The Lattices of Kongō Gumi: 16-element Braiding on the Foam Disk
Nov
8
to Nov 10

The Lattices of Kongō Gumi: 16-element Braiding on the Foam Disk

Portland Handweavers Guild, Portland, OR

Two sessions of a “Hands-on Program”:
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 10:00 am
and
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 pm

Multnomah Art Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Bring your round foam braiding disk, a key ring and yarns to the PHG November 8th meeting for an hour of Kongō Gumi braiding. Participants will receive a handout with a history of Kongō Gumi as well as layouts for right different 16-element lattice-design braids.

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Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels

Portland Handweavers Guild, Portland, OR

Two-day workshop:
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:30 am — Sunday, November 4, 2018, 4:30 pm

Beaverton Mill End Store, 4875 SW Western Avenue, Beaverton, OR

The structure of Huck Lace provides a treasure trove of design for weavers. It is a shaft-efficient weave structure where an 8-shaft loom can produce six blocks of design; and a 4-shaft loom can produce a myriad of different ways to combine textures of warp/weft floats with plain weave.

Weavers will learn how “blocks” or units of huck lace are threaded on four and eight shafts, and how they can be combined to expand design possibilities. Discussions will focus on converting a profile draft into a threading and treadling, and how literally thousands of designs can be created within a single threading by changing the tie-up. The Workshop begins with a slide lecture and a morning Design Session.

 During the Design Session, participants will use a series of printed Design Pages and Transparent Overlays from Neilson’s recently published book An Exaltation of Blocks to explore thousands of design possibilities for 6-block Huck Lace. Participants will draw their favorite patterns onto graph paper and learn how to use a Transparent Template Overlay to determine the tie-up of each pattern.

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Loop the Loop
Oct
28
9:30 AM09:30

Loop the Loop

AKS Gathering, Tampa, FL

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Two braid structures are the basis of this kumihimo study: 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi and 16-element Naiki. Using two different colors of silk, braiders will investigate the different effects when a flat 16-element Naiki braid divides into two round, 8-element Yatsu Gumi cords. When the cords are the same lengths, they form small openings between them after they are rejoined into the Naiki interlacement. When the cords are different lengths, they form loops or picots which can appear on the same edge or zig-zag from side to side.

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Inside Out: A Study in 8- and 16-element Braiding
Oct
27
9:30 AM09:30

Inside Out: A Study in 8- and 16-element Braiding

AKS Gathering, Tampa, FL

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Two braid structures are the basis of this kumihimo study: 8-element Edo Yatsu Gumi and 16-element Kongo Gumi. The braid will start with a loop of Edo Yatsu Gumi in the middle. Eight more Tama are added to continue with a 2-color variation study of Kongo Gumi interlacement. Braiders will be supplied with a core during the workshop to see what happens when one of the colors is taken out of action by placing the Tama on the arms of a core stand. The braid will continue with 8-element Edo Yatsu hiding the inactive color. When the hidden elements are brought back into action, braiders will continue exploring Kongo Gumi. At intervals, Color A appears on the outside surface of the braid with Color B hidden and vice versa. There are 347 different 2-color variations. The book, Kongo Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Lines will be the source for design variations.

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Kumihimo: From Defense to Decoration
Oct
26
8:30 AM08:30

Kumihimo: From Defense to Decoration

AKS Gathering, Tampa, FL

Morning Presentation
Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:30 — 9:15 am

This slide lecture presents a history of Japan through the perspective of kumihimo or plaited silk cords.  It traces the historical development of Japanese plaited cords from fossilized remains in grave mounds to the exotic Samurai era when silk cords were used to lace together the warrior's armor.  It also explores the current fashion trends using cords as obijime (an integral part of securing the obi and kimono) as well as decorative neckpieces. In addition to the slides taken in Japan and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there are also slides taken by a professional advertising photographer in Kyoto, documenting past fashions in kimono and obi. The samurai slides will include the recent exhibit of armor at the Portland Art Museum.

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It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep (4- and 8-shaft Looms)
Oct
20
to Oct 22

It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep (4- and 8-shaft Looms)

Orlando Weavers Guild, Orlando, FL

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
and
Sunday & Monday, October 21—22, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Explore the multitude of designs possible in warp-faced rep by using two different colorways and two different weights of weft. Learn an easy way to tie a wide warp onto the front cloth beam rod, in addition to a versatile treadling method to maximize the number of patterns. Discussions will focus on color, movement of blocks, skeleton tie-ups, and threading systems. Drafts for 4- and 8-shaft looms will be sent in advance, along with color suggestions for the two different colorways of pattern and background. Weavers will warp and thread their looms prior to workshop and work exclusively on their own loom throughout the 2-1/2 day workshop. Weavers will also learn the Cavandoli knot and participate in a color wrap session.

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It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep
Sep
23
to Sep 28

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

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm through
Friday, September 29, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

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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The Power of Block Design: Lecture
Sep
15
1:45 PM13:45

The Power of Block Design: Lecture

Handweavers Guild of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

September 15, 1:45pm—2:45pm

Block designs consist of black and white blocks on grid paper, where black is considered the pattern block and white the background block. Learn how weavers interpret block designs in color and texture in a variety of different weave structures. 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 motifs, and how these simple motifs become the building blocks of more elaborate patterns. The lecture illustrates the construction and deconstruction of complex patterns by showing how to use the printed design pages and transparent overlays from the recently published book The Exaltation of Blocks by Rosalie Neilson.

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Fibonacci Fudge: Warp Stripe Design
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Fibonacci Fudge: Warp Stripe Design

Handweavers Guild of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10—11:45 am

Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th century Italian mathematician, left a sequence of numbers which has helped weavers and designers create successful stripe proportions.  But what happens if the number of warp ends for a project doesn't fit neatly into the Fibonacci number sequence?  Learn how a rep weaver discovered a way to make Fibonacci Fudge.  Following a slide lecture, weavers will practice the mathematics by making several warp stripe "wrappings".

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Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels
Sep
12
to Sep 14

Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels

Handweavers Guild of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:30 – 4:30 through
Friday, September 14, 2018 9:30 – 4:30

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.

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It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep
Sep
7
to Sep 9

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

Handweavers Guild of Boise Valley, Eagle, ID

Friday, September 7, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm through
Sunday, September 9, 2018 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

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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8-Shaft Rep Runners: A Study in 4-Block Design using Linked Blocks and Solid Stripes
Jul
10
to Jul 12

8-Shaft Rep Runners: A Study in 4-Block Design using Linked Blocks and Solid Stripes

Convergence 2018
Reno, Nevada

Tuesday, July 10 —Thursday, July 12

(Full - sign up for waiting list)
3W-T100

Design an 8-shaft Warp-Faced Rep table runner, featuring center 4-block motifs with a color-opposite border of 2-block motifs. Sessions include developing 2-, 3-, and 4-block symmetric motifs, converting profile drafts into threading and treadling plans, and developing a skeleton tie-up. Demonstrations include Cavandoli knots as the finishing technique. Loom required*.   

Materials Fee: $16. Level: Intermediate.

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"Ripped" About Rep
Jul
9
9:00 PM21:00

"Ripped" About Rep

Convergence 2018
Reno, Nevada

July 9, 9:00am—10:30pm

Learn about the design process and practical details of Warp-Faced Rep. See how curves from nature – a wren, a crow, a leaf, a frozen river seen from an airplane window – inspire the creation of colorful wall hangings and rugs. Following the lecture, participants will create two color wraps, one for the pattern colored layer, and the other for the background colored layer.

Materials Fee: $2. Level: Beginner

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Kumihimo:  From Defense to Decoration
Jul
8
1:30 PM13:30

Kumihimo: From Defense to Decoration

Convergence 2018
Reno, Nevada

July 8, 1:30pm —3pm

Learn the history of Japan through the perspective of kumihimo or plaited silk cords.  It traces the historical development of Japanese plaited cords from fossilized remains in grave mounds to the exotic Samurai era with silk cords used to lace together the armor. It also explores the fashion trends using cords as obijime as well as decorative neckpieces.

Materials Fee: $0.
Level: Beginner

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The Power of Block Design
Apr
9
9:30 PM21:30

The Power of Block Design

Convergence 2018
Reno, Nevada

July 9, 1:30pm—4:30pm

Block designs consist of black and white blocks on grid paper, where black is pattern and white is background. Learn how the textures of 4-shaft huck lace are used to develop two-block motifs, and how these simple motifs form more elaborate patterns. Practice making and converting block designs into a variety of weave structures.

Prerequisite: Must be able to read a draft.
Materials Fee: $20. Level: Beginner.

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It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep
Mar
16
to Mar 18

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

Palouse Hills Weavers Guild, Moscow ID

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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February Workshops in Arizona: It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep
Feb
17
to Feb 19

February Workshops in Arizona: It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep

Teaching Tour sponsored by the Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners from February 7 to 24. Rosalie will give the keynote address, The Power of Block Design, at the Arizona Federation luncheon on Saturday, February 24.

Tucson Hand Weavers & Spinners Guild
Tucson, AZ

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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February Workshops in Arizona: Block Designs in Summer and Winer
Feb
10
to Feb 12

February Workshops in Arizona: Block Designs in Summer and Winer

Teaching Tour sponsored by the Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners from February 7 to 24. Rosalie will give the keynote address, The Power of Block Design, at the Arizona Federation luncheon on Saturday, February 24.

Arizona Desert Weavers & Spinners Guild
Phoenix AZ

Summer and Winter is a two-shuttle weave structure where a thinner tabby weft alternates with a thicker pattern weft every other row. In Block weaving, there are eight picks of weft for each threading block: four tabby wefts alternating with four pattern wefts. It is the Pattern weft which determines the different styles of Summer and Winter: Alternating, Bird’s-Eye, X-Style, and Dukagäng.

8-shaft participants will thread their looms with the same draft, designing a table runner with center 4-block motifs and 2-block motif borders. 4-shaft participants will use a different draft to explore 2-block designs.

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February Workshops in Arizona: Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels
Feb
7
to Feb 24

February Workshops in Arizona: Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels

Teaching Tour sponsored by the Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners from February 7 to 24. Rosalie will give the keynote address, The Power of Block Design, at the Arizona Federation luncheon on Saturday, February 24.

February 7-8 2018
Weavers West Guild, Sun City West AZ

February 14-15, 2018
Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild, Prescott, AZ

February 21-22, 2018
Valley Fiber Art Guild, Sahuarita, AZ

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.

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Kumihimo: 16-element Braiding on the Marudai
Jan
20
4:00 PM16:00

Kumihimo: 16-element Braiding on the Marudai

AMERICAN KUMIHIMO SOCIETY (AKS) REGIONAL WORKSHOP
FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA

Using traditional Japanese braiding equipment, this workshop is designed for participants familiar with 8-element braid structures. Building on the movements and processes learned in the introductory workshop, and for those who want to branch out into more complex braids, participants will create a sampler of 16-element braids using two colors of silk or synthetic silk. Braids include Oimatsu, Naiki, Tsukushi, 3 variations of Mitake Gumi, and Kongō Gumi. Resources for braid designs include the handout and the book Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Lines.

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It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep
Jan
16
to Jan 18

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

Weavers of Char-Lee
Fort Meyers Florida

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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It's in the Warp: Color and Design in Rep
Nov
10
to Nov 12

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

November 10-12, 2017
Teleraña Guild
Phoenix, Arizona

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 be sent drafts for 4- and 8-shaft looms. 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.

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An Exaltation of Blocks
Nov
9
9:30 AM09:30

An Exaltation of Blocks

November 9, 2017, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Teleraña Guild
Phoenix, Arizona

Block designs consist of black and white blocks on grid paper, where black is considered the pattern block and white the background block. 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.

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Kumihimo: 16-element Braiding on the Marudai
Oct
22
12:30 PM12:30

Kumihimo: 16-element Braiding on the Marudai

Sunday, October 22, 2017
American Kumihimo Society Gathering
Tampa, Florida

Using traditional Japanese braiding equipment, this workshop is designed for participants familiar with 8-element braid structures. Building on the movements and processes learned in the introductory workshop, and for those who want to branch out into more complex braids, participants will create a sampler of 16-element braids using two colors of silk or synthetic silk. Braids include Oimatsu, Naiki, Tsukushi, 3 variations of Mitake Gumi, and Kongō Gumi. Resources for braid designs include the handout and the book Kongō Gumi: A Cacophony of Spots – Coils – Zags – Lines.

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Kumihimo: Introduction to Braiding on the Marudai
Oct
21
9:30 PM21:30

Kumihimo: Introduction to Braiding on the Marudai

American Kumihimo Society Gathering 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Tampa, Florida

Bring your marudai* and eight weighted spools for an exploration of 8-element braids using silk or synthetic silk. Learn the basic interlacements for round, square, and flat braids, and how the placement of color on the Marudai affects the design of the braid. Braids in the sampler include Yotsu Gumi, Maru Genji, Edo Yatsu Gumi (with its variations of repeating steps two and three times), and Hira Kara Gumi. Resources for braid designs include the handout and the books The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo Yatsu Gumi and The Thirty-Seven Interlacements of Hira Kara Gumi.

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Rep Runners: A Study in Block Design Using Linked Blocks and Solid Stripes
Sep
16
to Sep 18

Rep Runners: A Study in Block Design Using Linked Blocks and Solid Stripes

GORGE HANDWEAVERS
Saturday – Monday, September 16–18, 2017

Using the same profile draft, weavers will thread an 8-shaft loom with four or five different colors of 3/2 cotton or 5/2 cotton. Choose three pattern colors and one or two background colors. The runner will feature a series of 4-block center designs with side borders showing 2-block linked designs in opposite colors. The center motifs and border motifs will be separated from each other by solid colored stripes. Weavers will select 6 to 9 different 4-block motifs using Design Pages from An Exaltation of Blocks. Believe it or not, there are 1,024 different 4-block motifs. Weavers will receive enough motifs in their handouts to whet their creative appetites!

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

Workshop: Color & Design in Huck Lace Towels

  • Millersville University (map)
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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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