Mary Berent

Weaving Workshop Instructor

Weaver’s Whimsy, Weaving for Fun

A One-Hour Lecture by Mary Berent

Writing for Weaver’s Magazine was a joy, an honor and a challenge. Weaver’s Whimsy was a regular column in Weaver’s Magazine published between 1988 and 1993.

The lecture will include anecdotal information about the earliest idea for the column to the challenge of remaining whimsical while still giving magazine readers something useful. Also ‘behind the scenes’ information will be given about some of the projects woven to illustrate the Weavers Whimsy articles. While some of the projects and articles were barely whimsical, some of the topics were hilarious! Many of the woven items illustrating the articles will be available for participants to appreciate.

This lecture will be of interest to weavers at all levels of experience. A portion of the lecture will require the use of a digital projector. There will be lots of woven examples from the articles featured in Weaver’s Magazine for touching and feeling! There is no limit to the number of participants; however, I would like to know in advance an approximate number.

A one-hour lecture is $150 plus transportation, room and board. I am delighted to stay with a weaver, but request my own room. I have no allergies and I am not fussy about meals.

TENCEL—POOR WEAVER’S SILK

A One or Two-Hour Lecture by Mary Berent

Tencel is a wonderful, natural cellulose fiber with the properties and cost of cotton and all of the beauty, drape and elegance of silk. Tencel is available in a range of sizes and in fabulous colors. Tencel is also available in the form of fiber for spinning.

Tencel ScarfThe lecture will include a short history of Tencel and Lyocell and compare this wonderful fiber to other fibers in the cellulose family such as cotton, linen and rayon. Most of the lecture will be information on weaving with Tencel, including appropriate setts, information on structures that will show off the qualities of the Tencel fiber. The lecture will cover finishing of fringes and also washing, drying and ironing of Tencel. Dyeing and spinning will be discussed briefly; this lecture is primarily about weaving with Tencel. Sources will be included in handouts.

This lecture will be of interest to weavers at all levels of experience. A portion of the lecture will require the use of a digital projector. There will be lots of woven examples of the topics discussed for touching and feeling! There is no limit to the number of participants; however, I would like to know in advance an approximate number.

A one-hour lecture is $150 and a two-hour lecture is $300 plus transportation, room and board. I am delighted to stay with a weaver, but request my own room. I have no allergies and I am not fussy about meals.

 

 

COMBINING COMMON COTTON

A One or Two-Hour Lecture by Mary Berent

Cotton yarn comes in so many styles; shiny mercerized pearl cotton, nubby novelties, soft chenille, and fat mop cotton. Much of the weaving done by the "average" weaver starts with cotton yarn.

This lecture will illustrate the tremendous range of beautiful fabrics that can be woven starting with commonly available cotton yarns. Discussion will include basic information on cotton fibers, combining cotton with other fibers, project planning, sett, shrinkage and weave structure appropriate for various cotton yarns. Examples of fabric using smooth, shiny, pearl cotton in a variety of sizes, sett and structures; unmercerized cotton yarn; several cotton, cotton/rayon, or cotton/linen novelty yarns; and a couple of "What would happen if. . ." combinations of wool and cotton, and mohair and cotton will be available for "hands-on" inspection. The emphasis of the lecture is on designing fabric using readily available cotton yarns as a base on which to build.

This lecture will be of interest to weavers at all levels of experience. A portion of the lecture will require the use of a digital projector. There will be lots of woven examples of the topics discussed for touching and feeling! There is no limit to the number of participants; however, I would like to know in advance an approximate number.

A one-hour lecture is $150 and a two-hour lecture is $300 plus transportation, room and board. I am delighted to stay with a weaver, but request my own room. I have no allergies and I am not fussy about meals. 

 

8/2 COTTON—VERSATILE, BEAUTIFUL AND INEXPENSIVE

A One to Two Hour Lecture by Mary Berent

8/2 cotton is a wondrous yarn indeed! It is strong, absorbent, doesn’t wrinkle much, wears well, comes in scores of colors, and is easy to work with—from rugs to lacy weaves to knitting, and on top of all that it’s inexpensive!

This lecture will demonstrate the variety of fabrics possible using only one specific yarn—8/2 cotton. Discussion will include a brief history of cotton, including processing of cotton. There will be discussion and example pieces to show successful setts and weave structures for this yarn. Shrinkage and project planning will also be covered. Lots of examples will be available for "hands-on" inspection, ranging from rep weave suitable for rugs, to transparent lace fabric suitable for a scarf. Other samples include fabrics appropriate for table linens, clothing and home furnishings.

This lecture will be of interest to weavers at all levels of experience. A portion of the lecture will require the use of a digital projector. There will be lots of woven examples of the topics discussed for touching and feeling! There is no limit to the number of participants; however, I would like to know in advance an approximate number.

A one-hour lecture is $150 and a two-hour lecture is $300 plus transportation, room and board. I am delighted to stay with a weaver, but request my own room. I have no allergies and I am not fussy about meals.