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..

Tuition Assistance

A limited number of scholarships for tuition assistance are available for classes in the Fibers Department. Adults interested in studying fibers may apply for tuition assistance by contacting Barbara Hill.

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.

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Course details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.

Summer 2022 Fibers Course Descriptions

These are the course descriptions only

 2001b | Introduction to Weaving | Beginning

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Thurs, 6/2/2022 to 8/4/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Friends: $275.00 | Sessions: 10

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.

 2002a | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects | Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Mon, 6/6/2022 to 8/8/2022 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $275.00 | Friends: $260.00 | Sessions: 9

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 along with some group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one floor loom and three-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, by Apr 8; if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Apr 11 and must register by May 23. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience.

 2002b | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects | Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Tues, 5/31/2022 to 8/2/2022 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Friends: $275.00 | Sessions: 10

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 along with some group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one floor loom and three-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, by Apr 8; if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Apr 11 and must register by May 23. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience.

 2002c | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects | Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Wed, 6/1/2022 to 8/3/2022 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $290.00 | Friends: $275.00 | Sessions: 10

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 along with some group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one floor loom and three-week use of the dye lab. Prior to registering: Students must contact the Fibers Department, cgalloway@swschool.org, by Apr 8; if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Apr 11 and must register by May 23. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience.

 2005 | Tapestry Weaving: Textures and Surfaces | All Levels

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/9/2022 to 7/10/2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Student Lounge | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $210.00 | Friends: $195.00 | Sessions: 2

This intensive weekend class will give you the opportunity to explore some of the techniques that make tapestry weaving such a truly unique pictorial art form. 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.

 2962 | Sashiko Mending | All Levels

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Lauren Gonzalez
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/25/2022 to 6/26/2022 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Studio: Russell Hill Rogers Lecture Hall | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $155.00 | Friends: $140.00 | Sessions: 2

In this two-day workshop, learn the time honored Japanese inspired sashiko techniques to mend, repair, or even embellish your textiles. Students can choose to bring in personal items to mend using sashiko or the stitchwork can be utilized as a decorative application to other fabric projects. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials.

 

How to Register

 Step 1

If registering during Member's Priority registration, login to the website with your username and password (open registration does not require you to be logged in). To find classes, visit the Adult Class pages to read class descriptions.

 Step 2

Click the Department Class Type (ex. Ceramics)

 Step 3

Click the “Register Now” button. Note: Each area of concentration will have separate registration forms.

 Step 4

Choose your class by clicking the box to the left of the class name. Scroll to the bottom of the page to click Continue and complete the student information form. Once this form is submitted, you will receive a final e-mail with confirmation of your registration.

 

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