Workshops for Groups

Workshops Available for Groups

 

 

These are workshops that are already prepared and ready for your group

Workshops are listed in order of difficulty from 2 to 4 to 8 shafts and more....

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Contact me if you are interested in particular workshops to obtain a workshop date    

At least 4 weeks ahead of the workshop date,  obtain the workshop requirements and have time to thread up your loom

Costs may  include Material fees eg : $5 fee for notes/ yarns, travel fees and tuition costs

(Contact me if you wish to request a  workshop on a weave of your choice.)

 

Saori Style  Free Weaving   

Working on a rigid heddle, a Saori loom or an Erica.... find out what you can do on just 2 shafts 

Tutor: Liz Calnan
Time: 2 days
Number of students: 8-10
Skill level:beginner.

Group of 10 lessons for Beginners

Early Morning Weavers Classes

These are beginning weaving classes, for people with no previous experience of weaving. Classes allow you to learn a new technique  and then improve your technique in the following weeks.

This series of 10 lessons will cover:

Project 1.  Weaving a plain weave scarf 

Explanation of

  • how to calculate the right number of threads
  • how to wind a warp
  • how to put the warp on the loom
  • good weaving techniques
  • several finishing techniques

 

Project 2 A Twill sampler

which explains all the basics

  • how to get the beat right,
  • how to find the last pick when you loose your place in your sequence,
  • how to see a mistake
  • how to unweave quickly
  • how to read a draft,
  • how to interpret useful books

and most important, how to design interesting patterns for the next projects

 

Project 3  A sampler of Finger Manipulated weaves.

       

This covers a number of structures and decorative techniques, mostly based on a threading which will weave plain weave. .

  • Leno
  • Danish Medallion
  • Spanish Lace,
  • Inlay,
  • Clasped weft
  • Brooks Bouquet and several others.

 

Loom requirements:

 If you dont have a loom that is able to be brought to lessons, small transportable Erica looms can be hired for $25 per month with a refundable deposit of $200, (strictly pick up and return in good condition).

The rental can be converted to part payments on the loom at $ 20 per month, if purchasing.

 Yarn requirements will be sent by email.  Please email if interested in the lessons .

 Number: 1 place left

 

Finger Manipulated weaves

 

Work on your own loom 2 or  4 shaft loom or rigid heddle, we will cover leno, boutonne, Spanish lace, Danish Medalion, inlay, clasped weft, soumak,  …etc… as much as we can fit into 2 days.  I have lots of examples to show you!

Tutor: Liz Calnan

Skill Level: able to warp a 4 shaft loom, with a straight draft of 1,2,3,4. Easy beginner level workshop

Equipment: 4 shaft loom, shuttles

 

 

   Great Weaves on 4 Shafts

This workshop is a round robin workshop, where your thread your 4 shaft loom, weave  a heading and then come to class, to swap looms and weave samples.... we will explore several different 4 shaft weaves suitable for bags, placemats, clothing, scarves and wraps.  If you are new to weaving, this is a great way to increase your skills. 

Sample a variety of weaves, without threading each one yourself. Everyone receives the notes for each weave and suggestions for practical use.

Ideal workshop for a group at mixed levels 

Mock Leno on 4 shafts       Crammed and spaced twill   Log Cabin Colour and Weave  
Tutor: Liz Calnan
Time: 2 days
Number of students: 8-10
Skill level: basic, able to warp a  4 shaft loom

 

 

 8 Shaft Twills


 

 Make the jump!! move from 4 shaft weaves to 8 shaft twills.  Learn how to design threadings and liftings for 8 shafts.  

Work on your own loom on an 8 shaft twill gamp ( a collection of different threadings)

Develop new patterns and improve your technique.

Tutor: Liz Calnan
Time: 2 days
Number of students: 8-10
Skill level: intermediate, able to warp an  8 shaft loom

 

Huck Lace Workshop

  

Develop designs on  graph paper and in Fiberworks.

Develop a method to make your own patterns and interpret patterns from references 

 


Make designs as spots of lace, lace areas, textured areas and blocks of lace.

Work on your own  8 shaft loom and laptop

Tutor:Liz Calnan

Time: 2 days

Number of students: 8-10

Skill Level: basic to intermediate, be able to warp and thread 8 shafts and read a                                                                        weaving draft  

 

 

 

 

 

ON A STRAIGHT 8


Dice Weave ScarvesExplore, before trying projects of your own.Work on your own loom to weave as many weaves as you can manage on a straight 8 threading. A straight 8 can be a pointed threading on 5 as well as two lots of 4 shafts. Adapt weave structures to 8 shafts.

Tutor: Liz Calnan 

Time: 2 days

Number of Students: 8-10

Skill level:  Able to warp your own 8 shaft loom, threaded 1-8, with various colour patterns

 

 
Drawdown from Fiberworks

 

USING   WEAVING SOFTWARE 

Bring your laptop, power cord and  plug in mouse. This is a “come, think and play” workshop! We start at the beginning, putting in a 4 shaft threading and you will be amazed by what you can design in 2 days of playing with drafts and the program.  . It’s a wonderful tool for exploring the potential of weaving.

For all weavers using 4 shafts or more...Plan your next weaving using weaving software to test colours, find the longest float, print out a threading and a lifting in a size that is easy to see, check the balance and structure of your design. Record all the details in the notes sections. Start as a beginner, and become skilled! Change your colour combinations to see what works well, and match the colours of your stash!

Tutor: Liz Calnan 
Time: 2 days    

Number of students: 8-10
Skill level: For all weavers using 4 shafts or more 

Beginner level for  weaving software, need laptop with a Demo version of Fiberworks loaded, but preferably a full  validated copy of the Silver  version of Fiberworks.   Bring a plug-in/wireless mouse- much less tiring on the fingers!!

 

 


Surface texture weave
WEAVES FOR FABRIC

Explore various weaves that are suitable for weaving fabric.

Go home with a folder of samples of various weaves that are suitable for weaving fabric, woven off each loom, with drafts and information on each. Focus on drape, stability, end use and finishing.

Round robin workshop  with  shared looms, 4 and 8 shafts.

Tutor: Liz Calnan 
Time: 2 days
Number of Students 8-10

Skill level: Intermediate weaver, own loom threaded for the workshop.

 

  

  Ancient Rose as Double Weave

OVERSHOT AS DOUBLE WEAVE

4 shaft workshop. Round robin- Everyone weaves on each others loom . Some designing in fiberworks, bring loom and laptop. These weaves are great for placemats, table runners, cushions, bags.

Tutor:Liz Canan

Time: 2 day workshop

Number of students: 8-10

 

 

 

Working from a lineSkill level: intermediate to advanced, be able to warp a double layer of warp with good tension.. Good skills in the use of weaving software makes it quick and easy, but drafts can be developed on  graph paper

 


 

 

Double weave blocks

 8 SHAFT DOUBLE WEAVE

“Thinking” workshop.  Learn to develop double weave patterns for yourself.  Cover the theory from the beginning to more complex designs

Weave a variety of double weave techniques, on your own loom, threaded on 8 shafts
Tutor: Liz Calnan

Time: two day workshop

Number of students: 8-10

Skill level: intermediate to advanced.

 

 

 

Double Weave on 4 shaftsDOUBLE WEAVE ROUND ROBIN 

Each participant receives the instructions for their weave, threads up and can weave their own sample on their loom before class. In the workshop, we swap looms and weave the other samples. This collection of double weave  samples are a great resource for other double weave projects  and will entice you to further explore this weave. This is a “come and do”  workshop, as your time will mainly be spent weaving, but theory will be covered. Drafts for each structure will be provided for all participants.

Tutor: Liz Calnan

Time: two day workshop
Number  of Students: 8-10
Skill level: intermediate to advanced 

 

 

Double two tie weaves. 


This is a very versatile threading. One of my desires is not to thread very often, but weave a lot of different structures, and this is one threading that does twills in blocks, basket weave, plaited twill, double weave, combinations of these, Summer and Winter and stitched cloth.  It can be used for light fabrics, to create warm heavy quilted fabrics and floor rugs.  The workshop will be theory and weaving…. a come, think and play workshop!

Tutor: Liz Calnan

Skill Level:  Advanced. 

Number of students: 8-10

Equipment:  work on your own 8 shaft loom, shuttles, 2 note folders etc. laptop for designing, an advantage. 

Material fee for notes, and additional yarn use for samples on my looms.

 

 

Ripsmatta

Ripsmatta is a thicker fabric that is mostly used for placemats, floor rugs and wall hangings.  With colour (and  8 shafts) it has great possibilities   Sample that will be completed will be suitable for table looms, 10-12cm wide, with cotton yarn… a taste for a bigger adventure!

Day 1  is theory and design and maybe, winding the warp  (Laptop with weaving software needed).

Day 2 is used for dressing the loom- at home.

Day 3 is weaving day.

Tutor: Liz Calnan

Skill Level: intermediate to advanced.

Equipment:   8 shaft loom, shuttles

 

PIQUE

A weave with a raised surface... Very satisfying to create... Patterns discussed and how to create your own  variations.  Work on your own loom during the workshop. Makes wonderful fabric for cushions and upholstery, and in wool can be used for  padded vest fabric.

Skill level: Intermediate... Able to warp a ground warp and supplementary warp... Instructions sent before workshop

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Turned taquete scarf

 

DESIGNING WITH A PARALLEL THREADING

Weave on your laptop. On a parallel threading, you can weave echo weave, turned taqueté, shadow weave and double weave. We will create great designs.

Tutor: Liz Calnan 

Time: 2 or 3 day workshop

Skill level Advanced, familiar with weaving software

Number of students: 8

 

 

Working with a Design Line and 3 Echoes

First day  ( usually morning only)  Designing the Threading and Warp

Day 2,     putting the warp on your loom

Day 3,4,5 (full days)  Weaving several different designs.

 

Working with an echo design gives great possibilities of colour interaction, even on 8 shafts.

Students do their own designs, thread their own design lines and work on their lifting patterns.  Initially lifts will be developed  on graph paper, followed by design work in Fiberworks weaving software.  Students will be expected to supply 8 shaft loom (except if flying in), yarn, laptop with validated software at silver level,  own lunch and reading glasses if needed.

This is a very advanced workshop,  you need experience in putting on dense warps, network twills, double weave, advancing twills, parallel threadings and use of Fiberworks.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turned twill on a 32 shaft pointed threading

DESIGNING FOR MORE THAN 8

 

How to make the best use of familiar structures and extend them to more than 8. Laptop and plug in mouse needed.

Tutor: Liz Calnan
Time:  2 days
Number of students: 8
Skill level: Laptop needed, with full version of Fiberworks or similar weaving software, familiarity with program required. Advanced weaver working on more than 8 shafts.

  

PIQUE

A weave with a raised surface... Very satisfying to create. .. Patterns discussed and how to create your own  variations.  Work on your own loom during the workshop. Makes wonderful fabric for cushions and upholstery, and in wool can be used for  padded vest fabric.

Skill level: Intermediate... Able to warp a ground warp and supplementary warp... Instructions sent before workshop

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