Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wedge Weave Workshop Scheduled for October

Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild is excited to be sponsoring a workshop on Wedge Weave on Oct. 14 and 15, 2016 with Connie Lippert. Connie lives in South Carolina's Upstate but she travels widely to teach and and exhibit. Wedge weave has been a primary focus for her for quite some time. In fact, she will be presenting a workshop at HGA's bi-annual Convergence conference this summer in Milwaukee that will be very similar to the one she will do for us this fall.
Wedge weave on the loom

 In contrast to most weaves which are woven in a plane horizontal to the loom, wedge weave is woven on the diagonal. This results in a weft-faced weaving with many distinctive characteristics and exciting design potential. The technique might be most familiar to us from certain Native American, specifically Navajo, weaving styles.
An example of Navajo wedge weave from the 1880s at a gallery in Scottsdale Arizona.
No one really knows how the Navajos happened onto the technique, which is also seen in Middle Eastern, Andean, and Scandinavian weavings, but they began using it extensively in the 1870s.

Fiber artists such as Connie Lippert have, of course, put their own spin on the technique, creating lovely designs and color plays.
Woven by Connie Lippert

Connie's workshop in Charleston will be a wonderful opportunity to learn and experiment with wedge weave in a very small setting with not only one of the modern weaving world's foremost authorities on the technique, but also one of the weaving world's foremost teachers of wedge weave.

The workshop will be begin Friday night, Oct. 14, and continue through the day on Saturday, Oct. 15. The registration fee for Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild members is $30. The fee for non-members will be $40. One scholarship is available for a PFAG member who would like to participate but finds the registration fee burdensome.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Registrations must be in no later than July 16 and will be handled on a first come first serve basis. The location has yet to be finalized.

Participants should have warping and weaving knowledge. Some weft-faced weaving experience is helpful but not critical. Participants will need to provide their own pre-warped table, floor, or tapestry loom, and a supply of several colors of weft wool.

A list of needed supplied and specific warping directions will be sent to participants after registration.

If you would like to attend, please print and complete the registration form found here. Include payment (checks should be made out to Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild, or PFAG) and mail to: Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild, PO Box 31341, Charleston, SC 29417. 
Woven by Connie Lippert