2 - 2 1/2 HOUR LECTURES: WEAVING, SEWING, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

WEAVING LECTURES

 

Inkle LoomWEAVE YOUR OWN TRIM ON THE INKLE LOOM

No weaving experience necessary!  The inkle loom is portable, easy to warp, easy to weave off, and makes beautiful belts and bands.  Daryl uses it to trim her garments.  Every weaver should own one.  They are inexpensive and children as young as third grade can learn to use them.  Through a  PowerPoint presentation, participants will learn to make heddles for the loom, follow a draft and warp the inkle loom.  Proper techniques for weaving a tight even band with good selvedges will be explained.  Prospectus

Advanced Inkle LoomNEW! ADVANCED INKLE LOOM WEAVING

For those who are looking for the next step with this simple two shaft loom, this is the class for you.  Come with a pre-warped inkle loom using a pre-assigned draft and learn 1/1 name draft pick-up, standard 7 thread pick-up, and a supplemental warp technique. Prospectus

 

Warping PaddleWARP FAST:LEARN TO WARP MORE THAN ONE THREAD AT A TIME!

Using PowerPoint, students will learn to use devices that allow warping multiple ends at the same time.  Discover the inexpensive rigid heddle warping paddle, and the fast method of sectional warping.  Explore the advantages and disadvantages of this production technique.  The AVL warping wheel will also be discussed as well as detailed information on calculating warps especially for multiple thread repeats. Prospectus

SEWING LECTURES

UnderliningNEW! BEHIND THE FRONT LINE (2-1/2 Hours)

Linings, underlinings, interlinings, facings and interfacings.  Confused?  Each has a purpose, come and find out the ins and outs of what goes on behind the front line.  What to use, and how to install! Prospectus

Pattern DraftingSOLVE THE MYSTERY OF FIT!

Do you know the difference between design ease and wearing ease or semi- fitted and very loose fitting garments (about 10")? Did you know that commercial pattern companies and ready-to-wear designers don’t use the same industry standard measurements? The mystery behind fitting and altering patterns is unfolded right before your eyes! A lengthy discussion on using commercial patterns, taking proper measurements, grading techniques, ease requirements and a tutorial on draping are all part of the agenda. A must for anyone interested in sewing garments, especially with handwoven fabric.Prospectus

Triangular ButtonholeCLOSURES

Do you avoid jackets because you don’t know how to close them? There is nothing like abeautifully done bound buttonhole to set your garment apart from the rest. Standard and triangular bound buttonholes will be covered.  Also demonstrated will be machine and hand-worked buttonholes, buttonhole facings, fabric cords for loop and button closures, ideas for buttons, and other suggestions for closing up those jacket fronts. Prospectus

 

Hong Kong Seam FinishLIVING ON THE EDGE:CREATIVE SEAM AND EDGE FINISHING FOR WOW! GARMENTS

Don't have a serger?  Not to worry!  There are lots of alternatives.  Learn how to finish the inside as well as the outside of your  garments.  This class will cover French, Hong Kong, bound, felled, welts, and serged seams; piping, cording, binding, and more.   Lots of ideas and options!  Learn professional and couture finishing techniques appropriate for use with all fabrics! Prospectus

Cocoon(GREAT FOR CONFERENCES!) A SEWER'S PERSPECTIVE:INSTRUCTIONAL TOUR OF THE JURIED FASHION SHOW

An interactive exploration behind the “seams” of the garments from the Fashion Show.  Experience a technical critique of the inside finishing techniques as well as the outside appearance, and fit.  This kind of experience provides the participants with many ideas for finishing, what works and what doesn’t.  A terrific “behind the seams” look allowing participants to view first hand, some of the choices used by experienced fiber artists.
(If there is no conference fashion show, this seminar can be done using garments provided by the participants.)Prospectus

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LECTURES

Color PaletteCOLOR and INSPIRATION

Translate color and inspiration into something wearable!  Based on the Color/Fabric Forecast Column from Handwoven Magazine, participants will experiment with palettes based on mood and theme, using Color-Aid® blocks and photos for inspiration. See illustrations of how to translate those palettes into handwoven fabrics and ultimately a garment.  Prospectus

Photo ShootPHOTOGRAPHING YOUR WORK

Often fiber artists are rejected from exhibits because of the poor quality of their images. Knowing what jurors are looking for will help improve the quality of your final presentation. Using PowerPoint, the basics of photography, both film and digital will be discussed, as well as composition and lighting, and basic digital image manipulation using Photoshop Elements® Lots of images illustrating what NOT to do! Prospectus