In the Heartland, Midwest Weavers Conference, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
We all have drawers and boxes of bits of treasured fabrics, handwoven, felted, antique, samplers, and quilt fabrics. Some are scraps from other projects, some are samples from workshops. Some are finished projects that didn’t work or don’t fit anymore. And then there are all the scarves and placemats… This is a workshop on taking what you don’t know what to do with, and learning to piece it all together to make a wonderful lined vest, custom fit to you. Fitting, garment construction, and piecing techniques for all types of fabric will be covered. Anything goes here, it’s a chance to get really carried away since all you have to lose are a few scraps! The class will include basic fitting and sewing techniques. Materials Fee
No more one-size-fits-all, or clothes from rectangles! Using a time-tested classic unstructured jacket pattern, students will learn to custom fit for their individual figures. Some simple flat pattern and drafting skills will be taught in this workshop. Expect to leave with a finished pattern and directions to make a fabulous yet easy jacket from your hand-woven fabric. Materials Fee
Through a series of creative exercises, participants will learn to confidently place yarns of different colors and textures together to make beautiful warp combinations. This is a fun, hands-on class, and participants will be asked to bring a bag of assorted odds and ends of yarns to work with and to share with others. In addition, participants will learn to create palettes using Color-aid blocks and photographs. Based on the Color/Fabric Forecast Column from Handwoven Magazine, participants will experiment with palettes based on mood using photos for inspiration and see illustrations of how to translate them into handwoven fabrics and ultimately a garment.