This is one of the workshops that can’t possibly be described by a short catchy title. Thinking about it, that’s a good indication that it’s likely to be fascinating and full of useful information.
This workshop is about creating designs: what you do with those designs is up to you. For example, although you *can* weave fabric to showcase the patterns you create, you don’t have to. You could embroider the patterns in silk on a blouse, or cotton on a bag, weave them in beads, or knit them into a scarf. And the coolest thing of all is that the designs are based on words or text that you choose. The words are not readable in the final design, so only you will know what your design means. (Well, you and anyone you share the secret with.) So you could make a beaded bracelet for a new mother to commemorate the birth of a child. Knit a scarf of Happiness for someone who makes you happy, or who needs the gift of Happiness around their neck when life is hard.

Alison writes:

Draw Downs and Weave Ups:  Now I know my ABCs!
I’ve always had a fondness for letter forms, whether it was while practicing the flow of calligraphy or deciding on a particular font to use in an ad for the family’s store.  Woven text has also appeared in some of my studio projects; one inkle band proclaimed ‘Weave outside the box’ while a second said ‘I Make Time . . . To Make Art’ or vice versa depending on which end you read first.  The latest addition, a pebble weave band, twinkles ‘Star Light Star Bright’.

Text on a pebble weave band is clear for all to read.

All of those messages can be read easily.
Not so the results of Name Drafting, a technique used by some weavers when they’re designing new patterns.  Over the years, I’ve darkened hundreds of squares on graph paper while playing with ideas based on words.  But can anyone read those messages in the cloth?  

Not a soul.  There is not a single letter visible in any of the recent projects pictured here – and they are not all woven – and yet each one began with the word WEAVER.

Does this technique require a special code that only weavers know?
There are no secrets to name drafting; it’s a simple matter of knowing how to apply numbers 1 to 4 to the 26 letters of the alphabet.  I will be sharing all of that with students in this class.  Knitters, beaders, stitchers, crocheters, and quilters (imagine the blocks that could say ‘good night, sleep tight’!) are just a handful of fibre artists, along with weavers, who will be able to create charted patterns from words after putting their ABCs to work in this 3-hour session.

A book cover reading ‘Weaver’ in woven paper strips.

There is still time for more word play before Hand to Hand happens!  Find out what else I can devise on Friday, April 26 (9:30 to 12:30).

A beaded cuff reads ‘Weaver’, a secret signal for those in the know.