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 with Nancy Dugger

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. 120324_Nancy D 012

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.”



3 – End block weave

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:

if you would like to see more of his rugs.


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