Do the terms “block design” and “profile draft” bewilder you? Are you interested in developing new patterns and pushing your loom to new limits? Whether you have a four-shaft loom and want to expand its potential or want to better understand what to do with all those shafts, then this workshop is for you! Through presentation, discussion, and weaving, you will develop a practical understanding of blocks, profile drafts, and how to use them to create new exciting drafts. You will also examine the fundamental building blocks of many weave structures and how they can be manipulated into new designs and open up an unlimited number of new possibilities. Minimum four-shaft loom required. Students will work on their own looms (Note: This is not a round-robin workshop)
Skill level: Adventure-seeking beginner through Advanced weavers
Bio: Weaving has always been a part of Robyn Spady’s life. It started with her baby blanket handwoven by her great-grandmother. While growing up, it helped instill in her a sense of creativity and confidence at a time when her self-esteem was developing. During her working years in “Corporate America,” weaving provided her sanity and a sense of productivity.
In 2001, changes in her life provided her the opportunity to dedicate herself to weaving fulltime. She started by tackling the Handweavers Guild of America’s (HGA) Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving (COE-W). In October 2002, she successfully completed the Level 1: Technical Skills in Handweaving. In October 2004, she successfully completed Level II: Master in Handweaving with the specialized study Loom-controlled Stitched Double Cloth.
For more information on Robyn or her programs and workshops, visit her website Spady Studios.