Introduction to Weaving Software-April 2018

April 26, 2018 9:00 am
April 27, 2018 4:00 pm
To be determined
United States

weavingIntroduction to Weaving Software

Instructor:  Robyn Spady
Date:  Thursday & Friday, April 26 & 27, 2018
Location:  To Be Determined
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $131 for THSG members*;  $171 for nonmembers
*Supported by a generous grant from the Nita Balinsky Memorial Fund

Materials Fee: None at time of posting, but that may change.

Level: Folks with a working knowledge of weaving terminology as it relates to designing and drafting will get the most from this class.

Maximum # of students: 16

Instructor Information: If you have ever been in one of Robyn Spady’s workshops, you are familiar with her mastery of the Fiberworks software.  You are also familiar with her teaching mastery.  In fact it was when watching her move around that software that we decided to ask her to come back this year and teach us a bit of what she knows.  Robyn learned to weave over 40 years ago and completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving in 2004. She is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon weave structures, and narrow warp weaves. Robyn has written numerous articles for SS&D and Handwoven, taped a DVD Totally Twill: Beyond the Basics and published three monographs: Make Your Own Cord, Jewelry Making for Fiber Enthusiasts, and Handwoven Decorative Trim – An Introduction to Weaving Passementerie Trim. Robyn teaches at guilds and conferences throughout the United States. She is co-owner, designer and weaver for Spady Studios. She serves as a member of the Public Relations Committee of Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Handwoven. 

Workshop Description: This is a two-day introduction to designing weave structures using weaving software as a tool.  Instruction and practice will be offered on drafting, tie-ups, and treadling.  An assistant familiar with the software will be available for trouble shooting during the workshop.  More curriculum details to follow 

Materials and Supplies:  Students will be working with the most current version of PCW Fiberworks Silver.  Participants must work on a computer – not a tablet.  The software requires a mouse, and fully charged laptops are preferred.  For people who have not purchased the software, a demo version of the software can be downloaded.  The demo version does not allow folks to print, copy or save their drafts.  However it is an excellent way to determine if designing with software makes sense for you. Information, including the different versions and pricing, on PCW Fiberworks is available at their website here 

Registration opens to THSG Members: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the general meeting.  Online registrations begin after 2pm.

Registration opens to Nonmembers:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Participants may register at the monthly meeting, electronically from the website using PayPal, or by snail mail to THSG Workshops, PO Box 65413, Tucson, AZ  85728.  Direct any questions to Maddie at


Online Workshop Application 2017-2018

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