• Instructor: Cathryn Amidei June 13-17, 9am - 5pm (with 24 hr access to the DWL and TC2 loom) This workshop is designed as an introduction to weaving with the TC2 and allow participants the hands on experience of weaving on this exciting tool. This workshop is suitable for all levels and will be flexible to conform to the experience and interests of the participants. The workshop will start with an introduction to using Photoshop to design files for digital weaving and progress from single, to multi-shuttle structures. Small class sizes allow for individualized teaching and support. The class size will be limited to 5 participants. Content will also include discussions about warp densities, loom set up, winding, warping, end feed shuttles, and winding bobbins. Read more about the Digital Weaving Lab and Residency! *Two rooms will be available for rent at the Digital Weaving Lab, we will assist other participants in finding close and convenient lodging through Airbnb. Teacher Bio: Cathryn has been studying and weaving and teaching in Jacquard technique for 15+ years. She held a faculty position at Eastern Michigan University until 2018. She is currently the director of the Digital Weaving Lab at Praxis Fiber Workshop and provides technical support to artists and Universities in North America  when they purchase a loom.
  • July 12, 13, 19 2021, 6:30- 8:30 EST

    Jacquard Weave File Design II
    This course builds upon the fundamentals presented in Jacquard Weave File Design I but is not required.
    Join renowned digital weaver and North American TC2 representative, Cathryn Amidei for a brand new virtual curriculum to prepare you for weaving on a TC2 jacquard loom. During this three day intensive workshop, you will learn to optimize your interaction with Photoshop to create a successful digital weaving file.
    Content will focus on the development of weaves and effects using multiple shuttles, and approaches to dimensional fabrics- additional double or triple weave effects including 2 faced and double width fabrics, as well as approaches to developing files that include supplemental wefts.
      All learning styles accommodated with multiple approaches offered. All sessions will be recorded. Leave ready to weave on a TC2!   Cost: $180  Course Maximum: 10
  • June 14, 15, 21, 2021 6-8pm Eastern

      Join renowned digital weaver and North American TC2 representative, Cathryn Amidei for a brand new virtual curriculum to prepare you for weaving on a TC2 jacquard loom. During this three day intensive workshop, you will learn to optimize your interaction with Photoshop to create a successful digital weaving file. With registration, participants will receive a digital folder of basic weaves and black and white images to begin sample work and PDF versions of each stage of the process.    Day 1 & 2 - learn the newest approach to developing structures in Photoshop. Begin designing a weaving file with sample images (or your own) images and patterns and generate concepts for your own unique design. Day 3 - Bring your finished design for group review, troubleshooting and feedback. Your design can incorporate one or two shuttles with the knowledge on how to expand. All learning styles accommodated with multiple approaches offered. All sessions will be recorded. Leave ready to weave on a TC2! Dates: June  14, 15 & 21 6-8pm Eastern Cost: $180 Course Maximum: 10
  • Praxis Fiber Workshop 4th Annual Holiday Benefit and Pop-Up Shop Saturday, December 4th・12:00–6:00pm Praxis Fiber Workshop invites you to celebrate another year with us at our 4th Annual Holiday Benefit. Your contribution will directly support the continuation of our indigo program, class scholarships, and free community programming. Please drop in during our open house on Saturday December 4 from 12-6pm Schedule of Events: 12:30 - Welcoming remarks by Executive Director Jessica Pinsky 1 & 3pm: Outdoor Natural Indigo Demos 2 & 4pm: Demo of the TC2 Jacquard Loom at the Digital Weaving Lab 5:30: Raffle winners announced! Benefit tickets are $50 dollars and include a chance to win an original fiber art piece from Executive Director Jessica Pinsky and Digital Weaving Lab Director Cathryn Amidei. Drop by during our open house benefit anytime from 12-6pm. While you are here, enjoy a tour at the schedule above, view the amazing 'One Year, One Outfit' Exhibition and purchase tickets for a chance raffle with many fiber and handmade gifts. Ticket price also includes a take home box filled with a Tie-Dye Kit and  dessert to enjoy at your leisure with someone you love. Pick up your box, explore our pop-up shop, gallery and raffle, December 4th from 12:00–6:00pm. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing community of artists, neighbors, and friends and we thank you for your support – we can't wait to celebrate with you.
  • Instructor: Denise Williams Thursdays, April 21, 28, & May 5, 12.  6:00-9:00pm   Begin your spinning journey using a drop spindle. This portable tool will allow you to understand the basics of spinning yarn from wool. This course will begin with fiber preparation as this is the number one way to ensure you have a successful start at spinning. In week 3, participants will move to the spinning wheel. Starting with learning to treadle, you will become comfortable with the rhythm and pace of the spinning wheel. Participants are welcome to bring their own wheel, or try a variety of wheels at Praxis from one treadle to two treadle to compact travel wheels. The course will conclude with immersion dyeing yarn and plying. The end result will be unique skeins ready for any fiber project. Participants in any 5 week course receive access to Praxis during our open studio hours Wednesday and Sunday from 12-4pm.
  • Instructor: Sarah McMahon Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24 & march 3.  6:00-9:00pm Interested in learning how to create your own cloth? Or do you already have a loom at home but have no idea where to start? You will learn how to weave on floor looms from yarn to cloth. By weaving a sampler scarf using simple woven structures, you will become comfortable with all of the steps in the weaving process. For the first half of the class, familiarize yourself with the loom, learn how to calculate materials needed and to set up the warp (dress your loom). The second half of the class is weaving and finishing your project! This class is designed with the beginner in mind and requires no prior experience. Students receive access to open studios at Praxis every Wednesday and Sunday from 12 - 4pm for the duration of the course. Some outside weaving is required to complete the project in 5 weeks. Apply for a scholarship to take the class. The Patricia Wolfe Scholarship supports the advancement of early education in weaving by allowing one participant to be awarded full participation in our Introduction to Weaving Class. This scholarship is made in the loving memory of Patricia Wolfe, daughter of Arthur and Judy Wolfe. Please fill out the form below to apply.

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  • October 26, 27 & November 2 6:30-8:30pm Eastern

      Join renowned digital weaver and North American TC2 representative, Cathryn Amidei for a brand new virtual curriculum to prepare you for weaving on a TC2 jacquard loom. During this three day intensive workshop, you will learn to optimize your interaction with Photoshop to create a successful digital weaving file. With registration, participants will receive a digital folder of basic weaves and black and white images to begin sample work and PDF versions of each stage of the process.    Day 1 & 2 - learn the newest approach to developing structures in Photoshop. Begin designing a weaving file with sample images (or your own) images and patterns and generate concepts for your own unique design. Day 3 - Bring your finished design for group review, troubleshooting and feedback. Your design can incorporate one or two shuttles with the knowledge on how to expand. All learning styles accommodated with multiple approaches offered. All sessions will be recorded. Leave ready to weave on a TC2! Dates: October 26, 27 & November 2 6:30-8:30pm Eastern Cost: $180 Course Maximum: 10
  • Instructor: Deb Berkebile Saturday, June 26 10am-4pm This course is a quilter's dream! Don’t buy packs of factory dyed fabrics for your quilts, learn to dye your own! In this class, you will learn the techniques of how to dye your own fabric with little water and in the least amount of time. Each participant will leave the course with 9 yards of dyed fabric in every color and shade of the rainbow. We can manipulate the fabric to get different markings or have your pieces a solid color. Participants will use MX Reactive dyes, which are versatile and simple to use. Come away with 3 variations of the same color way (light, medium, dark) of your rainbow palette. You will be dying 12 fat quarters at a time; however, we will prepare all 36 fat quarters before we begin.You will learn different ways of preparing the fabric for different varying results such as a solid or more mottled effect. This course is perfect for beginners and anyone interested in using fabric to sew.
  • Instructor: Jasmin Kornell Saturday, June 11 10am-4pm So many colors can be found in nature! This workshop will focus on exploring the array of color that can be achieved using historically cultivated natural dyes on a variety of cellulose fabrics. Natural dyes are an amazing way to acknowledge our environment and connect us to the history of making fabric. Cellulose is any fiber that is plant based such as cotton, linen and rayon. This process differs from protein fibers as the colors are more difficult to mordant or fix to the fabric. Participants will try many different mordanting techniques such as alum, copper, aluminum and post mordant baths. You will get the opportunity to use multiple immersion baths for layered and complex results. The basics of extraction and storage of dyes will be covered as well as some simple resist techniques (shibori) to enhance color variations. All levels are welcome! Take our 'Natural Dyeing with Wool' class to complete your introduction to Natural Dyes.
  • Instructor: Jasmin Kornell Saturday, May 21 10am-4pm This is the perfect beginner course for anyone interested in learning crochet. There are many ways to manipulate a single strand of yarn, however crochet is perhaps the most approachable, most flexible and most portable of all of the fiber processes! Begin by learning to cast on your crochet hook and making a single chain stitch. From here, learn a few basic stitches to achieve any shape imaginable. An introduction to reading patterns will be covered as well as yarn variations, weights and textures. Do you love COLOR? Sign up for ‘Yarn Dyeing’ to bring your own yarn designs to crochet with.
  • Instructor: Jasmine Kornell Saturday, April 30 10am-4pm

    So many colors can be found in nature! This workshop will focus on exploring the array of color that can be achieved using historically cultivated natural dyes on a variety of cellulose fabrics. Natural dyes are an amazing way to acknowledge our environment and connect us to the history of making fabric. During this workshop, you will learn how to use natural dyes on protein, or animal fibers. This is a perfect course for someone interested in diving into natural dyes for the first time. Protein fibers are more forgiving than cellulose and make the dyeing process easier. Participants will use wool and silk however these techniques can be applied to any protein fiber. The basics of fabric mordanting and dye extraction will be covered as well as some simple resist techniques (shibori) to enhance color variations. Students will have the opportunity for open experimentation and will leave the class with a variety of samples and studies. No experience is needed and all materials are included. Do you have protein fiber you’d like to try, bring it along!

  • Instructor: Sarah McMahon Saturday, April 9 10am-4pm Join us for a one day immersion into tapestry weaving! Tapestry is defined as a warp faced weaving with a discontinuous weft. In this class, each participant will use a handheld frame loom. Learn to warp your loom and create a design using any yarn of your choice. We will cover 6 different tapestry techniques that you can use in tandem to create any design of your choice. This course is designed for beginners. See how quickly you can access weaving anytime, anywhere. Tapestry is easy to scale up! Try it first on the frame loom and transition to a floor loom for your next project.
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