• New Teaching Location in Asheville

    I am happy to announce that starting Oct. 28, 2016, I’ll be doing my local teaching primarily at Local Cloth’s new Dye Studio and Classroom, located inside the Asheville Area Arts Council’s new Refinery Creator Space at 207 Coxe Avenue on Asheville’s South Slope. This is a convenient location and a lovely room with lots of light.

    Registration for all my classes at Local Cloth will be handled through the Local Cloth website:  www.localcloth.org  Two 2-day workshops, one for beginning tapestry weaving and the other for intermediate color-and-weave effects, are already posted on the website. I invite you to check them out.

    In addition, I have reformatted the Weaving I class to conform to the Local Cloth schedules. I will still cover all the subjects from the original Weaving 1: Three Warps, Three Towels; but now each towel will be its own 3-week session. Each session will be 4 hours per week for 12 total hours. I HIGHLY recommend beginners take all three sessions consecutively, as I firmly believe the best way to become confident about warping a loom yourself is frequent repetition with very short warps.

    I understand such a schedule can be challenging for some, so now you will be able to sign up for each of the three sessions independently. However, there is a substantial fee discount if you register for the entire three-part series. There is also a three-person minimum and five-person maximum for each session of the series.

    I will try to vary the day and perhaps time for each 3-part series to accommodate various schedules. The first one, starting Oct. 28, will be Friday mornings from 9 am-1 pm.

    We are still working out logistics for the Just Weave class.

    Class fees are paid to Local Cloth when registering online. Each session of Weaving I is $120, or $324 if you register for the entire series. There is a $12 materials fee for each 3-week session. Other workshops are priced individually, depending on length.

    So here is the upcoming fall-early winter schedule for 2016. If you’d like to reserve a place in the first session or full series of Weaving I, please let me know. I’ll put you on the list and let you know as soon as class is posted on the Local Cloth website. For other two workshops, you can register now.

    Hope to see you in the studio soon!

    Karen Donde

    Karen Donde Teaching Schedule at Local Cloth-Fall/winter 2016

    Weaving I-Three Warps, Three Towels
    Session 1:  Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Nov. 18
    Session 2: Dec. 2, 9, 16
    Session 3: Jan. 13, 20, 27, 2017

    Tapestry Basics: Surface Designs in Woven Cloth
    Nov. 12-13; 9 am-5 pm

    Weave A Twill Gamp with Color-and-Weave Effects
    Dec. 10-11; 9 am-5 pm

  • How & Why to Turn a Draft Interweave Webinar

    I am happy to announce I'll be leading another live Interweave webinar on April 27 at 1 pm eastern time. This one will help you understand how turning a draft can simplify weaving, threading or treadling and can enhance some textile designs. But it isn't right for every situation. Learn what turning a draft means, how to do it and reasons ...'to turn, or not to turn.'

    Go to http://www.interweavestore.com/how-and-why-to-turn-a-draft
    to register!

    If the time doesn't work, you can still register and you'll receive a link afterward to watch the recorded version.


    I am excited to announce a classroom partnership with Friends & Fiberworks Yarn Shop, 19 Westridge Marketplace, in Candler, NC. Karen will begin offering beginning weaving and Next-Step Classes in January 2015.
    I also will be teaching two special classes during the Friends & Fiberworks Winter Retreat: Just Weave:Weave a Scarf in a Day class on Saturday, Jan. 17, and a new class, Weave a Twill Mug Rug, on Monday afternoon, Jan. 19. No experience is needed for either class. On Monday afternoon, participants can book one or more 45 minute sessions on a pre-warped loom to try weaving twill.
    To register for the Weaving I or Next Step classes, contact me directly. For F&F Winter Retreat classes, register online at friendsandfiberworks.com.
    Check the Classes page of this website for a description of all classes & then check the Calendar page for the schedule.
    If you have any questions, or have scheduling issues, just call or email me and we'll try to make it work.
    I look forward to seeing you in the new classroom!

  • Sutherland Handweaving Studio update

    Karen and Barb Butler, who shared studio and classroom space at Sutherland Handweaving Studio, are heading in exciting new, but separate directions. The Asheville River Arts District studio will close in December 2014.

    Karen will continue teaching beginning to advanced handweaving classes in the Asheville area and around the country for guilds and conferences. Check back here for updates on her teaching schedules and contact her if you'd like to schedule a class. Look for her work at the Craft Fairs of the Southern Highlands. Or if you see something in her portfolio you like, contact her to see whether it's still available. If not, she can weave another one for you.

    Barb, still operating under the Sutherland brand, will continue her weaving business through a variety of wholesale outlets and a few selected craft fairs.

  • Weave and Learn

    Handweaving can be isolating. Being able to weave with others on a regular basis can be a rich learning experience. So consider this page an opportunity to pick up tips and ideas to become a more successful weaver.

    Check back often for the latest learnings.

    Bobbin Winding 101: Winding a bobbin so that the weft releases consistently without pulling the selvages or getting stuck half way across the shed takes practice. An electric winder makes the process easier because both hands can be used to guide and firmly tension the yarn.

    On a hand winder, try this tip I picked up in a Sharon Alderman workshop. Hold the weft firmly in your left hand as close to the bobbin as possible. Pinch the yarn tightly between thumb and forefinger so it goes on the bobbin tightly. If this burns your fingers, wrap a scrap of leather or cloth around the thread. While cranking the winder with the right hand, move the yarn quickly back and forth from flange to flange. This allows the yarn to cross itself at diagonals, similar to how it is loaded on the cone, and is less likely to get caught in layers underneath as you weave.