Learn to Design Weaving with Fiberworks Software

Difficulty:  Beginning to Advanced
Thursdays, October 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, 2022
7-9pm
Deadline to enroll: Fri Oct 14

Class will be held online – details on how to attend will be sent by email 

Taught by Jen Weber

Course Overview

Are you still doing your weaving drawdowns with a pencil and paper? Then it’s time to trade in that pencil for a computer mouse!  Learn to save time and explore endless drafting possibilities using the weaving design software Fiberworks PCW.   Many weavers find design software intimidating or hard to learn on their own.   Just like learning a musical instrument, software is a skill that is best honed by practicing.  This class is to designed to help you learn this powerful tool by practicing with it together. 

Over multiple sessions, Jen will demonstrate the software tools, from the basics of file management and editing tools through the most powerful design features like block substitution, parallel threading, and network drafting.   There will be numerous examples for everyone to work on along with the instructor during each class, as well as suggested weekly assignments for further practice in between sessions.  Join us, and build the confidence to take your weaving designing to the next level using your computer, and ditch that pencil forever!

Maximum number of participants: Zoom has a limit of 100 participants

Student Requirements

All experience levels are welcome.  You will need a computer with either the Bronze or Silver edition of Fiberworks PCW 4.2.  Trial editions are free to use forever, but cannot save or print, and are found at  http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com/.  Both Mac and PC versions are available.  The demonstrations will be using the PC version, although the differences between the versions will be explained.

About the Artist

Jen has been a fiber arts addict since the early 2000s.  Her background in mathematics heavily influences her love of patterns in all of her pursuits.  While she teaches weaving, spinning, and dyeing, her true passion of Japanese temari was discovered in 2011.  Jen is an active member of various weaving and fiber arts guild, Complex Weavers, and the Japanese Temari Association (JTA).  

Her studies pursuing the certified temari teacher status (Shihan Level 3) through the JTA will finish up in the Summer of 2022. Her original creations have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the Akita National Temari Competition in Japan, in which she was awarded the Governer’s Prize in 2019.   

Jen is always looking to expand her own knowledge of fiber-related fields, but above all, her passion is for teaching.  She strives to make “heavy” topics understandable for all of her students, and to provide them with the techniques and skills necessary to continue exploring their fiber passions.  Her pet peeve is hearing people say they “can’t do something” before they even try, and her mission is to spread the addiction of fiber arts.  Oh… and she REALLY loves bunnies.

Artist’s website:  www.temaritwins.com

Free to WGGB members – Bonus Workshop!

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