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Workshop Descriptions


Introduction to Weaving/Refresh

Your Weaving Skills

Rug Weaving

Weave a Rag Rug or Wall Hanging

Unfolding the Mysteries of Pattern

Textile Discoveries: the South Shore

Introduction to Tapestry

Embellish!

Learn to Spin (2-Day)

Weave a Driftwood Hanging (2-Day)






Introduction to Weaving/Refresh Your Weaving Skills with Lesley Armstrong (5-day workshop)

June 11-15 (Mon.-Fri.), July 16-20 (Mon.-Fri.), Aug. 27-31 (Mon.-Fri.), 2018, & Sept. 17-21 (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 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 BFA, NSCAD U,  MA, Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art, Special studies at The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.  See biography & www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Workshop Fee: $475 CDN/$380 USD payable by May 25, 2018.  $100 CDN/$85 USD deposit must accompany registration. (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors to Canada may be eligible for tax refunds; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website.)

Material Fees: $50.00 includes the yarns used in the sampler, paid at the time of registration.  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.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Experience Needed: none

Supplies
to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, a pair of sharp scissors, some coloured pencils or other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, and some sketch or graph paper.



Rug Weaving with Lesley Armstrong (5-day workshop)

June 18-22 (Mon. - Fri.), 2018


This workshop is for those with some experience in weaving who would like to explore rug weaving in a variety of techniques.  Linen warps will be used for weaving samplers using techniques such as weft-faced weaving, other flat-weave techniques like soumak and twining, and pile weaving like knotting and looping.  We will also explore rug techniques used by the Navajo weavers and examples of authentic Navajo rugs will be examined.

A traditional form of carpeting used in Nova Scotia was drugget so a warp will be already set up to do a sample on.  In addition, a multi-harness warp will be set up for participants to weave on. 

Exercises in designing will be a part of the workshop and images of traditional and contemporary rugs will be discussed.

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 BFA, NSCAD U,  MA, Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art, Special studies at The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. See biography & www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Workshop Fee: $475 CDN/$380 USD payable by May 25, 2018.  $100 CDN/$85 USD deposit must accompany registration.  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors to Canada may be eligible for tax refunds; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website.)

Material Fees: $60.00 includes the linen warps and all yarns used in the sampler, paid at the time of registration.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Experience Needed: none

Supplies
to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some strong straight pins or T pins, 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 with Lesley Armstrong  (4-day workshop)

June 25-28 (Mon.-Thurs.), 2018


In this 4-day workshop weave students will design and weave a sampler rag rug and a large rag rug or rag wall hanging using a cotton warp. Rag rugs are the ultimate in recycling since they were traditionally woven with clothing that could no longer be used as clothing.  Lesley will provide a good variety of used clothing so there is no need to bring any (however, feel free to bring your own old clothing, fabrics, sheets, etc. if you want to incorporate them into 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.

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 BFA, MA, Art Education, Special studies at The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.  Weaver, teacher, & operates Armstrong Textiles & LaHave Weaving Studio. See biography & www.armstrongtextiles.ca

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

Workshop Fee: $475 CDN/$375 USD payable by May 25, 2018.  $100 CDN/$85 deposit must accompany registration.  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors to Canada may be eligible for tax refunds; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website.)

Materials
and Materials Fee: The Materials Fee is $65.00, paid at the time of registration, 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. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Supplies to Bring: Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, some straight or T pins, at least one pair of sharp and sturdy pair of scissors for cutting through all kinds of cloth, including denim, 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.



 

, MondTextile Discoveries:  the South Shore (4 days of workshops)

July 9-12 (Mon.-Thurs.), 2018


This experiential tour consists of 4 workshop themes in 4 days, each day is an adventure into a different textile field that is a part of the history or current culture of Nova Scotia's scenic South Shore.  No experience is needed.

D
uring each day we will learn about techniques, skill, and history of particular textile traditions and also experience hands-on learning.  We will study the textile traditions of the fisher, the homesteader, the rug hooker, the basket maker, and how wool was carded, dyed, spun, and woven at a 19th century mill at the Barrington Wool Mill. Lesley Armstrong, Carol Harvey Clark, Jane Whidden, and various museum interpreters will guide participants 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, Monday: We are in Lunenburg,
a World Heritage Site, during the first half of the day and will be studying the textile traditions of the fishers and sailors.  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 fishing and sailing industries, including the traditional seaman's chest and textile items that sailors and fishermen made themselves.  You can choose from many cafes and restaurants in Lunenburg for your lunch. In the afternoon we will re-group at the LaHave Weaving Studio, just a short walk along the harbour, and look at weaving done by Nova Scotian homesteaders over the last two centuries. Looms will be set up for everyone to weave a sample of traditional Nova Scotia textiles with the help of instructor Lesley Armstrong.

Day 2, Tuesday: This day will be spent in the picturesque town of Mahone Bay.  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, the varied imagery, contemporary work, and hook a small mat during that time.  Morning snacks are provided and only a 10-minute walk away is a chef-owned cafe where we will have a pre-booked lunch.  Carol Harvey-Clarke is the owner and instructor at Spruce Top.

Textile Conversations:  On Tuesday, July 10 Laura Foster Nicholson will give an illustrated talk, "A Textile Practice", at LaHave Weaving Studio, 35 Falkland St., Lunenburg, NS (second floor), from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Day 3, Wed.: We are back to LaHave Weaving Studio in Lunenburg and will meet Jane Whidden, a Lunenburg-based knitter and basket maker.
Jane works with recycled materials and the experiments with structures, materials, and techniques to create innovative and surprising forms. Starting with a simple box or ball, participants will weave and intertwine used materials to develop their creations.  We will eat a lunch (included) together at a local cafe. By the end of the day we will have a three-dimensional basket-like form, totally created from recycled materials that will open up our imagination as to what we can use from the discarded everyday materials around us.


Day 4, Thursday: 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 Museum sites.  We will cross the LaHave River on a small car ferry, stop for coffee at the LaHave Bakery, and arrive at the Mill for a tour.  Weather permitting, we will take our packed lunch to a nearby beach.  In the afternoon the museum guides will show us natural dyeing and Lesley will talk about the culture of sheep production and fleece processing and spinning in Nova Scotia’s past.

 

Instructors:

Lesley Armstrong, BFA, NSCAD U, MA, Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art, Special studies at The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. Weaver, teacher, operates Armstrong Textiles & LaHave Weaving Studio.  See biography.


Carol Harvey-Clark, owner of Spruce Top Rug Hooking Studio, McGowan-accredited rug hooking teacher & experienced rug-hooker.

Jane Whidden B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, B.A. in Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, M.A. in Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, U. of Toronto  Knitter, basket maker, teacher, and "tinkerer". Jane lives and works in Lunenburg, NS and has exhibited widely.  See c.v.


Experience Needed:
 none

Workshop Fee
: $575.00 CDN/$450.00 USD, which covers instructors' fees, workshop materials, van rental, 3 lunches.  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%.  Visitors to Canada may be eligible for a tax refund; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website for info.)

Materials Fee:
included

Class Times: 9:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Supplies to Bring: none.


Unfolding the Mysteries of Pattern with Nancy Price (5-day workshop)

July 23-27 (Mon.-Fri.),
2018

Have you ever wondered how a particular William Morris wallpaper or Indian Chinz textile was conceived and designed? Embedded in the field of textiles, in particular, printed textiles, and by extension, wallpaper, are the design elements of symmetry and repetition. These elements have been explored in every culture and are particularly relevant to craft. Symmetry and design usually originate in patterns that occur in the natural world.

This workshop will guide you through the traditional process of designing your own all-over repeat design. Weather permitting, we will stop at various locales around Lunenburg and sketch subjects from which we will derive our patterns. We will also draw from objects and props in the studio. Your drawings may come from the natural world, from architectural elements, or from everyday objects. (No drawing experience is needed--not any!) With the help of the instructor each student will arrange their drawings to form an all-over pattern. Our final design will be painted up in water-based gouache on museum-grade water-colour paper. Visual lectures, examples of repeats in fabrics, and contextualizing the fascinating and varied history of pattern will be presented throughout the workshop.

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

 

Instructor: Nancy Price BFA, OCAD U, MFA, NSCAD U, Studied at Ecole de La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Paris. Artist, textile designer, teacher. See biography.

Experience Needed:  none (no sketching experience is needed)

Workshop Fee: $4
75 CDN/$380 USD payable by May 25, 2018.  $100 CDN/$85 USD deposit must accompany registration.  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%.  Visitors to Canada may be eligible for a tax refund; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website for info.)

Materials Fee:  $6
0.00 includes tissue paper, grid paper, and 5-colour gouache set, paid at the time of registration. Rulers, squares, etc. are provided.

Class Times:  9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Supplies to Bring:  Studen
ts are asked to bring a sketch book (approximately 14”x17” but not too large as we will be going out and about with them), 2b pencil, eraser, sharpener, small portable stool, only if you have one (for when we go out sketching), #2 or #3 AND #7 or #8 pointed-tips soft bristle brushes (watercolour brushes), watercolour tray for mixing paints.


2-Day Workshop: Learn to Spin with Sharon Orpin
July 28 & 29 (Sat. & Sun.), 2018

Try your hand at spinning! Sharon will take you, step-by-step through the age-old process of hand-spinning fibre into yarn. Starting from the basics, participants will learn to pick and card washed wool fleece that was grown in Nova Scotia. Then students will learn to spin using the drop spindle and by the end of Day One our goal is to for your to be comfortable with the drop spindle.  You can tuck a drop spindle in a knapsack or your handbag and with a little fibre, you can spin anywhere.

Day Two students will be learning to use the spinning wheel.  Hands-on learning will be the focus of the day--practice makes perfect.  Demonstrations about spinning techniques used to make different types of yarns will be shown and discussion about the history of spinning over the last 20,000 years will be part of the the weekend.  Sharon will also give you a take-away folder of spinning information.

Instructor
Sharon Orpin, spinner, alpaca farmer, & teacher. See biography.
Experience Needed:  NONE
Workshop Fee:  $250.00 (materials included).  $100 CDN/$85 USD deposit must accompany registration.  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors to Canada may be eligible for a tax refund; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website for info.)
Materials Fee:  included
Class Hours:  9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)
Supplies to Bring:  none

 


 
2-Day Workshops: Weave a Driftwood Wall Hanging with Lesley Armstrong

July 2 & 3 (Mon. & Tues.) & August 4 & 5 (Sat. & Sun.), 2018

 

You don't need any weaving experience to weave this weekend project. Working on a wooden frame we will put on a linen warp and participants will learn some basic weaving techniques used in the creation of wall hangings. These type of hangings are a part of a long-standing weaving tradition
in the 20th century.

A wide variety of yarns and colours will be available and imagery of wall hangings, past and present, will be presented for inspiration. Try yarns such as silk, wool, cotton, and linen, try wool fleece, or perhaps natural materials such as grasses, flowers, mosses--see what pleases you.  We will transfer your hanging to a driftwood support so that your hanging can be installed when you get home!

Instructor: Lesley Armstrong BFA, NSCAD U, MA, Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art, Special studies at The Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.  See biography & www.armstrongtextiles.ca

Experience Needed: none

Workshop Fee: $250.00 (all yarn included) payable by May 25, 2018.  $100 CDN/$85 USD deposit must accompany registration. (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%.  Visitors to Canada may be eligible for a tax refund; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website for info.)

Materials Fee: included

Class Hours: 9:30-5:00 (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Supplies to Bring: Students should bring a sharp pair of scissors (small to medium-size).  All other notions are provided.

 


 Introduction to Tapestry with Anke Fox (5-day workshop)

 August 6-10 (Monday-Friday), 2018


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.


With the help of the instructor students will work on a design and then create a “cartoon” (a drawing 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, BFA, Major in Textiles & Art History, NSCAD U. Artist & teacher. See biography & www.ankefox.com

Workshop Fee:  $475 CDN/ $375 USD payable by May 25, 2018.  $100 CDN/$85 USD deposit must accompany registration.  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%. Visitors to Canada may be eligible for a tax refund; go to Canada Revenue Agency
's website for info.)
 
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, paid at the time of registration.  (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. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Experience Needed:  none.

Supplies to Bring:  Students are asked to bring their own measuring tape, an old fork, a pair of sharp snipping scissors, some coloured pencils of other colouring materials, pencil, eraser, ruler, and some sketch paper.



Embellish! with Kate Delmage (5-day workshop)

August 20-24 (Mon.-Fri.), 2018


This 5-day workshop is for those who would like to learn embellishment techniques. Participants will look at samples and demonstrations exploring methods such as applique, folding, beading, cutting and embroidery taken from vintage and contemporary examples. Materials will vary widely from classic floss and ribbon to found objects and reclaimed fibre – imagination being the only limit! Design exercises and hands-on learning will provide starting points for personal inspiration to embellish, for example, clothing, hats, pillows or to create stand-alone work.


Instructor: Kate Delmage BSc, BFA, Studies in Fashion Patterning. Fashion designer in couturie tradition, costume designer, drafting, & builder for film, theatre, & television. See biography.

Experience Needed: none.

Workshop Fee: $475 CDN/$380 USD payable by May 25, 2018. $100 CDN/$85 USD deposit must accompany registration.  (All fees are subject to the provincial sales tax of 15%.  Visitors to Canada may be eligible for a tax refund; go to Canada Revenue Agency's website for info.)

Materials Fee: $45.00 includes fabrics and yarns for sample work, lightweight fabrics, paid at the time of registration. (Needles, pins, tape measures, rulers, cutting boards, thread, stretcher frames, sewing machines will be provided.

Class Times: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (approx. 1 hour for lunch)

Supplies to Bring: Sharp scissors (snips and shears), pinking shears (if available), everything and anything in the way of buttons, beads, sea shells, braid, fabric pieces, etc. and possibly an item or two that you could imagine embellishing (bags, purses, hats, cushion cover, special fabrics, clothing…).