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 )
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
Bring a looseleaf notebook,
scotch tape, calculator, a project that
you have in mind and also that mystery
Area where it is safe to do burn tests
without setting off smoke alarms
(outdoors is fine if weather permits)
( 1 6hr. day )
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.
$350 + $10 materials fee per person
Table for mixing dyes
Hot plate or stove top
Buckets or sink for rinsing
( 2 6hr. days
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.
a color palette, learn how to make stock
solutions, mix colors according to
Afternoon- Stretch and paint
the first warp.
Rinse the first warp, and prepare
the second warp for painting. Mix new
Afternoon: Paint the second warp and
extra skeins for weft. Students will
rinse the second warp at home.
$650 +$15 materials fee per person. A
supplies list will be sent prior to the
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.
( 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
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.
on properties of Fiber Reactive or
mix stock solutions
dye primaries and
determine % color for
mixing all samples
Begin secondary color mixing
results of previous day
Continue dyeing 3 color mixes
Divide and labels all
skeins for individual swatchbooks
$900+$20 materials fee per person, A
supplies list will sent prior to class.
warm water source
plastic buckets for rinsing
hot plate or stove top if using Sabraset
The Great Plains
( 3 6 hr.
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
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 ..
first samples, Drafting lesson on more
Switch to new looms and continue weaving
weaving last group of samples.
Wet finish and compare.
Compile swatch books.
Discuss further possibilities.
$1100 + $15 materials fee per person
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
( 3 6hr. days )
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
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
lecture on "Designing Double
Cloth" with slides
Afternoon- Check all set-ups
and weave first sample
Drafting of double cloth. All
students learn particular techinques
that are used on some drafts..
Look at all initial samples and show
techniques, move to new looms
weave sample #2.
Afternoon- discuss finishing techniques.
Move on to next loom.
continue to weave and share
samples from looms,
wash those that require finishing,
label samples and discuss outcomes.
$1100+ $20 materials fee per student.
4 and 8
harness workshop looms
Tables for table looms and lay out
Warp materials will be sent to all