This is an in-person workshop
Deborah Silver has literally ‘written the book’ on Split Shed weaving, a technique which allows you to achieve curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a 4-shaft loom with no special equipment. In this workshop, students will create multiple combinations of weave structures using only four shafts and a straight threading. Only tie-ups and treadling are changed between samples. Students will experiment with combinations of twills, summer and winter, double weave, Han damask, taqueté and more! Woven samples include continuous, complementary, and supplementary wefts, as well as wefts which combine to produce shading for pictorial weaving. Students will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating.
Floor looms are preferable, with jack looms allowing the easiest treadling. Direct tie-up and table looms may also be used. Looms will need to be pre-warped. Students will provide their own weft yarns (instructor will email samples of acceptable yarn types). Students will also need three 10” – 14” flat shuttles and one other shuttle of their choosing that will be comfortable to use with an 8 to 9-inch wide warp.
Although students will not be able to complete all of the samples in class, they will leave with the ability to complete them at home with all of the drafts and instructions.
Deborah Silver is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She discovered her love of weaving while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in Fiber and minoring in Drawing. Currently, Deborah designs and explores her art using the split-shed weaving technique. With this method, Deborah has transformed traditional patterns into a signature a method of hand-weaving. All horizontal yarns travel from selvedge to selvedge, differentiating this fabric from tapestry.
Deborah’s weavings have been shown in numerous local and national juried exhibitions. In 2015, she received a Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Fellowship award. In 2017, she received third prize in the ARTneo national juried competition. In 2018, she received the Complex Weavers Award and First Place at Complexity 2018. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
Deborah is the author of The Technique of Split-shed Weaving, a book that illustrates pictorial weaving using a split shed on four shaft looms. She also lectures and teaches workshops on split-shed weaving. She is married to the painter, Patrick Haggerty. They live happily in a home with too little wall space and too many cats in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
For more information see her website at: https://www.deborahsilverstudio.com/home