Lectures and Programs

The Accidental Fiber Artist
In this light-hearted program Barbara presents her journey from national park ranger to circuit rider teacher of weaving and ply-split braiding. She shows her earliest fiber art and progresses to her present award-winning work, with a lot of interesting and humorous stops along the way. Appropriate for conference talks and general audiences of varied interests.

A Fiber Artist's Mailbox
Some things just can't be sent by e-mail. Fiber artists' and weavers' greeting cards are special gems, and many examples from a large collection are shown in this lecture. Suggestions for materials, card design, and construction will be given. Audience members are encouraged to bring handwoven or other fiber art cards to display. Appropriate for all levels and interests.

Design Tricks
This user-friendly discussion of color theories, proportion, and coordination of design elements will encourage weavers to go beyond the recipe and develop their own personal weaving style. Many examples will be shown, and for groups of 25 or less a hands-on color exercise can be included for an additional fee. Appropriate for all levels and interests.

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Ply-Splitting: The New Old Fiber Art
This program introduces an unusual, portable fiber technique to weavers, basket makers, braiders, and other fiber enthusiasts. Instead of elements moving over and under or around each other, in ply-split braiding four-ply cords move through each other to create pieces that are dense and durable. Discover how a simple handheld tool allows you to create shaped bands, tubes, baskets, and flat pieces. Many examples will be shown. Appropriate for all levels and interests.

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Peter and Gustav 
Peter Collingwood brought ply-splitting to fiber enthusiasts with his comprehensive book, The Techniques of Ply-Split Braiding. Gustav Hermann Oelsner's A Handbook of Weaves is a staple in the libraries of many weavers. Suppose the two gentlemen bridged time and met for dinner. Imagine their conversation .... This program introduces ply-splitting from drawdowns and proves that, even if you have a four-shaft loom, you can enjoy Oelsner's multi-shaft drafts and put them to use in ply-split designs. Many examples will be shown. Appropriate for those who have some interest in ply-splitting and learning how two fiber arts can come together.

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Multiple Warp Design
Why be restricted to only one warp? A second (or even third) warp can be used in many different ways to embellish a cloth. From stripes to networked designs, from large scale patterns to tiny dots, this lecture will convince weavers that the extra time spent in warping is worth the effort. Examples will be available for viewing. Appropriate for experienced weavers.

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What's In a Name Block?

Name drafting allows weavers to design commemorative motifs without the appearance of actual letters. Learn the mechanics of name drafting in overshot and other weave structures, and satisfy that urge for sentimentality with sophistication. Appropriate for experienced weavers.

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