Classes & Workshops

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Registration Policy:
• Registration and full payment for classes are due two weeks prior to the first class session.
• Payment can be made by paypal or by check (made out to the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers) If paying by check, mail registration form & payment to the class instructor. If using paypal: after payment is complete, you will be directed to the online registration form.
• If you have any questions, please contact the class instructor, or workshop coordinator.

Cancellation Policy:
Students will receive a full refund if the class is cancelled due to low registration and will be notified no less than one week prior to the first class. Refunds minus a $25 cancellation fee will be given only if another person is found to take the student’s place prior to the first class. There will be no refund after the first class.


DAYTIME WEAVING PROJECT CLASS
Thursdays: 12:30 to 3:30 pm                                
Spring session: May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017
Members $195  / Non-Members $210 

Instructor: Nancy Shiffrin 610-649-6209 (contact directly for registration)
REGISTRATION FORM (print or email to Nancy) Please indicate which session you are signing up for!

Make a project from start to finish under the guidance of an experienced instructor on a 4 or 8 harness floor loom. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to advanced weavers! Beginners will make a small sampler and a scarf. Intermediates can stretch their skills and try something new, such as lace, doubleweave, summer and winter or shadow weave. Limit six students.

NS Project Weave Class 1
Create your own project with Nancy’s Weaving Project Classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENING WEAVING PROJECT CLASS
Mondays, 6pm-9pm
Spring Session: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 2017
Members $195 / Non-Members $210
Instructor: Nancy Shiffrin 610-649-6209
REGISTRATION FORM (print or email to Nancy) Please indicate which session you are signing up for!

Make a project from start to finish under the guidance of an experienced instructor on a 4 or 8 harness floor loom. All levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to advanced weavers! Beginners will make a small sampler and a scarf. Intermediates can stretch their skills and try something new, such as lace, doubleweave, summer and winter or shadow weave. Limit: 6 students


KNITTING FOR MINDFULNESS
2 Saturdays, September 9 & 16, 2017
10am – 12pm
Members $35 / N0n-Members $50
Material fee: —
Instructor: Bonnie MacAllister                                                                          

Please contact instructor to register. 

All ages welcome, beginners knitting skills will be covered: cast on, cast off, knit, purl, cabling, reading patterns. Design fingerless gloves and/or a headband.


WALK-IN WORKSHOP: Getting your ETSY Shop Up and Running
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11 am – 4 pm
Instructor: Kate Ohara,  215-879-3607
Please contact instructor to register. Space limited to 8 participants.
Members $25/ Non-member $35

Optional manual available for purchase: Kate’s manual – Etsy, Square, Pinterest  $15

Kate O’Hara will be having a walk-in session for those wanting to get their Etsy Shop up and running or to improve your current shop. Bring your laptop or tablet. Three lap tops will be available if needed. Kate will offer guidance and support, but you will be doing the work. Since you need at least one picture to open your shop, bring your smartphone, tablet or camera. There will be lights and backdrops for the pictures you take. Bring at least three pieces to photograph – scarves, baskets, towels…


NUNO FELTING – BASICS AND BEYOND: The Fusion of Wool Fibers & Silk Fabric
Saturday, April 22nd & Sunday April 23rd
10 am – 4:30 pm
Members $140 / Non-Members $155
Materials fee: $10 payable directly to instructor.
Instructor:  Maryann Laverty 610-668-2433 (Please contact instructor to register.)

In this 2-day workshop, participants will learn the basic techniques for making a nuno felted scarf or shawl.  On Saturday there will be a short introduction and history of nuno, demonstration and sampling. Design possibilities will also be discussed.  On Sunday, students will lay out and felt their scarf or shawl.  There will be a 45 min. lunch break.

Limited to  6 students. Supply list will be provided upon registration.  Please feel free to contact Maryann with any questions regarding supplies and suppliers.

TEXTILE & APPAREL: Rehab and Repurpose Workshop
Saturday, June 17, 2017
10 am – 2 pm
Members $55 / Non-Members $70
Instructor:  Wendy Anderson (Please contact instructor to register.)

Second only to oil, the most amount of pollution generated by humans is from textiles and clothing. Many companies have emerged to help address this issue, but individual consumers can do their part, and save money at the same time, by preparing or repurposing their old clothes and household fabrics.

This workshop will offer practical repair techniques like sock darning and patching holes as well as teach students how to create new garments, home accessories, and other items from old and worn out clothing.  Additional inspiration for further ideas will also be presented and a powerpoint/video presentation will be shown detailing some of the issues of textile waste and solutions that are being developed and applied.

Students in this workshop will finish with one or two repaired or remade garments and hopefully have a renewed or increased enthusiasm for remaking old textiles.

Students should bring:

  • Sewing supplies: needles and threads (white, black and gray) for hand sewing, scissors, tape measure
  • Some old garments or household textiles: pants, tee shirts, socks, sweaters, kitchen, bed, or bath linens
 Teacher will supply:
  • Sewing machine
  • extra hand sewing thread and needles
  • examples of repaired and rehabbed garments
  • extra fabric scraps for decorative patches and applique
  • embroidery thread

INTRODUCTION TO SHIBORI with KACHINA MARTIN
TWO DAY WORKSHOP: Saturday, July 8th & Sunday July 9th, 2017
10 am – 4:30 pm
Members $80 / Non-Members $95
Materials fee: $45 payable directly to instructor.
Instructor:  Kachina Martin
To register contact Mawusi Simmons. Class size is limited – register early!

Imagine a plain, white piece of silk….now fold it…twist it….bind it.  After dyeing, you’ll be amazed at the transformation! This workshop will introduce the participants to shibori, the ancient Japanese fabric dyeing technique that utilizes a variety of methods – wrapping, tying, stitching, folding, twisting – to create richly textured patters of color on fabric.  students will focus on pole-wrapped or arashi shibori, stitch resits, and clamped shibori and will complete a series of finishes pieces and samples suitable for multiple uses.

The supply fee includes large pieces of linen, silk, and cotton fabrics as well as 3 silk scarves of varying weights and sizes.


CAST PAPER VESSELS
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10am – 3pm
Instructor: Winnie Radolan 215-715-6388  
Please contact the instructor to register.
Members $60 / Non-members $75
Materials Fee: $15, payable to the instructor

Create beautiful and unique cast paper vessels from handmade paper pulp. For our first vessel, we will case into a clear plastic container to establish the shape of your bowl.   It will measure approximately 6″ x 6″ x 5″.  Bring a collection of small personal treasures to incorporate and personalize your creation. (Inclusions might be printed collage materials, fibers and threads, raffia, stamps, old maps, or decorative think papers.) You may also bring a slightly bowl (nothing over 9″ x 9″ clear plastic ware that you might find at a party goods store) for a second vessel.  It should have high sides for embellishment (we cast onto the inside of the plastic.)

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TWO-DAY WORKSHOP: FLAT BRAID – PERUVIAN HEADBANDS with Rodrick Owen
April 29-30, 2017 at PGHW
9:00AM – 4:00 PM
Members $160  / Non Members $175
Instructor: Rodrick Owen
To register, please contact Mawusi Simmons.

Led by Braid Specialist Roderick Owen from Oxford, England, the braids you will learn how to make in this workshop are unique! They are the obliquely interlaced structures that were made by the Paracas and Nazca cultures dating back to 600-200BC. No the culture has produced braided like these.

Workshop requires minimum equipment and materials — braiding board/cushion made from corrugated cardboard (instructions provided), knitting needles, and high twist worsted swollen or acrylic yarn.  Register early; class size is limited.

braid 1


RIGID HEDDLE LOOM, PIN Loom & ZOOM Loom Classes:
I offer classes with flexible hours at my home studio, where you can also rent looms to use. Maryanne McDevitt please contact me directly at Mctiggs@verizon.net or 215-646-3009