Create a unique novelty yarn by recycling yarns scraps into flecks of color and texture. Garnetted yarns are a creative use for leftover yarns, weaving thrums, and jewel-toned sari silk scraps. We will prepare the add-ins, blend them with fresh wool, and spin new yarns. Once we’ve got the basic technique, we’ll explore designing garnetted yarns for color and contrast. Fibers are included. Students must know how to spin and ply a basic yarn.
Double knitting produces two-sided cloth. Use one yarn to create pillows, pockets, or double-thickness knitting with two right sides. Move on to two-color double knitting to produce reversible color patterns. Designs appear on both sides of the work with the colors switched. Knit a small sample including casting on and binding off in double knitting and following a pattern chart. Intermediate – Must be able to knit and purl.
Expand your rigid-heddle weaving with a collection of techniques to add texture to plain weave. Learn several varieties of hand-manipulated lace and create patterns with one and two pick-up sticks. Intermediate and up. Students must bring a pre-warped rigid-heddle loom according to provided instructions.
Inkles – narrow woven bands – have dozens of applications, including straps, handles, trim, material for constructing larger items, and accents for other handwoven cloth. Learn to use the simple, portable inkle loom to make your own unique creations. Select a pattern or design your own, warp the loom, and weave a project or two. No experience is needed to start “playing with the band!”
The Master Spinner Program consists of six progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibers, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns. At all levels, students are evaluated on the basis of written assignments, practical projects, oral presentations and skill development.
Level 5 focuses on spinning of cellulose and manmade fibres; spinning to measured specifications and for special purposes; and fibre reactive dyeing of cellulose fibres.
Do you want to weave? Experience the whole process from preparing a loom to weaving and finishing a fashionable scarf – all in one weekend! Choose colors to suit your own personal style, with beads optional. No experience is necessary, and beginners are invited to try their hands at this wonderful craft.
Do you have a ukulele, banjo, or guitar that needs a strap? Learn the tablet-weaving technique for weaving long bands using simple tools, all the way through to finishing. Create a colorful and useful strap for your musical instrument – or your camera, a carry strap for your yoga mat, or a leash for your dog! You can make all sorts of useful items from woven bands. No weaving experience is necessary. If you play a string instrument, bring it for a good fit…and maybe evening jam sessions!
Co-instructors Angela Schneider and Pam Howard