Winter/Spring 2018 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, Card & 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: Three Sessions

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.

  1. Weekend (Jan) with Donna HansonThursday, January 4: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, January 12: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday January 13 & 14: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Weeknights (Feb) with Ann Masemore: Tuesday – Thursdays, February 6, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22: 5:30pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER
  3. Weekend (Apr) with Donna Hanson:  Monday, April 16: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, April 27: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $225 WGM Member / $300 Non-member


Beginning Floor Loom Weaving: Three 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 (Jan) with Jan Johnson: Friday, January 19: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Weekend (Mar) with Donna Hanson: Friday, March 9: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER
  3. Weekdays (Apr-May) with Roberta Zeug Shell: Monday – Thursday, April 30 – May 3: 10:00am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $198 WGM Member / $264 Non-member


Try It! SAORI Weaving–Express yourself! 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, January 27: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Friday, April 27: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginner: Requires no experience! Suitable for students with a range of skills. Multi: Offers a basic introduction with an opportunity for a higher level of practice and skill.
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


Beginning Floor Loom Weaving II: Nothing Plain About Plain Weave with Jan Johnson 

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. Students will leave class with a binder full of woven samples and ideas for future project planning. The instructor will review basic weaving vocabulary, preparing a warp, warping a loom and reading a draft.

Friday, February 9: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning. Beginning Floor Loom Weaving or equivalent experience required.
Tuition: $198 WGM Member / $264 Non-member


SAORI Weekend: Weave and Sew a Shrug with Chiaki O’Brien

A weaving class for non-weavers. Learn about the unique SAORI weaving process and create a garment! Students start weaving right away on an original pre-warped SAORI loom. That means no set-up and no patterns or weaving drafts. Simply create in the moment using colors and textures to weave cloth for your one-of-a-kind shrug! All the yarn for the weft is provided, but if you have yarns/ materials you would like to weave with, bring them to the first class. The final piece can be completed by hand-stitching or sewing machine. Sewing machine experience is not required, but recommended. Sewing machines will be provided.

Friday, March 23: 6:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25: 10:00am – 4:00pm; Wednesday, March 28: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Beginner: Requires no experience. Multi: Offers a basic introduction with an opportunity for a higher level of practice and skill.
Tuition: $162 WGM member / $216 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
Floor Loom – Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle, Card & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning

Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Floor Loom Weaving: Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced

Raanu Rug with Wynne Mattila

A raanu is a weft-faced Finnish Lapland weaving. This rug can be woven on a two-shaft floor loom. Participants will design and weave a 2 foot by 3 foot raanu rug using wool 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 $90 or more. Plan to spend additional time weaving between the class sessions.

Monday, January 8: 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Mondays, Wednesday, & Fridays, January 29, 31, February 2, 5 & 9: 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


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, January 20: 9:30am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

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


Danskbrogd with Jan Mostrom

Danskbrogd is a little known technique originally found in a small area of Norway. It is typical to have bands of geometric patterns in light color spots against a dark background between bands of krokbragd or in larger designs on plain weave. After becoming comfortable weaving danskbrogd with a pick up stick on both plain weave and with krokbragd, we will continue weaving danskbrogd on a multishaft threading without a need to use a pick up stick. Knowing how to weave krokbragd is NOT a prerequisite for the class.

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, January 29 – 31: 10:00am – 4:00pm; Friday, February 2: 10:00am – 1:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Intermediate: Requires some experience, the ability to warp on your own, and to start and finish projects.
Tuition: $189 WGM Member / $252 Non-member


Unlock the Mysteries of Weaving Drafts with Donna Hanson

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.

Saturday, February 10: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning to Advanced Beginning – Students should have previous weaving experience.
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 Non-member


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

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.

Equipment note: Participants should bring a laptop computer (Mac or Windows) with pixeLoom software installed (demo copies can be obtained from Sue at pixeLoom.com prior to the first class) and a computer mouse. Students will be expected to spend some time practicing their new skills between class sessions.

Sundays, February 11 & 18: 12:30pm – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning – Intermediate. Students should feel comfortable using their computer.
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 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, February 17: 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


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.  Equipment note: Students may need to come in in-between the two weekends to finish preparing their loom for weaving. Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

Saturdays & Sundays, February 24 & 25, March 3 & 4: 9:30am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning – students must have prior weaving experience on a floor or table loom.
Tuition: $198 WGM Member / $264 Non-member


Rosepath and Other Twill Variations in Rag Rugs with Donna Hanson

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.

Monday, March 5: 5:30pm – 8:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18: 9:30am – 3:30pm; Saturday, March 24: 9:30am – 2:30pm; Sunday, March 25: 12:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate – students should have taken a Beginning Rag Rug class or have previous rag rug weaving experience.
Tuition: $225 WGM member / $300 Non-member


Boundweave Bags with Kala Exworthy

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!

Tuesday – Friday, March 6 – 9: 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.
Tuition: $216 WGM Member / $288 Non-member


Deflected Double Weave with Traudi Bestler

This technique allows the weaving of fabrics that move, change shape, and create bumps and texture. Learn how to use double weave to make designs that are complex and interesting. Students will learn how to design in the technique, how to choose materials, then make a warp for some sampling and to weave a scarf. 8 shafts will be used. Subjects covered will be block theory, profile drafting, and using the computer to aid in designing.

Mondays & Thursdays, March 19, 22, 26 & 29: 2:30pm – 5:30pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Intermediate: Requires some experience in the subject and the ability to start and finish projects. Students need to be able to warp a loom independently.
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 Non-member


Two Shuttle Rag Rug with Fabrics and T-Shirts with Ann Masemore

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. The instructor will guide you through design, color, fabric prep, weaving with two shuttles, and hem finishing. Carpet warp is available for purchase at WGM.

Tuesday – Thursdays, March 22, April 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12: 5:30pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate. Students must have completed a beginning rag rug or floor loom class and be able to warp a loom on their own.
Tuition: $221 WGM Member / $294 Non-member


Monks Belt & Overshot: Creating Design in your Weaving with Donna Hanson

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. All of these techniques will broaden your weaving skills, giving you more diversity in your weaving. The instructor will provide some draft and project ideas and assist with planning your project. Students can choose to weave placemats, a wall hanging, pillow cover, small tote, or other creative piece. Warping and dressing the loom, and reading a draft will be reviewed. Have fun weaving while advancing your skills and creativity. Note: Students should plan to spend time between classes weaving at WGM to complete their project.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: April 3, 5, 10 & 12: 9:30am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level.
Tuition: $198 WGM member / $264 Non-member


Understanding Blocks and Profile Drafts with Donna Hanson

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.

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

Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate. Students should have a basic understanding of threading drafts.
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


Three Shuttle Rag Rug with Nedra Granquist

It’s time to try point twill with three shuttles. It’s such fun to create diamonds within diamonds in three colors, whether as borders or an all-over pattern. Fabrics can be bias-cut or not, new or recycled. It’s an ideal project for bulky “carpet rags”: denim, wool (including coat fabric), and even polar fleece work well. Instructor Nedra Granquist will share 20 years experience and introduce design, color selection, fabric preparation and finishing.

Monday – Thursday, May 7 – 10: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate – students should have experience warping a loom and preparing fabric for rugs. Beginning Rag Rug or equivalent experience is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $144 WGM Member / $192 Non-member


Swedish Art Weaves with Jan Mostrom

Swedish art weaves are at their best in the highly decorated weavings of the Skåne area of Sweden. Dukagång, krabbasnår and halvkrabbe are woven in a similar manner using butterflies to inlay designs, but each have a distinctive look. Dukagång is made up of columns. Krabbasnår designs move on a diagonal while halvkrabbe is made up of squares like a checkerboard. Rölakan is a geometric tapestry technique that is also seen in the weavings of Skåne. Students will weave a sampler of these techniques, discuss color choices, finishing techniques and ideas for making a sampler into a pillow or bag.

Monday – Wednesday, May 14 – 16: 10:00am – 4:00pm; and Friday, May 18: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and Prerequisites: Intermediate: Requires some experience in the subject and the ability to start and finish projects. Students must be able to wind a warp, warp a floor loom and read a draft independently.
Tuition: $216 WGM Member / $288 Non-member


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


Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle, Card & Small Loom

Mohair Cinch or Guitar Strap Weaving with Pop Wagner

Mohair has been traditionally used to make cinches for Western saddles. Besides cinches, girths and breast collars, one can create a number of other items including hatbands, belts, guitar straps and mini cinches. Traditional mohair cinches are strong, resistant to dirt and will not sore a horse if properly fitted. The guitar strap makes a unique gift for that musician in your life, or yourself! Both are beautiful to look at and offer nearly endless design possibilities. This three-day class will address both newcomers to cinch making and those who are already proficient at it with step-by-step instruction on how to make tied cinches and guitar straps on a portable loom, as well as advanced instruction to those already proficient at cinch-making.

Friday, January 12: 11:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday, January 13: 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday, January 14: 9:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning-Requires no experience; Advanced Beginning: students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level.
Tuition: $180 WGM Member / $240 Non-member

 


Intermediate Inkle Loom Weaving with Karen Searle

You’ve taken Beginning Inkle Loom Weaving and now you’re ready for the next step. Intermediate Inkle Loom Weaving is the class for you! In this class, you will learn and experiment with different threading styles and types of pick-up weaves to create more beautiful designs in your band weaving.

Wednesdays, January 17, 24 & 31: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate levels.
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member


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

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. Weekday: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, January 22, 24 & 26: 10:00am – 2:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Weekend: Friday, May 18: 5:30pm – 8:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 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, January 31 & February 7: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

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


Frame Loom Weaving: Wall Hangings with Sarah Johnston

Join me in exploring the simple, sacred, and satisfying craft of frame loom weaving. We will spend two evenings covering introductory techniques that will leave you with a beautiful wall hanging and skills to create more. During this class we will cover the following skills:
Setting up the frame loom, warping it and using a spacer; Tabby, Twill and Soumak Weave; Using rya knots to create fringe and texture; Two different techniques to create loops; Making shapes and waves in your weaving; Creating vertical stripes; Using wool roving; and finishing your wall hanging.

Tuesdays, February 13: 6:00pm – 9:00pm; February 20: 6:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER

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


Bead Weaving on a Loom 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.

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

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


Beginning Inkle Loom Weaving with Karen Searle

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.

Tuesdays, April 3, 10 & 17: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 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. Recommended book for the class: “Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom” by Syne Mitchell.

Saturday and Sunday, April 14 & 15: 10:00am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning. Ready, Set, Weave! or equivalent is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $90 WGM Member / $120 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, Card & 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, March 16: 6:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, March 17: 9:00am – 4:00pm; Sunday, March 18: 12:00pm – 4:00pm; Wednesdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18 & 25: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning-No experience necessary! Multi: Offers a basic introduction with an opportunity for a higher level of practice and skill.
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.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 27, 28 & 29: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning–Requires no experience!; Advanced Beginning: students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Open to new beginners and continuing tapestry weavers.
Tuition: $162 WGM Member / $216 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, Card & Small Loom 
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
A Year of Linen
Partner
Upcoming Workshops


Spinning & Fiber Prep

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. Evenings with Anne Burgeson: Thursdays, January 25, February 1 & 8: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER
  2. Weekends with Doreen Hartzell: Sundays, March 4, 11 & 18: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Art Yarn Club with Doreen Hartzell

Join the art yarn club! Second Mondays at WGM. Swing by to receive your very own art yarn fiber sample packet, spin up some art yarn with directions on technique from pro art-yarn spinner Doreen Hartzell, and catch up with your spinning pals! Come on over for one evening, or all five, this winter and spring at WGM.

Second Mondays: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

  1. Monday, January 8: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Monday, February 12: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  3. Monday, March 12: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  4. Monday, April 9: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  5. Monday, May 14: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: The basic ability to spin and ply yarn is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $9 WGM Member / $12 Non-member


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, February 11: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $49 WGM Member / $61 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.

Tuesday, February 27: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

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


Spinning Short Fibers: From Cotton to Silk Cloud with Wendy J. Johnson

Cotton, yak, bison, camel, silk clouds: these fibers can be a challenge to spin due to their short staple lengths. But there are methods of spinning short fibers that ease the process. In this one session class, you will learn the history and fiber qualities of a wide variety of short staple fibers as well as the most successful spin methods for short fibers. We will explore blending options and discuss why some fibers spin best when blended with other fibers; explore ply methods for singles you have spun during the class; and discuss unique finishing methods for the resulting yarn to make the most of the fine qualities of these fibers.

Saturday, March 3: 12:30pm – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Beginning Spinning on a Wheel or equivalent is a prerequisite.
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. Guild wheels may be used, or bring your own wheel.

Saturday, April 7: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Beginning Spinning on a Wheel or equivalent is a prerequisite.  Knowledge of how to ply is required.
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! Equipment note: Please bring a spinning wheel and hand cards, in good working condition, but only if you have them. Spinning wheels are available to use during class for a $300 refundable damage deposit.

Wednesdays, April 18, 25 & May 2: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); Students should have completed Beginning Spinning or should have basic ability to spin and ply yarn.
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 Non-member


Long Draw with Anne Burgeson

Curious about long draw? 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.

Thursday, April 26: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate to Advanced – students must be very comfortable spinning and plying yarn.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Spinning to Knit and Crochet with Anne Burgeson

Many spinners learn to spin after knowing how to knit and crochet.  It is a delight to make yarn! We will explore options for spinning yarns that will work for specific styles of knitting and crocheting as well as analyzing twist.

Wednesday, May 16: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced – students should be comfortable spinning and plying yarn.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


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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.

Sunday, February 25: 1:00pm – 6:00pm | REGISTER 

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


Partners in Dye: A Dye and Fiber Sampler 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, March 18: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER 

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


Itajime Shibori Scarf with Bengala Dye with Chiaki O’Brien

Have fun with your creativities and make a one-of-a-kind silk scarf or two using Bengala dyes and Japanese Itajime dyeing techniques on a silk scard. 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. Everyone will learn about the history and cultural significance of this unique dye form. The instructor will bring variety of clamps for your creativities. Just fold the scarves in unique shapes and clamp them with a set of clamps you choose from. The instructor will also introduce some Japanese traditional patterns using certain clamps and the way to fold the material. Then, you can also choose as many colors you like from a dozen different Bengala Dyes. You won’t be able to imagine what kind of pattern you are creating when you are preparing the material free-style. That’s the fun part of this class! You’ll enjoy the feeling of opening up an unexpected present. If you have extra time, you can make another one or dye something free-style (without clamps). The instructor will also prepare some cotton/silk scarves and shawls for you to choose from (extra materials feel of $8-15 will be charged). You can also bring your own extra fabric to dye (washed, light color such as white, or beige, new or gently used) for an extra dye fee (up to $5 depending on the weight of the material). If you have latex allergy, this is not a good class for you as dyes have natural rubber latex in it.

Saturday, May 5: 10:00am – 12:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginner: Requires no experience! Suitable for students with a range of skills. Multi: Offers a basic introduction with an opportunity for a higher level of practice and skill.
Tuition: $31 WGM Member / $37 Non-member


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More Fiber Techniques

Try It! Sami-Inspired Bracelets with Katherine Buenger

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.

Saturday, January 13: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Nålbinding I: Winter Cap with Melba Granlund

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. Discussion of yarns suitable for nålbinding will be covered during the first class. Instructor will provide students with practice yarn to begin. Students can bring their own needle or purchase a handcrafted wooden needle from the instructor.

Saturday & Sunday, January 20 & 21: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $96 Non-member


Try It! Tin Thread Chevron Bracelet with Katherine Buenger

Learn to make an 8 strand chevron with tin thread (4% silver), or tin thread and leather, to make a handsome bracelet with a button closure.

Saturday, January 27: 12:30pm – 3:30pm | REGISTER

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


Try It! 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. Equipment note: Bring sharp scissors and your favorite size sewing needle.

Sundays, January 21 & 28: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Nålbinding II: Woolen Socks with Melba Granlund

Ready to take the next step — in a pair of nålbound socks? This class is for those who have mastered a stitch or two of nålbinding and are ready to take the next step and learn how to construct sock patterns that fit. Or, for beginners who are not faint of heart and want a challenge. For that warm, cozy feeling during cool fall or winter days when you want to stay in and cuddle on the sofa or to wear inside your boots as you are outdoors enjoying nature in the winter, nålbound socks can’t be beat. Written instructions and diagrams of sock patterns will be provided.

Tuesdays, February 6, 13 & 20: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate: Requires some experience in the subject and the ability to start and finish projects.
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 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, February 24: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Students should already have experience making a Sami-style bracelet.
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


Try It! Tin Thread Necklace with Katherine Buenger

Using Swedish tin thread, we’ll learn how to make 5 strand braids and then use the braid to create a necklace! Students can choose the necklace length and thread width. New this time: choice of either reindeer horn or stone donuts and leather closures. If you’ve enjoyed our Sami-Inspired Bracelet classes, then you won’t want to miss creating a tin thread necklace.

Saturday, March 10: 12:30pm – 3:30pm | REGISTER

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


Beginning (and Almost Beginning) Crochet with Judy Goebel

Whether you are an absolute beginner or someone who once learned to crochet and have forgotten how, this class is for you! We start at the beginning looking at tools and yarn. You will learn chain stitch, slip stitch, single, half double, and double crochet, increasing and decreasing, how to read patterns and diagrams. You will make a dishcloth, scarf, and granny squares. A supply list will be mailed to you prior to the start of class.

Tuesdays, March 13, 20 & 27: 6:00pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

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


Try It! Silk Fusion Fabric Design with Wendy J. Johnson

Learn how to create and embellish silk fabric via the Silk Fusion method. Silk Fusion (also known as Silk Paper) is a highly creative fabric-making art. You will create a piece of silk fusion material (approx. 24″ x 24″) in the first part of the class and enhance the fabric by various methods of surface design during the second part of the class. We will work from a variety of pre-dyed and undyed silk fiber. (Due to drying time constraints, dyeing will not be able to occur during the class.) All materials will be provided by the instructor. Although, if you wish, you may bring additional supplies (such as beads, threads, cloth, etc.) to further enhance your fabric pieces. Examples of quick projects will be shown and may be made during the workshop, or alternatively, inspiration will be provided for more detailed projects that may be made at home from your fabric.

Saturday, April 14: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

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


More Kumihimo! with Traudi Bestler

This class introduces several new techniques including: making a raised ridge braid, using up to 16 strands (more design possibilities), creating a braid with a large focal bead without needing jewelry findings and some explorations with color and design. Previous experience with kumihimo is not necessary but helpful. Bring a kumihimo disk if you have one. Disks will also be available to purchase.

Sunday, April 15: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


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Partner Classes

WGM is excited to partner with the Dakota County Library adult programming and St. Paul Public Schools Community Education to offer some of our shorter weaving and spinning and other fiber technique classes at library and public school locations throughout Dakota and Ramsey counties. Visit the DCL and SPPS websites for more information and to register for classes.


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

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Upcoming Workshops

April 2018: Cross Dyeing with Catharine Ellis

“Cross dyeing: A method of coloring fabrics made from more than one kind of fiber. Each fiber in a fabric designed for cross-dyeing takes a specific dye in a different color or in variations of a color.”   –The Fabric Dictionary

The content of this workshop will include designing and weaving cloth that combines both protein fibers (wool or silk) and cellulose (cotton or Tencel™) in the same cloth. We will use both woven shibori and additional mechanical resists, accentuating the cross dye effects. Dyeing will be done using natural dyes in a one-bath acid dye process. Additionally, we will produce, use, and maintain an organic indigo vat. The one bath acid dyes, combined with indigo, provide a full range of color without the use of mineral mordants. Participants will be encouraged to weave and dye a series of samples. A finished scarf can also be completed during the workshop, if desired.

Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 & 22, 2018
Time(s): 9:30am – 4:30pm

June 2018: Tablet Weaving Basics and Beyond with John Mullarkey

This workshop is an in-depth review of how to weave with tablets or cards. Starting with a basic history, day one will cover drafting and designing threaded-in designs, setup, and basic weaving and finishing techniques. Day two introduces the circular warp setup, discusses weaving with individual cards in packs, and instructs on double-turn double-card diagonals. Day three explores double-faced weaving techniques. This workshop is great for those looking for an in-depth look at basic and intermediate level tablet weaving techniques and mechanics. No tablet weaving experience required, but this is also a great workshop for those with experience who want to look deeper into this art.

Dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 15, 16 & 17, 2018
Time(s): 9:30am – 4:30pm
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