We are still not planning any in-person workshops at this time, due to continuing public health concerns and uncertainties regarding the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, we are gathering a list of online workshops and tutorials that people might find interesting. We will continue to add to this list as things popup. In the meantime, here are a few options to explore:
The School of Sweet Georgia has online classes available by subscription. For less than $20 per month, one can get unlimited access to all classes, including dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting, and color theory and design.
Daryl Lancaster has several one-hour online classes on various techniques used in sewing with handwoven fabric.
Tien Chiu is a weaver who specializes in applying color theory to weaving and has some free resources on her website. She also has some workshops that she offers for a fee. Her website is https://www.tienchiu.com/ and the link to the online workshops as well as some additional free information is https://www.warpandweave.com/.
Jane Stafford is a weaver based on Salt Spring Island in Canada. She offers online instruction that is grouped by level (Seasons 1-4 at this time with future seasons in the works). Each season has multiple episodes and access to the entire season costs $99.00 Canadian.
Some free short Saori instructions are available at https://curiousweaver.id.au/saori-loom-instructions.
In addition to the above resources that you can explore on your own, we are open to having the Guild sponsor one or more online workshops for a group of people, if enough people are interested. Please let Ruth know if this is something you would like the Guild to pursue, and if so, if there are particular techniques or instructors that interest you.
Please address any questions or workshop requests/suggestions to Ruth Greenspan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postponed until 2021-22 Guild year
Northtown Community Center
Sarah Saulson is a weaver based in Syracuse, NY. She will be teaching in Tucson in March, 2020, and we have an opportunity to share travel expenses with the Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Sarah’s website is www.sarahsaulson.com.
The warp painting class is open to weavers who know the basics of multi-shaft weaving and are confident with warping a loom. Participants need to bring a pre-warped loom to class. The loom can be a floor or table loom. The class is designed for a four- or eight-shaft loom, but can be adapted to a two-shaft or rigid heddle loom as long as the instructor is notified in advance.
The recommended warp size is the appropriate length and width for one scarf, but shorter warps are acceptable; mercerized cotton, tencel, and silk all work well. A variety of threadings work well with painted warps; more detailed instructions about warping and loom requirements will be sent to people who register for the workshop.
On Day 1, participants will paint the warp while on the loom, using fiber reactive dyes. The workshop, while primarily hands-on, includes some lectures and handouts on dye techniques and safety, basic color theory, and special considerations when weaving painted warps. Participants will learn how to mix colors working from primary hues.
The paint dries overnight, and on Day 2, participants will wind the warp back onto the warp beam and start weaving.
Cost and registration details will be updated after the workshop has been rescheduled. Please contact Ruth Greenspan at email@example.com if you have any questions about this workshop.