Classes are at Guild House, Art Square Studios II at 2327 Commerce, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77002
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Take the challenge of learning a new method of dyeing! Indigo is a dye unlike most others. A dye that doesn't require heat or a mordant is called a ‘vat dye,’ and indigo is the most famous of them all. Come learn this method of dyeing, one of complex chemical reactions involving the very air itself. We will learn the basics of indigo dyeing, including what chemicals are needed and how to set up and maintain a basic hydrogen hydrosulfite/lye indigo dye pot. We will also have a pot of the newfangled freeze dried indigo, for comparison. We will work together to set up indigo pots and dye yarn and material. Participants will use the indigo pots as they learn some fun and funky shibori resist techniques with flour sack towels.
Fee includes all supplies Instructor: Connie Elliott
Available Qty: 2
Lovely Lace Weaves
Learn about Lace weaves - Swedish lace, canvas weave, huck lace and bronson. Students will weave two small guest towels or a runner out of the lace of their choosing in linen. Students need to know how to dress a loom, pre-requisite Beginning Weaving (doesn't have to be from us). Co-taught by DeeDee Woodbury and Tracy Kaestner $325 fee includes a handout and loom use, it does not include materials for project.
Learn the basics of weaving on inkle loom - get to know the inkle loom, the best fibers to use and how to read an inkle pattern. You will weave a sample piece. Please bring 1 stick shuttle, inkle loom and note taking supplies. If you do not own an inkle loom the Guild House has inkle looms for sale or rent.
Fee includes materials for your sample project. Instructor : Donna Sanner
Have you wanted to try out weaving? Knitters and spinners this is a great stash buster. Rigid heddle looms are an easy and inexpensive way to try weaving. Everything including the loom you will use is provided for this class, just come ready to have fun! Students will dress the loom and begin weaving a scarf or table runner in class. Looms will be checked out and weaving will be completed at home.
Fee includes materials for sampler and loom rental. Instructor: D'Anne Craft
In this class you will learn to spin beginning with a drop spindle and advancing to a spinning wheel. Participants will learn the basics of producing yarn from prepared wool. Drop spindles and wheels will be available to use during class and can be rented outside of class.
Fee includes materials fee for spinning fiber. Instructor: Lynn Williams
Do you have a spinning problem you want to work on? Having a problem with your wheel? Did someone give you a charkha and you don't know what to do with it? Want to polish up a certain fiber or technique?
If you have a problem we can help you with it. Bring your problem and your wheel to our ongoing "spin doctor is in" session.
Guild wheels are available for rental.
Have you always wanted to spin cotton? Been intimidated by the idea that it is too difficult? Well, it isn't too difficult, it just isn't wool. We will play with cotton in different forms and will investigate the different techniques used to spin them successfully. We hope that by the end of class you will be able to spin from a point and draft one-handed, useful techniques for spinning all short fibers.
Intermediate spinning skills helpful; ability to spin wool required. Bring a wheel or inquire about using a guild wheel. Fee $50 , includes materials Instructor: Connie Elliott
You have taken the plunge and learned to spin on a spindle and spinning wheel. You get it, sort of, but it is still kind of rough. Come to this class and we will fine tune your spinning. We will talk about drafting styles, hand positions, different fiber preparations, plying and you will get some spinning miles under your belt.
For beginning spinners, you need to have learned how to spin, at least the basics. Bring a wheel or inquire about using a guild wheel. Fee includes materials Instructor: Lynn Williams
Did you recently get a tapestry loom, or have one that’s been sitting around for a long time waiting for you to get to it? This one day class will focus on warping your tapestry loom, and then provide a brief overview of some basic skills. These will include: keeping your edges straight, bubbling in the yarn, dealing with slits, stopping and starting colors, and avoiding common mistakes. There will be some weaving in the class, once you get your loom warped, but most of the class will be simple demonstrations. Participants will leave with a warped loom and have an idea of what to do for a beginning sampler. For the Class: You need to bring your loom (we have a few for sale, ask if interested), and a strong cotton yarn – enough to do a 4 inch warp with a sett of 8 ends per inch using a continuous warp. You’ll also need enough additional yarn to make heddles. There will be some yarns available for in-class weaving, but if you have yarns you want to use, bring those. We do have pre-owned tapestry looms that can be purchased or rented. Rigid heddle looms will also work. instructor: Blaine Davis
Available Qty: 2
Come and Dye Day - Protein Fibers
Bring skeined yarn, a wound warp or fabric, whatever takes your fancy to add a little color to. We will be using Lansaset dyes, a type of acid dye, which can be used on protein fibers (animal fibers, silk, wool). We will apply the dyes with either a brush or in ziploc baggie (no immersion dyeing). Come prepared to have a colorful day!
Fee includes dyeing supplies Instructor: Tracy Kaestner
Available Qty: 8
Come and Dye Day - Fiber Reactive Dyes
Bring skeined yarn, a wound warp or fabric, whatever takes your fancy to add a little color to. We will be using Fiber Reactive Dyes, which can be used on both protein (wool, silk, animal fibers) or cellulose fibers (cotton, tencel, bamboo). We will apply the dyes with either a brush or in a ziploc baggie (no immersion dyeing). Come prepared to have fun!
Fee includes dyeing supplies Instructor: Tracy Kaestner
Available Qty: 5
Saturday Project Weaving
Designed to be the next step after a beginning weaving class, or as a refresher class. Students will plan and weave a project of either two towels, one scarf or a color gamp. On Day one students will plan their project and return the next class to wind warps and dress their looms. Topics covered will include dressing your loom back to front, project planning and tips for good weaving practices.
Fee includes includes loom rental, material costs not included. Instructor: DeeDee Woodbury and Tracy Kaestner
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