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Wilma Malcolmson, Shetland Designer shown wearing the ‘Katie’s Kep,” a hat she designed for Shetland Wool Week in 2020. Malcolmson will talk about her journey in the knitwear world from being taught to knit as a child by her mother and school knitting, to forming her own business Shetland Designer. Malcolmson was particularly interested in Fair Isle patterns and the use of color. Over the years she has been inspired by photographs, paintings, landscapes and even seaweed on the beach. She has used these images to design colors in Fair Isle patterns. It is her hope to show us some examples of these during her talk. Malcolmson was asked to be Patron of Shetland Wool Week in 2020. Due to the pandemic Wool Week had to be made virtual. Shetland Wool Week was started from very small beginnings 12 years ago. Today, it is now known worldwide and many visitors come to Shetland at the end of September. Many friendships have been made through knitting! https://www.shetlanddesigner.co.uk/
Tien Chiu, Expert Weaver and Color Ninja. Her work has been exhibited in museums and featured on the cover of Handwoven. She is obsessed with color, and has woven hundreds of swatches and dyed over 2,500 yarn samples in a quest to understand color in weaving. She teaches online courses about color in weaving. In addition to her color work, she is the author of Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work, a book about the creative process in craft. She is a former President of the Board at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Her handwoven wedding dress is part of the permanent collection at The Henry Ford Museum. Chiu will talk to us about why people often find color in weaving to be so complicated that it feels downright mystical. But it’s not. Color in weaving follows rules, and once you understand the underlying rules, you can design beautiful work. Painted warps are beautiful. But they can be difficult to design with. Painted-warp colors can change radically when woven, depending on your weft yarn colors and your choice of design. This program explains the basics of how color works in weaving and then covers how to choose weft, weave structure, and sett to showcase the colors of your painted warp – either by preserving the original colors or by blending them with a carefully chosen weft color to bring out their beauty. www.warpandweave.com
Eileen Hallman, Weaver, Spinner & Dyer of Cotton with Colors of Indigo
A little known fact about indigo is that it can dye the primary colors—blue, red, and yellow. Hallman has been researching the capabilities of this magical plant since taking a fresh leaf indigo workshop with Rowland Ricketts in 2005. Ricketts is the Associate Dean of the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design at Indiana University and trained in indigo farming and dyeing in Japan. Most of Hallman’s research dealt with getting indirubin, the pink color, onto cotton. Having finally broken that barrier, she turned her attention to the green she obtained with an overnight soak in the fresh leaf juice. In the summer of 2020 she was able to segregate the yellow component that produced that green from what was originally a blue bath. Hallman will share with us the amazing ways Indigo can produce a rainbow of colors.
Brandy Clements, 4th generation chair caner & shameless chair nerd. Owner/chair minion at Silver River Center for Chair Caning in Asheville. The nations’ only chair caning school and museum in Asheville, NC. We are a couple of chair nerds on a mission to dispel the myth that chair caning is a dying art. We want to empower everyone to learn to restore their own chairs. And so, we expanded our chair caning restoration business into Silver River Center for Chair Caning, the nation’s only chair caning school and museum! Clements will share with us her story about the love and restoration of caning chairs. (Pictured below is Brandy Clements and her husband and partner, David Klingler) www.silverriverchairs.com
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