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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.

Fiber Arts Fest Workshops At Sauder Village
September 30, 2017   through   October 1, 2017

       Fiber Arts Fest Workshops At Sauder Village   website

Held in conjunction with Fiber Arts Fest Exhibit, these workshops will be offered: Log Cabin Knitted Blanket; Creative Focus--Building a Spinner's Idea Notebook; Gradient Yarns--A Spinner's Study in Shifting Shades; Band Weaving on the Inkle Loom; Short Row Heels for Socks; Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom; Spinning Nordic Wools; Finishing School--Washing, Blocking & Fulling Techniques for Handspun.

Weaving Workshop
October 1, 2017   through   October 4, 2017

       Weaving Workshop   website

Beginners Welcome! Great refresher course! Workshop Information Weave a lovely lace scarf! Begin with a naked loom, either a rigid heddle or a 4-shaft loom. Learn how to dress the loom and weave. Choose one of the several lace patterns, for either loom type. Learn easy ways of weaving lace on a rigid heddle loom. Weave with wool, rayon, and/or cotton Designed to teach the basics of weaving. The course is mostly hands-on, with short lectures and demonstrations. This course is unique in that students will see the process on both rigid heddle and 4-shaft looms. Advantages of each loom will be discussed. Students will learn about both direct and indirect warping (two methods of getting yarn onto the loom). This class also serves as a great refresher course for those who haven't warped a loom in a long time. Students will be shown a variety of more advanced handwovens, as inspiration. Participation is limited to 12 for a better instructor-participant ratio. Loom preference will be determined by order of class registration.

20th Anniversary Festival
October 6, 2017   through   October 8, 2017

       20th Anniversary Festival   website

This weekend Festival will offer nine classes in various fiber art related topics including: Applique, Nuno Felting, Clothing from Simple Shapes, Making Paper from Silk, and more! Details at

Tsujigahjana: A Marriage of Shibori And Hand Painting
December 4, 2017   through   December 6, 2017

       Tsujigahjana: A Marriage of Shibori And Hand Painting   website

Description: Tsujigahana is one of the most fluid and expressive forms of Japanese paste-resist dyeing: It is a free-style method where resist is squeezed from a paper tube to block out areas of color, evoking mood and feeling through the movement of line, while color is applied around and over the resist to bring life and flowing contrast to the design. Learn the basics of this inspiring marriage of shibori and hand-painting while working with natural dyes on silk, cotton, and bast fabrics. Start with the traditional patterns John has prepared and then, as time allows, develop your own designs. You'll love the results - the soft and moody blends of colors you create with a range of stitch-resist techniques plus the crisp lines and delicate shadings you create with hand-painted pigments! John Marshall has spent the past 45 years immersed in his love of Japanese textiles. He began his career in Japan, studying with renowned instructors, before returning to the States where he teaches, publishes and exhibits widely. Experience Level: All Cost: $350 for individual SEFAA members; $420 for non-members

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