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                                
Session 1: September 14,21,28, October 5,12,19
Session 2: Octobre 26, November 2,16,30, December 7,14
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.

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Create your own project with Nancy’s Weaving Project Classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENING WEAVING PROJECT CLASS
Mondays, 6pm-9pm
Session 1: September 18,25, October 2,9,16,23
Session 2: November 13,20,27, December 4,11,18
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


NUNO FELTING – BASICS AND BEYOND: The Fusion of Wool Fibers & Silk Fabric
Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17
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.


COMPLEX NUNO FELTED SHIBORI WRAP – Felting Workshop with Melissa Arnold
Friday – Sunday, October 6, 7, 8, 2017, 9am to 5pm
For more information and/or to register, contact Mawusi Simmons

In this three-day workshop, you will learn to approach the art of creating a silk and wool nuno felted wrap from the perspective of a Textile Designer.  This is a workshop for intermediate felters. Some dye experience is helpful but not necessary.


YORUBA ADIRE INDIGO – Dyeing Workshop with Yemesi Ajayi
Friday – Saturday, November 4, 5, 2017, 9am to 5pm
For more information and/or to register, contact Mawusi Simmons

In this two-day workshop, you will learn how to dye fabric with the Yoruba adire starch resist dye method.  All levels welcomed.


WEAVING ON YOUR OWN MAYAN BACKSTRAP LOOM
Session 1: Wednesdays and Thursdays – August 23, 24, and 30, 31 
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 2: Thursdays – September 7, 14, 21, 28
3:30 – 5:30
Members $75 / Non-Members $90
Instructor:  
Carla Childs 215-837-0793 (Please contact instructor to register.)

Participants in the class will create their own backstrap looms and set up and weave a project of their own design. A materials list will be provided on registration.

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TOO PRECIOUS TO CUT?: Sewing Garments with handwoven & other precious fabric
 Fridays: September 8,15,22
10 am – 1 pm
Members $105 / Non-Members $120
Instructor:  Judy Gelzinis Donovan 267-408-2305
Please contact instructor to register.

Are you tired of weaving rectangles or amassing but not using your stash of precious fabric? This workshop will teach you how to incorporate your handwoven or there treasured fabrics into a piece of wearable art. A choice of easy to sew commercial patterns appropriate for handwovens or pieced together bits of treasured fabric will be suggested. More Info….


CAST PAPER VESSELS
Coming Soon!
10am – 3pm
Members $65 / Non-members $80
Materials Fee: $15, payable to the instructor
Instructor: Winnie Radolan 215-715-6388  
Please contact the instructor to register.

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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EMBROIDERING NATURE
2 DAYS: Saturday & Sunday: October 28-29
10am – 4pm
Members $132 / Non-Members $147
Material Fee: $10 payable to instructor
Instructor: Meg Kennedy, 610-896-8327
Please contact instructor to register.

Combining leaves, twigs, bark, flat stones, feathers, shells—and oh so many other things—with thread, paper, and stitches, we will construct wall hangings that celebrate the natural world. No experience is required; the stitches are fairly simple and the more complicated ones are optional for those who are familiar with embroidery. You can choose to create a piece for a shadow box frame or for hanging from a dowel or branch. Designing with natural objects provides a delightful wabi-sabi experience that is playful and frees your creative instincts.


INTRODUCTION to HAND SPINNING YARN
Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19
6 sessions /3 hours each
6 to 9pm
$192 members / $207 non-members
$30 Materials fee payable to instructor*
Instructor: Benjamin Halterman       
Please contact instructor to register.

REGISTRATION FORM (print or email to Benjamin)

Skill Level: novices, beginners and those who need a re-introduction to spinning
Learn how to create your own beautiful and functional yarn efficiently using a spinning wheel.
This course will teach the properties of animal fibers used for making yarn, the basic structure of stable, balanced yarn, and the techniques to produce yarn painlessly and enjoyably on the wheel.

We will be learning the worsted draw, also known as the short forward draw. This draw is suited to the creation of smooth, durable yarns from long staple wool. We will work with commercial combed wool top, the most commonly available form of prepared fiber available to hand spinners. Fiber preparation from raw fleece, including combing, carding, and spinning woolen yarns from short staple wool, will be covered in subsequent classes… stay tuned!

Topics covered will include:
● properties of wool fiber
● explanation of types of fiber preparations, and their uses (combed top, roving, batts, rolags, etc.)
● spinning wheel mechanics and operation
● understanding the different types of draft (worsted vs. woolen)
● spinning worsted singles yarn and plied yarn
● skeining and finishing handspun yarn
This is a hands-on course with lots of in-class practice time.

*IMPORTANT: All fibers for spinning will be provided as materials fee to the instructor. Students who have a spinning wheel, or can borrow a spinning wheel from a friend, should bring it to class. Students who have spindles are welcome to bring those too; we will take a brief detour on spindles in class.  If you do not have a wheel, guild wheels will be available for use in the Guild House only. Please contact the instructor so one can be reserved for you.


SPINNING BEYOND THE BASICS: ART YARN
Tuesday evenings: January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2018
4 sessions, 3 hours each
6:00 – 9:00pm
$135 members / $150 non-members
Materials fee $20 (payable directly to instructor)
Instructor: Judy Gelzinis Donovan  
Please contact instructor to register.

REGISTRATION FORM (print or email to Judy)

Now that you are comfortable spinning traditional singles and plied yarns, you may want to learn a few new tricks and dip your fingers into the “art yarn” pool. This is the course for you.

This is a hands-on course, that might involve some homework (such as spinning some singles yarns in advance). Each session will cover different techniques of “non-traditional” spinning and will permit students time to practice. Techniques include: Spiral yarns; Core Spun yarns; Novelty yarns, Crepe yarns; Boucle’ yarns and Cabled yarns.

This is not a novice/beginner class. Students should be comfortable spinning both singles and basic plied yarns on a spinning wheel. No hand spindles will be used in this course.

Fibers for spinning will be provided as part of the course fee. Students should bring a spinning wheel to each session. Guild wheels available for use at Guild only.


BEAD CROCHET BANGLES! Intro to Bead Crochet
 Saturday: November 18
1:00 – 4pm
Members $42 / Non-Members $57
Instructor:  Judy Gelzinis Donovan 267-408-2305
Please contact instructor to register.

Learn to crochet tubular jewelry with beads. No crochet experience is necessary.  Students will work with size 6 beads and C-lon cord to crochet a beaded bangle. Once this technique is mastered with larger beads, students can create slinky beaded lariats and rope necklaces using smaller beads and crochet thread.  Students will begin crocheting with tubes that are already started, then move to crocheting their own beads and learning how to start the tube.  Students can purchase beads, C-lon cord and appropriate crochet hook in class.  Students who already have lots of beads should contact the instructor about which size and quantity to bring to class.


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