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Guild Programs - 60-90 minutes

Weaving TnT:  Dynamite Tips 'n Technique for Every Weaver

Would you like to learn a great method for repairing a broken warp end, tracking your treadling while you weave, making your own repair heddles, or just make weaving easier and more pleasurable?  This gizmo and gadget centric presentation looks and feels like an interactive show-and-tell and will introduce over 36 offbeat tools, techniques, or tricks to assist weavers in all phases of weaving.

Couture Passementerie through the Eyes of a Fiber Artist

From Chanel and Balenciaga to the House of Worth and Ralph Lauren, passementerie has been a way to elevate a garment from something ordinary to something extraordinary. What is passementerie?  It’s a French term without an English equivalent. Passementerie encompasses a multitude of techniques used to create embellishments.  It includes the creation of buttons, cording, trim, garment closures, braiding, tassels, and much more. 

Modern-day uses of passementerie may be found in couture fashions, like the trim edging on French cardigan-style jackets made famous by Coco Chanel and the fashions seen in period films or shows, like Downton Abbey. Passementerie also appears on historical garments, military uniforms, and in high-end home interiors.

In this program, Robyn Spady will share insight into how many couture fashion designers incorporated passementerie into their garments from the perspective of how simple some of the techniques are and how they could be easily recreated and adapted into our own wardrobes.

Taming of the Hue - Techniques for the Color Challenged

Does incorporating more color in to your projects appeal to you, but leaves you feeling a little intimidated at the same time?  Do you long to break out of a color rut?  If so, you are not alone!  In this seminar, a variety of tools and techniques will be covered to assist you in exploring different ways of incorporating color into your projects and give you more confidence in discovering new color horizons.

Great Weave Structures for Color and Texture using Novelty Yarns

Perhaps you have walked into a yarn shop and been fascinated with stunning novelty yarns. But as a weaver, it can be a challenge to figure out how to incorporate them into weaving projects in order to showcase the yarns without breaking the bank. Or you may have been inspired by the fabric used for a Chanel-style jacket that was created by Linton Tweed, Lesage, or Bernat Klein and would like to understand how these fabrics were created so you can design and weave your own.  In this program, Robyn Spady will share a small collection of weave structures that let you take advantage of fun and exciting yarns and to add new dimensions to your weaving.

Weave Structures:  Totally Twill – The Basics

Twills are one of the most versatile weave structures and the possibilities are amazing!  The breadth of weaving twills can be a bit daunting, but so much fun!  In this class, we will cover the basics from straight draw and point twills and then move on to broken, undulating, M&W,  Dornick, plaited, and turned twills.

Weaving Innovations from the Bateman Collection

Dr. William G. Bateman created a collection of woven samples that is ominous and impressive, but mostly unseen since Dr. Bateman’s work far exceeds the samples included in the six monographs published in the 1980s by the Shuttle Craft Guild.  In this presentation, Robyn Spady will share some of Dr. Bateman’s most innovative work and how he took some weave structures to new heights.

Seminars - 2-3 hours

Four Shafts Aren’t Complex?  Au Contraire!

Who says weaving on four-shaft looms can’t be complex?  Too many people!  In fact, four-shaft looms are capable of much more than many weavers realize.  Tapping into the potential of four-shafts helps weavers learn how to maximize undervalued looms and better understand how to exploit the capabilities of looms with more shafts.  From turned swivel to integrated double weaves to finding the “fashionable” ways to weave a warp, this is an opportunity for participants to see just how amazing a four-shaft loom can be.

Introduction to Network Drafting

Network drafted twills are a method for creating designs with curves.  In this seminar, learn the fundamentals of designing network-drafted patterns and understand what terms like initial, grid, and network mean.  After the fundamentals are covered, through hands-on exercises, participants will explore how to apply network drafting techniques into different weave structures – from twills to double weaves and more! 

Weave Structures:  Totally Twill – Beyond the Basics

If you are familiar with the basics of twills and are up for some new challenges, this class is for you!  In the first half of this class, we will cover the fundamentals and drafting of some of the most beautiful weaves around - advancing and networked twills.  In the second half of this class, we will cover corkscrew twills and how they relate to the dramatic echo weaves you may have seen.  This is a great opportunity if you have (or are considering) a loom with eight or more shafts.

Weave Structures:  Introduction to Tied Weaves

Do terms like “single two tie” or “single three tie” bewilder you? Are you curious about what makes a tied weave a tied weave? For weavers interested in understanding terms like “summer and winter” and how it relates to taqueté or exploring Quigley and Bergman tied weaves, then this class is for you! All of this establishes a foundation for understanding the double two tie threading and its incredible versatility.

Weave Structures:  The Beauty of Lace Weaves

Lace weaves are some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world, but have you ever wondered what the difference is between Atwater-Bronson lace, Swedish lace, and huck lace is and why you would choose one over the other? Loom-controlled lace weaves explored will include huck, Swedish, Atwater-Bronson, and bead leno. Weaver-manipulated lace weaves, such as leno, Brooks Bouquet, Spanish lace, and Danish medallion will also be included.

Weave Structures:  Introduction to Double-faced Weaves

Double-faced fabrics have a different appearance on both sides.  There are numerous ways to create double-faced fabrics and many of these methods require only four shafts or less!  In this class, we will explore the fundamentals of how double-faced fabrics are created, how double-faced fabrics are distinguished from double weave fabrics, and how the majority of these methods don’t require more than one warp beam to weave.

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