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Workshops – Western Reserve Spinners & Weavers


The Western Reserve Spinners & Weavers Guild is proud to host dynamic instructors in weaving, spinning, and other fiber arts several times throughout the year. Here's what is coming up. Be sure to check back often to find out about other new programs that have been added. You can sign up to receive updates from us by using the sign-up form to the right.

2018 Workshops

May 5-6, 2018 - Glowing Gradients: Luminous Color in Yarn and Cloth with Carol Soderlund. An artist and educator for 25 years, Carol’s curiosity about the range of color derived from yellow, red, and blue dyes led to her creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples to guide the student.
A former high school teacher, Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.
Carol is co-author of Playful Fabric Printing with Melanie Testa. She has shown her
quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards including Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

In this two-day workshop presented by WRSW, you’ll learn the basics and beyond of creating color with Procion MX fiber reactive dyes on fibers such as cotton, tencel, rayon, linen, and silk. Sampling on cotton cloth, we’ll mix a rainbow of hues from three primary colors, ultimately building a note-book of colors and formulations, opening up a world of possibilities and expanding your color confidence and palette. The next day we’ll apply these hues to yarn, warps, or yardage in beautiful multi-color blends. These projects will be ultimately washed out at home following class.

Class is full - now accepting names for Wait List. Please contact Nancy Curtiss, Workshop Chair.

Click here for the Soderlund Dye Workshop flyer.

Fall 2018 Workshop

September 8 & 9, 2018 -  Weaving 4S or 8S Twill Towels with Susan Conover. Fine Cotton Warp and Linen Weft ... what is not to like? Have you ever wanted to explore dressing your loom with fine cotton warp? What about interlacing that fine warp with a beautiful singles linen yarn? This technique was done for centuries throughout Europe. The weaver didn’t need to fuss with a linen warp ... he/she could use less expensive cotton and get the job done lickety-split!

This is a two-day hands-on workshop, in which you bring your own portable 4-Shaft or 8-Shaft table or floor loom completely dressed and ready to throw the shuttle. But wait, a BONUS DAY on Saturday, August 11, 2018 has kindly been added so that you will feel confident going into the workshop in September.  The Bonus Day is a special offering at Susan’s home studio in Parkman and there is no additional fee. You will bring your portable loom and we will help you beam the pre-wound warp and familiarize you with the threading sequence. For those of you who cannot join us on the Bonus Day, there will be a video posted to a Dropbox account for you to view so that you too can be completely prepared. Participants will have plenty of time, in their own home, to prepare their looms for the workshop. 


Warp: Bockens Egyptian 16/2 cotton, unbleached

Weft: Bockens 16/1 Line Linen, 1/2 bleached

Width in Reed: 14”



Warp: Bockens Egyptian 20/2 cotton, unbleached

Weft: Bockens 16/1 Line Linen, golden, unbleached or bleached – weaver’s choice

Width in Reed: 16” 

Click here for the Conover Twill Towel Workshop Flyer.