WGM Workshops are intensive, short term, (typically 2-5 days) learning opportunities lead by national or internationally-recognized instructors. WGM typically offers 3-5 workshops each year, depending on teacher and classroom availability.

Workshops may have one or more of the following goals:
1. Provide an intensive experience on a specific technique
2. Introduce new concepts or techniques
3. Complement classes offered by WGM faculty
4. Challenge participants to explore new fibers, techniques or structures

To get an idea of past WGM workshops, please click here>

Questions about workshops? Please contact education@weaversguildmn.org.

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