Visiting Artist Workshops

WGM Workshops are intensive, two- to five-day learning opportunities led by national or internationally-recognized instructors. WGM typically offers 3-5 workshops each year to:

  • Provide an intensive experience on a specific technique
  • Introduce new concepts or techniques
  • Complement classes offered by WGM faculty
  • Challenge participants to explore new fibers, techniques or structures

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2019 Workshops

The Pond (2009) Linen and silk

Shaped Tapestry and Pulled Warp Techniques with Susan Iverson

Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, 2019

Whether new or experienced in tapestry weaving, students will learn to add dimension to their work through an exploration of pulled warp and shaped tapestry techniques. Shaped or pulled warp techniques can add subtle dimension and texture to a two-dimensional piece. They also allow one to create stunning and complex work that pushes into the realm of sculpture.

This workshop is led by weaver and American Tapestry Alliance president Susan Iverson. Susan lives and works in rural Hanover County, Virginia near the small village of Montpelier. In 2015 she retired from her position as a Professor in the School of the Arts, Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in many collections including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

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Handwoven mobius shawl in turned Beiderwand.

Turned Biederwand 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!

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Inspired by 6th century encaustic icon from Santa Francesca Romana, Rome.

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!

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Flax and ramie hand woven table runner.

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

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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