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2019 WORKSHOPS

Click on the workshop title to go to the instructor information sheet and supply list for that workshop. On the registration form you will select one workshop to take, and up to two additional workshop choices in case your first (or second) choice has been filled. Each workshop is 2-1/2 days long -- full days on Friday and Saturday, and a half-day on Sunday. There is a link to the registration form at the bottom of this page or you can use the link in the tab above. For information on housing options and to make reservations, contact Arrowmont directly at 865-436-5860.

 

PIN LOOM WEAVING - BASICS AND BEYOND
with Raeus Jae Cannon
This workshop will introduce students to pin loom weaving. This weaving method began in the 1920s so people could make cloth from scraps. Today the pin looms are gaining in popularity. From the curious to those who own their own loom, this workshop will be a great way to get started and hone those skills. With demonstrations and working at their own pace, students will learn the entire process: warping, weaving, yardage requirements, yarns to use (and not to use), reading a pin loom draft, and different techniques for seaming squares together. At the end of the class, students will walk away with their own infinity scarf.


TURN YOUR OWN FIBER TOOLS
with Steve Cook
The class will begin with safety instructions and an introduction to the lathe and tools, then on to making shavings! Spend the weekend creating your very own fiber tools and more! Make your own niddy noddy, drop spindle, nostepinne, diz, crochet hook, seam ripper, yarn bowl and other fun projects. Learn how to embellish and finish your work. Everyone will progress at their own pace and choose projects that excite them! No previous woodturning experience is needed.


FLAX, SILK AND EMBROIDERY
with Cassie Dickson
Spinners love to spin for a purpose or goal. Two beautiful fibers, flax and silk have similar characteristics; they both spin fine, light reflective yarns. This class will focus on drafting techniques, controlling thread size and twist, scouring, and finishing your yarns for an embroidery project. This class will focus on two fibers: flax and silk. Students will learn control techniques for spinning fine yarns that will be used for an embroidery project. Drafting techniques, controlling thread size and twist, scouring, and finishing yarns will be covered. Students must be comfortable operating their spinning wheel and spinning a continuous thread.


BASIC TAPESTRY TECHNIQUES
with Nancy Dugger
We will begin by learning to warp a pipe frame loom and start with the basics of meet and separate technique as used by traditional European tapestry studios. Then we will move on to learn how to create angles, squares and curves, create shading by using pickʼnʼpick, hatching and hachure, adding some eccentric weft as time allows. Students will complete a small sampler of techniques that they can keep for future reference along with the outline provided.


NUNO FELT FOR WEAVERS
with Geri Forkner
It seems like everyone had discovered the fabulous textures that can be created by laminating wool fibers to cloth. Now you can combine weaving and felting in a great new process. We will begin by weaving a loose web of cloth, take it off the loom, add luxurious merino wool fibers then wet felt everything together. Beginners to advanced in either technique will love this combination.


NEEDLE FELTING TROLLS, FAIRIES AND WIZARDS - OH MY!
with Irene Heckel
We will cover needle felting techniques to help develop a character doll face. The techniques will help build noses, cheeks, ears, eyes, etc., all with the goal of creating a unique character. We will also be constructing a basic wire armature and learning to create a body to complete our dollʼs character. If doll is completed, costuming or clothing will be addressed and can be started in class if time allows, or completed at home.


WTF - WOW THAT'S FUN!!
with Neal Howard
What you do with what you learn in this workshop will get attention. And learning it will be fun. Students will plan and wind short warps of 100% silk yarns, then space dye them using Lanaset dyes. Emphasis is on process rather than a particular product, with an intuitive, non-technical approach. Learn strategies to make the simple appear complex and/or have fun learning to play with color. Information will be shared via discussion and handouts so students may continue to work at home. Students must understand the weaving process, be able to calculate warp lengths and sett, and be able to wind warps independently.


HERITAGE CROCHET TECHNIQUES IN CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION
with Rita de Maintenon
Kick up your basic crochet skills to the next level with heritage techniques in contemporary application. In this workshop we will look at the history and application of heritage crochet techniques, such as broomstick lace, hairpin lace, Tunisian lace, Aran cables, thread Lace -like filet crochet, Irish crochet, bullions and picots. We will work on all of these techniques and explore many possibilities to combine them in one designer project. We will learn design secrets, practice pattern independency and how to add finishing touches. The instructor encourages her students to master the basics and then design their own heirloom pieces.


HOW CAN I SPIN IT, WHAT CAN I MAKE: YARN DESIGN AND COLOR
with Martha Owen
Curious continuing spinners, gain inspiration and skill at making the yarn you have in mind. What gives a yarn personality? Prepare (carding, drum carding, combing or not at all!) and spin lovely natural sheep shades, hand dyed locks of wool or work with the lovely solid top and space dyed rovings that you have brought from home! Start beyond the basics to delve into production techniques from color inspirations. We will touch on spinning methods, wheel set ups, plying ideas and lessons in consistency.


DOUBLE WEAVE BLOCKS
with Amy Putansu

This class is closed; however, you can request to be added to the wait-list on the registration form.


WARP IT, PAINT IT, WEAVE IT
with Kathie Roig
This class explores different methods (on-loom and off-loom) of painting your warp using fabric paints. This spontaneous method of applying color to yarn can be used in either functional or non-functional pieces.


WOVEN TAPESTRY AND THE LANGUAGE OF COLOR
with Jennifer Sargent
Are you curious about creating shapes with weaving? In this workshop you will learn tapestry techniques while refreshing your knowledge of color theory. Choose and blend colors both on the bobbin and with special techniques like hatching and hachures. Find out how the eye merges colors creating the impression of many value changes and an expanded color palette. Additional considerations are the woven texture itself and the shiny or matt qualities of yarns which also influence the perception of color. You will leave the workshop having an idea of the many possibilities of tapestry.



INKLE WEAVING IN THE ROUND
with Angela Schneider
Participants in this inkle weaving round-robin workshop will warp a loom and weave samples in a variety of patterns and techniques. Several plain weave bands illustrate patterning options, with lecture discussing how to create those effects. Advanced techniques include beading, rep, tubular weaving, clasped weft, and pickup. Bands will also use a variety of materials and equipment. Instuctor will provide additional warped looms.


DYING TO MARBLE
with Pat K. Thomas
This fast-paced workshop is filled with color and pattern. First, silk will be dyed as a background for marbling. This creates layers, interest and depth for the marbling. Then, marbling designs from traditional to contemporary will be floated on thickened liquid and printed on the fabric. Participants can marble pieces up to 20ʺ x 72ʺ! A great opportunity! Preferred fabrics include silk, rayon, linen, bamboo, cotton. Detailed instructions will be given to complete the fabric as washable and colorfast.


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Updated 7/16/18