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Weekend Workshops

 

Starting this winter, The Weaver's Croft will be offering hands-on workshops devoted to specific topics relevant to the weaving, spinning, dyeing, sewing, basket making and historic research.

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Willow Basket Making
Loom Basket & Wool Gathering Basket

taught by Bonnie Gale

We are honored to have the famed Bonnie Gale join us to teach a two day class on making a willow loom basket on
one day and a Scottish style wool gathering basket on the second.
Bonnie has been making and teaching willow basketry
for the past 40 years. She will bring her own locally grown willow to the class and all other materials will be provided.
Students can come to just one day or both and each project can be finished during the class.

Date:  June  8 - 9, 2024

Cost$200 plus materials for each day

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Willow Basket Making
Loom Basket & Wool Gathering Basket

taught by Bonnie Gale

We are honored to have the famed Bonnie Gale join us to teach a two day class on making a willow loom basket on
one day and a Scottish style wool gathering basket on the second.
Bonnie has been making and teaching willow basketry
for the past 40 years. She will bring her own locally grown willow to the class and all other materials will be provided.
Students can come to just one day or both and each project can be finished during the class.

Date:  June  8 - 9, 2024

Cost$200 plus materials for each day

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Handsewing - Stitches and Techniques 

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taught by Rebecca Ranta

Learn the basic stitches and techniques to construct textile objects by hand.

Date:  June 22, 2024   9 am - 5 pm with a break for lunch

Cost$150 materials icluded

Project Planning for Handspun Yarns

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taught by Abby Dove

Grow your understanding of project planning and utilize your handspun yarns for beautiful finished pieces in this one-day workshop covering- project planning for weaving from start to finish.
Project Planning for Handspun Yarns will include yardage calculating for weaving in handspun, understanding gauges, using color combinations and textures in complementary ways, the pros and cons of sampling, and handspun fabric finishing.  You will go home with a complete project plan suited to your unique spinning and weaving style, with room to keep growing independently for years.
If you already have a stash of handspun yarn, you are welcome to bring some along for planning purposes.  As this class is only a one-day workshop, spinning and weaving experience is required as most of the day will cover writing, discussion, and demonstrating pieces.
This workshop is the perfect addition for those taking either Abby's Intro to Spinning or Color Techniques in Spinning classes.

Dates: 

July 20, 2024   9 am - 5 pm with a break for lunch

Cost$150 

Distaff Spinning

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taught by Rebecca Ranta

Long before the invention of the spinning wheel and modern "drop" spindle, our ancestors spun both wool and flax with a distaff and hand spindle. Students will learn about the history of the distaff and hand spindle and then get an introduction to the use of this tool  

Dates: 

August 24, 2024   9 am - 12 pm

Cost$75 materials icluded

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