Fiber Fact Friday -Feb 3,2017

Bead Weaving

       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



A little bit about – Overshot Instructor Susan Morgan Leveille

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.

274255 (3)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.








Jennifer Moore –

…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.

Moore Doubleweave Sept 2016

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 – Weaver, Dyer, Teacher


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! 

Howard Wool Dying 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-

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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:

Louise Halsey

   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. /.   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  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 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.

Felted Soaps with Judy Wilson

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.

Edited soap washing

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.

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Workshop details can be found on  our website .

Paper Marbling

I’ve always been fascinated with paper marbling.  I think of old books with the beautiful feathered inside cover pages,  journals and cards.

The studio artists here in Yadkinville get together every month or so to discuss “art issues” and upcoming workshops and plan our monthly creative  Art a la Carte.    It was the opportune time to volunteer to learn and  explore something new.  I did the online searches, looked at pintrest and  ordered books.  It was a  snowy day  when I broke out all the supplies and tried marbling on paper.  What a wonderful thing to do!  I love splattering the paints, swirling the colors and just  mixing things up!   I’ve made numerous cards for the fiber room store and think one day I’ll have to bring this to silk, but for the mean time I’m working with paper and would love for you to join me on Tuesday  April 19th.

Below you’ll find the class description and particulars and if you would like can link to our website and sign up for the class.   It will be a wonderful colorful time.


   Paper Marbling  with Leslie Fesperman –  this method of aqueous surface design, can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface.  For centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. Part of its appeal is that each print is unique. 

   In this introductory workshop we’ll discuss tools you can make at home, how to make a cornstarch size and use acrylic paint to make one of a kind papers.   Participants will receive 8 cards with envelopes and can pick sentiments to go on them.  It will be  fun swirling colors together!    Additional cards will be available for a nominal fee.  Wear clothes and shoes for painting and working in water or bring an apron.

  Art a la Carte   April 19th