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Instructor: Sue Kawamoto

Date: Wednesdays beginning September 12th, 2018  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Guild Studio

Cost: Free 

This is a free knitting circle. Limited instruction and a fee for materials that the instructor will have available for students - yarn, needles, patterns.  Some needles are available in the guild studio for member use.  We also welcome spinners - all skill levels of knitters and spinners welcome!


Instructor: Sue Kawamoto

Date: Saturday, February 1st, 2020

Time: 9 am - 4 pm

Where: Guild Studio

Cost: $35/members $40/non-members

Material Fee: Materials can be purchased at the beginning of class

Students will learn about 5 different rigid heddle loom techniques: Learn to Weave, clasped warp, windowpane weaving for a felted scarf, back bath scrubber and krokbragd.  This class is for students who want to learn weaving on a rigid heddle loom or would like to advance their skills.


Instructor: Gretchen Michaels

Date: Thursday, February 6th - Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Time: 9 am - 2 pm

Where: Guild Studio

Cost: $35/members $40/non-members

Material Fee: $5 includes use of any screens, felts, rollers, blender, iros, gathered materials etc.  Handouts included.  Students can bring paper made from most any material from natural materials to dryer lint.

This class will explore the history of papermaking while creating baskets, journals, not cards and wall hangings.  Natural and recycled  materials will be used.  All equipment and supplies provided but bring along fibers, flower petals, dryer lint, etc.

Beginners through advanced students will enjoy this class.


Instructor: Joan Ruane & Darquis DeCoz

Date: February 14th - 17th, 2020 

Where: Guild Studio

Cost: $90 for Guild members - $125 for non-Guild 

Materials Fee: $35 (yarn & handouts)

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn to warp and weave on a four-harness loom. It is compacted into 24 hours for those who come to Bisbee for the workshop or those who do not have time for a lengthy class schedule. It is a holiday week-end so we can give travel time on both sides.

Workshop Schedule: 

Friday Afternoon 1-5 PM:  Introduction to a four-harness loom and the difference between table looms, a Jack, Counter March and Counter Balance looms. Learning how to use a warping board and warping up a 12-inch wide warp, 6 inches of one-color carpet warp and 6 inches of another color.  They will then learn how to warp their loom, back to front and proper thread techniques.   They will thread half in a 2-2 twill and the other half in birds’ eye. (Those who wish to can come in from 7 to 9 for individual help)

 Saturday 9 am-5pm (Those behind can come in at 8): Finish threading their looms when they come in if needed.  A discussion on how to prepare the warp for weaving, how to wind a bobbin properly and then the basic weaving skills of holding and throwing the shuttle. Students will spend the morning weaving.   During coffee-break time students will learn how to read patterns from magazines and books.  By the afternoon some of the will start choosing a project they can design or copy from a draft.  They will start selecting yarns and some might even begin warping for their project and putting it on their loom. 

Sunday 9 am-5 pm (Studio open at 8 for those who need individual help): This is all day setting up for their new project, warping, threading and weaving.   During coffee breaks we will discuss good weaving books, where to get yarns and different methods of warping and types of weaves as well as finishing and question time.     

Monday 9-11 am:   Wrapping up!  Finishing project, answering questions and cleaning up the studio and putting away the tools and yarns.   (If a student needs a little more time, I am willing to stay longer.)

Maximum students: 8

Instructor Bio:

Joan Ruane was trained as a teacher and has been weaving and spinning since 1975. She began teaching around the world in 1989.  Joan helped to start the Bisbee Fiber Guild back in the 90’s and was active in setting up the Bisbee Weaving Studio.   She has written articles for several fiber magazines, written two books and produced two DVDs.  Joan can be found on YouTube teaching spinning in many forms and can be streamed by going to www.taprootvideo.com


Instructor: Deb Moroney

Date: Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Time: 10 am - 1:00 pm

Where: 7 Sisters Studio on Erie Street in the Lowell District

Cost: $30/members $40/non-members

Material Fee: $5

Experience Level: Beginner

Flat felting using a resist which then becomes a 3D structure with pounding and forming.  Your kitty will love it!.  

Maximum students: 6      Minimum students: 6