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2022 CALENDAR

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Foundations Class Dates

January 10 - 14, 2022                            

March 7 - 11, 2022                   

June 13 - 17, 2022                   

July 11 - 15, 2022 

August 1 - 5, 2022

September 12 - 16, 2022

November 14 - 18, 2022

December 5 - 9, 2022 

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Alumni  Class Dates

January 17 - 21, 2022                           

March 14 -18, 2022                   

June  27 - July 1, 2022               

July 25 - 29, 2022 

October 10 - 14, 2022

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FOUNDATIONS           w/Justin Squizzero                         $700

Why are all first-time students—even experienced weavers—encouraged to take Foundations? In short, because the historic equipment and methods we use are not taught anywhere else. This class is centered around engaging with our antique looms and the techniques they’re designed for. Each student will take their own project through from start to finish. Class begins with an introduction to project planning including yarn sizes and calculating setts, followed by multiple end warping (making a warp using multiple yarns at once) and forming a lease using a skarne and warping bars. Next, students beam on their warp with a raddle using solo or assisted methods, learn how to construct the loom harness, draw-in (thread the heddles), sley the reed, tie on the warp, build a counterbalance shedding mechanism, and tie up the treadles in walking fashion. In weaving, students are introduced to the finer points of shuttle handling, pirn winding, and proper use of a temple. If time allows, the webs will be wet finished, otherwise students will receive instruction on how to carry this out at home. Unlike a class focused on creating a collection of woven samples, this class is an in-depth look at the entire weaving process with a strong emphasis on technique.

ALUMNI WEEKS                         w/Kate Smith                       $700

Alumni students may pursue a greater range of weave structures, fibers, and projects of their choice. Some of the weave structures to pursue are  M's and O's, Huck, Summer and Winter, Overshot, Spot Weave, Krokbragd, Damask, Satin weave, and more. The demands of working with fine linen and silk pose a welcome challenge for the adventurous. Learn about 19th-century Domestic Textiles in a special two day sampler class where students rotate between looms set-up with striped wool Venetian carpeting, linen diaper toweling, checked cotton shirting, and a small overshot cover Much of our instruction is one on one and can be tailored to a wide range of traditional and contemporary weave structures.  For more project options Click Here for our Course Catalogue.

SPINNING, DYEING & WEAVING A FULL SIZED  SCOTTISH WEDDING BLANKET                         w/MSW Staff                    $2000

January 31 - February 25, 2022

The Scottish Wedding Blanket is a traditional piece of a wedding dowry in the Scottish culture and also a signature piece of MSW.  This was the first design that Norman taught his students to weave back when he started the school in the 1970s and we have been using this design ever since.  This class will start with spinning the warp and weft on a great wheel using Vermont made pencil roving and then dye the stripe yarn with a traditional indigo fermentation vat.  The blanket will then be woven in two panels which will be sewn together to make a full sized blanket.  We may even finish the fabric with a Scottish style waulking with Norman if he is willing!

WEAVING LINEN SINGLES        w/Justin Squizzero            $750

March 21 - 25, 2022

Want to try linen, but intimidated by its challenges? Here’s your opportunity to master the preparation steps and weaving techniques involved in weaving a piece of fine linen cloth. Students may work with plied or singles thread depending on experience and comfort level. Those working with singles may size their thread prior to warping. Students will learn strategies for maintaining even tension while warping and beaming; the pros and cons of different loom mechanics; how to manage the fiber throughout weaving; and finishing methods to highlight linen’s natural beauty. Fear linen no more and get a handle on a fiber that’s at once delicate and tough as nails. 

FLEECE TO FULLING                       w/MSW Staff           $2000

May 2 - 27, 2022                              

Back in the 1970s and '80s the main class option at MSW was a 6 week intensive where the students arrived and were handed a raw sheeps fleece and proceeded to go through all the steps of sorting, washing, picking, carding, spinning and eventually to weaving a fully handspun wool blanket. It was a most unforgettable experience and helped to shape an inspire many a student.  We are pleased to once again offer this unique opportunity to come and start at the beginning and go through all the processes that were once a mainstay in the act of making clothing and household textiles. There is no previous spinning, dyeing or weaving experience needed for this class and we will be limiting the class to 4 students at a time and hopefully offer this twice a year. The class will be taught by Norman’s former students who took this class in the '70s & '80s and those of the next generation who have learned from these alumni.  Hopefully Norman will also be on hand to give his advice and tell stories while the wheels spin away!

MEMENTO MORI: WEAVING A SHROUD                  $750

June 20 -24, 2022                             w/Anne Fernweh                        

Join Anne Fernweh and the growing death-positive and green burial movements by weaving your own burial shroud, a piece meant to accompany you in life as well as in death. Weaving your own shroud offers a countercultural opportunity to explore and reconnect with grief, mortality, and your innate wisdom therein. Not only for those nearing death, a handwoven shroud is designed to travel with you through life. It is meant to be filled with memories, stories and your unique vitality, all of which it then carries with you in death. 
 This week-long class begins with an introduction to burial shroud traditions from around the world and their reemerging relevance today. Students then workshop the design of their shroud, with guidance provided on the corresponding symbolism of colors, fibers, and structures. Students are encouraged to consider how these elements intersect with their interests, values, aesthetic and/or heritage, and are free to incorporate personalized design elements and/or ephemera to create a deeply personal piece. Individualized guidance and consultation are provided throughout the design, creation, and finishing processes. 


INTRODUCTION TO SPINNING        w/Andrea Myklebust    June 25 & 26, 2022                                                             $300

In this class, students will learn to make their own yarn by hand with a hand spindle. Using a kit supplied by the instructor, including a custom-made spindle and locally-raised wool from her flock of sheep in Danby, Vermont, students will work as a group to understand the foundations of hand spinning. This class is designed as an introduction to handspinning for absolute beginners, but people with prior spinning experience who wish to improve their spindle skills are also welcome. For students interested in the Great Wheel workshop on June 27, who do not have prior spinning experience, this class will prepare you for working with the Great Wheel. By the end of class, students will have grounding in the fundamental concepts of hand spinning: an understanding the functions of draft and twist in fiber for the creation of a structurally-sound yarn. Participants will be ready to continue their exploration of this ancient craft using spindles, or to progress to learning the use of a spinning wheel.       

 

                                                   

SECRETS OF THE GREAT WHEEL      w/Andrea Myklebust    June 27, 2022                                                                         $300

The great wheel, also known as the walking wheel, spindle wheel, or wool wheel, was a common textile tool in New England prior to the industrial revolution and into the 19th century, but few hand spinners know how to use them today. In this daylong workshop, we will learn how to use a great wheel, and experiment with different fiber selections and preparations for great wheel spinning. We will look at examples of different great wheel designs, learn how to adjust, maintain and make simple repairs to great wheels, and will learn how to recognize a great wheel that could still be used for spinning when one encounters it ‘in the wild.’

This workshop is aimed at people who already have a basic understanding of handspinning, but may also be of interest to new spinners. If you do not have prior spinning experience, we suggest you also sign up for the Introduction to Handspinning workshop on June 25 & 26.

CARVING A RIGID HEDDLE  w/ Trish & Anne Fernweh

July 23 & 23, 2022                                                                 $300

Join Anne and Trish Fernweh for a two day workshop covering introductory hand-carving techniques, indigo vat dyeing, warp winding, and band weaving. 
 Day one focuses on simple woodworking techniques for designing and hand carving a small rigid heddle and shuttle, with instructions for whittling decorative or personalized motifs. The day concludes with a cursory introduction to indigo vat dyeing, after which completed heddles can be hand-dyed with indigo if desired. 
 Day two focuses on weaving with the hand-carved heddles and shuttles. Students learn the basics of rigid heddle weaving, including pattern design and color theory, as well as how to wind a warp using warping bars in addition to items easily found at home. Students then assemble a simple back-strap weaving set up and weave a narrow band of their own design.

DYEING W/TREES & SHRUBS  w/Joann Darling             $300

July 30 & 31, 2022                                                           

In this two day workshop students will explore a myriad of natural color from woody plants. The abundance of woody plant material can lend itself to a more sustainable approach for acquiring large quantities of natural dyes.
Our journey will begin with a plant walk to identify and gather choice species then to the best techniques to extract the dyes. We will cover fiber preparation and use of mordants to obtain multiple tints and shades from a single extraction. Time permitting we hope to cover and process a dozen or more dye baths. Materials and sample books provided. 

FLAX TO LINEN            w/Andrea Myklebust                   $300

August 18 & 19, 2022

In this two day workshop, we will explore all aspects of traditional flax production, from seed selection and cultivation, to harvesting, dew-retting and water-retting, and flax dressing using hand tools. Students will have opportunities to do hands-on processing work with raw and retted flax straw, using a flax brake, scutching board and hackles to dress flax into tow and line ready for spinning into linen. We will discuss sourcing seed and tools, and will take a look at work being undertaken today to revive textile flax production in North America. Students will have plenty of samples to take home at the end of the workshop, and a packet of textile flax seed to plant in their own gardens next spring.

LINEN SPINNING      w/Andrea Myklebust                 $300

August 20 & 21, 2022
In this weekend workshop, we will learn to spin flax in various forms; tow, commercially-processed sliver and tow roving, and hand-processed line. Working with both hand spindles and spinning wheels, we will learn how to dress a distaff and use it in spinning line flax. Students will have an opportunity to make a distaff of their own to take home, along with samples of all the fibers used in the class, and a packet of textile flax seed to plant in their own gardens next spring. This workshop is aimed at students who already have a working knowledge of spinning. Students are welcome to bring their own wheel to the workshop, and we will have access to Marshfield's flax wheels as well as wheels brought by the instructor.  

 

 

 FLAX TO LINEN SOCIAL SPIN-IN

August 21, 2022

Join us on Sunday, August 21 to celebrate all things flax to linen at a community spin-in. Bring your wheel, distaff and flax and spin with others at the beautiful Marshfield School of Weaving. Please RSVP by August 5.

WEAVING AND SEWING A GARMENT OUT OF HEMP

w/Marina Contro                                                        $1400

August 8 - 19, 2022

Details coming soon!

WARP PAINTING  in the Style of Pompadour Silk                     $750

w/Dosia Sanford

August 22 -26, 2022

In this 5 day session students will warp, paint, and weave silk yardage in the style of French Chiné à la branche or Chiné à la chaîne. Striped warps will be wound, then painted under tension on frames with careful attention to produce delicate floral and flame motifs among the stripes. Time will be spent exploring how to design and achieve control in the final outcome. Yardage will be woven plain weave, but this is still an intermediate class because of the set up time. Previous experience with four-post looms and multiple end warping are a big plus. Day one will be spent designing, warping, and treating the fabric for the paint. Day two the patterns will be applied to the warps and cured. Day three-five are for beaming on and weaving the cloth. Space is limited to 4 students so sign up early! 

WEAVING A TALLIT                w/Nelly Detra           $750

September 19 - 24, 2022

The Jewish prayer shawl, or tallit, is the traditional garment worn by Jews during religious observance. The only specifications given in the Torah for this garment is that it should have four corners to hold the “tzitzit” or fringes. This gives the Jewish weaver a broad range of artistic options when designing a tallit. In this class each student will design and weave their own tallit, atarah and corners. We will wind up the class by tying the tzitzit together, and discuss how we can express our own vision of Jewish observance through the mitzvah of crafting and wearing tzitzit. 

SPINNING & WEAVING COTTON IN THE ACADIAN

TRADITION                                     w/Austin Clark.        $750

October 17 - 21, 2022                                                             

In this five day workshop, students will learn about the Acadian cotton textile tradition in Louisiana. We will work with different colors of natural cotton and learn to card and spin, on both the great wheel and low wheel, as it has been done in Louisiana for 250 years. Students will also weave a sampler covering the variety of Acadian textiles from cotonnade fabrics and household linens to the ubiquitous Acadian brown cotton blanket. 

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FULL-SIZED BEDDING TEXTILES              w/MSW Staff      October 24 - November 4, 2022                                       $1200

Coverlets! Blankets! Sheets! In this two-week course students will have the opportunity to weave classic bedding textiles composed of two panels that are seamed down the middle. Floatwork coverlets, summer blanket/winter sheets, woolen blankets, linen sheets, or linen pillowcases are all potential projects. Methods for joining woven panels, hemming, and blanket stitching will be covered and may be completed by students as time allows. If you don't have regular access to a large loom, or just want a little encouragement along the way, this workshop is the one for you.

WEAVING ON THE WARP WEIGHTED LOOM        $750

November  14 - 18, 2022                w/Andrea Myklebust

Class details coming soon!