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Past Workshops

History of Past Workshops

Fall 2007

September 8, 2007
Warp Painting with Marjie Thompson
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October 19, 20 and 21, 2007
The Splendor of Multi-Colored Warps with Betty Vera
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November 10, 2007
Sewing with Handwoven Fabric with Sharon Baker Kelly
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Spring 2008

February 9th: "Do-It-Ourselves"
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March 8th: Fran Curran: Creating a Personal Statement With a Weave Structure
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April 12 & 13 :(2 day workshop)  Laurie Autio: Lace Weaves
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May 10th: Mary Ann Sanborn: Tablet Weaving
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Fall 2008

September 13 – Beth Guertin – GARBAGE WARPS AKA Cleaning Out Your Yarn Closet
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October, 17 -19: (3-day workshop) Sarah Fortin: Weaving in 3-Dimensions
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November 8:  Ruby Leslie – Lost in Translation...or Why Color Theories Do Not Guarantee Good Cloth
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Spring 2009

March 14, 2009 – Jennifer Hoag – Introduction to Wet and Nuno Felting Techniques
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Fall 2009

September 2009 –  Habu - Fiber Talk
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October 31, 2009 – Robin Spady – Extreme Warp Makeover - Hate to warp, but love to weave?
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November 14, 2009 The UFO
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Spring 2010

February 13, 2010Express Yourself with Mary Schwartz
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March 13, 2010 - From Backstrap to Jacquard Weaving--The Work of Bhakti Ziek
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Fall 2010

September 11, 2010 - Warp Painting Workshop 
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October, 2010 - Rep Weave with Lucienne Coifman
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November 13, 2010 - A short history of Japanese Textiles with Charlotte Hamlin
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Spring 2011

February 12, 2011 - IT’S SHOWTIME! Getting Your Work Ready to Show and Photographing It, presented by Mary Schwartz and Mary Alice Favro
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March 12, 2011 - Kate Smith of Marshfield School of Weaving and Eaton Hill
Textiles
Kate will talk about the rejuvenated Marshfield School and Eaton Hill Textiles.
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April 9, 2011 - Laurie Autio of Advanced Explorations in Weaving
One-Shuttle Weaves
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Also.....Begins at 9 AM. Bring in weavings and paperwork for Guild Show

Fall 2011

September 10, 2011 - Bead Leno with Patricia Morton
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October 22-24, 2011- Sat., Sun., and Monday (2 or 3-Day) with Sarah Fortin
Shadow Weave: Color and Dimension

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Spring 2012

March 10, 2012 – Weaving at Warp Speed
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April 14 - 15, 2012 - Weaving a Memory
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May 12, 2012 - Introduction to Network Drafting
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OR

Coil Basketry with Betty Atwood
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2012 - 2013

Warp-Painting Workshop, September 8, 2012
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Saturday, Oct. 6- Monday, October 8th -
More Doubleweave on Four with Jennifer Moore
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March 9, 2013 -  Making Selvedges Better - Susan Rockwell
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April 13, 2013 - Weaving with Linen -Scott Norris
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2013 - 2014

Oct. 5,6, and 7 2013 - Crimp and Create
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February 2014 --  David Hurwitz - Marketing and pricing our crafts
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March 8th, 2014 -- Gail Callahan - Dyeing a 36 Color Progression
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May 10th -- Barbara Herbster - Using a Photograph as Warp Inspiration
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2014 - 2015

September 13, 2014 - Virginia Coolidge

Turned Overshot
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October 4-6, 2014 - Elisabeth Hill

Mystery Weave, Deflected Double Weave, Cell Weave
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November 8, 2014 - Connie Gray

“A GOOD TURN” – Intro to Basic Card/Tablet Weaving
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February 14, 2015 – Susan Rockwell - Understanding Blocks
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March 14 and 15, 2015 - 2-day with Tom Jipson on Tapestry Weaving
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April 11, 2015 - Dena Moses - Rag Rugs
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2015 - 2016

September 12, 2015 - Laurie Autio - Fiberworks
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October 17, 2015 - Anastasia Azure - Woven Metal Jewelry
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November 14, 2015 and February 13, 2016 - Jayne Flanagan - Huck Essentials & Beyond 2 sessions (weather date May 14, 2016)
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March 12, 2016 - Band Weaving with Becky Ashenden
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April 8, 9, 10, 2016 - Lucienne Coiffman - Classic and Nontraditional Rep Weave
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May 14, 2016 - Ply-splitting with Becky Jensen
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September 7-9, 2016 - 4-end Block Weaves & Summer and Winter with Jason Collingwood
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September 10, 2016 – Bahkti Ziek
Taqueté – Bhakti will conduct two afternoon workshops on Taqueté. The first on September 10, 2016 will introduce the structure. Bhakti will demonstrate drafting, threading, treadling and the pick-up possibilities of this versatile structure. Participants will weave taqueté on their own at home and gather on November 12, 2016 to share samples and discuss their work with the instructor. Both September and November afternoon workshops will be conducted in Bhakti’s home studio on Highland Avenue in Randolph.

October 8, 2016 – Susan Rockwell
Introduction to Basic Drafting - Learning how to read and understand drafts for weaving patterns can be intimidating. In this workshop, we will start at the beginning, taking the mystery out of reading and understanding a basic thread by thread draft. We will cover threading, tie-up, treadling and drawdown and practice how to read drafts from books and weaving magazines. There will be plenty of exercises for practice. Please bring a ruler, pencil and eraser and any draft you would like help with. There will be a hand-out fee of $2.00 or less.

November 12, 2016 – Bhakti Ziek
Taqueté – Participants will weave taqueté on their own at home and gather on November 12, 2016 to share samples and discuss their work with the instructor. Both September and November afternoon workshops will be conducted in Bhakti’s home studio on Highland Avenue in Randolph.

February 11, 2017 – Susan Rockwell
Profile Drafting - In this workshop you will learn how to read and understand profile drafts and why they are helpful and necessary. Profile drafts are a shorthand method for placement of blocks in the threading and treadling and opens doors to designing. To understand profile drafts you need to know how to read and interpret thread by thread or basic drafting. Please bring a ruler, pencil and eraser. There will be hand-out fee of less than $3.00

March 11, 2017 – Suzi Ballenger
Renegade Treadlings on Traditional Threadings - Ms and Os, Huck-a-Back, and Swedish Point are three traditional weave structures that can offer weavers the opportunity to explore myriad possibilities for towels, clothing, and accessories. We will learn how the structure of the patterns can be adapted for renegade treadlings by looking at what our looms are doing from a different perspective. Think architecturally. Study the rising/lowering rhythm of the shafts. Define what makes a pattern and a “float”, and then determine where you want the wefts or warps. Learn some fundamentals. Throw out the rules. Explore. Choose a sequence and repeat it! A new way to expand our treadling vocabulary to find our own voice in creating innovative designs for cloth.

Bio - Suzi Ballenger is a veteran weaver and educator from Rhode Island, who is known for thinking outside the box. Her work has been seen in Handwoven Magazine. She has developed specialized tools for handweaving that push the pre-conceived boundaries of traditional methods, and holds patents on her tool designs. She has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Rhode Island School of Design, and was a visiting artist at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007. She is currently an MFA candidate for Artisanry/Fibers at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and teaches at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI

April 8, 2017 – Marjie Thompson
Block Weaves – “This block can be done in a bunch of different structures” says the instructor. You nod yes when, really, all this is flying over your head. Come learn how to really understand what the instructor said and how to put block weaves to work for you. This class is suitable for all weavers with at least four shafts on their loom.
Working from weaving manuscripts, printed books, and textiles, everyone will learn to recognize a block weave and how to use anything from Atwater-Bronson Lace to double weave to weave the blocks.
Graph paper and pencils with erasers ;-) are suggested. There will be handouts.

Bio - Marjie Thompson enjoys being "stuck' in the pre-20th century weaving world. Her focus is the textiles produced both at home and by the professional weavers. Marjie enjoys adapting these weaves to contemporary colors and uses. She is the coordinator of the Complex Weavers "Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts" study group, past president of NEWS, a past Dean of the Weavers’ Guild of Boston, past president of Complex Weavers, an active guild member Weavers' Guild of Boston, vice-president of the New Hampshire Weavers' Guild, and a member of many study groups including Cross Country Weavers. Her woven pieces have received the HGA award, Handwoven’s Weaving for the Home Award, and Marjie is one of a handful of weavers awarded the “Weaver of Distinction” title from NEWS in both the gallery and fashion shows. She is the co-author of Forgotten Pennsylvania Textiles of the 18th and 19th Centuries, The Huck Pattern Collection, Miniature Patterns for Weaving by Josephine Estes, and the editor of The Gartner Manuscript. Her articles have appeared in Weavers, Handwoven, Complex Weavers Journal, Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot, and The Spinning Wheel Sleuth’s Loom Supplement.

May 13, 2017 – Guild Show Opening
No afternoon workshop

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