Weaving Practicum

January 5, 2018 by Anonymous

SPRINGERVILLE — Learn the fundamentals of weaving or bring your projects and get help from experienced weaver Carol Farnsworth during a Weaving Practicum at Northland Pioneer College’s Springerville/Eagar Center, 940 E. Maricopa in Springerville, January 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

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The Practicum (reference HCT 099x-02), is designed for beginners or those wanting to learn a new weaving technique. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on activity you'll be able to plan and execute a chosen project. There is a $30 fee for the noncredit practicum. Students should bring their own supplies and loom, or a loom can be rented for an additional $15.

“The Practicum is an informal class with many opportunities to learn from other students as well,” notes Farnsworth.

Weaving students of all levels can bring their problems and projects to her Weaving Open Studio and receive help other weavers on Tuesdays, from 1 to 4 p.m., April 3 to 17 (reference HCT 099x-08). There is a $30 fee for the studio class which is designed for students with previous weaving experience.

A new class this spring will cover Natural Dyes (reference HCT 099x-01). Join Farnsworth Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, to learn how to prepare yarn, process the plant materials and dye the yarn using 2 or more dyeing staffs. Students will dye protein fiber such as wool, alpaca and others using plant-based dyes. You will take home our dyed yarn and records so the process can be repeated. Students must bring their own fibers to dye.  The $50 cost of class includes all supplies except the student-provided fiber.

Farnsworth first learned to weave over 40 years ago in Finland as part of an exchange program. She has learned to raise her own fiber animals, shear them and process the fiber into yarn, dye it and then weave. “The entire process is an endlessly fascinating study,” commented Farnsworth. “The connection between modern textiles and pre-historic textiles adds depth to my studies.” She is always interested in new weaving techniques and available fibers and is eager to share this new information with students, something she has been doing for over 20 years.

Sign up for the Weaving Practicum or other weaving classes at least three days before the class starts to ensure it is not canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Register at any NPC location during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. NPC offices will be closed January 15.

NPC's Community and Corporate Learning Division provides personal interest and specialized corporate training throughout NPC's service area. For more information about noncredit, personal interest classes, contact Katharine Olsen, community learning specialist, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6244, or email or click on the "Noncredit Classes {Learning Adventures" link. For corporate training, contact Royce Kincanon, corporate learning coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6239, or email.

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