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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.

Policy for afternoon workshops

Afternoon workshop registration fee is $35.00 per session for members and $50.00 per session for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Materials fees are in addition to the workshop fee and are to be paid directly to the instructor. Afternoon workshops are scheduled from 1:00–4:00 unless otherwise noted.

Policy for Multi-day workshops

The fees for multi-day workshops will be posted below in the description.

How to 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.

  2. OR

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


2021-2022 Workshops

September 11, 2021, 1:00–3:00
Susan Rockwell—Introduction to Doubleweave

Double your pleasure, and have fun and excitement in this two-hour class which will cover several aspects of double weave. We will explore weaving two separate layers simultaneously, weaving double width, tubular weaving and variations, as well as double weave pickup for creative woven-in designs. We will also cover many of the aspects unique to double weave such as measuring the warp, sleying, threading, drafting, yarn ratios, use of color and helpful aids. The instructor will bring a loom to demonstrate this 4-shaft technique as well as many examples of finished projects in this exciting weave structure. All abilities welcome.

Instructor Bio: Susan Rockwell is active in the Vermont Weavers Guild and Past President of the New England Weavers Seminar, a conference for all New England weaving guilds. Susan has been teaching weaving classes since 1987 at weaving guilds, regional weaving conferences and craft schools. She has exhibited and won awards for her weaving at local, regional and international exhibits. Susan has juried numerous weaving shows and organized and completed a 250-hour course for weaving instructors.

Workshop fee: Members: $35, Non-members: $50.

To register online, complete the Registration Form and email it to Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com. Use the Buy Now links below for payment.

Maximum number of participants: 20

Member registration: $35.00

Non-member registration: $50.00



October 9, 2021
Weavers Helping Weavers

Claudia Gibson will facilitate this all day event. More details to come!


November 12, 2021 9:30–4:00
November 13, 2021 1:30–4:00
Multi-Day Workshop—Prin Van Gulden—Introduction to Natural Dyeing

A look at natural dyeing: this ancient craft is a world unto itself and branches into many aspects of science, craft and history—which we will explore through this presentation and examples.

This 1-1/2 day workshop will explore a range of natural dyes—some wild ones like goldenrod, some that can be grown in your gardens or found in your kitchens like madder and onion, and one or two that are a bit more exotic (insects, anyone?) Come join us and learn an ancient craft, in good company. We'll practice immersion dyeing with an alum mordant, which works well for all protein fibers. The student will leave with a bundle of colorful sample skeins, a new skill, and inspiration for a winter's worth of crafting and a summer's worth of gardening.

Instructor Bio: Prin van Gulden is a homesteader and craftswoman passionate about illuminating our connections to land and humanity through traditional skills. Her practice is centered on the fiber arts, including basketry and textile weaving, spinning, feltmaking and natural dyeing. She lives and homesteads in Craftsbury, Vermont with her family (four people and one big dog in a yurt) where she grows a wide range of plants for crafting, from flax (for linen), cotton, and various dye plants to broom corn and basketry willows. Prin teaches the Fiber Arts curriculum at Sterling College as well as classes and workshops in Vermont and New England.

Workshop fee: Members: $180, Non-members: $205. Materials Fee: $30
Maximum number of participants: 14

To register online, complete the Registration Form and email it to Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com. Use the Buy Now links below for payment.

Member registration: $180.00

Non-member registration: $205.00



January 8, 2022,
Virtual Workshop—Denise Kovnat—Painted Warps for Parallel Theadings

This online workshop will be offered thru Denise Kovnat's website and will be open to VWG members preferentially. It will be live streamed and then available to be viewed again by registrants for a limited time. Full description and registration link will be posted soon.


February 11, 2022, 9:30–4:00
February 12, 2022, 1:30–4:00
Multi-Day Workshop—Penny Hewitt—Make Your Own Bench Saddle Basket


March 12, 2022
TBA


April 8, 2022, 9:30–4:00
April 9, 2022, 1:30–4:00
April 10, 2022, 9:30–4:00
Multi-Day Workshop—Denise Kovnat—One Warp, Many Structures: Explorations in Extended Parallel Threadings

Extended parallel threadings offer endless possibilities for variations in color and pattern on one warp. In this workshop, designed for advanced beginners and beyond, you will arrive with your loom dressed in a two-color warp threaded on opposites. (Drafts will be provided about 6 weeks beforehand.) Working with a variety of tie-ups and treadlings, you will weave a series of designs in Echo, Jin (Turned Taqueté), Shadow Weave, Rep and Double Weave. The takeaway is a sampler of colorful patterns and a broader, deeper understanding of the potential for extended parallel threadings and how to design them. For 4-shaft to 32-shaft looms.

Instructor Bio: Denise Bolger Kovnat has taught at Convergence, MAFA and guilds across the United States and Canada. She focuses on Echo and Jin, collapse techniques, and Deflected Double Weave, and enjoys making garments using hand-dyed and handwoven fabrics. Her pieces have been juried into Convergence fashion shows since 2008 and have won awards from Complex Weavers, the Handweavers Guild of America and the Seattle Weavers Guild. She is most proud of serving on the founding team for the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in Rochester, NY, which opened in 2002. Denise blogs about weaving and fiber art at denisekovnat.com.

Workshop fee: Members: $225, Non-members: $250.

To register online, complete the Registration Form and email it to Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com. Use the Buy Now links below for payment.

Member registration: $225.00

Non-member registration: $250.00



May 14, 2022
Mary Ann Sanborn—Tablet Weaving

An overview of tabletweaving, this class will explore the basic characteristics and tenets of tabletweaving, look briefly at its history and uses, discuss the process of setting up a warp, and review some of the variations possible in tabletwoven bands. We will look at several tabletweaving variations: threaded-in designs, diagonals simple and complex, double-faced tabletweaving, and warp manipulations. There will be several looms available for experimenting.

Workshop fee: Members: $35, Non-members: $50. Materials fee $10.

To register online, complete the Registration Form and email it to Claudia Gibson at ccgmpcr@gmail.com. Use the Buy Now links below for payment.

Member registration: $35.00

Non-member registration: $50.00




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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