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Betty Burian Kirk

Teaching Schedule -2017

February


Saturday, February 11 & 25 April 9 & 16, 2017, Beginning Spinning Class. Learn the basics of spinning to make your own wool yarns.  The first session will cover the process of making yarn and simple techniques using drop spindles.  The second session will deal with how a spinning wheel works and learning how to spin a consistent yarn on the wheel.  Materials and equipment provided but if you have a drop spindle or a wheel you can bring them to class and learn on yours. Class from 10:00 a.m. to noon at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26 E. Quincy St. Westmont, IL 60559 630.963.9573  http://www.tlddesigns.com        


Saturday, February 11, 2017,  Inkle Loom Set-Up, Band Weaving,  During this one session class, students will learn how to set up an inkle loom and start weaving straps, belts, camera straps, trimmings or bookmarks. An inkle loom is designed for weaving narrow projects such as the ones mentioned above. Bring your own loom, heddles (or strong string to make heddles), scissors and a shuttle. (or rent from the studio for $5 per week. Class at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26 E. Quincy St. Westmont, IL 60559 630.963.9573  http://www.tlddesigns.com

Saturday, February 18, 2017 Marbling on Paper, Betty Burian Kirk will demonstrate how to marble on paper. This is an old art that is done by floating inks or paints on a “heavy water”.  The paints can be manipulated and then a prepared piece of paper is laid on the floating pattern. The paper is carefully lifted off of the paints and rinsed to complete this intriguing technique. Betty will give a lecture covering history, supplies, different techniques and then some hands on marbling by participants will be done. Presentation is for the Weavers Guild South, at the  Matteson Public Library, 801 School Ave.,  Matteson, IL 60443 . Froom noon to 4. https://sites.google.com/site/weaversguildsouth/

Saturday, February 25, 20147  Band Weaving and Pick-Up Learn how to weave straps, belts or bookmarks using a simple pick-up technique. Threading instructions will be provided ahead of time. This can be done on an inkle loom or table loom. Class from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26 E. Quincy St. Westmont, IL 60559 630.963.9573  http://www.tlddesigns.com

 March

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Cave Painting, River Valley School (Lemont) presents Art Experience. I will be doing a project that shows how paleolithic man created art in caves.

 

Thursday, Friday Saturday, March 16-18, Spinning Designer Yarns, Two Sided Overshot on 4 shafts, Variations on Overshot, presented to the Weavers Guild of Buffalo, NY.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Cave Painting, Oakwood School (Lemont) presents Art Experience. I will be doing a project that shows how paleolithic man created art in caves.

April

Saturday, April 22, 2017, Marbling on Paper Workshop, Betty Burian Kirk Betty will present a lecture on Marbling on Paper covering the history, supplies needed to marble as well as demonstrate various marbling techniques. Marbling is an old art that is done by floating inks or paints on “heavy water”. The paints can be manipulated and then a prepared piece of paper is laid on the floating pattern. The paper is carefully lifted off of the paints and rinsed to complete the intriguing technique. This is a great way to learn how to do marbling, Betty will have all the supplies and equipment ready for you to roll up your sleeves and start creating. Contact Lynn at (708)710-9443 or Liz Connelly at (815) 341-1145, you can  also view the website at  www.lemontartistsguild.org


June

Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17, 2017,Kumihimo - The Art of Japanese Braiding and Finishing Techniques for Weaving,  Midwest Weaves Conference, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, http://www.midwestweavers.org/conference/


Teaching Schedule -2015

April June

Saturday, April 11, 2015,"Crackle Weave" Crackle Weave allows one to design using four blocks to create patterns and unlike Overshot, the blocks do not have to follow a prescribed order. Come see what Crackle has to offer! Duneland Weavers Guild, http://www.dunelandweaversguild.org/

Monday & Tuesday, April 20 & 21, Optical Illusion Art or OP Art, Goodings Grove School (Homer Glen) presents Meet the Artist. I will be doing Op art weaving with paper.

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 28 & 29, Impressionism, Claude Monet, Japanese Bridge, Oakwood School (Lemont) presents Art Experience. I will be doing a wax resist wash to create Impressionistic works of art interpreting Claude Monet’s Japanese Bridge.

May

Wednesday, May 5, 2015, Kumihimo - The Art of Japanese Braiding An Historic overview of how braiding was brought to Japan and the connection to the Samurai. Various techniques will be covered. An abundance of samples will be displayed. A demonstration of how braiding is done on the maru dai will be given. Ottawa Art League http://www.ottawaartleague.org

Saturday, May 16, 2015, Spinning Dog Hair,The Village of Homer Glen will once again celebrate Earth Day~Arbor Day at the historic Konow Farm (16849 S. Cedar Rd, Homer Glen, IL) on Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  I will be demonstrating of how to spin dog hair on a spinning wheel to create yarn. Samples of items made out of dog hair will be on display.


Teaching Schedule -2014

Contact the artist or organizations listed below for more information. Here is a list of some of my teaching engagements.

March

Saturday, March 29, 2014, Ribbon Scarf. Create a shimmering ribbon scarf with minimal equipment. This woven/braided scarf is finger woven on a board and can be made by anyone and have elegant results! Wisconsin Spin In 2014 in Waukesha, registration at http://www.wispinin.org

Saturday, March 29, 2014, Wool Combing & Worsted Spinning. A lecture demonstration of how wool is combed and spun into a worsted type of yarn. Traditional wool combs and equipment will be used to show how our ancestors processed wool for crisp suiting material. Limited class participation. Open to all ability levels. Wisconsin Spin In 2014 in Waukesha, registration at http://www.wispinin.org

Wednesday, May 5, 2015, Kumihimo - The Art of Japanese Braiding An Historic overview of how braiding was brought to Japan and the connection to the Samurai. Various techniques will be covered. An abundance of samples will be displayed. A demonstration of how braiding is done on the maru dai will be given. Ottawa Art League http://www.ottawaartleague.org

Saturday, May 16, 2015, Spinning Dog Hair,The Village of Homer Glen will once again celebrate Earth Day~Arbor Day at the historic Konow Farm (16849 S. Cedar Rd, Homer Glen, IL) on Saturday, May 16, from 11a.m to 4 p.m  I will be demonstrating of how to spin dog hair on a spinning wheel to create yarn. Samples of items made out of dog hair will be on display.


May

Saturday, May 17, 2014. Crackle Weave Crackle weave allows one to design using four blocks to create patterns and unlike Overshot, the blocks do not have to follow a prescribed order. Come see what Crackle has to offer!  A Weavers Guild Sot presentation. From 1 to 4 pm at the Matteson Public Library, 801 School Ave., Matteson, IL 60443


July

Convergence, Providence Rhode Island

Workshop July 14 & July 15. 2014 Variations of Overshot This workshop uses the participants own overshot design and explores the many possibilities that can be woven. It’s amazing to see the variety of designs one can achieve! Loom required.

Workshop July 16, 2014 Amazing Felt Hats Walk in with an idea and walk out with a hat! Participants will design and make their own cloche, a close fitting hat that is some what bell shaped, that was popular during the roaring twenties. The hat is formed on a ball which assists in the felting so it seems to do half the work.

Super Seminar July 18, 2014 AM Designer Yarns I Investigate the possibilities of making new and exciting yarns. This class will cover Navajo ply, slub yarn, boucle and crepe yarn. Participants must know how to spin and have a working spinning wheel.

Super Seminar July 18.2014 PM Spindle Spinning for the Beginner This is a great way to lean the basics of spinning to make your own yarns! The technique of spinning (drafting, twisting and winding) will be executed on a spindle, and how to ply the yarn, wash it and care for it will be taught. Participant will also learn how to process wool (washing, carding, combing).

Super Seminar July 19, 2014 AM Designer Yarns II Learn how to spin interesting yarns that will give your fiber work a unique, special look. Some yarns go by many names , but Betty will teach your how to spin the Knot, Seed or Knop and the Knickerbocker, tweed or garnet yarn. Core spinning and spinning with beads will also be taught. Participants must have a basic understanding of spinning and a working spinning wheel.



September

Saturday, September 13 & 20, 2014, Beginning Spinning Class. Learn the basics of spinning to make your own wool yarns.  The first session will cover the process of making yarn and simple techniques using drop spindles.  The second session will deal with how a spinning wheel works and learning how to spin a consistent yarn on the wheel.  Materials and equipment provided but if you have a drop spindle or a wheel you can bring them to class and learn on yours. Class from 10:00 a.m. to noon at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26 E. Quincy St. Westmont, IL 60559 630.963.9573  http://www.tlddesigns.com


Saturday, September 13, 2014,  Inkle Loom Set-Up, Band Weaving,  During this one session class, students will learn how to set up an inkle loom and start weaving straps, belts, camera straps, trimmings or bookmarks. An inkle loom is designed for weaving narrow projects such as the ones mentioned above. Bring your own loom, heddles (or strong string to make heddles), scissors and a shuttle. (or rent from the studio for $5 per week. Class from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26 E. Quincy St. Westmont, IL 60559 630.963.9573  http://www.tlddesigns.com

Saturday, September 13, 2014, Kumi Himo Braids Kumi Himo is the art of Japanese braiding. Learn how to make several basic braids on a maru dai with 8 bobbins. Examples of many braids will be presented as well as application of braids. Students will work on studio provided marudai kit which may be purchased after the class. Fiber used in class provided through the class fee. After this class, consider taking the "Beaded Kumi-Himo" class to add elegance to your braids.  Class from 12:30  To 3:00 p.m. at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26 E. Quincy St. Westmont, IL 60559 630.963.9573  http://www.tlddesigns.com

Saturday, September 20, 2014,  Band Weaving and Pick-Up Learn how to weave straps, belts or bookmarks using a simple pick-up technique. Threading instructions will be provided ahead of time. This can be done on an inkle loom or table loom. Class from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26

Saturday, September 20, 2014, Beaded Kumi Himo Learn how to add sparkle to your kumi himo braids! Is it a beading technique or a "special interest" technique? We don't care... it's fabulous. These braids can serve as a lariat, hat band, rope belt, purse strap or stand alone as a necklace. Students must know how to wind a warp and how to set up a maru dai. A list of supplies and advanced prep directions will be provided upon registration. Bring your own maru dai set or rent one of the studio's during class for $5. Class from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at T.L.D. DESIGN CENTER & GALLERY, 26 E. Quincy St. Westmont, IL 60559 630.963.9573  http://www.tlddesigns.com


July


Teaching Schedule -2013

Contact the artist or organizations listed below for more information. Here is a list of some of my teaching engagements.

January

Thursday, January 24, 2013, Spindle Spinning for the Beginner  This is a great class to learn the basics of spinning to make your own yarns! Participants will learn how to process wool (washing, carding, combing). The technique of spinning: drafting, twisting, winding, will be executed on a spindle. How to ply the yarn, wash it and care for it will also be taught. A spindle is included in the supply fee. Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $20 (plus $12/supplies payable to instructor at class) Lemont Center for the Arts, 1243 State Street, Suite 101, Lemont, Illinois 60439  (630) 243 – 7375 http://lemontcenterforthearts.wordpress.com/



Thursday, January 31, 2013, Friendship Bracelet Using a braiding disc and 7 strands of cotton yarns, participants will make a lovely braided friendship bracelet. This is simple and fun to do and students will wear their finished bracelets home! Participants can also create a Candy Stripe knotted bracelet. The stylish candy stripe pattern is easy to do once the simple knotting technique is mastered. Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $20 (plus $4/ supplies payable to instructor at class) Lemont Center for the Arts, 1243 State Street, Suite 101, Lemont, Illinois 60439  (630) 243 – 7375 http://lemontcenterforthearts.wordpress.com/

February

Thursday, February 7, 2013, Felt Bead Necklace learn how to make amazing felt beads right on the yarn necklace chain! Student will be using wool, soap and water to watch the magic happen. Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $20 (plus $3/ supplies payable to instructor at class) Lemont Center for the Arts, 1243 State Street, Suite 101, Lemont, Illinois 60439  (630) 243 – 7375 http://lemontcenterforthearts.wordpress.com/  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013,Pictorial Felt, Betty Burian Kirk, award winning Fiber Artist, will talk about making pictures on felt using wet felting techniques and painting with wool to create beautiful and stunning floral pictures on purses and wall hangings. Lemont Artists Guild 7 - 9 pm at Lemont Public Library, 50 E. Wend St., Lemont, IL www.lemontartistguild.org

March

Saturday, March 16, 2013, Needle Felted Bird. It’s almost spring, so Betty Burian Kirk will teach us how to make our own “birdie” in this workshop using needle felting techniques. (materials fee) (1 to 4 P.M.) Matteson Public Library, 801 School Ave., Matteson, IL 60443, https://sites.google.com/site/weaversguildsouth

April

April 3, 2013, Finishing Techniques for Weaving Once your woven piece is off of the loom it is time to finish it! See samples of what can be done on the loom and once your fabric is off of the loom. There are many rules or tricks of the trade that can be used to finish hand-woven such as how to deal with fringe, decorate edges, join pieces and use beads. Woodstock Weavers Guild at Woodstock Library http://www.woodstockweaversguild.org/

June

June 21 & 22, 2013, Tassels!, Make Your Own Journal!, And Ribbon Flowers presented at Prairie Winds - Midwest Weavers Conference, Emporia, Kansas. Friday June 20: Tassels! In the morning and Make your Own Journal in the afternoon. Saturday June 21: Ribbon Flowers in the afternoon. http://www.midwestweavers.org/conference/index.asp

September

September 30, 2013, Variations on Overshot By using different treadling sequences one can come up with dozens of patterns from one overshot threading. This lecture explores many of the possible patterns that can be woven on a traditional overshot threading. Two Sided Overshot on Four Shafts  This is a lecture with samples and demonstrations which illustrates how to  have different color pattern weft on each side of the cloth.  The possibilities of having different patterns on each side of the cloth will also be discussed. Colloquy at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577 http://www.saintmeinrad.org/

October  

October 1, 2013, Tassels A true art form, the tassel has little if no practical function, yet it is found in most cultures at various times through history. Different types of tassels will be discussed and on display. Meanings of tassels in various parts of the world will be examined. A demonstration on how to make a basic tassel will be given. Colloquy at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577 http://www.saintmeinrad.org/

October 12, 2013, Finishing Handwovens Once your woven piece is off of the loom it is time to finish it! See samples of what can be done on the loom and once your fabric is off of the loom. There are many rules or tricks of the trade that can be used to finish hand-woven such as how to deal with fringe, decorate edges, join pieces and use beads. Duneland Weavers’ Guild  Westchester Public Library Service Center (100 West Indiana St., Chesterton, IN) http://www.dunelandweaversguild.org

November

November 9, 2013, Finishing Techniques For Handwovens Once your woven piece is off of the loom it is time to finish it! See samples of what can be done on the loom and once your fabric is off of the loom. There are many rules or tricks of the trade that can be used to finish hand-woven such as how to deal with fringe, decorate edges, join pieces and use beads. Wisconsin Handweavers, Inc., Gaenslen School (1250 E. Burleigh Street, Milwuakee, WI) http://www.wihandweavers.org/

December  



October

Thursday, October 4, 2012, Journal Making (Japanese Bookbinding)       

Learn the history of how Japanese Bookbinding developed and the various styles they used. Participants will make two traditional book bindings as well as the modern method of embossing the covers to create their journals. Time: 6-8 p.m. Fee: $20 (plus $6/supplies payable to instructor at class)  Lemont Center for the Arts, 1243 State Street, Suite 101, Lemont, Illinois 60439  (630) 243 – 7375

http://lemontcenterforthearts.wordpress.com/

Saturday, March 17, 2012, Ribbon Flowers From Victorian through Edwardian times, ribbon flowers were used on hats, shoes and garment. Ribbon flowers are created by folding, rolling, gathering, petals, knots and tubes. Learn about and see examples of techniques and flowers and make your own ribbon flowers. Flowers .Workshop is from 1 - 3:30 pm at the Matteson Public Library, 801 School Avenue, Matteson, IL 60443