March 5th, 2016– SHARE Workshop and Demo
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, Texas 78733
This year we will be doing things a little bit differently for our SHARE workshop. We will have a guest teacher, Yohannah Klingensmith, giving a presentation and demonstration on loom warping. She taught this same class at CHT and it was very successful. This will take place the first part of the day. The second part of the day guild members will “SHARE” their weaving and spinning talents by demonstration and teaching.
Yohannah has been weaving since she was ten. She works and teaches weaving at Homestead Fiber Arts, part of the Homestead Craft Village which features award winning woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery, leather work and quilting in addition to fiber crafts.
Yohannah’s workshop is an overview of warping a loom in the back to front Swedish method. All the basic steps will be covered from measuring the warp to dressing the loom. During the course of the class Yohannah will demo how this is done and will share her wisdom of warping and dressing a loom
In keeping with the original theme of the SHARE workshop, after the class guild members will demo weaving and spinning.
11:00 to 2:30 Overview of Warping – Yohannah Klingensmith
2:30 to 4:30 Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations – WSSA members
The tie-up is your best friend! Thread the loom with one versatile threading and learn how to re-arrange your tie-up so you can weave many, many different structures and projects without re-threading. Discover how integrated twills, layered double weave, summer and winter, plaited twill, breaks and recesses, M’s and O’s, waffle weave and so many others can all be woven with small changes to the tie-up.
About the Instructor:
Jette Vandermeiden has been creating textiles since early childhood. Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. With her extensive knowledge of fibre related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fibre arts programs. A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, USA and England and is a regular columnist for FIBRE FOCUS. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms, and volunteers at the Ontario Science Center, working on the Jacquard loom. Her goal is to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.
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Austin, TX – June 24-28, 2015
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May 14th Program night
This month’s program night is devoted to helping with preparations for the CHT conference. Boring? No! We will have door prizes and snacks for all the participants – also, great chance to enjoy uninterrupted social time! Please join us for this fun and productive evening.
May 28th Hands-on Project night – No agenda, just getting together to spin, weave or work on any personal fiber project; great opportunity to peruse the library and share our skills. Will feature a demo from an interesting spinning item available through our lending library.
Here is the description from the WEST website:
“WEST is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent within Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and support the arts community by building their collections and supporting local artisans.”
We are doing a repeat performance of the very popular Weaving Winter Workshop or www.SHARE workshop. Participants in the workshop are asked to bring a loom warped and ready to weave in a pattern of your choice. Not to worry if you can’t come with a prepared loom, we will also have a few extra looms warped and ready to weave.