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

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 10 am - 12:30 pm
Dates: January 6 – March 2, 2016

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

Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dates: January 6 – March 2, 2016

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

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Beginning and 1st Steps in 4 Shaft Weaving

This class is for beginning (no experience at all) or those who have had minimal instruction and need some assistance in four shaft weaving. This is to be a small class, 2-6 students for those who learn best in a small, focused environment. Topics covered will be thinking about design, basic drafting, winding a warp and getting it on the loom, sampling, weaving a project (towels, napkins, placemats, etc) to learn basic weaving structure, weaving off the loom and finishing the project. Cotton yarn will be used. Registration is on a first come, first served basis

Prerequisite: None.

Instructors: Terri Bryson

Days: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dates: January 5 - March 1, 2016

Tuition:  $165 CHG Member /$185 Non-Member
Supply Fee:  $20

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Continuing Tapestry Techniques - DAY

Review warping copper pipe frame, hatching vs. hachure, weaving a circle, pick ‘n’ pick variations. Practice soumak horizontal, vertical and as outline, learn about lazy lines (weaving 2 or more bobbins of one color), pulled slits (using slits to create line), dovetail joins, highs and lows and tricks for creating smoother angles and lines.

Prerequisite: Must have completed Basic and Beyond classes

Instructor:  Nancy Dugger

Days: Thursdays
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date: Jan 28, Feb 11, and Feb 25, Mar 10, 2016 with Mar 24 reserved for make-up

Tuition: $95 CHG Member/$105 Non-Member
Supply Fee: $25
includes warp, weft, outline and frame loom
Supplies needed from student: scissors, pencil, enthusiasm.

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Continuing Tapestry Techniques - NIGHT

Review warping copper pipe frame, hatching vs. hachure, weaving a circle, pick ‘n’ pick variations. Practice soumak horizontal, vertical and as outline, learn about lazy lines (weaving 2 or more bobbins of one color), pulled slits (using slits to create line), dovetail joins, highs and lows and tricks for creating smoother angles and lines.

Prerequisite: Must have completed Basic and Beyond classes

Instructor:  Nancy Dugger

Days: Thursdays
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Date: Jan 28, Feb 11, and Feb 25, Mar 10, 2016 with Mar 24 reserved for make-up

Tuition: $95 CHG Member/$105 Non-Member
Supply Fee: $25
includes warp, weft, outline and frame loom
Supplies needed from student: scissors, pencil, enthusiasm.

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Inkle Weaving - Beginner

Inkle weaving is simple, fast, portable and fun.  Inkle bands can be used for bracelets, camera or guitar straps, dog collar or leash, trims, belts, a small purse, etc.  Beginner students will learn to warp an inkle loom and weave a sample.
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Prerequisite:  None.

Instructors:  Ann Doherty, and Carol Weber

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Date: February 13, 2016

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

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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: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Bring Lunch)
Date: January 23, 2016

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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Design Focus: Shape and Line

This module from Molly’s 3-day Design Intensive workshop focuses on using the basic building blocks of shape and line in developing a design for your next fiber project. Learn how lines and marks convey motion and emotion, and how shapes are determined both by your subject matter and by your fiber medium and techniques. Practice using line and shape with non-intimidating exercises in your sketchbook, and leave with a new awareness of these fundamental concepts.

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Bring Lunch)
Date: January 26, 2016

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, colored pencils, drawing pencils (optional), markers (optional), scissors for paper.

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Design Focus: Color and Value

This module from Molly’s 3-day Design Intensive workshop tackles two of the most confusing topics for many artists: color and value. We will look at them from a technical angle and an intuitive approach and discuss how both are useful. You’ll learn why value is always more important than color and how to design with value in mind from the start. You’ll do lots of exercises in your sketchbook and leave with expanded knowledge and more confidence in your choices.

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Bring Lunch)
Date: February 6, 2016

Tuition:  $60 CHG members/$70 non-members
Supply Fee: $12 (includes color wheel, value scale, handouts and use of instructor’s supplies.)
Supplies needed from student: sketchbook with unlined paper (at least 8-1/2” x 11” inches), color magazines and other paper scraps, 5 pieces of printed fabric scraps (optional), 3 sheets black construction paper, glue stick, colored pencils, optional graphite drawing pencils (variety of shades and hardness), scissors for paper and fabric.

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Design Focus: Composition

This module from Molly’s 3-day Design Intensive workshop is all about how to arrange shapes, lines, values and colors to make a pleasing and meaningful design for a fiber piece. How can you use a photograph for inspiration–and what pitfalls should you avoid? How do principles such as balance, contrast, and variety help you convey the meaning or emotion you have in mind?

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Bring Lunch)
Date: February 27, 2016

Tuition:  $60 CHG members/$70 non-members
Supply Fee: $5 (includes handouts and use of instructor’s supplies.)
Supplies needed from student: sketchbook with unlined paper (at least 8-1/2” x 11”), color magazines and other paper scraps, glue stick, colored pencils, optional graphite pencils (a variety if possible), scissors for paper, 2 pieces matboard or cardboard at least 8” square, x-acto or utility knife and cutting mat or stack of newspapers, ruler, optional photograph for inspiration.

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Pattern and Rhythm

This module focuses on two principles at the core of textile design: pattern and rhythm. Pattern can be defined simply as rhythmic repetition, but it can take an infinite number of forms and combinations. Discover how symmetry and asymmetry, scale, transparency, color and value can make for exciting patterns and how pattern can work for you in your chosen fiber medium. We will do a number of sketchbook exercises designed to deepen your understanding.

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Bring Lunch)
Date: March 26, 2016

Tuition:  $60 CHG members/$70 non-members
Supply Fee: $5 (includes handouts and use of instructor’s supplies.)
Supplies needed from student: sketchbook with unlined paper (at least 8-1/2” x 11”), tracing paper, graph paper, graphite pencils, colored pencils, colored magazines and other paper scraps, glue stick, XXX

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Design Process From Inspiration to Road Map

This module will walk you through the design process, starting with your spark of an idea—and where to find inspiration if you’re out of ideas. We’ll look at the twists and turns along the way, the research, samples and revisions that occur on the path toward a finished work of textile art. Learn how to make artistic decisions that come from your heart and your head—both your core idea or emotion and a grounding in the elements and principles of design. We’ll discuss how to evaluate a work in progress and how to deal with that inner voice that can be harshly critical. And then, once your piece is finished, how do you take what you’ve learned and move on to the next one? Maybe you have the start of a series! Come with a germ of an idea, leave with a road map for success

Instructor:  Molly Elkind

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Bring Lunch)
Date: February 16, 2016

Tuition:  $60 CHG members/$70 non-members
Supply Fee: $5 (includes handouts and use of instructor’s supplies.)
Supplies needed from student: sketchbook with unlined paper (at least 8-1/2” x 11”), photographs or other inspirations, graphite and (optional) colored pencils, optional: materials for collage or your preferred design materials.

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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 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 prior to class. Beginners are welcome. Class limited to 6 so everyone can get hands-on instruction.

Prerequisite: None. Beginning spinners are welcome.

Instructor:  Annie Hall

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10:00 - 5:00 includes a lunch hour
Dates: March 5 and March 6, 2016

Tuition:  CHG Member $120 / Non-member $140
Supply Fee:  $25

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Intermediate Spinning 201

So you have a spinning wheel and you’re making yarn, but you’re sure there’s more you could be doing, right? In this class we’ll work on moving beyond our first skeins to something a little more refined. We’ll try our hands at various drafting techniques and how they create different yarns, look at woolen and worsted spinning (and everything in between), discuss the properties of wool, learn to hand card, ply, make skeins, and finish and store them. Lots of hands on, lots of learning, lots of fun!

Prerequisite: Participants should have their own spinning wheel and be able to spin, even if it is just at a beginner level. .

Instructor:  Annie Hall

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 - 5:00 includes a lunch hour
Date: April 2, 2016

Tuition:  $90 CHG Member / Non-member $100
Supply Fee:  $15 which includes wool top, wool fleece, and a handout. Supplies: Students need to bring a spinning wheel (in good working order), wool cards (if you have them or can borrow them), usual spinning tools.

 

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