Ecor Systems, LLC
Lectures

    All lectures run approx. 1 to 1.5 hours with time for questions at the end. Equipment necessary for lecture - VGA to VGA digital projector with high resolution, screen, microphone if required. Equipment must be provided by the host.

    Understanding Rayon Chenille - Learn to understand this problematic fiber so to be able to work with it in many interesting structures outside the confines of plain weave.

    Untying the Mysteries of Tied Unit Weaves - Learn what makes a Tied Unit weave work, and how to design any pattern you choose to weave in a Tied Unit weave structure.

    Surface Design for Handweavers - Handweavers have a unique opportunity to construct cloth. We can begin creating pattern with weave structure and carry on to embellish the surface both during and after weaving. Learn many creative ideas to begin your explorations into surface design.

    Color Interaction for Handweavers - Learn how to choose colors that will work together in handwoven items.



Workshops

    UNDERSTANDING RAYON CHENILLE
    Understanding Rayon Chenille 2.5 hr seminar, 1.5 hr lecture, 3 day workshop

    Su Butler literally wrote the book on Rayon Chenille weaving! Rayon chenille scares many weavers. Su will help you understand the fiber and the idiosyncrasies of successfully weaving with it. 3 day workshop includes students weaving and finishing a rayon chenille scarf on their own looms.

    If you have always wanted to weave sumptuous chenille but were afraid to try, this is the workshop for you!!

    Advanced beginner - advanced level. (Students *must know* how to read a draft and be able to prepare a loom for weaving in one afternoon)

    UNTYING THE MYSTERIES OF TIED-UNIT WEAVES
    1.5 hour lecture, 3 day workshop, 2.5 hr seminar

    Through lecture and hands on weaving experience, students will learn and understand the sometimes mysterious Tied-Unit weave systems. Students will develop a working notebook of different tied-unit weave systems. The goal is to understand how Tied-Unit weaves work, and how they can be used to the advantage of handweavers.

    Intermediate to Advanced. Students *must* understand profile drafting. Students must have a strong foundation in single warp weave systems {tabby, twills, etc.) and fully understand the components of standard drafting. This class is NOT for beginners!


    COLOR INTERACTION FOR HANDWEAVERS
    3 day workshop, 1.5 hr lecture

    Through use of warps and sample weaving and colored yarns, we will explore the basics of color theory and interaction through experimentation and weaving. Practical ideas, useable color theory, samples and paper experiments, along with handouts and lecture notes will enable students to complete a color theory notebook for themselves to use throughout their weaving careers!

    Beginner  Intermediate level.

    SURFACE DESIGN FOR HANDWEAVERS
    3 or 5 day workshop, 1.5 hr lecture

    Working with 100% cotton cloth or participants own cotton handwoven fabrics, we will learn to dye, embellish, screen, print, stamp and foil the surface of the cloth. (Not all techniques will be taught at the 2 day version) All techniques are applicable to handwoven fabrics and discussion and demonstration of the subtle differences in technique from commercially woven to handwoven fabrics will be thorough. (5 day workshop includes loom-woven Shibori and devore)

    Beginner and up.


    EASY PICKUP
    3 day workshop

    Learn to do complex looking pickup designs, without counting, and on only 4 shafts! This simple method allows the weaver to create intriguing and complex designs using a technique even the most beginning weaver can understand and apply. Students will work on their own, pre-warped looms
    A good workshop for beginning weavers.


    BEGINNING WARP PAINTING
    1 day workshop

    A brief overview of color theory, mostly discussion of the value scale and application to dyeing, begins this workshop. Students then learn to mix chemical water and dyestocks from powdered dyes. Students will paint a minimum of two cellulose warps. Different application techniques will be taught, and both steaming and batching of dyed warps will be utilized.

    Any level.


    WARP PAINTING
    3 day workshop

    Same as above with a more extensive background in color theory. Instruction will include resist methods, surface design techniques, discharge, overdyeing and hand manipulated techniques. In addition to protein and cellulose fibers, experimentation will be done with blends.


    BEGINNING WEAVE DRAFTING
    1-3 day workshop

    Students will learn the basics of weave drafting on graph paper and then weave what they have drafted. This helps encourage a relationship between the printed draft and the structure of the woven cloth. Students will end up with a sample notebook of many of their designs, have a good foundation in pattern drafting and get the experience of weaving what they design!

    Beginner and beyond.


    BEGINNING FOUR-COLOR DOUBLEWEAVE
    2-3 day workshop

    Learn the basic principles of weaving parallel threadings and treadlings utilizing color rotations that allow four colors to appear on the surface of the cloth! Useable color theory, actual woven samples and lecture will enable students to weave a sampler in class, and looms will have enough warp prepared to weave a full sized scarf when sampler is completed.

    Intermediate skill level required. Students MUST be able to prepare the loom and have some concept of regular Doubleweave. This is NOT a workshop for rank beginners.


    RUG WEAVING  TAQUETE, SAMITUM AND MORE!
    3 day workshop

    Explore rug weaving using the versatile techniques of Taquete and Samitum. Students will weave a rug sampler in class, while learning how these two weaves work so they can use them at home. We will also cover some other important rug weaving information.


    YOU DID THAT ON 4 SHAFTS?!?
    2 day workshop or 3 day workshop

    Learn how to weave fabric which can then be drawn and dyed to create
    exciting patterning on very few shafts! Loom woven shibori is an exciting
    technique to create very complex looking cloth on looms with two or more
    shafts.

    Three day workshop will include some extra surface design techniques.

    DISCHARGE DYEING
    (1 day workshop)

    Students will learn to mix discharge agent Thiorurea dioxide and use it to alter the color of commercially dyed fabric, or students own handwoven fabric. Each student will work on a piece of fabric large enough to create a kimono style jacket. NO sewing will be done in class, but detailed instructions will be given to construct a garment.


    PROFILE DRAFTING
    (1 day seminar or 3 day workshop)

    Learn to read and understand a profile draft. Then learn how to design your own! This seminar is for weavers who understand basic thread by thread drafts and are ready to investigate the world of profile drafting and unit weaves. Students need graph paper and pencils. A nominal materials fee will include handouts. Three day workshop includes weaving design on loom.


Contact me

    If you are interested in booking a workshop/lecture, please email me at subu@subudesigns.com or use the contact tab in the upper tool bar of the website, and we can discuss which workshop will work best for your group. My fee structure is available via email.