Study Groups

Study Groups provide an excellent way for members to become acquainted and share information. Some groups exchange swatches while in others members send in original articles, computer drafts and other short bits of information for their newsletters. There are groups who meet face to face but most communicate by mail and e-mail.

The Study Groups do have a chance to get together every other year at the Complex Weavers Seminars. What fun it is to finally meet your weaving pen pals in person!

Whether you are drawn to old weaving manuscripts, computer tools and drafting, math and weaving, medieval fabric and clothing, specific weave structures, bands and braids, drawloom weaving,  or weaving with fine threads, we have a group for you.

To learn more about a listed study group, please  contact the Coordinators with your questions. If there is not a group that deals with your interests, the Study Group Chair can work with you to start a new one. You are also welcome to borrow Study Group Notebooks through the Complex Weavers Library for your research and inspiration. Membership in Complex Weavers and a desire to learn and share are the only prerequisites.

When you join a study group your contributions will be kept in the library and will be available only to Complex Weavers members and only for their own private use.  Copyrights will be retained by the author.  Copyright law prohibits others from using the materials in teaching, weaving for sale, and publication without the express permission of the author.

Bateman Weaves

The group will continue its fourth year with Monograph Thirty Six, “Bateman Blend Weaves”.

Beyond Plain Weave Garments

For those interested in weaving garment fabrics which are complex in nature. Samples and critiques twice a year.

Collapse, Pleat and Bump

It is possible to weave a piece of fabric that will take on an entirely different appearance once removed from the loom and finished, collapsing in upon itself, pleats, bumps – anything but flat. The Collapse, Pleat, and Bump Study Group will explore the different ways these effects can be achieved.

Computer Aided Design Exchange

The Computer-aided Design Exchange Group has, as its purpose, the exchange of ideas. It asks its members to look at the work they are doing on the computer and comment on that work. The Computer-aided Design Exchange Group members share with their fellow members not only their ideas but also their unique approach to design and how they work with a particular structure, including which software tools are useful in the development of new drafts and designs.

Computer Tools

CTools is open to all CW members who have email with plain text. Messages can be received individually, in digest form, or can be read on the web page. Weaving files and graphics files can be uploaded or downloaded from the web page.

Designing Fabrics

A forum for weavers with an interest in non-structural aspects of fabric design.

Double Harness

The Double Harness Study Group is for weavers with an interest in weaving damask and double harness/drawloom weaving. Members vary widely in the ability and experience, from very experienced to those who do not yet have a drawloom, and all levels in-between.

Double Weave

“Double Weave” is a study group on double weave with approximately 30 weavers. Most of the group describe themselves as intermediate level double weavers, the rest divide between beginners and advanced. All are enthusiastic!

Early American Coverlets

This study group is looking for weavers who are interested in research of 18th and 19th century American handwoven coverlets. The group researches both geometric and fancy coverlets. Activities include newsletters and draft and swatch exchanges.

Early Weaving Books and Manuscripts

A forum for those who love the challenge of early weaving drafts. Bimonthly newsletter, some with swatches.

Fine Threads

Weave a little finer than before for an October exchange of information and May sample exchange.

Jacquard Study Group

On-line study group with the goal of furthering individual knowledge and increasing participation in jacquard design and weaving.

Japanese Textiles

A forum for those interested in the design, techniques, history, and applications of Japanese textiles. Two newsletters per year, contribution required.

Kumihimo

To study braids and braid making. Samples to be exchanged twice a year. All levels of expertise welcome

Oscar Beriau Sampling Group

Participants weave two samples: exact reproductions of Beriau’s published drafts and a draft of their own creation based upon their assigned Beriau draft. Drafts will be provided for those without books. For publication. Samples due in September.

Sample Exchange the Old-Fashioned Way

Annual exchange of samples that can be woven on a treadle or table loom. No shaft restrictions.

Sixteens

Sample exchange group, topics vary each year with a maximum of 16 shafts and about 16 members.

Structure

A mentored group with a focus on weave structure.

Tied Weaves

- created so weavers of intermediate to Master skill levels can learn about and explore ways to expand and experiment with these versatile structures.

Twenty four, More or Less

Sample exchange once a year for 24 more or less shafts.