McCarl Gallery Plans Spinning, Weaving Workshops in July

by Public Relations | Jul 12, 2017

July 12, 2017

A weaving by Susan Rex

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will hold two textile workshops this month.

The first workshop, “Spin It! Learn to Spin Yarn on a Wheel,” will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, and will teach participants the basics of how a spinning wheel works, how to treadle the wheel and draft the fiber and what that actually means. Spinning wheels will be provided but participants who have a wheel they want to learn to use may bring it. Space is limited and reservations are required. Tuition and material fee is $45.

A weaving workshop entitled, “Try It! Weave a Scarf on a Floor Loom,” will be offered from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 26. In this one-day workshop, participants will weave a scarf using an array of bamboo yarn colors. The looms will be warped and ready to weave. The workshop will begin with an overview of planning a project and warping basics. Participants will learn how to wind bobbins, throw and catch the shuttle, and practice treadling to create a pattern and developing a consistent weaving beat. Participants will leave with their own hand-woven scarf.

Tuition and material fee for this workshop is $70. Both classes are designed as beginner-level classes and require no former spinning or weaving experience.

Classes will be taught by professional seamstress, avid spinner, weaver and fiber artist Susan Rex. She is a member of the Loyalhannon Spinners which meets monthly at the Gristmill at Saint Vincent. She has participated in many Sheep to Shawl Contests and won a top Weavers Award at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Space is limited and reservations are required by calling Lauren Churilla at the McCarl Gallery, 724-805-2188.

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Photo: A weaving by Susan Rex

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