One of the great ways to develop as a weaver is to participate in workshops. In the space of a weekend, you can dig into a technique and really expand your repertoire as a weaver. Yes, there are videos, yes there are books, and yes, there is You Tube. And we have a terrific library and utilizing media is a great assist in learning. But there is nothing quite like the fun of learning from an expert in the field, live and in person. It is both inspirational and incredibly efficient.
We are starting to think about next year and what workshops might be of interest to our guild members. Please let Lorri Wright or Christine Dittrich know what You would like to learn about. Be it a technique, a style, a particular type of weaving, rigid heddle, multishaft, tapestry, backstrap, kumihimo, - the weaving world is wide - tell us what interests you!
Weaving Workshop: Extreme Warp Makeover, Dec. 3 - Dec. 5
Instructor: Robyn Spady
Location: Alaska Pacific University Carr-Gottstein Seminar Room
Sign Up Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44aeac2ba1fc1-extreme
Hate to warp, but love to weave? Want more versatility from a single warp? Then this is a workshop for you! In this workshop, participants will warp their loom with their choice of one of three four-shaft threadings and perform an extreme makeover and weave it many different ways . . . from twill, lace, and overshot to swivel, corduroy, deflected weft, and double-faced. At the same time, participants are presented with the basics of different structures and how to adapt a single threading to weave a number of different weaves, including concepts such as star vs. rose fashion, weaving on opposites, and echo treadling.
Four-shaft loom required. (Note: This is not a round-robin workshop.) This workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced weavers.
The total class fee is estimated to be $200 - $225 + materials fee of $15 which can be paid on line or checks may be sent to:
Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild
PO Box 244055
Anchorage, AK 99524-4055
A deposit of fifty-percent (50%) of the workshop fee must accompany the registration, with remaining fifty percent (50%) due the first day of the workshop. Cancellations shall result in the forfeiture of the deposit, unless a replacement can be found, whether from the waiting list or arranged by the person cancelling the registration in the workshop.
If you have questions, please contact Christine Dittrich, (907) 440-2784, email Christine or Lorri Wright, (907) 360-0276, or email Lorri.
Tablet Weaving Workshop with John Mullarky, March 31-April 3, 2017
Instructor: John Mullarky, nationally known tablet weaver
Ever wanted to add some beautiful bands to your handwoven fabrics, or to enhance something readymade? The fine art of Tablet Weaving may be just what you are looking for. Never tried it before, take the beginning workshop first and add as many others as you like. If you have some experience and want to learn more, take any multiple of the workshops offered. More details will follow, and sign up genius will go live in the next few months.
Mentor Program: Mentors are available to assist others on specific topics: loom purchasing, planning a project, dyeing, sewing with handwovens, spinning with special fibers, spinning equipment, warping, color choices, supplementary warps, troubleshooting, knitting with hand-spun yarn, etc. Guild members can sign up to be Mentors by contacting Email Anne Brooks.
A Note about Deposits and Refunds*: