Summer School Workshops Jan 2018

Workshop 1  A design line and 3 echoes

After Marian’s workshop, I spent many hours working on design lines and finding ways of designing the weaves using Fiberworks rather than on paper.

I still feel it is valuable to design first on paper and then for further design and checking of design, to move to Fiberworks and this is the method I used with 7 students, many of whom had completed 3 years of weaving study with me.

samples of a design line and 3 echo workshop…7 students work

All the students had good knowledge of network drafting, advancing twills, double weave and use of Fiberworks weaving software. These are the results of 3 1/2 days of workshop.

The following are close-ups of 3 students samples.

Students worked in a variety of yarn and colours and were fascinated by the difference a change of weft could make and amazed at the results with a change of lift… all remarked on the variety of design  on the one threading.


20/2 silk at 35 epi, .

Candlewicking cotton 235yds / 25g  at 24 epi,   2 pd in a 12 dent reed

8/2 cotton, 2 per dent in a  50/10 reed or 25.7 epi

10/2 cotton , 30 epi or 3pd in a 40/10 reed

8/2 tencel  dented 3334 in a 10 dent reed or  33epi

Mercerized cotton  size16, 385m/50g… 3 per dent in a 40/10 reed..or 30 epi


Workshop 2  Explore Shadow Weave

Shadow weave sample on the loom

This workshop encourages participants to develop their own designs During the workshop, students worked on their own loom, developing  threadings first on graph paper, and then practising on Fiberworks software.

The above image was under tension on the loom, so it looks a little open.

Work developed by students after the workshop….  two scarves

New scarves from Denise

On the loom….

Alisons work on her loom after the workshop

and became some glasses cases….

Seeing te result of a workshop, and the student pieces afterwards is a great reward.  these are two reviews of the workshop from the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of NSW website…


 16 January 2018 • SS7 Explore Shadow Weave

I thoroughly enjoyed the Shadow Weave workshop. I learned a great deal – a lot of incidentals about weaving generally as well as about shadow weave. My knowledge about weaving is a bit “hit and miss”; being from the country, I can only come to the occasional course. I do not have access to any continuous weaving education so these workshops are invaluable to me. Liz is a great tutor who is always encouraging and prepared to move at a tangent to fill in a “hole” in my learning if necessary.


 13 January 2018 • SS7 Explore Shadow Weave

This was an excellent workshop and I’m so glad I didn’t miss out. What a thorough delivery of this most interesting (and variable) weave. The theory was very helpful, as was the step-by-step progression, the walking through of designing on the computer (Fiberworks), before getting us going on our own designs. Now I feel so confident to choose my yarn, design my own Shadow weave (8 shaft and up) pattern and weave my cloth with the full understanding of the construction of this technique and where I can go with it . So worth the money!! Thank you.

Workshop 3 Kasuri- Patterns in the Weft

This was fun sociable workshop, lots of time to talk when skeins were being wrapped.

Here everyone is busy dyeing  with Procion dyes and winding and wrapping the resist area in their next skeins…

Kasuri from 3 differently dyed skeins

Some of the work during the workshop…

Kasuri pattern with two resist dyed areas

Our selvedges were a bit untidy,  but once one does some test skeins, and determines the amount of shrinkage during the dye process, selvedges can be even and neat.

Kasuri in 2 ply classic Bendigo wool, with 2 undyed areas forming the pattern

Two pieces of mine…

Kasuri with 2 unequal sized dyed areas, a large red, and a smaller cerise, with the rest of the skein black… loop mohair weft on a 2 ply classic Bendigo wool warp

Workshop with Marian in July- design line and 3 echoes

Echo weave scarves, with a design line and 3 echoes in 20/2 silk on 8 shafts

I was privileged to attend a 4 day workshop with Marian Stubenitsky at her home in Randwijk in the Netherlands. It was a wonderful opportunity to study her methods of echo weave with a design line and 3 echoes at regular intervals, and explore her book “Echo and Iris”.  When I came home I needed to start straight away…. with 8 shafts for the first ones, and started with a scarf warp.

The one on the left was set at 30epi for 20/2 silk with a brown weft and on the right I redented to 35 epi, (and I prefer this set) and wove with a blue weft…

The warp colours were a soft orange, an orange red, a bright cerise and dark purple.

The next two scarves were woven in double weave on the same echo threading.

Top one shows horizontal layers of interchanging warp, and the lower one is Marian’s multi colour double weave technique, resulting in true doubleweave over each small block.

Double weave scarves on an Echo threading

graded colours of 20/2 silk

.  Then I couldnt wait to get the wrap warp on!!

And looked first at the quantity of purple 20/2 silk yarn I had dyed ready to weave. I quickly realized that I didnt have enough of any colour and would have to blend the colours from one side of the loom to the other.

warp bundles ready to be placed in the raddle


threading from the raddle groups

The first echoes turned out well, and a challenge… it is the design challenge that I enjoy!!

First part of the echo wrap, almost a full repeat woven

and finished

Design 1

Design 2, echo woven as an As drawn in design

Second echo design on this threading… now sold.