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Winter | Spring 2019 Classes

We’re excited to welcome another term of weaving, spinning, and dyeing classes, as well as opportunities to try your hand at other fiber techniques. For additional information on class content, materials fees, prerequisites, and instructors, please click ‘MORE’ beneath individual class listings.

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Floor Loom Weaving: Beginner’s Classes
Floor Loom Weaving: Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced Classes
Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle, Card, & Small Loom Classes
Tapestry & Navajo-Style Weaving Classes
Spinning Classes
Dyeing Classes
More Fiber Techniques
Community Partner Classes
Visiting Artist Workshops
Goldmine of Resources

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Creative sparks and camaraderie are common threads through all we do at the Weavers Guild.
As partners in supporting and celebrating the work of the Guild, members receive discounted tuition (and more!).
Membership is open to all, with a special membership rate for those 30 and under. Learn more here.

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Floor Loom Weaving: Beginner’s Classes

Beginning Floor Loom Weaving

$220 Member / $286 General

Discover the fun and creativity of weaving while learning all the fundamentals, starting with a basic weaving vocabulary and graduating to preparing a warp, warping a loom, and reading a draft. You’ll leave with a piece of your own making! Choose from three sessions:

Weekday Class with Jan Johnson
Monday-Thursday, January 21-24: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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Weekend Class with Donna Hanson
Friday, February 22: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, February 23-24: 9:00am – 6:00pm
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Weekday Class with Roberta Zeug Shell
Monday-Thursday, April 1-4: 10am-3:30pm
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Beginning Floor Loom Weaving II: Twill Sampler

Weekday Class with Jan Johnson
Monday-Thursday, April 15-18: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
$220 Member / $286 General

In this class, you’ll build on your experience with plain weave, learning twill structures while creating a sampler that you can use as a wall hanging. You’ll also learn braiding and fringe-finishing techniques.
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Beginning Rag Rug Weaving

$250 Member / $325 General

Learn the basics of rag rug weaving and make a small cotton rag rug! Choose from three sessions:

Weekend Class with Donna Hanson
Thursday, January 3: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturdays, January 12 and 19: 9:30am-3pm
Sundays, January 13 and 20: 12pm-5:30pm
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Condensed Weekend Class with Donna Hanson
Wednesday, February 20: 5:30pm-9pm
Friday, March 1: 5:30pm-9pm
Saturday & Sunday, March 2-3: 9am-6pm
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Weeknight Class with Ann Masemore
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 2, 8, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25: 5:30pm-9pm
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SAORI Weaving: Enjoy Being in the Moment

With Chiaki O’Brien
$72 Member / $90 General

Try your hand at this fun, color-blending, creative, and expressive weaving style. Perfect for children and very enjoyable and relaxing for adults. Choose from three sessions:

Saturday, January 26: 10am-4pm
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Friday, April 19: 10am-4pm
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Tuesday, May 24: 10am-4pm
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Floor Loom Weaving:
Advanced-Beginning to Advanced

Special Series: Foundations of Weaving Design

It may be cold outside this February, but this Saturday series will get your brain fired up!
Learn to create your own designs from patterns to colorways. Take one class or take them all!

Unlock the Mysteries of Weaving Drafts 
With Donna Hanson
$48 Member / $60 General
Saturday, February 9: 12pm-4pm
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Understanding Blocks and Profile Drafts
With Donna Hanson
$72 Member / $90 General
Saturday, February 16: 9:30am-3:30pm
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Understanding Color
With Jan Johnson
$60 Member / $75 General
Saturday, February 23: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Sley The Warping Dragon

With Donna Hanson
Saturday, March 30: 9:30am-4pm
$78 Member / $91 General

Review or learn to warp your floor or table loom from back to front.
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Demystify the Countermarch Loom

With Donna Hanson
Saturday, April 27: 9:30am-3:30pm
$72 Member / $90 General

Learn all about countermarch looms and how they differ from jack looms. You’ll have a chance to dress WGM’s Glimakra countermarch looms!
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Using Photoshop for Textile Design

With Heather MacKenzie
Saturday, April 27: 9:30am-4:30pm
$77 Member / $98 General

Set up and use Adobe Photoshop to create textile designs! Work on building families of structures, play with manipulating these structures, and learn to build complex drawdowns for Jacquard and dobby weaving.
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Weave to Sew

With Kala Exworthy
Sunday, February 10: 9:30am-4:30pm
Tuesday, March 26: 6pm-9pm
$132 Member / $168 General

Learn how to design and weave yardage suitable for a sewing project!
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Color to Cloth

With Kala Exworthy
Fridays, March 22, 29: 11:30am-3:30pm
Wednesday, May 8: 6pm-8pm
$110 Member / $140 General

Get the most of your color choices and learn to define your personal color sense. Applying your newly-defined color palette, you’ll use blocks of 3/1 twill to weave a table runner or towels.
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Visiting Artist Workshop: Weaving Turned Beiderwand

With Karen Donde
Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Before Feb. 15: $360 Member / $396 General
After Feb. 15: $396 Member / $432 General

Traditional beiderwand is a doubleweave technique where two weaves are interwoven to create a sturdy cloth for clothing, wall hangings, curtains and more. In this workshop, students will learn beiderwand basics; how to warp and tension a supplementary warp with or without a second warp beam; turn a draft; design turned beiderwand; and adapt turned biederwand threading to weave several different structures.
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The Logic of Double-Cloth Block

With Heather MacKenzie
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16: 10am-3pm
$250 Member / $325 General

Understand the possibilities of working with doublecloth block structures and play with multiple materials in warp and weft to create cloth that puckers and becomes dimensional!
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Fundamentals of Rep Weave

With Donna Hanson
Wednesday, February 27: 9-30am-11:30pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday, March 6-8, 11: 9:30am-3pm
$240 Member / $312 General

Learn special warping and weaving techniques necessary to create bold and beautiful rep weave designs.
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Advanced Rep Weave

With Donna Hanson
Monday & Wednesday, April 29 & May 1: 9:30am-3:30pm
Monday, May 6: 9:30am-1:30pm
Wednesday, May 8: 9:30am-2:30pm
Friday, May 10: 9:30am-12:30pm
$240 Member / $312 General

Step up your rep weave skills! We’ll review the process of warping with two warp chains and focus on designing in rep weave,  learning additional weaving techniques unique to rep weave along the way.
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Expanding the Pliable Plane: Multilayered Weave Structures

With Heather MacKenzie
Mondays and Wednesdays, January 30, February 4, 6, 11, 13: 10am-3pm
$250 Member / $325 General

Imagine, create, and explore ways of creating dimensional forms using woven cloth, beginning with cutting and folding paper models that will then lead into weaving using multi-layered structures and hand-manipulated pick-up processes.
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Raanu Rug Weaving

With Wynne Mattila
Monday, January 7: 1pm-4pm
Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, February 4, 6, 8, 11, 15: 10am-3pm
$280 Member / $364 General

A raanu is a weft-faced Finnish Lapland weaving which can be woven on a two shaft floor loom. We’ll design and weave a 2-foot by 3-foot raanu rug using wool yarn as weft on linen warp.
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Woven Plastic Market Tote

With Anne Masemore
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, May 7, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23: 5:30pm-9pm
$245 Member / $318 General

Learn to utilize recycled household plastic to make a tote! Just in time for carrying beautiful summer veggies home from the market, or for toting swimming and picnic supplies to the lake!
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2-Shuttle Rosepath Rug with T-shirts and Fabric

With Anne Masemore
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, February 12, 19-21, 26-28: 5:30pm-9pm
$245 Member / $318 General

Experiment with a variety of boundweave designs within the rosepath structure and weave a rug using a two-shuttle technique with alternating fabric and t-shirt wefts.
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3-Shuttles/3 Fabrics: Denim, Flannel, T-Shirts, or Neckties

With Nedra Granquist
March 25, 26, 28, 29, 30: 10am-3pm
$250 Member / $325 General

This is classic recycling! You’ll be surprised at how nice of a rug you can weave using old clothes!
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Portable Weaving:
Rigid Heddle, Inkle, and More

Ready, Set, Weave! Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

With Connie LaTendresse
$132 Member / $168 General

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom to design and create scarves, table runners, shawls, pillow covers, and more. This portable loom allows you to take your project anywhere! Choose from three sessions:

Weekend Class
Friday, February 1: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, February 2-3: 10:00am-2:30pm
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Weekday Class
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, April 22, 24, 26: 10 am-2pm
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Weekend Class
Friday, May 17: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19: 10:00am-2:30pm
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Warping Refresher for the Rigid Heddle Loom

With Connie LaTendresse
Sunday, March 3: 12:30pm-4:30pm
$48 Member / $60 General

Is warping your rigid heddle still a challenge or are some key steps still a little foggy? Using the direct warping method, we’ll review the process and warp a loom so you’ll feel confident in being ready to weave!
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Rigid Heddle II: Design Your Own Project

With Kala Exworthy
Saturday & Sunday March 9-10: 10:00am – 3:00pm
$132 Member / $168 General

Are you ready for your next rigid heddle project but need some inspiration and information? Join like-minded rigid heddle weavers and learn about color interaction, fiber properties and many project options.
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Incredible, Versatile, Portable Triangle Weaving

With Judy Goebel
Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16: 1pm-3:30pm
$82 Member / $105 General

Triangle, or bias weaving, is affordable, portable, fun, and easy to learn. No tiresome preparation of warp, just pick it up and start to weave!
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Try It! Scaffold Weaving

With Karen Searle
Saturday, May 4: 10am-3pm
$60  Member / $75  General

Scaffold weaving is a patchwork weaving technique found in 1000-year-old textiles from Peru. Learn a bit about the history of this approach to weaving that is now being revived by Andean weavers, and then try it yourself.
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Beginning Inkle Weaving

With Karen Searle
Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23: 6pm-9pm
$99 Member / $126 General

Explore the fun of an inkle loom. This small, portable loom is ideal for weaving straps, belts, accessories, bookmarks, and more!
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Intermediate Inkle Weaving: Pick-up Weaves

With Karen Searle
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20: 6pm-9pm
$99 Member / $126 General

You’ve taken Beginning Inkle Loom Weaving and now you’re ready for the next step. Learn and experiment with different threading styles and types of pick-up weaves to create more beautiful designs in your band weaving.
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Tablet-Weaving Methods of Indonesia

With Keith Pierce
Thursdays, January 10, 17, and 31: 1pm-4pm
$99 Member / $126 General

On the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, tablet weavers of the Sa’dan Toraja tribe create intricately patterned bands for decorating borders of skirts. If you have prior experience with tablet-weaving, you can weave these patterns!
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Intro to Band Weaving on the Backstrap Loom

With Keith Pierce
Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16: 6pm-9pm
$99 Member / $126 General

Learn to weave on a loom that you can fit in a small bag and that you can take home with you after class!
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Pick-up Band Weaving on the Backstrap Loom

With Keith Pierce
Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, 14: 6pm-9pm
$99 Member / $126 General

Learn to weave bands with intricate patterns originating from the Scandinavian, Baltic and Sami regions of Europe. You will be supplied with a complete backstrap loom that is yours to keep after class!
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Warp-Weighted Loom Weaving: Sami-Inspired Blanket or Rug

With Melba Granlund
Saturday, February 9: 10 am – 11 am
Tuesday-Thursday, March 19-21: 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, March 27: 10 am – 4 pm
$250 Member / $325 General

In this class, we will learn to use a warp-weighted loom and weave a small Sami-inspired rug or blanket.
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Tapestry Weaving

Visiting Artist Workshop: Collage to Tapestry Cartoon

With Molly Elkind
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 15-17: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Before Jan. 15: $360 Member / $396 General
After Jan. 15: $396 Member / $432 General

Discover how collage can generate lots of spontaneous designs for tapestry. Investigate what makes a good design and how to translate a collage’s colors, textures and lines into a weave-able cartoon for tapestry.
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Beginning Tapestry Weaving

With Traudi Bestler
Saturdays & Sunday, February 23, 24 & March 3: 10:00am – 4:00pm
$180 Member / $234 General

Tapestry weaving is a way to create images in woven fabric. Get away from the grid and learn to weave shapes and curves!
This class serves as a prerequisite for Molly Elkind’s tapestry weaving workshop in March.
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Billedvev: Norwegian Tapestry Techniques

With Robbie LaFleur
Friday, January 18: 4pm-8pm
Saturday & Sunday, January 19-20: 9am-5pm
Thursday, January 24: 6pm-8pm
$220  Member / $286  General

Billedvev translates as picture-weaving. Learn techniques used in historical Norwegian tapestry, particularly the decorative joins where colors come together.
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Basics of Navajo-Style Weaving

With Betty Glynn Carlson
Friday, March 29: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, March 30: 9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, March 31: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30: 6:00pm-9:00pm
$290 Member / $377 General

Learn the basic techniques of Navajo-style weaving using traditional wool yarn.
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Spinning & Fiber Prep

Visiting Artist Workshop:
Flax, Hemp, Ramie, Bamboo, and Tencel – Cellulose Old and New

With Patsy Zwistoski
Saturday & Sunday, January 12 & 13: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Before Nov. 15: $225 Member / $275 General
After Nov. 15: $248 Member / $303 General

Flax is the classic fiber of linen yarns. It will easily become another joy for spinning after you learn new techniques to manage its particular characteristics. We’ll also prepare, dye, spin and ply other cellulose fibers (hemp, ramie, bamboo, and Tencel™) to fully understand their differences.
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E-spinning for Beginners

With Judy Goebel
Saturday, March 9: 1pm-4pm
$36 Member / $45 General

Sometimes beginning spinners find it challenging to simultaneously draft the fiber with their hands and treadle with their feet on a spinning wheel. Working with an e-spinner allows you to concentrate on using your hands. Cover the basics of spinning without having to think about your feet!
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Beginning Spinning on a Wheel

With Anne Burgeson
$99 Member / $126 General

Discover the joy and beauty of making handspun yarn by learning to spin wool. This class is for those who want to learn all the basics of spinning fiber from sheep on the spinning wheel. Choose from two sessions:

Winter Session
Wednesdays, February 13, 20, 27: 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Spring Session
Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24: 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Beyond Beginning Spinning

With Anne Burgeson
Wednesdays, May 15, 22, 29: 5:30pm-8:30pm
$99 Member / $126 General

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.
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Spinnekrok Spinning

With Doreen Hartzell
Thursday, May 23: 5:30pm-8:30pm
$36 Member / $45 General

In this class, we’ll learn to spin lofty wool yarn with a spinnekrok, a carefully chosen whittled stick.
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Silk Spinning Workshop

With Wendy Johnson
Sunday, April 28: 1pm-4pm
$36 Member / $45 General

Learn about the origins of cultivated and wild silk and try your hand at spinning both. You’ll also discover how to gain control of this sometimes dauntingly slippery fiber.
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Special Series: Preparing Spring Fleeces

It’s spring and you have a fresh fleece that you’d like to turn into yarn, but aren’t sure where to start.
This class series will get you to where you need to be! Take one or both classes.

Making Batts on the Electric Drum Carder

With Anne Burgeson
Saturday, April 6: 1pm-3pm
$24 Member / $30 General

This class covers what you need to know to use and rent the electric drum carder at WGM on your own to blend batts.
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Spring Fleece Washing and Prep

With Maddy Bartsch
Saturday, May 18: 1pm-4pm
$56 Member / $65 General

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.
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Dyeing

Dye Garden Planning for Cold Climates

With Libby London
Check back for more information.

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Two for One Silk Scarves

With Kala Exworthy
Sunday, April 7: 9:30am-4:30pm
Wednesday, April 10: 6pm-9pm
Wednesday, May 15: 6pm-8pm
$152 Member / $188 General

We’re doubling the fun in this silk scarf class by dyeing a warp long enough to create TWO silk scarves.
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Color from the Garden: Natural Dyeing Pop-ups

With Maddy Bartsch
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More Fiber Techniques

Bead Weaving: Peyote Stitch

With Sanda Brick
Wednesdays, May 1, 8: 6pm-8pm
$48 Member / $60 General

The peyote stitch, also known as the gourd stitch, is an off-loom bead weaving technique. In this class, we’ll learn to weave flat peyote stitch. Your finished project could be a bracelet, trim on a cuff, or…!
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Mending and Finishing with Thrums

With Maddy Bartsch
$36 Member / $45 General

As a weaver, do you ever wonder what to do with all of the thrums you’ve been keeping? For hundreds of years, individuals have saved their thrums for future projects – so nothing went to waste. This class aims to help you do precisely that by threading your thrums through the eye of a needle as we dive into the world of visible mending. Choose from two sessions:

Sunday, January 27: 1pm-4pm
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Sunday, April 28: 1pm-4pm
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Swedish Kavelfrans

With Robbie LaFleur
$48 Member / $60 General

Inspired by historical mitten trim, contemporary Swedish knitters, weavers, and embroiderers love to add kavelfrans—fuzzy, wooly worms to handmade or commercial items. Try your hand at adding kavelfrans to a pair of mittens or Swedish-inspired wool pincushion. Choose from two sessions:

Sunday, January 27: 12pm-4pm
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Sunday, March 24: 12pm-4pm
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Needle Lace

With Karen Searle
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25: 6pm-8:30pm
$110 Member / $140 General

Needle lace is made with a sewing needle and a single thread. In this “taster” class, we’ll create a small stitched picture-sampler using several pattern stitches. We’ll also learn to outline motifs and explore creative, contemporary uses of needle lace.
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Try It! 8-Strand Chevron Bracelet

With Katherine Buenger
Saturday, March 23: 9:30am-12:30pm
$36 Member / $45 General

Learn to make an 8-strand chevron braid with tin thread (pewter with 4% silver) and leather cord. Then, finish it with either a button and button loop or glue-in silver plated magnetic clasp to create an elegant bracelet.
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Try It! Tin Thread and Leather Cord Necklace

With Katherine Buenger
Saturday, March 23: 1:30pm-4:30pm
$36 Member / $45 General

Create a necklace that can be worn every day or for those occasions that call for a touch of elegance. Make a five-strand braid using tin thread (pewter with 4% silver) and leather cord, finishing the necklace with a magnetic clasp.
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Try It! Sami-Inspired Bracelet

With Katherine Buenger
Saturday, April 27: 1 pm-5pm
$48 Member / $60 General

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. Students will learn to make a four-strand braid using tin thread, and will then hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.
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Community 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.

Visiting Artist Workshops

Flax, Hemp, Ramie, Bamboo, and Tencel – Cellulose Old and New

With Patsy Zwistoski
Saturday & Sunday, January 12 & 13: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Flax is the classic fiber of linen yarns. Although very different than wool, it will easily become another joy for spinning after you learn new techniques to manage its particular characteristics. This class teaches you quick ways to dress distaffs in long, line flax, wet-spin line or roving, and scour finished yarns.

Hemp, ramie, bamboo, and Tencel™ are also important cellulose fibers for today’s spinners to understand. Two are very old, one is very new, and one fits into both categories. We will prepare, dye, spin and ply all of them to fully understand their differences. Blends, novelties and combination yarns will be taught so you will know how to spin the ultimate cellulose yarns for summer shawls, tops, and scarves.

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Collage to Tapestry Cartoon Workshop

With Molly Elkind
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 15-17: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Tapestry weaving allows for seemingly endless possibilities and inspiration can be drawn from anywhere: our everyday routines and the world around around us, another work of art, a passage from a book or song, and so much more!

In this workshop, we’ll discover how collage can generate lots of spontaneous designs for tapestry. Investigate what makes a good design and how to translate a collage’s colors, textures and lines into a weave-able cartoon for tapestry. You’ll do hands-on collage and design work, and leave the class ready to weave!

Learn More and Register

Turned Beiderwand Weaving Workshop

With Karen Donde
Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, 2019

Woven in Northern Germany and Southern Denmark in the 17th and 18th centuries, traditional beiderwand is a doubleweave technique where two weaves are interwoven to create a sturdy cloth that can be used for clothing, wall hangings, curtains and more. Turning a beiderwand draft creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster one-shuttle weaving than the traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures.

In this workshop, students will learn beiderwand basics; how to warp and tension a supplementary warp with or without a second warp beam; turn a draft; design turned beiderwand; and adapt turned biederwand threading to weave several different structures.

Students will arrive early on the first day to partially warp an 8-shaft loom before the start of class. That afternoon, students will finish the warping process, including tying on and tensioning two separate warps using a few different methods. There will be several different drafts, offering a variety of designs for discussion. Each student will weave a variety of samples on their loom, as that’s the fun of turning a draft!

Learn More and Register

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Goldmine of Resources

The Weavers Guild is a weaver, spinner, and dyer-driven (that means you!) arts non-profit. Our physical space, store, and education programs make us unique among guilds. Learn about these resources (and more!) and how you can take advantage as part of your Guild membership.

Join us each term at the Guild for a no-cost overview that covers online and onsite resources, equipment rental, Fiber Source,  the Textile Center Library and Dye Lab, and more. Taking advantage of these resources keeps our learning community strong. Useful to members both new and old!

Thursday, March 14: 5:30pm-7pm
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Friday, April 12: 5:30pm-7pm
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Saturday, April 13: 10am-11:30am
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