Braids have many uses from jewelry to accessories to home decor. Learn to use the hand-held braiding disk and make a sampler of several shapes and patterns. Students will also be able to try marudai (braiding stools). Kumihimo is a great complement to weaving, knitting, sewing and other crafts as a custom accent.
All materials are provided, or you may bring your own braiding disk.
Take short rows to the extreme with a trick of geometry to create a unique scarf. Knitting is simple, but with a twist that makes it anything but plain. Creative yarn selection really makes the design pop. Only basic knitting skill required —“cast on, knit and bind off“ —we’ll cover the rest.
Supplies to bring: 200 yds worsted-weight yarn (Good options are variegated, two solid colors, or two balls of self-striping yarn), size 8 needles or size to get a comfortable gauge with selected yarns.
My weaving will be included in the Holiday Bazaar at the Memphis College of Art (MFA ’91).
Friday night – ticketed preview party 5pm-10om
Saturday – open to the public 10am-5pm
Have you ever dreamt of making your own cloth? Learn the basics of four-shaft weaving, from preparing the floor loom to finishing your fabric. Weave a sampler of several patterns, play with color and design, and create a project. Most of all, experience the joy of being a weaver!
Start by picking colors, and finish by proudly wearing and modeling your own handwoven scarf! In a weekend, you’ll set up the loom, weave, and finish your scarf, with optional bead embellishment. No experience is necessary. Beginners are encouraged to try their hands – and feet – at this wonderful craft!
Expand your spinning with yarns that range from the smoothest worsted to the loftiest woolen yarns. One extreme creates firm, hard-wearing yarns with crisp definition, and the other maximizes softness and warmth – and feels like magic to spin! This skill-building week covers a variety of drafting and fiber preparation techniques, including working with multiple fibers, designing yarns for different uses, and spinning novelties. Best suited for those who can spin a continuous yarn.
Expand your band weaving with a variety of patterns, materials, and techniques! This pattern-packed week starts with working together to set up looms and weave samples in a round-robin. We’ll examine design elements in plain-weave bands and use advanced techniques including pickup, rep, beading, tubular weaving, and more. Complete a notebook of a dozen drafts and samples, then explore your favorites with additional projects. Prior band weaving experience is recommended.
“Where did Sleeping Beauty prick her finger?” How often do you hear that question when someone sees you spinning? Take a step back in spinning technology before the flyer and bobbin and discover the rhythm of spinning on a driven spindle. Learn to draft from the tip of the spindle and to alternate drafting and winding on with a quick reversal of the wheel. A spindle wheel is well-suited to delicate fibers and even single-handed spinning – useful on a charkha or great wheel.
Spinning wheel with quill spindle (not flyer and bobbin) is required. Must be able to spin & ply a basic yarn (on handspindle or flyer wheel).
Discover the wonder of woolen spinning. Most spinners start out learning to make smooth, compact worsted yarns. Take your spinning to the other extreme with woolen long-draw from hand-carded rolags. This method maximizes loft, elasticity, and warmth in your yarn, and it feels like magic! We’ll cover fiber preparation, two long-draw spinning techniques, and discuss fiber selection.
Single-drive spinning wheel or E-Spinner is required. Must be able to spin & ply a basic yarn.
Expand your inkle weaving repertoire in a round-robin workshop. Sample a variety of patterns, yarns, and techniques. This workshop will examine design elements in plain-weave bands, and explore advanced techniques such as pick-up, rep, beads, and tubular weaving.
Inkle loom required. Must be able to warp an inkle loom.