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Workshops

Afternoon workshops are provided to enhance the understanding of weaving and related topics. Multi-day workshops give the opportunity to spend extended time developing a more in-depth knowledge of a particular weaving structure.

Please register early for any workshop. Registrations on the day of the workshop will be accepted at the discretion of the committee and the instructor. There will be an additional $5.00 fee for registrations on that day.

If you find you cannot attend, please email Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com to cancel. If your place can be filled from a waiting list, you will receive a refund. If we do not have enough registrations in advance, a workshop may be cancelled. If a workshop is cancelled due to weather or presenter illness, it will be posted on the website and the registration fee will be refunded at the next meeting.

Pricing for workshops

The fees for workshops will be posted below each workshop description.

Register for a Workshop

There are two ways to register for a workshop, mailing a check and registration form, or paying online and emailing the registration form. The form includes contact information so that you can be contacted with any changes to the workshop requirements. Questions about programs and workshops can be sent to the Program Committee Chair, Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com.

  1. By mail: Complete the Registration Form to register for workshops. Please mail the registration form and your check to the address on the form.

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  3. Online: Complete the Registration Form and email it to Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com. Use the "Buy Now" links below to provide payment by PayPal.


2023–2024 Programming and Workshops

February 10, 2024, 1:00–4:00
Afternoon Workshop—Lausanne Allen—Introduction to the Inkle Loom

This workshop will teach the basics of weaving on an inkle loom, from which each student will have learned to read a chart and started a one-inch wide weft-faced plainweave band in 3/2 perle cotton or DK weight cotton. The instructor will offer tips for easy warping, heddle management, reading graphs and color charts, making effective knots, tensioning and evening selvedges, as well as advice on design and color placement. This class is suitable for someone who has never woven before, as well as someone wanting to refresh and gain skills in creating plainweave bands. Students will receive guidance on fibers to bring to the session.

Maximum 10 students

Cost: $45 members / $55 non-members

Please email Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com to let her know if you'll be attending this workshop.

March 9, 2024, 1:30–4:00
Afternoon Workshop—Susan Rockwell—Weaving Technology–Use of Weaving Software

Join guild member and long-time weaving teacher at the White River Craft Center and the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts, Susan Rockwell, for an informative workshop on the use of weaving software. Susan will cover the features of Fiberworks PCW software and use the guild's projector and screen so participants can easily view the software in use. If you already have Fiberworks software on your computer, you will be able to follow along as Susan moves through the programming. Information will also be available on other weaving software that is available.

Take that step in your weaving to try weaving software or expand your skills with the software you're already using.

Cost: Members $35.00, Non-members $45.00

Please email Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com to let her know if you'll be attending this workshop.

March 16, 2024, 9:30–4:00
Full-Day Workshop—Lausanne Allen—Further Explorations in Band Weaving

This one-day workshop will provide hands-on practice in warp manipulation using an inkle loom to achieve pattern-on-background effects. Students will weave a band sampler that begins by lifting single strands to create designs. Students will be offered a variety of charted designs to work with and learn how to chart their own. In the afternoon we'll explore designs that require pairs of these unheddled strands as well as designs combining singles and doubles for greater interest.

Once students understand the sequence that creates pattern floats, it is possible to create designs entirely by eye, but learning to read charted designs is a skill that will help one both weave and create their own designs. Students will have the opportunity to do both at their looms. In the final half hour we'll discuss a range of other ways that motifs, fretwork patterns and geometric designs can be woven on an inkle loom, though in just one day with one threading on the looms, we won't have a time to try them all. This workshop will be a useful prerequisite to learning to weave lettered bands.

Maximum 10 students

Cost: $95.00

Please email Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com to let her know if you'll be attending this workshop.

April 11–13, 2024
3 Day Workshop—Jane Woodhouse—Natural Plant Dyeing / Preparing and Using Extracts

More information to come.

May 11, 2024, 1:30–4:00
Afternoon Workshop—Robyn Spady—Non-Invasive Closure Ideas for Garments

More information to come.


Directions to Kimball House

From I-89 take exit 4 onto Rte-66, head down hill to Randolph. At the stop sign, keep going straight (south on rte 12). Bear left (west) onto Rte-12 (N. Main St.), Go past Chandler Arts Center. Before the gazebo, bear left onto South Pleasant Street. Take the next road on the left, which is Randolph Ave. Kimball House is at the end of the street, sitting at the top of the hill. The drive to the right leads to a parking area. See map.

  

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