Bead weaving can be described as a technique where the beads are secured into place between the warp and weft threads. This technique requires two pases of the weft thread. One going under the warp and one going over. The beads are strung and held into place in the “over” pass. Pieces are typically rectangular and flat. The design possibilities are numerous and dependent on the width and size of the bead. Coming in May to the The Yadkin Valley Fiber Room an introductory class in bead weaving.
Bead Weaving by West Yadkin Elementary Student Logan Caudill – on exhibit now at The Yadkin Cultural Centers Arts in Education Series Introduction to Bead Weaving 226 East Main Street Yadkinville, NC
The beautiful Appalachian mountains where I was born and raised have a wonderful weaving heritage. It is a real treasure. I am very grateful for the legacy of weaving and handcrafts passed along to me by many members of my family who were an important part of this heritage. They were giving and sharing people who had a desire to pass their skills on to others. I try to honor that legacy by sharing my knowledge, skills and understanding of fiber and weaving at every opportunity. Passing a shuttle back and forth since about age six, I have more than 40 years of teaching experience sharing my passion for woven textiles through private classes, workshops/ lectures, and classes taught through various educational institutions and fiber organizations.
My first formal classes in weaving were at Penland School of Crafts, an internationally known school that sits along Conley Ridge in the mountains of western North Carolina. I was about 11 or 12 years old at the time and already knew that I loved weaving. I’ve been weaving ever since.
My college studies took me to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where the weaving program was headed by Marion Heard, also Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, another well known craft school. Over the years I have both studied and taught at Penland and Arrowmont as well as John C. Campbell Folk School, a third nationally known craft school within 100 miles of where I live. I have been teaching weaving since I graduated from college, privately, at community colleges, guilds and organizations, and these incredible craft schools for more than 40 years at.
Join Yadkin Valley Fiber Room Coordinator Leslie Fesperman on for her latest installment of Art a la Carte. You will be using natural sticks and threads to create a one of a kind hand woven piece. $35, includes all materials. Tuesday August 16 6:30 pm The Yadkin Cultural Center.
…holds an MFA in Fibers and specializes in exploring mathematical patterns and musical structures in doubleweave wall hangings. She has exhibited throughout the world, receiving numerous awards for her work, and has been featured in many weaving publications. Jennifer lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and travels extensively to teach workshops in doubleweave, color and geometric design. She is the author of The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave, and several doubleweave videos.
She will be conducting a workshop at The Yadkin Valley Fiber Room September 21,22, and 23.
Come learn all about the magic of doubleweave! In this workshop participants will weave a sampler that explores weaving two independent layers of cloth, double-width cloth, tubular weaving, color-and-weave effects, pique, quilting and doubleweave pick-up. Graphing designs and working with multiple colors will be introduced. These techniques can then be taken home to create clothing, sculptural pieces, decorative hangings and whatever else the imagination can dream of.
Pam Howard will be teaching three workshops this fall at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room! She is a hand-weaver, dyer, spinner, teacher and the Resident Weaver at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Her first time holding a shuttle in her hand was in 1967. She has been weaving nearly every day since 1985. With the influence of her Mother, a Home Economics teacher, who inspired and encouraged Pam to learn as much as she could about weaving and the fiber arts. Pam has taught at international and regional conferences, crafts schools as well as for local guilds. She worked for the Handweaver’s Guild of America on their advertising staff of Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot Magazine. She has held the position of Resident Weaver at the John C. Campbell Folk School for 16 years. Not only does she hire the weaving instructors, but teaches there as well. Her work has been showed in competitions and invitational exhibitions all over North America. Pam uses the best materials to make a cloth that is not only pleasing to the eye but serves the purpose that is intend to be. Her passion is color so that is why dyeing her warps and fabric has become an important addition to her work and in her classes.
She will be teaching:
The Twill Gamp Your next Step
March 31,2017 April 1 and 2
This workshop will help to reinforce what you already know and give you more. Learn additional tips and techniques that can make your weaving experience so much more successful. We will cover designing, beaming on, troubleshooting and inspiration. Students will learn and weave the components of a 4 harness Twill gamp. By mixing a selection of threadings and treadlings you will create your very own hand-woven pattern directory. We will cover designing using an assortment of standard twill threadings such as straight draw, point twill, advancing twill, broken twill and more.
Wool Dyeing Made Easy!
October 11, 12, and 13
This fun and easy class will have double the learning power. Students will use wool yarns to wind a warp for a scarf. Once the warp is prepared, students will mix acid dyes and the fun begins. Learn about warp painting, mixing colors and how to properly dye a scarf by using only sun power. Once the warp is dyed and dried then beam onto your loom to weave a colorful creation.
Lumpy Bumpy Scarf
November 1, 2, and 3
Want to create a scarf that is colorful, textural and fun to weave at the same time? In this workshop learn more tips and techniques that can make your weaving experience successful. Design using colorful cotton and wool yarns. Then, throw your woven scarf into the washing machine and watch the bumps appear. When it is all over, you will have a work of art that will not only look great but will keep your neck nice and warm.
To register for a class please visit our website:
Tapestry Weavers South (TWS) is a southeastern, regional organization, begun in 1996 in Dahlonega, Georgia with 18 weavers. Their dual purpose is to encourage and promote tapestry among its members, and to educate the public about tapestry as an art form. The membership, now of approximately 40 weavers, extends geographically over all the southeastern sates; and from which comes a diversity of contemporary hand woven tapestries, both abstract and figurative in design. This exhibition will highlight tapestries of traditional designs to innovative abstract forms to realistic imagery, all through the hands of master tapestry artist.
Tapestry Weaving itself is one of the oldest forms of woven textiles and the principal way of creating a picture through weaving. The exhibit will be on display May 3rd through July 9,2016 in the Wellborn Gallery located at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina.
for more information about TWS please visit their website: tapestryweaverssouth.org/
Louise Halsey will have a piece of her work in our upcoming tapestry show (opening May 3rd) and it is part of a series that she has done about houses under duress. She had a joint exhibition with a friend who was creating paintings using collage with playing cards for the houses. http://www.arktimes.com/RockCandy/archives/2011/10/19/louise-halseysusan-chambers
/. You can check out this as well as the use of the term “solastalgia” which was the title for the show.
In 2012 Louise was one of 5 artists chosen by the Arkansas Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts http://acnmwa.org/events-exhibits/
to submit to be in an exhibition with a focus on the fiber arts which would take place at the museum in Washington DC. Of the 5 fiber artists (in a variety of media including quilting, stitching, printing) her work was selected for the exhibition http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/high-fiber.
After the work returned, all 5 artists had their work in an exhibition that toured around Arkansas for a year.
The opening for the exhibition in Washington DC was planned to be when the representatives from the state committees met for their annual meeting. Arkansas has a very active group (started by Helen Walton, Alice Walton’s mother). It was going to be a very exciting time for Louise with many from Arkansas in attendance. On the weekend before she was to arrive for the Thursday opening, Hurricane Sandy started to become a factor. On Saturday she actually drove to the airport in Little Rock ( over 2 hours away) to see if she could get an earlier reservation as all flights had already been cancelled starting on Monday (when she was to fly). On Sun. morning she waited for the airline reservation counter to open. When it did, she had to convince those there that she could not fly on Monday (they did not yet know this!). She was put on a flight immediately, arrived in DC, took the metro to a friend’s apartment and settled down for Hurricane Sandy to arrive. Washington DC and most of the East Coast were shut down on Monday. None of the others from Arkansas made the trip. No friends from beyond Washington were able to attend. The hurricane did not do much damage in Washington. Several of the artists in the exhibition were installing on Thurs. before the opening, all managed to get there for that. It was a small reception, but given the situation it was really a miracle that it happened on time and all artists and her husband were present.
After that experience, Louise decided to do a tapestry about Hurricane Sandy,she looked at some images from the storm and decided to do a house that had been shoved off its foundation, moved nearer to the shore and was sitting there now on a bright sunny day after the storm had passed. This will be on exhibit.
Louise weaves on a floor loom, using linen for the warp, mostly wool for the weft. She uses commercially dyed yarns with a few exceptions.
Please visit her website and better yet come to see here work during our opening or throughout the months of May and June.
Nancy Dugger will be our guest instructor for a Beginning Tapestry Workshop on May 26 and 27th. The two-day workshop will cover traditional European (Gobelin) technique called meet and separate as well as how to weave angles and curves, horizontal and vertical stripes, pick and pick, hatching, eccentric weft, and lazy lines. The larger sample will include these plus pick and pick variations used for shading, regular and irregular hatching, hachure, complex curves and eccentric weft along with Soumak. We will also discuss the slits and how they can be sewn closed or left open to be used as a fine line and other methods of creating gradations of color. She will bring examples or several small tapestries that exhibit these techniques. We will discuss some of the many finishing techniques.
Nancy first learned to weave in 1964 at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After moving from Ohio to Georgia, she was finally able to finish college with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Textile and Surface Design from Georgia State University, which enabled her to land a career as a textile designer in high end hospitality carpet and handtufted rugs. When she was approaching retirement and able to return to hand weaving Ishe found a greater passion for tapestry than other types of weaving. She choose to focus on the more creative side of hand weaving, though she still likes to make her own utilitarian items for the home. She finds peace and satisfaction through the feel of the fibers in her hands, and the challenge of learning how to achieve the right “look” keeps her coming back for more. “Teaching others to do what I love gives me hope that this art form will remain alive for future generations to enjoy.”
I am so excited we are having Jason Collingwood here in August! He’ll be doing a 3 day workshop the 9,10, and 11th.
3 -end b l o c k w e a v e .
An exploration of three end block weaves, the same structure Jason uses to weave all his rugs.
Participants will start with simple two colour designs and move on to designing within the blocks and the introduction of a third colour.
Techniques such as clasped wefts and dovetailing will be looked at to further increase the design scope of this structure.
2 / 1 double faced twill will also be covered in this class.
Special emphasis will be placed on Shaft Switching, every one being able to adapt their looms in class to try out this exciting technique.
below is one of Jason’s many rugs. His website is: http://www.rugweaver.co.uk/
if you would like to see more of his rugs.
Judy Wilson joined the Arts council about 6 months ago and she is so enthusiastic about her work. She just bubbles and well she should…she’ll be doing her first workshop felted soaps here in the fiber room in a few weeks (April 23rd to be exact) and here’s some info she sent in for me to share about felted soaps…
Did you know :
Wool is naturally anti-microbial.
– Felted soap lasts longer than a naked bar of soap.
– The little sweater around the soap acts as a built-in wash cloth and lets you use your soap down to the last sliver.
In her felting workshop you will:
– Choose from one of the 100% natural and organic bar soaps made in NC.
– Learn how to properly prepare and wrap your soap with wool to get full coverage as well as what forms of wool work best for each step of the project.
– Learn how to welt felt your soap without letting all of the wool slip off.
– You will have access to various wool colors for your detailed needle felting creations.
– At the end of it all, you will go home with two handmade bars of felted soap with your own needle felted design and the knowledge necessary to make your own needle felted soap in the future.
Workshop details can be found on our website .