SWG Workshops

SWG Workshops

Seattle Weavers Guild Workshops 2018-2019

Estimated costs for all workshops will soon be shown below after locations and room reservations are secured. You may register in person at a Guild meeting or by e-mail to workshops@seattleweaversguild.com starting September 27, 2018.

An $80, non-refundable deposit is due within 30 days of registration to hold your place. Estimated costs reflect uncertainty in travel costs and the minimum and maximum number of participants. The Guild offers 8 to 10 scholarships per year for workshops. Please check the Guild website for more information.

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Bhutanese Weaving with Wendy Garrity

Website: https://textiletrails.com.au
Date: Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2019--Note: This is a three day workshop
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center
Estimated cost: $250

In this workshop, Wendy Garrity will introduce students to sapma and thrima, the supplementary weft techniques used to create kushutara, the sumptuous single-faced brocade used for women's festival dresses in Bhutan. Participants will explore traditional Bhutanese motifs and begin to combine the five basic stitches to weave these motifs and to experiment with their own designs. Participants will have the opportunity to examine samples of Bhutanese kushutara cloth and learn to identify how different patterns are created, to enable them to continue their own explorations after the workshops.
Although kushutara is woven in Bhutan with a pickup stick and fine silk yarns, class participants will learn using more substantial yarn that can be manipulated with the fingers, increasing the ground we can cover during this workshop.
Students should be able to weave plain weave with confidence and successfully dress a loom.
Students may use a floor loom, table loom, or rigid heddle loom. Backstrap looms may also be accommodated, depending on the particular room arrangements

Turned Beiderwand: One Threading, Multiple Structures with Karen Donde

Website: https://karendondehandwovens.com
Date: Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, 2019
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center Estimated cost: $150-$175

Woven in Northern Germany and Southern Denmark in the 17th and 18th centuries, traditional beiderwand is a doubleweave technique where two weaves are interwoven to create a sturdy cloth that can be used for clothing, wall hangings, curtains and more.Turning a beiderwand draft creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one- shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures. Students will learn beiderwand basics: how to tension a supplementary warp with or without a second warp beam; and how adapt turned biederwand threading to weave several different structures. There will be several different drafts, offering a variety of designs for discussion. Each student will weave a variety of samples on their loom, as that's the fun of turning a draft!

For intermediate to advanced weavers with 8 Shaft looms. This is not a round robin. Please email: Workshops@seattle weaversguild.com if you are interested in joining us.

Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches assorted workshops for guilds and conferences. Teaching credits include HGA's Convergence 2012, 2014, and 2016. She is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a 2013 graduate of Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts-Fiber program. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and serves on the magazine's Editorial Advisory Board.


Mini-Workshops are informal teaching opportunities offered by SWG members on a volunteer basis. It is one way that our membership shares information with each other. Mini-workshops generally last a few hours, an afternoon or a morning. It's a one-time shot, with no teaching fees and no rental fees. Given by guild members for guild members, Mini-Workshops are a wonderful benefit of SWG membership. It is also an excellent way to meet a few others who share common interests.