Classes

Textile arts are deeply rooted and there are multiple aspects easily practiced at home from spinning and knitting, to dyeing and weaving.

My philosophy of teaching is to assist you in following your own path of self-expression and creativity by sharing some of the many skills I’ve incorporated into my artistic practices. Many skills can be taught in just a few hours in my studio. While others can be practiced over a longer period in both my studio and your home with instruction and consultation.

Studio Instruction

The hourly rate for in studio instruction is $30 and materials are charged for as used. Mileage is charged (.54/mile) if travel is greater than 30 miles. Topics for in studio dye work include:

  • Raw fiber dyeing in wool fleece and silk fibers
  • Yarn dyeing as immersion, direct application, and resist applications in both the animal fibers (weak acid dyes on wool, silk) and the plant based fibers (fiber reactive dyes on cotton, rayon/Tencel/bamboo, linen). I also specialize in color gradation work and in the reproduction of colors
  • Project dyeing for complimentary elements in a project (a hand knit sweater, a woven scarf….)
  • Whole Cloth dyeing in immersion, painting, or dye resist techniques

All of these skills have applications in the basic fiber arts of daily practice.

Weaving Instruction

Weaving instruction is made readily available to non-loom owners and loom owners alike. If you have a loom, I’m happy to come to your location and work with you on your particular loom. You can benefit from my extensive knowledge of loom types and common problems, and from my knowledge of resources for small tools and yarns. I can help you plan a first project, rehabilitate a older loom, or learn a new technique for your 100th project.

If you don’t have a loom, you may lease one of my portable looms. My 21 harness table loom offers a great opportunity for learning the basics or advanced pattern play and fits onto a sturdy card table space. My 4 harness floor loom folds and travels in most cars.

Loom Rental

A typical 6 week loom rental program includes:

  • 10 hours instruction split between my studio and your location
    • initial 4-5 hours of warping in my studio for a basic set of cotton runners or dishtowels (an easy first warp).
    • After warping, we pack the loom and take it to your spot where you can weave on your schedule. I’m available for email consulting (no cost) and in extreme difficulty, home visits to problem solve.
    • In this first weaving period, we’ll also plan and acquire your choice of a second warp together.
    • When the first warp is done, I’ll come to you and we’ll cut it off together and discuss finishing practices. But before I leave, you’ll also be warping up your second project.
    • I’ll continue to be available for consultation and problem solving throughout to the extent of the 10 hour instruction. Most students are easily able to complete 3 full projects in the 6 weeks.
  • the materials for your first warp
  • 6 weeks of loom and a small tools package (shuttles, bobbins and a warping set-up)

For a total cost of $600.

Intermediate Weavers

For intermediate weavers, I can offer instruction on how to get the most out of your 4 harness loom with supplementary warp techniques, pre-and post-loom dye applications, mixed fiber warps, and simple garment construction.

Dye Studies

Dye studies would also take place in my studio at the Shirt Factory, Glens Falls, NY. The hourly rate for in studio instruction is $30 and materials are charged for as used. Topics for in studio dye work include:

  • Raw fiber dyeing in wool fleece and silk fibers
  • Yarn dyeing as immersion, direct application, and resist applications in both the animal fibers (weak acid dyes on wool, silk) and the plant based fibers (fiber reactive dyes on cotton, rayon/Tencel/bamboo, linen). I also specialize in color gradation work and in the reproduction of colors
  • Project dyeing for complimentary elements in a project (a hand knit sweater, a woven scarf….)
  • Whole Cloth dyeing in immersion, painting, or dye resist techniques

All of these dye processes and skills have applications for the basic fiber arts of spinning, knitting, weaving and sewing.

OFF SITE CLASSES

Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving:
Colorful Dish Towels

Cotton dish towels are a great first project for learning the floor loom. Cotton is a simple to weave fiber and dish towels can be a wonderful playground for color and texture in simple twills. We will focus on basic skills in design and warping on Saturday. Sunday afternoon will find us weaving off the finished and functional towel. Students will have a choice of colors for their design.

April 1-2, June 3-4, August 5-6, October 7-8 or December 2-3
Click here for additional information and to register online

Adirondack Folk School
51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, New York 12846
www.adirondackfolkschool.org