GUEST INSTRUCTOR CLASSES
Loom Mechanics w/ Justin Squizzero
February 15 & 16, 2020
May 16 & 17, 2020
September 26 & 27, 2020
Mastery of tools is essential to any craftsman or artist, and weaving is no exception. In this workshop students will gain in-depth knowledge of the factors at play in four-post looms, how those attributes affect the woven goods, and how to select and manipulate the loom to produce the desired results. We will discuss shedding mechanisms and make hands on comparisons weaving the same warp counterbalanced and countermarched. Shuttles, temples, warp lines, harness, ratchets and everything else we use to weave will be addressed, so bring your questions!
Introduction to Figured Weaves w/ Justin Squizzero
April 27 - 30, 2020 & Kate Smith
Some of us at MSW have long been fascinated with many of the 17th & 18th c. figured weaves and in how they were originally woven. Now that we have a selection of multishaft looms in our collection - Drawlooms, Jacquard, and Dobby looms - we are happy to offer a class where students can come and weave some of these amazing fabrics with us. Some weaving experience is necessary.
Interpreting Textile Production at Historic Sites
March 21 & 22, 2020 w/ Justin Squizzero
Many historic sites include demonstrations of domestic textile production, but feeling proficient with historic tools can sometimes feel daunting to the museum guide. This weekend workshop is specifically geared with the museum interpreter in mind who wants to gain greater confidence using the equipment in their exhibits. We’ll cover the basic techniques used in American domestic weaving in the early 19th century, and how those processes have evolved in modern practice. Students will try their hand at multiple end warping on large warping bars, review beaming, drawing in, sleying, tying up, and weaving. We will examine original 19th-century loom harness and reeds, practice making a set of knitted heddles, and learn more about the system of beers used in warping and loom harness. Tricks for winding quills, throwing the shuttle efficiently, and getting the most out of a four-post loom will be covered. The instructor is a former museum interpreter and understands the challenges of complex craft demonstration, continuously talking, and smiling through the summer in historic costume. While this workshop is geared towards weavers at historic sites, it’s open to anyone with an interest in early American weaving. Bring your questions and photos of your tools!
Weaving Singles Linen w/ Justin Squizzero
April 6 - 10, 2020
October 19 - 23, 2020
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.
Warp & Yarn Painting w/Natural Dyes w/ Sara Goodman
May 15- 17, 2020
In this 3 day class students will learn how to make dye paint from concentrated natural dye extracts in order to paint yarn. Suitable for both weavers and knitters, this class will cover the basics of fiber preparation, mordanting (for both cellulose and protein fiber), making stock solutions, color mixing, thickening, curing, and steaming. We will also dye whole skeins of yarn in immersion baths to achieve solid colors. An indigo bath will be available for over- dyeing. Students will bring their own yarn to class to wind warps and skeins for dyeing.
Shibori & Indigo Dyeing w/ Debbie Maddy
May 22 - 24, 2020
Brief explanation of Shibori and indigo dye and the different kinds of indigo vats; synthetic and pre-reduced. Then using a pre-reduced and natural indigo vat the Itajime Shibori -method - folding and clamping - will be demonstrated. Marble wrapping and other techniques will be shown and then the techniques for stitching and switched designs will be explained.
Brief explanation of Arashi Shibori and demos on more than one way to fold and wrap the fabrics on a pole for unique designs. Short explanation and demo on simple stitching techniques. Spend the day doing any of the techniques learned so far. I will demo more advanced techniques for folding, wrapping, stitching to resisting the dye.
Day Three and beyond:
On day three we will continue working with all of the techniques plus it gives students time for more demos on more resist techniques especially if you want to do more detailed stitching techniques that are not commonly seen in one and two day classes.
Weaving a Linen Work Apron w/ Nelly Detra
June 8 - 12, 2020
In this five day class students will weave a length of linen fabric on pre-warped looms for a custom designed work apron. While the fabric is being finished the making of the pattern will be demonstrated and each student will go home with their own custom apron pattern. Time permitting the finished linen will be cut and sewn into the work apron.
Indigo Intensive w/ Justin Squizzero
July 11 & 12, 2020
In this two day workshop students will learn the basics of the four main indigo vats - thiox-lye, copperas, zinc-lime and the fermentation. We will make up the stock solutions, set the vats and learn how to keep the vat in order. In addition to working with lump and synthetic indigo we will collect, process and dye with Japanese Indigo from the gardens at the school. A sample book of the different vats with the four different fibers of wool, silk, cotton and linen will be made at the end of the class.
Floral Warp Painting in the Style of
Pompadour Silk w/ Dosia Sanford August 3 - 7, 2020
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 barn frame looms and multiple thread 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!
Vermont Dye Summer Session w/Graham Keegan
August 3 - 22, 2020
Details coming soon!
Aug 3-7, 2020 Indigo Week
Aug 10-14 Mordant Week
Aug 17-21 Traditions of Pattern by Hand - painting with dyes and resists
Graham will be taking the registrations directly for all of his classes so contact him at:
Natural Dyeing w/Hemp w/Marina Contro
August 9, 2020
Weaving Hemp Plaids
August 10 - 15, 2020
In this class, open to all levels, students will learn the foundations of weaving with hemp yarn to create a colorful, custom plaid fabric. In addition to being led through winding a warp, dressing a barn frame loom, and weaving, students will learn detailed project planning and hemp fabric finishing. Beginners and experienced weavers alike will be encouraged and supported to explore this (not so) new material, color, and structure. Each student’s weaving level will be catered to by yarn and project size.
There will be an optional one-day yarn dyeing workshop on Sunday before class begins in which students can dye custom colors for their warps and wefts. Students will learn tricks to take yarn from the cone to the dye pot and how to prep dyed yarn for the loom. Students who choose not to attend the dye day will have a limited color selection and slightly higher materials fee.
Surface Design w/Natural Dyes w/Sara Goodman
September 11 - 13, 2020
This is a class for quilters and stitchers of all kinds and is built around making a core set of 9 - 12” square pieces of cloth. Each sample will demonstrate a different technique including 3 Japanese Shibori methods and clay resist dyed with two natural indigo fermentation vats. Proper scouring and mordanting will also be presented as well as the making of concentrated natural dye extracts.
Mushroom Dyeing w/Joann Darling
September 12 - 13, 2020
A two day workshop exploring the wide world of fungi in central Vermont suitable for putting color onto fiber. Joann has been experimenting with mushroom dyeing for the past five years and has accumulated a wide variety of colors and receipts. Mordanting of the yarn will also be covered.