Turning a beiderwand draft creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one-shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures. In this online workshop, participants will warp a loom using one of three different methods for supplementary warps. Video tutorials about each method will be provided ahead of time with drafts and warping instructions. Live lectures and demos will guide participants through Beiderwand basics, turning a draft and adapting tie-up and treadling to weave at least 10 different structures. Between live sessions, participants will weave samples and post photos on a photo sharing/discussion group. Final session includes a live tour of the posted photos, with participants discussing their results. For 6, 8, or 12 shafts.
Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. She has been teaching since 2006, when she discovered how much she enjoyed sharing what she has learned with other weavers. Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence, Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association’s Workshop Weekend, Midwest Weavers Conference, Intermountain Weavers Guild Conference and Florida Tropical Weavers Conference. She is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and graduated in May 2013 from Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program. An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine, its allied publications and Heddlecraft ®.
“Exploring infinite ways to create patterned textiles at the loom drives my fascination with weaving. I am drawn to intricate structural interlacements, but am thrilled when simple combinations of structure, color and texture yield beautiful, complex-looking woven designs. I insist my garments and accessories feel as luxurious as they look and am on a continuing quest for fibers and techniques to achieve that result. For me, learning is as exciting as creating, and my desire to share that learning through instruction and writing will be a primary focus of my continued development.”