Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild

 

Classes



Class Descriptions

Click on the title of a class or on the Registration link to the left to register. Class times and dates can also be found in the schedules or the calendar.

All classes are taught in Room 1 at the North DeKalb Cultural Center—5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta--unless otherwise noted. Click here for a map and directions.

Some classes may require use of open studio time to complete class projects.

OPEN STUDIO:

ROOM 1 IS AVAILABLE FOR OPEN STUDIO TIME DURING TIMES WHEN THERE ARE NO CLASSES SCHEDULED OR WHEN ROOM 1 IS RESERVED FOR PREPARING LOOMS FOR WORKSHOPS.  PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR TO VERIFY IF ROOM 1 IS AVAILABLE.

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Beginning and Intermediate

Floor Loom Weaving - DAY

Have fun learning to weave on a floor loom for personal use or for gifts. Beginners will learn the entire process of handweaving from the cone of yarn to finished cloth. In addition to weaving a project, you will create a notebook of samples for use in future projects. This class will assist you in working toward a clear understanding of the weaving process. Returning students will have the option of a project of their own choosing or the specific weaving technique of the quarter.  8 Weeks.

Instructors: Ann Doherty and Kay Guilmet

Day: Wednesday
Time: 10 am - 12:30 pm
Dates: Sept 23 – Nov 18, 2015

Tuition: $165 CHG members/$185 non-members
Supply Fee:  $20

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Beginning and Intermediate

Floor Loom Weaving - NIGHT

Have fun learning to weave on a floor loom for personal use or for gifts. Beginners will learn the entire process of handweaving from the cone of yarn to finished cloth. In addition to weaving a project, you will create a notebook of samples for use in future projects. This class will assist you in working toward a clear understanding of the weaving process. Returning students will have the option of a project of their own choosing or the specific weaving technique of the quarter.  8 Weeks.

Instructors: Ann Doherty and Kay Guilmet

Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dates: Sept 23 – Nov 18, 2015

Tuition: $165 CHG members/$185 non-members
Supply Fee:  $20

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Weaving Introduction: Weave a Scarf

Let your first weaving project be a
beautiful scarf. In this introduction to weaving, learn to prepare the loom for
weaving and create a lacy wool scarf using a crammed-and-spaced technique.
Discussions focus on equipment usage, fibers, and basic project planning. No prior weaving experience is required.

This class is approved for Georgia Department of Education PLU credit.

Prerequisite: None.

Instructors: Kathi Grupp

Days: Saturday – Sunday
Time: 9 am - 5pm
Dates: October 24-25, 2015

Tuition:  $150 CHG member/$170 Non-member
Supply Fee:  $25

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Improvisational Weaving

Come play and have fun learning to go with the flow as you weave on a pre-warped rigid heddle loom. You will learn techniques with which you can design as you go. The loom with be warped with black cotton warp. You may bring your own weft yarn or use those supplied by the instructor. This Saori inspired weaving will help bring out your inner designer. You will take home your own unique weaving.

Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: Dinah Rose

Time: 10-1pm
Date: Saturday, Sept 19, or Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Tuition:  $35 CHG member/$40 Non-member
Supply Fee: $15 includes use of instructors pre-warped loom and weft yarns.
Supplies needed from student: None
Minimum class size/Maximum class size: Min 3 Max 6

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Inkle Weaving - Beginner

Interested in weaving? Come try Inkle weaving! Fast, portable and fun, Inkle bands are woven on a small narrow loom. These colorful bands can be used for guitar straps, camera straps, shoelaces, belts, dog collars, small purses and clothing embellishment. Class time will be spent learning to make heddles, warping the loom, and weaving. Demonstrations will cover warping, beginning weaving, how to make buttonholes, weaving a cord vs. a flat band and how to finish a band. There will be plenty of samples to look at for ideas for future projects!1 Day.

Prerequisite:  None.

Instructors:  Ann Doherty, and Carol Weber

Time: 10 am - 4pm
Date: TBD – if interested, contact chg.registrar@gmail.com

Tuition:  $65 CHG members / $75 non-members
Supply Fee:  $5

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Introduction to Card Weaving

Try a hands-on introduction to the ancient art of card weaving. Learn about this fascinating form of weaving created by turning, flipping and rotating four-hole square cards to produce woven magic. Because of the speed warping technique, you will produce a complete sampler in just one class.  1 Day.

Prerequisite:  None.

Instructor:  Susan Gilmurray

Day: Saturday
Time: 10am - 3pm
Date: October 10, 2015

Tuition:  $30 CHG members/$40 non-members
Supply Fee:  $25 includes weaving board, cards, belt shuttle and thread
Supplies: Bring a pair of scissors and a pencil.

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Looks Complicated Card Weaving

If you enjoyed “Introduction to Card Weaving” and are ready for more twisty tricks, this class is for you. Besides turning, flipping and rotating, you will learn to move the cards between forward and backward packs to produce double sided patterns.  1 Day.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Card Weaving.

Instructor:  Susan Gilmurray

Day: Saturday
Time: 10am - 3pm
Date: November 7, 2015

Tuition:  $30 CHG members/$40 non-members
Supply Fee: None
Supplies:  Bring a pair of scissors and materials from the first class.

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Design Intensive:  Approaching Design Step by Step

How do you come up with an idea for a new textile or mixed media piece (such as a weaving, a quilt, a collage or embroidery)?  Once you have an idea, how do you develop and refine it into a pleasing and workable design?  (Even if you think you can’t draw?)  How can you use the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to evaluate your artwork, in progress and once it’s finished?  These are the questions we’ll address in this workshop through lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises.  We’ll delve into how you can break away from making work according to others’ patterns and start using your own unique voice.  By the end of the class you’ll have your own design and a process and vocabulary you can use again and again no matter what your fiber medium.  If you missed this class at Fiber Forum in April, now’s your chance!

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Day: Fridays
Time: 10am - 2pm
Dates: July 17, July 24, July 31, 2015

Tuition:  $225 CHG members / $245 non-members
Supply Fee: $20 for 30+ handouts, color wheel and grayscale, and use of instructor's supplies
Supplies needed from student: sketchbook with unlined paper (at least 8 ½" x 11"), color magazines and other paper scraps for collage, gluestick, x-acto or utility knife, small cutting mat or stack of newspapers, colored pencils, scissors for fabric and paper, photos or other source of inspiration (optional)
Minimum/Maximum class size: 4/15

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Design Kickstarters

This half-day workshop will get you working in your sketchbook and generating ideas right away. No matter what kind of artwork you do, you’ll find that a sketchbook or visual journal can be a valuable resource and guide on your artistic journey. We’ll do several different quick and fun exercises designed to get some ideas down on paper and to acquaint you with a few of the key Elements of Art and Principles of Design (no prior drawing experience needed). You’ll walk out with a toolbox of strategies and activities you can use in those moments when you are stumped about the way forward in your work.

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Day: Saturday
Time: 10am - 1pm
Dates: Sept. 26 OR Sat. Oct. 31, 2015
Number of days/weeks class will meet: 1

Tuition:  $60 CHG members/$70 non-members
Supply Fee: $5 for handouts and use of instructor's supplies
Supplies needed from student: sketchbook with unlined paper (at least 8 ½” x 11”), color
magazines and other paper scraps for collage, gluestick, x-acto or utility knife,
small cutting mat or stack of newspapers, colored pencils, scissors for fabric and paper.

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Spinning 101

Why spin your own yarn? 1) You can design your finished
project starting from the very beginning, with your yarn design; 2) You can create a unique yarn that can’t be found anywhere unique yarn that can’t be found anywhere else; 3) You can create the yarn you have in mind for your project, but can’t find; 4) It’s fun, relaxing (once you know how), and cool! This two day class will start with a discussion of different types of fiber preparations and fiber selection, then we’ll learn how to draft fibers, spin on a hand spindle and a spinning wheel, ply and finish our yarn, and talk about how to store it. Students who bring their own spinning wheels should make sure they’re in good working order.

Prerequisite: None. Beginning spinners are welcome.

Instructor:  Annie Hall

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10:00 - 5:00 includes a lunch hour
Dates: November 14-15, 2015
Class limit: 6 so everyone can get hands-on instruction.

Tuition:  CHG Member $120 / Non-member $140
Supply Fee:  $25
Supplies: spinning wheel, (optional - cotton cards, ball winder, niddy noddy)

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Fabric Painting 3 Ways

Explore surface design with three kinds of fabric paint in one session: Neocolor II watercolor crayons, Shiva Paintstiks oil sticks, and Dye-na- Flow silk paints. We’ll experiment with these media using stamps, stencils, rubbings, resists and other techniques on both cotton and silk fabrics. You’ll leave with a collection of patterned fabrics that you can use in a whole range of projects, and you get to take home starter sets of each type of paint!

Prerequisite: None.

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Days: Saturday
Time: 10:00 - 2:00
Dates: October 3, 2015

Tuition:  CHG Member $60 / Non-member $70
Supply Fee:  $60 includes starter sets of each kind of paint and use of other supplies.
Supplies: 2 yards tightly woven white cotton, 1 yard tightly woven black
cotton, 1/4 yard printed cotton that you dislike (all cottons should be prewashed
and cut into manageable rectangles about 12” – 15” on one side); 1 yard
lightweight china silk, prewashed and cut into size that will fit in your hoop or
frame; quilting or embroidery hoop or frame at least 12” across; one roll masking tape; old toothbrush. Students should wear old clothes or a smock.

 

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