Nov 9, 16 & 23 6:30-9:00pm This course will take you from being a non-weaver to being a weaver. It will introduce you to 2 types of weaving on a super portable Knitter’s Loom, a type of rigid heddle loom. - Balanced, flat weaving – used for wearables, table linens, etc.- -Textural work – suitable for decorative wall hangings and art You’ll get a bag full of interesting yarns to use as weft in your work, as well as beautiful Sanjo Silk 50% Silk 50% Merino Wool 12/3 (#10-056 ) for your warps. You’ll become knowledgeable about the loom, the materials, and the basic technique of weaving; how to put the warp on, and take the finished work off; how to introduce texture to your work. You’ll learn what you need to know in order to proceed to weaving wearable pieces, table linens or tea towels. You’ll also learn techniques for creating a textural decorative piece. And you’ll know the differences in how to approach these 2 types of weaving. Join the fun, be part of a real-live class, be inspired by the creativity of your classmates, and become a weaver! The class will be held at the beautiful and inspiring Silk Weaving Studio (in the Sandbar courtyard on Granville Island) Maximum class size is 5 to allow for lots of personal attention. $250, includes most of the materials you’ll need, and the at-home use of the loom for 3 weeks
Spinning Silks with Suspended (Drop) Spindles Taught by Debbie Held
Taught by Debbie Held
Does the thought of spinning silks intimidate you? If so, you’re not alone. Join us virtually for a three-hour introduction to spinning silks, using a simple suspended (”drop”) spindle as our only equipment in creating these luxurious yarns. Instructor Debbie Held will share her approach to deciphering silks in various commercial preparations, and we’ll explore how different spinning draws affect results. Debbie will also show you how to ply your singles to maximize the lustrous properties of your silk yarns, then how to set the twist. You’ll gain confidence in your own ability, and you may just learn to use your spindle in a whole new way.
Our silk sampling will include Peduncle Tussah, Tussah sliver, Mawata hankies, Bombyx roving, red Eri silk, and camel/silk pencil roving, silk merino and a bonus knitted kerchief pattern designed by Debbie for you to spin for and knit after the class.
When: November 18, 2023 Time: 12:30PST Workshop Fee: $140CDN Registration: Maximum class size: 8 Skill Level: Students must be able to spin a continuous yarn using a suspended (“drop”) spindle and should be comfortable doing so (with any fibre). Supplies needed:
Students will need at least one long and fast-spinning drop spindle of your choice to class, weighing approximately .75–1 oz/21–28 g. (If you have a few favourites, bring them all, so long as they’re not too heavy.) If you’re looking for an affordable and well-made spindle that’s ideal for silk spinning, I recommend the 2” whorl Golding Micro Ring in any weight. Cherry wood versions are about $40 USD, but there are other equally affordable woods to choose from. (You do not need to order this spindle to take the class!)
A few heavy cardstock business cards or a thin piece of cardboard
Class size is limited to 8 participants. Registration through Eventbrite
Supplies can be picked up at the Silk Weaving Studio 1531 Johnston St Vancouver BC after Oct 24 or mailed for $20 fee.
Price: $140CDN which includes approximately160 grams of 8 different silks (approx $55.00 value) Debbie Held is a freelance writer and international fiber arts educator. She’s a recurring contributor to Spin Off magazine and its blog, PLY Magazine, the SweetGeorgia blog, and more, and she’s the writer behind the Interweave column, Her Handspun Habit. Debbie is a spinning instructor for the School of SweetGeorgia and teaches courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her second book, The Blending Board Bible, is due out in the fall of 2024 from Stackpole Publishing.
Cancellation policy for all classes:
Eventbrite fees are non-refundable. Class fees are non-refundable unless class is cancelled. In the event of unforeseen instructor absence all efforts will be made to re-schedule missed classes. If for some reason you are unable to attend the course, you may send someone else in your place. Please contact us at sanjosilk at gmail dot com
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