Barbara J. Walker

Barbara WalkerBarbara is passionate about weaving, ply-splitting, and creating mixed media pieces. She is a member of Northwest Designer Craftsmen, an HGA Master Weaver, and has taught in the US, England, and Canada. Her award-winning ply-split pieces and handwoven scarves have been exhibited internationally. Two of her pieces are the only examples of ply-splitting in Lark Books’ 500 Baskets. She is the author of Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding and has written numerous articles for Complex Weavers Journal, Strands, The Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, WeaveZine, Handwoven, Weavers, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot.

Breaking Murphy’s Law: A Guide to Presenting Presentable Presentations

203, Friday PM

Complex Weavers is all about sharing information. As members we are communicating almost daily with each other on an informal basis. From time to time we are asked to present our knowledge and work in more formal or prescribed ways, including entering the Complexity exhibition. This seminar provides information for making proposals, presenting programs, entering exhibitions, and writing articles for publication. Topics include proposal packets, audience and site analysis, visual aids, photography hints, image processing, tips for publication of articles — and how to deal with Murphy’s unexpected and unwanted appearance.

The Ins and Outs and Throughs of Ply-Splitting Design

303, Saturday AM

2016sem303-Millecolori2016sem303-RefoliationAs Complex Weavers, we prefer to design our own pieces rather than rely on the recipes of others. Avid ply-splitters, too, wish to go beyond what is offered in books and articles in order to develop sophisticated designs. This seminar will set you on your way, starting with several options for cord design and color manipulation. Then we’ll move on to combining various ply-split structures within a piece and adapting familiar weaving techniques to ply-splitting, such as passementerie galons and the use of supplementary cords. The many examples this seminar offers will inspire you to develop your own ply-splitting style. You are encouraged to bring ply-split pieces to show and discuss. For those who have some ply-splitting experience.