Workshops


Flax Plant to Linen Cloth

Cassie Dickson

September 30 – October 2, 2017

Students will learn 18th-century methods of processing the flax plant to linen cloth by using the actual tools: flax brake, scutching tools, and hackles. Growing and retting the plant will be discussed. Students will learn how to dress a distaff, spin the fiber to linen thread, and weave a sample of linen cloth on a loom. Several table looms will be provided already threaded to experience the weaving process.

Cassie Dickson is a traditional pattern weaver who specializes in the weaving of coverlets and the processing of the flax plant to linen cloth. She has been spinning, weaving, and natural dyeing for over 40 years. She has raised silk worms for the past 26 years and processes silk cocoons to silk fabric. Recent teaching experience and presentations include the New England Flax and Linen Symposium 2016, John C. Campbell Folk School and the 2015 Southeast Fiber Forum.

Instructor: Cassie Dickson
Dates: Saturday, September 30 - Monday, October 2
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Howard County Arts Council
Skill level: Intermediate: must know how to spin and use the wheel.
Equipment: Spinning wheel or spindle. Additional supply list will be provided after registration.
Cost: $225 + $45 materials fee ($100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space; balance is due on the first day of the workshop.)
Questions: Deborah Herrin, dcherrin@hotmail.com

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All Tied UpJette Vandermeiden

Vette Vandermeiden

November 4 - 6, 2017

The tie-up is your best friend! Thread the loom with one versatile threading and learn how to re-arrange your tie-up so you can weave many, many different structures and projects without re-threading. Discover how integrated twills, layered double weave, summer and winter, plaited twill, breaks and recesses, M's and O's, waffle weave and so many others can all be woven with small changes to the tie-up.

Instructor: Jette VandermeidenJette Vandermeiden
Dates: Saturday, November 4, - Monday, November 6
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Howard County Arts Council
Cost: $250 + $5 materials fee. ($100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space; balance is due on the first day of the workshop.)
Skill level: Basic weaving skills required; must be able to warp your own loom.
Equipment: 8-shaft loom dressed according to instructions. A complete list of supplies and instructions will be sent upon approximately 2 months prior to the workshop.
Questions: Deborah Herrin, dcherrin@hotmail.com

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