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Programs & Workshops 2023-2024

For more information on when and where the meetings will be held, please see Meetings page.
  • In-person Meetings are held at Mountain View Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado. 
  • Zoom Meetings
    - Members will receive a Zoom Meeting invite e-mail from the Guild on the Friday before the Day and Evening Guild meetings. 
    - The invite will provide you with a link to view the HGB programs.
    - The Zoom meeting will also be posted on the HGB website under Members/Announcements.

Guest Request - The Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder welcomes non members to attend Zoom Program meetings. We require registration for non members by Friday prior to the Monday meeting.  We can not accept any requests after this deadline.  We will send you an email with the Zoom link before the meetings. Please fill out this formhttps://forms.gle/yypVeKRjt5GU8Ei38

Video recordings from past HGB Presentations are available on the HGB YouTube Channel

September Program - Strickler Scholarship Presentations

 Day Meeting September 11, 2023Strickler Scholarship Presentations and Information Displays from Study Groups
 Evening Meeting September 12, 2023Strickler Scholarship Presentations and Information Displays from Study Groups

  
In-Person Meetings

Day Meeting Presentation
Audrey Wilvert: Behind the Scenes at Mesa Verde
Jane McAtee: Kudzu and Silk Worms - Weaving in Japan

  • Audrey received her scholarship to visit the research center “behind the scenes” at Mesa Verde. She arranged a full day with Sam who laid out her chosen collection of fiber items, weaving, braiding, basketry, matting, rabbit fur over yucca and more. She will share her learnings about this ancient collection. Margaret travelled with her and can attest to her guide skills with an excursion to Long House and 3 historic trading posts.
  • The farmhouse for the Workshop is a 180-year old silk farm. Jane used silk produced there to create a warp, dyed in indigo, and woven on an ancient kimono loom. She will show us the painstaking process. She also spent a day at  a KudzuFu weaving studio and will show us those works.

Evening Meeting Presentation
Estelle Torpy and Carolyn Steinkoenig: 
A Tale of Two Long Arms

Estelle Torpy and Carolyn Steinkoenig, mother and daughter quilters, will share their experiences with longarm quilting on computerized and non-computerized longarm machines. Both quilt on Innova longarms and have taken training classes to develop their skills in longarm quilting.

Estelle’s Innova has a 12 foot bed and a machine head with a 26 inch throat. It can be operated with or without the attached computer. To learn more about the computer software program, Estelle took a course from Accomplish Quilting and Forever in Stitches out of St Joseph, MI called "Advanced Training AutoPilot Mach 3 for the Innova." She participated in their self-study workshop using their book, 12 videos, access to information on their website for license holders and follow-up phone conversations with the instructors. She created samples to learn how to use the software and machine. Since participating in the study, the software has been updated several times so the learning process is ongoing with new features and improvements to the program.

Carolyn’s Innova has a 10-foot bed and a machine head with a 22 inch throat. She operates her long arm without a computer, doing free-motion quilting from the front of the machine or Pantograph quilting from the back of the machine. To improve her free-motion skills, Carolyn took an APQS Longarm Certification class under the guidance of Myrna Ficken from A Quilter’s Choice - APQS West in Highlands Ranch, CO. She has made many samples of block, fill, edging and border designs as well as designing her own quilting patterns.

Come see lots of beautiful show and tell, and hear about the ins and outs of longarm quilting.

Visit the HGB website for more information

• Strickler Scholarship - http://www.handweaversofboulder.org/grants.html
• Study Groups - http://www.handweaversofboulder.org/studygroups.html

Also at September Meetings
In-Person HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale Assistance
Standards Review – Sale Tech – When To Work – Publicity
http://www.handweaversofboulder.org/event-5321864

October Program - Strickler Scholarship Presentations

 Day MeetingOctober 9, 2023Strickler Scholarship Presentations
 Evening Meeting October 10, 2023 Strickler Scholarship Presentations

In-Person Meetings

Day Meeting Presentation
Jane McAtee: Indigo Adventures in Japan
  • Indigo is grown at the Textile Arts workshop and much of the time was spent on indigo projects, stencil printing and shibori. Jane will show us the techniques used to create gorgeous blue pieces.

Evening Meeting Presentation
BA Johnston: John C Campbell Folk School - L’Amour de Maman

Deane Bowers: Fungi to Dye For

  • BA took a class at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Weaving and Spinning are Appalachian traditions deeply rooted in the history of the Folk School. Her class was titled Pour l”amour de maman (a mother’s love). L’Amour de Maman (A Mother’s Love) is the charming French phrase for a handwoven wedding dowry; her class highlighted fabrics and techniques from the early French settlements in maritime Canada that were carried along to modern day Cajun Louisiana. Class time was spent on weaving techniques that were developed by the Canadian settlers in Louisiana as they adapted to using cotton instead of wool and using two shaft looms. For those who were interested, some time was also spent on spinning juane cotton and the various weights of weft yarn used in weaving. BA learned how amazing things are possible to make with basic tools such as a 2 harness loom. She will share the tools and techniques of the things she made and the history of the craft.
  • Deane Bowers discussed “Fungi to Dye For” at the October evening guild gathering based on her attendance at the International Fungi and Fiber Symposium October 2022, in Port Townsend, Wash. There, she took several workshops and was able to meet amazing mushroom and lichen dyers and foragers. She worked with different fungi used for dyeing and greatly expanded her knowledge and love of dyeing with mushrooms and lichens. Her talk covered the history of dyeing with mushrooms and lichens, gave examples of the rainbow of colors that can be gotten from these unusual dye sources and how to obtain those colors. She shared examples of mushroom and lichen dyeing from her own experience and experiments.

Visit the HGB website for more information

• Strickler Scholarship - http://www.handweaversofboulder.org/grants.html
• Study Groups - http://www.handweaversofboulder.org/studygroups.html

October Workshop - Saoirse Byrne

 Workshop

October 12, 2023
7:00-8:30pm

Transformation through Cordage
Turning worn, beloved, or ragged garments and fabrics into beautiful and strong lengths of cord that can be worn and used anew.

Zoom Workshop  

Transformation through Cordage

Turning worn, beloved, or ragged garments and fabrics into beautiful and strong lengths of cord that can be worn and used anew.

Cordage goes by many names- string, thread, twine, rope, yarn- humans have been making cordage for at least 60,000 years. It is the process of taking two or more lengths of fibers and twisting them individually in one direction and twisting them back on themselves in the opposite direction. In doing so, shorter and weaker fibres can be turned into lengths that are long and strong.

The process is fun, simple, and repetitive in a way that leaves room for conversation, laughter, contemplation. Cordage making is accessible to folks who would not consider themselves crafty as well as to artists wanting to explore another way of engaging with materials.

Perhaps there is fabric in your life that is dear to you that no longer serves in its current form. This workshop is an invitation to explore this ancient process and transform something meaningful to you; adding your own energy as your hands find the rhythm of the making. Come away with an understanding of how to turn materials in your life into beautiful and useful lengths of cord, whether to wrap a gift, hang as a garland or wear as a necklace or hatband.

  • Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
  • 7:00-8:30pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Class size: no maximum
  • Prerequisites/Experience: All Skill Levels

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants

  • Old, worn, or loved fibers in the form of an old t-shirt, silk handkerchief or thin scarf, cotton blouse or button down shirt. Saoirse will provide a hand out prior to the workshop guiding folks on the kinds of fibers to select and how to prepare them for the workshop.
Workshop fee: $20 payable on registration. 

Registration opens August 1, 2023
To register online, click here

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November Program - Erica Green

 Day Meeting  November 13, 2023 Zoom - My Journey as an Artist

 Evening Meeting  November 14, 2023

Zoom - Studio Tour and Planning a Large-Scale Fiber Installation

Zoom Meetings


Day Meeting Presentation
My Journey as an Artist


Erica will take us on a tour of her journey as an artist, including her education, her exhibitions and residencies and her evolution to a creator of large textile installations.

Evening Meeting Presentation
Studio Tour and Planning a Large-Scale Fiber Installation


Erica will take us on a tour of her studio and show us how she designs large scale fiber installations, including the techniques she uses and the selection of materials.

Erica Green

Artist 


Erica Green is an artist known for her site specific textile installations that transform spaces with large accumulations of knotted fibers. Born in Nebraska, she now lives and works in Colorado. Green’s work has been exhibited in several solo exhibitions including the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) ,The Art Base and The Boulder Creative Collective. Her work has been included in many group exhibitions such as RULE Gallery, Redline Contemporary, The Dairy Center for the Arts. In addition, her work was included in the 2020 survey of emerging Colorado artists - Great Expectations at the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado Springs. In 2019, she was awarded the Director’s Award in “The Art of the State” show at Arvada Center for the Arts in Arvada, CO and received Honorable Mention in the “Contemporary Art Survey” at the Lincoln Center Gallery in Fort Collins, CO.

She holds a BFA from The University of Nebraska- Lincoln and completed a two-year post-baccalaureate program at the University of Colorado. She has completed several residencies including Breck Create, The Boulder Creative Collective, LUX Center for the Arts and Skidmore College. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Hyperallergic, The Denver Post, The Jealous Curator and Arte Morbida. Her work lives permanently in several collections such as The Boulder Museum, Hotel Indigo and Parasoleil to name a few. Currently, Erica is a resident at the Temple Studios in Denver.

http://www.EricaGreenStudio.comhttp://www.instagram.com/ericagreenstudio/

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December - Holiday Celebration Buffet and Ornament Exchange

 Day Meeting

 December 11, 2023Holiday Celebration Buffet and Ornament Exchange - 9:00am Set-Up
 Evening Meeting  December 12, 2023 Holiday Celebration Buffet and Ornament Exchange - 6:00pm Set-Up

In-Person Meetings

The celebration starts with food -- of course!

  • Bring-A-Dish Buffet - All are invited to contribute a ready to serve and easily shared food item to the buffet - along with any utensils required for serving
  • Tote along your own dinnerware, utensils and napkins to reduce waste

Day Meeting

Holiday Celebration Buffet and Fashion Show

9 a.m. Set-Up

Bring clothing to model for our fashion show!

Evening Meeting

Holiday Celebration Buffet and Ornament Exchange -

6 p.m. Set-Up

The HGB Holiday Celebration includes a handmade fiber art related ornament exchange, each participant brings one wrapped handmade fiber related ornament.

The ornament exchange is a long-standing tradition leading to many laughs and a few quick steals! Come join in the fun - or watch the commotion! The choice is yours! 


Ornament Exchange
    • The HGB Holiday Celebration highlight is a handmade fiber art related ornament exchange, each participant brings one wrapped handmade fiber related ornament.
    • Once everyone is assembled, each person will draw a number. The person with number "1" chooses an ornament to unwrap. The person with number "2" has a choice: They may choose a new, wrapped ornament, or they may take the unwrapped ornament from the first person. If they take the ornament from the first person, that person chooses another ornament to unwrap. The person with the number "3" may choose any previously unwrapped ornament or a new, still wrapped ornament. The game continues until all ornaments have been unwrapped and everyone has a gift.
    • The handmade fiber related ornament may be created by the member or acquired by other means.

The ornament exchange is a long-standing tradition leading to many laughs and a few quick steals! Come join in the fun -- or watch the commotion! The choice is yours! 

Do I need to participate in the Ornament Exchange?
    • The Ornament Exchange is optional. 
    • You may participate in both Day & Evening Ornament Exchanges, one or neither. 
    • If you don't want to participate in the Ornament Exchange, come for the Buffet, Library (Day Meeting only), Social and Meeting time!
I'm new to the Guild. Can I still come to the December meeting holiday celebration? 
    • Yes! Even if you just joined this month, the December meetings are for all members and you are very welcome.
    • Don't know who to sit with for the Holiday Celebration Buffet? Look for the Guild President's table or join any table and introduce yourself (psst, we all have a love of fiber in common!).
What should I bring? 
    • A food item to share (both Holiday Celebration Buffets will be the first thing we do together - so bring hot items already heated), a serving utensil if your food needs it
    • Tableware for yourself (plate, fork, cup, napkin, etc. - we're going green)
    • A handmade ornament (made by you or someone else) if you'd like to participate in the Ornament Exchange.

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January Program - Leiko Uchiyama  

Day Meeting January 15, 2024
Zoom - My Felting Journey - the Red Thread of Fate 
Evening Meeting
January 16, 2024
Zoom - Lacy Line Felt to Heavy Duty - Diversity of Felt

Zoom Meetings
Day Meeting Presentation: My Felting Journey - the Red Thread of Fate

‘The red thread of fate’ is an expression in Japan to explain the special connection with someone important to you. "I can see my felt red thread has been leading me to who I am today as an artist," she said. Leiko will tell us about how she has learned her craft and developed new techniques for felting.

Evening Meeting Presentation: Lacy Line Felt to Heavy Duty - Diversity of Felt

Felt making is so adaptable, it can be made into something very fine and soft or something strong and heavy. More than 1000 breeds of sheep in the world make this possible! Leiko will show us the materials and techniques she uses to make her many gorgeous items and will show us her technique called “pine needles” which creates lacy felt. 

Leiko Uchiyama
Felt-Making Artist

Leiko is a felt making artist nestled in the picturesque Blackstairs Mountains of County Carlow, Ireland. Her journey has taken her from her Japanese home as an agricultural and textile design graduate, to New Zealand, where she worked on a sheep farm, to Indonesia where her felt-making techniques developed and France, where she relished aesthetically and culturally rich surroundings.

The experience she has gathered through making, all the sheep breeds and the many types of wool she has worked with, have helped her to refine her skills. She creates wearable pieces with wool and silks which she dyes using her own color recipes. She also enjoys making functional pieces for the home such as tableware, stool tops, wall pieces or rugs.

Leiko has developed many felting techniques including one called Pine Needles. It was inspired by the look of pine needles on snow. It creates a fine, lacy felt - no actual pine needles are involved.

Leiko teaches felting workshops throughout Europe, America, Australia and Japan and she has exhibited in many different countries.

http://www.leikofelt.com 

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January Workshop - Margaret Tullis and Kaitrin Kuchera 

Workshop January 20, 2024 Toasty Feet


In-Person Workshop 
Toasty Feet

Margaret and Kaitrin will teach us how to wet felt slippers. They will provide a detailed materials list prior to the workshop, you can use your own feet or a form (beach shoes) and make them plain or embellished. We will make a beautiful, sturdy and warm pair of slippers. 

  • Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Tumbleweed Art Collective
    1333 Coffman St.
    Longmont, CO 80501
  • Class size: 12

Prerequisites/Experience: None

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants:

Wool for felting if you have it. Margaret will have some for sale for $25. She will provide bling for us to embellish A detailed materials list will be provided 2 weeks before workshop

Workshop fee: $110 payable on registration

Material fee: bring $25 (cash or card) if you need to purchase wool.

Contact: Jane McAtee for more information

Registration opens December 1, 2023.
To register online, click here


January Workshop - Felted Sweater Creations 


In-Person Workshop
Felted Sweater Creations

This workshop will not have a leader. HGB acquired a lot of felted wool sweaters, some have had the sleeves removed, but there are lots of wonderful items here. We will gather and share ideas of things you can make with them (mittens, hats, skirts, hotpads, etc.) and select some for a project. You can begin the project at the meeting, or take it home with you. We will share them all at a “fashion show” at a later date  It will be first come first served and we will share!

  • Date: Monday, January 29, 2024
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: NoBo Art Center 
    4929 Broadway #E
    Boulder CO 80304
  • Class size: 12

Prerequisites/Experience: None

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants: Bring scissors, needle and thread and some printed ideas to share. 

Contact: Jane McAtee for more information

Workshop fee: Free

Registration opens December 1, 2023
To register online, click here


February Program - Woolpunk 

Day Meeting
February 12, 2024

Zoom - Get a Little Closer to Woolpunk

Evening Meeting
February 13, 2024

Zoom - I'd Like to Teach the World to Stitch/Community Outreach and Activism


Zoom Meetings

Day Meeting Presentation: Get a Little Closer to Woolpunk

Say what? Say woolpunk. Trademarked as the artist, Woolpunk will share her work, art shenanigans, and discuss all things fiber related. She will show us her work and describe her inspirations and techniques.

Evening Meeting Presentation: I'd Like to Teach the World to Stitch/Community Outreach and Activism

Woolpunk has long focused on community to highlight the invisible work needed to better our planet. Getting a little closer will deep dive into inspiration and communal outcomes with fiber focused initiatives.

Woolpunk has the hands of a gifted artisan, the soul of a social activist, and the passion of an environmentalist.

--Hildreth York, Curator, Writer, Emeritus

https://www.woolpunk.com, https://www.instagram.com/woolpunk/

WOOLPUNK

Artist, Activist, Organizer

Woolpunk® is an American artist, born in Summit, NJ in 1971. She has both a BA and an MFA from Rutgers University. Woolpunk® employs materials and techniques sourcing women’s work creation, historically; she machine-knits fiber installations, quilts sculptures, and embroiders photographs. Her work consequently champions social change, addressing homelessness and foreclosures, water contamination, and deforestation. Referencing her unique stitching and use of fibers, she trademarked the name Woolpunk®, which she has been using creatively since 2004. The Dairy Arts Center introduced us to WoolPunk!

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March Program - Charan Sachar

Day MeetingMarch 11, 2024From Engineering to Clay to Fiber to...
Evening Meeting March 12, 2024 Color and Texture in Art Yarns
Workshop March 10, 2024 Thick and Thin Art Yarns

In-Person Meetings
Day Meeting Presentation: From Engineering to Clay to Fiber to...

Charan will share his journey starting as a software engineer, then textile artist and potter, and into all of his creative fields.

Evening Meeting Presentation: Color and Texture in Art Yarns

Charan will share how he creates art yarns as well as samples of his color and texture.

Charan Sachar
Textile Artist and Potter

Charan Sachar recently taught at PlyAway where several HGB members met him and took his courses. He is an artist whose work reflects his passion for the fiber arts such as knitting, spinning, weaving, quilting. He uses that love as an inspiration for his clay work. In all the fields he works in, Charan loves to accept challenges and approach the making with a “what if...” attitude. Charan specializes in creating art yarns with textures, using traditional spinning techniques and pushing them an extra step to create unique yarns. Charan Sachar lived in India for a significant part of his life where his mother ran a boutique designing clothes for brides and bridesmaids. The designs, colors, fabrics and embroidery he came across then have a strong impact on his work now.

In 2014, Charan took up knitting as a hobby and very soon the knit patterns started making an appearance in his pottery work. Since then, he has been spinning, weaving and knitting a lot, one step further down into the rabbit hole of fiber and every step inspires him.

http://www.creativewithclay.com 

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March Workshop - Charan Sachar 

Workshop March 10, 2024 Thick and Thin Art Yarns


In-Person Workshop 
Thick and Thin Art Yarns

Thick and thin yarns are wonderful to make textured yarns. In this full-day class you will learn to spin thick and thin yarns and to ply them into something magical. Using thick and thin singles you will learn how to make beehives, rosettes and fishnets (2 ply crepe). When you leave the class you will be able to apply these techniques to your spinning repertoire. 

  • Date: Sunday, March 10, 2024
  • Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Location: Goodhue Farmhouse

    Off Hwy 287, south of Dillon Road

  • Class size: 20

Prerequisites/Experience: Beginner/Must know how to spin a continuous thread

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants: Spinning Wheel

Workshop fee: $110 payable on registration

Material fee: bring $35 (cash or card) to the workshop. This covers batts and yarns.

Registration Opens December 1, 2023
To register online, click here

April Program - Susan DuBois

Day Meeting April 8, 2024 Wild Silks from India
Evening Meeting April 9, 2024 Weaving with Silk 
In-Person Meetings

Day Meeting Presentation: Wild Silks from India—Cocoons, Mawata Cakes, Combed Tops/Slivers and Yarns

Most of us are familiar with silk from the Bombyx mori silk worm...aka "bombyx silk" or "mulberry silk." Did you know there are also different kinds of wild silkworms that produce cocoons and beautiful silk? These wild silks from India can be naturally white, creamy, different shades of gold and even a brownish color. Come learn about these and see/touch these silks in person. There will be a pop up shop available.-

Evening Meeting Presentation: Weaving with Silk—a show and tell of 2Skeins=2Scarves & weaving kits for Rigid Heddle and 4 or more shafts
Sometimes weaving your first silk project can be a bit daunting. A great place to start is with Treenway Silks' 2 skeins = 2 scarves free drafts. Come see our 12-year collections of hand-woven silk scarves and be inspired to dress your loom with silk. I'll cover a few tips and tricks for handling a silk skein, too. There will be a pop up shop available.

Susan DuBois
Owner Treenway Silks

Treenway Silks was founded in 1997 by Karen Selk and Terry Nelson. After 34 years, they decided to sell the business so they could spend more time traveling, writing a book, etc. On August 1, 2011, they sold the business to Susan Du Bois and Richard Yabunaka. And they’ve been living inside a rainbow ever since!

Karen Selk and Terry Nelson started Treenway Silks out of their home in British Columbia. Over the years they worked as a team learning about importing silk fibers, dying silk, and using silk creatively. All the while raising a family and being part of a vibrant northwest island community.

Susan is experienced both in business and in the fiber arts. Her business experience includes 25 years in direct response marketing and financial analysis/accounting, plus she is a licensed CPA and holds three advanced degrees (MBA, MS-Accounting and MS-Marketing). Susan weaves, dyes, embroiders (she has taught silk ribbon embroidery), spins a little, and has dabbled in paper-making and felting.

Richard is well prepared to take on the shipping, having six years experience in product fulfillment. His interests include a wide variety of martial art styles and he has the greenest thumb that you can imagine—keeping our yard filled with flowers and vegetables.

The extensive silk product line will remain the same, and beautiful dye colors will be created by three experienced Colorado dyers: Betsy, Pamela, and Peggy. Plus, Salt Spring Island dyers Cheryl and Mary will continue dyeing the lovely Montano series.

https://www.treenwaysilks.com

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May Program - Deborah Silver 

Day Meeting
May 13, 2024
My Creative Journey
Evening Meeting
May 14, 2024
The Split Shed Rabbit Hole 
Workshop May 10, 11,  and 12, 2024 Split Shed Weaving - Multiple structures using a straight threading

In-Person Meetings
Day Meeting Presentation: My Creative Journey
Deborah will discuss her creative journey: how she came to be a weaver, created textiles for interiors, and incorporated split-shed weaving into her work. She will present the creative process and philosophy that she employs in her weavings. She will also explain the split-shed weaving technique
Evening Meeting Presentation: The Split Shed Rabbit Hole
Deborah will discuss her research into weave structures and how she modified dozens of 4- and 8-shaft patterns so that one can weave curves on only 4-shafts using a split-shed. She will explain the split-shed weaving process and how she has integrated various split-shed structures into her art and craftwork.

Deborah Silver
Artist/Teacher/Weaver

Deborah Silver is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She discovered her love of weaving while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, attaining a BFA as a Fiber major and Drawing minor.

After a weaving internship, Deborah learned the craft of antique furniture upholstery. She then combined her skills to open her own fiber art business, working closely with interior designers, creating site-specific fiber commissions for private residences, businesses, and religious institutions.

Currently, Deborah designs and weaves pieces using the split-shed technique, transforming traditional patterns into a signature method of hand-weaving. All weft yarns travel from selvedge to selvedge, differentiating this cloth from tapestry. Her works have been inspired by the increased cross-culturalism in the world which has been facilitated by technology, the ancient realm of road and trade, now advanced to hyper-speed. Her most recent art is drawn from the memorial structures found in old cemeteries.

Deborah teaches split-shed weaving workshops internationally. In 2019, she published The Technique of Split-shed Weaving, a book that illustrates pictorial weaving using the split-shed process on four-shaft looms. Her articles have been published in Complex Weavers magazine.

Deborah’s weavings have been shown in numerous local and national juried exhibitions. In 2015, she received a Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Fellowship award. In 2017, she received third prize in the ARTneo national juried competition. She received the Complex Weavers Award and First Place at Complexity 2018. Deborah is also the recipient of a 2019 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

https://www.deborahsilverstudio.com

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May Workshop - Deborah Silver

 Workshop  May 10, 11 and 12, 2024 

Split Shed Weaving - Multiple structures using a straight threading

Split Shed Weaving - Multiple structures using a straight threading

Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. Weave curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a 4-shaft loom with no special equipment. In this workshop, students will create multiple combinations of weave structures using only four shafts and a straight threading. Only tie-ups and treadling are changed between samples. Most of these combinations would normally require a minimum of eight shafts. Students will experiment with combinations of twills, summer and winter, double weave, Han damask, taqueté and more! Woven samples include continuous, complementary, and supplementary wefts, as well as wefts which combine to produce shading for pictorial weaving. (This is the same color-blending process Deborah Silver uses to create her art.) Students will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating.

​Although students will not be able to complete all of the samples in class, they will leave with the ability to complete them at home with all of the drafts and instructions. Floor looms are preferable, with jack looms allowing the easiest treadling. Direct tie-up and table looms may also be used. Looms will need to be pre-warped. Students will provide their own weft yarns (instructor will email samples of acceptable yarn types). Students will also need three 10”-14” flat shuttles and one other shuttle of their choosing that will be comfortable to use with an 8 to 9-inch wide warp.

  • Date: May 10, 11, and 12, 2024
  • Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Location: Mountain View United Methodist - Room 215
    355 Ponca Pl, Boulder, CO 80303
  • Class size: 20

Prerequisites/Experience: Ability to warp and weave a 4 shaft fabric

Equipment/Materials Provided by Participants:
Directions for “homework” will be provided 45 days in advance, loom and the shuttles, bobbins and tools to weave with.

Equipment: Although this workshop can be done on a table loom, a floor loom (jack or direct tie-up) is preferable as it speeds up the weaving process.
Looms will need to be pre-warped. Students will provide their own warp and weft yarns. Students will also need two 10”- 14” flat shuttles and one other shuttle of their choosing that will be comfortable to use with an 8”- 9” wide warp.


Workshop fee: $240 payable on registration


Material fee: bring $15 (cash or card) to the workshop. 


Registration opens January 1, 2024
To register online, click here.


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