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: Monday & Thursday 4pm – 6pm; Tuesday & Wednesday Noon – 2:30pm; Friday 9am – 1pm; and Saturday 10am – 2pm 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.

Fibers Course Descriptions

 2001a | Beginning Weaving

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Mon, 1/29/2018 to 4/2/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

In this introductory class, students will learn to how to calculate and wind a warp or yarn, and then dress or thread the yarn on the loom. Students will use several kinds of fibers for their weft as they weave a sampler of various weaving structures including plain weave, twills, inlays, double weave, and weft-face. Reading drafts (patterns) will also be covered and attention will be paid to learning good structure and weaving habits. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester, and class size is limited to provide individual instruction. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 | On Loom Weaving.

 2001b | Beginning Weaving

Level: Beginning | Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Wed, 1/31/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270.00

In this introductory class, students will learn to how to calculate and wind a warp or yarn, and then dress or thread the yarn on the loom. Students will use several kinds of fibers for their weft as they weave a sampler of various weaving structures including plain weave, twills, inlays, double weave, and weft-face. Reading drafts (patterns) will also be covered and attention will be paid to learning good structure and weaving habits. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester, and class size is limited to provide individual instruction. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 | On Loom Weaving.

 2002 | On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Studio: Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building

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, between Nov 20 and Dec 1; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Dec 1. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Jan 8 if spaces open up. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment. Prerequisite: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

a/ Dates: Mon, 1/22/2018 to 4/2/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Tuition: $295.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280.00

b/ Dates: Tues, 1/16/2018 to 4/3/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM |  Tuition: $305.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $290.00

c/ Dates: Wed, 1/17/2018 to 4/4/2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM  | Tuition: $305.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $290.00

d/ Dates: Thurs, 1/18/2018 to 4/5/2018 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM |  Tuition: $305.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $290.00 

 2003 | Fiber Study for Weavers

Level: Intermediate/Advanced | Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Dates and times to be arranged with instructor, 1/22/2018 to 4/5/2018 | Arranged through Department - Arranged through Department
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 1st Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $120.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $105.00

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: Beginning Weaving or equivalent experience. Supplies will be discussed in class. To register, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 210.200.8217/8227.

 2004 | Tapestry Weaving: Advanced Techniques

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 2/24/2018 to 2/25/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Student Lounge | Building: Urschel Building
Tuition: $180.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $165.00

An intensive 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 | Nuno Felting Techniques

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat, 3/24/2018 to 3/24/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $130.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $115.00

In nuno, or laminated felting, loose wool fibers are fused with a pre-existing woven fabric to create stunning and highly textural effects. Using the process of wet felting, the wool fibers that are placed on top of the pre-existing fabric migrate through the woven structure and locked in place. As the wool fibers shrink they pull the fabric with them causing ruching, puckering and pleating. Nuno felts are generally lightweight, flexible, and extremely versatile for use in making garments, accessories, or fine art pieces. No previous experience necessary. See SSA website for a list of materials; please bring a bag lunch.

 2367 | Screen Printing on Fabric

Level: New | All Levels | Instructor: Jean Dahlgren
Dates: Sat, 3/17/2018 to 3/17/2018 | 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $140.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $125.00

A silk screen is a very versatile tool with endless possibilities for creating lines, shapes and textures on fabric. This workshop will cover how to make a screen from start to finish. Students will explore many different printing techniques by using thickened dye, washable glue, masking tape, shredded paper, freezer paper, newspaper, spray painting and permanent screens. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials.

 2492 | Pattern-Making for Fiber Artists

Level: All Levels | Instructor: Melinda Adams
Dates: Fri, 2/16/2018 to 2/23/2018 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $150.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $135.00

This course introduces the weaver or surface designer to the basic principles and techniques of flat pattern development, their application for hand-created textiles and how to draft basic slopers (a basic pattern, based on body measurements, which is used as the building block for all other patternmaking). Through a combination of lectures and demonstrations, students will create personalized slopers and learn a variety of manipulations such as basic bodice, skirt, collars and facings. Students will also understand how two-dimensional shape translates to the three-dimensional form, as well as recognizing garment shape and how to apply flat pattern to create shape. Basic sewing and math skills are required. Please see the SSA website for a list of materials.

 2999 | Intersections: Metal & Weaving

Level: Visiting Artist/Special Class | All Levels | Instructor: Anastasia Azure
Dates: Fri - Sun, 2/9/2018 to 2/11/2018 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio & Willson Metals Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $340.00 | Members/Seniors (65+): $325.00

Explore the possibilities of weaving metal without a loom. This workshop will begin with basic weave structures and the use of simple hand tools as students will work with colored wire and thin sheet metal to create jewelry pieces and technical samples. Advanced twills and free-form warps will also be explored, as well as the use of metals studio equipment such as the rolling mill, hydraulic press, and hammers. Students will have the opportunity to make earrings, pendants, pins, and bracelets. See SSA website for a list of materials; please bring a bag lunch.

 
 
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2001a | Beginning Weaving (Full)
Mon, 1/29/2018 - 4/2/2018 | Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 1/29/2018 and ending 4/2/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

2001b | Beginning Weaving (Full)
Wed, 1/31/2018 - 4/4/2018 | Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 1/31/2018 and ending 4/4/2018 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.

2004 | Tapestry Weaving: Advanced Techniques (Full)
Sat & Sun, 2/24/2018 - 2/25/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 2/24/2018 and ending 2/25/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 180.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

2156 | Nuno Felting Techniques
Sat, 3/24/2018 - 3/24/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 3/24/2018 and ending 3/24/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 130.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 115.00 ea.

2367 | Screen Printing on Fabric
Sat, 3/17/2018 - 3/17/2018 | Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 3/17/2018 and ending 3/17/2018 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 140.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 125.00 ea.

2492 | Pattern-Making for Fiber Artists
Fri, 2/16/2018 - 2/23/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Friday starting 2/16/2018 and ending 2/23/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 135.00 ea.

2999 | Intersections: Metal & Weaving (Full)
Fri - Sun, 2/9/2018 - 2/11/2018 | Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See description above.
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday, Friday and Saturday starting 2/9/2018 and ending 2/11/2018 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 340.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 325.00 ea.

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