Three-Day Dimensional Weaving with Fiber Artist Martina Celerin
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About the Event
Weaving Using Reclaimed and Recycled Materials
I will introduce participants to the idea of weaving with reclaimed and recycled materials. I’m drawn to this concept not only because it removes materials from the waste stream, but also because it broadens the base of textures and structures I’m able to incorporate. My weaving style does not follow the usual rules of tapestry creation and so participants will be asked to work outside of traditional weaving conventions. We will be using simple nail looms with pick-up sticks (batons) made from paint stirrers. Participants might want either to do some sketches and/or bring weaving ideas, or to just go-with-the-flow and let their piece evolve as they are weaving it. I will be describing weaving with multiple strands of yarn, mixing yarn types and weaving with non-conventional “yarns.” I will demonstrate the Soumak weave and encourage participants to incorporate at least some of this weave structure into their pieces – so that on Day 2 we have a base for the dimensional crochet. Participants can also experiment with incorporating yarn tufts into their work, as well as weaving with wire in order to add reclaimed beads and “beads” (i.e. anything with a hole through it!) into their pieces.
Embellishing a Weaving
We will begin the second day by introducing even more depth into the pieces by doing dimensional crochet. I will introduce the participants to additional strategies for embellishing the weavings including creating wet felted balls and noodles. Participants will be encouraged to do some wet felting using 3 different fibers (Shetland, Merino top, and Merino noils) to create simple wet felted structures that can be stitched onto their weaving creations. We will then shift to wrapping and participants will be able to create wire-enhanced yarn-covered structured that can be made into bendable solid tubes of variable diameter. Participants will also be able to embroider and stitch beads onto their weavings. Finally we will needle felt directly onto the weavings to appreciate the effect of smoothing and coating regions of the weavings.
Day 3 Needle Felting Sculptures for Weavings The focus of this last day will be needle felting, especially as it can be used to create free-standing creatures or objects that can be incorporated into a weaving. We will begin with a wet-felted base and then use needle felting to adjust the shape. We will use dyed wools and yarns to add color and detail to the evolving sculptures. Participants that are experienced in needle felting are welcome to make a sculpture of their choice. Newbies might want to begin with a decorative ball /ornament, while somewhat more advanced needle felters are welcome to make a whimsical bird. I will describe and facilitate each of the projects.
Workshop fee is $395 and includes all materials and lunch on all days (provided by Wool-ology). Loom used in class may be purchased for $35 payable to instructor on last day of class. Pre-registration is required for all classes/workshops. Please pay online at www.woolology.info or call or stop by shop. 413-350-5158
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