Workshops, Seminars and Retreats
Complete listing of fiber related events which are shorter and more informal than conferences. These events are often limited to a single topic, ranging from a gathering of fiber friends to a more formal class with a leader from outside the area.
360 Xochi Quetzal Free Artist Residency
February 8, 2017 through July 30, 2017
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. The deadline for our Winter Residency Program is Sunday, July 30, 2017 (for the December 14, 2017 - January 13, 2018 residency). International fiber and mixed media artists can apply through CAFÉ, www.callforentry.org/ Visit our website for more detailed information: www.360xochiquetzal.com and our Facebook group page 360 Xochi Quetzal or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Treadling Variations With Susan Wilson
April 7, 2017 through April 9, 2017
Every weave structure is defined by its own threading and treadling, but there is no "law" that says we have to weave in the traditional manner. In this workshop learn how familiar pattern weaves can be dramatically altered by treadling in the manner of other weaves, e.g. Bronson lace, and by using special treadling methods, e.g. polychrome, boundweave, swivel. Students will choose one 4-shaft weave structure (overshot, summer and winter, or crackle) with which to explore many treadlings on their own looms. Complete instructions for weaving samplers of all three structures will be provided. Information on applying these treadlings to 8-shaft threadings will be covered on the third day. Intermediate level - students should have some experience with pattern weaves and know how to read a draft. 4-shaft loom required. Loom preparation instructions and materials list will be provided for distribution to participants well in advance. This is a 3 Day workshop - pre-registration is required 4 weeks before workshop start day. Cost USD 430.00
Estes Park Wool Market
June 8, 2017 through June 11, 2017
Now in its 27th year, festival-goers can experience all stages in the life of fiber – from its origins on the animals themselves to raw fleeces, spinning and then creating beautiful garments and goods for buyers. In addition to the competitions held during the weekend, merchandise vendors, workshops on the 8th & 9th provide something for everyone.
Shibori-stitched Resist Dyeing Workshop
June 9, 2017 through June 11, 2017
Come to the Champlain Islands, in N. Hero VT, for a 2 day, 1 evening Shibori/Indigo Dyeing workshop, lead by Kathy Goddu from Brunswick, ME. Shibori stitching, a way of resisting the dye, has been used to a greater extent by the Japanese than by other peoples. Learn and experience the flexibility and control you have with this stitching technique to create designs of great variety---delicate or bold, simple or complex, pictorial or abstract. Learn many traditional stitched patterns and have a chance to experiment with indigo and procion dyes. Perhaps you’ll feel adventurous and create some of your own unique patterns. $250.00, include all materials needed for this 2+day workshop. Registration closes March 31.
Deep Into Indigo: Playing With Patterns, Dye & Fabric Women’s Indigo Dye Weekend Retreat
July 14, 2017 through July 16, 2017
Deep Into Indigo Retreat includes lodging, all meals, fabric, dye, and shibori tools. In honor of Bastille Day, meals will be French-inspired and feature the rich bounty of the local food culture. Retreatants will also receive blue-themed gifts. Early Bird pricing runs until June 15, 2017, and is $550 per participant. After June 15, the price is $650 per person. Cost includes all lodging, food and beverages (including wine & cocktails). A Saturday-only pass is also available for $275. Call for more information or to register. (608) 852-3970. Visit www.jenniferfalkowski.com/2016/06/11/deep-into-indigo-video/ for photographs, and an informational video where you can hear the coordinators talk more about the event.
Weaving A Place At The Table
July 14, 2017 through July 16, 2017
Two and 1/2 Day Weaving Workshop Using a Ridgid Heddle Loom Instructor Liz Gipson Day One: This class is designed for weavers with little to no weaving experience, although all levels welcome. Students will weave a placemat and along the way learn how to set up a loom, weave fabulous cloth, and finish your project all in a single day! You will walk away with more than just a placemat, you will learn all the fundamentals of weaving well, including how to set up your loom in 20 minutes or less, how to fix the most common weaving mistakes, and considerations for selecting yarns you can live with. Looms are provided. Day 2 and 3 Weaving Rugs on a Rigid-Heddle Loom: Rugs hold a special fascination for weavers and they are a celebrated part of the cultural history of the Southwest, where Liz lives. Learn the tips and techniques for weaving simple weft faced rugs from plain to fancy. During the two-day workshop, students will warp their loom, select colors and design a mini rug, learn weft face techniques for creating patterns, and simple to fancy ways to finish their rugs. Looms are provided.
Fiber College of Maine
September 6, 2017 through September 10, 2017
The largest Fiber Arts education gathering on the East Coast. Classes on everything fiber: knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, fiber preparation, rug hooking, quilting, lace making, wood working and more.
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