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Fall 2018 Classes 2018-07-11T12:47:01+00:00

Fall 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, Warp-Weighted & Small Loom 
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


Floor Loom Weaving: Beginning

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.o

October – Weekdays with Roberta Zeug Shell Monday – Thursday, October 1 – 4: 10:00am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

November – Weekend with Donna Hanson Friday, November 2: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

December – Weekend with Jan Johnson Friday, November 30: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $220 WGM Member / $286 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.

October – Friday, October 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

November – Tuesday, November 13: 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: $72 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


Beginning Rag Rug Weaving with Donna Hanson: Two 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.

October – Monday, October 8: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, October 19: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

November – Monday, October 29: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, November 9: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $250 WGM Member / $325 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, September 28: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning. Beginning Floor Loom Weaving or equivalent experience required.
Tuition: $220 WGM Member / $286 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 
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


Floor Loom Weaving: Advanced-Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced

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, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, September 10, 11, 12 & 14: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

*Note: This class requires some independent weaving time on Thursday, September 13 as well.

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: $240 WGM Member / $312 Non-member


Theo Moorman Inlay Technique with Traudi Bestler

Theo Moorman devised a type of structure that lets weavers create designs and imagery which lie on top of a woven foundation. This makes it structurally strong for use in garments as well as wall hangings and small framed pieces. Students will learn to set up the loom and create designs using their imagination and lots of inspiration from the instructor’s idea albums. Theo Moorman’s book, Weaving as an Art Form, will be used for reference. The first session is devoted to choosing materials, creating designs, and discussing how to make a warp. Students will warp their looms independently, and the final sessions will be devoted to weaving. Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 18, 20, 25 & 27: 2:30pm – 5:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Intermediate to Advanced – students must be able to warp a loom independently
Tuition: $132 WGM Member / $168 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.

Tuesdays & Thursday, October 2, 9 & 11: 2:30pm – 5:30pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level; 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: $99 WGM Member / $126 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, October 6: 9:30am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Advanced Beginning. Previous table or floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $78 WGM Member / $98 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.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 16, 18, 23, and 25: 9:30am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning – students must have prior weaving experience on a floor or table loom.
Tuition: $220 WGM Member / $286 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, October 27: 9:30am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced. Previous floor loom warping experience necessary.
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


Quad Cloth: Understanding Multi-Layered Weave Structures with Heather MacKenzie

In this class, we will tackle the complexity of weaving four layers of cloth at the loom. We will begin with paper models to grasp the logic and possibilities of weaving with multiple layers, and then translate these models into weave drafts. On the loom using a skeleton tie-up, we will then sample various iterations of quad cloth to understand how the layers can intersect with one another. We will rotate the order of the layers; learn how to control where color will appear in warp and weft on different layers of the weaving; and create cloth that will open like books or unfold to four times the width of the loom. For those who are up for a real challenge, we will play with the dimensional possibilities of quad-cloth pick-up.

Mondays & Wednesdays, November 5, 7, 12, 14 & 19: 10:00am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Intermediate. Requires some experience in the subject and the ability to start and finish projects. Students should be familiar with setting up a loom and the basics of weave drafting.
Tuition: $250 WGM Member / $325 Non-member


Log Cabin Placemats: Color and Weave with Nedra Granquist

Each student will warp a floor loom and weave a set of 6 to 8 log-cabin placemats, using carpet warp and bias-cut cotton yardage, which each person will prepare. Finishing possibilities include hems, knotted fringe, or hemstitched with a fringe. The first session will cover choosing a design and materials, and preparing bias-cut strips.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, November 26-29 & December 1: 10:00am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate. Requires some experience in the subject and the ability to start and finish projects. Students should be familiar with setting up a loom and the basics of weave drafting.
Tuition: $250 WGM Member / $325 Non-member


Stripes & Structures: Create Tantalizing Towels with Donna Hanson

Are you a little intimidated by adding many colors to your warp? Do you want an opportunity to understand and weave several new structures? This class is all about color and structure design, with many color design ideas shared by the instructor, as well as instruction on the structures used. With towels as our medium, each student will choose a structure and design a towel warp. After weaving a sample napkin as a color study, each student will weave a towel on the loom they warped, as well as on other students’ looms.

December 6 – January 14 CLICK HERE FOR ALL CLASS DATES | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Intermediate – Students must be able to wind their warp, warp a loom, and read a draft independently.
Tuition: $240 WGM Member / $312 Non-member


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

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.

Sundays, December 9 & 16: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level and prerequisites: Advanced Beginning – Students should be comfortable using their computer and must have completed pixeLoom 101 (or have instructor permission).
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $90 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 
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


Portable Weaving: Rigid Heddle, Card, Warp-Weighted & Small Loom

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

Learn the basics of the rigid heddle loom and get going on scarves, table runners, shawls, and more. The rigid heddle loom is portable so you can take your project with you anywhere. Students will learn the super-efficient direct warping technique, which means you can be weaving in a few hours. You will leave class ready to plan and create your own projects. Great for students who want to find out if weaving is for them.

September – Weekend with Kala Exworthy: Friday, September 7: 5:30pm – 8:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER

October – Weekend with Connie LaTendresse: Friday, October 12: 5:30pm – 8:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER

December – Weekdays with Connie LaTendresse: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, December 11, 12 & 14: 10:00am – 2:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $132 WGM Member / $168 Non-member


Beginning Card Weaving with Karen Searle

Card weaving, also known as tablet weaving, is an ancient technique known throughout the world. Starting with the basics, you will learn to read a threading diagram, warp the cards, and backstrap-weave a band with simple patterns.

Wednesdays, September 19, 26 & October 3: 5:30pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginner: Requires no experience
Tuition: $83 WGM Member / $105 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.

Tuesdays, October 16, 23 & 30: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $99 WGM Member / $126 Non-member


Weaving with Fine Threads on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Carol Johnson

Learn to use two rigid heddles on your loom to weave with finer threads. Weave a towel, table runner, napkins, or scarf using yarns set at 15, 18, 20, or 24 ends per inch. Students may use plain weave or learn simple techniques to add texture. Depending on the project chosen, some students may need to do some weaving outside of class. Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

Saturday & Sunday: October 20 & 21: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate – Students must be able to warp their rigid heddle frame loom independently.
Tuition: $132 WGM Member / $168 Non-member


Beginning Tapestry Weaving with Traudi Bestler

Tapestry weaving is a way to create images in woven fabric. Get away from the grid and learn to weave shapes and curves! Students will learn basic techniques and weave on a simple wooden frame loom. We’ll discuss design, color theory, and working with a cartoon. Proper finishing and hanging techniques will also be taught.

Saturdays & Sunday, October 27, 28 & November 3: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $180 WGM Member / $234 Non-member


Warp-Weighted Loom Weaving: Sami-Inspired Grene Blanket or Rug with Melba Granlund

Learn to weave on the historic warp-weighted loom. Used for millennia in many parts of the world, the warp-weighted loom is easy to use and is the traditional loom of the Norwegian sea Sami today. In this class, you will learn how to use the warp-weighted loom and weave a small Sami-inspired rug or blanket (grene). This project is suitable for beginning weavers and for those who want to expand their knowledge of weaving traditions. Warp yarn will be provided by the instructor and is included in the materials fee. Students may use handspun yarns or purchase commercial yarn for weft. Options for weft yarn will be viewed and discussed prior to class beginning allowing students time to obtain yarn of their choice.

Saturday, November 3: 1:15pm – 2:15pm; Monday – Wednesday, December 3 – 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday, December 8: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $250 WGM Member / $325 Non-member Student


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, December 8: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


Weft-Faced Pattern Weaving on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Traudi Bestler

For those who are intrigued with the rhythm and repetition of weaving but not ready to commit to the complexities of the floor loom, the rigid heddle loom offers an accessible place to start learning the warp from the weft and other weaving intricacies. This course will focus on weft faced patterns that appear as decoration in many cultures and can result in traditional or contemporary woolen textile pieces that may be used as a wall hanging or table runner. Using their own looms or renting from WGM, students will learn how choose colors, set up the loom, and weave a textile that will become an heirloom.

Friday – Sunday, November 9 – 11: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $180 WGM Member / $234 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, Warp-Weighted & Small Loom 
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


Spinning & Fiber Prep

Spinner’s Office Hours with Doreen Hartzell

Do you have a spinning or fiber preparation question that you’d like answered? A topic you’d like to learn about that isn’t covered by our group classes? This is your office hour to get your questions answered. Bring your project and a question and the class will work through whatever spinning related questions students arrive with.

Second Mondays: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

  1. Monday, September 10: 6:00pm – 7:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Monday, October 8: 6:00pm – 7:00pm | REGISTER
  3. Monday, November 12: 6:00pm – 7:00pm | REGISTER
  4. Monday, December 10: 6:00pm – 7:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Multi: Offers a basic introduction with an opportunity for a higher level of practice and skill. This class is designed for students who’ve already learned to spin a single and would like some instruction on specific skills.
Tuition: $12 WGM Member / $15 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 fall at WGM.

Second Mondays: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

  1. Monday, September 10: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Monday, October 8: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  3. Monday, November 12: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  4. Monday, December 10:  7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: The basic ability to spin and ply yarn is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $12 WGM Member / $15 Non-member


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!

September – Evenings with Anne Burgeson: Wednesdays, September 12, 19 & 26: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

October – Saturdays with Doreen Hartzell: Saturdays, October 20, 27 & November 3: 10:00am – 1:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No previous experience necessary!
Tuition: $99 WGM Member / $126 Non-member


Try It! E-Spinning for Beginners with Judy Goebel

“Look Ma! No Feet!” This class is aimed at new spinners who would like to learn on an electric spinning wheel. The advantage of learning this way is that you can concentrate on using your hands to control the fiber without having to worry about treadling with your feet or managing a spindle. We will cover the very basics of spinning, discuss materials, and create some 2 ply yarn using electric spinners. There will also be guidance for next steps for students who want to continue to learn about spinning, either using a spindle or a manual spinning wheel.

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

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 Non-member


Navajo Ply with Anne Burgeson

Navajo plying, also known as chain-playing, creates a lovely, round 3-plied yarn from a single and lets you preserve the color changes of gradient-dyed fiber.  After learning the basics, we’ll also take a look at advanced variations on this plying technique for sophisticated color management and creating textured eyelash yarns.

Tuesday, October 2: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced beginning to Advanced – students should be comfortable spinning and plying yarn.
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 Non-member


Try It! Spinnekrok Spinning with Doreen Hartzell

Long before the invention of the spinning wheel, people made yarn with handmade tools, often based on a rock or a stick. In this class we’ll learn to make and use a spinnekrok for lofty, historic yarns. We’ll also cover how to prepare your fiber for successful spinning. While (probably) not uniquely Scandinavian, this tool is the basis for the yarns used in some of the traditional Sami style weaving such as WGM’s upcoming warp-weighted loom class. The instructor will bring sticks, but students who wish for forage their own supplies are encouraged to do so. You’ll need a moderately sized branch with a fork in it.

Wednesday, October 10: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 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.

Tuesday, October 23: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate to Advanced – students must be very comfortable spinning and plying yarn.
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 Non-member


Raw Fiber Prep Basics: Fleece Washing 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.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!


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!

Tuesdays, October 30, November 6 & 13: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Students should have completed Beginning Spinning or should have basic ability to spin and ply yarn.
Tuition: $99 WGM Member / $126 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, November 7: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Advanced – students should be comfortable spinning and plying yarn.
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 Non-member


Try It! Drop Spindle Spinning with Devin Helmen

Spindles are a cost effective and fun tool for making yarn. In this class you will learn the basics of spindle spinning and work with any foundations you already have from experienced wheel spinner to never-spun-an-inch in your life. A basic low whorl spindle and fiber will be provided.

Wednesday, November 14: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 Non-member


Try It! Spinning Wheels with Doreen Hartzell

Description forthcoming.

Saturday, November 17: 10:00am – 12:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $24 WGM Member / $30 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, Warp-Weighted & Small Loom
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


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, October 14: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
REGISTRATION COMING SOON


Palindrome Dyeing: Dyeing to Weave with Kala Exworthy

Learn the basics of dye color mixing to hand paint a skein or two of merino/silk fingering weight (sock) yarn in a palindrome pattern. See how to line up the resulting color pattern and discuss weft options. This is a great way to create hand painted yarn for the rigid heddle loom. The technique works great for dyeing yarns to knit as well. (Warping and weaving will not be done in class.)

Sunday, November 18: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
REGISTRATION COMING SOON


Harvest & Dye Pop-Up Classes with Maddy Bartsch & Doreen Hartzell

Are you interested in learning about natural dyeing but find it hard to sign up for classes in advance? WGM has the perfect solution; our upcoming ‘Harvest and Dye’ classes! Offered as pop-ups and announced close to the class date, our Harvest and Dye classes will start in the garden where students will harvest fresh dyestuff before taking you back to the dye lab to create vats from your freshly harvested finds. More information, including dates, times, and registration, will be provided near class dates.

KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR DATES IN HARVEST SEASON!

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!


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, Warp-Weighted & Small Loom
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


More Fiber Techniques

Looping/Knotless Netting with Karen Searle 

Learn this ancient technique of thread manipulation used by the ancient Andeans and other cultures to create a textile that resembles knitting. The only tool needed is a large tapestry needle. Learn a variety of stitch textures for fabrics ranging from open and stretchy for firm and dense. It is a good technique for creating bags and small textiles or to use as a finish.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 18, 20 & 25: 6:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $66 WGM Member / $84 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, September 22 & 23: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $88 WGM Member / $112 Non-member


Try It! Tin Thread and Leather Double-Wrap Bracelet with Katherine Buenger

Using tin thread (4% silver) and leather, learn a 4-strand round braid to create a double wrap bracelet, with a glue-in magnetic closure.

Saturday, October 6: 9:30am – 12:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 Non-member


Try It! Sami-Inspired Bracelet 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, October 6: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $48 WGM Member / $60 Non-member


Try It! Swedish Kavelfrans – Minnesota Style with Robbie LaFleur

Inspired by historical mitten trim, contemporary Swedish knitters, weavers, and embroiderers love to add kavelfrans—fuzzy, wooly worms to grace mitten cuffs, pillows, bags, or other handwoven or commercial items. In this three-hour class you will learn a two-pronged fork method to wind the base fringes, securing them by hand or sewing machine. After sewing down layers of the prepared loops, we’ll learn to steam and clip to make the irresistible thick edging. Students can bring a pair of hand-knit or purchased mittens or gloves to embellish (the instructor will have a limited number of gloves to purchase), or add kavelfrans to a Swedish-inspired wool pincushion (materials can be purchased from the instructor). With discussion of the best materials to use, and many examples of items made with kavelfrans, the class is a combination of design inspiration and technique. Richly-illustrated instruction booklets and kavelfrans forks will be available for purchase.

Sunday, October 14: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $45 Non-member


Nålbinding II: Socks or Mittens with Melba Granlund

Once the basic stitches are learned in nålbinding, the next real step is to be able to design and make patterns. In this class you will work on shaping and design by focusing on socks or mittens. From toe to top, or fingertip to wrist, learn how to create a warm sock or mitten as well as some decorative edging or stitching embellishments. We will sample, design, measure, decorate, and record. You will gain confidence in working independently and creating your own nålbinding projects. Bring your own nålbinding needle, or purchase handcrafted needles from instructor. Students should also bring their own yarn(s) and pencil and paper for taking notes. Contact instructor if you have questions about yarn selection.

Saturdays, October 20, 27 & November 3: 2:30pm – 4:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate: Requires some experience in the subject and the ability to start and finish projects.
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


Sami-Inspired Bracelet: 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, November 10: 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: $72 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


Try It! Kumihimo with Traudi Bestler

For beginners and experienced kumihimo braiders. Learn how to do kumihimo, then create a bracelet to practice the technique. Or, come to learn some new ways to create and design braids, both with and without beads added. No previous experience in necessary to enjoy this class.

Sunday, December 2: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $90 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, December 8: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $72 WGM Member / $90 Non-member


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Floor loom – Beginning
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*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


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!

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, Warp-Weighted & Small Loom
Spinning
Dyeing
More Fiber Techniques
Partner
Upcoming Workshops

*Please note: most classes require an additional materials fee, paid separately from enrollment and paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Click the REGISTER links for more information on materials fees. Additionally, most weaving classes require the purchase of yarns, which can be bought at Fiber Source, our store at the guild, or online in advance of class. 


Upcoming Workshops

Flax, Hemp, Ramie, Bamboo, and Tencel – Cellulose Old and New – Spinning Workshop with Patsy Zawistoski

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.

Dates: TBA
Time(s): 10:00am – 4:00pm