Textile Arts Classes & Workshops

Sewing

Dyeing and Printing

Natural Dye Workshop

Saturday, May 9, 2015
First Session: 10:00 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
Second Session: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $15 for one session, $25 for two sessions

Are you interested in learning about what natural dyes you could use in your art?

This hands-on interactive workshop will include a discussion of natural dye techniques and why natural dyes might offer an alternative to commercially available dyes.

The workshop is broken down into two sessions: morning and afternoon. The morning session will be focused on dyeing cloth using local and exotic plants. The afternoon session will use plant pigments and thickeners to screen-print your own designs onto cloth. Participants may attend both sessions, or choose one.

Participants will leave with an understanding of the principles of natural dyeing and screen printing, and the ability to do further experimentation on their own.

Instructor: Lindsay Mercer, College of the Atlantic, who connects the science of creating materials and the artistic expression of creating visual images.
Facilitator: Madeline Snow, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, UMass Lowell

Bring your lunch!

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Knitting and Crocheting

Mosaic Knitting

Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members
Instructor: Judith Durant
Experience level: Advanced beginner
Supplies to bring: US Size 2 (2.75 mm) needles. Yarn will be supplied.

This clever technique allows you to knit lovely two-color patters while using only one color at a time. In the workshop you’ll learn the basic technique by knitting a small motif that may later be used on a greeting card or as a patch. You will also receive a free pattern for the mosaic ski hat featured in Judith’s book Never Knit Your Man a Sweater…Unless You’ve Got the Ring.

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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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Spinning

Weaving

 

Belt Weaving

Sunday, April 19, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

inkle loomLearn 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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Weave It! Floor Loom Sample Class

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

TAC-Artist-in-Residence-1Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston

Class limited to six students.

Always wanted to weave something fun? Here’s your chance to explore the art of weaving!

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4 & 8 Shaft Loom Weaving: April

Sundays, April 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 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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