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Beginning Weaving (4 harness weaving)
If you’ve decided to learn to weave on a 4 harness loom, this is the class for you. You will learn the basics of weaving by preparing the warp, warping your loom from front to back, weaving your sampler and finishing the fabric. Learn to weave and receive many weaving tips during the workshop. You will receive a booklet with complete instructions for setting up and weaving your project along with a goody bag of weaving supplies. Set up – Room large enough to accommodate students looms, warping reels and boards, display table. Material fee $25.00.
Weaving a Rayon Chenille Scarf (4 harness weaving)
If you’ve always wanted to weave with chenille on a 4 harness loom but have been afraid to try, now is your chance! Students will learn about challenges of working with rayon chenille and ways to overcome some of the difficulties. Rayon chenille will be provided for the students to use. The class will alternate between lecture and hands-on activity as we discuss the process and then go about weaving our scarves. Set up – Room large enough to accommodate students looms, warping reels and boards, and display table. We will need access to a nearby washer and dryer. (A Laundromat will be fine.) Material fee $50.00 per student. Ability level: beginning and beyond weavers, but must have some knowledge/experience with weaving.
Weaving a Chenille Scarf with Puffs (4 harness weaving)
Outstanding effects can be achieved when using both rayon chenille and elastic fibers for differential shrinkage. Combining lecture and hands-on activity, students will learn about the characteristics of rayon chenille, some methods to make weaving with it easier, and how to incorporate stretchy fibers into the weaving to create a puff effect in their scarf. Rayon chenille will be provided for the students to use. The class will alternate between lecture and hands-on activity. Set up – Room large enough to accommodate students 4 harness looms, warping reels and boards, and display table. We will need access to a nearby washer and dryer. (A Laundromat will be fine.) Material fee $50.00 per student. Ability level: beginning and beyond weavers, but must have some knowledge/experience with weaving.
Weave a Color Gamp (4 harness weaving)
Are you unsure how the colors in your warp will mix with the colors in your weft? Participate in this workshop and develop a better understanding of weaving with color. The class alternates between lecture and hands-on activity as we discuss the process and then weave our color gamps on 4 harness looms. Set up – Room large enough for students looms, warping reels/boards, and display table. Material fee $50.00 per student (all yarn provided) Ability level: must know how to weave (can be relatively new weaver).
Weave a Pattern Gamp (4 harness weaving)
Learn how different threadings create different patterns depending on the treadling you use on a 4 harness loom. In this class you will weave a sampler with several patterns. Ability level: beginning and beyond weavers, but must have some knowledge/experience with weaving. $35.00 materials fee.
Weaving Round Robin (4 harness weaving)
Expand your weaving skills! Each participant will thread a 4 harness loom with a different pattern or weave structure prior to the class. During the class everyone will have the opportunity to weave on every loom and take home a sample book of all the structures and patterns discussed in the class.
Double Heddles and Double Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom
If you've wondered how to make cloth with double the density of threads, this class will answer your questions. During the class you will learn how to thread the two heddles and practice making different patterns with your loom.
Once you've mastered the basics of using two heddles, learn to make cloth that is double the width of your loom. Or discover how to make two separate layers of cloth, pockets, tubes, or other exciting structures!
Hand Manipulated Weave Structures (leno, Brooks Bouquet, etc.) - sampler and technique on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Description: By twisting or wrapping your warp yarns you can weave distinctive textures and patterns in your cloth. Learn to weave lace-like open areas as parts of a design throughout the fabric or as a notable edge treatment. Discover how to highlight your patterns by adding a thicker yarn or ribbon. On the first day while making a sampler, you’ll learn how to make leno, brooks bouquet, medallions, and other fancy patterns. During the second day you will master the art of adding beads to the patterns. See how beads can make the weaving pop! If you’ve ben looking for ways to add more interest to your weaving, these techniques will get you there. You too can create cloth that is visually stunning.
Playing with Pick Up on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Go beyond the basics and weave more than plain weave on your rigid heddle loom. Learn how to create decorative designs and textures in the structure of your woven fabric. Spend two or three days immersed in the joy of weaving with pick up sticks, learning to make additional sheds and manipulate your warp threads. Discover the difference between warp and weft floats and how to use them to create your desired patterns in a sampler. Try out lace patterns, honeycomb, waffle weave and more. After learning a variety of patterns, see how the right finishing techniques really make your patterns pop. This sampler will be the basis for planning many beautiful future textiles. While weaving the sampler, students will learn various methods for finishing the ends, how to wet fish the woven pieces, and many tips for easier weaving. After you finish your sampler you will see how to plan future projects based on the patterns you like best.
Potpourri Shawl on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Creating something to wear on a small loom can be a creative challenge. And mixing together various sized yarns adds another level of excitement. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use a variable dent reed to feature yarns to their best advantage. You’ll see how to stitch narrow panels together to fashion a beautiful garment. During the class, you’ll begin weaving, discuss mixing yarns together, practice joining the panels, and receive instructions for completing the piece.
Pucker Up - Fabulous Effects with Differential Shrinkage in your Handwovens from the Rigid Heddle Loom
Description: Have you wondered what happens if you weave wool with yarns that do not felt? Don’t be surprised if your fibers shrink at different rates and cause the cloth to pucker. By planning what fibers to weave together in specific patterns, you can achieve some very exciting effects in your fabric. When the wool shrinks and the cotton, rayon or silk does not, the woven fabric ends up with puckers, puffs, or bumps that can give a unique look to your project. Learn how to plan for the textures that will take your handwovens to a whole new level. You will weave the puffy pillow and sew it together in class. We will explore the proper felting process to achieve the effect you want. During the two days, we will discuss various fibers to combine and projects that take advantage of this exciting technique.
Rigid Heddle Jump Start
Class Description: In this course you will be able to jump right into rigid-heddle weaving if you haven’t tried it, or bump up your current skills if you’re already a weaver. During the 2 or 3 days, you’ll learn how to easily warp the loom using the direct-warping method. Then explore warp- and weft-faced weave structures and color-and-weave patterns, and learn to use pick-up sticks to create patterns that are woven into your cloth. Learn tips to keep your selvedges straight and practice different ways to finish the ends.
If you haven’t tried rigid-heddle weaving, this class will start you on the right path so you can go home with weaving confidence. If you are already a rigid- heddle weaver, don’t miss this chance to refine and review techniques, round out your rigid-heddle skills, and develop your confidence.
1 - 2 Hour Lectures
1 DAY WORKSHOPS:
SEMINARS OR GUILD PROGRAMS:
Taught at Studio Channel Islands Art Center or at your Guild or Conference.
Rayon Chenille and Beyond (4 harness weaving)
In this program I talk about the characteristics of rayon chenille and how understanding its structure makes weaving with chenille easier. I give tips for working with it and show and discuss various items I’ve woven with it. I’ll bring samples of my work showing chenille with beads or sequins woven into the fabric as well as samples showing differential shrinkage using chenille and wool or chenille and elastic. Set up - For this seminar I need only a table to place my samples on.
It’s All In Your Perspective - Make Discoveries, Not Mistakes
It happens to everyone. The project we work so hard on turns out totally different from what we envisioned. Don’t despair! We’ll talk about ways to make “mistakes” into springboards for future projects. I’ll show some of my past bloopers that turned into valuable pieces or were responsible for a new direction in my work. Students are encouraged to bring in projects that have gone awry for discussion. Set up - A table to place display and discussion items on.
Rigid Heddle Weaving Demonstration
Have you wondered what all the excitement is about weaving? Have you heard that warping the loom is difficult and complicated? During this demonstration you will see just how easy it is to set up a rigid heddle loom and begin weaving. With very little experience, you can easily weave beautiful fabric for scarves, bags, pillows, and so much more. Let yourself learn about a new way to use your yarn. During the demonstration you will see examples of just how many different things can created from the rigid heddle looms.
Weaving Tips and Tricks
In this seminar, I will share many things I’ve learned to make weaving easier and more fun. These are methods I’ve worked out for myself as well as what other weavers have shared with me, so generally everyone is able to pick up at least a few things that they can use. I bring a small loom so I can demonstrate the things I talk about. Set up – a table to place the loom on.
3 – 4 HOUR WORKSHOPS:
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2 OR 3 DAY WORKSHOPS:
Bumpy Cowl on the Rigid Heddle Loom
By combining two yarns that shrink differently, you can create exciting cloth. Learn how to weave yarns together that will make puckers in the fabric and give it the pizzaz you are looking for. Add to your weaving skills and get ideas for more fun projects.
Clasped Weft Scarf on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Learn to make a stunning scarf in clasped weft method on a rigid heddle loom. You can learn to create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated but is really very easy. See how using two different weft yarns can create beautiful color play in the fabric. If you’ve taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun!
Color and Weave Effects on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Learn to get outstanding color pattern effects using a rigid heddle loom. Make your weaving look like complicated patterns with very little effort. Set up – 6 x 2’ table minimum per 2 students. Ability level all.
Color and Weave Sampler Scarf using Multiple colors on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Description: Learn to get outstanding color pattern effects using a rigid heddle loom. make your weaving look like complicated patterns with very little effort. If you are already familiar with the rigid heddle loom, this class will help you master more advanced techniques. If you are a new weaver, the technique is not too difficult to learn. This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun and can add variety to your fiber abilities. This workshop introduces students to color patterns on the rigid heddle loom. They will learn how to control their shuttles for smooth edges. See how a variety of colors work together to create many different effects in the sampler. During the day we will warp the loom and weave a sampler scarf that teaches several color patterns. Along the way, we’ll discuss various techniques for rigid heddle weaving and finishing techniques.
Color and Weave Mini Tote Bag on the Rigid Heddle Loom
This class offers another opportunity to learn to get outstanding color pattern effects using a rigid heddle loom. While learning this complicated looking technique, you will complete an adorable tote bag for carrying your yarn or weaving tools. Set up – 6 x 2’ table minimum per 2 students. Ability level all.
Color Blended Dishtowels on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Enjoy your own handwoven dishtowels while working in your kitchen. Learn how to weave these thirsty towels in colors that suit your decor. During class you will warp the loom and weave two small towels and learn how to put the finishing touches on them at home. Don’t miss this chance to enhance your kitchen with beautiful hand crafted towels! At the same time, learn the technique to blend your colors so color transitions are almost invisible.
Color Blended Table Runner on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Learn the secrets for blending the colors in your weaving while making a lovely table runner. Bring 4 - 5 closely related colors of yarn and mix theM in the warp so the shades flow together almost invisibly. This technique can provide the basics for many future exciting projects!
Color Blending on the loom - Scarf on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Learn the secrets for blending the colors in your weaving. Have you looked at some of the gorgeous color packs so many dyers are making and wondered how to best use them in your weaving? By using one of those color packs and the techniques you learn in this class, you can create a piece that blends the colors beautifully! Colors will be mixed in both the warp and the weft so the gradients flow together almost invisibly. This technique can provide the basis for many future exciting projects!
Dishtowels on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Enjoy your own handwoven dishtowels while working in your kitchen. Learn how to weave these thirsty towels in colors that suit your decor. During class you will warp the loom and weave two small towels and learn how to put the finishing touches on them at home. Don’t miss this chance to enhance your kitchen with beautiful hand crafted towels!
Hand Manipulated Structures on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Learn to create the patterns Leno, Brooks Bouquet, hemstitching and more by lifting your warp threads in various sequences. See how to make beautiful open patterns by twisting and lifting the threads in your weaving. Learn how to insert beads and more.
Lace Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Using pick up sticks, you can learn to create patterns in the threads of your weaving while using the simple rigid heddle loom. By manipulating what threads lift in the sheds, create patterns that look like complex weave structures. Set up 6' x 2' table per 2 students.
Lattice Scarf on the Rigid Heddle Loom
If you are looking for a new way to create interesting fabric on your rigid heddle loom, this class will certainly interest you. While making a lovely scarf, you will learn about setting your warp threads at different densities to make a more interesting cloth. Then by beating at different rates, you will weave a beautiful textural pattern. Previous weaving experience helpful but not absolutely necessary. Looms provided for class use.
Learn to Use a Rigid Heddle Loom and Use Up Your Stash
This method of weaving is fast and easy to learn. In this class, you will learn to set up the small rigid heddle loom and weave at least one scarf. Once you’ve learned the technique, you can complete a scarf in just a few hours. Think of all the last minute holiday gifts you can make while enjoying your yarns in a new way. This exciting way to make use of fancy and fun yarns is quick and easy, with the same portability as knitting. Set up – tables to sit at. Ability level all.
Leno Detail Scarf on the Rigid Heddle Loom
During this class, you will learn how to use lace weight yarn to make a beautiful scarf with a border detail. Learn to use the hand manipulated structure, leno, to add interest and pizazz to your woven pieces.
Little Tool Bag on the Rigid Heddle Loom
The variable dent reeds for rigid heddle looms can be a wonderful tool to achieve some very specific types of cloth for different needs. The challenge in making this adorable little tool bag is to create cloth that is stiff enough for the bag to stand up without falling closed yet is still flexible. With the variable dent reed, you can weave a densely woven stiff fabric on one side of the cloth for the bottom edge of the bag. Then the other side of the cloth could be a medium weight fabric flexible enough to pull in with a drawstring.
Log Cabin on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Make a scarf or table runner in the beautiful log cabin pattern using a rigid heddle loom. You can create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated, but is really very easy. If you’ve taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. If you still haven’t tried this exciting fiber technique, now is the time to begin! This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun. Set up – 6’ x 2’ table minimum per 2 students. Ability level – all
Log Cabin Dishtowels on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Enjoy your own handwoven dishtowels in the delightful log cabin pattern while working in your kitchen. Learn how to weave these thirsty towels in interesting patterns that suit your decor. During class you will warp the loom and weave two small towels as well as learning how to put the finishing touches on them at home. Don’t miss this chance to enhance your kitchen with beautiful hand crafted towels!
Log Cabin Technique Samplers on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Have you seen beautiful woven log cabin scarves and wondered how to vary the patterns? In this class you will learn how to change the set up of warp and weft threads to create different sized blocks in your pattern. Go from large blocks to small blocks and back, creating interesting visual effects in your woven pattern. These dynamic designs look like intricate weaving, yet are relatively simple to achieve.
Using Pick up Sticks - Sampler on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Take it to the next level! If you already know the basics on your rigid heddle loom, learn to create beautiful lace patterns using pick-up sticks. The complicated-looking patterns can be achieved with relative ease. Make a beautiful sampler while mastering this technique and learning many lace-like patterns.
Weaving with Mohair! on the Rigid Heddle Loom
While learning to weave, you’ve probably been advised to stay away from hairy yarns. During this class, you’ll learn the secrets of working with beautiful mohair yarn. Although a bit tricky, you can tame the hairy fiber in both warp and weft to create a stunning piece. Learn to add beads or tie decorative knots to tame the fringe. Overcome the challenges and add another skill to your weaving accomplishments!
Weft Faced Bag on the Rigid Heddle Loom
A bag needs to be sturdy to withstand the hard use it gets. This bag is woven with sock yarn since it is intended for hard wear. And the wonderful slow color change yarns that are available offer a variety of fabulous color choices. Keeping in mind the slow color blending and the need for durable fabric, this weft faced fabric highlights the beautiful yarn and ensures a durable fabric.You’ll learn to pay close attention to keeping even selvedges so your seams will be tidy, and to make sure to beat firmly to achieve the necessary 45 picks per inch.
Woven Felted Pillow Cover on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Weave wool and a non-felting fiber together to create an interesting, puffy fabric for a pillow cover.
Zig Zag Scarf - beginning pick up technique on the Rigid Heddle Loom
If your already know the basics on your rigid heddle loom, you can learn to create beautiful lace patterns using pick up sticks. The intricate patterns can be achieved with relative ease. You will learn to use the pick up sticks to manipulate the warp threads and complete a beautiful scarf that others will admire. This workshop introduces students to the process of using pick up sticks to manipulate the warp and weft threads to create patterns in the cloth structure. Additionally we will discuss how to use a slow color change or hand painted yarn to its best advantage as a weft.
Studio location - 2222 Ventura Blvd., Studio C3
Camarillo, CA 93010
805 404 2090
Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving
Have your wondered which rigid heddle loom might be best for you? In this class you will be able to try out various brands of looms to see how they work. Take turns weaving on the pre-wearped looms and complete two or more mug rugs while experimenting with the looms. If you are thinking about learning rigid heddle weaving, this class is the perfect opportunity to see what it is all about. If you have already tried rigid heddle weaving, do not miss this chance to see how the different looms work.
Warping Front to Back on Harnessed Looms
Learning to comfortably warp the loom is the foundation of weaving. We will warp a loom from front to back in this demonstration class, going through all the necessary steps to creating a consistent base for your weaving. Set up – we need a loom, warping reel or board and various weaving tools. Ability level all.
Warping Back to Front for Harnessed Looms
Learning to comfortably warp the loom is the foundation of weaving. We will warp a loom from back to front in this demonstration class, going through all the necessary steps to creating a consistent base for your weaving. Set up – we need a loom, warping reel or board and various weaving tools. Ability level all.
Tie on a New Warp the Easy Way on Harnessed Looms
For anyone that plans to use the same threading for more than one project, tying on a warp makes the job much easier. Students can learn a relatively simple method for setting up their loom so adding a new warp is very easy and threading errors can be eliminated. As a team, we will warp and thread the loom. Everyone in the class will participate in winding the warp on a reel, front to back warping, and tying on the new warp. Set up – I need a loom, warping reel and various weaving tools. The room needs to have two tables, one for the warping reel and one for the table loom. Ability level all.
Japanese Braiding on a Card - Learn the basics of this Japanese braiding technique. Make colorful braids for use as bracelets, necklaces, eyeglass cords, drapery tiebacks, and other uses of cords. You will be provided with a set of kumihimo cards, instruction booklet, and some yarn to get started. Materials fee - $20.00. Set up – tables to sit at. Ability level all.
Log Cabin Technique on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Have you admired the beautiful log cabin technique and wondered how that pattern is possible on the rigid heddle loom? In this class you will learn the mystery behind the pattern. Weave several samples that will teach you how the pattern can be changed to whatever proportions you want. Don't miss this chance to explore this beautiful technique.
Open Weave Felted Scarf on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Make a scarf with a lovely open pattern using a rigid heddle loom and wool. You can create a wonderful woven piece that looks complicated, but is really very easy. If you’ve taken beginning rigid heddle weaving, enhance your skills. If you still haven’t tried this exciting fiber technique, now is the time to begin! This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun. Set up — 6’ x 2’ table minimum per 2 students.
Fringe and Beyond - Finishing Techniques for Woven Fabric
Do you wonder what more there is to do with the ends of your woven cloth besides fringe? Do you wish for a different look on the ends of your scarves? In this class you will learn several techniques that can give you alternatives for the ends. Learn how to plan for hemming and about twisting, braiding, adding beads, decorative knotting, and adding knitting or crochet to the edges. Alternatives to fringe will enhance your weaving skills and give your more options.
Wow - Weave a Wall Hanging! on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Description: With absolutely no prior experience, you can weave a beautiful wall hanging in this 3 hour class. Learn how to get the loom set up and then let your imagination run wild while you create your own small piece of art. At the end of class you’ll be able to take home your individual creation to decorate your wall. Using a variety of special yarns that make this project easy will unleash your inner creative genius!
Make “Friends” From Your Odds & Ends
Do you have many bits of yarn, thread, lace, beads, fabric scraps and miscellaneous things you can’t bear to part with but don’t know how to use? In this workshop we will use up lots of those supplies to create dolls for decorations, lapel pins, ornaments, gift ties, etc. Let your imagination run wild! Think of the satisfaction in finding a use for all the orphan supplies in your drawers by creating little families of friendly figures. Set up – table for samples and supplies, tables for students to work at Materials fee $8.00. Maximum/minimum number of students 18 maximum Ability level all. This workshop can also be shortened to a 3 – 4 hour workshop.
Vogue Live! New York 2014 - 2016, Seattle, WA 2014, 2015-16 Pasadena, 2014-2015 Chicago, Il
TNNA Winter Show, 2008-2017, Long Beach, CA, San Diego, CA, and Phoenix, AZ
TNNA Summer Show 2012 - 2013, 2015, Columbus, OH, 2014 Indianapolis, IN, 2016 Washington D.C.
Stitches West 2009 -2017, Santa Clara, CA
Stitches Midwest 2011 -2017, Chicago, IL
Stitches East 2011 - 2017, Hartford, CT
Stitches South 2014, Atlanta, GA
Camp Stitches, 2014-2016, New Mexico
Madrona Fiber Festival 2016-2017, Tacoma, WA
Nebraska Fiber Festival 2016-17, Scotts Bluff, NB
Interweave Yarnfest 2017, Loveland, CO
Convergence 2008 Tampa, FL, 2012 Long Beach, CA, 2014 Providence, RI
Association of Southern California Handweavers Regional Converence 2009, Riverside, CA
Association of Southern California Handweavers Regional Conference 2007, Visalia, CA
Between 2007 - 2017 at numerous fiber organizations and yarn shops including:
Ventura Co. Handweavers & Spinners Guild, Oxnard, CA
Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild, Santa Barbara, CA
Palomar Weavers and Spinners Guild, Fallbrook, CA
South Coast Weavers, Irvine, CA
Inland Empire Handweavers, Covina, CA
Central Coast Weavers, San Luis Obispo, CA
Bobbinwinders, Pomona, CA
Weavers of the Valley, Exetur, CA
San Diego Weavers Guild, San Diego, CA
Southern California Handweavers, Los Angeles, CA
Anacapa Fine Yarn Shop, Ventura, CA
L'Atelier, Redondo Beach, CA
Compatto, Santa Monica, CA
Main St. Yarns, Mason, OH
A Stitch in Time, San Marino, CA
Wildfiber, Santa Monica, CA
Bishop Yarn Shop, Chatsworth, CA
Temple Beth Torah, Ventura, CA
Newtons Knits, Anaheim, CA
Spinnin Yarns, Griffith, IN
Raging Wool, Pembrook Pines, FL
Sheep Thrills, Lauderhill, FL