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Workshops for Weavers

Due to Covid-19, the workshops are available through Zoom.

Trash Bag Garment Design: 

Practicing Design Decisions
Finding Your Inner Designer


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This is a warm-up-exercise workshop for hand weavers who want to add to their design skills. We will create a garment for our models using only trash bags. Trash bags of different sizes, color and styles are used because they are inexpensive and easily available.


Based on the simple format of a trash bag, we decide what to do for necks, arms, and legs. For inspiration, there will be a review of techniques used by other cultures that turn a rectangle into garment shapes. Cutting, taping, braiding and laminating plastic bags are examples of the techniques that could be used in this exercise.

The workshop will take 1 to 3 hours with a fashion show of designs after the session. Participants pair up as designer and model and collaborate.

Fee: $300 plus lodging, meals and travel costs. Class will require an adequate space with tables, chairs, plug-ins for machines and adequate lighting.

Materials fee $25.


Stories Behind the Work
Karen Gelbard

Slideshow & 
PowerPoint Presentation

Available by Zoom

This lecture introduces “The Oregon Weaver” with her unique handwoven designs from the Pacific Northwest.
Work featured are garments, scarves, and shawls. The talk covers her process from inspiration to design.

The presentation will take 1 to 1 -1/2 hour with examples of work.

Fee: $200 plus lodging, meals and travel costs.

Cut and Sew Your Own Handwoven Jacket 

Available by Zoom

This is a 2 or 3 day workshop for weavers who want to cut and sew their own jacket. This is an intense 2 or 3 day experience to design and sew with the handwoven cloth. It explores pattern layout, individual fit issues, and creative design solutions. Participants layout, cut and sew their own custom garment with my guidance. Having their own yardage is a prerequisite. They need to bring a pattern they want to use and sewing machines. The workshop would require tables and chairs for several sewing machines and tables to cut fabric.

Fee: $500 a day plus lodging, meals and travel cost. Class will require an adequate space with tables, chairs, plug-ins for machines and adequate lighting.

Materials fee: $30 which includes Pellon and interfacing.

Projects in Public Spaces

Available by Zoom

How I came to think in terms of a hundred yard warp.

This is a 40-minute PowerPoint Presentation of projects I have been involved with that are in Public Spaces and includes some information and outcomes of the Comprehensive Educational Training Act 1974-1980. The projects are: the ongoing  restoration of the textiles of historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, OR, and the SunRiver Lodge restoration under the direction of Larry Kirkland in 1984.

Fee: $200  plus lodging, meals and travel cost.

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