The Fiber studio has 23 floor looms, spinning wheels, and equipment for felting and dyeing.

Floor Loom Weaving

Learn weaving using four-and eight-harness floor looms with basic process and design (beginners), new patterns and techniques (advanced), exploring areas of personal interest. Weaving design software is available to learn structure and design principles.

Floor Loom Weaving (500)

Gretchen Huggett, Weaving Studio
Thursdays, September 5 - November 14
1 - 3:45 pm/11 weeks
$270/Members: $250
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Floor Loom Weaving (501)

Gretchen Huggett, Weaving Studio
Thursdays, September 5 - November 14
6:15 - 9 pm/11 weeks
$270/Members: $250

Beginning Tapestry Weaving (504)

Nancy Crampton, Weaving Studio
Tuesday, October 1-15
6:30 - 9 pm/3 weeks
$105/Members: $85
Learn the basics of tapestry weaving in this three-week class. Create images with yarn by weaving a sampler on an adjustable tension copper-frame loom. Warping the loom, weaving techniques, color choices and shading will be stressed. Designing and finishing and mounting will be included. No prior weaving experience is necessary. Fee includes all yarns for the sampler and use of the loom. Looms may be purchased for an additional fee.

Itajime Shibori Dyeing (507)

Rita Pettys, Studio 2
Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29
1 - 5 pm/Two days
$80/Member $60
In this class, you will learn about and practice the techniques of Itajime Shibori, or folding and clamping a silk scarf to create a resist that in turn creates a pattern. Resists consist of wood blocks in various shapes that will create repeating patterns when used with folded material. Each student will receive two 15X60 silk scarves to dye and take with them, instructions, dye and chemicals. We will work on two facets of Itajime Shibori techniques to create two totally different patterns.

Felt and Nuno Felt Scarves (508)

Dawn Edwards, Multipurpose Classroom
Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27
Saturday, 9am " 5pm, Sunday, 12 " 5pm/Two days
Nuno (which means fabric in Japanese) is a term you describe the felting of natural fibers (wool) into a sheer woven fabric base (silk) to construct a lightweight fabric. Come and experience the ancient art of felt making with a modern twist.

Visiting Artist Workshop

VA Bringing It All Together/Just Do It (921)

Visiting Artist Workshop with Kori Newkirk
Multi-Purpose Classroom
October 18 & 19
9am - 5 pm/Two-days
$120/Members: $100
Employing paint, fiber and photographs, and 'things' participants will create an artwork using "what they have to produce what they want" with guidance from internationally known, multi-media artist Kori Newkirk. Kori's work is represented in the Black Refraction exhibition currently on display at the KIA. All paint will be provided, but participants need to bring photographs and fibrous materials or small objects of any kind.

Spinning (502)

Emily Wohlscheid, Weaving Studio
Wednesdays, September 11 - October 16
6:30 - 9 pm/6 weeks
$170/Members: $150
Beginners will learn the basics including spinning, plying and setting finished yarns. Intermediate/advanced will further explore various techniques including boucle, cabled yarns, lock spinning, core spinning, thick and thin yarns, coils, custom blending, long vs. short draw, wire spinning and more! Wheels may be reserved upon registration.
All materials are provided.

Plying (503)

Emily Wohlscheid, Weaving Studio
Wednesdays, October 23 - November 13
6:30 - 9 pm/4 weeks
$125/Members: $105
Prerequisite: Beginning Spinning or equivalent
The method chosen to ply can drastically alter the structure and texture of handspun yarn and the resulting cloth. Through sampling, we will review basic 2 and 3 ply yarns before altering the steps to create stunning multi-ply designer yarns for your textile projects. Cabled and crepe yarns, color theory, and more will be demystified so you can start creating the handspun you desire. All materials provided. Wheels may be reserved upon registration.

Beginning Rug Hooking (505)

Martha Rosenfeld, Studio 2
Thursdays, September 5 - November 14
6:15 - 9 pm/11 weeks
$260/Members: $240
Make a hand-hooked rug using a rug frame and wool fabric. Students will get an overview of basic methods and create a small hooked mat. Color planning, hooking techniques, and finishing will be covered. Bring a tote bag and scissors to the first class; other tools and materials will be provided.

Rug Hooking/Continuing Study (506)

Martha Rosenfeld, Studio 2
Thursdays, September 5 - November 14
6:15 - 9 pm/11 weeks
$235/Members: $215
Prerequisite: Beginning Rug Hooking or completed hooked mat
Work on a hooked rug project of your own choosing with help from the instructor. This class will emphasize creating an original pattern (drawing skills are not required). Tracer fabric and up to a half yard linen foundation are included. You provide your own rug frame, hook, wool, and pattern ideas.