FIBER

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 (570)

Gretchen Huggett, Weaving Studio
Thursdays, January 9 - March 26
1 - 3:30 pm/12 week
$270/Members: $250
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Floor Loom Weaving (571)

Gretchen Huggett, Weaving Studio
Thursdays, January 9 - March 26
6:30 - 9 pm/12 weeks
$270/Members: $250
Out of Stock

Beginning Tapestry Weaving (574)

Nancy Crampton, Weaving Studio
Tuesdays, February 4,11, & 18
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.

Beginning Rug Hooking (575)

Martha Rosenfeld, Studio 2
Thursdays, January 9 - March 26
6:30 - 9 pm/12 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 (576)

Martha Rosenfeld, Studio 2
Thursdays, January 9 - March 26
6:30 - 9 pm/12 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.

Natural Dyeing for Projects (580)

Lori Evesque, Studio 6
Saturdays, March 14 - 28
1 " 5pm /3 weeks
$160/Member: $140

In this class, we will be using natural dyes to dye yarn for a specific project. The class will have 4 different dyes, 4 mordants and 4 different dye modifiers to achieve a range of different colors and shades. Fee includes the dye, mordants and modifiers and up to 1000 yards of sport weight wool yarn.

Spinning (572)

Emily Wohlscheid, Weaving Studio
Wednesdays, January 8 - February 12
11:30 - 2 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.

Spinning: Wool Study (573)

Emily Wohlscheid, Weaving Studio
Wednesdays, February 19 - March 25
11am-1:30 pm/6 Weeks
$170/Members: $150

Prerequisite: Beginning Spinning or equivalent
Do you have fleeces lying around? Are you unsure how they should be prepared or how to plan for a project from raw fiber? Explore various wool breeds to determine what types of traditional preparation and spinning would be used based on the fiber's characteristics. Students will experiment with commercially prepared fibers vs. their own hand prepared from raw fleece, how crossbreed's affect fiber characteristics, woolen vs. worsted, and more. All materials provided.

Color Theory for Fiber Artists and Dyers (577)

Rita Petteys, Multipurpose classroom
Saturday and Sunday, February 22 & 23
1 - 5 pm/2 days
$105/Members: $85

Learn about color theory in this hands-on class. Discuss the facets of color including saturation, shade, tint, tone and complement. Work with samples to create different color harmonies with complementary, analogous, triads, tetrads and more. Materials included in the class are pieces of silk and cotton, yarn and fibers with various colors for comparison and contrast. Students should bring color wheels and other color tools that they would like to use.

Arashi Shibori Dyeing (578)

Rita Petteys, Room 2
Saturday and Sunday, March 21 & 22
1 - 5 pm/2 days
$110/Members: $90

Llearn about the technique of Arashi shibori, which mimics the lines of storm-driven wind and rain. Each student will receive two 14 x 72 size scarves to dye and take home. In addition to arashi shibori, students will learn about acid dyes and some color theory. No previous dye experience is necessary.

Dyeing with Natural Materials (579)

Lori Evesque, Studio 6
Saturdays, January 11 - February 15
1 - 5 pm/6 weeks
$265/Members: $225

This course will cover all aspects of natural dyeing on protein fibers. Discuss the chemistry of dyeing, mordants, how to prepare fibers for dyeing and safety. Discuss natural dyes, from locally available dyestuffs and those found in the region and around the world. Wool will be dyed as roving, yarn and fabric by several different methods. Wear suitable clothes and bring rubber gloves. All materials and equipment will be provided.