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    Weaving in Three Dimensions with Sarah Fortin
October 17 - 19, 2008

Sarah Fortin became enthralled with hand weaving as a student of Clothing and Textiles at Washington State University. After graduating and coming to the east coast in the early 70’s, she continued to pursue weaving as a craft while working as an Extension Educator.
She became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 1985, weaving and sewing women’s clothing, throws and blankets. Sarah has taught weaving extensively in the Northeast and across the country. Her work has been awarded many times at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair and at the NH Weavers’ Guild Exhibits. She has exhibited work regionally and nationally with several of her pieces receiving recognition for excellence in craftsmanship and creativity. Current work will appear at Convergence ’08 exhibits and other recent work published in Handwoven magazine. Sarah continues to explore and expand in her art with new techniques as she teaches and exhibits in the area and around the country.

On October 17-19 2008,  Sarah will be presenting a three-day workshop called, “Weaving in 3-Dimensions".  Weaving in 3-D is creating “Puckers, pleats, bumps, and shirring.” In this workshop you will explore on-the-edge, loom controlled, double weave structure that creates 3-dimensions as you weave. By weaving horizontal folds that gather and/or pleat, one creates instant texture and dimension for interesting fabrics to be used in art-to-wear and are for home decorating. Participants will learn to dress their looms for this structure and will explore the vast opportunities of design while weaving a sampler using 5/2 and 10/2 cotton. Loom required.

Participants will need to bring:
4-harness loom and related equipment: (15 dent reed, 2 sets of lease
sticks, raddle; warping board or reel; 1 board, sanded the size of your
loom back beam; 4 extra tie-rods of 1/2" dowel or 1/4" steel to be no
longer than the width of the loom; 2 C clamps able to open at least 3
inches; roll of corrugated cardboard, up to 12 inches wide, will need at
least 8 yards, paper may be used; heavy duty elastic (rubber bands); empty
paper towel roll; 2 shuttles and bobbins; 2, 1/2 gallon milk jugs with
screw caps to fill with water for tensioning; 5/2 mercerized cotton, 10/2
mercerized cotton; other yarn for sampling.

The fee for this workshop is $125, with a $2 fee for handouts. The workshop will be limited to 15 people. To hold your place for this workshop send a deposit of $50 to Nancy McSparran.



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