Robyn Spady can frequently be found teaching weaving workshops and programs. She is fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads is committed to turning the weaving world on to double-faced fabrics, four-shaft weaves, uncommon and advanced weave structures, and passementerie techniques. Robyn is also the founder and editor of Heddlecraft® magazine.
Nancy Tracy has been weaving and studying weaving history for about 30 years. She weaves for her own curiosity and interest. Her mentor was Barbara Baggereor, who was the first CW President. Barbara quickly got Nancy involved with Complex Weavers and encouraged her to participate in every workshop and conference she could attend. For at least 10 years, Nancy was a “workshop junkie.” Over the years, she has also been a member of several local weaving guilds, and is currently a member of Seattle Weaver’s Guild. In the mid ‘90s, Nancy made two 6-week trips to Florence, Italy, to study Jacquard weaving and Renaissance textiles at Lisio’s. Most recently, Nancy co-authored the book, Weaving Innovations from the Bateman Collection with Robyn Spady and Marjy Fiddler.
Chris Jeryan is is an accomplished weaver and pro bono textile historian at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where she also coordinates the activities in Greenfield Village’s Weaving Shop. She cataloged the Museum’s most recent major coverlet donations, and she also speaks frequently about American coverlets to weaving guilds and historical societies. Her activities have included serving on the Board of Directors of the National Museum of the American Coverlet (Bedford, PA), as well as leadership roles in the Michigan Weavers Guild and Complex Weavers.
Beiderwand may be one of the more bewildering weaves. This may be due to its lengthy history and the inconsistency in documentation. This seminar is an academic-type presentation with the desire of getting information shared and facilitating questions, discussion, etc., about the history of Beiderwand, how Beiderwand is currently defined and categorized, how it compares with other weave structures (e.g., the ‘classic’ tied weaves, double weaves, lampas), nomenclature reconciliation, distinguish the difference between Beiderwand and tied Beiderwand, manipulation of the Beiderwand block, and more. Active participation in the discussion requires an understanding on the fundamentals of tied weaves and double weaves.