TRUNK SHOW/FASHION SHOW

It is time for a fashion show! Come and get inspired! Many different garments and shawls will be shown. The work I have created over the last several years will be modeled by participants. The items have been made using many different weaving techniques and have been decorated with various types of embellishments. Four of the garments have been in the Convergence Fashion Show. During the show I will explain how each piece was woven and how some of the embellishments on the garments were made. Some of the items have been made with fabrics where I have combined tablet weaving and loom weaving.

THREADING DEFINED PATTERNS AND TURNING DEFINED PATTERNS: Tablet weaving for beginners

Participants will be introduced to the versatility of tablet weaving and how it can be applied into finished projects or as embellishments on woven items. They will become familiar with the tools to use and the best yarn for specific projects. The difference between threading defined patterns and turning defined patterns will be taught. Three different tablet weaving techniques will be taught. How to design patterns and how to weave motifs in a band will be explained.

ANCIENT TABLET WEAVING TECHNIQUES

Fragments of tablet woven bands found in burial grounds in Northern Europe. Some of the bands were woven using intricate tablet weaving techniques. The participants will be introduced to three of these techniques, regular double-faced weave, double-faced 3/1 broken twill, and `missed hole' technique with brocading. The basic techniques will be taught as well as how to weave motifs. How to design original patterns will be explained. Warps will be set up to give the participants an opportunity to try the techniques.

DOUBLE-FACED 3/1 BROKEN TWILL

Double-faced 3/1 broken twill is an ancient tablet weaving technique. The earliest patterned example of this technique was found in a band in Norway and it has been dated to the sixth century. In this seminar the students will be introduced to the basic technique and how to interchange colour between the two faces to make motifs in a band. How to make original patterns will also be taught. Warps will be set up for the participants to give them the opportunity to weave the technique.

PEBBLE WEAVE WITH TABLETS

The pebble weave structure is found in textiles from the Andes. These textiles are usually colourful, warp faced, reversible, and often depict animals and flowers. In this seminar the participants will be introduced to the pebble weave structure. They will learn how pebble weave can be woven using tablets. The basic technique will be taught as well as how to weave motifs. The participants will also learn how to design original patterns. They will have an opportunity to weave on the warps that will be prepared ahead of time.

BROCADING AND TABLET WEAVING

Exquisite brocaded bands have been found in Northern Europe dated to the Viking period (800 AD - 1050 AD), These bands were woven using silk, gold, and silver. The participants will be introduced to the technique used to make these bands. A ground weave technique will be taught. They will also learn different methods to tie-down the brocading weft, arranging the tie-down points, how to treat the brocading weft at the selvages, and designing brocading patterns. Adding embellishments will also be explored.

'MISSED HOLE TECHNIQUE' WITH BROCADING

The 'missed hole technique' is an old Icelandic and Norwegian technique. It is woven with three threads in each tablet. In this seminar the participants will be introduced to the basic technique and how to interchange colour between face and back to make motifs in a band. How to add brocading and how to make original patterns will also be taught. Warps will be set up for the participant so that they have a change to try to weave the technique.

BORDERS AND SELVAGES INSPIRED BY ANCIENT TECHNIQUES

Through my studies of ancient textiles I became fascinated with the different tablet woven borders and edges that were used on the costumes from that time. These types of borders and selvages could be tablet woven borders, tubular selvages, and twisted cord selvages. The students will be introduced to these types of borders and selvages through a brief historical review. How a tablet border can be woven simultaneously with a piece of fabric on the loom will be shown. A pre warped loom with a simple weave structure and a tablet warp will be provided, and a way of arranging these warps so that the border and the fabric can be woven together using only one shuttle will be demonstrated. They will also learn how to add embellishments to the tablet woven border.

FABRIC ANALYSES

Fabric analysis is to pick apart the warp and weft threads of a complete piece of fabric in order to determine the interlacement and then to draw the interlacement thread by thread on to graph paper to make a drawdown. Other parts of a draft such as threading order, tie-up and treadling can then be determined. Being able to analyze a piece of fabric gives a weaver the opportunity to reproduce a piece of fabric he/she might have seen somewhere. It gives a historian the opportunity to find out what went on in the past and how cloth, dated back several years was woven. In this seminar the students will be taught how to determine warp direction, fibre content, yarn structure, ends per inch and picks per inch, threading, treadling order, and tie-up.