Showcasing Upcoming CHG Workshops

Robyn Spady

Saturday, April 18th – Sunday, April 19th, 9am-4pm

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All cloth has two sides, so why not make them as distinct and interesting as possible, even completely different? On as few as three shafts, it’s possible to weave versatile fabric that possesses completely different appearance on each side.  In this round robin style workshop, participants will be presented with numerous ways to achieve cloth with two different sides, including double faced twills, double faced overshot and stitched double cloth.  This workshop is a combination of four to eight shaft looms.

Level:  Intermediate to Advanced (and adventure seeking beginners)

Robyn Spady was introduced to handweaving as a baby with her handwoven baby blanket woven by her grandmother.  Inspired by her blankie, she learned to weave at a young age and has been weaving for over 40 years.   She completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE) in 2004 with the specialized study Loom controlled Stitched Double Cloth. Robyn is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads and loves coming up with new ideas to create fabric and transform it into something new and exciting.  She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four shaft weaves, uncommon and advances weave structures and passementerie techniques.   Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft magazine.


Winter 2020; January 18th – 20th.

Inge Dam has been weaving for 31 years and in 1992 completed an in-depth study for Ontario Handweavers and Spinners to become a Master Weaver. The subject of the study was Iron Age Textiles from Northern Europe (the Iron Age was from 500 B.C. – A.D. 800). In the course of the study she became interested in tablet (card) weaving.

In excavations of Iron Age sites in Northern Europe (particularly in peat bogs and graves), ancient textiles have been found with tablet woven borders. Through inspirations of these textiles, she now incorporates tablet weaving into her fabrics by weaving the tablet borders and bands simultaneously with the fabric on the loom. From her fabrics she creates shawls, jackets and coats. She also makes unique bags from leftover handwoven fabrics.

In 2013 she published a book Tablet-Woven Accents For Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses For Ancient Techniques. She has had the opportunity to travel throughout the US and Canada and enjoys sharing these techniques through workshops and seminars.


Color and Weaving with Deb Essen

September 12-13, 2020  

Picking the right colors in your weaving will make your textiles sing, but sometimes things don’t work out quite as we planned. Those colors looked so good together on the cones, what happened? During this two day class for rigid heddle and multi shaft looms, we deep dive into color theory and learn how to consistently create pieces that sing, create/use our own warps based on the color theory and weave samples in color and weave structures. 

Chasing Rainbows shows multiple color blending and Mini Pumpkins shows how different even Zoom Loom squares can look completely different by simply changing the proportion of two colors of yarns.

Focus on the Warp Kathrin Weber

January 16-18,2021


Weaving Expression in Weaving With Ruth Manning

April 17-19, 2021

Enjoy learning to construct a woven face using tapestry technique; once you begin weaving it may remind you of someone you know. We will focus on a few key elements that play a part in creating expression such as choice of weft, use of the slit, and shape making using “hills and valleys”. The instructor will be providing a wide range of wefts for use in the weaving, but you may want to think about what outfit your person will be wearing. Selections of bits and pieces from your stash are bound to add pizzazz, including handspun for hair and novelty yarns for clothes. All levels can find this workshop rewarding.

Duration: 2 ½, 3 days
Experience: All levels, basic knowledge of weaving helpful

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