November 11-13, 2017 – Lucy Brusic
Making Crackle New
Using drafts from a Swedish weaving book, Jamtlandsdrall (Osterssund: 1955) we will explore new ways to interpret and use the crackle weave. ('Jamtlandsdrall' is the Swedish word for crackle.) Some of the new ways involve color use and treadling and are applicable to other structures. You do not need to know anything about crackle to take this workshop. I will explain the principles of crackle as we go. However, you must be able to thread a loom accurately so that you arrive in the workshop with your loom ready to go. And you must be able to follow reasonable treadling instructions. You will be weaving on your own looms (4 shafts). By mid-September I will supply the drafts to be threaded along with some indication as to which ones I think are easier than others. I will try to limit the drafts to 300-350 threads. I suggest that you interpret them in either 8/2 or 10/2. (There are a few rug drafts that can be woven in 5/2). It is easier for other weavers to use your work if you are using 'known' threads. A 3 to 3.5 yard warp will be sufficient unless you are planning a post-workshop project such as a towel. Only a few of these drafts are part of the American crackle literature. My hope is someday to publish an updated version of Jamtlandsdrall for modern American weavers. To this end, I will have my husband photograph a good sample of your pattern. I would be delighted if you also want to give me a sample to take it home with me in case I decide to go with a professional photographer. I will also ask you for a brief biographical sketch to add to the information about the sample. Workshop Fee: $200. Materials Fee (pattern book): $10.
Instructor Bio: Lucy Brusic is a writer and a weaver. She is the author of A Crackle Weave Companion: Exploring Four-Shaft Crackle (Kirk House: 2012). She has been working with the crackle structure for more than 40 years and has sampled almost all the 4-shaft crackle patterns in the American weaving literature. She was co-author with Joyce Harter of Weaving for Worship: Handweaving for Churches and Synagogues. She has taught workshops at several Convergences (2000, 2004, 2006), at Midwest Federation, at Intermountain in Albuquerque, and at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. She has also spoken at the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild; at the Canton, Ohio, Weavers Guild; and at the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She is a former president of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota and of the Weavers Guild of Connecticut. Lucy lives in St. Paul Minnesota with her husband, a retired Lutheran minister, and her son. She weaves in the winter and gardens in the summer.