2015 - 2016 Programs & Workshops

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Day and Night Guild: Extended Show-and-Tell with mini demos

October - Wendy Garrity

Day Guild October 12, 2015 10:30am Bhutanese Kushutara Weaving
Night Guild October 13, 2015 8:30pm Bhutanese Kushutara Weaving


Workshop: October 10-11, 2015, 10am-5pm with an hour lunch. Cost: $125 (price reduced)

Bhutanese Kushutara Weaving In this workshop, you will explore traditional Bhutanese motifs and begin to combine 2-5 of the 5 basic stitches to weave these motifs and to experiment with your own designs. You will examine samples of Bhutanese kushutara cloth and learn to identify how different patterns are created, to enable you to continue your own explorations after the workshop.

Workshop registration form

Updated 10.4.2015


Day Guild November 12, 2015 10:30am Strickler Presentations - Debbie Davis and Philippa Lack
Night Guild November 13, 2015 8:30pm Strickler Presentation - Heide Murray

Strickler Presentations - Day Guild

Debbie Davis will present "Elizabeth Buckley Tapestry Workshop: The workshop experience from the perspective of a first-time workshop/weaving class attendee with decades of weaving practice."

Philippa Lack: "Talking about how the Strickler money helped me expand my horizons and taught me new techniques. Susan Louise Moyer was my first teacher, and is an inspiring mentor who touched not only on a particular technique but general design principles as well. The workshop was only for two days, but I learned a good deal about mixing colors and creating dye cakes so that you can paint on silk without resorting to resist lines to contain the dyes. This is a huge departure for those who paint on silk; before, we had to depend on our resist lines holding to achieve something nearing perfection. Now, it is possible to work more freely."

Strickler Presentations - Night Guild

Heide Murray: "I will be presenting techniques I learned in Patricia Sparks' felted pictures workshop. I will focus on presenting color blending and layering along with a power tool she taught us how to use with her mostly dry wool felting process."

Updated 10.25.2015


Day Guild December 14, 2015 10:30am Potluck/Fashion Show/Show-and-Tell
Night Guild December 15, 2015 8:30pm Potluck & Ornament Exchange

Updated 11.16.2015

January - Joanna Johnson

Day Guild January 11, 2016 10:30am Say it With Wool- Embroidery Embellishment Inspirations
Night Guild January 12, 2016 8:30pm Say it With Wool- Embroidery Embellishment Inspirations

Workshop: January 10, 2016 10am-5pm with 1 hour lunch. Cost: $85 + $15 materials fee
Registration Form
Please note, the registration form published in the November issue of The Beat contained an incorrect date. The correct date for the workshop is January 10, 2016.

10 Embroidery Stitches You Need To Know! In this workshop we will cover all phases of working wool embroidery to embellish your very own custom creations. From materials and tools to starting and finishing your threads, we will cover all of the basics and then dive into the 10 best stitches to start with: back stitch, chain stitch, cross stitch, stem stitch, leaf stitch, lazy daisy stitch, straight stitch, running stitch, french knot, and satin stitch. Our unique locking stitch will guarantee you a tidy finish with no knots on the back of your work. These stitches will translate beautifully to your handwoven and handknit fabrics! Materials kits will include 10 colors of tapestry wool, 100% wool fabric, tapestry needle and embroidery hoop.

Updated 11.3.2015

February - Beth Smith

Day Guild February 8, 2016 10:30am The Great Skirt Project: How I Went From Not Ever Going To Weave To Obsessed With Spinning For Weaving
Night Guild February 9, 2016 8:30pm The Great Skirt Project: How I Went From Not Ever Going To Weave To Obsessed With Spinning For Weaving

All in the Fleece Why would a spinner want to spin Southdown? What is the best way to prepare a long wool for spinning? Why is Merino such a fussy fiber? This class demystifies the what, why and how of sheep breeds. Luxuriate in 18 different sheep breeds and learn how to choose the best breed for any project you have in mind. You’ll also learn the best preparation and spinning method for the type of yarn you want to make from the breed you choose. We’ll start with an overview of sheep breeds and their 5 categories. Then you’ll get your hands wet learning to wash raw wool in several different ways. Next, we will discuss a variety of ways to process that fleece, or not process it at all. Which methods work best for which breed types? We'll go over that, too! We'll get super technical and you'll learn all the ins and outs of getting the best spin from your fleece.

Workshops: Workshops will be held February 6 and 7, 2016. Please see the registration form for workshops descriptions and costs. For questions, please email vp1@handweaversofboulder.org.

Updated 11.20.2015

March - Jason Pollen

Day Guild March 14, 2016 10:30am Contemplative Cloth: A Celebration of the Creative Impulse through Fabric and Paper Collage
Night Guild March 15, 2016 8:30pm Contemplative Cloth: A Celebration of the Creative Impulse through Fabric and Paper Collage

Workshop: March 12-13, 2016, 10am-5pm with one hour lunch. Cost: $200

Contemplative Cloth: A Celebration of the Creative Impulse through Fabric and Paper Collage This workshop will take a dedicated, daily, practice-based approach to creating collages from the work generated in class. Mark-making, painting, mono-printing, and hand and machine stitching will be our tools. Discarded materials at Haystack will add to our cache. Instruction, daily discussions, and critiques will emphasize the fundamentals of design, the enhancement of skills, and the clearing away of impediments on your creative journey. The aim is to open to a deeper, authentic visual voice, one that is eager to communicate, to delight, to surprise, and to challenge. All levels welcome.

Registration Form

Updated 01.15.2016

April - Just Our Yarn (JOY)

Day Guild April 11, 2016 10:30am Beloved Skein to Beloved Weaving
Night Guild April 12, 2016 8:30pm Pig's Ear to Silk Purse

May - Anne Weil

Day Guild May 9, 2016 10:30am Knitting Without Needles
Night Guild May 10, 2016 8:30pm Knitting Without Needles

Updated 02.01.2016

Past Programs

Updated 01.25.2016

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