Crimp, Create, and Make!


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Instructor: Dianne Totten
Location: In-Person Workshop
Dates: April 1-2, 2023, 9:00am-4:30pm, Eastern Time Zone
June 3, 2023, 9:00am-4:30pm, Eastern Time Zone
Days: Saturday, Sunday (First part of workshop); Saturday (Second part of workshop)
Level: Advanced beginner (having a basic knowledge of drafting and ability to dress their loom) and beyond.
Maximum Participants: 11

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SKU: WKSP-2023-S Category:


This is an in-person workshop

We are very excited to be able to offer this sought after workshop in a format that is only possible because we are lucky enough to have Dianne Totten local to us.

This is an on-loom workshop taking fiber in a new direction by creating “crimp cloth.”  Using a variation of woven Shibori for either warp or weft, you will learn to create fabric with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed.  Apply this stash-busting technique to any threading and learn the thought process that will lead to endless possibilities for creating this magic cloth.  Learn how the fabric can be used for one-size-fits-all garments and for scarves and shawls that won’t fall off your shoulders.  See how permanently crimped pleating can replace knitted ribbing for a sweater or can add a knit look to the collar area of a jacket.  No dyeing is involved as with traditional handwoven shibori.

During the first 2 days of the 3-day workshop, April 1st and 2nd, participants will draft, weave, and crimp their samples, as well as make a plan for yardage for an actual garment.  The third day will be held on June 3rd when participants will bring their yardage and sewing machine to class to learn crimp garment construction.   This is a fabulous opportunity to not only learn a technique but also make the leap to applying that technique with support and guidance along the way.  We hope you will join us.

One-of-a-kind handwoven garments have been Dianne Totten’s main focus with emphasis on garments using “crimp cloth,” a technique she developed and teaches nationally/internationally for guilds and conferences. Dianne has been a weaver and workshop junkie for over 40 years and a teacher for twenty-five. Her award-winning work has appeared nationally and internationally. She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School in NC and for guilds and regional conferences in the US and Canada, and at Convergence. She has two crimp cloth DVD’s available and has been published in Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Handwoven, Weavers, Complex Weavers Journal, and Vävmagasinet, as well as Catherine Ellis’ book, Woven Shibori, Revised and Updated, IP, 2016.

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