Inspiration From Commercial Textiles: PowerPoint presentation of commercial textiles shown in fashion magazines and how they can be translated into handwoven designs. Included is a discussion of color and design as related to handweaving. Fabric swatches available for handling. (People 5-50, time flexible from 50 min to 2.5 hours +) (Needs: inFocus type projection peripheral, laptop or computer)
Painting Tencel yarns: Tencel 1 day workshop or 2.5 hour demo. Dye painting techniques for tencel and other cellulose yarns as skeins and warps. Dyes used will be fiber reactive. (Needs: 4 to 6-foot table, electricity, some water, can be a bucket. People: 5-15 maybe a few more if a demo. This can be hour demo to 3 hours or a full day or a one or two workshop as desired. Lab fee depends on time and number of students, email me and I will let you know the cost. Yarns are a la carte, purchase of prepared tencel yarns and price includes dye costs. Contact for lab fee prices. Instructions for making warps to dye available on request. Optional is demo on making warps to dye, dyeing warps, dyeing fabric.
Devore Shibori Workshop: 1 day or 2.5 hour demo. Ever wonder how the elegant devore velvet is made? It is created by putting on a chemical in pattern, adding heat and dissolving part of the pile of the velvet fabric away. This workshop combines the folding techniques of Shirbori (folded fabric) and devore or fiber etch to create a design on a rayon/silk velvet scarf. We will then use fiber reactive dyes to add a “painted” dye image that resembles watercolors effects. email for lab fee (2 scarves, etch out, dyes, materials)
Analyzing and Reproducing Commercial Cloth: Analyzing and reproducing commercial cloth and sampling to achieve different looks both on loom and off using the computer as a design aid. Using the results to design 4 companion fabrics for use on a garment(s). Using exotic and unusually fibers to create a unique look. (3-5 days, 5 to 12 people, looms required, graph paper or lap tops with textile program, threads provided. Contact for Lab fee prices
Life As a Production Dyer: So you think it would be fun to stay home and do weaving and dyeing all day. Well there is a lot more to it than weaving or dyeing. Take a look into my life as a dyer and weaver who packages her work and takes it to 10-19 shows a year up and down the I-5.How do you package the “goods”, yourself, your product and where does all that time go. What things to consider when you develop your website, hang tags, blog site, product line; how to prepare digital photographs for on line jurying, accounting needs. What does your booth need and where do you look for it. How to calculate what you need to produce to cover your overhead and expenses. (People-5-50, time flexible from 50 min to 2.5 hours (Needs: inFocus type projection peripheral, laptop or computer). Material fee for example packets and handouts. $10.00. Contact for references.
Creating Drape in Handwoven Fabric:The purpose of this workshop is to understand how drape can be created in a handwoven fabric. It is a combination of fiber characteristics, yarn twist, the sett (ends per inch), the weave structure or the number of intersections of yarn per inch and the finish of the fabric. All of the factors contribute to the drape of the fabric. Each of the participants will be given a painted/dyed warp ahead of time to warp their looms at a specific sett. This warp will be of either bamboo, 5/2 tencel, 10/2 tencel or a combination of one strand of bamboo and one of 5/2 tencel. This is a modified round robin in that you will do a set number of samples on your warp and then exchange with another person. I will bring the wefts for you to use. Two sets of samples will be woven; one to be left as is and the other to be wet finished so you can see the change in the hand and drape. There should be enough left of the warp to weave a short scarf, 55 to 60 inches. Discussion will include the weight, drape and possible end use of each sample and why it would better for certain garments over another type. Time: 2 or 3 days. Maybe combined with a one day dye workshop so you can dye your own warps. Furnished for lab fee: 1 painted warp, 6 yards long, various weft yarns and handouts. Participants need to bring: warped loom (table or floor, 4-24 shafts), scissors, pins, boat shuttle, and bobbins. Goal 10 samples, 1 scarf woven in workshop. Individuals should be able to warp a loom and read a draft. Material fees: 90.00 warp, weft and handouts. Optional purchase of pick glass (after class over).