Weaving Fiber Arts Center &

Weaving
&
Fiber Arts Center
of the Weavers' Guild of Rochester, Inc.
Course listings for January-April, 2014
Who We Are
The Weaving and Fiber Arts Center is the primary outreach activity of the Weavers' Guild of Rochester, Inc., a 501(c)3
charitable organization. The Center, opened in January 2002, is located in Piano Works Mall. Managed entirely by Guild
volunteers, it is supported financially by course tuition and tax-exempt gifts. We offer classes in a variety of fiber arts
media. Learn more about the Weavers’ Guild at
weaversguildofrochester.org
Display Your Work at the Center
When you next visit the Center, look to the wall on the right to see
unique and outstanding projects of students who attend our classes. The
instructors and management team encourage everyone to display their
treasures for a while. It may be that many of us have watched your
project in progress over the weeks, and we would love to see the
finished piece. Weavers, dyers, sewers, knitters, felters…step up and
share!
Join Us at the Open House on January 4, 1-4 pm
WaFAC is celebrating its 12th year! Since January 2002 we have offered weaving and other fiber arts courses at all skill
levels for youth and adults - year round, days, evenings and weekends! This is your opportunity to learn more about the
Weaving & Fiber Arts Center.
Come and meet our instructors, see demonstrations, and view sample work representing all our January to April 2014
weaving and fiber arts classes. Demonstrations will include floor loom, rigid heddle, inkle, table and tapestry loom
weaving, Fiberworks (computer software for weavers), spinning and more! Instructors and students will be wearing
garments, scarfs and other accessories they have made. Bring your fiber friends....and even kids will have an opportunity
to try weaving!
Registrations will be accepted at the Open House, or you can always register for classes online. View our courses and
photos at: weaversguildofrochester.org/courses
Get Most Current Information about Courses at Our Website
For the most current information about WaFAC courses, visit our website, weaversguildofrochester.org/courses
Whenever a course reaches full enrollment, a notice is posted. When a course listed in this brochure is canceled for some
reason, it is deleted from the site.
Jan - April: Class Offerings
weaving - tapestry - knitting - spinning - felting - dyeing
garment design - special fiber techniques - surface design - shibori
precious metal clay jewelry - kumihimo - polymer clay buttons
marbling - sunprints - zentangle - textile garden planning
Winter 2014
get up to date information at weaversguildofrochester.org/courses
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Weaving
Opportunities for Beginning Weavers
Try Weaving—Beginners Only!
4100: Sunday, 1/12, 1:00-3:30
4101: Monday, 3/17, 6:00-8:30 PM
FEE: $30
FEE: $30
Core Weaving Courses
Weaving: Well Beyond the Basics
4104: 8 Mondays, 1/6-2/24, 10:00-12:30
4105: 9 Mondays, 3/3-4/28, 10:00-12:30
FEE: $135
FEE: $150
Is weaving for you? Find out! You will experiment with
color and texture while trying a table loom, inkle loom,
rigid heddle loom, frame loom, and kumihimo braiding
disk. As you sample these techniques, Jan will provide
lots of individual attention and help you explore
possibilities for future weaving adventures. You may
discover a new love, and take home a treasure! This
fiber-filled experience is fun and educational for all, even
parents and kids. Beginners and those with some
experience are welcome!
AGE: 9 & up
LEVEL: Beginners
INSTRUCTOR: Jan Hewitt Towsley
Weavers explore more complex techniques and
concepts in this class. Select and design fabrics to suit
your individual projects, interests and skill levels. Class
will include seminar-type discussions on technical
aspects of weaving and the historical and contemporary
role of the weaver.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Able to read a standard weaving draft & dress a
loom without assistance
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
Learn to Weave—
Table or Rigid Heddle Loom
Beginners, join us to learn how to plan a project, dress
the loom, and, of course, weave! You will learn by doing;
you may be working on your loom before the first class is
over. More advanced weavers will further develop skills
as they work on more complex concepts and projects.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Beginners & Experienced
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
4102: 3 Sundays, 1/26-2/9, 1:00-3:30
4103: 3 Mondays, 4/7-4/21, 6:00-8:30 PM
FEE: $60
FEE: $60
This is a great way to begin weaving, help set up a loom,
create a scarf, table runner or place mats and see if this
craft is for you! You will weave your project on a prewarped loom, while learning about basic types of
weaving patterns. Yarns at the Center may be used at
no cost, or you may bring special yarns to use in your
project. Some students may choose to bring their own
portable loom for weaving in class and at home. The
instructor will contact students prior to class to discuss
choice of loom, project and warp colors. Beginners and
those with some experience can repeat this class for
continued learning opportunities.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Beginning Levels
MATERIALS FEE: $12.00 paid to instructor for loom
preparation
INSTRUCTOR: Jan Hewitt Towsley
What Is a Core Weaving Course?
The next seven courses are Core Weaving Courses,
which have classes once a week over a 6-9 week
period. They are offered daytime, evenings and
weekends. The Center has floor looms, table looms,
rigid heddle, inkle looms, related equipment and a
selection of fibers. Students may plan a weaving
project on any of these looms, depending on loom
availability and paid registration. Students may also
transport their portable looms for weaving in class
and at home (indicate this on your registration form).
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Weaving: Basics and Beyond
4106: 8 Tuesdays, 1/7-2/25, 10:00-12:30
4107: 9 Tuesdays, 3/4-4/29, 10:00-12:30
FEE: $135
FEE: $150
Smorgasbord—All Levels
4108: 8 Tuesdays, 1/7-2/25, 6:00-8:30 PM
4109: 9 Tuesdays, 3/4-4/29, 6:00-8:30 PM
FEE: $135
FEE: $150
All levels of weaving ability are welcome in this evening
class: beginners, those wishing a refresher course, and
weavers who want to try more complex techniques
under a teacher’s guidance. Work on projects of your
own choosing as you continue to expand your
knowledge of methods and techniques.
AGE: 9 & up
LEVEL: Beginners & Experienced
INSTRUCTOR: Mimi Smith
Weaving: Basics and Beyond
4110: 8 Thursdays, 1/9-2/27, 10:00-12:30
4111: 9 Thursdays, 3/6-5/1, 10:00-12:30
FEE: $135
FEE: $150
Beginners, join us to learn how to plan a project, dress
the loom, and, of course, weave! You will learn by doing;
you may be working on your loom before the first class is
over. More advanced weavers will further develop skills
as they work on more complex concepts and projects.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Beginners & Experienced
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
Weaving & Fiber Arts Center
585-377-2955
Explore Weaving! Beginners & Experienced
4112: 8 Thursdays, 1/9-2/27, 6:00-8:30 PM
4113: 9 Thursdays, 3/6-5/1, 6:00-8:30 PM
FEE: $135
FEE: $150
Students will create a project of their own choice with the
benefit of learning in a mixed level class. Beginners work
through basic steps of a successful process: project
planning, warp making, dressing the loom and weaving.
Experienced students will expand their learning by
exploring more advanced weave structures and
techniques. The instructor’s careful guidance will help
direct your weaving adventure!
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Beginners & Experienced
INSTRUCTOR: Jan Hewitt Towsley
Weaving: Multi-Level
4114: 8 Fridays, 1/10-2/28, 9:30-12:00
4115: 9 Fridays, 3/7-5/2, 9:30-12:00
FEE: $135
FEE: $150
Beginners, continuing and advanced students learn
together as each one concentrates on an individual
project with the added opportunity of watching the
progress of those at different levels. Beginners will learn
basic techniques, design possibilities, and color study
while weaving small items. Continuing and advanced
students will delve into more challenging weave
structures and techniques.
AGE: 9 & up
LEVEL: Beginners & Experienced
INSTRUCTOR: Mimi Smith
Unique Weaving Technique
Mini Looms / Marvelous Projects
4118: 3 Mondays, 3/3-3/17, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $60
Whether you call them palm sized pin looms or by
proprietary names such as Weave-It, Weavette, or Zoom
Loom, these simple to use little devices have great
potential! It takes very little time to weave a 4 inch
square that has the wonderful feature of no raw edges.
Squares can be assembled in many ways to create 2- or
3-dimensional larger objects, ranging from toys and folkart dolls to hats, bags, and other small accessories and
even clothing, throws and blankets. You’ll use a variety
of textures and color “tricks” as you learn not only the
useful and ubiquitous plain weave, but other woven
patterns, too! Your registration includes yarns and use of
the looms during class meetings. If you’ve not woven
before, this is a fun way to give it a try; if you are already
a weaver, you’ll be pleased and surprised to discover
this unique technique and tool.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: No prior experience
MATERIALS FEE: $5 paid to instructor for instructions &
patterns
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
Plan & Design Weaving Projects
Plan Your Weaving Project
Weekend Weaving: Basics and Beyond
4119: Saturday, 3/15, 1:00-4:00
4116: 8 Saturdays, 1/11-3/1, 10:00-12:30
FEE: $135
4117: 8 Saturdays, 3/8-5/3, 10:00-12:30, Skip 4/5
FEE: $135
Beginners will learn how to plan a project, dress the
loom, and experience the joy of weaving! Students who
have weaving experience and want to learn more will
find that this class will reinforce weaving practice and
theory and give you the support needed to progress to
more complex concepts, techniques and projects.
AGE: Teens & Adults
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginners & Experienced
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
Enjoy creatively exploring design, pattern and color
study while calculating and preparing a weaving project
for a floor, table or rigid heddle loom. Students can
utilize the WaFAC library and the Fiberworks software
program and receive inspiration and ideas from your
instructor. Students may choose to measure a warp to
weave at home or in another class. A variety of different
projects and design ideas will be shared. This is a great
chance to find ways to use some of your yarns. Bring
yarn for intended project; warp & sample of weft yarn, if
applicable. The instructor will contact students prior to
class to discuss individual options.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Some weaving experience necessary
INSTRUCTOR: Jan Hewitt-Towsley
Extra Weaving Time
FEE: $33
Core weaving students may purchase extra weaving
time to be used during a session in which they are
registered. Prior approval of the instructor is required.
The extra class must be a core weaving class. Extra
Weaving Time forms, available at the Center, must be
submitted with payment and instructor initials indicating
approval. Cost is $15 per class.
Winter 2014
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Theo Moorman & Friends: Inlay Techniques
3 Day Weaving Workshop
Designing Weaving Projects
Using Fiberworks Software
4120: Wednesday, 4/30, 9:30-3:00
FEE: $48
Paid Registration received by 4/21 allows time for
laptop & loom preparation.
4122: Fri - Sun, 4/4-4/6, 10:00-4:00
FEE: $123
Paid Registration received by 3/24 allows time for
loom preparation
Often weavers wish to tweak patterns in books or
magazines but are not quite sure how to do it.
Drawdowns by hand are tedious and prone to error; this
is where the computer enters the picture. Students will
come to class with looms dressed according to
instructions from the teacher. Starting with some basic
weave structures, we will begin our designing process by
discussing specific traditional weaves and how they are
constructed. We will then proceed to explore tie-ups,
treadlings, float problems and color on the computer
using Fiberworks software. Once satisfied with a design,
you will go back to your loom and start weaving your
very own creation. We will try out several patterns so
that you can go home with several possible variations for
your particular weave, and ideas and plans for more.
Requirements: A loom, four, eight, or more shafts & a
laptop with Fiberworks installed. A downloadable version
is available for free on Fiberworks website. Let instructor
know if you need a laptop or have problems
downloading the program.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Able to dress a loom; no previous experience
with Fiberworks needed
MATERIALS FEE: $3.00 paid to instructor for handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Mimi Smith
Lay it on! Theo Moorman developed an easy system of
laying in supplemental threads to allow free and
spontaneous placement of shapes, color and texture
wherever and whenever it is desired. Of course, carefully
planned designs are possible too. Transparent effects
resembling a watercolor wash are possible, as are the
thick rich, impasto look of an old master. The weaving
may look like a traditional tapestry--but have the
advantage of using MUCH less time to weave and
showing off every inch of a precious fiber—or may be
truly sheer see-through fabric--or an in-between weight
perfect for clothing and accessories. The techniques are
simple, and the class project will be a sampler of
possibilities and variations with each weaver working
only on her/his own loom. Participants will have a choice
of warp plans prior to the start of the workshop with the
option of a warp long enough to start a project to be
completed at home. Instructor will email instructions prior
to class. The warp may be supplied by the weaver, or
pre-made warps for inlay may be purchased from the
instructor for $6 to $15 dependent on fiber and size of
project.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Able to make, warp & dress a loom
MATERIALS FEE: $7.00 paid to instructor for handouts,
yarns for inlay & follow-up CD of student samples
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
Weaving Workshops
Tapestry Weaving
Huck Lace
2 Day Weaving Workshop
4121: Tues & Wed, 2/4-2/5, 9:30-3:00
FEE: $81
Paid Registration received by 1/24 allows time for
loom preparation.
Huck lace weaves appear to be intricate and
complicated, but once you learn the secrets of this
weave structure, you can design your own cloth. The
trick is in selecting the appropriate shafts to raise or
leave down to create warp and weft "spots". Once you
understand the design process you will be freed from
following recipes in books, and will be able to make up
your own patterns. You will come to class with a basic
threading given by the instructor for either a four- or
eight-shaft loom (or more!) and weave on your own
loom. We will discuss structure, color, suitable yarns,
and explore variations. Designing will take place on both
paper and computer as we experiment with pattern
possibilities.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Must be able to dress a loom
MATERIALS FEE: $3.00 for handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Mimi Smith
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Tapestry 1: The Woven Image
4123: 4 Tuesdays, 2/18-3/11 1:00-3:30
FEE: $75
Using a simple loom and beautiful yarns, try your hand
at the ancient techniques of tapestry weaving to create
an image in woven cloth. The word “tapestry” means
something quite specific to a weaver….a design or
image woven directly into the cloth using some
specialized techniques to create lines and shapes,
designs and pictures. Your hands are the tools which
weave together strong warps with brightly colored wefts.
Beginning on a small portable loom, you’ll learn to
prepare the loom and use tapestry techniques to make a
small sampler. Then you are set to move on to begin a
design of your own, putting those techniques into
practice. Small portable looms will be provided by the
instructor and are available for purchase for $20.00.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Beginners & students refreshing their tapestry
skills
MATERIALS FEE: $10 paid to instructor includes
handouts & all yarns
INSTRUCTOR: Mary McMahon
Weaving & Fiber Arts Center
585-377-2955
More Tapestry!
Design Your Own Knitted Hat
4124: 4 Tuesdays, 3/25 - 4/15, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $75
If you’ve tried your hand at tapestry and would like to try
a bit more, here’s the opportunity. Bring your own
tapestry loom, and we’ll begin with a fresh warp and try
some new ideas. You’ll learn more about planning your
design and using a cartoon, play with color and blending,
and try some new tapestry techniques. We’ll also try
some textural effects and talk about finishing and
presentation. Materials for warps and a selection of
threads for wefts will be provided; class participants may
also bring other threads from their own collections.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Some experience required
MATERIALS FEE: $8 paid to instructor includes warping
material, weft threads, and handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Mary McMahon
Tapestry Intensive
Color Up, Down & Sideways
4125: Tuesday, 4/29, 1:00-4:00
FEE: $33
Have you wondered how to make the colors in your
tapestry shift happily between light and dark, bright and
shaded? These shading techniques can bring depth and
definition to your woven piece, often with simple but
effective techniques. We’ll look at some of those
techniques, beginning with some color exercises, and
follow with a small cartoon to use those techniques.
Bring your portable tapestry loom.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: A beginning tapestry experience
MATERIALS FEE: $5.00 paid to instructor for handouts,
warp and weft
INSTRUCTOR: Mary McMahon
Knitting
Monday Courses
Explore Knitting Techniques
Knitter’s Notebook 2
4126: 3 Mondays, 1/6-1/20, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $60
Did you ever notice how some methods of casting on or
binding off or even increasing and decreasing don't work
for every project? In this class, the student will learn
many different and fun techniques that can then be used
as desired. Using these techniques the student can
make a miniature patterned sweater. Materials: 1 Skein
Worsted weight yarn, # 6 & # 8 double pointed needles;
markers, cable needle is optional
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
MATERIALS FEE: $2.00 paid to instructor for handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
Winter 2014
4127: 2 Mondays, 1/27 & 2/3, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $45
Hats are an easy and fun design project. Even the most
beginning knitter is able to easily design a hat. More
advanced knitters can even design a more intricately
patterned hat. Try one in a hand dyed yarn or maybe
some handspun yarn. Almost any idea is possible.
Materials: yarn of the students’ choice, 16" circular &
double pointed needles in the appropriate size for the
chosen yarn; markers, paper & pencil.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
Knitter’s Choice
4128: 5 Mondays, 2/10-3/10, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $90
This is an opportunity for the student to try a new project,
work on an existing project or perhaps just enjoy knitting
with friends with expert help at hand.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
Knitted Socks for Everyone
4129: 3 Mondays, 3/17-3/31, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $60
In this class, the student will have the opportunity to
make a pair of everyday socks and/or a pair of heavier
boot type socks. This class is suitable for a beginning
sock knitter or an experienced knitter. Materials:: 450
yards of sock weight yarn & #2 needles or 250 yards of
Worsted weight yarn, #6 double pointed needles - or
both materials to make both kinds of socks.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
MATERIALS FEE: $2.00 paid to instructor for handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
Register early! Use our convenient online
system to secure your spot in the courses
you want to take.
weaversguildofrochester.org/courses
Knitter’s Choice
4130: 3 Mondays, 4/7-4/21, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $60
This is an opportunity for the student to try a new project,
work on an existing project or perhaps just enjoy knitting
with friends with expert help at hand.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
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Thursday Courses
Friday Courses
Knitter’s Choice
4131: 4 Thursdays, 1/9-1/30, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $75
This is an opportunity for the student to try a new project,
work on an existing project or perhaps just enjoy knitting
with friends with expert help at hand.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
Jackets, Jackets, Knitted Jackets
4132: 6 Thursdays, 2/6-3/13, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $105
There are so many beautiful jacket patterns to make for
this cold weather. Each student may follow a purchased
pattern or design their own. Materials: Students will
choose their pattern and yarn or just pick yarn for a
“design your own” project. Materials: knitting needles of
an appropriate size for yarn, markers and paper for
designing or note taking.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
An Introduction to Knitting Machines
4135: Friday, 2/7, 1:00-3:00
FEE: $27
If you have a knitting machine – or if you are thinking of
purchasing one – this introductory course will get you
started! Participants will view a demonstration and
presentation on the basics of how a knitting machine
works, what choices there are, and the types of fabrics
and garments they can make. This fun and informative
class will help you know more about machine knitting.
Students with machines who want “hands-on”
experience may also be interested in 4136: Knitting
Machines: Hands-On.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Interest in basics for buying & using a knitting
machine
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Bolger Kovnat
Knitting Machines: Hands-On
4136: Friday, 2/28, 1:00-4:00
FEE: $33
People who already own a knitting machine can bring
their machines and get some pointers on how to get
started. Machine maintenance and knitting tips will be
discussed, and students will have time for “hands-on”
experience. Learn more about setup and getting started.
Bring your knitting machine & instruction booklet, yarn,
scissors and notebook. Since this class is limited to 6
students, you will want to register early! Students may
also be interested in taking 4135: An Introduction to
Knitting Machines.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Interest in tips & “hands-on” experience
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Bolger Kovnat
Knitter’s Choice
4133: 3 Thursdays, 3/20-4/3, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $60
This is an opportunity for the student to try a new project,
work on an existing project or perhaps just enjoy knitting
with friends with expert help at hand.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
Color Techniques for Knitters
4134: 3 Thursdays, 4/10-4/24, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $60
Here's an opportunity to learn several easy and fun
techniques to add color to your knitting. Mosaic, Slip
Stitch, Fair Isle, and Bohus will be explored. Materials:
Students should bring an assortment of sport, DK and
worsted weight yarns and the appropriate needles for
learning all offered techniques. Patterns will be provided.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: Basic knowledge of knitting
MATERIALS FEE: $5.00 paid to instructor for handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Lynne Sherwood
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WaFAC Open House
Join In the Fun & Celebrate With Us!
Saturday, January 4, 1:00-4:00 PM
Piano Works Mall, Studio 1940
349 West Commercial ST
East Rochester
Weaving
Fiber Arts Center
The
&
is celebrating its 12th anniversary! Since
January 2002 we have offered weaving and
other fiber arts courses at all skill levels for
youth and adults - year round, days,
evenings and weekends! This is your
opportunity to learn more about the
Weaving & Fiber Arts Center.
Weaving & Fiber Arts Center
585-377-2955
Spinning
Felting
Try Spinning—Beginners Only!
4137: Sunday, 3/9, 1:00-4:00
FEE: $33
Try spinning on one of the Center’s Louet wheels and
discover the creativity and satisfaction of making your
own gorgeous yarns. Spinning requires more than one
class session to perfect your skills, but this class will
show you what beautiful results can be achieved once
you’ve learned the basics. The instructor will also
demonstrate spinning on a drop spindle. Join us to begin
a journey of creativity and possibilities in fiber. Beginning
spinners may register for this class again. Indicate on
the registration form if you wish to use one of our
wheels.
AGE: 15 & up
LEVEL: No spinning experience necessary
MATERIALS FEE: $12.00 for a sample pack of spinning
fiber. Additional fiber & drop spindles will be available to
purchase.
INSTRUCTOR: Valerie DeVries
Multi-Level Spinning
4138: Sunday, 3/30, 1:00-4:00
FEE: $33
Spinners of all levels will be encouraged to learn new
spinning skills by exploring new techniques. Bring your
own fiber or purchase sample packets of exotic fibers
from the instructor. Learn the basics or attempt a new
challenge. It’s always fun and the results can be
glorious. Indicate on the registration form if you wish to
use one of our wheels.
AGE: 15 & up
LEVEL: Beginners & Experienced
MATERIALS FEE: $20 paid to instructor for fiber; fee
adjusted if you bring your own fiber
INSTRUCTOR: Valerie DeVries
Weavers’ Guild of Rochester
Introduction to Felting
4139: Saturday, 1/18, 10:00-4:00
FEE: $56
Hear ye! Hear ye! Learn all about it! Felting is hugely
popular right now. If you are interested in learning more
about the making of felt, from its ancient history to some
of the wonderful modern applications for this fabric, then
this is the class for you. No mess, no stress. View a
striking and amusing video. Learn about the history,
physics and chemistry that contribute to felt making.
Learn about the different methods of fiber preparation
and the felting properties of various fibers and how to
assess them. Get hands on and begin to make felt.
Students only need to bring several towels, paper &
pencil. If you are captivated, consider taking 4141:
Felting Basics, Hands-On, on 3/8, from 10:00-4:00.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: No prior experience
MATERIALS FEE: $7 paid to instructor for fiber, felt,
embellishments & handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Marie Brate
Felted Vessel
4140: Saturday, 2/15, 10:00-4:00
FEE: $56
Paid registration received by 2/5 allows time for
instructor to order materials Learn an easy way to make a unique felted vessel on a
template. You will learn to design and embellish your
vessel or objet d’art to be as formal as or whimsical as
you wish. Learn new techniques, have fun and take
home a personal piece of art that will astonish everyone
who sees it. Student equipment list will be emailed prior
to class.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: No prior experience
MATERIALS FEE: $15 paid to instructor, for fiber,
embellishments & handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Marie Brate
Enhancing lives through study and creative expression
in weaving and fiber arts
Felting Basics, Hands-On
Each monthly Guild meeting features a program
highlighting a special topic or artist. Three or four
times each year, visiting artists show and discuss their
work, and provide us with workshop opportunities in
their areas of expertise. We also have an extensive
lending library of books and videos.
In this class, we will sample many felting techniques.
Learn how to lay out wool for prefelt, how to attain thick
and thin felt. Learn layout secrets for nuno felt and nuno
felt fabric. Learn the secrets of template use and how to
control density and consistency of your felt. Learn what
well-made felt really is and learn to make wonderful felt
for yourself. Student equipment list will be emailed prior
to class.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: No prior experience
MATERIALS FEE: $10 paid to instructor for fiber, fabric
& handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Marie Brate
Learn more about the Weavers’ Guild of Rochester by
visiting our website. A membership application is
available for download. Click on the Membership
Benefits link at
www.weaversguildofrochester.org
Winter 2014
4141: Saturday, 3/8, 10:00-4:00
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FEE: $56
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Felters’ Studio
4142: Saturday, 4/12, 10:00-4:00
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
FEE: $56
Have you wished that you had room at home to make
that scarf, hat, vessel, etc. that you learned to make in
class? Now you can bring your own project, equipment
and supplies to Felters’ Studio and have an instructor
there to answer any questions you may have. Plan
ahead and Marie will provide a source list and advice if
you need to order supplies or purchase equipment that
you don’t already have for your special project. Felting is
always more fun when you have company and
assistance - come join the fun!
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Some prior felting experience needed
MATERIALS FEE: Students bring own supplies &
equipment
INSTRUCTOR: Marie Brate
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ready, we send out email alerts about special events
and emails about upcoming courses twice a month.
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Garment Design
Garment Design Using Handwoven
or Hand Dyed Fabric
4144: Saturday, 3/1, 10:00-4:00
Fee: $51
Have you ever woven yardage, dyed a piece of material
or felt and been unable to decide how to use them to
best advantage? This class will help you overcome your
fear of cutting into that fabric. Using some basic
commercial patterns, students will learn how to trace the
design onto pattern material and modify the basic
pattern to include design elements, add pockets, change
closures and collars, add or subtract length and more.
The instructor will give tips on how to work with different
fabrics, how to place the pattern to get the most effect
from the fabric, and how to incorporate some of the
changes mentioned above. The student will leave with
fabric and pattern cut and ready to be sewn by you or a
seamstress! Patterns will be yours to use again if
desired. Patterns will include 2 short jackets, 1 long
jacket, and 2 vests - your choice. Students must bring
handwoven or dyed yardage. Instructor will email
student supply list prior to class. Prior to taking this
class, you may be interested in 4151: Acid Dyes On
Wool Felt Yardage, page 10
AGE: 15 & up
LEVEL: Sewing experience needed or find a
seamstress!
MATERIALS FEE: $10 paid to instructor for pattern
material & handouts
INSTRUCTOR: Valerie DeVries
Surface Design
Special Fiber
Techniques
Marbling
4145: Sunday, 2/16, 10:00-3:00
Kumihimo
4143: Friday, 2/21, 10:00-3:30
FEE: $48
This ancient Japanese braiding technique is perfect for
creating narrow wares---with or without beads—for use
as jewelry, ties and trims, closures for garments and
even more. You may choose to use the traditional
braiding stand, called a dai, or equipment as simple as a
foam or cardboard disc. Materials and use of equipment
are supplied, but you may wish to bring ribbons, yarns
and beads you’d especially like to incorporate. No
previous experience is required; advanced braiders will
learn new techniques. Warning: Kumihimo may be
addictive!
AGE: 9 & up
LEVEL: All Levels
MATERIALS FEE: $15 paid to instructor for supplies &
instructions
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FEE: $50
Marbling is an easy, delightful method to decorate paper
or cloth in bright, colorful designs using thickened water
and special paints. Start with marbling paper for note
cards and bookmarks and then proceed to hankies,
shoelaces, small bags, holiday ornaments, and
bandannas. Students may bring small fun items from
home such as sneakers, socks, head bands, pillow
cases, and the instructor will send directions to properly
prepare these pieces. Wear old clothes - it can be
messy!
AGE: 9 & up
LEVEL: All levels; no experience necessary
MATERIALS FEE: $3.00 paid to instructor for handouts
& supplies
INSTRUCTOR: Mimi Smith
Weaving & Fiber Arts Center
585-377-2955
Zentangle®: The Basics
How to Become a Tangler
4146: Saturday, 2/22, 1:00-4:00
Sunprints: Customizing Fabric
Using Cyanotyping
FEE: $33
In this introductory workshop you will learn the basics
and theory of Zentangle®. This class is for those who
have no previous art training or drawing experience, as
well as experienced students who want to learn this
specific technique. Once learned, the art of Zentangle®
can be incorporated into many fiber arts applications,
and examples will be shown. Experience the satisfaction
of completing your own unique, finished piece of art;
enjoying the meditative quality this wonderful art form
has to offer; discovering what might appear to be
complex are easy to draw with simple repetitive strokes
on a mould-made, acid-free, 100% cotton paper.
AGES: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: No experience required
MATERIALS FEE: $5.00 paid to instructor for mini kit.
Additional supplies available to purchase.
INSTRUCTOR: Caroline Stanis-Gage
Zentangle®: Beyond Basics
4147: Saturday, 3/15, 1:00-4:00
FEE: $33
Building on the basic concepts learned in The Basics,
this second workshop will introduce: tangle enhancers,
shading techniques and advanced tangles, along with
tips to take your Zentangles to the next level. Bring your
mini kit from the previous class, or your purchased
Zentangle® kit. Additional supplies are available to
purchase (optional).
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Must have completed How To Become a
Tangler - The Basics
INSTRUCTOR: Caroline Stanis-Gage
Create Custom Polymer Clay Buttons:
Checkerboards, Spirals & Bulls Eyes
4148: Wednesday, 3/26, 10:00-4:00
FEE: $61
Paid registration received by 3/15 allows time for
instructor to prepare supplies.
Have you woven, felted or knitted a masterpiece that
only needs the perfect button? Have you had trouble
finding a button that matches your work? Learn to create
custom buttons from polymer clay. In this class we will
create buttons with patterns – checkerboards, spirals,
and bulls eyes. The instructor will demonstrate more
advanced techniques for leaves, flowers, milleflori and
kaleidoscope patterns. Bring a few favorite buttons for
discussion and inspiration. Instructor will email student
supply list prior to class.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: No prior experience
MATERIALS FEE: $4.00 paid to instructor for numerous
supplies
INSTRUCTOR: Eileen Driscoll
Winter 2014
4149: Wednesday, 4/16, 10:00-3:00
FEE: $50
Paid registration received by 4/5 allows time for
instructor to order supplies.
This is an introduction to the transfer of images to fabric
and paper using a light source. Sunprinting is a
photographic process which uses the “sunlight” to
expose images. Explore the different types of “sunlight”
needed to create a fabric unique to each student. No
prior experience needed, and those who have had some
experience are invited to return to continue
experimenting and developing their own technique.
Students can bring lunch or purchase from nearby
restaurants. Instructor will send supply list prior to class.
(Julie will be offering a WGR program “Sunprints!” on
March 12, 2014, 9:30 a.m. at Hubbell Hall, 1st Baptist
Church, 175 Allens Creek Rd in Pittsford. Guests are
welcome - no charge.)
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Beginners & Previous Students
MATERIALS FEE: $15, paid to instructor, for 10
pretreated pieces of fabric (5) & paper (5); handout with
instructions & sources. Students will have access to
transparencies with designs made by instructor to create
the individual imagery.
INSTRUCTOR: Julie Brandon
Scholarships Available
The Guild offers scholarship opportunities for new
fiber enthusiasts as well as those who have been
involved in the craft for a long time. Financial
assistance is available for individuals or groups
interested in pursuing knowledge that will enrich
the fiber arts community.
There are two sources for these funds: the
Margaret Carr fund and Horace Lethbridge fund.
Carr scholarships are for members only and
recipients are required to share the knowledge
gained from their study. Lethbridge scholarships do
not have these restrictions.
Scholarship awards are intended to enhance one’s
education in textile arts, and may be applied to
course fees and some related expenses at most
learning venues. Funds are not available for
lodging, meals or travel expenses. The maximum
award is $550 per applications.
An application and more information are available
at
http://weaversguildofrochester.org/scholarships.php
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Explore Stitch Resist &
Natural Dyer’s Studio: Cochineal
Dyeing
Landscape Dyeing For Knitters & Weavers
4150: 3 Class Meetings
Tuesday, 1/7, 1:00-3:00
Wednesday, 1/22, 10:00-4:00
Tuesday, 1/28, 1:00-3:00
FEE: $80
Like a landscape designer, you’ll plan out where to place
pools of color, argyle style lattices of hues and columns
of subtle gradations in your knit or woven project. Then
we’ll calculate and create the required “packaging” of
yarn to achieve your goals. On the second day we’ll dye
the fiber to achieve the desired effect, and when the yarn
is dry and ready to work with, we’ll meet a third time to
critique skeins and begin the knitting--or weaving
process--of the final product. You may use any natural
fiber for your project and we will select the most
appropriate class of dye for your choices. Knitters should
note that a yarn with a little “spring” to it will be more
forgiving than a non-elastic choice; weavers will find that
the opposite is true. There will be time for you to work on
more than one project, so if you both knit and weave,
you might try one of each. A materials list will be sent
when your registration for class is confirmed.
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Must have knitting or weaving skills
MATERIALS FEE: $17 paid to instructor for extensive
notes, handouts, dyes & supplies
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
Acid Dyes on Wool Felt Yardage
4151: Saturday, 2/8, 10:00-3:00
FEE: $50
Paid registrations received by 1/25 allow
instructor to purchase materials
This is a class for those adventurous souls who want to
try working with colorful felt. Students will be able to
choose from six wash-fast acid dye colors (over dyeing
creates new palettes) to dye a piece of wool felt yardage
large enough for a vest. At an additional charge, extra
felt can be provided to add sleeves for a jacket. The
instructor will provide instruction on the best way to
achieve the desired results on wool felt. Students will
leave with fabric dyed and ready for garment
construction. Instructor will email student supply list prior
to class. You may be interested in registering for the
follow up workshop on 3/1: 4144: Garment Design
Using Handwoven or Hand Dyed Fabric, page 8
AGE: 15 & up
LEVEL: No dye experience needed
MATERIALS FEE: $50 for merino felt & dyes for vest or
$75 for merino felt & dyes for jacket - paid to instructor
INSTRUCTOR: Valerie DeVries
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4152: 2 Saturdays, 3/22, 1:00-4:00 & 3/29, 10:00-4:00
FEE: $74
Plangi (Indonesia), Bandhani (India) and Shibori (Japan)
are surface design techniques of hand stitching and
binding cloth with thread. In the dye pot, these stitched
and bound areas resist the dye leaving lines and marks
on the finished fabric. On 3/22, students will learn a
number of stitch and bound resist techniques and will
complete the stitching during the following days before
returning on 3/29 and dyeing the fabrics in a cochineal
dye pot. Supply list will be sent prior to class. Mordanted
silk scarves will be available for purchase, or students
can use their own silk fabric.
AGE: Adults
LEVEL: All Levels
MATERIALS FEE: $10.00 paid to instructor for dye,
supplies & handouts
Silk scarves will be available for purchase.
INSTRUCTOR: Evelyn J. Kitson
Plan to Plant a Textile Garden
4153: Saturday, 4/26, 1:00-3:30
FEE: $30
Participants will learn the basics of planning a textile
garden: site-selection, planting suggestions and tips for
harvesting and using the plants. Planning options will
include a dye garden so you can use plants for natural
dyes, a weaver's garden for plants traditionally used by
the home weaver, a fragrance garden providing herbs
to repel moths and insects, and a tea garden so you
have something to sip as you relax and refresh after
gardening! Novices to experienced gardeners welcome!
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: Novice to Experienced
MATERIALS FEE: $3.00 paid to instructor for handouts.
INSTRUCTOR: Evelyn J. Kitson
Dyer's Choice
4154: Sunday, 4/27, 10:00-4:00
FEE: $56
Here is your chance to do dye painting and/or immersion
dyeing with fibers and synthetic dyes of your choice.
We’ll begin by looking at examples and discussing basic
dyeing options, classes of dyes and how to choose
which to use, general procedures and techniques, and
differences between dyeing and painting. Then you’ll be
guided through your dye project: design, fiber and dye
preparation and introduction of dye to fiber. The
instructor will contact you prior to start of class to discuss
your specific interests. All dyes and auxiliaries will be
supplied. You’ll need to bring your fiber, gloves, particle
filtering mask, and lunch
AGE: Teens & Adults
LEVEL: No prior experience required
MATERIALS FEE: $15 paid to instructor for supplies &
instructions
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce Robards
Weaving & Fiber Arts Center
585-377-2955
Precious Metal Clay Jewelry
PMC & Resin Clay Jewelry
4155: Tues. & Wed, 1/14-15, 9:00-4:30
FEE: $110
In this exploratory, mixed-media workshop, combine the
shine and preciousness of fine silver metal clay with the
versatility and difficult-to-identify looks of resin clay to
create both fun and sophisticated jewelry. Sculptable
resin clay is available in both air-dry and two-part epoxy
forms, neither of which requires baking to cure. Play with
a few different types, achieving looks from delicate and
translucent to rugged and stone-like. Discover why resin
clay is catching on as a wonderful jewelry medium,
sometimes exhibiting exceptional strength, sometimes
an intriguing flexibility, and sometimes a terrific gripping
ability that allows small gems and other inclusions to be
pushed securely in place. Will you make resin clay
beads embedded with fine silver ornamentation, or a
silver clay framework holding a mysterious resin clay
artifact? Demonstrations will be provided for both
approaches, and more. No experience necessary! Bring
an OptiVisor or other magnification device and bag
lunch. Optional: additional PMC3 or PMC+, additional
resin clay, favorite textures, small decorative objects to
embed, such as cubic zirconia, glass beads, tiny nuts &
bolts, etc.
AGE: 15 & up
LEVEL: All levels welcome!
MATERIALS FEE: $70, paid to instructor for PMC3,
resin clay, misc. found objects, handouts, firing fee, use
of instructor’s tools, misc. consumables, and all other
necessary materials
INSTRUCTOR: Donna Penoyer
Beautifully Captured:
Elegant Stone Setting in PMC
4156: Tues. & Wed, 4/22-23, 9:00-4:30
FEE: $110
Some gemstones can be fired in place in pure silver
PMC, but what about those that can’t survive the kiln?
Learn how to set flat-backed stones, polymer clay or
glass cabochons, and other found objects after firing in
PMC, using strategies for controlling the size and shape
of the setting throughout metal clay shrinkage. The
demonstrated project will emphasize trapping a stone
from the back of the piece, allowing maximum play and
design opportunities in the creation of the front bezel.
Students are encouraged to bring their own cabochons
or flat-backed found objects for possible inclusion. A
limited supply of stones will be available for purchase.
Bring an OptiVisor or other magnification device & bag
lunch. Optional: additional PMC3 or PMC+, favorite
textures.
AGE: 15 & up
LEVEL: Basic PMC experience recommended, but not
required
MATERIALS FEE: $75, paid to instructor for 25g PMC3,
handouts, firing fee, use of instructor’s tools,
misc. consumables, & all other necessary materials
INSTRUCTOR: Donna Penoyer
You can register for courses and pay
online. Give this convenient system a try!
weaversguildofrochester.org/courses
*A Gift of Learning & Self-Expression*
Fiber enthusiasts on your shopping list will appreciate
receiving a Gift Certificate that can be used for course
tuition at the Weaving & Fiber Arts Center. You can give
a specific course, or you designate the amount and the
recipient chooses from the wide variety of courses
available days, evenings, or weekends.
Inquiries about gift certificates should be directed to
[email protected]
Winter 2014
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