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Classes are at Guild House, Art Square Studios II at 2327 Commerce, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77002

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Dye and Print : Scarves, Banners and Table Runners
Dye and Print : Scarves, Banners and Table Runners
Using two widths of silk scarves, create layers of dyed and printed silks, which are easily transformed onto a wooden hanger for a wall hanging or with minimal stitching a table runner. You can also create scarves to wear!
We start the class using 12" x 14" silks to understand the process of dyeing and printing. Using silk charmeuse we will dye to create a background pattern of your choice. While that dries, we'll play with silk organza. It is amazing! Despite being sheer, it is easy to print and paint on.
The next phase of class is creating on silk scarves. We will be using a wide silk charmeuse, then your choice of a second scarf, a narrower silk charmeuse, organza or a fun jacquard pattern.
Whether you create a banner, table runner, or scarves to wear, you will learn to dye silks, print imagery and add details with paints.

$60 Kit fee due to instructor the day of class - Kit includes notebook with instructions, tips and supply sources, 2 silk scarves, silk to learn on, silkscreens for printing, paint brush and palette, putty knife, foam brushes. Use of dyes, paints, fleece and anything else you need!

Instructor: Ginny Eckley - www.fabricpaintings.com - www.makescreens.com

Available Qty: 5
Price: $180.00
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Weaving Classes

Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving
Introduction to Rigid Heddle Weaving
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

Available Qty: 6
Price: $90.00
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Rigid Heddle, Too: Plethora of Pickup
Rigid Heddle, Too: Plethora of Pickup
Are you ready to explore what you can do next on the rigid heddle loom? This one day class requires that you pre-warp your rigid heddle loom with 3/2 cotton (available at the Guild House). Using a pick-up stick allows you to create a variety of lace patterns. The instructor will guide you through a variety of finger manipulated weaves as well. These techniques translate to the floor loom as well. Join us in this intermediate class.
Fee includes perle cotton for sampler and a pick up stick; students need to bring their loom. Loom rental is $10 per month. Let us know if you need a loom.
Instructor: DeeDeeWoodbury

Available Qty: 6
Price: $100.00
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Tapestry - Basics
Tapestry - Basics
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 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.
Rigid heddle looms will also work.
instructor: Blaine Davis
Available Qty: 2
Price: $75.00
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Spinning Classes

Spinning: Next Steps
Spinning: Next Steps
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: Connie Elliott

Available Qty: 6
Price: $50.00
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The Spin Doctor is In
The Spin Doctor is In
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.
Spin Doctor – Connie Elliott

Available Qty: 3
Price: $30.00
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Fun with Plying
Fun with Plying
You’ve learned to spin and are accumulating handspun yarn singles. Great! In this class we will learn how to ply those singles. We will first learn to make a balanced 2-ply yarn, keeping it consistent and finishing it properly. We will discuss why we ply and what the basic rules are. We can also explore plying multiple singles, chain plying, and making cables.
For beginning to intermediate spinners: You need to have learned to spin and have familiarity with spinning on a wheel. Bring extra bobbins, a lazy kate and niddy noddy. Bring your own wheel or make arrangements to use a guild wheel. Fee includes materials.
Instructor: Connie Elliott

Available Qty: 6
Price: $50.00
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Learn to Spin
Learn to Spin
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
Available Qty: 3
Price: $50.00
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Other Fiber Arts Classes

Bookbinding - Longstitch
Bookbinding - Longstitch
In this class, Participants will learn how to bind their own journal or sketchbook using long-stitch. Once mastered, long-stitch can be translated to any material, even fabric. In the firs session we will create the covers and fold the signatures, and in class two, will bind everything together. Students may also experiment with weaving between the binding, creating a unique look to the binding. Good for all skill levels.
Material fee of $40 due first day of class - includes book binding kit of 2 binding needles, 1 heavy duty awl, 1 bone folder (small), 1" brush for glue, 1 glue container, 1 brayer. If you do not need the kit the fee is $20 for pva glue, waxed paper, decorative paper, paper for signatures (interior of book), book board, waxed linen thread .
Instructor: Molly Koehn
Available Qty: 6
Price: $100.00
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Christmas in July, Celestial Orbs
Christmas in July, Celestial Orbs
This class will encompass the ancient techniques of basket weaving combined with Japanese materials to create a contemporary item. These orbs have been used for decorations at holidays, hung in windows and placed in containers to be displayed year round. The students will receive all needed materials to create one 2 1/2" orb together with a printed pattern that will give instructions on ways to create variations on the design woven during the time spent in class. The instructor originated this design over twenty years ago and has been weaving the orbs and teaching the technique to individuals ever since.
Fee $90, Materials fee of $15 due to instructor at class.
Instructor: Lynn Gammon

Available Qty: 9
Price: $90.00
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Eco Printing
Eco Printing
Eco-printing is a natural dye process that uses leaves to create prints on fabric. The leaves are bundled tightly in the fabric, and the bundle is then steamed. This process creates almost exact prints on the fabric from the leave's pigment. This workshop will go over techniques to get the best print possible and will also cover mordanting to create color variations. Participants will experiment with printing on silk blend and are encouraged to bring other materials to work with.
$25 materials fee due to the instructor the day of class. Materials fee includes 2 yards raw silk, 1 yard silk organza, 1 crepe de chine scarf.
Instructor: Molly Koehn

Available Qty: 10
Price: $75.00
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Introduction to Inkle Weaving
Introduction to Inkle Weaving
Learn the basics of weaving on the 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 6" 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
Available Qty: 7
Price: $90.00
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Indigo Dye Day with Connie Elliott
Indigo Dye Day with Connie Elliott
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: 8
Price: $90.00
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Come and Dye Day - Protein Fibers
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: 5
Price: $80.00
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Come and Dye Day - Fiber Reactive Dyes
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
Price: $75.00
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Guild House Policies:
Cancellation policy – To receive a full refund written notification to tkweaver1@gmail.com must be received 2 weeks prior to the first day of the class. No refunds will be issued after 2 weeks prior to the first day of class unless there is someone on the waiting list to replace you. There will be a $10 processing fee on all refunds requested by a student.
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Non-Attendance – Please notify the teacher of the class 48 hours prior to the class if you will be unable to attend a class as a courtesy to the teacher.
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Materials Fee – Most classes have a materials fee in addition to the class fee. This will be collected on the first day of class by the teacher. Please be prepared to pay with cash or a check.