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Workshop Descriptions


Introduction to Weaving/Refresh Your Weaving Skills

Weave a Rag Rug or Rag Wall Hanging

2-Day Workshops

Intermediate Weaving/Weave Your Own Project


Weave a Wool Throw & Pillow

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%)

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%)

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.)



2-Day Workshop: Weave a Set of Placemats or a Runner!

July 3 & 4 (Monday-Canada Day- &
Tuesday)

No experience is needed for these 2-Day Workshops.  Ideal for those who want to check out weaving and come home with great table linens for your living space or for a great gift.

The warps will be all set up for you so all you have to do is come and have fun.  The base material will be mercerized cotton and you can choose from a variety of yarns (wool, linen, silk, cotton) in many colours and types.

Lesley will work with you to choose the pattern or type of design you like and then you can start weaving. You may like lots of colour and texture or you may prefer more neutral tones. Lesley will help you every step of the way.

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: $250 CDN/$200 USD (all fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)

 Materials & Materials Fee: all included.

Class Times: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed: none.

Supplies to Bring: scissor, tape measure, pins, etc will all be provided.




2-Day Workshop: Weave a Scarf!

July 7 & 8 (Friday & Sat.)  and August 4 & 5 (Friday & Sat.)

No experience is needed for these 2-Day Workshops.  Perfect for beginners who would like to taste weaving and come home with a great accessory to your wardrobe or a gift made by you.

The warps will be all set up for you so all you have to do is come and have fun.  The base material will be mercerized cotton and you can choose from a variety of yarns (wool, linen, silk, cotton) in many colours and types.

Wrap yourself in colour, pattern, and/or textures or you may prefer more neutral tones in taupes, greys, or shades of white. Lesley will help you every step of the way.

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: $250 CDN/$200 USD (all fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%)

Materials & Materials Fee: all included.

Class Times: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (90 minutes for lunch)

Experience Needed: none.

Supplies to Bring: scissor, tape measure, pins, etc will all be provided.



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%)

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


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.