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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Projects and Techniques
Weaving – Refresher Courses & Technological Support
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle
Portable Weaving: Small Loom
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
A Year of Linen
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner


Floor Loom Weaving: Beginning

Beginning Floor Loom Weaving: Three Sessions

  1. with Carol Johnson Friday January 27 5:30pm-9pm; Saturday & Sunday January 28 & 29: 9am-5pm | REGISTER
  2. with Jan Johnson Monday-Friday, March 13-17: 9:30am-2:00pm | REGISTER
  3. with Donna Hanson Friday April 28, 5:30pm-9pm; Saturday & Sunday April 29 & 30: 9am-5pm | REGISTER

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Do 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.

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

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

  1. Saturday, February 11: 10am – 4pm| REGISTER
  2. Sunday, February 12: 10am – 4pm | REGISTER

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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!

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

Beginning Rag Rug Weaving: Two Sessions

  1. Beginning Rag Rugwith Ann Masemore Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 24, 31, February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16: 5:30pm-9pm | REGISTER
  2. with Donna Hanson Wednesday March 8, 5:30-9pm, Friday March 17, 5:30-9pm, Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19 9am-6pm | REGISTER
    Level: Beginning.
    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.

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

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

saori weaving chiaki1. Friday May 19: 10am-4pm| REGISTER
2. Saturday May 20: 10am-4pm| REGISTER
Level: Multi.
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.

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


Floor Loom Weaving: Projects & Techniques

Name Drafts, Codes, and the Profile Draft with Traudi Bestler

Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, & 26: 2pm-5pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced – students must be able to warp a loom independently.
Making a special textile whose design is based on someone’s name or a phrase is a weaver’s delight. Couple getting married? Use their name and date to create a design!  New baby? Make that blanket something special with a secret code.
This class will look at several weave structures and ways to design, how to choose materials, and how to manipulate the designs in pixeLoom and with paper and pencil if no computer is available. Students should bring a computer with pixeLoom installed if available. (Download a free demo copy from pixeLoom.com). A sampler will be woven to further understand the process.

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

Weave to Sew with Kala Exworthy

Sunday, February 12, 9:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday, March 22, 6pm-9pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Intermediate – students must be able to warp a loom and read a draft independently.
Learn how to design and weave yardage suitable for a sewing project! In the first class, we’ll explore different fiber options, characteristics and suitability for sewing patterns. Work with colors and drafts for the fiber that you choose to work with. Learn how the ‘draft’ used and the ‘sett’ of the thread influences the ‘drape’ or ‘hand’ of the cloth. Each student will have an opportunity to consult with your instructor by phone or email to discuss and confirm your plans. Then, weave your original fabric at home or make arrangements to rent a loom at the Guild. The goal is to create at least 6 yards of one-of-a-kind fabric destined to be cut and sewn at a later date

Tuition: $90 WGM Member / $120 Non-member

Creating Design in your Weaving: Monk’s Belt and Overshot with Donna Hanson

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Saturdays & Sundays, February 18 & 19, 25 & 26: 9:30am-3pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced – students should have previous floor or table loom weaving experience.

Are you ready to add more pattern or texture to your weaving? Creating pattern designs using a second shuttle can add highlights to your weaving or create an overall pattern effect. Monk’s Belt, Overshot, and Honeycomb are two-shuttle weave structures which allow you to add design to your projects. The instructor will provide draft and project ideas to assist you in planning a project. Warping, dressing the loom, and reading a draft will also be reviewed. Students can choose to weave placemats, a wall hanging, pillow cover, small tote, or another creative piece.

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

Two Shuttle Rug with T-Shirts and Fabric with Ann Masemore

IMG_8541 Tuesday, February 21 & 28; Thursday, March 2; Tuesday, March 7; Thursday, March 9; Tuesday, March 14; Thursday, March 16: 5:30pm-9pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate
Experiment with a variety of boundweave designs within the rosepath structure by using a two shuttle technique with alternating fabric and t-shirt wefts. Check your stash for recycled fabrics and t-shirts, or buy new for your rug sampler. Ann will guide you through design, color, fabric prep, weaving with two shuttles, and hem finishing. For Ann, it’s all about the color!

Tuition: $221 WGM Member / $294 Non-member

Exploring Twills on the Floor Loom with Carol Johnson

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Wednesdays & Fridays, March 1, 3, 8, 10: 10am-3:30pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate
Explore the never-ending world of twills! Expand your vocabulary to include straight draw, point, advancing, rosepath, goose eye, undulating, fancy, herringbone and more. Gain confidence in reading and understanding drafts, and maybe even create one of your own! Students will learn the basic building blocks of the threading, tie-up and treadling patterns associated with this versatile weave structure.

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

Fundamentals of Rep Weave with Donna Hanson

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Level and Prerequisites: Intermediate – students must be able to warp a loom, read a draft independently, and have an understanding of profile drafts.

The bold and beautiful designs of Rep Weave are always eye-catching and you, too, can create one! Focus will be on learning special techniques in the warping and weaving processes for this structure. In the first class the students will receive instructions for winding two warp chains in 5/2 perle cotton.  Warps need to be wound independently between the first and second class.  The instructor will present her knowledge of designing rep weave using profile drafts. You will have the opportunity to weave several small designs using a variety of tie-up and treadling options based on an instructor provided draft. Students may need to weave on their own between the last two classes to complete their project.  Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

Tuition: $216 WGM Member / $288 Non-member

Nothing Plain about Plain Weave with Jan Johnson

Plain WeaveMonday-Friday, April 3-7: 9:30am – 2pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning
Explore the endless possibilities for pattern and color in versatile plain weave! In this round robin class, students will move from loom to loom, discovering thick and thin patterns, textures, novelty wefts, and color work such as stripes, plaids, color-and-weave, gradations…and more! Learn all the variations of plain weave and how to plan your weaving projects for color, proportion, mixing yarns, drape, and yarn suitability.

Tuition: $203 WGM Member / $270 Non-member

Rosepath & Other Twill Variations in Rag Rugs with Donna Hanson

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Thursday April 6 9:30am-12:30pm; Tuesday & Thursday April 25 & 27 9:30am-3:30pm; Tuesday & Thursday May 2 & 4, 9:30am-2:30pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate – students should have taken a Beginning Rag Rug class or have previous rag rug weaving experience.
Are you ready to weave your next rag rug or looking to improve your rug weaving skills? Delve into twill, twill variations, or rosepath to create a beautiful, finely-crafted rug with fabric strips. Students will choose from several twill or rosepath pattern samples or select one of their own. During the first session the instructor will introduce the structures and variations, and assist students with color, proportion and design principles. The instructor will review how to read a draft, how to prepare fabric strips, introduce weaving with two shuttles, and teach a sturdy edge finishing technique.Tuition: $225 WGM Member / $300 Non-member

Shifted Serendipitous Silk Scarves with Kala Exworthy

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Sunday April 9, 9:30am – 4:30pm; Wednesday April 12, 6pm-9pm; Wednesday May 10, 6-8pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Intermediate – students must be able to warp a loom and read a draft independently.
Make a luxurious silk scarf and be proud knowing that you hand-dyed the warp and wove it! Explore dyeing and weaving with 30/2 silk. The class will be creating warps long enough for two scarves. Discussions will cover silks, dyeing, warping techniques, weft options and weave structures. The result will be two scarves with staggered colors and very different looks. Students will wind warps and dye them in the first session. Weaving will be done independently outside of class. Schacht Mighty Wolf and Baby Wolf looms will be available at WGM if desired.

Tuition: $166 WGM Member / $185 Non-member

Weaving Linen Should Not Be Scary! with Marian Dahlberg: Two Sessions

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 11, 13, 18, 20: 10am-2:30pm | REGISTER

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 30, June 1, 6, 8: 10am-2:30pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning, Intermediate: Students must know how to warp a loom.
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.

Tuition: $162 WGM Member / $216 Non-member

Boundweave Bags with Kala Exworthy

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Monday – Thursday, May 22-25: 9:30am – 3:30pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning – Students must be able to warp a floor loom and read a draft independently. Students should also know basic sewing techniques.
Be the envy of your lightrail car, shopping expedition, or family get-together with your handwoven boundweave bag! Boundweave is a common rug weave structure, but students will weave this structure to create a weft-faced bag. The bag is woven as a double weave tube with or without a flap, which means no side seams in the completed piece! Students will combine this technique with creative color changes to complete a unique, wool-woven design. Direct tie up will be presented, but the class will focus on using a traditional Swedish draft. Finishing options will also be discussed. Sound like fun? It is!

Tuition: $216 WGM Member / $288 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Projects and Techniques
Weaving – Refresher Courses & Technological Support
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle
Portable Weaving: Small Loom
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
A Year of Linen
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner


Weaving: Refresher Courses and Technological Support

Unlock the Mysteries of Weaving Drafts with Donna Hanson

Saturday January 14: 12pm-4pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning to Advanced Beginning. Students should have previous weaving experience.
Do you look at weaving books or magazines and say, “I wish I could understand these drafts!” or “Why are drafts written in so many different ways?” In this one day class, we’ll review threading drafts, tie-up, treadling and understand how they relate to each other and how they affect your weaving. We’ll even do a brief introduction to profile drafts! Bring your questions, individual concerns or drafts you find confusing.

Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 Non-member

Demystify the Countermarch Loom with Donna Hanson

in the loomSaturday, January 21: 9:30am-3pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
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.

Tuition: $50 WGM Member / $66 Non-member

Finishing Techniques with Karen Searle

Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1: 6pm-8pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tied of tying off your weaving with overhand knots? Learn a wide range of options for finishing your woven fabrics or woven items. We will create a reference sampler of options for fringes, seams, closures, and decorative trims. Techniques covered include on-loom finishes, stitched and knotted edgings, braids, decorative joins and seam-concealers, closures, and other decorative trim details. Bring your own finishing challenges along for consultation.

Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $96 Non-member

Understanding Blocks and Profile Drafts with Donna Hanson

Saturday, February 11: 9:30am-3:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate. Students should have a basic understanding of threading drafts.
Discover the power of the profile draft! Profile drafts are a weaver’s shorthand and show weaving information block by block. Understanding and using profile drafts saves time drafting, streamlines the design process, and can even make threading and treadling easier to remember. Become friends with the terms “block,” “pattern,” “background,” “profile draft,” and more. See how and when the same profile draft can be woven in several structures. You will finish the day ready to use the profile draft to design your next project.

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

Create Color Wraps to Plan Colorful Warps with Donna Hanson

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Sunday, March 12: 12pm-4pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Students should have previous weaving experience.
Do you admire beautiful, colorful warps and wish you could create them, too? Whether it is for a rep weave project, towels, fabric, or any other weaving project, you can design colorful warps. In this hands-on class, you will expand your experience with color combinations as you create many different color wraps to see the effects of colors when your eye blends them together or how they interact when they are next to each other. Try colors you would never think of using together and find some new favorite combinations!

Tuition: $36 WGM member / $48 Non-member

pixeLoom 101: Create Weaving Drafts on Your Computer with Donna Hanson

pixeloom_101_1Saturdays, March 4 and 11: 12:30-3:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning. Students should feel comfortable using their computer.
pixeLoom®, a software application for handweavers, provides tools for designing and visualizing drafts, planning projects, and keeping records. This two-session class explores these fundamentals in a demonstration and hands-on format. We will cover how to use the editing tools, work with the color palette, substitute a weave structure into a profile draft, plan a project and generate documentation.

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

pixeLoom 201: Create Weaving Drafts on Your Computer with Donna Hanson

Saturdays, April 1 and April 8: 12:30-3:30pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning – Students should be comfortable using their computer and must have completed pixeLoom 101 (or have instructor permission).
Now that you have learned the basics of pixeLoom, it is time to expand your knowledge. In this two-session class, we will explore methods for building and working with color palettes, expand your understanding and ability to use profile drafts and block substitution, learn ways to work with weft-faced and double weave, and key in on many other practical tips that facilitate the design process.

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

Sleying the Warping Dragon: A Warping Refresher with Donna Hanson

warpingrefresherSaturday, April 22: 9:30am-4pm | REGISTER
Level and prerequisites: Advanced Beginning. Previous table or floor loom warping experience necessary.
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 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.
Tuition: $59 WGM Member / $78 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Projects and Techniques
Weaving – Refresher Courses & Technological Support
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle
Portable Weaving: Small Loom
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
A Year of Linen
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner


Portable Weaving: Beginning Rigid Heddle

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

  1. Weekend with Carol JohnsonSaturday and Sunday, January 7 & 8: 10am-4pm | REGISTER
  2. Weekday with Connie LaTendresseMonday February 20, Wednesday February 22, Friday February 24: 10am-2pm| REGISTER
  3. Evening with Carol Johnson  Monday March 27, Wednesday March 29, Friday March 31: 5:30pm-8:30pm| REGISTER
  4. Weekday with Kala ExworthyMonday May 1, Wednesday May 3, Friday May 5: 10am-2pm| REGISTER

Ready, Set, WeaveLevel: Beginning.
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.

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

Rigid Heddle Projects and Techniques

Weft Faced Fabrics on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Carol Johnson

Monday January 16, Wednesday January 18, Friday January 20: 10am-1pm| REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced

Weft-faced fabrics are thick and sturdy, and perfect for bags, pillows and table-mats. Only the weft yarns show, but there are endless options for patterning. Explore stripes, columns, checks and tweeds in plain weave, as well as bolder patterns using easy to learn pick-up and tapestry techniques. Students will start by weaving a sampler, and then embark on a project of their choice using the techniques presented. Students will be expected to weave between classes.

Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member

Color and Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Carol Johnson

Monday March 13, Wednesday March 15, Friday March 17: 5:30pm-8:30pm| REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate – students should have experience warping a rigid heddle loom and reading a draft.
The Color-and-Weave technique uses dark and light threads to create a pattern effect that is more complex looking than the underlying plain weave structure. Students will explore various dark/light sequences in warp and weft and choose their favorite combinations to create a decorative and useful sampler.

Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member

The Power of Pickup on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Carol Johnson

The Power of Pick Up on the RHSaturday March 18 & Sunday March 19: 10am-2:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced.
Now that you’ve woven plain weave on the rigid heddle frame loom, let’s add some texture and variety with pick-up techniques. By using a simple pick-up stick, or two, we’ll unleash the power of the ingenious rigid heddle frame loom. Students will explore weft floats, warp floats, lace effects and waffle weave. Then we will add some supplementary wefts for even more variety, such as honeycomb, decorative ridges and tufts. The possibilities are endless!

Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member


Portable Weaving: Small Loom

Bias Weaving on a Triangle Loom with Judy Goebel

Saturday February 4th & Saturday February 11: 10am-2pm | REGISTER
Level: Multi: no prerequisites or prior experience necessary.
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 do not have to measure a warp or dress the loom. There is no wasted yarn left on the loom when you finish. Handspun and highly textured yarns work well (even those thick and thin early efforts!) In this class, you will do part of the construction (installing the nails) on a triangular loom frame (approx 20″ x 20″ x 25″) 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. No previous weaving experience needed.

Tuition: $72 WGM / $96 Non-member

Beginning Inkle Weaving with Karen Searle

introduction-inkle-weavingWednesdays April 19, 26, May 3, 10: 6pm-8:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning.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.

Tuition: $90 WGM Member / $120 Non-member

Pin Loom Weaving with Traudi Bestler

Fridays, April 21 & 28: 10am – 1pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Multi – no previous weaving experience is necessary!
Take your weaving with you using a pin loom! This small loom fits in a purse or bag, and is perfect for those on-the-go or with limited space in their homes. We will concentrate on two different techniques to create pin loom squares:  plain weave and textured weave. We’ll also learn how to add textured and colored patterns to your pin-loom squares. There will be time in class to try both plain and textured weave, and possibly create a small project.

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

Bead Loom Weaving with Traudi Bestler

Saturdays, May 13 & 20: 10am – 1pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Multi – no previous weaving experience is necessary!
Learn the basics of beadweaving! Beads can be used on a loom to create folk-inspired motifs or contemporary looks. In this class, students will weave one or more bracelets to practice the basic techniques of beadweaving. We will explore several ways to construct homemade looms and learn about commercially-made bead looms. We will also discuss how to use different types of closures and clasps to finish your projects. Participants may choose to bring their own size 11 or 8 seed beads and/or delicas, or may use those provided by the instructor. Open to students of all levels.

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


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Projects and Techniques
Weaving – Refresher Courses & Technological Support
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle
Portable Weaving: Small Loom
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
A Year of Linen
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner


Tapestry and Navajo Weaving

 Navajo Weaving Basics with Betty Glynn Carlson

navajoStarts Tuesday February 28 – see registration link for full list of class dates | REGISTER
Level: Beginning to Multi-level.
Learn the basic techniques of Navajo weaving using traditional wool yarn. Explore 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, including raised outline.

Tuition: $315 WGM Member / $420 Non-member

Continuing Navajo Weaving with Betty Glynn Carlson

Tuesdays May 2 & 9: 6pm-9pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced – Students must have taken at least one Navajo Weaving class.
This class is designed to develop your skills in the basic tapestry techniques used in Navajo weaving. If you are working on your first Navajo weaving, this class is great for finishing your piece, to learn finishing techniques, or to practice spinning Navajo warp. More experienced Navajo weavers may practice advanced techniques. Materials that should be brought to class by the student: Navajo loom and tools for weaving (batten, fork, long needles, etc.). Students are encouraged to weave in between classes and supply their own loom.

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

Beginning and Continuing Tapestry with Traudi Bestler

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Level: Beginning to Intermediate
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. We’ll discuss design, color theory, and working with a cartoon. Continuing students will work on advanced principles in design, color theory and working with a cartoon will also be discussed. Students will concentrate on learning several types of tapestry joins, transparency, and cartoon development.

Tuition: $135 WGM Member / $180 Non-member


Spinning

 Beginning Spinning on a Wheel: Three Sessions

  1. Evening with Anne Burgeson – Thursdays January 19, 26, February 2: 5:30pm-8:30pm | REGISTER
  2. Daytime with Doreen Hartzell – Saturdays March 4, 11, 18: 10am-1pm | REGISTER
  3. Daytime with Doreen Hartzell – Wednesdays April 5, 12, 19: 10:30am-1:30pm | REGISTER

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Level: Beginning.
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!

Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member

Beyond Beginning Spinning with Anne Burgeson

spinning-catTuesdays April 18, 25, May 2: 5:30pm-8:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning.
This class is the next step for 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!

Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member

Spin Your Stash with Doreen Hartzell

Saturday, January 7: 10am-2pm| REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced – students should be familiar with spinning on a spindle or wheel.
Want some help with your stash or your New Year’s resolution to spin what you have? Join us for a fiber stash lab and we’ll have you well on your way to spinning down all the fiber you’ve collected. We’ll make a set of samples and a plan for showing off your precious hand-dyed fibers to the fullest, blending “meh” colors together to create something you’ll love, and figure out which parts of your stash you can combine to spin enough for larger projects.

Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 Non-member

Try It! E-Spinning for Beginners with Judy Goebel

Saturday February 25: 10am-2pm | REGISTER
Level: Multi – no experience necessary!
“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.

Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 Non-member

Flax to Linen Spinning with Wendy J. Johnson

Saturday March 25: 1pm-4pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced
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.

Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member

Making Batts on the Electric Drum Carder with Anne Burgeson

Batts2-111909Wednesday, April 5: 5:30pm-8:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Multi.
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 also learn to create batts suitable for spinning, felting or pre-felts.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member

Long Draw with Anne Burgeson

Long DrawWednesday April 26: 5:30pm-8:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Yarns spun from long draw are light, soft, and lofty, which makes them good insulators and great for knitting. In this class, we will explore wheel set-up for long draw success, as well as different fibers and fiber preps that play nicely with long draw.

Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member

Try It! E-Spinning for Experienced Spinners with Judy Goebel

Monday May 1: 5:30pm-8:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Multi – participants must be able to draft and spin fiber on a basic level.
“Look, Ma! No Feet!” This class is aimed at spinners who have had some experience, either using a spinning wheel or a spindle. We will discuss and/or try out the various capabilities of HansenCraft e-spinners and some of the accessories that are available. We will discuss pros and cons of electric spinners, how to set one up, care and maintenance, etc.

Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member

Spin to Weave SAORI with Anne Burgeson & Chiaki O’Brien

Spinning May 30 & June 1 5:30-8:30pm; Weaving June 3 10am-4pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced – students should have some experience spinning singles. No prior weaving experience is necessary.
Spinning is an art of itself, but the yarn can be perfect for weaving – and especially for SAORI weaving. Join us for this unique opportunity to study both! First, students will work with spinning instructor Anne Burgeson to explore spinning creative and textured yarns to use for SAORI weaving. Then, you’ll weave on a SAORI loom with instructor Chiaki O’Brien using your freshly handspun yarn. SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth.

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


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More Fiber Techniques

Needle Lace with Karen Searle

Wednesdays January 11, 18, 25: 6pm-8pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
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.

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

Try It! Sami-Inspired Bracelets with Katherine Buenger

Saturday, January 14: 12:30pm-4:30pm | REGISTER

sami inspired braceletsLevel: Beginning – no experience necessary!
These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are 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.

Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 Non-member

Nalbinding-One Loop at a Time with Melba Granlund

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Saturdays, January 21, 28 & February 4: 1-4pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Learn the folk art tradition of nålbinding using a handcrafted wooden needle and continuous strand of wool yarn. While this looping technique was used by the Vikings to make warm garments such as socks and mittens, artifacts dating back 3,000 years show that articles made in nålbinding have been found around the world. In this class, you will learn basic nålbinding stitches to make a hat. Current samples, as well as pictures of historical pieces from Norway, Sweden and Finland, will be shown as inspiration.

Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member

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

Saturday February 4: 10am-4pm | REGISTER
Level: Advanced Beginning/Intermediate.
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.

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

Try it! Viking Metal Bracelets with Melba Granlund

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Saturday, February 25: 10am-2:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Explore an ancient wire weaving technique. Sometimes called Viking knit because it dates back to the Viking Era, the technique is not actual knitting. Instead, wire is woven in a series of loops worked in a circular fashion similar to Nålbinding. In the class, students will use stainless steel, colored or copper, brass, or gold covered wire to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet. Samples will be provided for inspiration.

Tuition: $41 WGM Member / $54 Non-member

Try It! Tin Thread Necklace with Katherine Buenger

Try It! Tin Thread NecklaceSaturday, April 29: 12:30-3:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
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.

Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member

Try It! Kumihimo with Beads with Donna Hanson

kumihimo_beadsSaturday, May 6: 9:30am-3:30pm | REGISTER
Level: Multi.
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 learn how to make the braid and add beads to create a beautiful bead studded bracelet that is ready to wear.

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


Dyeing

Serendipitous Dyeing – Linen and Flax with Nancy Preckshot

Saturday, January 28: 1-4pm | REGISTER
Level and prerequisites:Beginning – no prerequisites!
Serendipitous dyeing can produce surprising and beautiful color combinations on yarn or fiber. These methods can be used in extremely random ways or can be reined-in a bit to produce more sedately random results. In this class, the instructor will describe or demonstrate various serendipitous dye methods and touch on basic color theory. Then you will choose a method to use on the yarn or fiber you brought to class, according to your own design and color sense. Leave with the knowledge to dye any cellulose yarn or fiber using Fiber Reactive dyes, including the basics of chemical handling, dye formulas and safety procedures.

Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member

Dyeing Linen and Flax with Natural Dyes with Judy Payne

Sunday, January 29: 1-4pm | REGISTER
Level and prerequisites: Beginning – no prerequisites!
Natural dyeing is an ancient craft that has recently gained resurgence in popularity. In these classes you will learn the basics of natural dyeing including how to extract the dye from the plant material, and use mordants effectively to attain a variety of colors on fiber. We will use 3 dye sources with alum, iron, and vinegar to yield 9 samples for each fiber. Safe use of the mordants and sound dye procedures will be emphasized. The instructor will bring previously dyed fibers so that participants can compare the colors achieved with natural dyes on various fibers. Participants will leave with samples and the knowledge to replicate the dye procedures on their own.

Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member

Handpainted Skein – The Basics with Becka Rahn

Handpainted Skein_1Sunday, February 5: 1-4pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning
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.

Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member

Dyeing Alpaca and Wool with Natural Dyes with Judy Payne

Sunday, February 12: 1-4pm | REGISTER 
Level and Prerequisites: Beginning – no prerequisites!
Natural dyeing is an ancient craft that has recently gained resurgence in popularity. In these classes you will learn the basics of natural dyeing including how to extract the dye from the plant material, and use mordants effectively to attain a variety of colors on fiber. We will use 3 dye sources with alum, iron, and vinegar to yield 9 samples for each fiber. Safe use of the mordants and sound dye procedures will be emphasized. The instructor will bring previously dyed fibers so that participants can compare the colors achieved with natural dyes on various fibers. Participants will leave with samples and the knowledge to replicate the dye procedures on their own.

Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member

Handpainted Roving with Becka Rahn

Handpainted RovingSunday February 19: 1-4pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning.
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 and the skills to tackle larger projects.

Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member

Partners in Dye: A Dye and Fiber Sampler with Becka Rahn

Partners in DyeSunday, March 5: 1-5pm | REGISTER
Level: Beginning.
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. 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.

Tuition: $49 WGM Member / $61 Non-member

Pole-wrapped Coral Reef Shibori Scarf with Bengala Dye with Chiaki O’Brien

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Saturday, May 6: 10am – 12pm | REGISTER 
Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Two types of Shibori involve wrapping cloth around a pole and compressing it:  arashi shibori (tornado) and bo mura kumo shibori. Unlike the lines produced by the binding thread used in arashi shibori which are clear and sharp, those in bo mura kumo shibori are soft, for no binding thread is used. After folding the cloth to form a tube, a pole is inserted in the central core and pushed to compress the cloth. The final dyed product differs according to the diameter of the pole. We will enjoy dyeing silk scarves using hoso bo (thin pole) and you will have a dozen Bengala Dye colors to choose from! In Japanese, the name of this technique has nothing to do with coral, but it is beautifully translated in English as you see “coral” in the result.

Tuition: $28 WGM Member / $40 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Projects and Techniques
Weaving – Refresher Courses & Technological Support
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle
Portable Weaving: Small Loom
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
A Year of Linen
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner


A Year of Linen

WGM is celebrating all things linen in 2017. Take one (or more!) of these classes to explore linen and flax.

Serendipitous Dyeing – Linen and Flax with Nancy Preckshot

Saturday, January 28: 1-4pm | REGISTER
Level and prerequisites:Beginning – no prerequisites!
Serendipitous dyeing can produce surprising and beautiful color combinations on yarn or fiber. These methods can be used in extremely random ways or can be reined-in a bit to produce more sedately random results. In this class, the instructor will describe or demonstrate various serendipitous dye methods and touch on basic color theory. Then you will choose a method to use on the yarn or fiber you brought to class, according to your own design and color sense. Leave with the knowledge to dye any cellulose yarn or fiber using Fiber Reactive dyes, including the basics of chemical handling, dye formulas and safety procedures.

Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member

Dyeing Linen and Flax with Natural Dyes with Judy Payne

Sunday, January 29: 1-4pm | REGISTER
Level and prerequisites: Beginning – no prerequisites!
Natural dyeing is an ancient craft that has recently gained resurgence in popularity. In these classes you will learn the basics of natural dyeing including how to extract the dye from the plant material, and use mordants effectively to attain a variety of colors on fiber. We will use 3 dye sources with alum, iron, and vinegar to yield 9 samples for each fiber. Safe use of the mordants and sound dye procedures will be emphasized. The instructor will bring previously dyed fibers so that participants can compare the colors achieved with natural dyes on various fibers. Participants will leave with samples and the knowledge to replicate the dye procedures on their own.

Tuition: $40 WGM Member / $49 Non-member

Flax to Linen Spinning with Wendy J. Johnson

Saturday March 25: 1pm-4pm | REGISTER
Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Advanced
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.

Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member

Weaving Linen Should Not Be Scary! with Marian Dahlberg

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 11, 13, 18, 20: 10am-2:30pm | REGISTER

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 30, June 1, 6, 8: 10am-2:30pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning, Intermediate: Students must know how to warp a loom.

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.

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.


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Projects and Techniques
Weaving – Refresher Courses & Technological Support
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle
Portable Weaving: Small Loom
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
A Year of Linen
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner