updated 7/15/18

     All fees are for class lecture and/or instruction.  I can work a schedule to fit your time slot as long as it is the same number of hours as listed.  A separate 1 hr lecture for a guild meeting can be arranged in conjunction with a workshop for a $100 fee.  Traveling and material expenses are extra.  Please schedule in a 1/2 hour lunch break for each full day.  Students should bring their lunch.

     I would appreciate 1 month notice if the workshop is canceled due to low registration.  Some workshops require ordering materials, preparing warps and threading looms ahead of time and I need this time for preparation.

All About Yarn  

     ( 1 4hr. day )
     Did you ever wonder what those numbers  inside a cone of yarn mean? 10/2 , 2/18 , 8/4? What's the difference between worsted and woolen? What does mercerized mean and why would you want to use it over unmercerized?  What's the difference between rayon,bamboo, tencel and modal? What if the instructions say to use cotton and you want to make it in silk?  How much yarn do you need to buy?  What if you got a great deal on a yarn but you have no idea what it is? 
    Take the anxiety out of buying yarn and planning a project by learning the yarn world's terms and standards and then how to buy ,  substitute and  even identify  mystery yarns!
   Bring a looseleaf notebook, scotch tape, calculator, a project that you have in mind and also that mystery yarn.

Fee: $250

Work table
Area where it is safe to do burn tests without setting off smoke alarms (outdoors is fine if weather permits)

Introduction to  Dyeing

     ( 1  6hr. day )
     Learning to dye your own yarns, warps, or fiber opens a whole world of color possibilities.  We will discuss what types of dyes to use for various fibers, auxiliary chemicals , equipment, safety precautions, suppliers as well as methods of applying dye.  The class will decide which type of dye they would like to work with- Fiber Reactive  dyes for cellulose fiber (cold water  method)  or  Sabraset dyes for  protein fibers 9 requires hot water) Each student can bring several 2 oz skeins of yarn to dye the colors of their choice.A materials list will be sent prior to the class.

Fee: $350 + $10 materials fee per person

Work table
Table for mixing dyes
Hot plate or stove top
Water source
Buckets or sink for rinsing

Painted Warps

     ( 2  6hr. days ) 
     Explore the idea of color movement by learning to paint a warp with Fiber Reactive dyes. Students will learn proper dye preparation, how to stretch a warp, apply and set the dyes and then how to rinse a warp without tangling and take it to the loom.  Each participant can  paint  two  5yd warps and several skeins  for weft yarns.  Fiber Reactive dyes  are cold water dyes and  are designed  to  dye cellulose ( cotton , Rayon , bamboo, linen, etc)  and silk yarns.
  All dyes  and auxillary chemicals will be provided.

Day 1
Morning-Choose a color palette, learn how to make stock solutions, mix colors according to formula
Afternoon- Stretch and paint  the  first warp.

Day 2
Morning;  Rinse the  first warp, and prepare the second warp for painting. Mix new colors,
Afternoon: Paint the second warp and extra skeins for weft. Students will rinse the second warp at home.

Fee: $650 +$15 materials fee per person. A supplies list will be sent prior to the class.

Room  with ventilation
6 ft  tables   or counters for stretching warps.
Water supply - warm water, laundry sink or 5 gallon plastic tubs for rinsing.
Table for preparing dyes.

Deliberate Dyeing

     ( 3 6hr. days )
   In this workshop, create a dyed  yarn swatchbook of Procion Fiber Reactive MX dyes or Sabraset  dyes that you can use as a future reference when dyeing skeins and painting warps.  Working with  only 3 primary colors we will dye  a 10 level, 66 color triangle showing primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. You will learn the proper and safe  procedure for preparing a dye stock solution and mixing dyes according to formula.  The class will choose to work with either MX dyes  which do not require heat and dye well on all cellulose fibers and silk or Sabraset dyes which work well on protein fibers and silk. 
   If the class is has 6 or more students,  it is possible to dye two different sets  of colors  using  the 6  primary colors.
Each student will go home with a swatchbook of all colors and recipes.
Day 1  
Discussion on properties of Fiber Reactive or Sabraset dyes
mix stock solutions
dye primaries  and  determine  % color  for  mixing all samples
Begin secondary  color mixing

Day 2
Discuss results of previous day
Continue dyeing 3 color mixes
Day 3
finish tertiary colors
 Divide  and labels all  skeins  for individual swatchbooks

Fee: $900+$20  materials fee per person, A supplies list will sent prior to class.

work tables
warm water source
plastic buckets for rinsing
hot plate or stove top if using Sabraset dyes

The Great Plains

     ( 3   6 hr. days )
     The most basic of the weave structures can create the most elegant and exciting fabrics when using interesting yarns and finishing techniques.  This is a round robin class where each student will set up their loom with a different plain weave technique. Projects include deflected weft, mock leno, woven felt, collapsed fabric using overtwist yarns, seersucker, color and weave and more. Weave, experiment with finishing techniques and share your information.  Appropriate  for advanced beginners to advanced. weavers.  All students will come away with a sample book of fabrics, techniques and weave diagrams.  Warp yarns and threading diagrams  will be sent in advance so looms are ready to weave for first class.

Day 1
 Morning: A preview of all drafts  and talk about qualities of each structure. Check loom  set- ups
and  weave first sample.
Afternoon: Discussion of   any particular techniques or adjustments needed. Switch to the next loom ..

Day 2
Wet finish first samples, Drafting lesson on more complex designs.
Switch to new looms and continue weaving samples.

Day 3
Finish weaving last group of samples.
Wet finish and compare.
Compile swatch books.
Discuss further possibilities. 

Fee: $1100 + $15 materials fee per person

Slide projector,
Water source for washing /dyeing fabrics
Several large tables fro table looms  and sample layout.
Students furnish their own looms and  thread them ahead of time

Double Weave

     ( 3  6hr. days )
     Explore the world of puckers, pleats, tubes, and pockets .This is a round robin workshop where each participant will set up and weave on a warp that shows one of the many aspects of double cloth.

     We will first learn how to design a double cloth warp taking into consideration materials, colors and density of layers.  We will then draft out all the possible treadling variations for 4 and 8 harness double cloth.  Each student will weave a sample on their loom and then proceed to try other looms as time permits.

     Students will need to bring 4 or 8 harness looms and will wind warps  and  thread  their looms ahead of time. Warp yarns will be provided. For  intermediate to advanced level  weavers.

Day 1
Morning - lecture  on "Designing  Double Cloth"  with slides
 Drafting of double cloth. All students learn particular techinques that are used on some drafts..
        Afternoon-  Check all set-ups and  weave first sample
Day 2 
Morning- Look at all initial samples and show techniques, move to new looms
weave sample #2.
Afternoon- discuss finishing techniques. Move on to next loom.

Day 3
Morning- continue to weave and share information. 
Afternoon-  cut samples  from looms,  wash  those that require finishing,
label samples and discuss outcomes.

Fee:  $1100+ $20 materials fee per student.

4 and 8 harness workshop looms
Tables for table looms and  lay out of samples.
projection screen
Warp materials will be sent to all participants

Pam Pawl Handwoven Textiles l Dunedin, FL 34698 |  215 483-7157 |

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