Upcoming Textile Workshops 2014
Loom-Controlled Lace Weaves
Friday – Sunday, September 12, 13, and 14, 2014
9AM to 4PM
Want to feel confident in your ability to tell the difference between, huck lace, bronson lace, swedish lace, and canvas weaves? This three-day class will help you identify the differences and understand the rules that guide the creation of each structure. We will talk about profile drafting as well, so you will be able to design your own patterns and weave them on looms dressed for each lace structure.
Friday & Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014
9AM to 4PM
This class is designed to help you get comfortable with this invaluable skill. Nothing adds to your understanding of a structure like drafting. Quite often, we are shown how to draft, get it, and then find it’s left our heads weeks later. Over the course of these two days, I’ll make sure you get lots of practice in, and send you home with plenty of worksheets to solidify your knowledge. We will play with different types of drafts and structures, discuss warp versus weft drawdowns, multiple and direct tie-ups (and how to translate between the two,) and color drawdowns. Other topics will include finding a repeat, adding borders and other pattern motifs to a basic pattern, and fitting a pattern to your width and EPI requirements.
This class will be taught with patience and love, and we will break it down into clear, easy-to-swallow bites! (It’s my experience that just because we can understand something intellectually, it still takes a while to really get it. Getting it takes practice.)
Two-Block Rep Weave: Designing and Weaving
Friday – Sunday, November 7, 8, and 9, 2014
Even if you have woven a rep weave project, you may still be confused about how it came about. This intro to rep weave explains the way rep weave blocks are formed, how to read rep weave threading, profile, and treadling drafts in books, and how to design your own block designs. You will thread your own self-designed sample on looms with pre-wound multi-colored warps.
Origami Bags: Using your woven odds and ends to delight friends and family.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
10AM to 5PM
December’s class offers a great way to use your woven odds and ends while learning techniques for sewing your handwoven cloth. Make as many of these lovely and unique bags as you wish in this all-day workshop. Fabric will be provided if you don’t have your own that you want to use.
The Color Paradigm: Understanding Color Relationships
Saturday & Sunday, January 17 and 18, 2015
How do you know if a color will go with another color? What will you get if you blend the two? What do words like“value,” “hue,” “tone,” “shade,” and “tint” mean? This workshop will provide you with answers and a solid framework of knowledge. We will paint a color wheel and value chart, discuss color issues specific to textiles, and walk through some exercises that will open your eyes to new ways of seeing. On day two we will take this new knowledge to the looms, and you will weave a color gamp and plaid sampling of adjacent and complementary color blends. This popular workshop is a Chicago Weaving School tradition. Come join us and boost your color confidence.
It Starts with Play and Leads to Vision: Opening up the Design Process for Weavers
Friday – Sunday, February 6, 7, and 8, 2015
This is a fun and eye-opening workshop to tap into the creative spirit that resides in each one of us. We’ll get inspiration from artists who share examples of their creative process, learn about the Bauhaus weavers and design exercises, and experiment with different approaches such as texture studies, inspiration boards, watercolor sketches, and yarn wrapping to come up with original designs to weave. There will be plenty of time to warp and weave some of these ideas over the course of this three-day workshop.
Walk Backwards to Move Forward: Reverse Drafting
Friday, March 20, 2015
9AM to 5PM
You will feel like a superhero when you know how to look at a drawdown or piece of woven cloth and determine the number of harnesses, threading, tie-up, and treadling required to produce it! Like all theory classes at The Chicago Weaving School, this will be taught with kindness, clarity, and patience. We will break it down into small steps and provide plenty of practice opportunities.
Block Translations: Getting of the Hang of Profile Drafts
Friday – Sunday, April 10, 11, 12, 2015
10AM to 5PM
Class Description will be posted soon.