Fibers & Weaving

The imagination can be freed working with textiles, where fiber art techniques such as shibori, batik, silk-painting, or block-printing can be adapted from global traditions, cultural symbolism, or the human imperative for mark-making.

And our 50 floor looms, located on the two floors of the Priest's House on the Ursuline Campus, are considered to be the largest teaching collection in the U.S., and are enjoyed by an active community of adult student weavers..

Students enrolled in: 2002 | On Loom Weaving Studio Projects have access to the studios for working independently outside of class time during the following days and times: Mon & Wed | 4:00 – 6:00pm; Tues & Thurs | 12:30pm – 2:30pm; Fri | 9:00am – 2:00 pm; and Sat | 10:00am – 2:00pm. Maxham Fiber Studio 1st & 2nd Floor | Tobin Building

Fibers & Weaving Material List

  Materials List

Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

Registration

Fall 2018 priority registration for Members opens online Tues, August 7th at 9:00am. General registration starts Tues, August 14th.

Fibers Course Descriptions

 2001a | Introduction to Weaving

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Wed, 9/19/2018 to 11/28/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four shaft loom. This foundation class focuses on loom set up, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations), double weave construction and material considerations. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized. Reading drafts will also be covered. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects. No class Nov 21.

 2001b | Introduction to Weaving

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Thurs, 9/20/2018 to 12/6/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four shaft loom. This foundation class focuses on loom set up, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations), double weave construction and material considerations. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized. Reading drafts will also be covered. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects. No class Nov 1 & 22.

 2002a | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Mon, 9/17/2018 to 12/3/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Jul 20 and Jul 27; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Jul 28. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Sept 3 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227. No class Nov 19.

 2002b | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Tues, 9/18/2018 to 12/4/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Jul 20 and Jul 27; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Jul 28. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Sept 3 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227. No class Nov 20.

 2002c | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Wed, 9/19/2018 to 12/5/2018 | 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Jul 20 and Jul 27; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Jul 28. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Sept 3 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227. No class Nov 21.

 2002d | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Thurs, 9/20/2018 to 12/6/2018 | 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions and group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department's large collection of floor looms and two-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, preferably between Jul 20 and Jul 27; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Jul 28. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Sept 3 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227. No class Nov 22.

 2003 | Fiber Study for Weavers

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 9/17/2018 to 12/5/2018 | Arranged through Department- Arranged through Department
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 1st Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $125.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $110.00

This class will follow along with 2002 | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects, however without exclusive access to a loom. Students will attend weekly lectures covering topics of weaving structure, materials, contemporary fiber artists, cultural and historical subjects, dyeing techniques, critiques, and so much more. Students will weave two samples of structures that are discussed in class and will have a two-week dye lab to explore dyeing techniques. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fiber Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, for approval for registration. Instructor will place students in an appropriate session according to their schedule. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience. Supplies will be discussed in class. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

 2005 | Tapestry Weaving: Textures and Raised Surf.

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/27/2018 to 10/28/2018 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Student Lounge | Building: Urschel Building
Tuition: $210.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $195.00

An intensive weekend class giving students the opportunity to explore some of the techniques that make tapestry weaving such a truly unique pictorial art form. Students will learn how to blend and shade tones and colors, and create exciting surface textures. Techniques covered include hatching, weft-blending, weft interlocking, warp/weft variations, and raised surface techniques. Looms and materials will be provided; please bring a lunch both days.

 2156 | Felted Forms

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat, 9/22/2018 to 9/22/2018 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $130.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $115.00

Learn how to transform loose wool fibers into three-dimensional felted forms such as hats, garments, purses, footwear, vessels, and sculptural art. This intensive one-day class introduces students to a variety of wet felting techniques needed to create seamless, one-piece forms. Students will explore different resist methods as well as learning how to shape and form felt using improvised molds. Prior felting experience helpful but not required. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a bag lunch.

 2378 | Contemporary Stitching

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Miki Rodriguez
Dates: Sat & Sun, 11/3/2018 to 11/4/2018 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Studio: Drawing Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $200.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $185.00

This two-day class begins with respect for tradition but then pushes forward, full throttle, exploring what a stitch can be. The first day, students will investigate layers of materials including supports, fabrics, papers, plastic, found objects, threads and wire; and with the most basic of stitching techniques, explore the range and variety of possibilities of expression. The second day allows time for working through design problems and for finding each student's individual voice. The emphasis is on stitching, problem solving, finding a personal aesthetic, and exploring the endless application possibilities. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a lunch.

 2737 | Paper Lamination

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Jean Dahlgren
Dates: Sat, 12/1/2018 to 12/1/2018 | 9:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $140.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $125.00

Paper lamination is a unique process of combining photographic images and art papers with cloth. The technique builds a complex layered surface on the cloth. A permanent adhesive attaches the paper to the fabric. It is applied with a silk screen or Thermofax. When it dries, the fabric is ironed, then soaked in water to release a paper layer. The imagery remains on the fabric. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a lunch.

 2991 | Natural Color Workshop

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Sasha Duerr
Dates: Fri & Sat, 11/9/2018 to 11/10/2018 | 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $265.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $250.00

Inspired by the recipes from her latest book Natural Color, discover how to make a full array of seasonal plant-based palettes. Be awed and amazed at how easy it is to curate a truly unique and authentic color range made entirely from unsuspecting plant sources; from bi-products from your local farmer's market, local flora, or even common weeds found in your very own backyard or urban sidewalk. Students will learn to make vibrant natural color recipes from scratch as well as take home saturated samples of gorgeous plant-based hues and a creatively patterned plant-dyed textile design. See the SSA website for a list of material. Please register by Oct 26.

 
 

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2001a | Introduction to Weaving (Full)
Dates: Wed, 9/19/2018 to 11/28/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/19/2018 and ending 11/28/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

2001b | Introduction to Weaving (Full)
Dates: Thurs, 9/20/2018 to 12/6/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 9/20/2018 and ending 12/6/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

2005 | Tapestry Weaving: Textures and Raised Surf.
Dates: Sat & Sun, 10/27/2018 to 10/28/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 10/27/2018 and ending 10/28/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 210.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 195.00 ea.

2156 | Felted Forms
Dates: Sat, 9/22/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 9/22/2018 and ending 9/22/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 115.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 130.00 ea.

2378 | Contemporary Stitching
Dates: Sat & Sun, 11/3/2018 to 11/4/2018 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 11/3/2018 and ending 11/4/2018 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 200.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 185.00 ea.

2737 | Paper Lamination (Full)
Dates: Sat, 12/1/2018 | 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 12/1/2018 and ending 12/1/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 140.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 125.00 ea.

2991 | Natural Color Workshop
Dates: Fri & Sat, 11/9/2018 to 11/10/2018 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Friday and Saturday starting 11/9/2018 and ending 11/10/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 265.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 250.00 ea.

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If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website to purchase the classes that you would like to attend. To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages. Be sure to read the descriptions before selecting your class(es). Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms. If you're registering for more than one area of concentration, please follow the prompts shown in the registration form. 

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