Thursday, January 16, 2014

Spring and Summer Weaving Workshops

Toronto Weaving School has organized some exciting Master Classes in Weaving for the intermediate to advanced weaver. In addition, there are other workshops happening around the GTA and southern Ontario in the spring and you may be interested in those. 
WOVEN SHIBORI June 2-6 2014 (5 days) $350 Burr House, Richmond Hill, On
Instructor: Kathleen Morris

Kathleen Morris is a Toronto-based designer/maker and educator working in the field of textiles. Her work has been exhibited at Prime Gallery, the OCC Gallery, David Kaye Gallery, the Guild Shop, and Craftworks. Her retail line of woven, resist-dye fabrics have been the mainstay of her textile production as have both publicly and privately commissioned works. Her public commissions include projects for Toronto's Metro Hall and Ontario's Expo pavillion. Her private commissions include innumerable film and theatrical assignments. Kathleen is an instructor in the Fibre program at OCAD University, recently completing her Masters, as well as an artist-educator in the Toronto District School Board. Materials must be purchased from the instructor. A 4 shaft or 8 shaft loom is required. Warps will be prepared in the workshop. Contact: Line Dufour

CRIMP AND CREATE June 10-12 2014 (3 days) $350 Burr House, Richmond Hill On
Instructor: Diane Totten

 This is an on-loom workshop taking fiber in a new direction by creating “crimp cloth.”  Using a variation of woven shibori for both warp and weft, learn to create fabric with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed.  Participants will draft, weave, and crimp their samples in class to discover the endless possibilities.  Learn how the fabric can be used for entire garments as well as for permanent pleating to replace knitted ribbing for a sweater or to add a knit look to the collar area of a jacket.  Sewing tips for using this amazing cloth will be included.  No dyeing involved.   Skill level: Advanced beginner and beyond. Equipment required:
4 to 8 shaft loom 
Contact: Line Dufour

FONDAZIONE ARTE DELA SETA LISIO, Florence Italy June 16-20 2014
Instructor: Eva Basile - Intro to Jacquard Textiles June 16-20 2014
Explanations and examples of what damask, double cord damasks, brocaded damasks,  lampas, double cloth, (figured) velvets, brocades, brocatelle, taffeta, satin, samite, diaper and other luxury fabrics, analysis of fabrics, learning the European notation system for drafts, introduction to using manual jacquard looms and sampling existing patterns, Studying the textiles depicted in paintings of the Renaissance found at the Uffizi and other museums and galleries in Florence such as the  Costume museum, and the Museum of Textiles in Prato. 

Lisio has designed and executed fabrics for the Vatican, movies such as the Agony and the Ecstasy with Charles Heston and Rex Harrison, The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and has created designs for Fendi among many other designers such as Versace. They continue to collaborate with universities, musuems and art galleries all over the world in doing research and consultation. Students must arrange for and pay for their own transportation. Accommodation is included in the price but the final price is still in negotiation. To register or reserve your spot contact Line Dufour at A limit of 6 people will be admitted and the first six people to send a $250 deposit (non refundable) will ensure their participation in this very special opportunity. Some knowledge of weaving is required. 
Linen Workshop, $280, materials $45 Riverdale Farm, Toronto, Saturday March 29 - Monday March 31 2014 9am to 4pm. Registration deadline: Friday February 28. 
Instructor: Jette Vandermeiden
Description:  This workshop runs for three consecutive days, where we will learn how to work with linen, make a proper warp, dress the loom appropriate to linen and also do some weaving on day three. Samples will include standard linen weaves such as block twill, huck lace, dimity, Bronson, and 6-end twill. The emphasis will be on the process, rather than weaving a project, with the objectives of handling linen well, proper warping, pre-sleying in a coarse reed, using a trapeze for great beaming, transferring the cross easily, winding a successful bobbin, and good linen weaving techniques. Topics for discussion will include different kinds and sizes of linen, recommended linen weave structures, tricks for good edges and finishing. Weavers will go home with a few samples, but more a thorough knowledge of the process of weaving linen. 
Contact: Marion Kirkwood

2 day Polychrome Crackle Workshop April 12/13, 2014 Saturday and Sunday 9 am-4 pm
Instructor: Jette Vandermeiden
CAW Hall 611 Silvercreek Pkwy N, Guelph, ON N1H 1E6, 1-519-822-6121
Required: 4 shaft OR 8 shaft portable loom, pencils and paper and your own lunch.
The workshop area and washrooms are all on the main floor. There is also a small kitchenette for coffee and tea. – warping instructions will be provided closer to the workshop.
Cost: $85 for Guelph guild members (Please make cheques payable to: Guelph Guild of Handweavers and Spinners) $100 for members from outside guilds (registration from outside of the guild will begin in January 2014) materials additional. 
Contact: Elizabeth Bryan at

Laura de Vrij sent this very inspiring project undertaken by  weavers in Indiana, weaving inspired by the Northern Lights

Mary Pietropaoulo received a very interesting Christmas present. A murder mystery based on weaving! Sorry ....couldn't get it to rotate. Sometimes the computer is not very cooperative!
An opening reception at the Ontario Craft Council gallery at 990 Queen Street West January 23 2014. The exhibit is presently on display. More info can be obtained at this link.

One of my favorite Jacquard weavers is having an opening this Saturday. Maybe I'll see you there? Cheers!

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