Workshop: Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels
Jul
20
to Jul 23

Workshop: Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels

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Mid Atlantic Fiber Association Conference
Millersville University, Millersville, PA

The structure of Huck Lace provides a treasure trove of design for weavers where an 8-shaft loom can produce six blocks of design and a 4-shaft loom can produce multiple ways to combine warp and weft floats with plain weave. Exercises, documented by slide presentations, will show how to convert a profile draft into a threading and treadling plan. Learn how changing the tie-up plan creates new patterning within the same threading plan. Participants will use printed Design Pages and Transparent Overlays from Neilson’s book An Exaltation of Blocks to create patterns for a series of towels with three sections of Huck Lace separated by a one inch stripe of plain weave.

http://www.mafa-conference-2017.org/

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Kumihimo: 16-Element Kongo Gumi Braid
Jun
4
1:30pm 1:30pm

Kumihimo: 16-Element Kongo Gumi Braid

Lecture and Hands-On Session

In this slide lecture, learn about Japanese history from the perspective of kumihimo by following the historical development of Japanese plaited cords from fossilized remains in grave mounds to Samurai silk-laced armor to fashion world of kimono, obi, obijime. See how current practitioners of kumihimo are evolving new designs to reflect the changes in the world of plaited cords. Following the slides, participants will make a kumihimo key ring on a round foam disk.

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An Exaltation of Blocks
Jun
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

An Exaltation of Blocks

Conference Workshop

Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conference
Hosted by Contemporary Handweavers of Houston
Marriott Town Square, Sugar Land, Texas

Block designs consist of black and white blocks on grid paper, where black is considered the pattern block and white the background block. Through a slide presentation, find out how one weaver used the binary number system and the textures of 4-shaft shaft huck lace to develop the definitive number of two-block designs, and how these simple designs become the building blocks of more elaborate patterns. The design sessions allow weavers to construct and deconstruct complex patterns with component motifs from two different sets of Design Pages and Transparent Overlays. The pages are from a book called An Exaltation of Blocks written by Rosalie Neilson. Weavers will create original and unique patterns suitable for weaving on 8-shaft looms such as Huck Lace, Summer and Winter, and Warp-faced Rep. Some of the simpler designs can be woven on four shafts, while more complex designs can be woven on 24-shaft looms.

https://www.weavetexas.org/

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It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep
May
31
to Jun 2

It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep

Pre-Conference Workshop

Contemporary Handweavers of Texas Conference
Hosted by Contemporary Handweavers of Houston

Marriott Town Square, Sugar Land, Texas

Two different colored warps (a pattern colorway and a background colorway) combine with thick and thin weft to form the elements for exploring block design in warp-faced rep.  Prior to the workshop, weavers will select a draft and pre-thread a loom. Learn how “blocks” of rep, threaded on four and eight shafts, can be combined to expand design possibilities. Discussions will focus on profile drafting, use of color, movement of blocks in independent and linked fashion, skeleton tie-ups, different threading systems, and design considerations for four shaft and multiple harness looms. Weavers will work exclusively on their own loom (4- or 8-shaft) to understand the weave structure of rep, sampling with different weight wefts to create textiles suitable for the table, wall, and floor.

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