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Workshop Descriptions


Introduction to Weaving/Refresh Your Weaving Skills

Weave a Rag Rug or Rag Wall Hanging

4 Days/4 Design Themes

Intermediate Weaving/Weave Your Own Project


Weave a Wool Throw & Pillow

Textile Study Field Trips

Tapestry



Introduction to Weaving/Refresh Your Weaving Skills (5-day workshops)

June 13-17 (Tues.-Sat.), July 17-21 (Mon.-Fri.), & Aug. 28-Sept. 1 (Mon.-Fri.)


The focus of this workshop is to teach the basics of winding a warp, setting up a loom, and learning how to weave some basic weaves. Students will first weave a sampler where they will learn plain, twill, and basket weaves and experiment with a variety of materials and colours. Then, students will choose a second small project of their own choice. If a student has had some weaving experience already but needs to review the steps in setting up a loom and their skills, they may want to skip the sampler and start directly on a small project.

Basic design principles, sound weaving techniques, and good craftsmanship will be taught. We will be looking at examples of weaving and the work of other textile artists. Each technique will be demonstrated as a group and then individually with each student.

Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and find a way of working that suits them, whether it be a more free-form approach or
a step-by-step approach. LaHave Weaving Workshops provides a supportive and professional environment for a variety of ways of learning.

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., M.A. Art Education www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Workshop Fee: $475 CDN/$375 USD (all fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)
$250 CND/$200 USD deposit at the time of registration and the remaining fees due by June 1, 2017.

Materials & Material Fees: Materials Fee for all yarns used in the sampler is $60.00, paid at the time of registration, and yarns for the second project can be purchased at the studio at a reasonable price. For those “refreshing their skills”, feel free to bring your own yarn. Please see the introductory paragraph of "Materials & Materials Fees" for inspiring things to bring that you may have lying around the house that might be useful to put in your sampler.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed: none

Supplies
to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, a couple of darning or tapestry needles (sturdy needles with blunt ends), a pair of sharp scissors, some coloured pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, and some sketch or graph
paper.


Weave a Rag Rug or a Rag Wall Hanging (4-day workshops)

June 26-
29 (Mon.-Thurs.) & Sept. 5-8 (Tues.-Fri.)

In this workshop weave students will weave a sampler rag rug and a large rag rug or rag wall hanging. Our rag rugs will be woven with strips of used cloth of various sorts on a cotton warp. Lesley will provide a lot of used clothing; however, feel free to bring your own old clothing, fabrics, old sheets, towels, or blankets that you might be able to use in your rag rug. (Sometimes the ugliest prints make the most fabulous patterns!) The clothing and fabrics will be cut into strips so students must bring a pair of sharp and sturdy scissors (If you've ever tried to cut denim, then you will know that your scissors must be functional!)

We will begin the workshop by looking at a few historical and contemporary examples of rag rugs. Then we plan our rag rugs with an introduction to colour and design and a demonstration of the basic techniques. Students are free to create functional rag rugs for the floor or large rag rug wall hangings. We will be looking at the work of other textile artists to inspire us. All techniques will first be demonstrated to the class and then individually to each student to explore in their own way.

For those needing a loom set-up refresher, Lesley will also offer an optional step-by-step “How to Set up the Loom” for your rag rug warps so don't worry if it's been a while since you have woven. 

Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and find a way of working that suits them, whether it be a more free-form approach or
a step-by-step approach. LaHave Weaving Workshops provides a supportive and professional environment fora variety of ways of learning.

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., M.A. Art Education www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Workshop Fee: $380 CDN/$300 USD (all fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)
$250 CND/$200 USD deposit at the time of registration and the remaining fees due by June 1, 2017.

Materials
and Materials Fee: The Materials Fee is $65.00 which covers the cotton warp and a good range of used clothing for the rags, payable at registration. Feel free to bring your own used clothing, old curtains, sheets, towels, jeans, old fur coats, etc. to add to your choices, especially if you want to weave some of your cloth memories into your rug.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed:Introduction to Weaving or some weaving experience. We will review setting up a warp, for those interested.

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, a couple of darning or tapestry needles (sturdy needles with blunt ends), at least one pair of sharp and sturdy pair of scissors for cutting through all kinds of cloth, some coloured pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, and some sketch or graph paper. (A second small pair of scissors for snipping yarn would be useful.)



4 Days/4 Design Themes Workshop
(4-day workshop)

July 4-7 (Tues.-Fri.)


This 4-day workshop is for those who would like to explore four basic design themes: texture, line, pattern, and form. Each day we will focus on one theme. Exploration of each theme will include hands-on exercises, looking at images and examples, designing on paper, with yarn, taking short walks to look at theme-inspired locations, and other materials. We will also be weaving samples on floor looms that have already been set up with warps and discussing the results. We will look at the work of textile designers whose work relates to our themes.

Don't worry if it's been a while since you have done any weaving or you are an inexperienced weaver.  All weaving on the warps that have been set-up for you do not require any special skills and instructions will be provided if any specific pedalling, etc. is needed. Any techniques will first be demonstrated to the class and then individually to each student to explore in their own way.

Students are encouraged to bring anything of interest with these 4 themes in mind for design exercises. Bring books or magazines, images, your own photos, items from nature (plants, rocks, leaves, stones, seaweed, skins, hair, feathers, etc.), peelings, fresh or dried foods, and so on, a striped tea towel, a favourite pattern on a skirt, lines and patterns of all kinds, found objects (rusted metal, wood pieces, plastics, rope, netting, grids, cardboard or styrofoam pieces, machine parts, fencing, shavings, fasteners, etc.), weaving, knitting, knotting, fabric scraps, ribbons, clothing, small units that form patterns, lines, or surfaces (nails, twist ties, rubber bands, paper clips, plastic ties, corks, almonds, beans, pasta, pebbles, etc.)--whatever appeals to you regarding the 4 themes!

Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and find a way of working that suits them, whether it be a more free-form approach or
a step-by-step approach. LaHave Weaving Workshops provides a supportive and professional environment fora variety of ways of learning.

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., M.A. Art Education www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Workshop Fee: $380 CDN/$300 USD (all fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)
$250 CND/$200 USD deposit at the time of registration and the remaining fees due by June 1, 2017.

Materials & Materials Fee: $85.00 covers all yarns uses on looms and materials for design exercises. Looms will be set up in advance so that students can spend time exploring the workshop themes and techniques without having to set up looms. If you have any yarns that you want to try, feel free to bring them but yarns will be provided.  See above for theme-inspired found materials to bring for exercises.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed: Introduction to Weaving or some weaving experience.

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, a couple of darning or tapestry needles (sturdy needles with blunt ends), a pair of sharp scissors, some coloured pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, a metal ruler, and sketch or graph paper. See in description for inspirational items to bring.



Intermediate Weaving/Weave Your Own Project (4-day workshops)

July 11-15 (Tues.-Fri.) & Aug.8-11 (Tues.-Fri.)


Students can learn further weaving skills, new techniques, or work on design skills by discussing the various options with Lesley as to their interests or may have a particular project in mind for this workshop. Some suggestions are wall hangings, a small rug, throw or blanket, pillows, curtains, table linens (runners, place mats, napkins, towels), site-specific artwork, techniques like double cloth or supplementary warps, weaving with linen, working on a 3-d piece. If you do not have specific yarns to use try to contact Lesley 3 weeks in advance, if possible, to talk about your ideas, plan your projects, and order yarn amounts.  If this is not possible, just bring your own yarns to the workshop.

Looking at design principles, art work, 2 and 3-dimensional pieces, craftsmanship, discussion about weaving techniques and time-saving methods, and feedback on work will be covered. We will be looking at examples of weaving and the work of other textile artists. New techniques will be demonstrated to the group and then individually. We will review how to set up a warp if for those interested.

Lesley has quite a few weaving and textile-related books in the studio for students' use but please also bring your own favourite books and magazines. Feel free to bring any textiles that you would like to show or are curious about, any previous sample work, experiments, disaster projects to analyze (we all have them!), finishing questions, yarns to discuss. If you would like to bring items of inspiration that might be a source of design or colour for your work, please do.


Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and find a way of working that suits them, whether it be a more free-form approach or
a step-by-step approach. LaHave Weaving Workshops provides a supportive and professional environment fora variety of ways of learning.

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., M.A. Art Education www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Workshop Fee: $380 CDN/$300 USD (all fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)
$250 CND/$200 USD deposit at the time of registration and the remaining fees due by June 1, 2017.

Materials & Materials Fee: There is no Material Fee for this workshop. Participants may bring their own yarn for specific projects and plan it out with Lesley on the first day. Students may also consult with Lesley, 2-3 weeks in advance, if possible, to talk about ideas and plan to order specific yarns in the correct amounts for their projects.

Class Times: 9:00a.m.-5:00 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed: Introduction to Weaving or some weaving experience.  We will review "Setting up a Warp"
for anyone interested.

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, a couple of darning or tapestry needles (sturdy needles with blunt ends), a pair of sharp scissors, some coloured pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, stainless steel ruler, and some sketch or graph paper.

 


 

Weave a Throw & Pillow Workshop (4-day workshops)

July 24-27 (Mon.-Thurs.) & Aug. 11-14 (Mon.-Thurs.)


In this workshop participants will spend some time on designing their own woollen* throw and pillow(s), on paper and thenwith yarns, exploring some colour and design basics. We will look at examples of weaving and in books, discussing the various designs. Students will then finalize their own throw and pillow designs and begin to set up their looms. All techniques will first be demonstrated to the class and then individually to each student to work on in their own way.

During the workshop we will also look at the work of textile artists and designers. For those needing a loom set-up refresher, Lesley will also offer an optional step-by-step “How to Set up the Loom” so don't worry if it's been a while since you have woven. 

*If any students are allergic to woollen yarn, then contact Lesley in advance and she will arrange for alternative materials to be used.

Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and find a way of working that suits them, whether it be a more free-form approach or
a step-by-step approach. LaHave Weaving Workshops provides a supportive and professional environment fora variety of ways of learning.

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., M.A. Art Education www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Workshop Fee: $380 CDN/$300 USD (all fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)
$250 CND/$200 USD deposit at the time of registration and the remaining fees due by June 1, 2017.

Materials & Materials Fee: A materials fee of $75.00 will cover the cost of the woollen yarn. If someone cannot weave with wool, let Lesley know 2 weeks in advance and she can provide cotton yarn.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed: Introduction to Weaving or some previous weaving experience. We will review “Setting Up a Warp” for those interested.

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, a couple of darning or tapestry needles (sturdy needles with blunt ends), a pair of sharp scissors, some coloured pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, and some sketch or graph paper.


 

Textile Study Field Trips: Traditions of the South Shore (4-day workshop)

July 31-Aug. 3 (Mon.-Thurs.)

This session consists of 4 workshops in 4 days, each day is an adventure into a different textile field that either was or still is common along the South Shore of Nova Scotia. During each workshop we will learn about the techniques, the skill, the history, and how we might make that particular way of working our own.  We will study the textile traditions of the sailor, the rug hooker, the basket maker, and the natural dyer.  Lesley and three guest workshop leaders will guide us through these four days.  Participants will be transported in a 7-person passenger van and lunch is included for three of the four days.  No experience is needed to participate.

Day 1: We are staying in Lunenburg during the first day and will be studying the textile traditions of the sailor.  Lunenburg was once a major centre for the offshore banks fishery and was a bustling town in the 19th century with the building and manning of fishing schooners.  At the
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic we will see artifacts from the sailing industry, including the traditional seaman's chest.  You are on your own for lunch and can choose from many cafes and restaurants in Lunenburg. Of course netting and knotting were a large part of a sailor's life so the afternoon will see us trying our hand at some of those techniques.

Day 2: This day will be spent in the picturesque town of Mahone Bay, a 10-minute drive from Lunenburg.  We will spend the day at
Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio learning about the very popular craft of rug hooking.  We will learn about the history of rug hooking in Nova Scotia, the materials, see the varied imagery, and hook a small mat during that time.  A 10-minute walk away is a chef-owned cafe where we will have a pre-booked lunch.

Day 3: Driving a little farther afield, we'll go inland to meet Heather Sanft who is a basket maker www.http://heather.canada-wine.com/ and lives on her family's farm and fruit winery. Heather works in willow and she will be showing us her baskets (eel pots, lobster pots, willow fences) and talking about basketry.  We will have a pre-ordered packed lunch with us this day.  By the end of the day we should have a willow biscuit basket that we've made to show off to our friends. 

Day 4: Our final day will see us farther afield, down the South Shore to Barrington, a 90-minute drive. to the Barrington Wool Mill, one of Nova Scotia Museums sites.  We will cross the LaHave River on a small ferry, stop for coffee at the wonderful LaHave Bakery, and arrive at the Mill for a tour.  Weather permitting, we will take our pre-ordered packed lunch to a nearby beach.  Joanna Close, artist, natural dyer, and teacher will talk to us about natural dyeing in the Maritimes while we dye woollen yarn with local natural materials.  We should come home with 12 different skeins of woollen yarn in various shades.

Instructors: Lesley Armstrong, B.F.A., M.A. Art Education, weaver & teacher www.armstrongtextiles.ca and three other instructors as seen in description above.  (Also see "Instructors" under "About Us" tab)

Workshop Fee: $580.00 CDN/$450 USD, covers everything--instructors' fees, all materials, transportation, and 3 lunches.

$250 CND/$200 USD deposit at the time of registration and the remaining fees due by June 1, 2017. (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)

Materials & Materials Fee: included.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Thursday 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.)


Experience Needed: none.

Supplies to Bring:
Students should bring a pair of sharp scissors and a notebook.




Tapestry (5-day workshop)

August 14-18 (Monday-Friday)

This is a beginner's course, designed to give the student a basic understanding of the weaving process using a variety of tapestry techniques, while exploring colour, texture and patterns.

An inspirational walk along the shore at the beginning of the course will provide opportunities to gather design ideas. Students will then create a “cartoon” (a drawing or design of a planned tapestry) and translate their ideas into a woven image on a small wooden frame loom (18” x 24”, to take home after the course).

In addition some floor looms, as well as an upright tapestry loom will be set up in the studio for students to work on samples exploring various kinds of tapestry joints, colour blending and shading techniques.

A different natural dye will be simmering on the stove every day to give students the opportunity to learn about colours from nature and use the dyed yarns in their work. Slide lectures on selected topics in the history of tapestry will be included.

Students will be shown how to “finish” their tapestry for hanging and also will be leaving with their own frame loom so that they may continue to weave!

Students are encouraged to work at their own pace and find a way of working that suits them, whether it be a more free-form approach or
a step-by-step approach. LaHave Weaving Workshops provides a supportive and professional environment fora variety of ways of learning.

Instructor: Anke Fox, B.F.A., Major in Texiles & Minor in Art History, NSCAD  www.ankefox.com

Workshop Fee:  $475 CDN/$375 USD  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)
$250 CND/$200 USD deposit at the time of registration and the remaining fees due by June 1, 2017.

 
Materials & Materials Fee: a materials fee of $150.00 will cover the cost of all yarns used, the wooden tapestry frame to take home, and the wool yarns used for natural dyeing.  (Students may bring any yarn from home to try in their tapestries or on the samples on the floor looms.)

Class Times:  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed:  none.

Supplies to Bring:  Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, an old fork, a couple of darning or "tapestry" needles (sturdy needles with blunt ends), a pair of sharp scissors, some coloured pencils of other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, ruler, and some sketch paper.