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 (

Oh Bag It!

Trudy Johnson  will lead a sewing workshop constructing a small cosmetic/tool bag and a larger market bag on January 26 & 27, 2019 from 9am-4pm.  Starting with the cosmetic bag, you will learn about appropriate fabrics (handwoven or commercial), interfacing materials, how to line the bag and put in a zipper. For the larger bag, you will incorporate the skills learned earlier and customize with pockets, straps, trim, etc. 

Equipment required: sewing machine & usual sewing supplies (scissors, needles, pins or clips). Participants will be advised of materials they should bring including fabric, thread, batting, fabric stiffener, ornaments if desired (buttons, decorative threads, woven bands like kumihimo and/or inkle).

Here’s a chance to use some of your handwoven odds and ends (maybe a sampler from a previous workshop) or weave something specifically for the workshop. 

Workshop Registration Form Trudy Johnson

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:

Workshop Registration Form Julie McLaughlin

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

Break Out of Blocks with Split-Shed Weaving – Deborah Silver will teach a three-day workshop where the participants will 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).

We will use a straight threading and experiment with a 17 structures. Color blending will be addressed in the polychrome sample.  For more examples of her work see

Date of workshop: March 21, 22, 23, 2019, 9am-4pm
Place: East Mesa Christian Church, 706 S. Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ

Estimated Member Cost: $140-160 Register now to reserve your spot! $75 deposit payable at meeting or mail to: Linda Wade, 3716 S Jentilly Ln, Tempe, AZ 85282. Non-members: add $30
Download your registration form here:

Workshop Registration Form Deborah Silver