Linda Van Andel and Julie Hurd both weave to sew and enjoy creating one-of-a-kind garments featuring fabrics they design. Linda and Julie enjoy participating in fashion shows at fiber conferences and festivals. Their handwoven garments have received awards at recent Michigan League of Handweavers and Midwest Weavers conferences and the Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival. They have taught classes in sewing with handwovens to guilds and in fiber studios. Both are members of the Lake Charlevoix Area Weavers (Michigan), the Michigan League of Handweavers, the Handweavers Guild of America, and Complex Weavers Beyond Plain Weave Garments Study Group..
Beyond Scarves and Shawls: Planning Cloth
604, Sunday PM
Do you dream of creating unique art-to-wear featuring you own handwoven fabric but feel unprepared to go beyond scarves and shawls? Take this class to overcome “scissors anxiety” so that you can confidently use your handwoven fabric to create unique garments with functionality and timeless style. The class will cover basic principles in project planning including selection of suitable patterns, weave structures, and yarns, as well as adapting patterns designed for commercial fabrics. Using fabrics woven with complex structures will be addressed. Techniques particularly useful when sewing with handwovens will be described, including seam finishes, closures, special linings, and surface design/embellishments. Planning worksheets will be provided, and students will be guided through the process of planning a garment. The instructors will share examples of their own award-winning handwoven garments.