Summer 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

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

Tuesday, July 25: 5:30-9:00pm; Friday, August 4: 5:30-9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning
Tuition: $225 WGM Member / $300 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. Weekend with Donna HansonFriday, July 7: 5:30 – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & July 9: 9:00am – 6:00pm| REGISTER
  2. Weekday with Roberta Zeug Shell: Monday – Thursday, August 28 – 31: 10:00am – 3:30pm| REGISTER

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


Try It! Japanese Weaving on a SAORI Loom with Chiaki O’Brien: Two 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.

Saturday, July 15: 10:00am – 4:00pm| REGISTER

Friday, July 28: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Try It! Weave a Scarf on a Floor Loom with Julie Nester: Two Sessions

Have you always wanted to try weaving on a floor loom? In just one
day, you will weave a colorful wool scarf using an array of colors or your choice. Looms are pre-warped and ready to go. You’ll learn how to wind bobbins, throw and catch the shuttle, tromp on treadles, and develop a consistent weaving beat. Leave with a beautiful scarf you’ll be proud to wear!

  1. Saturday, August 12: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Sunday, August 13: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning
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


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, June 24: 9:30am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $50 WGM Member / $66 Non-member


Time for Towels with Donna Hanson

Would you like to weave with a new structure and explore using tie-ups and treadling to create different designs from the same warp? It must be Time for Towels. Using 8/2 cotton warp, each student will choose a structure to weave two or three beautiful and varied towels. In addition to discussing many possible weave structures, we will review reading a draft, winding a warp and dressing a loom.

Monday – Thursday, June 26 – 29: 9:30am – 2:00pm; Friday, June 30: 9:30am – 1:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $198 WGM Member / $264 Non-member


Color to Cloth with Kala Exworthy

Get the most out of your color choices and learn to define your personal color sense. By focusing on fabric as your inspiration, the instructor will present her color collection process, which is inspired by well-known designer Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Discussions will include looking at elements of color and analyzing how, where, and why you use color. Then, applying your newly defined color palette students will use blocks in a 3/1 twill structure to weave a table runner or towel.

Fridays, June 30, July 7, July 14: 12:30pm – 3:30pm; August 11: 12:30pm – 2:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate – students must be able to warp a loom and read a draft independently.
Tuition: $99 WGM Member / $132 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, July 15: 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


Advanced Rep Weave with Donna Hanson

Are you ready to add more blocks or color to your rep weave projects? Advanced Rep Weave will focus on designing in rep weave, review the process of warping with two warp chains and allow you to further develop weaving techniques unique to rep weave. Donna will present how to design with more blocks without needing more shafts and share several techniques for designing with color. Students will work from their own profile draft, or one provided by the instructor. The first two sessions will focus on design, and the students should plan to wind their warps between sessions 2 and 3. Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

Monday & Wednesday, July 17 & July 19: 9:30am – 12:30pm; Monday, Wednesday & Friday, July 24, 26 & 28: 9:30am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced – Students must able to warp a loom, read a draft, understand profile drafts, and have completed a rep weave class.
Tuition: $216 WGM Member / $288 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 & Small Loom

Scaffold Weaving with Karen Searle

Scaffold weaving is a patchwork weaving technique found in 1000 year-old textiles from Peru. Learn a bit about the history of this unusual approach to weaving that is now being revived by Andean weavers. Then try it yourself. We will construct and warp a special frame and weave a seamless patchwork cloth.

Saturday, June 24: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Ready, Set, Weave! Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving with Connie LaTendresse: 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: Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23: 10:00am – 4:00pm  | REGISTER
  2. Weekday: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, August 21, 23 & 25: 10:00am – 2:00pm| REGISTER

Level: Beginning
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 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 Intensive with Betty Glynn Carlson

navajoExplore the various design elements used in Navajo rugs by weaving a small wool sampler. Students will learn how to warp their looms in class on the first day. We will then focus on learning the different techniques used in Navajo rugs. The instructor will prepare the warp and twining cords in advance, so there will be more time to weave. Students will be expected to weave outside of the scheduled class time. The looms are portable and may be taken home in the evenings to weave. Given the unique methods used in warping the loom, there may not be enough time in class to finish the sampler. Students may purchase the dowels used in the weaving or the loom at the end of the class.

Monday & Tuesday, June 19 & 20: 9:30am – 5:30pm; Wednesday – Friday June 21 – 23: 9:30am-4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning to Multi-level. No prerequisites!
Tuition: $320 WGM Member / $426 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

Beginning Spinning on a Wheel: Three 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: Wednesdays, June 7, 14 & 21: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER
  2. Daytime with Doreen Hartzell – Thursdays, July 13, 20 & 27: 10:30am – 1:30pm | REGISTER
  3. Evening with Anne Burgeson – Tuesdays & Thursday, August 8, 10 & 15: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning
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.

Saturday, June 17: 10:00am – 2:00pm | REGISTER

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


Amazing Art Yarns with Doreen Hartzell

Come and create amazing art yarns and then get inspired by fun project ideas! Learn to adjust your drafting style, create colorful handspun art yarns, and build different skills. Students will get the basic techniques including preparing fiber and developing textured batts, and then explore thread plying, autowrapping and corespinning. Emphasis will be on using small batts.

Friday, July 21: 12:00pm – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Silk Spinning – from Hankies to Bricks with Wendy J. Johnson

All silk originates from a simple cocoon but may be spun from a wide variety of fiber preparations. The instructor—fiber artist and author, Wendy J. Johnson—will discuss the origins of cultivated and wild silk and its processing into the many hand spinning preparations. Samples of all silk preparations will be shown and instruction presented on how they may be spun. Students will have ample time to try their hand at spinning cultivated and wild silks, as well as discover how to gain control of this sometimes dauntingly slippery fiber.

Saturday, July 29: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Intermediate – A beginning spinning class or enough spinning experience to successfully spin a single and ply with basic proficiency.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Flax to Linen Spinning with Wendy J. Johnson

Feel the presence of your ancestors as you experience spinning flax—one of the most ancient and elegant of all fibers. When spun, flax magically becomes the linen yarn we revere for exquisite weaving and knitting. The instructor–fiber artist and author, Wendy J. Johnson—-will discuss how flax and other bast fibers are grown and demonstrate the complex processing of the flax plant for hand spinning. You will try your hand at wheel spinning both line (long) flax and tow (short) fibers using a wet-spinning technique. Wendy will also talk about her experience of growing, harvesting, and processing flax as well as share stories of her travels through Sweden to learn about their linen-making tradition.

Saturday, August 12: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 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


Dyeing

Try It!: Bengala Mud Dye with Chiaki O’Brien

A natural Japanese dye, Bengala dyes are made from soil, ‘environmentally safe’ and fun to use. The dye process doesn’t require hot water so is appropriate for students of all ages. Children and adults alike will find this to be a fun technique, just like playing with mud. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form as they dye material that students chose. There will be shawls, scarves, socks and t-shirts to choose from to dye. This is not a soaking dye, so be ready to knead the material as well as be creative! You can play with the material by knotting, folding, and tie-dyeing. You can choose from any color you like: 12 colors of dye and some tools for you to play with. Let’s have fun dyeing.

Friday, June 9: 1:30pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $43 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


More Fiber Techniques

Try It! Loop-Braided Bracelets with Doreen Hartzell

Students will make a loop braided bracelet in class. The technique learned can be used to make beautiful custom cords for drawstrings, shoelaces, trim, and other applications.

Saturday, June 10: 1:00pm – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $18 WGM Member / $24 Non-member


Try It! Beginning Modern Macrame with Doreen Hartzell

Not just for plant holders, macrame can make durable, colorful, intricately patterned jewelry and functional objects. We’ll learn basic knots and how to read patterns. Students will get to choose a design and work on creating their own elegant modern bracelet.

Sunday, July 16: 2:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

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


Try It! Sami-Inspired Bracelets with Katherine Buenger

sami inspired braceletsThese 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, July 22: 12:00PM – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 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 misscreating a tin thread necklace.

Saturday, July 29: 12:30 – 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, August 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Needle Lace with Karen Searle

Needle lace -also known as needlepoint lace- is made with a sewing needle and a single thread with variations of the detached buttonhole stitch. The techniques were developed by lacemakers in 15th-18th century Europe. In this “taster” class, students will create a small stitched picture-sampler using several pattern stitches. We will also learn to outline motifs and to do some basic connecting, or “ground” stitches. Creative, contemporary uses of needle lace will be explored.

Wednesdays, August 9, 16 & 23: 6:00pm – 8:00pm | 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


A Year of Linen

WGM is celebrating all things linen in 2017. Explore linen and flax!

Flax to Linen Spinning with Wendy J. Johnson

Feel the presence of your ancestors as you experience spinning flax—one of the most ancient and elegant of all fibers. When spun, flax magically becomes the linen yarn we revere for exquisite weaving and knitting. The instructor–fiber artist and author, Wendy J. Johnson—-will discuss how flax and other bast fibers are grown and demonstrate the complex processing of the flax plant for hand spinning. You will try your hand at wheel spinning both line (long) flax and tow (short) fibers using a wet-spinning technique. Wendy will also talk about her experience of growing, harvesting, and processing flax as well as share stories of her travels through Sweden to learn about their linen-making tradition.

Saturday, August 12: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 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!

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

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Upcoming Workshops

August: Lustrous Linens – 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.
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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