Programs

SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 – STATE MEETING (via Zoom)

  • Program I:  Handmade Cloth: Exploring Ritual, Sarah Saulson

Weaving Jewish prayer shawls has become a focus of Sarah’s studio practice. Each one is woven for its wearer, so each one is a new adventure in design and tells a meaningful personal story.  We will look at the ancient tradition of Jewish prayer shawls, which are first described in the Jewish Bible, and I will share how its traditions have inspired my contemporary multi-shaft handwoven interpretations.  It is a journey through space and time celebrating handmade cloth as a ritual object. 

  • Program II: Ratings Awards

Master Weaver: Hanna Roehrs

Apprentice Weavers:  Laurie Caraway, Leslie Huston, Marsha Lodge and Cathy Wilcox

October 12, 2021 – Mini workshop (via Zoom)
  • Designing Huck Lace for 8 Shafts, Jill Staubitz

I will show you an easy way to design your own patterns in Huck Lace using the grid that Madelyn Van De Hooght and Rosalie Neilson have written about.    We will talk about the fundamentals of Huck threading, treadling and tie ups, starting with 4 shaft Huck. Using graph paper and pencils, I hope to inspire you to create your own Huck Lace pieces in class.

  • Materials: Graph Paper, Pencil, Paper for notes.

  • Fee: none, but preregistration is required.

  • Class size: 12.

NOVEMBER 19, 2021 – MAXI WORKSHOP

  • Exploring Rep Weave and its new variations, Lucienne Coifman

This one-day workshop is intended for students who have experience weaving Rep weave and would like to learn several newer, non-traditional applications of this weave structure. New Rep weave structures, inspired by traditional block weaves such as Shadow, Honeycomb, Krokbragd, and Warp/Weft Rep will be covered in this workshop.   Students will choose from one of 5 different drafts to warp their loom in advance.  In addition to hands-on weaving time, we will spend part of the workshop in lecture, learning about the design and drafting of these rep weaves, allowing students to gain an understanding of the approach. Participants may be willing to share samples or allow photographs to record designs. A large selection of finished pieces will be available for individual study.

  • Class size: 16. 

  • Fee: $75 + $10 handout fee. 

NOVEMBER 20, 2021 – STATE MEETING

  • Open: Renegade Treadlings on Traditional Threadings, Suzi Ballenger, HGA president and Owner, RealFibers Handwoven

Ms and Os, Huck-a-Back, and Swedish Point :

  • These three traditional weave structures offer weavers the opportunity to explore myriad possibilities for towels, clothing, and accessories. Once we learn what distinguishes these threadings from others, we can expand our treadling vocabulary to create our own voice in creating innovative designs for our cloth.

  • ​Mini #1: Weaving a 4-Shaft Design on a Rigid Heddle Loom, Christine Wilkinson & Susan Jackson

Rigid heddle looms are almost endlessly versatile.  This mini will focus on the use of pick up sticks and heddle rods to convert the simple 2-shaft loom into a loom that you can use for patterns that require multiple shafts.   On RH looms provided by instructors, each participant will prepare a heddle rod to be used with a pick up stick to weave a sampler of 3-shaft designs. Threading instructions will be sent out for anyone wanting to bring their own RH loom.  Yarns will be provided, but if you have a yarn (wool, cotton, synthetic) that is worsted weight that you want to use, bring it with you. 

  • Materials fee: $10 to cover costs of yarn, heddle rods and handouts.  

  • Class size: 12.

  • Mini #2: Use your Handwoven Fabric for Soft Sculpture, Marsha Lodge

I recently posted a picture of towels that I made for the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center along with a soft sculpture elephant.  Although the towels were beautiful it was the elephant that had people talking. Now you can also make this sweet elephant for a shower gift or child’s present.  I often give it with a book that has an elephant as the main character. Look through your stash for sample pieces or imperfect woven fabric. Let’s reuse and recycle your pieces in a creative way to find a new life for those too short scarves, mis-threaded runners, or small assorted samples. 

For this mini we are offering two options:

      Option 1: Bring your prepared fabric and your sewing machine and you will be able to complete an elephant during the mini. (maybe a bit of hand sewing at home), or

      Option 2: Bring your prepared fabric (no sewing machine) and some straight pins and you will learn my techniques for sewing with handwoven fabric so that you can complete your elephant at home. 

A supply list will be sent after you sign up for the mini.

 

Prepared fabric has a lightweight iron-on interfacing ironed on to the back of your fabric.

 

  • Materials: sewing machines (optional), commercial or handwoven fabric, (a firm cotton works best), pins, scissors, batting, cotton quilting fabric.

  • Materials fee: $3.

  • Class size: 10.

  • Mini #3: Rag Rugs, Kathleen Luchs

I wove about 20 rag rugs during the pandemic and learned a lot about materials, techniques and design.  I’ll share what I learned and show some of my “hits” and a few “misses”.  If you have woven (or purchased) a rag rug, bring it to share.

  • Materials fee: none. 

  • Class size: 16.

  • Program: Exploring Rep Weave and its New Variations, Lucienne Coifman

During the past year, I have been exploring Nontraditional Rep Weave patterns in details. By making modifications to  classic Rep patterns, in the threading or in the weaving, we create different effects. Very often the omission or repetition of the thin weft will generate a float, an undulation or a curve that is not characteristic of Rep Weave.  I will take you through my journey and explain how all those projects came to be. I am still hoping that will be the basis of a new book.

JANUARY 15, 2022 - STATE MEETING

  • Open: There’s more to Textiles than Meets the Eye, Susan Jerome

    • Susan Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection​

The manufacture and use of textiles in our society, indeed throughout the world, has impacted the daily lives of people throughout history. Think of all the textiles that surround us. Not only the ones we wear, but those in our homes and cars and beyond. Today the apparel and textile production industry is one of the biggest on earth.

This presentation examines some of the ways in which textile production and use affects people lives. The use of textiles leads to changes, both good and bad. Let’s investigate!

 

Before the day of the presentation, I would like Guild members to please look in their drawers and closets. Check out the clothing tags. Where do your garments come from? What fibers were used? Is the fabric printed? Look around your house. Where else do you find textiles? Here’s yet another question – do you recycle your clothes? Buy from a second-hand shop? Why or why not? After the slide presentation, we can all share some of this information and discuss the true impact our homes and closets may have on the rest of the world – and vice versa.

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

Debbie Katchko-Gray is a fourth-generation cantor from Ridgefield, CT and the author of Prayful Creations. She is a passionate needleworker 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.

  • Materials fee: $10.00. 

  • 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. 

  • Class size: 12.

  • Mini #1: Potholders, Shelley Neels

Potholders are colorful, easy to make, and make a great gift either alone, or to accompany a handwoven dishtowel.  Come learn some tips and tricks, and make a potholder to take home.

      This class will cover basic potholder making and design and also include a simple weaving technique that makes a pattern similar to a twill.  If time allows, you may make more potholders.  

  • Materials fee: $3.00.  An additional fee will cover the cost of purchasing extra loops.

  • IF you have them bring the following:

    • A standard size potholder loom

    • A crochet hook (about size J or K)

    • Potholder weaving hook

    • Knitting needles longer than 6 inches  

  • Note: No Pro size loops will be available.

  • Class size: 8. (This is dependent on the number of potholder looms available.)

Mini #2: 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 fee: $3 to cover handouts. 

  • 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. 

  • Class size: 10

  • Afternoon Program: Shadow Weave: A Journey of Discovery, Anne Graham

Starting with a workshop taken in 2009 to the present, Anne will show projects that have shaped her understanding of Shadow Weave and are charting new pathways to explore.

MARCH 3-4, 2022 - MAXI WORKSHOP

  • Understanding Summer and Winter, Sarah Saulson

Summer and Winter is a simple-to-understand weave structure that yields beautiful, graphic geometric patterns. This workshop focuses on understanding the simplicity, logic and versatility of its structure.  Both beginners and intermediate weavers will find much to explore at their own looms.  We’ll look at how to manipulate blocks and combine them with color changes to create textiles that look rich and complex.  We will also explore how to manipulate scale, combine blocks, how to influence texture,  polychrome summer and winter; and how to design a project of your own choice in Summer and Winter.

 

Weavers are welcome to bring either 4-shaft or 8-shaft looms to the workshop.  Each participant will receive warping instructions, and will work at their own pre-dressed loom. Preworkshop instructions will include threadings for both.  

  • Level: Must be able to dress a loom before the workshop and have some understanding of drafting.   

  • Class size: 16. 

  • Fee: $150. 

  • Handout fee: ~$15, to be paid at the workshop to the instructor

MARCH 19, 2022 - STATE MEETING

  • Open: Weaving without a Big Loom, Mary Roche

Discussion, presentation and demonstration of some of the ways I enjoy weaving that do not need a big loom. I enjoy Card Weaving, Tapestry Weaving, Pin Loom Weaving and will talk about these and some of other small loom weaving I have dabbled in over the years.  

  • 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 handwovens. 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. 

  • Materials fee:$15.

  • Bring:

    • Sewing machine in good working order

    • Basic sewing supplies

    • Extension cord.

  • Class size: 6

  • 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.

  • Mini #3: Prep for Stash-Busting V-Scarf workshop, Julia Ludlow-Ortner, Susan Morrison

Ever wonder what you are you are going do with all those bits of yarn with only 10 yards left? Look no further!  Come join the fun as Susan and Julia discuss a simple, plain weave project that will use up oodles of yardage, keep you warm in the winter, and stay in place.  We will discuss ways to increase the concept from scarf to shawl size, and will have several samples to inspire you.  This is the demo/preparation required for the maxi workshop on April 21 - 22.

  • Materials fee: $5. 

  • Materials: Paper (regular and graph), pen/pencil, calculator, and any fibers you are thinking of using at the maxi workshop for discussion with the instructors. 

  • Class size: 12.

  • Afternoon Program: Recent Work, Helena Hernmarck

In this presentation Helena Hernmarck will discuss recent commissions for new and innovative architectural spaces. One commission, for the Shelter Island Historical Society, interweaves an historical document with the newly built home for the Society’s archives. The second commission includes tapestries installed both on the wall and on the ceiling of an elevator lobby, expanding the viewer’s sense of space in an all-encompassing experience. These innovations and experiments will be discussed and illustrated.

APRIL 21-22, 2022 - MAXI WORKSHOP

Stash Busting V-Scarf, Julia Ludlow-Ortner & Susan Morrison

This will be the hands-on workshop following our design session at the March 19 mini workshop.    Woven on a 4-harness floor loom in plain weave, you will weave 2 front panels of stripes and connect them on the loom to make a plaid V-shaped scarf.  This workshop provides a great opportunity to use yarns from your stash to weave a gorgeous wearable. On a larger loom at home, this technique can be used to weave a shawl.  

  • Materials:

    • Floor loom, fully dressed, and ready to weave

    • Paper/pen for taking notes, waste yarn, and a tray table if available. 

Be sure to register for the March 19 mini workshop; in the mini workshop we will be covering the weaving, warping, and design plans for the April 21-22 maxi workshop. 

  • Fee: $150.

  • Class size: 12

MAY 21, 2022 - STATE MEETING
  • Open: Connecticut Fibershed, Jennifer Duff

We will discuss growing a local farm to fashion community with local fibers, local dyes, and local labor. From origin story to national and local missions, we will bring you through the story and goals of Fibershed.   We will answer some questions such as: What does a local supply chain look like for farm yarns? Who are some of the local CT farmers? What are some typical local breeds and a few differences between their fiber characteristics? And how can wool have a beneficial impact on soil and climate? Some samples of local yarns at our table will round out the talk and give you a tactile experience.

  • Guest Mini: Effects of Color in Weaving, Susan Rockwell

In this workshop we will explore the effect and uniqueness of color as one yarn interlaces with another.  Weaving is unlike other mediums in relation to color. We will examine many samples which will demonstrate type, weight, finishing, texture, structure and other aspects of weaving and fiber as they relate to color.    Students will participate in a hands-on exercise and go home with samples.  This class helps weavers understand why color is so different for them and how to weave so color matters.

  • Materials fee: $5.

  • Class size: 12

  • Mini #1: Kumihimo and Jewelry, Julia Ludlow-Ortner and Clare Settle

Ever wonder what to do with your Kumihimo Braids?   Make an 8-element braided bracelet from a kit, complete with foam disk, bobbins and findings, and see examples of what you can make! No previous experience needed.

  • Materials fee: $20 for kit.

  • Class size: 12.

  • Mini # 2: It’s Original: Use Network Drafting to Design Drafts, Louise Gould

This mini workshop will explore Network Drafting. Network drafting is more like working with fishnets than the internet! We will use hands-on activities to explore the topic.  Do you know the difference between digitizing and telescoping to reduce the number of shafts in a draft? How do they do those fancy images on multi-harness looms? We will focus our drafts on 8 harnesses, but what we do will be applicable to many more shafts.  Some activities will be using paper, scissors, and paste.   I will demonstrate software strategies using FiberWorks.  If you want to play along with Fiberworks, bring your laptop.  We will start with a curve……extend it for design… reduce the number of drafts and redraw it on a network….design a tie-up and treadling…and see it woven on a loom.  

  • Materials: Scissors for cutting paper.

  • Optional: laptop with Fiberworks installed. 

  • Materials Fee: $3 for handouts.

  • Class size: 16.

  • Afternoon Program: The Seamy Side or Not Picture Perfect, Susan Rockwell

This presentation uses slides of weaving mistakes collected over 30 years of teaching. These photos will jog our distant and recent memories of just how easy it is to make weaving mistakes.    No one is immune, regardless of experience, yet have you ever seen the seamy side of weaving in a weaving book or trade magazine?  How do we get into such a mess and more important how do we get out. As weavers we need to learn how to find time to ignore the “shoulds” and find peace with our weaving.