Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Everything Awesome About Warps & Wefts

As promised, more info on my upcoming workshops at Praxis Fiber Workshop...

"Everything Awesome About Warps & Wefts" is a duo of weeklong intensives focusing on weaving & weaving-related dye techniques.  The two classes may be taken separately or as a pair.  Both classes center on an introduction to weaving...covering material calculation, loom set-up, and basic weave structures.

Week one (Warps) will focus on ikat...binding and dyeing of the warp threads (the ones attached directly to the loom...oriented front to back) to generate pattern and imagery.  We will cover traditional ikat (which relies on immersion dyeing), as well as direct application of dyes via paintbrush.

Week two (Wefts) will focus on kasuri...binding and dyeing weft threads (the ones oriented left to right...that the weaver can manipulate freely) to generate pattern and imagery.  Students will utilize traditional kasuri (immersion dyed), and dye-painting.

Students wishing to take both classes will have the option (and skill set) to combine both ikat and kasuri during week two...creating an incredibly complex woven image.  Students with previous weaving experience (including those from week one) will be given more advanced instruction pertaining to weave structures.  All skill levels are welcome.

"Warps" runs June 8th-12th, 9:30-4:00.  "Wefts" runs June 15th-19th, 9:30-4:00.  They are priced at $525 each, which is a steal for five days of specialized instruction.  I've requested that the classes be capped at eight students each...so you need to hurry to reserve your space.  Registration is through CIA's Continuing Education program.  The registration deadline is June 1st.

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