Where: Aptos Village Park Clubhouse
When: Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesday, April 10 in the afternoon after Guild meeting until 4 p.m.
Skill Level: Participants at least need to be familiar with their looms and confident with plainweave but the work will also extend experienced weavers who may have experience with weft twining.
Fees: $200 Materials Fee: $30
In the workshop, Wendy introduces us to sapma and thrima, the weaving techniques used to create the single-faced fabrics of Bhutan. We'll explore traditional motifs, then begin to combine the 5 basic stitches to create our own designs. In Bhutan, fine silk threads are used, but we'll start with larger threads to learn the basics.
Wendy has adapted this warp-faced weaving to American weavers' preference for floor looms. But if you're a proficient backstrap weaver, Wendy has agreed to mix the two just for our workshop.
In the month before the workshop Wendy will send participants warping instructions. You'll need time to warp because a warp-faced structure is dense. At the workshop, Wendy provides a wealth of written information, plus many garments, samples, and slides.
About the Speaker: Wendy Garrity has a lifelong involvement with crafts and textiles, and a fascination with the traditional textiles of Asia. In 2010-2013 she took a career break to pursue her interest in textiles, women’s empowerment and grassroots development, combining volunteering and travel is Asia and South and Central America. Living in Bhutan for a year, she had the privilege of learning to weave kushutara, the intricate supplementary weft brocade used for women’s festival dress, as well as travelling across the country to explore other Bhutanese textile traditions. She adapted the techniques to western looms in order to share them with western weavers. She documents traditional textile techniques at textiletrails.com.au
Class Limit: 12 THIS CLASS IS FULL
Contact : Mibs Somerville