Classes I Teach


Classes I teach

Color Theory
Short version: Gain confidence in color selection with this introduction to color theory. Fiber textures have an impact on how we see color. So does color patterns and even textures executed in one color.  Often the fiber project is intended to be worn, so color choices are very important. Our goal is to create a garment that will be a joy to wear. Color is a very important element. 

We will be using a standard color wheel to discuss color harmonies and their effects on your fiber project. 

Long version: Same content as the short version - but we will also get out the paints, and have a full discussion of color interactions and composition. 


Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
Learn how to weave on a Rigid Heddle loom in this full day workshop. You will learn how to set up (warp) your loom, and how to make a plain weave fabric. You will learn some weaving vocabulary and how to understand some basic instructions in popular magazines. 
Supplies needed:
Rigid Heddle loom with an 8 dent reed/heddle (contact me about the possibility of renting)
all the warping tools that came with loom (warping peg, dowels, heddle hook, etc)
200 yards each of two colors of worsted weight wool. 100% Wool is specified for maximum success in this first project
scissors

Textures and Patterns on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Add a pick up stick or two to the Rigid Heddle loom and explode the possibilities! In this half day class we explore creating weft floats, warp floats, and combining the two for wonderful lace and textured effects. We will create a sampler in this class, but you will leave knowing several patterns that can be combined for some lovely fabrics. 
Supplies needed:
Rigid heddle loom warped with a 2 yard warp, 10 to 15 inches wide. The warp should be sett at a density appropriate to the yarn selected for a plain weave fabric. The chosen warp must be smooth and strong. 
Two pick up sticks, each about two inches wider than the width of your fabric.
Two stick shuttles (or boat if you prefer)
scissors
Weft yarns - same as warp for pure texture, plus contrasting for other effects. Bring bits of stash for weft. 
Recommended text: Ideas for Weaving by Jane Patrick


Weaving with Two Heddles on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Sometimes 12 ends per inch just isn’t enough! Add a second heddle to your rigid heddle loom to double your warp capacity., and allow for using finer threads. This also opens up some new pattern possibilities; color and weave, textures, and yes, even double cloth. In this full day workshop,  we cover how to warp the loom with two heddles, and the rest of the day is spent playing with patterns. We will be using the indirect warping method. Please bring prepared warps to class as described below. Step one will be warp the loom for two heddles. 
Supplies:
Rigid heddle loom with two heddles of the same dent count
A pre-measured warp:
       Warp yarn should be smooth and strong, no acrylic, not fuzzy
       Two colors
        60 inches long
        appropriate to heddle size: light sport for 8 dent, fingering or sock for 10 dent, lace or finer for 12 dent)
        enough for ten inches wide, but doubled. If you have 8 dent reeds - that would be 80 warp threads of color A and 80 
        warp threads of color B. 
Weft yarn in same two colors as warp
pick up stick 
a couple of shuttles
scissors
heddle hook for threading 
paper for packing between layers of warp


Double Weave with Two Heddle on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Similar to the class listed above - but with an emphasis on weaving a two layered fabric. Same homework and supplies.

Swatch and Technique Classes

Some of the n.anne knitting patterns have interesting construction that use some special (though not difficult) techniques. I am available to teach these technique classes for West Bay, Kristin’s Hiking Vest and Brioche Moebius Cowl.

Weaving Curriculum


Beginning Floor Loom Weaving
Learn how to warp (set up) the multiharness loom with a two color warp, and weave basic structures including plain, basket and twill. Discover how color and structure influence each other. You will have a library of patterns when you are finished. If you are a fast weaver, you will have time to plan and complete a simple project of your own choosing with instructor guidance. 

Drafting and Pattern reading
Learn the secret code of weavers. With this focus you will learn both how to read and how to write weaving drafts. There will also be discussions about reading patterns as written in books and magazines. There is a specific vocabulary for weaving! 

Understanding Twills
Twill weaves are the ones that slant to the right. Or slant to the left, or zigzag, or make diamonds. Understand the basic principles of twill weaves so that you can push them into the shape you want. You can even attempt a fabric with permanent pleats. 

Blocks
Many weaving patterns work as sets of blocks of threading and treadling. This class will focus on an understanding of block weaves, with the goal of using this knowledge to design and execute a project. Block weaves can include Summer and Winter, Lace, Double Weave and many more. 

Double Weave
You can create two layers of cloth at the same time. These layers can be completely separate, can double the working width of your loom by attaching at one side. The layers can interchange for a quilted effect, or you can create an image by exchanging the layers in any way you choose using pick up sticks. 

Project Planning/designing
Come to class with a project in mind - perhaps a table runner you would like to copy, or a garment you would like to make. Together we will figure out the best weave structure and yarn choice. 

Theo Moorman
Originally developed as a quick form of Tapestry, the Theo Moorman (named for it’s creator) is an art form worthy of study. Come with some basic sketches of ideas.

Tapestry
Weft faced, plain weave, to create pictorial compositions. This class requires a tapestry loom, available through Woven Art - or you can make a simple frame loom for your first introduction to tapestry. 




These are suggested areas of study for my floor loom weaving class. Some of them can be combined with others. I work with each student individually, an advantage of our small classes. It is great to have some idea of what you are interested in before class begins. Please specify your area of interest before class starts. 


Lectures
Designed for a guild or other group - short talks that run from 30 to 45 minutes. I often use a projector to illustrate ideas and concepts. I would need a projector cart, and access to electricity.
Introduction to Color Theory
Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving - with a warping demo
Expansion on Rigid Heddle possibilities
Collapse Weave - adding dimension 
Yarn - what should a weaver look for in a knit shop? 


For more information please contact me at nmcray@mac.com

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