Wonderful Weaving Workshops

Betz Frederick and Linda Wade are gathering info and schedules for potential workshops in this guild year. We are working to bring Deborah Silver in March through the “traveling teacher” program of the Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners Guilds. Deborah teaches a split-shed weaving technique that has a tapestry-like effect, woven on a harness loom (

February 2019 – Julie McLaughlin, Papermaking. Julie is an Artist-in-Residence at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. She makes large sheets of paper (some as large as 6’ x 9’) and uses them in both sculptural pieces and wearable garments. “The large sheets I make are fairly thin, yet strong and fluid, much like a woven textile, and can be easily manipulated with dye using Shibori and Joomchi techniques.”

We will have a 2-day workshop with Julie, hosted by Karla Elling. More details will be in the November newsletter, but meantime, check out Julie’s gallery:

March 21-23, 2019 – Deborah Silver, Split-Shed Weaving Workshop.

“Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. Weave curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a four-shaft loom with no special equipment. In this three-day workshop, students will learn to weave multiple combinations of weave structures using only four shafts and a straight threading. Students will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating.”

Deborah’s technique looks very much like tapestry but is woven on a harness loom (floor loom is faster, but table loom can also be used). She uses a biederwand threading for her portraits, but for this workshop, a straight threading will be used in order to experiment with 17 structures. Color blending will be addressed in the polychrome sample.

Registration deposits ($75) for members will be accepted at the November meeting.

Stay tuned for details.