Fibers and Weaving

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.

Materials List

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.

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Tuition Assistance

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, casey.galloway@utsa.edu.

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Fiber & Weaving Classes - Fall 2022


Course Description

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.

Instructor

Nancy Heneghan

Dates
  • Section A: Mon, Sep 12 – Nov 14 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Section B: Wed, Sep 14 – Nov 16 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location

Maxham Fiber Studio, 2nd Floor | Tobin Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$295

Tuition - Friends

$280


Course Description

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, casey.galloway@utsa.edu, by Aug 8; if approved, students will be contacted by e-mail on or before Aug 9 and must register by Sep 1. The instructor reserves the right to restrict enrollment.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Weaving or equivalent experience.

Instructor

Casey Galloway

Dates

  • Section A: Mon, Sep 12 – Nov 14 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Section B: Tue, Sep 13 – Nov 15 | 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Section C: Wed, Sep 14 – Nov 16 | 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Section D: Thu, Sep 15 – Nov 17 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Maxham Fiber Studio, 1st & 2nd Floor | Tobin Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$295

Tuition - Friends

$280


Course Description

Learn nine basic stitches that are the foundation of embroidery and take home a visually pleasing, hangable embroidery sample! These stitches will set you up to begin embroidery as well as conquer more advanced stitches and embroidery techniques. Included in the workshop is a full take home beginner kit (Hoop, scissors, thread, needle, heat erasing pen, sample of fabric stabilizer and transfer paper) along with an embroidery tips and tricks handout for reference. Class discussion will include how to choose which fabrics to embroider on, preparing a hoop, threading a needle, various ways to transfer your embroidery designs, how to embroider on clothing and how to protect your work.

Instructor

Lauren Gonzalez

Dates

Sat & Sun, Oct 22 & 23 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location

Gen Ed Classroom, Second Floor | Santikos Building

Sessions

2

Tuition - Regular

$130

Tuition - Friends

$115


Course Description

Indigo is considered “The Blue Gold” of natural dyes. Fermented indigo has been used as a dye for thousands of years. In this workshop, we will create an indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo, a much less time intensive process. We will fold, twist, roll, gather, tie, scrunch or bind the fabric. The fabric will be immersed in the indigo vat, once removed the fabric turns from green to blue. Unbinding the fabrics will reveal truly unique patterns and compositions. Please see the website for a list of items to bring to class.

Instructor

Jean Dahlgren

Dates

Sat, Oct 1 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location

Droste Design Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

1

Tuition - Regular

$135

Tuition - Friends

$120


Course Description

Create a beautiful and functional twined basket in the round. Learn how to weave with round reed, begin with a pointed star base, and weave a spiral to form the basket. Finish the lip of the basket and add a reed handle to hang on the wall. This is a wonderful beginning level basket weaving class, all levels are welcome. There will be a presentation on contemporary basket artists and discussion. Plan to pack a lunch or eat nearby. Please see the website for a list of materials.

Instructor

Sarita Westrup

Dates

Sat, Nov 12 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location

Droste Design Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

1

Tuition - Regular

$195

Tuition - Friends

$180


Course Description

Feltmaking is widely considered to be one of the oldest and simplest processes for creating fabric and textile forms. Applications can be functional or decorative, even conceptual with infinite creative possibilities from hangings, garments, jewelry, and more. It is a wondrously versatile fabric as it can be made as light and fragile as a piece of lace or strong and durable enough to make into a dwelling. The technique is quick and easy to grasp. Through the simple layering of wool fiber, a little soapy water and a generous amount of friction, magic happens! This class will cover all aspects of wet feltmaking techniques, including both flat felted fabrics and simple three-dimensional forms. Includes most materials, see website for a list of supplies; please bring a bag lunch.

Instructor

Liza Collins

Dates

Sat & Sun, Oct 15 & 16 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location

Droste Design Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

2

Tuition - Regular

$180

Tuition - Friends

$165

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