The imagination can be freed working with textiles, where fiber art techniques such as shibori, batik, silk-painting, or block-printing can be adapted from global traditions, cultural symbolism, or the human imperative for mark-making.
Located on the two floors of the Priest's House on the Ursuline Campus, our 50 floor looms are considered to be the largest teaching collection in the U.S., and are enjoyed by an active community of adult student weavers.
Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.
Class details (meeting times, tuition, etc.) are listed below.
A limited number of scholarships for tuition assistance are available for classes in the Fibers Department. Adults interested in studying fibers may apply for tuition assistance by submitting the application form and contacting Casey Galloway, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes are open-enrollment to the community. Class registration is a simple process. Read 'How to Register' below to get started. Click here to view all registration policies and guidelines, including information on payments, class withdraws and cancellations, refunds, and more.
Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four-shaft loom. This foundation class focuses on loom set up, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations), double weave construction and material considerations. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized. Reading drafts will also be covered. Each student will have the exclusive use of a floor loom for the semester. A supply list will be provided at the first session. Note: This class is a prerequisite to 2002 On-Loom Weaving Studio Projects.
Maxham Fiber Studio, 2nd Floor, Rm. 285 | Tobin Building
This program is designed for intermediate and advanced student-artists who wish to pursue their own direction in weaving. Acquiring new structural and manual skills and exploring new materials will be emphasized. Individual planning sessions along with some group instruction will allow students to proceed at their own pace. Each weaver will have exclusive use of one of the Fibers Department’s large collection of floor looms and three-week use of the dye lab.
Prior to registering, students must contact, email@example.com, by Nov 26; if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Nov 28 and must register by Jan 9. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience.
Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Tobin Building
In this two-day workshop, learn the time honored Japanese inspired sashiko techniques to mend, repair or even embellish your textiles. Students can choose to bring in personal items to mend using sashiko or the stitchwork can be utilized as a decorative application to other fabric projects. Includes a materials kit, see website for a list of additional materials needed.
Sat & Sun, Mar 18 & 19 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Gen Ed Classroom | Santikos Building
You may have seen the amazing digital reproductions of photos created by art quilters, but with the use of an iPad, computer or other tablet (even a phone) quilt artists can move beyond photographic reproduction into artistic filters, drawing and painting and amazing digital patterns. This workshop includes drawing and painting, photo editing, special effects apps and pattern apps on an iPad (preferred) or similar tablet. A demo of working with Spoonflower, a fabric printing on demand company, construction of a fused raw-edge collage appliqué art quilt using an inkjet printed image, and how to mount a small quilt on a canvas frame will also be covered. Participants will design and create a project using their own photo-based image, printed in class and mounted on a stretched canvas with additional fabric work and fabric collage (sewing machine optional) creating a small art quilt collage. See website for a list of materials; please bring a lunch.
Sat & Sun, Feb 4 & 5 | 9:30am – 4:00pm
Droste Design Studio & Gen Ed Classroom | Santikos Building
In this workshop, start with simple sketches and doodles and end the weekend with an arsenal of new surface design tricks and tools. Explore doodles and scribbles as sources of unique and personal imagery that will give your art quilts, wearable art, or mixed media work personal depth and layers of meaning. Take a favorite symbol through a series of creative generative exercises, you’ll make something new and different to incorporate into your design, composition, and surface design. Tools and techniques explored include paper lamination on fabric, gelli plate printing, large scale “mark-making” rollers, foam stamp, found object printing, and monoprinting. See website for a list of materials; please bring a lunch.
Sat & Sun, Mar 4 & 5 | 9:30am – 4:00pm
Droste Design Studio & Gen Ed Classroom | Santikos Building
Learn how to create hand-sewn wall hangings using a bojagi-inspired patchwork technique. This method utilizes flat-felled seams to produce a stained-glass-like effect. Instruction will include fabric preparation, hand-stitching fundamentals, and flat-felled demonstrations. Students will be provided with a pattern and material to finish a 14-in. wall hanging. See website for a list of materials; please bring a lunch.
Sat & Sun, Feb 25 & 26 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Droste Design Studio | Santikos Building
This intensive two-day class will lead students step-by-step through traditional flat tapestry weaving techniques. Tapestry is the most basic of weave structures; it offers the artist a wide range of visual possibilities. Students will learn how to prepare a warp and weave simple shapes. The class is designed for both beginners and those with experience wishing to refresh their skills. Looms and materials will be provided; please bring a lunch both days.
Sat & Sun, Apr 1 & 2 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Urschel Lounge | Urschel Building