Summer Workshop Schedule 2018

Summer Schedule 2018.     Classes are in Date Order.    

Class sizes are limited so don’t delay if you want to join a workshop.


Traveling with Soumak          with Monica Setziol-Phillips

June 30, July 1  Sat/Sun      9am to 3pm     $100

Soumak is a Middle Eastern rug technique.  Perhaps best examples historically are found in tribal rugs, saddle bags, horse trappings.  It is primarily a wrapping technique of auxiliary threads on a ground weave base.

In this workshop we will explore traditional techniques as well as adaptations I have discovered in my work.  It provides a rich variety of textural possibilities.

Monica Setziol-Phillips






Spinning Workshops            Dianne Langtry             

July 14 and July 21, Saturday          10am to 3pm       Each day is $40 plus $5 materials

Spinning Workshops taught by Dianne Langtry are for beginning spinners and for those who would like to improve or change their spinning habits. Students will be able to proceed at their own pace while learning about worsted and woolen styles of spinning; spinning singles and plying; preparing wool for spinning by combing and carding. The goal is for each person to learn a style of spinning that feels comfortable and productive. Bring a lunch and a pair of socks so you can spin in stocking feet. Wheels can be provided for those who don’t have one. Dianne is an experienced spinner and teacher.

Spinning Workshop





Introduction to Navajo Weaving        Nikyle Begay

July 30 through August 3, Monday-Friday       9am to 4pm     $250 plus materials

Yá’át’eéh-Greetings, my name is Nikyle Begay. I am a Navajo weaver from Northeastern Arizona. When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother. Whether it was watching her weave or helping her with the sheep. When I was 13 and a freshman in High School, I began my own flock of sheep and attempted weaving on my own. My grandmother would always tell me in Navajo: “learn by watching me. I could try to explain every step and I will confuse you. Watch me once and you will remember for a lifetime.”

I apply this teaching to my weaving classes. Instead of serving books and paperwork, I prefer to work with each student until they fully understand the concepts of setting up their looms and warp.

In this class, I will engage the students with the knowledge of Navajo weaving passed down to me from my Grandmother. I will teach them a bit of our culture and stories about the loom and weaving. Students will also learn to spin the binding and edge cords, warp a small rug and learn the fundamentals of Navajo weaving.


Natural Dye Workshop: Cochineal and Walnut        Barbara Hitzemann/ Laurelen Jabbour

August 11 and 12, Saturday/Sunday  9am to 4pm   $80 plus $20 or $25 fee

Learn how to extract and use dyes from plants and insects in this two-day workshop.

Day 1: Students will learn the essentials of how to prepare the yarn for the dye bath, including skeining and the use of mordants.

Day 2: Students will dye their yarn with the natural dye materials of cochineal and walnut.

Using cochineal, derived from an insect that produces red dye, and adding acid and base solutions, students will learn how to shift the red color range from orange to purple. This color shifting method provides nine shades of red.

Using walnut dyes extracted from the husks, students will get a lightfast dye of rich browns, as well as interesting dark reds when over-dyed with cochineal.


Weaving Words in Tapestry            Phoebe McAfee

September 15,16,17, Saturday-Monday     10am to 3pm     $150 plus materials

WORDS.   I have been weaving words in tapestry for a while. Lately I am figuring out how to make them better, more readable, and more fun.  We will choose words to weave, and come with our copper looms (or the equivalent) warped with 3 1/2 to 4-inch strips at 10 epi.

Calligraphy, script, block letters, any font in the world, we can weave it.

We will explore types of yarn, color choices, and weft interlocks.