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Accent Designs for Clothing and Home Furnishings: An introduction to Multiple Techniques

May 8

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5/8/2009 9:36 AM  RssIcon

I held a hand-on workshop for weavers in the latter part of April 2009. This three day class for intermediate and advanced 4 shaft loom weavers was held at the Beacon of Hope facilities in Ongata Rongai, Kenya. The number of participants was limited to the number of looms available so we had a total of 8 participants.

This class was in direct response to requests by weavers as to how they could make their pieces unique, how could they mark their fabrics so that one would know this was their original work, not that of someone who copied them. I designed this class to included both theory and hand woven samples.

Participants rotated to different looms, weaving samples of all the techniques taught. The weavers discovered they could create isolated areas of pattern and color and therefore control the design in specific areas of their cloth. This skill opened the possibilities of having more control over their final product. The techniques taught and samples made were in weft inlay, freeform brocade, freeform overshot, freeform twill, Theo Moorman, and freeform huck lace weaves. Six techniques and variations within each technique were introduced in three days.

In the last few hours of class, we removed the samples from the looms and analyzed them. Each weaver then inserted his/her sample into the notebooks provided so they could each have a permanent record of the techniques learned. I know for sure that at least one weaver has now incorporated some of these techniques in her work she sells.

 

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