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Betty Burian Kirk

Weaving Lectures & Demonstrations

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.  For intermediate weavers, 2 hours

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. All levels, 2 hours.

Fabric Analysis Using paper and pencil one can examine a woven piece and figure out how the material was made, determining the threading and treadling. Use of a magnifying glass is helpful. Use of a computer will also be discussed. Intermediate, 2 hours.

Introduction to Drafting This is a hands on lecture where participants will use paper and pencil to learn how to make a draw-down from a threading and treadling sequence. Beginners, 1-2 hours.

Evolution of Weaving  An historic overview of how man started weaving and how it has evolved to  modern day looms and industrial machinery.  The importance of weaving in our society will also be looked at historically.  Open to all ability levels, 1 to 2 hours

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. Open to all levels, 1 to 2 hours

Lectures and workshops can be created or tailored to an organizations needs at request if sufficient time is available.

If you are interested in having Betty Burian Kirk present any of these classes to your organization, please contact her at Betty@bbkirk.com  List what topic you are interested in and dates for scheduling