Susan Wilson
  
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Classic Crackle and More
A 2-day or 3-day workshop. Crackle is a surprisingly versatile weave with exciting design potential on just four shafts. This workshop covers the essentials of drafting and designing in the classic crackle weave, with consideration of design elements of proportion, color, value, and texture. On-loom exercises ensure a thorough understanding of classic crackle weave. In addition, we will explore the many variations possible by treadling crackle in the manner of other weaves, e.g. summer and winter, and by using special treadlings, e.g. polychrome. Your sampler will include at least twelve distinctly different fabrics, all on a crackle threading. Comprehensive instruction in multi-shaft crackle is included in the 3-day workshop.   Level: intermediate. 4-shaft loom required.



Surprise! Color-and-Weave Effects
A 2-day or 3-day workshop. Discover the magic of color-and-weave. Turn plain weave and basic twills into charming repeating patterns by alternating dark and light colors in both warp and weft. In this round-robin workshop, students will learn color-and-weave drafting and designing and explore traditional 4-shaft and 8-shaft color-and-weave effects: gingham and houndstooth checks, log cabin, pinwheel motifs, and Scottish district checks. Block weaves, such as shadow weave, laces, diversified plain weave, and deflected double weave, that create pattern with color-and-weave will also be sampled. Level: advanced beginning or intermediate. 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom required.

 

Lacey Weaves
A 2-day or 3-day workshop. Lacey weaves have been a favorite of generations of handweavers. Weaver-controlled techniques, e.g. Brook's bouquet and leno, allow the weaver to place the lacey areas wherever desired in the cloth. Lace is created "automatically" when the loom-controlled lace structures, e.g. huck and Bronson lace, are woven. Students will create a sampler of a variety of weaver-controlled techniques and one loom-controlled structure. Drafting principles for several loom-controlled structures will be covered. In a third day, students may re-thread or exchange looms to weave samples of other structures. Level: advanced beginning or intermediate. 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom required. 



The Interlacement Motif
A 2-day or 3-day workshop. Think of familiar design motifs such as stripes, trees, snowflakes, and geometric shapes created by woven structure. Then imagine the plain weave interlacement as the design motif itself. In this round-robin workshop, students will sample a variety of weave structures that can create an image of interlaced ribbons on the surface of the fabric. Learn about designing with blocks, profile drafting, several lace weaves and tied weaves, and creating color-and-weave effects. Level: intermediate. 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom required.



Towels!
A 2-day or 3-day workshop. Handweavers love to make towels. Towels are great for gifts or sale, for experimenting with new techniques, and playing with color and pattern. They are easy to weave and require minimal finishing. In this round-robin workshop, students will create a sample library of 4-shaft and 8-shaft weave structures and fibers appropriate for towels. Lectures will cover designing and finishing towels and the basics of drafting a variety of structures including twills, block weaves, laces, color-and-weave effects. Level: advanced beginning or intermediate. 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom required. 



Treadling Variations: New Fabrics from Traditional Structures
A 2-day or 3-day workshop. Traditional weave structures can be given a new look by changing treadlings. In this workshop learn how familiar pattern weaves can be dramatically altered by treadling in the manner of other weaves, e.g. Bronson lace, and by using special treadling methods, e.g. polychrome, boundweave, swivel. Students will choose one weave structure (overshot, summer and winter, or crackle) with which to explore many treadlings on their own looms. Complete instructions for weaving samplers of all three structures will be provided. 3-day workshop includes multi-shaft applications. Level: advanced beginning or intermediate. 4-shaft loom required.



Drafting:  Starting at Square One
A 1-day workshop. Drafting is an essential weaving skill that often intimidates the beginning weaver. In addition to being a powerful design tool, drafting allows us to communicate with other weavers and to access a wealth of weaving references. This workshop covers structural, profile, and color-and-weave drafts. Students will learn to read, develop, and manipulate these drafts for designing their own weaving projects.  Level: beginning. 

 

Workshops
Programs & Seminars
Classic Crackle and More
Crackle is a surprisingly versatile weave with great design potential. It is a block weave that shares some characteristics with overshot and summer and winter, but has its own advantages and idiosyncrasies. This slide-lecture explores four-shaft and eight-shaft crackle woven in the classic manner, and the many variations possible with alternate treadlings.

One Warp - Many Fabrics: Treadling Variations
Every weave structure is defined by its own threading and treadling, but there is no "law" that says we have to weave in the traditional manner. This slide-lecture demonstrates how familiar weaves such as overshot, summer and winter, and crackle can be dramatically altered by treadling in different ways.

Polychrome Crackle
Polychrome is a technique that dramatically expands the design potential of crackle weave. Polychrome can produce a variety of fabrics from crisp table linens to drapable clothing to weft-faced rugs. In this seminar you will learn the basics of drafting crackle on four to eight shafts, and how to add complexity and excitement to your designs by weaving them polychrome. Drafting exercises will illustrate how to design color and block layout.

Designing Multi-Shaft Crackle
Crackle threadings extend readily onto more than four shafts, resulting in more blocks. Although more complex patterns can be created, designing crackle with more than four blocks presents some unique challenges. This seminar covers the essentials of designing and drafting multi-shaft crackle, as well as a variety of treadlings to push the limits of traditional crackle weave. 

Weave It Polychrome
Polychrome means "many colors." If a textile has many colors, is it always polychrome?  And how is a weave structure "woven polychrome"? In this slide-lecture, you'll learn the answer to these questions and how to use this exciting technique to add complexity and richness to familiar four- to eight-shaft weaves such as twill, overshot, summer and winter, crackle, and laces.

Surprising Color-and-Weave
Color-and-weave effects are charming repeating patterns created by the interaction of dark and light colors in both warp and weft. In this slide-lecture we'll examine traditional color-and-weave effects such as gingham, houndstooth, and district checks, pinwheel motifs, log cabin, and color-and-weave blocks. Through paper-and-pencil exercises you'll learn the magic of color-and-weave drafting.

The Interlacement Motif
Think of familiar design motifs such as stripes, trees, snowflakes, and geometric shapes created by woven structure. Then imagine the plain weave interlacement as the design motif itself. In this slide-lecture we'll examine a variety of weave structures that can create an image of interlaced ribbons on the surface of the fabric. Explore design techniques such as profile drafting, blocks, color-and-weave effects using the interlacement motif as the unifying design concept.


Fees
Program: 1 to 1 1/2 hours, $175
Seminar: 2 1/2 to 3 hours, $250
Workshop: $500 per day
        
Plus transportation, lodging and meals, and shipping of teaching materials if needed.