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.
Open Weave Felted Scarf on the Rigid Heddle
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.
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.
3 – 4 HOUR WORKSHOPS:
DEBORAH HAS TAUGHT FOR CONFERENCES AT:
1 - 2 Hour Lectures
2 OR 3 DAY WORKSHOPS:
1 DAY WORKSHOPS:
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.
Playing with Pick Up on the Rigid Heddle
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. Students will need 2 pick up sticks, manila file folder, 300 yards solid color dk to worsted weight yarn, 300 yards contrasting color of the same yarn, loom with 7.5, 8, or 10 dent reed.
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!
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.
Log Cabin on the Rigid Heddle
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
Color and Weave Effects on the Rigid Heddle
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 Mini Tote Bag on the Rigid Heddle
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.
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.
Scarf with a Leno Detail 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. Materials - 10 dent reed with 8" weaving width, manilla file folder, 650 yds of lace weight yarn, pick up stick.
Woven Felted Pillow Cover -
Weave wool and a non-felting fiber together to create an interesting, puffy fabric for a pillow cover. Materials - 8 dent reed with 12" weaving width, 2 skeins Lambs Pride, 350 yards non felting yarn, button, pillow form, magnetic snap.
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. Set up 6' x 2' table per 2 students.
Please check with me, as I'm always adding new classes. And I'd be happy to chat with you about personalizing a class for your group!
2222 Ventura Blvd., Studio C3
Camarillo, CA 93010
805 404 2090
SEMINARS OR GUILD PROGRAMS:
Taught at Studio Channel Islands Art Center or at your Guild or Conference.
Vogue Live! New York 2014 - 2015, Seattle, WA 2014, 2015 Pasadena, 2014-2015 Chicago, Il
TNNA Winter Show, 2008-2015, Long Beach, CA, San Diego, CA, and Phoenix, AZ
TNNA Summer Show 2012 - 2013, 2015, Columbus, OH, 2014 Indianapolis, IN
Stitches West 2009 -2015, Santa Clara, CA
Stitches Midwest 2011 -2015, Chicago, IL
Stitches East 2011 - 2014, Hartford, CT
Stitches South 2014, Atlanta, GA
Camp Stitches, 2014-2015, New Mexico
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
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
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
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.
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.