Textile Arts Classes & Workshops

Sewing

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Knitting and Crocheting

Double Knitting

Saturday, May 30, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

double knitting image use this oneCost: $40 members, $60 non-members
Instructor:  Judith Durant
Experience Level: Advanced beginner
Supplies: Approximately 30 yards of two contrasting colors of the same worsted-weight yarn, appropriate size knitting needles, scissors, and tapestry needle.

With this technique you can create a double-sided fabric – the right side is always facing out. You’ll work two ride-side rows at the same time: one row is the front of the piece, the other is the back. Worked in two colors, you’ll have the same design on each side, but the colors will be reversed.

In this class you’ll learn the ins and outs of double knitting by knitting a small square that can be used as a coaster or trivet. You will also receive a free pattern for one of Judith’s original double-knit scarves.

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Mitered Knitting

Saturday, June 20, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members
Instructor: Judith Durant
Experience level: Advanced beginner
Supplies: Three colors of the same worsted-weight yarn (approx. 50 yards of main color, 25 yards each of two contrasting colors), appropriate size needles (short, double-points work well), scissors, and tapestry needle.

mitered bag background removed and croppedMitered knitting, also known as domino knitting, is based on mitered squares, which can be worked in one or more colors. You start by making one square and then you add more squares above this one to form a strip. Subsequent squares are added to the original strip until the fabric is the desired size.

The result is a sort of patchwork, but you don’t have to sew the patches together – they’re connected as they’re knit. You also weave in most of the ends as you go, so the finishing is not nearly as tedious as you might expect. We’ll begin a potholder in class. You will also receive a free pattern for Judith’s Mitered Bag.

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Drop Spindle & Wheel Spinning: June 14, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

spinning wheel cropped and smallerDiscover the art of spinning fibers into your own unique yarns in this half-day class. You will learn the process of drawing out the fibers and adding twist to create a continuous thread of yarn, and more!

Schacht Hi-Lo drop spindle available at www.yarn.com under spinning supplies should you wish to purchase one: $21 plus shipping.

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Weaving

 

4 & 8 Shaft Loom Weaving: May 17-June 7

Sundays, May 17, 24, 31, and June 7, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $170 members, $190 non-members
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston
Materials: These classes will be using 5/2 weaving yarns. You can see the colors and purchase these at www.yarns.com from Webs in Western Mass. under Valley Yarns Valley Cotton 5/2 – about $23 per cone plus shipping, 2,100 yards per pound.

Linda Cunningham's first two towels2Brush up on your weaving skills at this fun class where you will learn to design your piece, learn the arithmetic of weaving, use the warping boards to keep track of the length and width of your piece with counting thread, dress your loom, sley the reed, thread the heddles, wind your warp, tie on, tie up your shafts to your treadles, wind your bobbins and start weaving.

We suggest reading Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler at the same time you are taking this class to reinforce your lessons. You will get handouts to place in your weaving notebook along with your documentation.

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Drop Spindle & Wheel Spinning: June 14, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

spinning wheel cropped and smallerDiscover the art of spinning fibers into your own unique yarns in this half-day class. You will learn the process of drawing out the fibers and adding twist to create a continuous thread of yarn, and more!

Schacht Hi-Lo drop spindle available at www.yarn.com under spinning supplies should you wish to purchase one: $21 plus shipping.

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Inkle Belt Weaving

Sunday, June 21, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

inkle loomCost: $40 members, $60 non-members. Additional $5 due to instructor for inkle setup, handouts, and materials.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Learn how to weave narrow bands on an inkle loom. The varieties of color and pattern are limited only by your imagination!

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