Workshops

Workshop Types

Only 3 day workshops will be offered at the 2021 IWC Conference

The three day workshops will be held all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 23 - 25 July 2021.

The following are the 2021 conference workshops.

3 Day Workshops

Lucieanne Coifman – Classic and Non-Traditional Rep Weave

In this workshop, we will explore both classic and nontraditional methods of rep weaving on 4 to 8 shafts. Every loom will be set up, in advance with a different draft, sett, fiber, and techniques. Besides traditional rep designs, we’ll study new techniques inspired from such block weaves as Twill, Shadow, Krokbragd, Honeycomb and more. There will be a special set time to review the traditional way of drafting rep weave. A special segment will address how to design, draft and plan a finished piece following the original draft on the loom. Time will also be set aside to discuss color choices and learn pick up design for interested students.

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced Weavers. Students must be able to read a draft and set up their loom prior to the workshop.

Equipment: Four or eight shafts loom. 8, 10, or 12-dent reed. Table looms are acceptable. Samples are 8 to 10” wide. Two months prior to the conference, I will get in touch with the participants in order to find out which loom they will be bringing, what their level of proficiency and if they prefer a classic or nontraditional draft. The draft is mailed 6 weeks before the workshop with 3 pages of basic information on how to set up the loom.

Material Fee: $20

Karen Donde – This Doesn’t Look Like Plain Weave

The over-one, under-one plain weave interlacement is the foundation of numerous weaving patterns and techniques, including Beiderwand, deflected double weave, double weave, color-and-weave effects, thick and thin, warp rep, Ms and Os, handwoven lace, tapestry, transparency, etc. Participants will experiment with several of these weave structures, studying them from the perspective of their plain weave roots. Breaking complicated-sounding structures and/or techniques down to demonstrate commonalities with something as basic and familiar as plain weave is intended to encourage weavers’ technical development and creative exploration in a non-threatening way.

Experience Level: This workshop is designed for weavers with basic weaving skills who may be hesitant to explore more complex structures. It is also suitable for intermediate weavers for whom these structures may be new.

Equipment: 

  • 4 or 8 shaft loom-pre-warped
  • Yarn (will vary with draft and be specified in advance)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Graph paper & 4-6 colored pencils
  • 3-ring binder at least 1" thick for handouts and samples
  • 10 3-ring full page plastic page protectors
  • Usual weaving supplies & gadgets: scissors, pins, measuring tape, threading & sleying hooks, etc.
  • Fray Check or masking tape for securing raw edges of samples
  • Bobbin winder (can be shared)
  • Wash-safe tags and laundry marker for samples (old Tyvek envelopes work well)

Some supplies or tools needed for certain techniques will be described with warping instructions.

Material Fee: $10

Molly Elkind – Collage to Cartoon…and Beyond

This is a sequel to Molly’s popular Collage to Tapestry Cartoon workshop. Veterans of that class and new students will both find it useful. You’ll start by making your own patterned and painted papers with a variety of media, then cut, tear and paste them into collages that will be the design for your tapestry. Learn step by step how to translate your collage into a cartoon you can weave. Then, break out of the box and consider open warps, irregular edges, and adding stitch and non-woven elements. How far you can push your woven tapestry toward a mixed media collage? If you’re ready to move through the design process to start weaving, Molly will provide grayscale yarns to sample your design with, so bring a small loom and basic tapestry tools. You’ll leave with design ideas, a cartoon ready to weave, and time permitting, a woven sample.

Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced tapestry weavers. Students must have some experience with conventional tapestry technique.

Equipment: Students should bring: blank paper or sketchbook at least 8.5 x 11”, colored and patterned papers (such as scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, magazine pages), glue stick, Scotch tape, markers and/or colored pencils, Sharpie marker, scissors for paper, small tapestry loom (no pin looms, Zoom looms or rigid heddles), warp yarn to warp loom (possibly more than once), usual tapestry tools including scissors, tapestry needles, sewing thread, fork or beater, optional bobbins, optional weft yarns, optional found object(s). Students should provide own looms and weaving supplies as listed above. No special safety requirements.

Material Fee: $35

Sarah Jackson – Design from Scratch: Handwoven Towels on Four Shafts

The primary goal of the workshop is to teach students how to create their own designs for handwoven towels. Students will complete the workshop with a thorough understanding of the necessary components for good design. They will leave the workshop with woven samples and a specific plan for weaving towels based on their samples. Designing from scratch is an exciting, satisfying component of weaving and is something every weaver is capable of doing well. In this workshop participants will formulate a plan for their own design based on discussion about color, weave structure, sett, warp and weft calculations, and sampling, plus the Fibonacci sequence and profile drafts as design resources. This workshop is a combination of presentation, discussion, and weaving; it is not a round robin workshop.

Experience Level: All levels, must know how to dress a loom and read a simple draft.

Equipment: 

  • •Photographs or fabrics with colors the student would like to work with./li>
  • Variety of colors that relate to the photographs of one type of yarn: 8/2 cotton, 22/2 Cottolin, or 10/2 cotton.
  • 4-shaft loom in good working order with 12-dent reed
  • Warping board (can be shared) & choke ties
  • Lease sticks
  • Threading/sley hook
  • 2 shuttles
  • 5-6 bobbins
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook, size 3/D or blunt-end tapestry needle
  • Note-taking supplies
  • Measuring tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Shelf/rug liner to fit underneath your loom (table looms, only)
  • 1 empty paper towel roll, split lengthwise for the cloth beam
  • Loom weights and 2 empty film canisters/prescription pill bottles (to repair broken warp threads)
  • T-pins (1 or 2)
  • Fray check

Material Fee: $10

Jennifer Moore – Double Rainbow

2 Layers, 4 or 8 Shafts, 6 Colors – Endless possibilities! This is perhaps the ultimate color sampler! You will begin by winding a warp and setting up your loom according to Jennifer’s system for working with multiple colors in a rotational sequence and bringing it to the workshop. A basic two-layered structure will enable you to mix and match our colors, creating an amazing array of color mixtures. As you weave and your warp colors move past each other you will experience a visual feast of iridescence and moire patterns. We will also experiment with single-layered structures such as warp rep and warp-faced twills and the effects that they create on this versatile warp. Those set up for two blocks on eight shafts will also be able explore an unlimited range of block combinations. The workshop includes a comprehensive lecture on block doubleweave that will give you the tools to create your own block designs in doubleweave for as many shafts as you have. This sampler will provide a remarkable education in color theory and how optical mixtures work in weaving, as well as a great source of inspiration for future weaving projects.

Experience Level: No prior experience in doubleweave is necessary, but students must know how to warp a loom.

Equipment: 4-or 8-shaft table or floor loom warped according to instructions.

Material Fee: $10

John Mullarkey – Tablet Weaving Sampler

You've tried tablet weaving. You've even enjoyed it, but what else is out there? We'll start with Egyptian Diagonals, also known as Double-Card Double-Turn Diagonals. This technique gives a nice foundation for many techniques that are diagonal in nature. On the second day we'll explore what happens to threaded-in designs when we supercharge them using 6-hole cards. You'll get many tips and tricks for weaving with 6-hole cards. Lastly, we'll look at a traditional technique from an Indonesian Island called Sulawesi. Beautiful designs that are like double-faced tablet weaving, and then not like it at all..

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner, should have some tablet weaving experience.

Equipment: Scissors, five balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or un-mercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread in three different colors, so for two colors you will need two balls. At least 1/2 ounce of each.

Material Fee: $20

Rosalie Neilson – Rep Runners: A Study in 4-Block Design Using Linked Blocks and Solid Stripes

This workshop is for weavers who want to develop their design capabilities. Participants will design a warp stripe and thread their loom prior to the workshop. Using the same profile draft, weavers will thread an 8-shaft loom with 4 or 5 different colors of 3/2 or 5/2 mercerized cotton to design a table runner. (The warping instructions and color directions will be sent via email upon registration.) The runner will feature a series of 4-block motifs in the center, with borders featuring 2-block motifs in opposite colors (created by the linked blocks). The border will be separated from the center by a solid colored stripe. Weavers will select motifs from Design Pages from An Exaltation of Blocks, a book about symmetric block design written by Rosalie Neilson. The workshop will begin with a PowerPoint Presentation showing the concept of independent and linked blocks, as well as the development of 4-block designs. Design Sessions will focus on developing 2-, 3-, and 4-block symmetric motifs, converting profile drafts into threading and treadling plans, and developing a skeleton tie-up. Demonstrations include Cavandoli knots as the finishing technique.

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Skills needed for the workshop include how to read thread-by-thread and profile drafts, how to warp using two different colors, how to beam a longer warp (4 to 6 yards), how to place paper or sticks in warp while beaming to prevent threads from falling off the edges, and know how to correct crossed warp ends. Weavers will work exclusively on their own looms.

Equipment: 8-shaft loom with 16” weaving width – textile will be 14” wide. Drafts will be modified if there are narrower looms. Warp: 3/2 or 5/2 mercerized cotton (4 to 5 colors). Weft: 8/16 Mop yarn (Maurice Brassard - Woolery) or Midi string yarn (Vävstuga).

Material Fee: $20

Jane Patrick – Finger Controlled Weaves for Rigid Heddle and Harness Looms

In this class students will explore the world of finger-controlled weaves and learn what impressive results can be achieved with these simple yet versatile techniques. Whole fabrics can be created or just accents added for stunning results. We’ll learn leno, Brook’s bouquet, soumak, ghiordes knot, Danish medallions, Spanish Lace, and picked-up loops—or as many as we have time for in this short class. You could spend a lifetime exploring these techniques!

Experience Level: Advanced beginner. Students should be comfortable with weaving and come with their looms warped and ready to weave.

Equipment: 

Students will need to bring a rigid heddle loom or 4-shaft table loom. Students need a rigid heddle loom with an up position, down position, and neutral. If there is a question whether a loom is suitable, please contact me at janep@schachtspindle.com A rigid heddle loom with a 10-dent heddle or a shaft loom with a 10-dent reed, 2 stick shuttles, scissors, a selection of knitting needles and crochet hooks, and small amounts of several kinds and sizes of yarn (dibby dabs are fine).

You will warp your loom ahead of time with a light color of 3/2 pearl cotton in a 10-dent heddle, 6-8” wide, and 2- 2 ½ yards long. Please bring additional 3/2 in the warp color plus a contrasting color. (I like 3/2 pearl because it produces a crisp pattern, a light color is easy to see, and the narrow width means that you can try more techniques. If you’re a fast weaver, add more yardage.

Material Fee: $3

Deborah Silver – Split-Shed Weaving

Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. Weave curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a 4-shaft loom with no special equipment. In this one-day workshop, students will learn the split-shed tied Beiderwand technique, which uses only 4 shafts and three weft yarns which travel from selvedge to selvedge. They will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating. This is the same technique Deborah uses to weave pictorial imagery in her art. If time allows, students will have a chance to experiment with split-shed Bronson lace and an unbalanced tied weave structure, (using the same warp), with slight changes to tie-ups.

Experience Level: Students should have the ability to warp and weave a basic 4-shaft fabric.

Equipment: Although this workshop can be done on a table loom, a floor loom (jack or direct tie-up) is preferable as it speeds up the weaving process. Looms will need to be pre-warped. Students will provide their own warp and weft yarns. Students will also need two 10” – 14” flat shuttles and one other shuttle of their choosing that will be comfortable to use with an 8”- 9” wide warp.

Material Fee: $15

Robyn Spady – Lace Weaves and the Rainbow Connection

Lace weaves AND color in one workshop???!!! What could be more satisfying? Traditionally, lace weaves are woven with the same yarn in the warp and weft. But, no more! Applying color in different ways can transform a simple lace threading into a versatile warp that can be manipulated in different ways with additional colors to create amazing fabrics. In this class, application of color in different lace weaves, such as huck, Atwater-Bronson, and Swedish lace will be explored. Participants will pre-warp their loom from a small set of different lace threadings. They will also explore the fundamentals of lace weaves and color and strategies for combining the two. Four-shaft loom minimum. (Note: This is not a round-robin workshop.).

Experience Level: Adventure-seeking beginner through Advanced weaver.

Equipment: Loom or other equipment required: Pre-warped loom. Warp loom per instruction (provided 6-8 weeks prior to the workshop), two shuttles, wefts, scissors.

Material Fee: $15

Dianne Totten – Design Inlay Rag Rugs and More

Learn to add a unique touch to your rag project – whether it is a rug, wall hanging, table runner, purse, or placemats. The first step is creatively piecing together fabric strips to form a fabric block according to the directions provided in advance. In class, the block will be cut into weft strips, then woven into a plain weave threading. Using fabric paints, have fun painting designs and learn an inlay process to make your project special. Fish, flowers, and butterflies are only a few design ideas. No special artistic ability is required, as designs can be copied or traced.

Experience Level: All levels

Equipment: 

  • Loom warped with 8/4 carpet warp – according to Workshop Preparation information.
  • Fabric block – according to Workshop Preparation information.
  • Cutting mat, small is fine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Straight edge – the type used by quilters
  • Fabric scissors
  • Small scissors with a good snipping point
  • Tape measure or hem gauge
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Straight pins
  • Glue stick
  • Fray Check
  • Stick or rag shuttle
  • Yarn used for your warp, enough to be used to weave hems
  • Usual items needed to repair a broken warp; heddle hook, general weaving supplies
  • For painting: a few cheap paint brushes – fine point to a broader edge no wider than 1/3”
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Note taking materials

Material Fee: $7

Laura Viada – The Art of Transparency

Transparencies are fun to weave and present a wealth of opportunities for expression and design. A close relative of the tapestry, the distinguishing characteristic of the transparency is the contrast between opaque areas of pattern inlay and the sheer background cloth. Transparencies can be stand alone art pieces, or they can be functional items such as window coverings, table linens, and wearables. This workshop introduces students to basic transparency weaving techniques, and to all the possibilities transparency offers. On day one, we will explore the basics -- yarns, sett, weaving techniques, creating shapes, etc. On day two, we will explore design sources and methods and students will create an original cartoon. On day three students may continue experimenting with yarns and techniques and/or begin weaving from the cartoon designed on day two. A substantial amount of time will be devoted to weaving on each of the three days.

Experience Level: All levels.

Equipment: 

  • Pre-warped 4 shaft loom. Detailed instructions for yarn choices and warping will be sent prior to the workshop.
  • Weft yarn
  • Shuttle for weaving background fabric
  • Several sheets of printer paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black Sharpie
  • Colored pencils (optional)
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Note taking supplies

Material fee: $25

Robin Wilton – Exploration into Inkle Weaving

Learn the basics of Inkle Weaving or renew your skills and then discover some new advanced skill of two different Pick Up design techniques. In Day 1 & 2 we will cover how to warp an Inkle loom, how to read a pattern and then design our own patterns on graph paper. We will have the opportunity to warp the loom twice during the first two days to hone our skills. On the third day we will warp for a Pick Up pattern of our choice and learn Pick Up techniques. The instructor will also have Inkle looms with several different Pick Up patterns that students will be able try out. Examples include: Pebble Weave, 2 Color and 3 Color Pick Up.

Experience Level: All levels.

Equipment: Inkle Loom and shuttles, scissors, colored pencils, 25-30 heddles or 8/4 carpet warp to make heddles, 4 - 1/2” craft sticks, 4-5 oz. each of 3/2 Pearl cotton in contrasting colors, 2-3 sheets of graph paper. Looms and shuttles can be rented from the instructor with advance notice.

Material Fee: None

Linda Lugenbill – Manipulated Forms – Dark Windows

This workshop takes the traditional ‘cathead’ basket to a contemporary level by exploring shaping, color placement, rim finishes and twill plaiting techniques. Sound construction methods will be emphasized. Hand-shaping creates the unique corners of the twill plaited base as well as the rounded wall of the basket. We will learn hand positioning and control of tension to make this happen while weaving with another twill pattern. The finished vessel may be symmetrical or not and will be topped with unique rim treatments. A variety of rim finishes will be demonstrated. Participants will be encouraged to incorporate openings or slits while weaving the wall. Form changes will be developed into design elements. The finished project displays a striking effect of recessed dark windows. This is a result of specific placement of dyed and natural stakes and their interaction with the twill weaving pattern. Color blending will be discussed as additional color is added via over dyeing with one or more dyes. Embellishing possibilities will also be considered. You will gain experience and understanding of shaping, weaving with twills, finishing with unique rim treatments, and color placement variations. Additionally, students will gain understanding of sound construction methods, materials preparation, materials handling, and dyeing.

Experience Level: Open to all skill and experience levels.

Equipment: Students will need to wear suitable clothing for working safely. Remember basket reed can snag your clothing. Also, we will be setting up dye stations the last day. Please bring an apron and 1-2 old towels for covering your basket when not weaving. Also needed are craft scissors, an awl, pencil, measuring tape or ruler, 6 wooden spring type clothespins, and a smaller bucket or basin for soaking your weavers. Do not buy any of the above if you do not have them as I will bring extra for shared use in class.

Material Fee: $60

Jillian Moreno – Spin the Rainbow

Are you ready for the ultimate color class? Over our three days together we will experiment, explore, and play with a variety of methods of working with color in spinning.

We will study and spin braids. Spinning singles and plied yarns we’ll mix and blend color, we’ll also keep colors as clear as the braid they came from. We’ll take the time to examine different dye patterns in braids, decoding how the patterns translate into yarn. Experimenting with color layering, we’ll see what happens when we work with more than 2-plys, with boucle, cables, spirals and other textured spins. Combo draft, combo ply, combo spin and marls, after this class you’ll know the difference and be able to execute and manipulate each technique. We will blend color with hand cards, working to understand tint tone and shade, how to match color, enhance and duplicate colorways, and create your own from an image. Capping off this workshop we will discuss and get hands-on experience planning color for a whole project. Using the color techniques you’ve learned in class you’ll quickly plan a project, including the sampling. Consistency, measuring and stretching fiber for a project will all be touched on. Your materials for this class will come from a traveling stash, a huge array of fibers, dyed, handpainted and natural. There will be different breeds and blends, different preparations, including batts. We will have open studio time for you to experiment, practice and sample techniques that have sparked your curiosity. We may have time for marketplace field trip to look at fiber and color in their natural habitat. My goal is for you to leave this class with confidence in spinning color, and with a few more tools in your spinning toolbox.

Experience Level: If you can spin a continuous thread and have made a plied yarn, even once, this class is for you.

Equipment: A wheel is good working order, at least four bobbins, a lazy kate, a niddy noddy, a pair of handcards ( I will have an extra pair to share), tags to mark samples and pen and paper to take notes. Knitting needles they like to use with your default yarn. Any other tools you like to use when you spin.

Material Fee: $90

Liz Spear – Nuno Felt: Pieces, Patches & Yardage

Try a textile technique that will bring an exciting focus to your art quilt, garment, handmade book or interior decor. Using an adapted wet-felting process, learn to combine fine silk fabrics and merino wool to make Nunofelt, an incredibly textured and versatile material. Create pieces, patches or yardage to incorporate into other textile projects using your personal color choices and lots of elbow grease. Folks new to felting are welcome, while experienced felters can add a new approach to their toolbox. This active class requires some upper body strength and stamina, and long periods of standing.

Experience Level: All skill levels welcome.

Equipment:

  • 1 pound Merino Combed Top (NOT Superwash) suitable for felting, in your choice of colors
  • 3-4 yards total THIN SILK fabrics (no thicker than 8mm: organza, chiffon, paj, etc.) in your choice of colors, prints, etc. Scraps are fine.
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes that can get wet
  • Apron, waterproof if desired
  • 1-gallon bucket and/or 4 qt. plastic bowl
  • Soap: olive oil soap or Ivory dish liquid
  • 4-8 ties: 8-10” pieces cut up panty hose legs
  • 3-5 large towels
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Water spreading tool: cup, sprayer, sprinkler, ball brauser
  • Large plastic bag for transporting wet stuff
  • OPTIONAL: embellishment materials: yarns, Angelina fibers, pre-felt shapes, etc.

Material Fee: $10

Heather Winslow – Handwoven Sweaters

You love sweaters but you don't knit? Borrow a garment style that has traditionally been hand knit and design it using handwoven fabric. You will receive information prior to the workshop including a number of sweater styles, sleeve variations, and recommended yarns to choose from. Weave your fabric at home and come to class ready to fit your "muslin" sweater, construct your garment, and add those innovative finishing details that make it a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Experience Level: Advanced beginner to advanced.

Equipment: Handwoven fabric for sweater, warp and weft yarns, "muslin sweater" (sample sweater constructed of commercial fabric similar in weight to woven fabric, or an old sheet) , tape measure, scissors, sewing thread, needles, pins, "Seams Great" nylon bias edge finish (opt.), interfacing (opt.), shoulder pads (opt.), 5 safety pins, desired embellishments (buttons, beads, linings, found objects, embroidery floss, etc.), yarns for trim, knitting needles (especially circular and double pointed in size 6 and less), crochet hooks, tapestry needle, sewing machine (with extra bobbins, machine needles, tool kit, and instruction book), heavy duty extension cord, tailor’s ham (opt.), sleeve roll (opt.), and serger (opt.).

Material Fee: $10

Contact us at mailto:registration@intermountainweavers.org
or leave a voice message at (641) 715-3800, access code 822154.

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