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Summer 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 
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

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.

June – Monday, June 4: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

August – Saturday, August 25: 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 Rag Rug Weaving with Donna Hanson: 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.

June – Tuesday, June 12: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, June 22: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

July – Thursday, July 12: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, July 27: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

August – Monday, August 6: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Friday, August 17: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19: 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.

June – Weekdays with Donna Hanson Monday – Thursday: June 18 – 21: 9:30am – 3:00pm | REGISTER

July – Weekend with Jan Johnson Friday, July 13: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15: 9:00am – 6:00pm | REGISTER

August – Weekdays with Roberta Zeug Shell Monday – Thursday, August 20 – 23: 10:00am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

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


Try It! Weave a Scarf on a Floor Loom

Have you always wanted to try weaving on a floor loom? In just one day, you will weave a colorful wool scarf using an array of colors of your choice. Looms are pre-warped and ready to go. You’ll learn how to wind bobbins, throw and catch the shuttle, tromp on treadles, and develop a consistent weaving beat. Leave with a beautiful scarf you’ll be proud to wear!

Saturday, June 23: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Sunday, June 24: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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

Weave with Plastic Bags! Weave a Market Tote with Ann Masemore

Weave a market tote from recycled plastic bags using a plain weave or basket weave structure. Students will learn how to prepare the plastic for weaving, weave with plastic, and construct the yardage into a tote. Students supply their own recycled plastic bags and must also have access to a sewing machine or be able to use WGM’s sewing machine. Plastic – it’s the new fiber!

Tuesday, May 29: 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Tuesdays – Thursdays, June 5 – 7 & June 12 – 14: 5:30pm – 9:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning. Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Beginning Rag Rug, or the equivalent, is a prerequisite. Must be able to use a sewing machine.
Tuition: $221 WGM Member / $294 Non-member


Making Crackle New with Lucy Brusic

‘Jamtlandsdrall’, or crackle weave, is a traditional Swedish weave structure. In this class, students will explore new ways to interpret and apply crackle weave using innovative treadling sequences and color design. It is the hope of the instructor to someday publish an updated version of the crackle weave classic Jamtlandsdrall, so students will be asked to share samples woven in class and become a part of exciting advancements in American crackle weave. Previous experience with crackle weave is not necessary.

Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3: 9:00am –  4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Requires some weaving experience and the ability to start and finish projects. Students you must be able to thread a four-shaft loom accurately and dress the loom before the start of class. Students must be able to follow reasonable treadling instructions. Previous experience with crackle weave is not necessary.
Tuition: $126 WGM Member / $168 Non-member


Fundamentals of Rep Weave with Donna Hanson

The bold and beautiful designs of Rep Weave are always eye-catching and you, too, can create one! Focus will be on learning the special techniques in the warping and weaving processes for this structure. During the first class session students will receive instructions for winding two warp chains in 5/2 cotton, which they will need to wind independently before the second class. Donna will present her knowledge of designing rep using profile drafts. You will have the opportunity to weave several small samples, creating a table runner or tablet bag or table mats, using a variety of tie-up and treadling options based on the profile draft provided by the instructor. Yarn is available for purchase at WGM.

Tuesday, July 10: 9:30am – 11:30am; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, July 16, 17, 18 & 20: 9:30am – 3:00pm | 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 and dress a loom independently and have an understanding of profile drafts.
Tuition: $216 WGM Member / $288 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.

Friday, July 13: 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


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, July 14: 9:30am – 3:30pm | REGISTER

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


Expanding the Pliable Plane: Multi-Layered Weave Structures with Heather MacKenzie

Students in this class will imagine and create textiles that unfold into dimensional forms off the loom. We’ll start imagining by cutting and folding paper models, and these will lead into weaving using multi-layered structures and hand-manipulated pick-up processes. We’ll explore other dimensional possibilities through frequent discussions about drafting, loom modification, and analysis of existing woven forms. We’ll experiment and collaborate. Students should be comfortable with warping a loom and with the basics of weave drafting.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31: 10:00am – 2:00pm | 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: $180 WGM Member / $240 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, Inkle & Small Loom

Ready, Set, Weave! Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving: Two 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.

June – Weekdays with Kala Exworthy Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, June 26, 27 & 29: 10:00am – 2:00pm | REGISTER

July – Weekend with Connie LaTendresse Friday, July 27: 5:30pm – 8:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29: 10:00am – 2:30pm | REGISTER 

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 Non-member


Warp-Weighted Loom Weaving: Sami-Inspired Grene Blanket 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, June 30: 1:00pm – 2:00pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 3 – 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday, August 11: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Krokbragd on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Carol Johnson

Explore the traditional weft-faced Scandinavian Krokbragd weave structure, which is a breeze to translate to the rigid heddle loom. Students will begin by practicing standard weaving techniques using a few traditional patterns and then move into designing and drafting their own Krokbragd design.

Monday & Tuesday, July 16 & 17: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Intermediate – Students must be able to warp their rigid heddle frame loom independently.
Tuition: $108 WGM Member / $144 Non-member


Scaffold Weaving with Karen Searle

Scaffold weaving is a patchwork weaving technique found in 1000-year-old textiles from Peru. Learn a bit about the history of this unusual approach to weaving that is now being revived by Andean weavers. Then try it yourself. We will construct and warp a special frame and weave a seamless patchwork cloth.

Wednesdays, July 18 & 25: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginner: Requires no experience
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 Non-member


 Mohair Saddle Cinch and/or Guitar Strap Weaving with Pop Wagner

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. Besides cinches and guitar straps, these techniques can be used to make girths and breast collars for horses, as well as hatbands, belts, and mini cinches. This class will teach newcomers step-by-step in cinch making/guitar strap weaving, as well as provide those already proficient with advanced techniques.

Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22: 9:00am – 5:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginner – Requires no experience; Advanced Beginning: students develop skill and technique
beyond basic introductory level. Multi: Offers a basic introduction with an opportunity for a higher level of practice and skill.
Tuition: $144 WGM Member / $192 Non-member


Spin & Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Devin Helmen

Are you a spinner who wants to weave? Are you a weaver who spins, but never weaves with your handspun? Weaving with handspun gives you greater control over the yarn you want to use, and provides enormous satisfaction in creating something from beginning to end. Most handspun yarns can be used as both warp and weft when weaving, but we’ll explore some techniques to make your yarn more suitable and discuss how to evaluate your yarn to determine its suitability for warp and/or weft. This course will cover spinning yarn geared towards weaving, and weaving with handspun on a rigid heddle loom.

Sunday, July 29: 2:00pm – 5:00pm; Sundays, August 12 & 19: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: The basic ability to spin and ply yarn is a prerequisite for this class. However, no weaving experience is necessary!
Tuition: $135 WGM Member / $180 Non-member


Bead Loom Bracelet 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.

Tuesdays, July 31 & August 7: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | 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.

Wednesdays, August 1, 8, & 15: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

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


Try It! Pin Loom Weaving with Traudi Bestler

Take your weaving with you using a pin loom! Try out the Zoom Loom, Weave-It, Weavette, and other types of handheld looms. These small looms fits in a purse or bag, and isperfect for those on-the-go or with limited space in their homes. We will concentrate on two different techniques to create pin loom squares: plain weave and textured weave. We’ll also learn how to add textured and colored patterns to your pin-loom squares. There will be time in class to try both plain and textured weave, and possibly create a small project. Pin loom squares can be joined to make things from small pouches for small things, to scarves and shawls, purses, backpacks, and garments. This is a great way to use up small amounts of yarns left over from other projects. Instead of using a big loom, use a small,portable loom that can be taken along in a pocket!

Sunday, August 5: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Pick-Up Patterns on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Connie LaTendresse

Now that you’ve woven plain weave on the rigid heddle frame loom, let’s add some texture and variety with pick-up techniques. By using a simple pick-up stick or two, we’ll unleash the power of the ingenious rigid heddle frame loom. Students will explore weft floats, warp floats, lace effects and waffle weave. Then we will add some supplementary wefts for even more variety, such as honeycomb, decorative ridges and tufts. The possibilities are endless!

Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19: 12:00pm – 4:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning. Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Student needs to be able to warp their own (or one of WGM’s) loom prior to class beginning.
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 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. 


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!

June – Evenings with Anne Burgeson: Wednesdays, June 6, 13 & 20: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

July/August – Evenings with Doreen HartzellTuesdays, July 24, 31 & August 7: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

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


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, June 11: 6:00pm – 7:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Monday, July 9: 6:00pm – 7:00pm | REGISTER
  3. Monday, August 13 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: The basic ability to spin and ply yarn is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $9 WGM Member / $12 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, June 11: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  2. Monday, July 9: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER
  3. Monday, August 13 | 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: Pick, Flick, Card & Comb with Devin Helmen

The sheep is shorn, the fleece is washed–now what? In this class you’ll learn how to prepare fleece for spinning! Try your hand at four basic fiber preparation techniques:picking, flicking, carding, and combing. Learn how to use a flicker, hand cards, and combs. Enjoy getting your hands on all that fluff! (Students who know how to spin will have the opportunity to sample from the various fiber preparations in class as well.)

Thursday, June 21: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

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


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.

Sunday, June 24: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

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


Silk Spinning Workshop: From Hankies to Bricks with Wendy J. Johnson

All silk originates from a simple cocoon but may be spun from a wide variety of fiber preparations. The instructor—fiber artist and author, Wendy J. Johnson—will discuss the origins of cultivated and wild silk and its processing into the many hand spinning preparations. Samples of all silk preparations will be shown and instruction presented on how they may be spun. Students will have ample time to try their hand at spinning cultivated and wild silks, as well as discover how to gain control of this sometimes dauntingly slippery fiber.

Saturday, July 14: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning to Intermediate. Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Enough spinning experience to successfully spin a single and ply with basic proficiency is a requirement.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


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.

Thursday, July 19: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

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


Fiber Blending Workshop: Common & Luxury Fibers with Wendy J. Johnson

Learn a percentage system to accurately blend fibers for spinning and to create your own specialty yarns. We will work with a variety of common and luxury fibers, such as merino wool, silk, alpaca, yak, camel, bamboo, and angora. You will receive a wide selection of fibers to blend, spin, and test ply during the workshop—with instructor assistance on how to best spin and finish the yarn, and enough fiber to continue your spinning fun at home.

Saturday, July 21: 10:00am – 1:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level. Students should be able to spin and ply and have good control their wheel or spindle.
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 Non-member


Beyond Beginning Spinning with Doreen Hartzell

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!

Saturdays, July 28, August 4 & 11: 10:00am – 1:00pm | REGISTER

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


Spin & Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Devin Helmen

Are you a spinner who wants to weave? Are you a weaver who spins, but never weaves with your handspun? Weaving with handspun gives you greater control over the yarn you want to use, and provides enormous satisfaction in creating something from beginning to end. Most handspun yarns can be used as both warp and weft when weaving, but we’ll explore some techniques to make your yarn more suitable and discuss how to evaluate your yarn to determine its suitability for warp and/or weft. This course will cover spinning yarn geared towards weaving, and weaving with handspun on a rigid heddle loom.

Sunday, July 29: 2:00pm – 5:00pm; Sundays, August 12 & 19: 10:00am – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: The basic ability to spin and ply yarn is a prerequisite for this class. However, no weaving experience is necessary!
Tuition: $135 WGM Member / $180 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. 


Dyeing

Introduction to Organic Indigo Dyeing with Libby London

Join us for an introduction to making an organic indigo vat with lime and fructose. We will go over basic indigo dip dyeing techniques as well as shibori. Please bring .5 oz of fiber to test out dyeing with (100% cotton, linen, wool, or silk), or, old stained clothes or fabric. Dress in clothes that can get messy. Fiber is available for purchase at WGM.

Sunday, June 24: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER 

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


Dye Lab Party! with Doreen Hartzell

Whether it’s spinning fiber, yarn, or yardage, this is your chance to bring your dyeing idea to life in the big dye lab and work with an instructor there to help. You can work on protein fibers with natural dyes, food dyes, or acid dyes, (wool, mohair, silk, alpaca, etc). Cotton, linens and similar can be dyed with some natural dye colors in this session as well. We’ll have an indigo vat available if you’ve been curious to try it but are unsure how to set one up. You can get advice on planning your colors to work well in your future projects, mixing custom colors, and creating gradients.

Sunday, July 29: 1:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER 

Level: Advanced Beginning: Requires some experience (1-3 classes in the subject); students develop skill and technique beyond basic introductory level.
Tuition: $49 WGM Member / $61 Non-member


Earth Color Project – Make your own dye from the earth! with Chiaki O’Brien

Bring some soil from your garden or yard to make a special earth dye and dye a t-shirt or bandana! We’ll start by grinding the soil, adding some natural binder and dye fabrics. You’ll notice that the soil can produce different shades of “brown” and maybe different colors!! After we dye the t-shirts and bandanas, we’ll be back the next day to embellish your dried material by stenciling or over-dyeing with colorful Bengala Dyes which are also derived from soil. A good class for families!

Monday, August 27: 1:00pm – 3:30pm; Tuesday, August 28: 1:00pm – 3:00pm | 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 / $67 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. 


More Fiber Techniques

Needlepoint 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.

Wednesdays, June 13, 20 & 27: 5:30pm – 8:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $81 WGM Member / $108 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, June 23: 12:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $36 WGM Member / $48 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, June 30: 1:00pm – 4:00pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $27 WGM Member / $36 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, July 21: 2:00pm – 5:00pm | REGISTER

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


Try It! Viking Knit Metal Bracelet with Melba Granlund

Explore an ancient wire weaving technique. Sometimes called Viking knit because it dates back to the Viking Era, the technique is not actual knitting. Instead, wire is woven in a series of loops worked in a circular fashion similar to Nålbinding. In the class, students will use stainless steel, colored or copper, brass, or gold covered wire to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet. Samples will be provided for inspiration.

Sunday, July 22: 12:00pm – 4:30pm | REGISTER

Level: Beginning – no experience necessary!
Tuition: $41 WGM Member / $54 Non-member


Bead Loom Bracelet 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.

Level: Beginning – No experience necessary!
Tuition: $54 WGM Member / $72 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, August 18: 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


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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. 


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 & 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

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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