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 Ideas for the Lazy Weaver:
 How to Get the Most
 From a Warp

This is a 1½ or 2 hour talk with support material to show how to get the most from your warp. This talk is ideal for the lazy weaver. Thread up your loom once and weave something different and exciting every month for the next year. Colour theory discussed. Flexibility in design and weaves are stressed.
All levels. 100 or fewer participants. Participants should bring enthusiasm. Especially suitable for the beginning multishaft weaver. Some hands-on depending on numbers.

 Computer Aided Weaving Design
 with Fiberworks PCW4

Become familiar with weaving design using a computer. Simple drawdown to multishaft structures and free design will be explored. Automatic options, profile drafting, and colour use will be investigated.

Participants will explore and experiment the many options offered with this very versatile weaving design program. Simple drawdown, multishaft structures and free design will be explored in depth. Automatic options, block substitution, colour use, name drafts, and weave as drawn in will be covered. We will also look at advanced features such as transform, graphic file import and export and fabric analysis. Double weave, blended drafts, network drafting, printing options and loom control will also be investigated.

This workshop is designed for both the novice computer user and those familiar with Fiberworks PCW. The participants will increase their skills at designing with the many options offered FIBERWORKS PCW. Each participant should have access to computer running Windows 95,98 or NT. For the longer workshop a computer aided loom would be beneficial. This is a 2--5 day workshop, for 12 -18 people.

 Inspiration From
 Your Fabric Store

A wealth of fascinating textures and intriguing patterns await you at your fabric store. Modern colour combinations, new uses of textures, unusual structures, and bold patterning are all seen by the yard. Once you start to look, the ideas will literally come from all sides.

Participants will be shown how to evaluate a commercial fabric and adapt and modify it so that they can weave an interesting new fabric on their loom, whether it has 4 or 24 shafts. Some of the possible variations of the originals will be explored. Come and find out how to get the most from the fabrics found in the closet and at the local fabric store.

This is a 1 - 2 hour seminar for 20-50 intermediate 4 shaft weavers or enthusiastic beginning multishaft weavers. Interesting commercial fabrics should be brought.

 Single Four Tied Weaves

What is the relationship between Samitum and Quigley? How does this all relate to supplementary warp on a twill ground? All these very different fabrics can be produced from one basic threading system. Share my exploration of these fascinating weaves, which formed the basis of my O.H.S. Master Weaver In-Depth-Study.

This is a two to three hour lecture, with slides and samples shown. 30 - 50 advanced participants should bring enthusiasm.

 Two Dimensional Fabric,
 Three Dimensional Illusion
Three dimensional illusion is achieved by fooling the brain to accept certain visual clues as reality. The illusion of three dimensions in a two dimensional fabric has intrigued us for eons. This seminar discusses some of the principles involved in developing the illusion successfully.

Illusion of depth, shading and contour will be explored. Methods will be discussed to obtain the three dimensional illusion generally, and then the means to achieve it on flat woven fabrics.

This is a two hour lecture, with slides and samples shown. 30 - 50 participants should bring only enthusiasm. Any woven examples illustrating three dimensional illusion are welcome.


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