Classes, Programs and Demonstrations

Please get in touch if you would like to schedule a class for yourself, a group, or a guild.  I am available for private sessions in my home in Edgewood, New Mexico and I like to travel!    

 Email me at: iWeaveStraps@Gmail.com.  


🎨SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS:


June 8th-9th, 2024

Springfield Prairie Weavers Guild, Springfield, Illinois

Baltic/Speckled Pickup and Three-Color Pickup


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June 15th-21st, 2025

Braids Conference 

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

More details to follow here: https://amksoc.org/featured-home/braids-2025/

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More 2024 dates coming for Sacramento & Placerville, CA and others. 

More 2025 dates coming for events in Florida, Massachusetts, and others. 
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                            From the Hangtown Fibers Guild workshops in Placerville, CA 2023



Photo from Fiber Circle Studio, Petaluma, CA


                        Photo from the Intermountain Weavers Conference, Durango, Co



🎨WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

Color & Design for Inkle Weavers (3 hours)

Audience: Anyone interested in inkle weaving. All levels of experience. No loom required. 

Description: We will look at many samples of woven bands and discuss what makes a good design, discuss color theory, look at yarn choices, experiment with color selection tools, and, as time allows, create patterns on paper or using an online tool. This is a more in-depth discussion than what I typically include in my Beginning Inkle Weaving workshop. 
It is not a hands-on weaving workshop. Students do not need a loom. 

Beginning Inkle Weaving (6 hours)

Audience: This class is designed for beginning weavers with no experience on inkle looms. However, students with some experience may enjoy learning more about designing and tips for weaving. 

Description: We will look at hundreds of examples and discuss what makes a good design, discuss color theory, look at yarn choices, experiment with color selection tools, make an off-loom preview, chart patterns on paper or with an online tool. Students will then use the patterns that they create to set up the looms. We will discuss tips and tricks for ease of warping, how to produce even bands with straight selvedges, how to finish a band, and a bit of problem-solving. 





 

Horizontal Bar Background Pickup on the Inkle Loom (6 hours)

Audience: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing plain weave on the inkle loom. Students can bring a loom, purchase one, or borrow one during class. Borrowed looms will not be available to take home.

Description: The horizontal bar background pickup technique is commonly used in cultures of the Central and South American countries as well as Native Americans of the Navajo and Pueblo tribes. We will look at examples to learn the many variations which are possible using the horizontal bar pickup technique, explore simple pickup patterns as well as pick and drop patterns using one or both colors. Learn to read and create charts for the designs. Students will set up their looms and weave a sampler of patterns. As time allows and depending on student aptitude and interest we will also learn how to weave letters using the same warp.




Speckled Background Pickup (AKA Baltic Pickup) on the Inkle Loom (6 hours)

Audience: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing plain weave on the inkle loom. Students can bring a loom, purchase one, or borrow one during class. Borrowed looms will not be available to take home.

Description:  Baltic-style pickup is a simple technique to learn, but has vast possibilities for creating exciting patterns on a woven band.  We will look at examples to learn the many variations which are possible using the Baltic-style pickup technique, explore simple pickup patterns as well as pick and drop patterns, learn to read and create charts for the designs. Students will set up their looms and weave a sampler of patterns.  




3-Color Pickup on the Inkle Loom (6 hours)

Audience: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing Baltic-style pickup on the inkle loom. Students can bring a loom, or borrow one.  Borrowed looms will not be available to take home.

Description:  3-Color Pickup is a more complex version of Baltic pickup.  We will look at examples, discuss variations, learn to read and create charts for the designs. Students will set up their looms and weave a sampler of patterns.  




Student work from 3-Color Pickup workshop in Seattle, WA, March 2022

🎨PAST WORKSHOPS:

To date, I have taught classes for:
Pike's Peak Weavers Guild, Colorado Springs, CO
New England Weavers Seminar
Hangtown Fiber Guild, Placerville, CA
Central Coast Weavers, San Luis Obispo, CA
Eugene Textile Center, Eugene, OR
The Carmel Crafts Guild, Carmel, CA
The Golden Fleece, Santa Cruz, CA
Yarns by the Sea, Aptos, CA
Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, Espanola, NM
Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild, Santa Fe, NM
Intermountain Weavers Conference, Durango, CO
Handweavers of the Central Valley, Exeter, CA
Fiber Circle Studio, Petaluma, CA
San Diego Creative Weavers' Guild, San Diego, CA 

Testimonials: 

"I was program chair for our weaving guild a few years ago, and we scheduled a presentation and workshop with Annie. It was one of the most popular programs of the year, and even people with very little weaving experience made lovely inkle bands during the workshop. Annie makes her workshops learning, community building, and fun experiences. Seeing her amazing collection of bands is so inspiring, and so is watching her hands at work. She takes obvious pleasure in sharing her skills and passion for inkle weaving, and does it very well. Feel free to email me if you want to hear more about our experience with Annie's teaching, twopettits@yahoo.com
Ann Pettit, Program Chair, Carmel Crafts Guild


"Annie MacHale is an excellent teacher.  Her love of inkle weaving, gentle teaching style and supportive approach lets her students shine.  I highly recommend Annie as an instructor.  You will count your day with her as a highlight of your year."  
Mary Brown, President, Carmel Crafts Guild

"Annie is a gifted weaver and a most generous teacher.  I will be forever grateful to her for introducing me to the inkle loom.  If you are at all curious - and have the opportunity - take her class.  You will not be disappointed, and you might find yourself inspired to continue on and on!  Weaving can be addictive, but it's really good for the brain!"  Kathy Sinnott


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I am available to give presentations to schools, guilds, or other groups.

A one-hour slideshow entitled, "Narrrow, but  not Limited" can be given in person or by Zoom. It aims to inspire by showing many possible uses for woven bands. The full program description is below. 

"Because the inkle loom is a simple device designed to make very narrow, warp-faced pieces, its true potential is often overlooked.  People frequently ask “What can you do with an inkle loom, anyway?” Annie MacHale has spent over four decades exploring the possibilities and loves to inspire others to join her in the adventure. She will share many stories of her inspiration and creation and show a diverse array of items produced on her inkle looms."

In person, I can also bring examples of things I've woven on inkles, show a variety of loom types, and inspire you to get busy using your inkle loom.





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Videos:


Pickup Tutorial




A 30-minute TV interview discussing my love for inkle weaving.


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  2. do you ever come up to Canada?? pleeeeeeze?!

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    1. I'd love to! Do you have a local guild or shop that would like to arrange a visit and find a classroom full of students?
      My email is iweavestraps@gmail.com

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