WORKSHOPS / 1 - 5 DAY

1 Day | 2 Day | 3 Day | 5 Day

 

Inkle LoomWEAVE YOUR OWN TRIM ON THE INKLE LOOM / 1 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 workshop may be combined with the advanced techniques class below for a two day workshop.

 

INKLE LOOM WEAVING ADVANCED TECHNIQUES: THE NEXT STEP / 1 DAY

Advanced TechniquesThis simple two shaft loom allows infinite possibilities, especially using a complementary light and dark warp.  Those that want to advance to more complex techniques will explore 1:1 name drafts, followed by Andean pebble weave, and runic or freeform structures. As time permits, a demonstration of Paired Pebble weaving may be demonstrated. Intermediate skills required. Prospectus

 

 

Structo LoomWEAVE YOUR OWN CLOTH ON A FOUR SHAFT LOOM / 1 DAY

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

Color ExercisesBuild color confidence no matter what your favorite fiber technique.  We start with the basics of color and discuss inspiration from color forecasts, and online color tools.  They can help stretch the imagination of anyone who is color challenged.  Through a series of fun exercises, photos, and Color-aid papers we will group colors together, play with thrums and palettes, and create easy color references.  And for the handweavers, what to do when introducing a weft!  Lots of inspiration and opportunity to just play.

A PDF will be available for all students to download before the class. Prospectus

 

Hong Kong Seam FinishLIVING ON THE EDGE: CREATIVE SEAM AND EDGE FINISHES/ 1 DAY

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

Triangular ButtonholesCLOSURES / 1 DAY

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

 

Warping PaddleWARPING WITH A PADDLE/ 1 DAY

Experience the speed of a warping paddle. The combination of slots and holes allow warping multiple threads, from 2 - 20 ends at a time (depending on the brand).  The hole and slot design allows formation of a warp cross and warp repeats are as easy as a paddle pass!  Participants will have the opportunity, working in teams, to create a 5 yard warp, enough for two scarves.  Working with yarn wraps and repeats will also be covered. Prospectus

 

Shadow Play JacketJumpstart VestBig ShirtCUSTOM FIT AND FABULOUS: CREATE A PATTERN CUSTOM FIT TO YOU / 2 - 2 1/2 DAYS

No more one-size-fits-all, or clothes from rectangles!  Choose between a time-tested, classic jacket pattern, with a band or shawl collar, short, long or swing. Or choose a vest pattern, short, or long, or with a collar, or a tunic pattern. Also available are patterns for a bias top and a swing dress/jumper. 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 two finished patterns and directions to make a custom fit garment from your hand-woven, felted or other fabulous fabric. Prospectus

 

Jumpstart VestJUMPSTART VEST / 2 DAY

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

 

Forest Fire CoatGARMENT CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHING TECHNIQUES / 2 DAY

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

 

ForestFireFrontWEAVE A WARDROBE / 2 DAY LECTURE

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


Forest Fire CoatGARMENT 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. Sampling 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 one or two custom patterns for a jacket with band or shawl collar, swing coat, walking vest, turnic, collared vest or vest with armhole bands, or a bias top or dress. Lots of opportunities to make samples of various techniques. Prospectus

 

Jumpstart JacketJacket with CollarGARMENT CONSTRUCTION: CREATE A JACKET/ 3 DAY

Dust off your sewing machine and jumpstart your skills.  This simple unlined jacket is custom fit, guaranteed to look great, feel good, 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.

For those who have more experience, consider adding a shawl collar or choosing the princess seam version!  Prospectus

For participants who have made a jacket with me in another class, or are reasonably sure of their garment construction skills, you may choose any of my other silhouettes, however please know that silhouettes like the Swing Coat will take much longer than three days and you will most likely not complete the garment.  Please view options, fabric recommendations and yardage requirements here.

https://www.daryllancaster.com/Webfiles/FabricRequirementsClassPatterns.pdf

 

Passion Fruit VestVESTED 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

 

Shadow Play Jacket Big ShirtWEARABLE EXTRAVAGANZA: Garment Construction Intensive / 5 - 7 DAYS

All levels are welcome.  This is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to fit and sew clothing from their handwoven, hand printed, dyed, quilted, felted or just commercial fabric, as well as for those more experienced students wanting polished and professional results. New students will construct a basic custom fit unlined jacket or lined vest from their own fabric while learning all sorts of inspiring construction techniques to make their garments reflect their creativity.
Returning students may make any of my silhouettes, and variations or may bring their own patterns and agenda. Prospectus

 

YardageYARDS AND YARDS: DESIGNING AND WEAVING HANDWOVEN YARDAGE / 5 DAY

 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