Fall 2017 Classes

Come learn with us! We look forward to seeing you at WGM!

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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Floor Loom Weaving: Beginning

Try It! Japanese Weaving on a SAORI Loom with Chiaki O’Brien: Three Sessions

What is SAORI? SAORI is an art form and weaving style that comes from Japan. It is joyful and easy to learn. The instructor will lead you through this “freestyle” weaving process on a SAORI original floor loom. Try your hands at this fun, color blending, creative, and expressive weaving style. SAORI is perfect for children and very enjoyable and relaxing for adults. No experience necessary! Students are welcome to bring any materials or yarns.

Friday, September 29: 10:00am – 4:00pm| REGISTER

Friday, November 3: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Tuesday, December 12: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Multi
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


Beginning Floor Loom Weaving: Two Sessions

1Do you want to explore weaving? This class lets you discover the fun and creativity of weaving! Students will learn all the fundamentals, starting with a basic weaving vocabulary and graduating to preparing a warp, warping a loom, and reading a draft. The instructor will guide you through a basic project and students will complete a scarf or a table runner in plain weave or twill. Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

  1. Weekday with Roberta Zeug Shell: Monday – Thursday, October 2 – 5: 10:00am – 3:30pm | REGISTER
  2. Weekend with Donna Hanson: Friday, November 17: 5:30 – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19: 9:00am – 6:00pm| REGISTER

Level: Beginning
Tuition: $198 WGM Member / $264 Non-member


Beginning Rag Rug Weaving with Donna Hanson

Learn the basics of rag rug weaving and make a small cotton rag rug! Students will become familiar with weaving terminology and learn how to prepare fabrics. Weaving basics, including winding a warp, dressing a loom, reading a draft, and weaving with a rag shuttle, will be presented, as well as finishing the rug with a fringe or a hem

Monday, October 9: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, October 20: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning
Tuition: $225 WGM Member / $300 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Floor Loom Weaving: Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced

Demystify the Countermarch Loom with Donna Hanson

Learn about countermarch looms – and particularly WGM’s Glimakras – and how they’re different from jack looms. We’ll dress the looms, learn the unique tie-up system, discuss shaft set-up, review how to fix a less-than-perfect shed, convert regular drafts to countermarch drafts, and other weaving tips for the countermarch loom.

Saturday, September 16: 9:30am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


Linen Damask on an 8-Harness Loom?! with Marian Quanbeck Dahlberg 

This class will offer more involvement in weaving linen.  Since linen is so suitable for drying items, we will be weaving a hand towel.  It will have a center stripe and a hanging loop, which will be accomplished using weights off the back of the loom.  We will explore weaving a ‘false’ Damask on an 8 harness loom.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 19, 21, 26 & 28: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $162 WGM Member / $216 Non-member


Designing in Rep Weave with Kelly Marshall

This course will explore warp faced Rep weave technique starting with drafting and weaving structure in simple 2-harness to complex multi-harness patterns.  We will play with color selections and blending of colors, and design a small project like a table runner or rug. Students may select a pattern from the teacher or create their own.  We will discuss the unique characteristics of Rep weave, tricks of the trade, and finishing techniques.  Students should expect to spend time weaving at the Guild between classes in order to complete their project. Yarn and materials will be available for purchase during the class with the fee dependent on the selected project.

Monday & Thursday, September 25 & 28: 6:00pm – 9:30pm; Saturday, October 7: 9:00am – 4:00pm; Friday, October 13 & Thursday, October 19: 6:00pm – 9:30pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $189 WGM Member / $252 Non-member


Sectional Warping: Two Ways with Linda Madden

Sectional warping is a way of warping directly from cones or spools of yarn onto the back beam of the loom one small section at a time. This technique is very helpful for long warps (15 yards or more), when warping fine stripes, or weak, fuzzy and sticky yarns. A newer tool which measures yarn for a sectional beam is the warping wheel. Both of these techniques will be demonstrated in this class, along with a thorough discussion of advantages and disadvantages of each. This class would be a good first step for those thinking about purchasing either type of sectional warping equipment.

Saturday, September 23: 10:00am – 2:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 Non-member


Krokbragd Rug with Wynne Mattila

Krokbragd is a weft-faced Scandinavian structure woven on 3 shafts. Participants will design and weave a 2 foot by 3 foot rug using wool rug yarn as weft on linen warp.  During the first session information will be provided so participants can order yarn and warp for their projects. Three pounds of yarn will be used in the rug.  Yarn cost is estimated at $75 or more.  Plan to spend additional time weaving between the class sessions.

Monday, October 16: 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays, November 6, 8, 10, 13 & 17: 10:00am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Intermediate – Participants must be able to wind a warp, warp a floor loom, and read a draft independently.
Tuition: $252 WGM Member / $336 Non-member


Twill Sampler on the Floor Loom with Jan Johnson

If you have taken beginning floor loom, this “next step” class is for you.  Learn variations on twill weave and refresh your skills while weaving a sampler that is also a decorative wall hanging.  We will also discuss how to plan your own unique projects successfully. Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 17, 19, 24 & 26: 10:00am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning. Beginning Floor Loom, or previous weaving experience, is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $198 WGM Member / $264 Non-member


Log Cabin Placemats with Nedra Granquist

Each student will warp a floor loom and weave a set of 6 to 8 log-cabin placemats, using carpet warp and bias-cut cotton yardage, which each person will prepare. Finishing possibilities include hems, knotted fringe, or hemstitched with a fringe. The first session will cover choosing a design and materials, and preparing bias-cut strips.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday,  October 23, 24, 25 & 27: 10:00am – 2:30pm; Monday, October 30: 10:00am – 12:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate. Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); Beginning Rag Rug or Beginning Floor Loom are prerequisites.
Tuition: $180 WGM Member / $240 Non-member


Sleying the Warping Dragon: A Warping Refresher with Donna Hanson

Sometimes the warping process can lead to snaggles and hassles! None of us want to feel like angry dragons while we’re warping, though, so this class is a chance to review or try warping your floor or table loom from back to front. Take this opportunity to warp and dress a loom and learn techniques to avoid those snaggles. After this one-day class you will be confident that you have the tools and techniques you need to “sley” that warping dragon.

Saturday, October 28: 9:30am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Advanced Beginning. Previous table or floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $59 WGM Member / $78 Non-member


Double Weave with Traudi Bestler

Double weave is a little like magic. Using this technique, students can weave two separate layers, a tube, or a cloth that is double the width of their loom. Students will leave class with several types of samples and the knowledge to design, draft and weave individual projects. Purses, with and without flaps, wide throws and afghans, place mats and napkins on the same warp are all doable in double weave. Materials used will be 5/2 perle cotton or 8/4 cotton carpet warp in 2 or more colors. Yarns are available for purchase at WGM

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 31, November 2, 7 & 9: 2:30pm – 5:30pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate. Previous table or floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 Non-member


Stripes and Structures for Tantalizing Towels with Donna Hanson

Are you a little intimidated by adding many colors to your warp?  Do you want an opportunity to understand and weave several new structures?  This class is all about color and structure design, with many color design ideas shared by the instructor, as well as instruction on the structures used.  With towels as our medium, each student will choose a structure and design a towel warp.  After weaving a sample napkin as a color study, each student will weave a towel on the loom they warped, as well as on other students’ looms.

November 16 – January 11: Click here for complete dates | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate – Students must be able to wind their warp, warp a loom, and read a draft independently.
Tuition: $216 WGM Member / $288 Non-member


Plastic Market Tote with Ann Masemore

Weave a market tote from recycled plastic bags using a plain weave or basket weave structure.  Students will learn how to prepare the plastic for weaving, weave with plastic, and construct the yardage into a tote.  Students supply their own recycled plastic bags and must also have access to a sewing machine.  Plastic – it’s the new fiber!

Monday, November 20, Tuesdays & Thursdays, November 28, 30, December 5, 7 & 12: 5:30pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate: Requires some experience in the subject and the ability to start and finish projects.
Tuition: $189 WGM Member / $252 Non-member


Weaving Linen Should Not Be Scary with Marian Quanbeck Dahlberg

Weaving linen doesn’t have to be scary! Learn about the incredible characteristics of linen and why linen is one of the most durable natural fibers and not the delicate fiber we were taught to handle with such respect. In this class, we will learn some tricks used in handling linen yarn, and how to achieve the hanging tab and center strip (the instructor’s specialty, although we will not be weaving the tab on this project due to limitations of equipment). We will weave a small table runner approximately 12″ wide X 36″ in length using 16/2 wet-spun line linen, epi at 24.

Mondays & Wednesdays, November 27, 29, December 4 & 6: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate: Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $162 WGM Member / $216 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle, Card & Small Loom

Triangular Bias Woven Shawl on a Triangle Loom with Judy Goebel

Triangle weaving, bias weaving, continuous warp weaving: it is all the same thing. This is a great flexible and modular technique that is easy to learn, inexpensive and portable. You don’t have to measure a warp or dress the loom. There is no wasted yarn left on the loom when you finish. Handspuns and highly textured yarns work well. In this class, you will do part of the construction on a triangular loom frame (32″x 32″X 44″) supplied by the instructor. You will receive detailed instructions for how to do the entire construction process if you would like to make a larger loom on your own, You will then learn how to weave a triangle, change colors, correct mistakes, finish your work and assemble multiple triangles to make stunning larger projects.  Four of these triangles sewn together makes a generous triangular shawl.

Thursdays, September 21, 28 & October 5: 10:00am – 12:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $68 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


Weaving with Handspun on the Rigid Heddle with Devin Helmen

Weave and assemble a Tibetan Bag on a rigid heddle loom using your handspun yarns. Yes, You Can use handspun as warp! Weaving with handspun is liberating and educational and is the perfect way to use up those skeins you have sitting around. For warp, bring something that is smooth and even, and for weft go wild! This is a great place to feature your art yarns! If you are not a spinner feel free to bring commercial yarns. In this class you will learn about yarn selection, how to direct warp a rigid heddle loom, and how to weave.

Tuesdays, September 26, October 3, 10 & 17: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 Non-member


Bead Weaving with Sandra Brick

Weaving with beads on a simple loom to create a bracelet, a cuff, a decorative panel, a necklace, or….? The possibilities are endless. Learn the basic techniques needed to weave with beads. Then let your imagination loose.

Tuesday & Thursday, October 24 & 26: 6:00pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $45 WGM Member / $60 Non-member


Inkle Weaving with Keith Pierce

Explore the fun of an inkle loom. This small, portable loom is ideal for weaving straps, belts, accessories, bookmarks, and more! Students will learn how to read a pattern draft, warp the loom, and weave an inkle band. You’ll learn finishing techniques and how to draft your own creative designs. You’ll also learn a pick-up technique or two to embellish your bands with beautiful effects.

Wednesdays,  November 1, 8 & 15: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member


Card Weaving with Karen Searle

Card weaving, also known as tablet weaving, is an ancient technique known throughout the world. Starting with the basics, you will learn to read a threading diagram, warp the cards, and backstrap-weave a band with simple patterns.

Thursdays, November 2, 9 & 16: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member


Ready, Set, Weave! Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving: Two Sessions

Learn the basics of the rigid heddle loom and get going on scarves, table runners, shawls, and more. The rigid heddle loom is portable so you can take your project with you anywhere. Students will learn the super-efficient direct warping technique, which means you can be weaving in a few hours. You will leave class ready to plan and create your own projects. Great for students who want to find out if weaving is for them.

  1. Weekend with Connie LaTendresse: Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Weekday with Kala Exworthy: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,  December 11, 13 & 15: 10:00am – 2:00pm| REGISTER

Level: Beginning
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 Non-member


Rigid Heddle 2: Design Your Own Project with Kala Exworthy

You’ve taken that first rigid heddle class and are not quite ready to take on the next project by yourself. Come explore color and fiber while creating anything from a hoodie scarf or shawl to placemats or bag. Hand-sewing or machine-sewing may be utilized.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22: 9:30am – 1:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning. Ready, Set, Weave!, or other beginning rigid heddle class, is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $96 Non-member


Nordic Pick-Up Band Weaving with Keith Pierce

Learn to weave intricately patterned bands using methods and tools traditionally used for centuries throughout the Nordic, Baltic and Sami regions of Europe. In the first session students will start weaving immediately with a pre-warped backstrap loom and will learn to read a pick-up pattern to create short bands for bookmarks or key fobs. In the second session students will learn to warp the backstrap loom for weaving a pattern of their choice. At the end of class students will keep the shuttle and backstrap loom to create other patterned bands on their own.

Wednesdays, November 29 & December 6: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Tapestry and Navajo Weaving

Navajo Weaving Basics with Betty Glynn Carlson

Learn the basic techniques of Navajo weaving using traditional wool yarn. In the first weekend session, students will make selvedge cords, discuss design elements, warp the vertical Navajo loom, and begin weaving. During the following sessions, we will weave a small rug while exploring the design possibilities of the various tapestry techniques used in traditional Navajo weaving. It will be necessary for students to weave in between classes. The looms are portable and may be taken home between sessions. Students who have previously studied Navajo weaving may explore more advanced techniques or continue working on an unfinished project.

Friday, October 27 – Wednesday, November 15 Click Here for Full List of Dates | REGISTER

Level: Beginning through Intermediate and Advanced. No prerequisites!
Tuition: $261 WGM Member / $348 Non-member


Tapestry Weekend with Traudi Bestler

Tapestry weaving is a way to create images in woven fabric. Beginning students will learn basic techniques and weave on a simple wooden frame loom. Continuing students will work on their own looms if they have them, or wooden frames, concentrating on more techniques for added detail in their weaving.

**Take this class in conjunction with Spinning for Tapestry on Wednesday, September 20: 5:30pm – 8:30pm**

Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  November 10, 11 & 12: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning through Intermediate and Advanced. No prerequisites!
Tuition: $162 WGM Member / $216 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Spinning & Fiber Prep

Raw Fiber Prep Basics I with Maddy Bartsch

It’s off the sheep…now what? You’re thinking of starting your fiber project with a freshly shorn fleece right off the animal. But with all the fleeces available, how do you approach judging the quality of a fleece for purchase? Or the tricky task of washing the fiber without felting it? This class will encompass everything from judging a fleece for purchase, skirting it, and washing it to get it prepared for your next step, whether that looks like felting, spinning, or lock dyeing. Materials will be provided and no experience is necessary.

Sunday, September 17: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $49 WGM Member / $61 Non-member

Raw Fiber Prep Basics II with Devin Helmen

 

The sheep is shorn, the fleece is washed–now what? In this class you’ll
learn how to prepare fleece for spinning! Try your hand at four basic fiber preparation techniques:picking, flicking, carding, and combing. Learn how to use a flicker, hand cards, and combs. Enjoy getting your hands on all that fluff! (Students who know how to spin will have the opportunity to sample from the various fiber preparations in class as well.)

Wednesday, October 11: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Spinning for Tapestry with Anne Burgeson

One of the greatest joys of weaving is picking the yarns for a project. Tapestry weavers use yarn to “paint” with, and color and fiber choices make all the difference. In this class, you will have the opportunity to spin your own yarns for tapestry! Explore spinning three breeds of colorful sheep wool typical of tapestry yarns for their luster, length and strength. Examine how singles vs. plied yarns affect the weave and experiment spinning thinner singles to combine colors for a thicker yarn.

**Take this class in conjunction with Tapestry Weekend, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 10 – 12: 10:00am – 4:00pm**

Wednesday, September 20: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning. Students must be able to spin and ply comfortably.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Beginning Spinning on a Wheel: Two Sessions

Discover the joy and beauty of making handspun yarn by learning to spin wool on a spinning wheel. The focus will be on understanding how to prepare fiber and use tools and equipment. Spinning outside of class time will be encouraged!

  1. Evening with Anne Burgeson: Thursdays, September 21, 28 & October 5: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER
  2. Weekend with Doreen Hartzell: Saturdays, November 4, 11 & 18: 10:00am – 1:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No previous experience necessary!
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member


Try It! Mobile Spinning with Devin Helmen

Get your spinning moving using ergonomics, yarn  and fiber management techniques, and fun. In this class we will discuss methods to “automate” your spinning, how to use various fiber management techniques to keep your fiber out of the way, and you will make a simple wrist distaff before we get started on obstacle courses and class field trips (hopefully without tripping) to practice the skills you have learned.  Fiber for spinning and yarn for making a simple wrist distaff are provided. Please bring an open mind, as many spindles as you wish, and good shoes as we will be on our feet.

Saturday, September 23: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning. Students should be familiar with spinning on a spindle.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Beyond Beginning Spinning with Anne Burgeson

This class is the next step for beginning spinners, with an emphasis on developing spinning techniques and increasing diameter control for a variety of fibers. We’ll step “outside the farmyard fence” to explore other protein fibers beyond sheep’s wool – such as alpaca, mohair, and silk. Using these skills, we’ll learn new techniques, including spinning bulky and lace weight yarns. Start at your current ability and rise to new levels of proficiency!

Mondays, October 23, 30 & November 6: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member


Try It! E-Spinning for Beginners with Judy Goebel

“Look Ma! No Feet!” This class is aimed at new spinners who would like to learn on an electric spinning wheel. The advantage of learning this way is that you can concentrate on using your hands to control the fiber without having to worry about treadling with your feet or managing a spindle. We will cover the very basics of spinning, discuss materials, and create some 2 ply yarn using electric spinners. There will also be guidance for next steps for students who want to continue to learn about spinning, either using a spindle or a manual spinning wheel.

Sunday, October 15: 1:30 – 4:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Try It! Spindle Spinning with Devin Helmen

Spindles are a cost effective and fun tool for making yarn. In this class you will learn the basics of spindle spinning and work with any foundations you already have from experienced wheel spinner to never-spun-an-inch in your life. A basic low whorl spindle and fiber will be provided.

Saturday, October 21: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience required!
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Making Batts on the Electric Drum Carder with Anne Burgeson

Curious about carding on the electric drum carder? Want to explore carding colorful batts?  This class covers what you need to know to use and rent the electric drum carder at WGM on your own to blend batts. The carder works well with various types of fiber. Students will learn to create batts suitable for spinning, felting or pre-felts.

Tuesday, November 14: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience required!
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Looking for a specific topic? Use these links to jump to that section.

Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Dyeing

Natural Dyeing Basics with Maddy Bartsch

Ever wanted to dip your toe into the world of natural dyeing, but not sure where to start? If so, this is the class for you! We will start with an overview of the dyeing process and common recipes used to obtain successful results. Then we will try it out using multiple methods of natural dyeing including: dyeing with an organic indigo vat, fresh flower and plant material eco-printing, and whole-dyestuff vats. This class is designed to give you a hands-on experience with some of the more common methods used in natural dyeing, and equip you with the tools to feel confident in planning your next natural dye project. No experience is necessary and materials will be provided.

Saturday, October 28: 1:00pm – 6:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $58 WGM Member / $73 Non-member


Natural Dyeing for Yarn Lovers with Doreen Hartzell

Yarns colored with natural dyes offer a wide, harmonious palette of colors for knitters, weavers, crocheters, spinners and felters. We’ll explore the basics of dyeing wool and other protein fibers, from starting a mordant to dyeing to post-mordanting your fibers. Students will create a set of coordinating mini-skeins from a variety of natural dyes and some dyed fiber in class. The instructor will have additional full size skeins available for students who wish to dye more yarn during the class ($8 each). While our yarns are cooking in the dye pots, we’ll learn about how to work on additional dyeing at home and have time to answer student questions.

Saturday, November 11, 2:00pm – 6:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $49 WGM Member / $61 Non-member


Handpainted Roving with Becka Rahn 

Learn the basics of dyeing wool fiber, including choosing and mixing dyes, processing for saturation and colorfastness, and tips and techniques for handling fiber without felting. We will make samples using a variety of hand painting techniques to achieve different effects like semi-solids, stripes, and gradients. You will leave class with a sampler of small balls of roving (great for needlefelting, and embellishments) and the skills to tackle larger projects.

Sunday, November 19: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member


Handpainted Skeins with Becka Rahn 

Learn to dye your own custom yarns with three techniques: semi-solid, hand painted, and self-striping. We will dye mini-skeins using each technique during class as samples, then dye an additional skein (wool, alpaca, silk) for your own project. Learn the basics of using acid dyes on protein fibers, tips for making sure your dyes are colorfast, and how to plan and create the yarn you want.

Sunday, December 3: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member


Partners in Dye with Becka Rahn

Hand-dyeing your own fibers can be intimidating. How do you know which dye to use?  Heat or no heat? Salt? Acid? This class will break it down into the chemistry you need to know. Using commercial dyes, we will dye small samples of yarn and fabrics in cotton, silk, nylon, wool and more. Get the specifics for which dye to use when, the process you need for each kind of fiber, how to get the colors and effects you want and most especially how to work with dyes in ways that are safe and earth-friendly. Finally, learn some troubleshooting techniques for when things don’t come out the way you envisioned and dispel some dyers “old wives’ tales”.

Sunday, December 17: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $49 WGM Member / $61 Non-member


Looking for a specific topic? Use these links to jump to that section.

Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


More Fiber Techniques

Try It! Sprang with Karen Searle

Sprang is an ancient technique for creating stretchy, lacy, textiles with warp threads only. Learn to set up a warp on a frame and interlace threads to form an elastic pouch.

Saturday, September 30: 10:00am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $45 WGM Member / $60 Non-member


Try It! Kumihimo with Beads with Donna Hanson

Have you been admiring those lovely beaded bracelets? Consider making one of your own using the kumihimo method. Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique created by using a kumihimo disk. Students will choose their cords and beads from materials provided by the instructor. They will then learn how to make the braid, add beads to the bracelet, and finish the piece with a magnetic closure. The result is a beautiful bead-studded bracelet that is ready to wear.

Saturday, October 7: 9:30am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


Try It! Sami-Inspired Bracelets with Katherine Buenger

These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, whoare the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Students will learn to make a four strand braid using tin thread, and then they will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.

Saturday, October 28: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 Non-member


Hardanger Embroidery with Melba Granlund

Are you an admirer of Norwegian Hardanger embroidery but think you could never do it yourself?  Think again. In this class you will learn how to “break the code” and learn how it’s done. Step by step instructions will be provided to learn the basic foundation stitches used in Hardanger embroidery to make a small ornament suitable for hanging in a window or on a tree. Students will need to work on their own between class times in order to complete project. All students should bring a very sharp scissors and an embroidery hoop. Other materials will be provided by instructor.

Thursdays, November 30, December 7 & 14: 6:00pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $68 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


 Try It! Weave a Bead with Sandra Brick

Beads, Nylon thread and a needle is all you need to create a bead. The art is in your color choices. Learn the peyote stitch and play with color. How you use the beads is only limited by your imagination.

Saturday, December 2: 12:00pm – 2:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $23 WGM Member / $30 Non-member


Try It! Tin Thread Necklace with Katherine Buenger

Tin thread has been used by the Sami people in Scandinavia since the Middle Ages. Using Swedish tin thread, we’ll learn how to make 5 strand braids – and then use the braid to create necklace! Students can choose the necklace length and thread width, and the closure will be made with reindeer horn and leather. If you’ve enjoyed our Sami bracelets classes, then you won’t want to miss creating a tin thread necklace.

Saturday, December 9: 12:30pm – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Sami-Inspired Bracelets: Step It Up to the Next Level with Katherine Buenger

Now that you know the basics of Sami braids, add to your skills. In this class, you’ll learn how to create more braids (and variations), add beads to the braid, and make a two-ply/twisted leather cord for button loops. Students will learn to cut their own leather to use with the braid they create, and will be encouraged to come up with their own designs. Several leather colors will be available.

Saturday, December 16: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning/Intermediate
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


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A Year of Linen

WGM is celebrating all things linen in 2017!

Workshop – Weaving Linens with Success with Kati Meek

Participants bring looms warped according to instructions provided and learn easy and revolutionary techniques for successful weaving with fine linen and cotton threads, beginning with warping with the Trapeze, progressing through ambidextrous threading and sleying from the center out, weaving with ‘live weight’ tension, and fine tuning the equipment and the weaver for easy, successful and lustrous linens. Mini-sessions are included on Lithuanian linen towels, warp building and finishing linens. This is a weave-on-your-own-loom and exchange, for a beginning linen notebook. The emphasis of this workshop is the process of weaving with special attention on healthy body mechanics. 18-24 hours, to 15 participants with basic weaving skills.
Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 18, 19, and 20: 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Linen Damask on an 8-Harness Loom?! with Marian Quanbeck Dahlberg 

This class will offer more involvement in weaving linen.  Since linen is so suitable for drying items, we will be weaving a hand towel.  It will have a center stripe and a hanging loop, which will be accomplished using weights off the back of the loom.  We will explore weaving a ‘false’ Damask on an 8 harness loom.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 19, 21, 26 & 28: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $162 WGM Member / $216 Non-member


Weaving Linen Should Not Be Scary! with Marian Quanbeck Dahlberg

Weaving linen doesn’t have to be scary! Learn about the incredible characteristics of linen and why linen is one of the most durable natural fibers and not the delicate fiber we were taught to handle with such respect. In this class, we will learn some tricks used in handling linen yarn, and how to achieve the hanging tab and center strip (the instructor’s specialty, although we will not be weaving the tab on this project due to limitations of equipment). We will weave a small table runner approximately 12″ wide X 36″ in length using 16/2 wet-spun line linen, epi at 24.

Mondays & Wednesdays, November 27, 29, December 4 & 6: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate: Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $162 WGM Member / $216 Non-member


Partner Classes

WGM is excited to partner with the Dakota County Library adult programming to offer some of our shorter weaving and spinning workshops at library locations throughout Dakota county. Visit the DCL website for more information and to register for classes.


Come learn with us! We look forward to seeing you at WGM!

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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

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Upcoming Workshops

September: Sewing Your Handmade Fabrics with Liz Spear

Move past the bog jacket and shawl with your handwoven or felted fabrics, and learn to cut and successfully sew a jacket, shirt or vest. Adding fit and stylistic flare to our incredibly beautiful handmade cloth requires some extra care for results you won’t get with commercial fabrics. Using pre-workshop suggestions/guidelines, you’ll select a pattern appropriate for your fabric. Cutting, marking, seam finishes, pressing, buttons and linings will be demonstrated as you sew through the steps to construct your handmade fabrics into a garment you’ll be proud to wear. Students should have intermediate sewing skills.
Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 8, 9 & 10: 10:00am – 4:00pm.
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October: Cutting Loose with Tied Weaves with Robyn Spady

Tied weaves are a whole group of different ways to create patterned fabrics with floats of limited lengths. Plus, one threading can provide a multitude of different treadling options, from singles and pairs to Dukagang and taquete. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of tied weaves and explore a wide variety of treadling techniques to create different results. For weavers interested in understanding terms like summer and winter, single two-tie, taquete, samitum, and exploring Quigley or Bergman tied weaves, this workshop is for you!
Dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 13, 14 & 15, 2017: 9:30am – 4:30pm