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2002 On Loom Weaving: Studio Projects
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 Jul 24 and Aug 4; and if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Aug 4. Anyone on the waitlist will be contacted by Sept 20 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. No class Nov 2 and 23. 

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

2002a | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Mon, 9/25/2017 to 12/4/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuition: $295 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280

2002b | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Tues, 9/26/2017 to 12/5/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuition: $295 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280

2002c | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Wed, 9/27/2017 to 12/6/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuition: $295 | Members/Seniors (65+): $280

2002d | On Loom Weaving
Dates: Thurs, 9/21/2017 to 12/7/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270


2003 | Fiber Study for Weavers
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.  No class Nov 2 and 23.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Available sessions are: Mon, Sept 25 - Dec 5 7:00pm| Tues, Sept 26 - Dec 5 10:30am | Wed, Sept 27 - Dec 6 10:30am | or Thurs, Sept 21 - Dec 7 7:00pm
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $110 | Members/Seniors (65+): $95

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 & Thurs | 4:00 – 6:00pm; Tues & Wed |  12:00pm – 2:30pm; Fri | 9:00am – 1:00pm; and Sat | 10:00am – 2:00pm. Maxham Fiber Studio 1st & 2nd Floor | Tobin Building

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2001a | Beginning Weaving (Full)
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.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Mon, 9/25/2017 to 11/27/2017 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270
Classes scheduled every week on Monday starting 9/25/2017 and ending 11/27/2017 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

2001b | Beginning Weaving (Full)
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.

Level: Beginning
Instructor: Nancy Heneghan
Dates: Wed, 9/27/2017 to 11/29/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Maxham Fibers Studio, 2nd Floor | Building: Tobin Building
Tuition: $285 | Members/Seniors (65+): $270
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday starting 9/27/2017 and ending 11/29/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 270.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 285.00 ea.

2004 | Tapestry Weaving: The Basics
This intensive two-day class will lead students step-by-step through traditional flat tapestry weaving techniques. Tapestry is the most basic of weave structures, but offers the artist a wide range of visual possibilities. Students will learn how to prepare a warp and weave simple shapes. The class is designed for both beginners and those with experience wishing to refresh their skills. Looms and materials will be provided; please bring a lunch both days.

Level: Beginning/Intermediate
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat & Sun, 9/23/2017 to 9/24/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Student Lounge | Building: Urschel Building
Tuition: $165 | Members/Seniors (65+): $150
Classes scheduled every week on Sunday and Saturday starting 9/23/2017 and ending 9/24/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 165.00 ea.

2154 | Feltmaking
Feltmaking is widely considered to be one of the oldest and simplest processes for creating fabric and textile forms. Felt is a wondrously versatile fabric; it can be made as light and fragile as a piece of lace or strong and durable enough to make into a dwelling. Applications can be functional or decorative, even conceptual, and offers infinite creative possibilities from wall hangings, sculptures, rugs, garments, jewelry, and more. The technique is quick and easy to grasp; through the simple layering of wool fiber, a little soapy water, and a generous amount of friction, magic happens! This class will cover all aspects of wet feltmaking techniques, including flat-felted fabrics and simple three-dimensional forms. No previous experience required. See SSA website for a list of material; please bring a bag lunch.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Liza Collins
Dates: Sat, 11/4/2017 to 11/4/2017 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $130 | Members/Seniors (65+): $115
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 11/4/2017 and ending 11/4/2017 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 115.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 130.00 ea.

2336 | Dye 101: MX Dyes
Would you like to learn how to dye fabric with consistent results? This two-part class will teach you the chemistry of dyeing with MX dyes-almost any color is possible from three primary colors. Discussion will cover types of dyes, methods of dyeing, and color theory. With knowledge in hand, students will personally explore mixing colors, color gradation, and other dyeing techniques by the second session. Enjoy watching the glorious colors unfold. See SSA website for a list of materials.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Jean Dahlgren
Dates: Sat, 9/30/2017 to 10/7/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $160 | Members/Seniors (65+): $145
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 9/30/2017 and ending 10/7/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 160.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.

2345 | Natural Dyeing: Red, Yellow, Blue | Date Change
Get a glimpse into the remarkable colors natural dyes have to offer. Participants will explore historical and regional dye plants that give the primary colors. With the use of mineral salts and over-dyeing, infinitely more colors can be created. In this introductory class, students will learn how to prepare several types of fibers and cloth for dyeing, along with mordanting, dye extraction, growing and responsible harvesting, historical information, and so much more. Students will have a book of samples by the end of class and will be equipped to explore other dyes. See SSA website for a list of material. No class Nov 26.

Level: All Levels
Instructor: Casey Galloway
Dates: Sun, 11/5/2017 to 12/10/2017 | 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $220 | Members/Seniors (65+): $205
Irregular classes scheduled starting 11/5/2017 and ending 12/10/2017 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 205.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 220.00 ea.

2367 | Mark-Making
This one-day class is a playful exploration of creating your own personal cloth. Students will be utilizing many types of mark-making on cloth, including doodling, dragging, scraping, spraying, dry brushing, mono printing, rolling, and using found objects. Anything that can make a mark may be used. Knowledge about dye is useful, but not required. Dyes and print paste will be prepared and ready to use. See SSA website for a list of material.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Jean Dahlgren
Dates: Sat, 11/11/2017 to 11/11/2017 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $115 | Members/Seniors (65+): $100
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 11/11/2017 and ending 11/11/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 115.00 ea.

2378 | Contemporary Stitching (Full)
Contemporary stitching is not your mother's stitching. This class begins with respect for tradition but then pushes forward full throttle exploring what a stitch can be. Students will investigate layers of materials including supports, fabrics, papers, found objects, threads, needles, and especially new connecting techniques like knotting and looping. The emphasis is on stitching, problem-solving, and discovering a personal voice. Application possibilities are endless-quilts, handbags, pillow covers, book covers, and wall hangings. See SSA website for a list of material.

Level: New | All Levels
Instructor: Miki Rodriguez
Dates: Sat, 10/14/2017 to 10/14/2017 | 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Tuition: $145 | Members/Seniors (65+): $130
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 10/14/2017 and ending 10/14/2017 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 130.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 145.00 ea.