April 7-9, 2018 – Susan Wilson
Polychrome Crackle Workshop
Crackle weave is a surprisingly versatile weave with exciting design potential on just four shafts. This workshop covers the essentials of drafting and designing in the classic crackle weave, with consideration of design elements of proportion, color, value, and texture. On-loom exercises ensure a thorough understanding of classic crackle weave. In addition, we will explore the many variations possible by treadling crackle in the manner of other weaves, e.g. summer and winter or Bronson lace, and by using special treadlings, e.g. polychrome or boundweave. Your sampler will include at least twelve distinctly different fabrics, all on a crackle threading. Comprehensive instruction in multi-shaft crackle is included in the 3-day workshop.
Advanced beginning to intermediate level - students should have some experience with pattern weaves (e.g. overshot, summer and winter) and know how to read a draft.
4-shaft loom required. Loom preparation instructions and materials list will be provided for distribution to participants well in advance. No materials fee.
Instructor Bio: Susan Wilson received the HGA Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, Master Level, in 1990, with a specialty in crackle weave. Her book, Weave Classic Crackle & More was published in 2011. She has published articles in Weaver's, Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot magazines, and Complex Weavers Journal, and her crackle sample was featured on the cover of A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns edited by Carol Strickler. Susan has lectured and taught workshops throughout the U.S. and at several Convergences and regional conferences. A weaver for 45 years, Susan enjoys pattern weaving, sampling to explore woven structure, and creating household textiles and clothing accessories.