WORKSHOPS / 1 - 5 DAY
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. Inkle Looms are available if requested.
Starting with 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. A more intermediate technique of Inkle Loom Pick-up for interesting design options will also be demonstrated. Participants will be able to finish a small project by the end of the day. Prospectus
Note: this workshops may be combined with the advanced techniques class below for a two day workshop.
NEW! INKLE LOOM WEAVING ADVANCED TECHNIQUES: THE NEXT STEP / 1 DAY
For those who are looking for the next step with this simple two shaft loom, this is the class for you. Learn 1/1 name draft pick-up, standard 7 thread pick-up, and supplemental warp and weft techniques. Rental looms will be available. Prospectus
Explore this time honored craft, on a loom that allows patterning and play. Designed for beginners, and using colorful carpet warp, this workshop will take students through the warping process and teach them to understand patterning, reading a draft, color interaction, and how to weave a competent cloth. Plain weave, twills, rib and basket structures, and color and weave will be covered. All materials will be provided and students may take home their sampler. Prospectus Please note this class is only possible in locations within driving distance of Lincoln Park, NJ.
NEW! EXERCISES AND INSPIRATION FOR THE COLOR CHALLENGED!/ 1 DAY
Through a series of creative exercises, participants will learn to confidently place yarns of different colors and textures together to make beautiful warp combinations. Participants will then expermient designing warps based on mood using photos for inspiration and see illustrations of how to translate them into handwoven fabrics and ultimately something wearable.Prospectus
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 hand-woven garments. This class will cover French, Hong Kong, bound, felled, welts, and serged seams; piping, cording, binding, and more. Lots of terrific ideas! Learn professional and couture finishing techniques appropriate for use with hand-woven fabrics! Bring your sewing machine and try some of these great techniques. Prospectus
Do you avoid jackets because you don’t know how to close them? There is nothing like a beautifully 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. Bring your sewing machine and try some of these great techniques. Prospectus
No more one-size-fits-all, or clothes from rectangles! Choose between a time-tested classic jacket pattern, vest pattern, and/or tunic pattern. Participants will learn to custom fit for their individual figures. Some simple flat pattern and drafting skills will be taught in this workshop. Expect to leave with at least one finished pattern and directions to make a fabulous garment from your hand-woven, felted or other fabulous fabric. Prospectus
Dust off your sewing machine and jumpstart your skills. Make this simple lined vest, custom fit, guaranteed to look great, and teach you the basics of garment construction. Great for handweavers, felters and surface designers, this vest looks good in all fabrics. Prospectus
A crash course in garment construction, embellishment, piecing, fit, finishing, and all around fun! For anyone interested in learning to construct great looking and great fitting garments. Learn to be creative with your seam finishes, buttonholes, closures, linings, and embellishment. This is a terrific class for beginners as well as for those more experienced sewists wanting polished and professional results. Bring a sewing machine and try many of the techniques. Prospectus
Hold onto your seats, this is a whirlwind tour of creating great garments from handwoven cloth. Starting with design inspiration, sett choices, sampling and finishing the cloth, we will then move onto fitting garments, making a muslin, and then cover basic sewing techniques for handwoven fabrics. The second day will cover creative seam and edge finishes for handwoven fabrics and some terrific closures. Lecture format, no sewing machines required. Prospectus
GARMENT CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES / 3 DAY
A crash course in garment construction, fit, finishing, and all around fun! For weavers or anyone interested in learning to construct great looking and great fitting garments. Learn to be creative with your seam finishes, buttonholes, closures, linings, and embellishment. Color, sett, fabric finishing, this is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to sew clothing from their hand-woven or other special fabric, as well as for those more experienced wanting polished and professional results. Participants will have the opportunity to draft a custom pattern for a simple unlined jacket. Sewing Machines are optional! Prospectus
Dust off your sewing machine and jumpstart your skills. Make this simple unlined jacket, custom fit, guaranteed to look great and teach you the basics of garment construction. Great for handweavers, felters and surface designers, this jacket looks good in all fabrics and compliments every figure. Prospectus
Note: For those who have made a jacket in any class and wish to move onto a more challenging silhouette I have created a tunic or overshirt pattern. Please see the prospectus for more details.
VESTED INTEREST / 3 DAY
We all have drawers and boxes of bits of treasured fabrics, handwoven, felted, antique, samplers, and quilt fabrics. Some are scraps from other projects, some are samples from workshops. Some are finished projects that didn’t work or don’t fit anymore. And then there are all the scarves and placemats… This is a workshop on taking what you don’t know what to do with, and learning to piece it all together to make a wonderful lined vest, custom fitted to you. Fitting, garment construction, and piecing techniques for all types of fabric will be covered. Anything goes here, it’s a chance to get really carried away since all you have to lose are a few scraps!
The class will include basic fitting and sewing techniques. Prospectus
This is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to fit and sew clothing from their handwoven, hand printed, dyed, quilted, felted or other special fabric, as well as for those more experienced students wanting polished and professional results. Students will construct a basic unlined jacket, from their own fabric, custom fit to themselves while learning all sorts of inspiring techniques to make their garments reflect their creativity. This class is designed to teach creativity as well as technique.
Students who have already made a jacket with me may opt to bring their own patterns.Prospectus
Learn to enjoy the “joy of handweaving:. Improve your basic weaving skills and learn to work with the loom and create beautiful flawless yardage. This workshop will give participants a chance to design, warp, and weave 4-5 yards of plain weave fabric using mixed yarns of various colors and textures. Participants will learn to use a paddle for winding warps in repeat. Prospectus