SWG Workshops

SWG Workshops

Seattle Weavers Guild Workshops 2017-2018

Estimated costs and loom requirements for all workshops will soon be shown 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. The Guild offers 8 – 10 scholarships per year for workshops, please check the Guild website for more information.

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Pat Spark

Two Techniques for Felted Scarves

Website: http://sparkfiberarts.blogspot.com/
Date: January 27-28, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
Estimated cost: TBD

FINE FELT AND SILK SCARF-CAPTURING INCLUSIONS. Fine silk is a beautiful fabric to use with merino wool to create a uniquely textured scarf with felt lamination technique (the technique where wool fibers are felted onto a woven or knitted fabric). We will be using "sandwich" style lamination where we have merino fiber in the middle of the sandwich and silk gauze on each side. We will put yarns, fibers, and fabrics underneath the gauze and capture them as inclusions.

PATTERNED COLLAGE FELT SCARF (Combining fabrics and wool in a collage technique). Wool fiber has the wonderful property of felting through fabrics and acting as a "glue" to hold them together. Because of this, it is a great way to make a collage scarf with a visually rich, exciting surface. In addition, we will add bits of silk fiber and yarns to further enhance the surface. We will use the "NO-Roll" felting method which is a fast and painless way to make felt!

Jannie Taylor

Weaving and Designing in Summer and Winter, Round Robin

Date: February 24-25, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
Estimated cost: TBD

Students will gain an understanding of the tied weave commonly know as Summer and Winter through drafting exercises and by weaving samples of a variety of Summer and Winter designs on 4, 6, 8 and more shafts. Influence of color, value and scale in Summer and Winter designs will be discussed and covered through software demonstrations and a variety of samples. Using Summer and Winter for clothing, accessories and household textiles will be discussed. Students will each bring a loom, pre-threaded to a design provided by the instructor. Each workshop participant will leave the class with her/his own annotated Summer and Winter workbook and set of samples.

Sarah Fortin

More Than 4-color Blocks for Double Weave. 8 shaft loom required

Date: March 24-25, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
Estimated cost: TBD

Many times, eight shaft, two block double weave is depicted using only two colors. To me, this creates a very graphic geometric design. This look can be softened by using more color in the warp and weft. We will be exploring the use of more than two colors in block double weave using samples, color inspiration and block design. This is not a technical class on block design drafting and theory, though there will be some explanation and discussion of this. And we will discuss color placement (top or bottom warp) and what will show where and why. Bring graph paper and pencil, or, if you wish, tablet or laptop with a design program, but remember, block double weave does not show well in computer programs. Some colored pencils may also be helpful along with some color inspiration. Explore with me!

Kris Abshire

Serendipity In A Cup~Color Essence For Handweavers

Date: April 21-22, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday before the Guild meeting)
Estimated cost: TBD

From the soft, muted watercolor effects of Monet to the bright, brilliant color contrast of Van Gogh, to clear and crisp edged images as in Matisse, this workshop will provide methods and techniques for applying permanent, colorfast dyes and paints to the handwoven cloth. With a "no limits" design approach in color application to both warp and weft available only to handweavers, we will explore various techniques of precise imagery as well as the freedom of serendipitous "gay abandon".

Through class discussion, instructor-provided samples, slides and hands-on experimentation, students will learn to use basic color theory in their design considerations as they relate to color interplay in weave structure and preparation of surface design elements before, during and after weaving. Learning about compatible dyes as they apply to silk and protein fibers, mixing color "primaries" to achieve their chosen "palette", applying and setting the dyes in class, students will ultimately finish their own uniquely "painted" handwoven masterpiece.

Ruby Leslie

Bumberet: A Weaver's Recipe for 4-Shaft Ribs and Chicken Feet. A round robin workshop with custom-wound warps supplied by Ruby

Website: http://www.rubyleslie.com/
Date: May 25-26, 2018 (Friday and Saturday)
Estimated cost: TBD

Hungry for a hearty and versatile weave structure? This 4-shaft weave structure is a delight to work with. It is usually thought of as a warp dominant textured weave producing ribs (or chains), but it can also be woven as a flat cloth with a chevron pattern (there's your chicken feet). Ruby will explain various ways to set up the threading, tie-up and treadling to produce a variety of patterns. Learn how to introduce complex color patterns in a weave structure that is not often thought of as an example of "color and weave" and you're on your way to designing unique cloth! Various methods for winding complex color patterns without a paddle will be demonstrated as well as how to design yarn wrappings that are great tools to sample warp color relationships.



Mini-Workshops

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.