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The TC2 is a handloom that digitally controls every thread in the warp independently. This expands the range of options for explorations in imagery, color, texture and dimension in the woven matrix- while reducing the learning curve because multiple ideas can be tested simultaneously and rapidly. Beginning with an introduction to the loom, participants will be guided thru the basics of file development and weaving techniques. You will be encouraged to explore a variety of structures and ideas to enhance…Find out more »
The class is for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Projects will be selected according to the ability and interest of the individual students. The students should be able to knit, purl, cast on, and cast off. Michele will teach a variety of knitting stitches and how to add crochet to your work. You will learn how create representational and abstract work. You will be able to enhance your work with beads, ribbons, hand dyed fabric or embroidery. Possible projects include…Find out more »
In contrast to most weaves which are woven in a plane horizontal to the loom, wedge weave is woven on the diagonal. This results in a weft-faced weaving with many distinctive characteristics and exciting design potential. Participants should expect to gain a full understanding of the technique and a beginning understanding of the design potential of the technique. To participate in this class you should have warping and weaving knowledge. Some weft-faced weaving experience is helpful, but not essential.Find out more »
Explore a myriad of structural surface design techniques to enliven your felting and empower your understanding. Learn to repeat effects or to modify and achieve desired outcomes. Create dimensional playgrounds for free-motion embroidery using extremely thin and thick layouts of wool fiber layered with partially felted sheets of handmade felt, a variety of types of fabric, and the use of resists. Featured are a series of demonstrations, structured studies and inspired experimentations with an emphasis on process, theory and developing…Find out more »
Discover the limitless possibilities of wet felting in this hands-on workshop. Learn the basics of felting, including why and how wool felts with only fleece, soap and water. Experiment with mixing colors of fleece and making various thicknesses of material. Learn how to embellish the felt surface with yarn, curls, silk, and make your own designs using hand-made pre-felted pieces. You will quickly complete several projects, including a 3 dimensional seamless bowl and wall hanging. We will discuss how to…Find out more »
Look at the space around you for inspiration and materials to create art that is an environmental problem solver. Design, build and document a project based upon unwanted or unused resources at the Appalachian Center for Craft. Learn various ways to assemble alternative materials to turn your unwanted or unused materials into a site-specific installation!Find out more »
The simplest methods can produce the most attractive results when applying paints to fabric! Work with a spectrum of colored fabric paint to create texture and artistic pattern on fabric. Using small pieces of different fabric types we will paint 25 + unique colorful effects. Create a library of painted inspirational effects for future work. Please see the course brochure for full details. No experience necessary.Find out more »
Learn how to build your very own wooden frame loom and weave on it using recycled and repurposed materials. We will explore several basic tapestry techniques that can be used with fabric strips. Each participant will leave this workshop with a frame loom and at least one finished tapestry. Participants must be able to work with simple woodworking tools and have the ability to physically handle sawing, sanding and drilling holes.Find out more »
Draw from nature’s wild and extravagant bounty to create unique patterning and surface designs on fabric. Forage the forest floor for inspiration while exploring eco printing techniques. Experiment with Shibori techniques using indigo dye and utilize sunlight as a medium for printing on cloth. Create several uniquely dyed scarves, numerous fabric samples and inspiration for further experimentation!Find out more »
Explore the basics of natural dyeing! Learn to achieve a full-spectrum color wheel of 54 hues from three primary colors: indigo for blue, chochineal for red and a local dye stuff for yellow. Learn simple Shibori techniques. Receive an extensive instruction manual, all the supplies to produce the two full spectrum color wheels (wool and cotton) and a scarf for Shibori.Find out more »