SWG Workshops

SWG Workshops

Seattle Weavers Guild Workshops 2019-2020

Estimated costs for all workshops will soon be shown below after locations and room reservations are secured. You may register in person at a Guild meeting or by e-mail to workshops@seattleweaversguild.com starting September 26, 2019.

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 to 10 scholarships per year for workshops. Please click here for more information.

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Weaving in a Parallel Universe with Linda Hartshorn

Website: https://www.lindahartshorn.com/
Date: January 25-26, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

Explore a parallel universe of possibilities in weaving! Parallel threadings are incredibly versatile and can be used to weave a variety of structures including echo weave twills, four color doubleweave, and jin (polychrome turned taquete). Create vibrant colorways, echoes and iridescence by using two or more colors in the warp. Weave samples in a round robin, study drafts and learn how to create a parallel threading.

Student Requirements: This class is a round robin. Students will pre-thread their loom to a design provided by the instructor.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Participants need to know how to warp a loom independently following detailed instructions provided by the instructor. Students should be comfortable reading drafts and threading 40 ends per inch. Floor or table loom with at least four shafts.



Beaded Fringes and Edges with Laura Viada

Website:http://www.lauraviada.com/

Date: February 28, 2020 (Friday)
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

A lovely beaded fringe or edge can turn an ordinary scarf, shawl or garment into a dramatic, unique piece - and can turn an already wonderful piece into a real showstopper. Beaded fringes and edges can also be used very effectively to embellish home décor and accessories. In this workshop, students will learn various techniques for making beaded fringes and edges and will make a sample of each technique for future reference. Information on bead selection and color choice will also be provided.



The Beauty and Versitility of Thick and Thin: Diversified Plain Weave with Laura Viada

Website: http://www.lauraviada.com/
Date: February 29-March 1, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

Thick-n-Thin, sometimes known as Diversified Plain Weave, is a wonderful and versatile weave structure. It presents a wealth of design possibilities and produces a fabric that is perfect for absolutely any use. It can be woven in fine yarns for scarves and garments, or in heavier yarns for upholstery, table linens, and even rugs. Thick-n-Thin also offers many opportunities for working with color because two sets of warp and weft yarns of different sizes interact.
Students will learn how to work with this structure in planning projects and creating drafts by weaving a thick-n-thin sampler in this workshop. They will learn how to weave this structure with good technique, and will explore the effect of different yarn and color choices on the final product. Students will also learn how to use clasped weft, polychrome, and pick-up techniques, and will learn how to make a smooth color gradations and transitions.
Since Thick-n-thin is a perfect structure for exploring color interactions, instructor will also lecture on color theory, concentrating on principles of optical mixing.
This is not a round-robin.

Skill Level: Intermediate - Students must be able to dress a loom on their own following detailed instructions, and be comfortable with the basics of reading threading and profile drafts.



Classic and Non-traditional Rep Weave with Lucienne Coifman

Website: https://www.lucienne-repweave.com/

Date: March 28-29, 2020 (Saturday-Sunday)
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

This workshop explores both classic and nontraditional methods of rep weaving. It is not a round robin, although students may have the option to weave on one anothers' looms on the second day. Every loom will be set up with a different draft, variety of warp materials, sett and technique. Students will pre-thread their loom to a design provided by the instructor. Some samples will be inspired by weave structures such as Shadow, Krokbragd, Honeycomb. Each draft will be a study in details through drafting and color interactions. Time will be set aside to learn pick up design in rep weave.

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Participants need to know how to warp a loom independently, following detailed instructions provided by the instructor.



Color, Design and Weave on an Inkle Loom with Annie MacHale

Website: https://www.instagram.com/aspinnerweaver/

Date: April 24, 2020 (Friday)
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

Primary Goal: Provide students with color and design theory for woven bands and then have them put this information to use as they learn to design a band, set up and weave on an inkle loom.
We will look at hundreds of examples and discuss what makes a good design, discuss color theory, look at yarn choices, experiment with color selection tools, make an off-loom preview, chart patterns on paper or with an online tool. Students will then use the patterns that they create to set up the looms. We will discuss tips and tricks for ease of warping, how to produce even bands with straight selvedges, how to finish a band and a bit of problem-solving.

Skill level: This class is designed for beginning weavers with no experience on inkle looms.



Horizontal Bar Pickup and Lettering on the Inkle Loom with Annie MacHale

Website: https://www.instagram.com/aspinnerweaver/

Date: April 25, 2020 (Saturday), 2020
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

The horizontal bar background pickup technique is commonly used in cultures of the Central and South American countries as well as Native Americans of the Navajo and Pueblo tribes. Students will be introduced to weaving pickup designs on a horizontal barred background, and will experiment with several variations: picking one or both colors and picking and dropping. Building on this, students can learn to weave lettering into a band if there is an interest and as time allows.

Skill level: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing plain weave on the inkle loom.



Baltic and 3-Color Pickup on the Inkle Loom with Annie MacHale

Website: https://www.instagram.com/aspinnerweaver/

Date: April 26, 2020 (Sunday), 2020
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

Open a new door to designing patterns for use on the inkle loom. Baltic-style pickup is a simple technique to learn, but has vast possibilities for creating exciting patterns on a woven band. We will look at examples to learn the many variations which are possible using the Baltic-style pickup technique, explore simple pickup patterns as well as pick and drop patterns. Learn to use charted designs. Using the charts, students will set up their looms and weave a sampler of patterns.
As time allows and depending on student aptitude and interest we will also learn about a variation called 3-Color pickup. Students can set up their looms with a new warp to experiment with this technique if desired.

Skill level: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing plain weave on the inkle loom.



Deflected Double Weave with Denise Kovnat

Website: https://www.denisekovnat.com/

Date: May 29-30 (Friday-Saturday), 2020
Location: TBD
Estimated cost: TBD

Participants will share an in-depth learning experience with Deflected Double Weave. This is an on-loom workshop, with students weaving a number of samples on their own looms in a structure they've chosen for 4 shafts or more. We'll look at how to vary tie-ups and treadlings for different designs and learn the different techniques for weaving selvages (a unique challenge in Deflected Double Weave). In addition, we will discuss the key principles in designing this visually intriguing, graphic structure and practice creating our own designs with Fiberworks or other weaving software.
Students will wind their warps and dress their looms prior to the workshop.




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.