A virtual conference means a new format for 2021 with a mix-and-match approach

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Classes are offered as two-hour single sessions, one-day classes (two-sessions), or two-day classes (two sessions per day for two days).

Classes overlap and to avoid double-booking yourself, we encourage you to download and use the schedule-at-a-glance and build-your-own schedule worksheet to mock up your schedule before registration opens.

Note all class times are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

Find details about all our classes in the list below. Use the filters in the sidebar to refine the class list.

WAITLIST:  Due to our class structure this year with overlapping sessions, and that we have already increased all the class sizes we can, THERE WILL BE NO WAITLIST FOR FULL CLASSES.

 


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FULL ~ Weaving I: Efficient Warping

Good cloth starts with a good warp and step one is knowing how to wind a warp so it goes onto the loom smoothly and evenly.

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102

FULL ~ Weaving II: Dressing the Loom

This class will help you get your wound warp onto the loom and ready to go.

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FULL ~ Weaving III: Efficient Weaving

This class will focus on establishing good weaving habits.

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Weaving IV: Are We There Yet?

In this class we’ll talk about cutting the fabric from the loom, finishing techniques, hemstitching, fringe-twisting, record keeping, and continue our discussion on drafts in more depth.

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105

FULL ~ Unlocking the Magic of Blended Drafts

Learn to integrate two or more weave structure or pattern drafts to create a blended draft.

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106

Eight-Shaft Straight Twill Variations

Expand the possibilities of 8-shaft straight twill—learn to weave many variations on a single warp by varying the tie-up and/or the treadling.

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107

FULL ~ Turned Beiderwand: One Threading, Multiple Structures. Part 1 of 4

Turning a beiderwand draft on 8 shafts creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one-shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method.

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18th Century Household Textiles

18th Century domestic handweavers produced a wide variety of fabric from their rustic looms for clothing, bed coverings, toweling and table linens.

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FULL ~ Using Photographs to Design for Tapestry. Part 1 of 2

Many of us carry a smartphone everywhere and we take lots of photos that inspire us. But how can we turn those images into tapestries?

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114

Building a Color Palette for Tapestry. Part 1 of 2

How can we take the inspiration we find in nature, in photographs, in cityscape, in fashion and design or in our emotions—and turn it into a color scheme with big impact?

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FULL ~ Echo and Jin: Variations on a Theme. Part 1 of 4

Working with a variety of yarns, tie-ups, treadlings and setts, you’ll weave a series of designs in Echo and Jin (Turned Taqueté).

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120

Combining Warps and Structures for WOW! Yardage

Magically combine structures and different yarns to create inspiring and truly unique fabrics.

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121

FULL ~ Exploring Parallel Threaded Weaves: Color, Structure, and Fun! Part 1 of 2

Students will learn how to create their own original parallel threaded designs, including both computer and manual drafting methods. Part 1.

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123

Interpreting 19th Century Southern Counterpane Drafts

Early southern counterpanes, woven with fine weight cotton, provided a lightweight bedcovering for hot summer months.

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124

Unlocking the Mysteries of 19th Century Coverlets and Manuscripts. Part 1 of 2

Experience the art of early-American coverlet pattern weaving, while learning about the simplicity of planning with weaving software.

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126

FULL ~ Weave a Porch Weave Stool

Learn the basics of weaving the New England Porch Weave on a stool.

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127

FULL ~ Weave a Rush Stool

Learn to rush a stool with fiber (paper) rush.

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128

“Ripped” About Rep Weaves

This overview documents both the design process and practical details of the weave structure known as warp-faced rep.

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FULL ~ Loom Controlled Tapestry-like Effects

This workshop will explore inlay, overlay, pickup,and unblocking the block as ways to create free form woven design.

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FULL ~ Ten Steps to Designing a Tapestry

Fun multimedia exploration to exercise your imagination. Ten steps to expand your creative ideas and tips to get them down on paper.

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131

The History of Sakiori and an Introduction to Western Sakiori Techniques

Sakiori is a form of Japanese rag-weaving used by peasants from the mid-18th to the mid-20th centuries to make durable, warm cloth for work garments and other utilitarian textiles.

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132

The Technique of Split-shed Weaving

Split-shed weaving allows one to break out of blocks, create freeform designs and blend colors, using only 4 shafts.

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133

FULL ~ An Introduction to Network Drafting

Network drafting is a method for creating designs with curves. It may not look intuitive; however, there is a method-to-the-madness.

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134

Weaving Innovations from the Bateman Collection

Robyn Spady will share some of Dr. Bateman’s most innovative work and how he took some weave structures to new heights.

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135

The Beauty of Lace Weaves

Lace weaves are some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world but have you ever wondered what the difference is between Atwater-Bronson lace, Swedish lace, and huck lace is and why you would choose one over the other?

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What Shall I Weave Next? Part 1 of 2

Students will discover their path and chart a course on the incredible journey of weaving guided by a weaver who has been traveling for 60 years.

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What Shall I Weave Next? Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 of a 1-day, 2-session class. See Weaving 136 for full details.

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Almost Ikat

Be amazed as the complex ancient dyeing/weaving technique (ikat) is transformed into spontaneous designing directly on the warping board.

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FULL ~ Beyond Plain Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom

After mastering plain weave on the rigid heddle loom, let’s explore color and textures. Weave along or watch and listen.

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140

Design Inlay Rag Rugs and More…

Learn to add a unique touch to your rag project—whether it is a rug, wall hanging, table runner, or placemats.

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141

Crimp Cloth Primer

Discover crimp cloth to add to your weaving repertoire.

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142

Explore Drafting with Software Using PCW Fiberworks

Learn to save time and explore many more variables using weaving design software.

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143

FULL ~ Designing at the Loom with Multiple Warp Chains – NO WAITLIST

Learn techniques for working with multiple warp chains while designing at the reed.

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144

Ikat I: Introduction to Ikat

A visual and historical overview of the ikat technique as it has been practiced in different cultural and global textile centers over the ages.

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Ikat II: Planning, Stretching & Wrapping

This class will provide a basic template and teach the first set of skills required for creating a warp ikat scarf.

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146

Ikat III: Dyeing Ikat

This class, the third of four beginning ikat sessions, covers the virtuoso of the ikat orchestra, dyeing.

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Ikat IV: Warp Shifting Techniques

Instruction will be given in four different warp shifting techniques that you can easily implement at home on any loom to create both subtle and smashing visual ikat effects.

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148

*NEW* An Introduction to Network Drafting (Repeat)

Network drafting is a method for creating designs with curves. It may not look intuitive; however, there is a method-to-the-madness.

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149

FULL ~ Designing at the Loom with Multiple Warp Chains (Repeat) – NO WAITLIST

Learn techniques for working with multiple warp chains while designing at the reed.

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201

Spinning I: Fiber Prep and Drafting Methods

In this class you will learn about the properties inherent in different fiber preparations and which drafting techniques work well in combination.

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202

FULL ~ Spinning II: Harnessing the Power of Twist and Grist

Learn how to control the amount of twist in your yarns, and how your twist choices influences project outcomes.

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Spinning III: Harnessing the Power of Color

Explore various techniques for desired color outcomes.

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Spinning IV: Plying Beyond the Basics

Explore the many ways to spin fiber into singles there are many ways to ply those singles to create different yarns.

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Norman Kennedy’s Ethnic Spinning Slides

This slide show presents a collection of fascinating images of spinners and weavers from around the world collected by Norman Kennedy.

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206

FULL ~ Spinning with Northern Short-Tailed Breeds. Part 1 of 2

Explore some of the different fleece types from the Northern European Short-Tail breeds.

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208

Spin The World I

You don’t have to be a spinner, just a fiber fan! Travel to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands, spinning yarns with fibers and materials.

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209

Spin The World II

You don’t have to be a spinner, just a fiber fan! Take a trip around the world, spinning yarns with fibers and materials from Luxembourg, Monaco, Italy, The Holy See, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Greece.

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Spin The World III

You don’t have to be a spinner, just a fiber fan! Take a trip around the world, spinning yarns with fibers and materials from Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Jerusalem & the West Bank, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia.

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Spin The World IV

You don’t have to be a spinner, just a fiber fan! Take a trip around the world, spinning yarns with fibers and materials from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Cuba.

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212

Inspirational Fiber Blending

Gain the knowledge and techniques to create a physical fiber representation of an inspirational picture by blending fibers on a blending board.

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213

Inspirational Fiber Blending (Repeat)

Gain the knowledge and techniques to create a physical fiber representation of an inspirational picture by blending fibers on a blending board.

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Spinning Beehives and Lace, and Locks

Learn to purposefully spin thick-and-thin singles, then ply to create a beehives & lace yarn. Also, have fun spinning with locks.

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215

Flax to Linen: Prep, Spin, Scour. Part 1 of 2

Flax is a classic fiber, albeit very different than wool. It will easily become another joy of spinning after you learn new techniques to manage its particular characteristics.

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216

Flax to Linen: Prep, Spin, Scour. Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 of a 1-day, 2-session class. See Spinning 215, Flax to Linen, for full details.

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217

Hemp and Ramie: Spinning Historic Fibers

Hemp and ramie are back! These important historic cellulose bast fibers, have moved in and out of vogue, but now they are very much in.

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218

Bamboo: Spinning Old and New Fibers

Learn more about spinning and using bamboo, an important historical bast fiber.

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301

African Blues: My Life In Indigo

Indigo, where it comes from and what it represents in the Yoruba culture in Africa.

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302

Traditional Yoruba Tie-Dye Demonstration

Learn and try two traditional Yoruba tie-dye techniques.

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The Science and Magic of Eco-Printing. Part 1 of 2

This class will explore using natural materials such as leaves, flowers, fruit, minerals and the like to print and color our projects.

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Best of Both Worlds: Enhanced Botanical Printing

An entertaining overview of the botanical printing process along with enhancements that make prints engaging and gorgeous.

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306

FULL ~ Amazing Ice Dyeing on Cellulose Fibers

You’ll be amazed at the gorgeous, intricate color splits and how very simple patterns get rendered into mind-bogglingly advanced looking results.

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307

Easy Shibori with Fiber Reactive Dyes

Shibori can be created so simply and easily at home.

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308

FULL ~ Singing the Blues. Part 1 of 2

This course will focus on working with fresh-leaf Japanese indigo and the myriad of techniques that can be used with it.

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310

FULL ~ Dye A Natural Color Wheel. Part 1 of 2

Use just three dyepots to get colors to make up a “Natural Dyed Color Wheel.”

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312

FULL ~ Dyeing to Please You: Dyed Warp Techniques – NO WAITLIST

Learn techniques for dyeing cellulose based fiber warps and skeins.

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313

NEW ~ Amazing Ice Dyeing on Cellulose Fibers (Repeat)

You’ll be amazed at the gorgeous, intricate color splits and how very simple patterns get rendered into mind-bogglingly advanced looking results.

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401

Fun and Fabulous Felt Flowers

Transform wool roving/top into beautiful felt flowers using just your hands, imagination, and a little soap and water.

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Fun and Fabulous Felt Flowers (Repeat)

Transform wool roving/top into beautiful felt flowers using just your hands, imagination, and a little soap and water.

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Felted Beads

Felted Beads are so much fun to make using the wet-felting technique, and you can use them in so many ways.

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Hardworking Hue, Enigmatic Intensity and the Beauty of Color Relationships. Part 1 of 2

Learn about color theory from the new perspective of developing a personal “color constant”.

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503

Spräng Twining

This workshop will introduce you to colorful spräng surface designs.

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504

Introduction to Spräng Lace: Making Holes on Purpose

Discover ways to make holes in spräng cloth on purpose.

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505

Classic Hems for Your Machine Knitted Sweater

Classic hems are a great foundation for single bed machine knitting.

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506

Saori Clothing Construction: A Primer

Find the joy and fun in learning that we each have the ability to design our own unique wearables, regardless of sewing experience.

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507

Saori Clothing Construction: A Primer (Repeat)

Find the joy and fun in learning that we each have the ability to design our own unique wearables, regardless of sewing experience.

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508

Color and Inspiration

Build color confidence no matter your favorite fiber technique.

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FULL ~ Leftovers Again? From Leftovers to Gourmet. Part 1 of 2

Piece together all those handwoven scraps, knitted swatches and leftovers into something wonderful.

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511

Lattice Braids of Kongō Gumi: 16-element Braiding on a Foam Disk

Bring your round foam braiding disk, key rings and yarns to learn the movements of Kongō Gumi braiding on the foam disk.

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512

FULL ~ Pattern Draft a Boxy Tee/Drapey Tunic. Part 1 of 2

Cal will teach you how to draft a pattern for a simple woven top that can easily be customized in myriad ways.

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514

FULL ~ Tai Chi for Weavers

Join me in this natural, gentle exercise set to recharge and revitalize your weaving time!

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515

Garment Closures without Buttonholes

Robyn will share different ideas and techniques to create closures that don’t require a buttonhole in your garment or fashion accessory.

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516

Create the Mystical “Swirl” Temari

One of the most iconic patterns in Japanese temari is the “swirl” ball, and we are going to unlock its secrets together.

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517

KINDLE, New Beginnings Basket. Part 1 of 2

Prepared willow bark and finely sized yellow cedar lay out a foundation of natural materials that yield softly to classical basketmaking techniques.

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518

KINDLE, New Beginnings Basket. Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 a 1-day, 2-session class. See Other 517, KINDLE, New Beginnings Basket, for full details.

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519

Let’s Talk Basketry: Growing, Harvesting, Weaving from Nature

There are so many plants you know, or grow, that yield wonderful soft and supple, strong and stable, sensational weaving materials!

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Exhibits Opening

Even though MAFA 2021 is going virtual, we are planning a fashion show and exhibit, fiber art exhibit, and towel exchange.

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Blue in Baltimore

Join us for a talk and discussion about Blue Light Junction, the Indigo Shade Map project, and the Baltimore Dye Initiative by Kenya Miles and Rosa Chang.
Sponsored by TATTER.

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All About Japanese Temari

Learn all about the Japanese art of embroidered thread balls.
Sponsored by Long Thread Media.

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604

Effective Use of Materials and Color

Do you have yarn in various colors, textures, weights, yarn types that you are not sure what to do with?
Sponsored by Handweavers Guild of America.

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Living in Creative Community

A strong creative community supports its members and bears witness to the power of making as a source of sustenance and joy.
Sponsored by Heddlecraft.

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Hemp Fibers and Textiles

Why should fiber artists be interested in this amazing plant?
Sponsored by Handweavers Guild of America.

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Spräng: What is it? What can you do with it?

Learn about the history of spräng from the Bronze Age to the 1800’s as well as ideas for modern practical uses.
Sponsored by Westfield Weavers Guild.

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