Members had a wonderful time at Kathrin Weber’s weaving workshop this week. They learned how to warp a loom with multiple warps front to back using Kathrin Weber’s tried and true method. Each day started with a little lecture where she showed examples of what can be done with her hand painted warps. She encourages people to use disparate colors because that is what makes many of the warps ‘pop’.
Joan organized a private tour for us to Ohlone Village, a reconstruction of a 10,00 year old local Native American settlement as it might have been in this area. It is adjacent to Deer Hollow Farm, both part of the San Antonio Open Space Preserve off 280s in Los Altos. We learned how to live without weaving – but using baskets and braiding. We learned how to create flame without matches. And we learned how to prepare Acorn Mush!
Michael Rohde, renowned tapestry weaver, has plied and taught his art for more than 40 years (see his website www.michaelrohde.com). He will teach “Four Selvedge” and “Wedge Weaving” techniques.
The location will be the studio of Barbara Shapiro, 510 Darrell Road, Hillsborough, CA 94010. (Please park ON the sidewalk, and DO NOT block the mailbox!)
The workshop is full. Please bring a small (tapestry or rigid heddle or bead type) loom – unwarped. If you ordered a loom from Micael, he will bring it.
Bring also: scissors, tapestry or Navaho beater or an old kitchen fork, note taking materials.
Optional equipment: tapestry or blunt needles, small shuttles or tapestry bobbins, small bits of colorful tapestry weight yarn, 900-1200 yds/lb.
Barbara will have tea and hot water. Bring bottled water if you like, instant coffee if you like, snacks if you want something other than trail-mixes. And bring a lunch since there is nothing close by. It will be Passover.
Learn to manipulate wool fibers to make ruffles and holes. Different wools shrink at different rates. The direction you lay out the fibers also determines how the wool shrinks. With that knowledge you can manipulate the layout of the wool to make great ruffles. Add resists to make layered ruffles. Makes holes to add interest. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how to plan your scarf so when it shrinks it will be the correct length and width.
Class length-6 hours
Materials provided – Material fee will vary depending on the project. Approximately $25.00 (3 ounces will make a scarf approximately 64”x7”).
Explore the magical technique of Nuno felting. This will introduce you to the tools, materials and methods used to make this amazing process happen. It’s like painting with fibers. During the process the fibers actually migrate through the fabric. If you don’t cover the entire fabric with fiber a secondary pattern happens because the wool fibers shrink but the fabric doesn’t, creating lots of pucker.
Carin Engen is an award-winning fiber artist and workshop instructor who has been using her experimental, playful nature to explore felting and color since 1992. She maintains a studio in Garberville, California, where she produces a line of hand-dyed wool fabric and fiber as well as her felt art.
Prior felting experience is required for both Saturday and Sunday workshops, so sign up for Friday’s workshop if you need the experience.
The workshops may be taken separately or in any combination. All costs are tentative and may be reduced depending upon participation. Reserve your spot with a 50% deposit paid to our Treasurer, Gloria Miller, 383 Green Ridge Drive, #3, Daly City, CA 94014.
For more information click on each Workshop Title live link below. For more example pictures, see Carin’s blog at artfullyfelt.blogspot.com.
Friday, March 6, 5:30 – 9:30 pm: Introduction to Nuno Felting. Cost is $50 for each student, plus a materials fee to instructor, approximately $30. Maximum number of students 15.
Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am – 4 pm: Felted Ruffles. Cost is $100 per student plus materials fee to instructor, approximately $25. Maximum number of students 12.
Sunday, March 8, 10 am – 4 pm: Design Your Own Felted Purse. Cost is $100 per student plus materials fee to instructor, approximately $25. Maximum number of students 12.
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.
This workshop would be held the first weekend in August at Amazing Yarns in Redwood City. Total cost would be about $200-$250 (includes $95 material fee) depending on the number of participants. Please contact Barbara O’Connor (mailto:barbara_oconnor [at] earthlink [dot] net) if you are interested or need more information.
See Teresa website at http://www.teresaruchdesigns.com/ for some examples of her work.