MELODIE USHER     Artist     Weaver

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ATWATER-BRONSON LACE
One or two day workshop

Join in an exploration of Atwater-Bronson Lace.  You will discover the history of the weave structure created by Mary Meigs Atwater and in short power point presentations, you will learn how to design and plan the threading, tie-up and treadling for this versatile lace weave.  You will become knowledgeable about warp floats, weft floats, combining floats, lace as pattern, lace as background, and how to weave pick up.  Once you understand the how and why you will weave samples of each method of weaving Atwater-Bronson lace.  The basics of how to understand profile drafts and how to determine sett for any yarn will also be covered.

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FINGER MANIPULATED LACE
One or two day workshop

No matter what you weave or what you weave on, a rigid heddle loom to a 40 shaft computer driven loom, your project can always be enhanced with finger manipulated lace.  In this workshop you will learn how to weave a variety of Warp Bouquets (Brook’s Bouquet), Weft Bouquets (Danish Medallion), Crossed Warp Weaves (Leno) and Eyelet (Spanish Lace).  All you need to make lace is a loom that can weave plain weave and a few tools!

In the one or two day workshop you will be able to weave more varieties of lace!

THE PERFECT WARP
One day demonstration or
Two day workshop


Every weaver from beginner to experienced will benefit from this workshop!  Learn how to put a perfect warp on your loom so that weaving the last yard of a long warp will be as easy to weave as the first yard.  You will learn how put a warp your loom using the back to front method using tips and tricks that insure you create a perfect warp every time.  The use of an inexpensive and easy to create warp supporter will be employed so that one person can put a perfectly tensioned warp on any loom.  In the one day demonstration  participants will have a chance to try out all the steps of the process.  In the two day workshop each participant will put a 3 yard warp on their own loom in class.   The warp can be woven into a scarf after the workshop is finished.

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Hand Woven Magazine (May/June 2014)
'Trapeze Artist:  A Warping Technique for the Designing Weaver'
is an article that Melodie wrote detailing how to warp using a warp supporter

MULTIPLE TABBY WEAVES
Two or three day round robin workshop


This workshop explores the seldom used but extremely complex looking multiple tabby weave structure.   In this two day workshop students will learn how Dr. Bateman manipulated tabby weave structure to create very intricate weaves using only four shafts.  The majority of samples for the workshop will be for four shaft looms but  one of Dr. Bateman's six shaft and eight shaft samples will also be woven.  Each sample can be woven with several different treadling methods making this an excellent round robin workshop for any number of students. 

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ART FOR YOUR TABLE - REP WEAVE PLACEMATS
Three day workshop


In this class students will learn the basics of rep weave: what is is, how to design it and how to weave it.  The thick weft for the placemats will be made from cotton quilt fabric provided by each student.  Each student can plan and weave a set of four placemats and one runner.  Four napkins can also be made to match the placemats. Students will be able to choose from several four and eight shaft design options that they will individualize to match their fabric.  The project will be planned on the first day of class. If it is possible to split the class between two weekends, the student will then have one or more weeks to warp their loom.  On days two and three the weaving and finishing process will be taught. The student will probably need to complete the project after the class is finished depending upon on how much weaving they accomplish during the two days of in class weaving.

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WEAVE OF THE MONTH

I'm sorry to say that the WOTM will be discontinued.  Perhaps it will come back another day when I have more time!

The second Saturday of each month a different weave structure will be featured in a one hour or less power point presentation.  A loom will be set up for the participants to try weaving the "Weave of the Month".  See the Schedule section or the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center EVFAC for more details.

Do you have a suggestion for a weave that you would like featured?  Please let me know!  
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Rep Weave - November 2106
Double Weave - October 2016
Finger Manipulated Lace - September 2016
Atwater-Bronson Weave - June 2016
Color and Weave - April 2016
Huck Lace - February 2016
Corduroy - January 2016
Summer and Winter - December 2015
Twill - November 2015