SWG Workshops

Seattle Weavers Guild Workshops 2016-2017

Due to the overwhelming demand for our workshops this year we will be offering 2 sessions for three of the workshops. Descriptions, dates and estimated costs for all workshops are below. You may register in person at a Guild meeting or by e-mail to workshops@seattleweaversguild.com. We recommend e-mail.

An $80, non-refundable deposit is due within 30 days of registration to hold your place. Estimated costs reflect uncertainty in travel costs and the minimum and maximum number of participants. All Guild workshops this year will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. The Guild offers 8 10 scholarships per year for workshops, please check the Guild website for more information.

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Kelly Marshall

Rep Weave and Design

Website: http://www.kellymarshall.com
Dates: January 24-25, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) OR January 28-29, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)
Estimated cost: $200 - $135
Loom requirement: 4 or 8 shaft floor or table loom


This workshop will cover tips and technique for weaving Rep. It will also include lectures on drafting and designing in Rep Weave. Each student is expected to come to the workshop with the loom dressed with a 4 or 8 shaft pattern provided by the instructor.

Kathrin Weber

Focus on the Warp - Controlling Creative Chaos

Website: http://www.blazingshuttles.com
Dates: February 20-22, 2017 (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) OR February 24-26, 2017 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Estimated Cost: $255 - $210 (plus $60 materials fee)
Loom requirement: 4 or 8 shaft table or floor loom


Goals for this workshop are to work with fun and playful hand-dyed warps, learn to work effectively and efficiently with multiple warp chains which aid in creative designing at the loom, and develop new techniques for more spontaneity and confidence in the creation of your fabric. You will learn non-traditional techniques that allow you to design at the loom. Using instructor provided space-dyed warps in which the colors flow and change, you will create designs that appear complex in planning, but actually spring from making flexible and intuitive decisions as you work. You might choose to flip sections of the warp from end to end; to shift sections of the warps; to add other warps, or to use one of a variety of weave structures. No two warps or designs will be alike, so you will learn from your own project as well as from others in the class.

Anastasia Azure

Weaving with Alternative Materials

Website: http://www.anastasiaazure.com
Dates: March 25-26, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)
Estimated Cost: $235 - $205 (plus $25 materials fee)
Loom requirement: 4 or 8 shaft floor or table loom, with metal heddles and 8-dent reed


Tackle the challenge of loom-weaving using unconventional materials such as plastics and wire. Each participant will dress a loom with a fishing line warp and play with plastics and wire in the weft. Basic weave such as tabby and twill will allow for courageous experimentation with new materials. Finishing techniques will be covered. Projects may evolve into small sculptures or jewelry.

Barbara Herbster

Understanding Supplementary Warp

Website: http://shuttlesong.vpweb.com/?prefix=www
Dates: April 25-26, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) OR April 29-30, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)
Estimated Cost: $190 - $130 (plus $40 materials fee IF you opt for instructor provided warp)
Loom requirement: 4 or 8 shaft floor or table loom


Have you ever wished you could achieve clean multi colored motifs using a single shuttle? Explore the clear, simple rules for weaving supplementary warp designs using a pre- assigned warp. Experience how a busy person can weave 25 scarves in the same month you struggle to accomplish one. Barbara will demonstrate how a simple loom modification will allow you to quickly dress your loom for this technique. In this workshop, you will weave a beautiful 70 scarf on your pre-wound warp and learn finishing techniques appropriate to your special hand woven fabric. You will take home the knowledge and confidence to design more projects using the supplementary warp technique.

Elizabeth Buckley

Exploring the Visual Heartbeat: the use of Rhythm in Tapestry Design

Website: http://www.elizabethbuckleytapestryartist.com
Dates: May 26-28, 2017 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Estimated Cost: $220 - $185 (plus $30 materials fee)
Loom requirement: any portable loom you use for tapestry
Skill level: Intermediate. Students need a working knowledge of basic tapestry techniques. Weavers of all tapestry traditions are welcome: Rio Grande, Mexican, French and the spectrum in-between, working from either the front or the back.


Rhythm is not only integral to the world of music and dance, but also to effective tapestry design. In this workshop, we will explore different approaches to visual rhythm through the use of: repetition, progressions, gradations, and contrast in shape, line, value and color. These underlying principles behind rhythm will help you go beyond the flat background to creating a sense of movement and dynamic flow. We will look at how rhythm correlates with the use of tapestry techniques from a variety of traditions.

The workshop will begin with design exercises exploring different principles around creating visual rhythm. We will go through the process of articulating an idea, developing a cartoon, and translating it into woven form. Students are encouraged to come with photos or sketches they would like to use in tapestry design, as well as to try out techniques they would like to know more about. Students can expect to begin weaving a small tapestry, or a study of a larger design, and complete the weaving at home, after the workshop.


Mini-Workshops are informal teaching opportunities offered by SWG members on a volunteer basis. It is one way that our membership shares information with each other. Mini-workshops generally last a few hours, an afternoon or a morning. It's a one-time shot, with no teaching fees and no rental fees. Given by guild members for guild members, Mini-Workshops are a wonderful benefit of SWG membership. It is also an excellent way to meet a few others who share common interests.