Programs

JANUARY 21, 2023 - STATE MEETING

  • Open: Bauhaus Interpretations with the Hartford Artisans Tara Patrina​, Studio Designer, Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

Every year Hartford Artisans Weaving Center embarks on a studio-wide themed project. In 2022 they have taken on the challenge of embracing and interpreting the styles and processes of the Bauhaus art movement, in particular the women’s weaving department. HAWC Studio Designer Tara Patrina will show examples and discuss elements that the artisans tackled and how they made each piece their own.

  • Mini #1: Rust Dyeing, Susan Jackson

In this dye workshop we will use old rusty items to dye cotton, linen or wool fabrics or small yarn skeins. The dyed fabric will be their own works of art or can be used for future weaving projects. This is an easy, non-toxic way of dyeing with found objects that create interesting and appealing designs.  We will be layering, wrapping, folding and experimenting with different ways of applying our fabrics to the rusty items and vice versa. Please do not bring anything larger than your container will hold.

 

Participants should bring a glass or plastic container (with lid) approximately 6”w x12”d x4” h.  Bring cotton fabric to rust dye (approximately one yard- must fit in container with rust objects). Any rusty objects you have that will fit into the container with your fabric (nails, washers, metal scraps, barbecue grill pieces, metal sheets). 


Materials fee: $10 for handouts, supplies.  

Class size: 12.

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  • Mini #2: One Warp-Many Weaving Options, Hanna Roehrs

This mini workshop will focus on creating many different projects on one warp.  It is important to choose the right warp and yarn for a specific project. You will learn how to start that process.  I will give you ideas of how to choose yarns and colors. We will also see how one setup can create different weave structures. Patterns (4 and 8 shaft) will be included in the handouts.

 

Materials fee: $5

Class size: 12

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  • Mini #3: Sew a Small Zipper Clutch with your Handwoven Fabric, Lois Matson

Use your handwoven fabric to sew a small, lined clutch that closes with a zipper. Quick construction puts the lining and clutch fabric together in only a few steps. They are great for last minute gifts.  If you don’t have a machine to bring, come to class with your supplies and learn my technique to finish your project at home.

 

Materials: Two pieces of handwoven fabric, backed with a light iron-on interfacing, each approximately 8 inches by 10 inches.  Same size cotton fabric for lining. Thread, sewing machine and scissors. A zipper the same width as your fabric. Optional: Two pieces of lining fabric or contrasting color measuring 3 inches by 1 ½ inch.
Decorative button or lace. 

 

Materials fee: $3 to cover handouts

Class size: 10

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  • Afternoon Program: The Handweavers' Guild of CT is 75 Years Young, Donna Hopkins

I’ll present an overview of the history of our guild and take a look at the guild’s evolution since its inception in 1948. I’ll include some interesting facts about how it was operated over the years and how it structured its meetings; the people involved in its leadership; well-known people who came to teach us or hold interesting workshops; the kinds of activities that have become traditional for the guild to be involved in such as a Biennial Show, involvement in NEWS and Convergence. I’ll take a look at the changes that have occurred and at the things that remain the same. It’s an interesting story of a group that has gained attention and importance in the world of weaving and fiber arts

March 15-17, 2023 - Maxi Workshop
  • Split-Shed Weaving, Deborah Silver

Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. Weave curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a 4-shaft loom with no special equipment. In this workshop, students will create multiple combinations of weave structures using only four shafts and a straight threading. Only tie-ups and treadling are changed between samples. Most of these combinations would normally require a minimum of eight shafts. Students will experiment with combinations of twills, tied weaves, double weave, Han damask, taqueté and more. Woven samples include continuous, complementary, and supplementary wefts, as well as wefts which combine to produce shading for pictorial weaving. (This is the same color-blending process Deborah Silver uses to create her art.) Students will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating.

Although students will not be able to complete all the samples in class, they will leave with the ability to complete them at home with all of the drafts and instructions. Floor looms are preferable, with jack looms allowing the easiest treadling. Direct tie-up and table looms may also be used. (The process on table looms is slightly slower.) Looms will need to be pre-warped with 8/4 carpet warp (instructions sent prior to workshop).

 

Class size: 16

Fee:  $250 + $15 handout/materials fee.

March 18, 2023 – STATE MEETING

  • Open: Arranging a Perfect Marriage: How Fibers and Dyes Interact, Elaine Larsen, PHD, Skidmore College

Fiber artists can use many different fibers in their work to achieve the look and function they desire.  Dyeing those fibers gives artists additional options, but the many different types of dyes and dye process can be confusing!  This presentation will go over the composition and structure of different fibers (both manufactured and natural) and how different types of dyes (both synthetic and natural) interact with those fibers, to help fiber artists understand their options for creating their desired results.  No knowledge of chemistry necessary! 

 

Elaine Larsen has been teaching at Skidmore College for 18 years, raising sheep for 22 years, and knitting for almost 50 years.  She developed a course on science in the fiber arts and can’t believe she gets paid to teach it.  She dabbles in many aspects of fiber arts, including natural and synthetic dyeing, and enjoys learning new things.

  • Guest ​Mini : Split-shed Weaving: Demonstration and Practice session, Deborah Silver

Wondering if split-shed weaving is right for you? Get a bit of hands-on experience as you learn how to weave curved imagery, blend weft colors to create shading, and weave “on opposites”. Learn how to use a cartoon on cloth that advances with the warp stays flat and never wrinkles. Deborah Silver will demonstrate these split-shed weaving techniques and all students will be able to practice these methods.

 

Materials: $5

Class size: 12

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  • Mini #1: Seam Finishing Treatments for Handwovens, Manon Pelletier

Join award-winning HGC member Manon Pelletier for a hands-on workshop on seam finishing treatments with hand wovens. Various finishing techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, accompanied by garment examples.  A kit consisting of handwoven samples, with instructions for each seam treatment will be available. Participants will be able to construct their own samples at the workshop or at home.

Bring: sewing machine in good working order; basic sewing supplies & extension cord.  

Materials fee: $15.

Class size: 8

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  • Mini #2: Needle Felting, Ellen Goldman

Learn the art of needle felting to create flat and sculptural pieces that can be used to embellish hats, scarves, and articles of clothing. You can also create jewelry, decorative objects and whimsical figures. Let your creativity shine using simple tools and roving. You will complete one or more samples and go home with your own basic needle felting kit.

 

Materials fee: $7

Class size: 14

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  • Afternoon Program: The Technique of Split-Shed Weaving, Deborah Silver

Split-shed weaving allows you to blend weft colors to produce shading.  You can create curvy designs with continuous wefts in multiple structures on only four shafts. Deborah Silver will discuss the split-shed weaving process, including how to form a split shed on different loom types and how to follow split-shed drafts. She will present a variety of four-shaft pattern combinations that can be achieved using a split shed, as well as a method for creating a cartoon on cloth that will not wrinkle when beating. Deborah will also discuss her woven art and her creative process. She will bring a portfolio of split-shed pattern samples for attendees to peruse.

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April 27-28, 2023 – MAXI WORKSHOP

  • Exploring Classic REP Weave, Lucienne Coifman

Lucienne is a well-known weaving teacher who teaches workshops across the United States and has authored Rep, Rips, Reps Weave, an authoritative book on Rep Weave.  Lucienne is decreasing her teaching schedule as she prepares to retire, and this workshop is an opportunity for HGC members to learn from an expert teacher.
This class will cover all you wanted to know about rep weave.  Every participant will set up their loom, in advance, with a different draft (4 or 8 shafts), allowing an exploration of a variety of material, sett and technique. We will study each sampler through drafting, color interaction and possible applications. We will also cover the 6 Basic Design Steps to plan your own Rep piece.  This workshop is designed for the advanced beginner as well as more advanced weavers.  It can also serve as a refresher course on rep weave for others.  

 

Requirements: 4 or 8 shafts dressed loom (instructions will be provided).  Students must be able to read a draft and dress a loom.  

 

Class size: 16

Fee: $170 + $18 handout fee. 

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May 20, 2023 – STATE MEETING
  • Open: Leavers Lace, Steve Mason and Manon Pelletier

Steve and Manon will present the fascinating history of Leavers Lace in Rhode Island.  Steve will present a visually driven discussion of America’s last lace manufacturing company through the eyes of a commercial photographer. His published book The Leavers Lace Project celebrates the ingenuity, brilliance, and dedication of the people critical to this company.

Manon's introduction to Leavers Lace began in 2014 during HGA's Convergence Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Courtesy of Leavers Lace Co, and the Weavers Guild of Rhode Island, each attendee received a sample of lace as part of gift bags. Her interest in this textile grew as she researched the rich history in the state which culminated in an article published in HGA's SS&D magazine (Issue 202, Summer 2020).  She will share some of this history along with her interest in combining Leavers Lace into her handwoven garment designs. Lace samples will be available for viewing

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  • Guest Mini: Swedish Weaving (Huck Embroidery), Debb Katchko-Gray

Debbie Katchko-Gray is a fourth-generation cantor from Ridgefield, CT and the author of Prayful Creations. She is a passionate needle worker and teacher specializing in Swedish weaving (aka huck embroidery). In this workshop, we will use Stockholm or Popcorn fabric of 7 count (easy on the eyes) to create a simple useable bookmark. Using Huck designs you can create a unique gift for yourself or others.  Bring a small pair of scissors, size 18 tapestry needle, 3 skeins (any color) pearl cotton #5 or #3.  The teacher will provide fabric and additional threads.

 

Materials fee: $10.00

Class size: 12

  • Mini #1: Spinning Your Own Threads for Weaving, Louise Gould

Many well-known weavers like the freedom that spinning offers. They can choose the fiber, the fiber preparation and dye to create their own colors and color blends.  They explore weaving with gradients, shading for tapestries, glitter and beads and texture and active twist for surface interest. We will explore the techniques and tools used to create a variety of structures. Handouts and some supplies will be provided for hands-on exploration.

 
Materials fee: $5

Class size: 16 

  • Mini #2: At Warp's End, Cathy Wilcox

Discover practical and beautiful uses for fibers leftover from your weaving projects. Everything from snippets to a bobbin’s-worth lengths of yarn can be used.  Create a fun and crafty bracelet to wear or bring your own snippets of cloth and create a bookmark or card.

 

Materials fee: $5

Class size: 12 

  • Afternoon Program: A personal Journey from Fiber Hobyist to Professional Artisan, Molly McLaughlin

Every fiber piece represents a point in time in the ongoing growth of its maker. Using examples of her work, Molly will illustrate how a desire for a weaving process that was more authentically aligned with her belief system led to her weaving practice evolving from rugs and blankets created for personal use to gallery pieces woven with very fine fibers and dyed with plants from her garden. Along with the evolution of her work, Molly will discuss her personal evolution from a fiber hobbyist to a professional artisan and the ways that her approach to her work needed to change. Using examples of her most recent work, she will explain her goals for the pieces, her process for their design, and how she selects the venues through which she hopes to exhibit and sell the work.