative, handwoven gift in less than a day.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: beginner, students should have woven on a pin loom prior to the class, no extensive experience needed.
Materials Fee:$10
Equipment Needed: 4” pin loom-the most recent model is the Zoom Loom, students may also bring Hazel Rose Looms, WeaveIt Looms or other vintage 4” looms with a 6” weaving needle.
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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G 1: Resists are Irresistible: Shibori & Indigo Dyeing

Instructor: Sarah Saulson
Class Description: Shibori is a fascinating technique for creating pattern in cloth. Resists are created by folding, stitching, clamping, gathering and more. We will then explore the beauty of dyeing the cloth in Indigo, a natural blue dye. Participants will have the opportunity to create samples and dye a silk scarf.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: All abilities
Materials Fee: $20
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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H 1: Painting Warps Off-Loom

Instructor: Sarah Saulson
Class Description:
In this workshop, we’ll learn the basics of working with fiber reactive dyes. They are safe, simple to use, and color-fast. We’ll have lots of fun mixing colors and then painting enough warp to put on your loom to weave 2 scarves at home after the workshop.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $15
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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H 5: Treasures from the Loom: Introduction to Sewing with Handwoven Fabric

Instructor: Sarah H. Jackson
Class Description: Sewing with handwoven fabric is not exactly the same as sewing with commercial fabric, and weavers are sometimes hesitant to give it a try. In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to experience working with handwoven fabric while making several small, fun and functional projects. Participants will complete the workshop with a metal clasp coin purse, a zippered pouch, a pin cushion, and the confidence to sew their own handwoven treasures.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: All levels: Requires basic machine-sewing skills.
Materials Fee: $20
Equipment needed: Sewing machine in good working order
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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G 5: Understanding the Design Process, Fabric to Wear

Instructor: Sarah H. Jackson
Class Description: Are you intrigued by the idea of designing fabric for garments? This workshop will provide a thorough understanding of the design process including in-depth discussion regarding working through decisions about fiber, color, weave structure, and pattern selection. The workshop is a combination of presentation and discussion. Participants will complete the workshop with the confidence to define design criteria, choose appropriate materials, & successfully translate ideas into garments.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $3
Supplies: Note-taking supplies. Students may bring yarn and/or sewing patterns for discussion.

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H 4: Woven Metal Jewelry

Instructor : Anastasia Azure
Class Description: Create beautiful jewelry by weaving with wire and thin sheet metal (copper, brass and aluminum). Each participant will create earrings, a bead and a woven pendant or pin. We will play with basic weave structures, color and shape. Radial weaving will be introduced. No experience necessary and these techniques can be easily reproduced at home with a few hand tools.
Length of Class: 6 hours
Ability Level: All
Supplies: Ultra-fine Sharpie marker, scissors (large and small), chain nose pliers, wire cutters
Materials Fee: $20

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C 3: 200 Years of Textile Traditions at Canterbury Shaker Village

Instructor: Mary Ann Sanborn
Class Description: The history of Canterbury Shaker Village is rich with textiles, textile mills, and textile production.  From their earliest days when textile production was centered on caring for the needs of the fledgling religious community, through the height of their sales promotions with the world’s people, and finally returning again to the welfare of the dwindling Shaker community itself, textiles have played an important part of life at Canterbury. Textile mills and processes, spinning, weaving, household and mill production, woven poplar, Shaker rag rugs, Shaker Sweaters, Dorothy Cloaks, knitted goods, sale trips and trademarks, all are part of the rich story of this unique religious community.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Open to everyone
Materials Fee: None
Supplies: If you have any Shaker textiles or reproductions, especially any towels or rugs you may have made in Mary Elva Congleton Erf’s workshops, please bring them to share.

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C 5: Weave, Knit, Wear – Using Knitting to Add Shape and Style to Woven Garments

Instructor: Judith Shangold
Class Description: Want to make clothing, but don’t want to cut your handwoven fabric? Learn how to use knitting to add shaping, collars, cuffs and buttonbands. Working with woven swatches, you will learn how to pick-up and knit as well as to work short rows for shaping. You will also learn how to sew knitted pieces to woven edges with beautiful, flat seams. Other hand-sewn finishing techniques will be covered. Samples from Judith’s book Weave • Knit • Wear will be available to see and try on.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Must know knitting basics
Materials Fee: $2
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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F 2: Atwater-Bronson Lace

Instructor: Marjie Thompson
Class Description: A Way to Get Block Designs on Fewer Shafts. Taking something common, a two color plaid, this class will teach you how to turn the basic design into an Atwater-Bronson lace textile for creative magic on four shafts. We will begin with some textile analysis to count the ends of each color in the plaid and then move to a discussion of the Atwater-Bronson lace structure. Thread size is important when adapting a plaid to lace so that will be covered as well as the two backgrounds the textile may have: predominantly lace or predominately plain weave. The next step is to work from block designs for more than four shafts and numerous inspirational samples will be shown and drafting will be done for more than four shaft work.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All
Materials Fee: None
Supplies: Please bring a plaid or block design that you like and graph paper (if you do not like 10 to the inch that will be provided) and pencil. Laptop computers are welcome for more “instant gratification.”

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D 4: Rep Weave and Books, Bags, Boxes and Beyond

Instructor: Lucienne Coifman
Class Description: Discover the many unusual ways Rep weave can be used. The linear design of rep weave lends itself to 3 D constructions. You will learn the tips and tricks on weaving a firm warp-faced material in order to build unique pieces. We will take special consideration about the calculations involved to get the woven pieces fitting perfectly and talk about special materials used in the construction as well as finishing and embellishment. Many finished pieces will be available for examination.
Each participant will receive a bag containing all the necessary elements to finish the session making an etui or sewing needles book.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $ 18.00
Supplies: Notebook, pen, any rep pieces that you own, camera

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C 6: Button, Button, Who’s got the… Polymer Clay Buttons and more

Instructor: Connie Gray
Class Description: Fashion buttons to match your handmade! Can’t find the right commercial button for your garment? Make your own in this workshop! Using colorful (and washable) polymer clay, we can create jus the right touch to button up your hand knit sweaters, or hands sewn clothing. Various techniques appropriate to buttons will be taught, including texturing, marbleizing, and millefiore. Many of the techniques also work for jewelry to adorn your outfit.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Beginner and Up
Materials Fee: $5 or bring your own Fimo, or Premo polymer clay for a $2 discount.
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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B 2: Buttons, Buttons-Dorset & Deathheads

Instructor: Marjie Thompson
Class Description: Need the perfect button to match your item and can’t find a plastic one to suit? The answer is to make your own in the size you need using your own materials. The first button made will be a basic Dorset button over a ring. Making them without a ring will also be tried. The second button will be the oddly-named Death Head formed over a wooden disk and very popular in the Federal era.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Anyone who can thread a needle
Materials Fee: $7.50
Supplies: Please bring scissors and magnification if needed.

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B 1, C 1: Chinese Dragon Boat

Instructor: Marilyn Romatka
Class Title: Chinese Dragon Boat Class Description:These geometric gems are hand-crafted in China, filled with insect-repelling herbs, and hung up during the Dragonboat Festival in the hot 5th month of the lunar calendar. We will be filling our sachets with dried lavender, or what ever other herb the student wishes to bring. A simple technique that give exquisite results! We will finish 2 sachets in class. The product of this class may be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com
Ability Level: No previous experience necessary
Materials Fee: $20
Supplies: Good scissors

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B 4: Design Tricks: Moving Beyond the Recipe

Instructor: Barbara J. Walker
Class Description: Do you want to venture outside of your fiber comfort zone in a new direction, or spice up your current work? This two-part seminar will begin with a user-friendly discussion of color theories, proportion, coordination of design elements, and stimulating design exercises. Then we will enter the world of color with a practical application that helps you develop color schemes, work with color values, and apply first aid to the ugliest yarn in your stash. You will leave with confidence to go beyond the recipe and develop your own personal fiber art style.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $20 for handouts and “Color Game”
Supplies: Graph paper no smaller than 8 sq./inch; colored pencils; note-taking materials; scissors; several small amounts of solid-color non-metallic yarn such as butterflies, bobbin remnants, or floss skeins, and a cone or skein of the ugliest yarn in your stash.

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B 3: Drafting: Basic & Color & Weave

Instructor: Mary Ann Sanborn
Class Description: Drafting is a universal language used by all weavers, enabling a weaver to record or reproduce a textile design. There are different forms of weaving notation and various types of drafts. This class will concentrate on thread-by-thread drafts, color and weave drafts, and reading some historical drafts. With good drafting skills a weaver can reproduce cloth from written notation, document original ideas and designs, and guard against errors in printed drafts. If time permits, we will look at one or two computer drafting programs.
Ability Level: Open to everyone
Materials Fee: $3.00 handout fee.
Supplies: Participants should bring pencils, colored pencils, and graph paper.

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D 1, E:1: European Paper Stars

Instructor: Marilyn Romatka
Class Description:
Delightfully easy and deceptively complex, these stars are popular in Europe, especially at Christmas time to hang in windows with light coming through them. They are made of Drachenpapier; a special translucent paper from Germany the instructor brings back each visit in her suitcase. The class is geared for adults, but the technique is easy enough for children. All materials are provided for making 4-5 stars in a rainbow of colors. They can be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com
Length of Class: 2.5-3 hours
Ability Level: No experience necessary
Materials Fee: $15
Supplies: Sharp, long-bladed scissors (little ‘snip’ scissors are too small)

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F 5: Exploring the Fashion Show

Instructor: Sarah Fortin
Class Description: See the Fashion Show through the eyes a juror. See them up close when you take this informative tour of the garments on display. Experience a technical critique of design, fiber choice, construction techniques, and finishing touches used by experienced fiber artists.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All
Materials Fees: None
Supplies: None

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A4: The First Cut is the Deepest

Instructor: Sarah H. Jackson
Class Description: Fear of the unknown (What if the edges fray uncontrollably or the cloth just falls apart?), indecisiveness (What should I make? How do I choose the right pattern?), or lack of confidence (Doesn’t handwoven fabric require expert sewing skills? What if it doesn’t fit?), are some of the stumbling blocks that can prevent weavers from discovering the joy of sewing and wearing handwoven clothing. This workshop addresses, in detail, the tools and techniques required for sewing handwoven fabric and gives weavers the information they need to sew their handwoven fabric with confidence.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $3
Supplies: Note-taking supplies

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E 2: From Mainstream to Obscurity: weaving from the 17th Century to 2017

Instructor : Marjie Thompson
Class Description: Weaving was once so common that a non-weaving family could go from having the “irons” made for a loom to having a 40-plus yard warp on the new, raw wood loom two days later. This lecture is designed to impart painless weaving history from the guild system of the 15th- 17th century through the mid-19th when handweaving was forgotten, to the “Colonial Revival” form of weaving, and to today.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Anyone
Supplies: None
Materials Fee: None

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E 3: From Pin Loom to Eternity (Scarf): how to make those squares adorn your neck

Instructor: Margaret (Meg) Stump
Class Description: This pin loom project is a starter class. Students will start their scarf in class and complete it at home. They will weave several squares in their choice of pin loom patterns as well as practice scarf joining techniques. Each student will receive a printed template to make weaving patterns on the Zoom Loom easy as pie. Students will receive all the directions, patterns, template and weaving experience needed to complete their own handwoven scarf.
Length of Class: 3 hours.
Ability Level: Beginner; students should have woven on a pin loom prior to the class but no extensive experience is required.
Equipment Needed: 4” pin loom-the most recent model is the Zoom Loom, students may also bring Hazel Rose Looms, WeaveIt Looms or other vintage 4” looms with a 6” weaving needle.
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.
Preparation: Students are encouraged to bring a few squares to the class to use in practicing the joining techniques.
Materials Fee:$ 5.00

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C 2: Gebrochen

Instructor : Marjie Thompson
Class Description: Odd name, wonderful one shuttle weave with myriad possibilities. Though most historical gebrochen textiles were for 16 shafts, the structure succeeds on 4 shafts and even better on eight. Participants will learn how to read the old squiggles and then have a chance to design their own gebrochen. Historical textiles will be provided to handle and there will be a lesson in how to “read” the textile for the draft. There will also be many contemporary examples.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Able to read a draft. More suitable for 6 shafts or more though 4 shafts weavers will benefit
Materials Fee: $3
Supplies: Laptop computers or device with a weaving program is helpful to immediately see your design.

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F 4: Guided Tour of the Gallery Show

Instructor: Barbara Walker
Class Description: This in-depth tour of the NEWS Juried Gallery Exhibit will be led by one of our instructors. These beautiful weavings will serve as a jumping-off point for our own dialogue about what makes good cloth. Our discussion will aim to gain a deeper appreciation of successful weaving, considering such elements as concept, unity, structure, color, pattern and fiber.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All
Materials Fee: None
Supplies: None

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B 6: Inkle Weaving – more than red tape!

Instructor: Connie Gray
Class Description: 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 you own (red) tape!
Length of class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Beginner and Up
Materials Fee: $2 fee
Supplies: Your own inkle loom (some looms available to loan, please indicate if needed), a belt or 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.

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E 5: Kumihimo 8-strand, Half Round/Half Flat Braid

Instructor: Judith Shangold
Class Description: Using a foam disk and satin cords, learn to make an 8-strand braided necklace or wrap bracelet. You will have the option of adding teardrop beads to the edge of the necklace. All supplies, including your choice of colors and a magnetic clasp will be supplied. No experience necessary.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $20. Optional beads available for an additional $10.00
Supplies: None

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A 6: Kumihimo: Basic 8 strand Round Braid

Instructor: Judith Shangold
Class Description: Using a foam disk and satin cords, learn to make an 8-strand braided necklace. You will have the option of adding a section of teardrop beads to the center of the necklace. All supplies, including your choice of colors and a magnetic clasp will be supplied. No experience necessary.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $20. Optional beads available for an additional $5.00
Supplies: None

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F 1: Card Trick: The Magic of Tablet Weaving

Instructor: Marilyn Romatka
Class Description: This lecture/demonstration class offers a window onto one of the best-kept secrets of the weaving world – that you can weave with nothing but threads and a deck of cards! Originating in the Iron Age, this technique is enjoying a surge in popularity lately as it is re-discovered by weavers today. We will discuss the theory, the history, and many of the weaving techniques themselves, and view examples sure to awe and inspire.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: No previous experience necessary
Materials Fee: None
Supplies: None

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F 3: Weave a custom pin loom tablet bag

Instructor: Margaret (Meg) Stump
Class Description: This is a pin loom starter class. Students will plan and diagram their custom tablet bag,weave several squares in their choice of pin loom patterns and practice two sturdy joining techniques. Each student will receive a printed template to make weaving patterns on the Zoom Loom easy as pie. Students will receive all the instructions,weaving patterns, template and weaving techniques needed to complete their custom tablet bag (tricorder functions not included).
Length of Class: 3 hours.
Ability Level: Beginner; students should have woven on a pin loom prior to the class but no extensive experience with pin looms is needed.
Materials Fee:$5.00
Equipment Needed: 4” pin loom-the most recent model is the Zoom Loom, students may also bring Hazel Rose Looms, WeaveIt Looms or other vintage 4” looms with a 6” weaving needle.
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.
Preparation: Students are encouraged to bring a few practice squares to the class to use in practicing the joining techniques.

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C 4: Putting It All Together: Mixed Media and Collaborations

This class has been cancelled at the instructor’s request.

Instructor: Barbara J. Walker
Class Description: How many different fiber techniques, besides weaving, do you do? This seminar will encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone by developing ways to combine one or more of your fiber techniques into one sensational piece. What can you learn from other techniques and media? How can disparate techniques actually work together? Then we will discuss ways to approach the rewarding experience of collaborating with other artists, no matter the media and no matter if artists live close to each other or a great distance apart. How does a collaborative piece evolve? How is the work divided? Exercises include developing ideas for a mixed media piece and brainstorming collaborative pieces with another person. For those who do at least one other fiber technique in addition to weaving.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Intermediate; must do at least one fiber technique in addition to weaving
Materials Fee: $15
Supplies: Note-taking materials, colored pencils, graph paper, scissors, glue stick

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E 4: Rep Weave 101

Instructor: Lucienne Coifman
Class Description: This program will give you the tools you need to weave a firm warp-faced piece. We will review the fundamentals of rep weave and its characteristics. Colors, design, fibers and basic drafting will also be presented. A set-up loom will be available for hands-on learning and demonstration. This workshop is flexible. The depth of the material depends of the level of the weavers. We will start from basics and build up as far as the participants’ desire. All pieces are mostly for the table, wall or floor and require only 2 or 4 harnesses.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $ 5.00
Supplies:Notebook, pen, any rep pieces that they own, and camera.

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D 5: Round & Round: Weave a Tubular Necklace

Instructor: Connie Gray
Class Description: Design and weave an elegant tubular neck cord to complement your own pendant, locket, or even large fancy buckle. Handwoven jewelry can make a statement about who you are and what you love to do. For this hands-on class, bring cards/tablets, or a back-strap or Inkle loom. Some experience with your loom of choice is desirable. We will use these simple looms to learn to weave a smooth round tube, to add that special touch for your jewelry. A continuous circular weave techniques is used to form a flat band into tube that can be stuffed or not, sections of warp left unwoven, or even threaded with beads, to create a unique necklace.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Beginner and Up
Materials Fee: $2 (+$5 to rent a loom)
Equipment needed: Loom of choice
Supplies: List supplied upon registration.

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D 2: Textile Analysis

Instructor: Marjie Thompson
Class Description: Using antique textiles, students will learn to identify weave structures and how to reproduce them using today’s materials. Pick glasses and graph paper will be used to see and then draw the weave structures and students will be encouraged to develop their own drawing style. Block profiles and adaptations are covered in detail as will analysis of commercial fabrics. The use of computer help in the process will be discussed.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Anyone with an interest
Materials Fee: None
Supplies: Graph paper, pencil with eraser, computers welcome. A pick glass/linen tester is most helpful, as are T-pins and a ruler.

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A2: Weaving Tricks & Tips

Instructor: Dena Gartenstein Moses
Class Description: In this class, Dena will draw on her twenty years of production weaving to share some of her favorite tips, tricks, and insights about every stage of the weaving process…from planning to warping to weaving to finishing. While it may be hard to find more time to weave in our lives, it can be relatively easy to make the process simpler so you can weave more in the time you have.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All
Materials Fee: $1
Supplies: None

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A 1:  Understanding Summer & Winter

Instructor: Sarah Saulson
Class Description: This interactive lecture is designed for weavers with little or no previous experience designing and weaving this versatile weave structure. It focuses on understanding the simplicity and logic of its structure, so you will easily go on to design and then weave Summer and Winter projects with your own design, yarn and color choices.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $4
Supplies: Graph paper (8 squares/inch suggested) and pencil and eraser and/or a laptop with weaving drafting software, notebook & pen

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D 3: Black Faced Sheep (and Lambs) come to Smith

Instructor : Margaret (Meg) Stump
Class Description: This three hour class will use pin looms to make small sheep and lambs. This is a pattern first introduced by the instructor in her book, Pin Loom Weaving; 40 Projects for Tiny Hand Looms. The class will cover weaving with challenging fibers, pin loom joining and constructing techniques. Students will be able to make at least one sheep or lamb during the class time and will receive instructions for both.
Length of Class: 3 hours.
Ability Level: Beginner; students should have woven on a pin loom prior to the class but no extensive experience is required.
Equipment Needed: 4” pin loom– the most recent model is the Zoom Loom, students may also bring Hazel Rose Looms, Weave-It Looms or other vintage 4” looms with a 6” weaving needle.
Optional: 2” pin loom, (2” looms will be available to students during class)
Supplies: List supplied upon registration
Materials Fee: $10.00

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A 5, B 5: Woven Metal Pendant/Pin

Instructor: Anastasia Azure
Class Description: Create beautiful jewelry by weaving with wire and thin sheet metal (copper, brass and aluminum). Each participant will create a woven pendant or pin. We will play with basic weave structures, color and shape. No experience necessary and these techniques can be easily reproduced at home with a few hand tools.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All
Materials Fee: $15
Supplies:  Ultra-fine Sharpie marker, scissors (large and small),  wire cutters

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A 3: Lecture: Weaving in Bhutan

Instructor: Wendy Garrity
Class Description: Wendy will take us on a journey through the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, focusing on the unique Bhutanese woven textiles, and share stories of learning from weavers in tiny villages in Lhuentse as well as weaving alongside master weavers in the capital of Thimphu. She reveals details that are not found in the handful of books published on Bhutanese textiles: how the intricate brocaded kushutara stitches are executed.
Length of Class: 3 hours
Ability Level: All
Materials Fee: None
Supplies: None

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