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    September 14, 2019 – Norma Smayda


This typical Norwegian bound weave is used for rugs and wall hangings. Although it is a simple weave structure, usually on three shafts, it looks complicated because of the use of color and varied motifs to produce the traditional Scandinavian designs.

Warping directions, a list of cotton or linen warp yarn, wool weft yarns in several colors, and other supplies required will be sent two months in advance, so you can prepare your loom prior to the workshop. This is a three shaft weave; four shaft table and floor looms are perfect. This is not a round robin workshop—you will stay on your own loom.

This is a 3 hour afternoon workshop. There will be a brief discussion of this weave, with examples shown, and then hands-on weaving at your own loom following treadling and color directions. You will bring your finished samplers to a future guild meeting for a wonderful show and tell.

Instructor Bio: Norma Smayda, a weaver, teacher, exhibitor and juror, learned to weave in Norway and occasionally returned to teach. In 1974 she established and continues to run the Saunderstown Weaving School. She has an MFA in Visual Design from UMass-Dartmouth, and has received the HGA Award of Excellence, the NEWS Weaver of Distinction, and the WGB Distinguished Achievement Award. In 2017 WGRI established the Norma Smayda Guild Leadership Award. Norma has written articles for various weaving journals and has had work featured in several books. Norma's special interests include Scandinavian weaving, the works of William Henry Harrison Rose and Bertha Gray Hayes, and ondulé weaving with the fan reed. She coauthored Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes in 2009, and published Ondulé Textiles in 2017. She especially likes weaving functional pieces and reducing complicated designs to as few shafts as possible.



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