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We will begin at the beginning! Learn this ancient and beautiful Japanese art of three dimensional embroidery (on a ball!)A portable way to play with color and geometric designs, Temari makes great ornaments for your tree or display, and wonderful gifts.  




I prefer to teach this class intensely - complete submersion! Three days (usually from 9am - 4pm, a weekend off to work on your own or catch up, and three more consecutive days of 9 - 4)This class is structured for the absolute beginner. You will learn weaving terminology, how to figure materials, read patterns, play with color, work on good techniques, and of course weave beautiful cloth. Since warping the loom has the most number of steps, I stress it so that you become very comfortable with it. You will put on three warps in class: two will be samplers to learn about color, good techniques, and weaving patterns, and the third will be a project of your choice. 


This three day class gets you from yarn to a warp on the loom ready to weave. It's good to know more than one way to put on a warp. This method is particularly good for long warps and very densely sett warps. (It happens to be my preferred method.) I have hybridized many back to front methods to make it as efficient as possible. Plan a warp but do NOT pre-wind it. Some of my tricks happen on the warping board.



Using Overshot as a medium, students will explore pattern structure and drafting. The goal is to be able to look at a draft and determine if the pattern is suitable to the materials, the desired finished product and how to expand, contract or otherwise customize the design. We will also consider ways to create original drafts. Using a variety of materials, students will weave samples of various overshot patterns, reimagining the possibilities of an old weave structure. This is a “Next Step” class meant to give fairly new weavers the confidence and understanding of the correlation between threading, tie-ups and treadling: to look at any pattern and feel confident that they can weave it.

We will be reviewing the basics of reading and writing drafts, on paper, and taking those exercises to the loom for concrete samples of the ideas explored. Students will warp a loom with an assigned pattern and come to class ready to weave. This is a three day class. Students will go home with a book of various samples.

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