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Urbandale Public Library/Upcoming Resident Artist Programs

Learn textile art techniques that date back thousands of years! This September, Arts UP Close Resident Artists the Des Moines Weavers & Spinners Guild will deliver hands-on educational programs for a range of age groups live via Zoom.

About the Artists

The Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild was founded in 1945 to preserve and nurture the skills of hand weaving, spinning, felting, and dyeing. 

For 75 years, Guild members have actively educated themselves and the public through presentations, demonstrations, and workshops, including beginning and advanced level classes in all forms of weaving, spinning, and dyeing. Guild membership is open to anyone interested in the fiber arts.  Learn more.

Program Offering

Weaving on a Branch

September 9, 4:00 – 5:30 PM.

Ages 8 and up.

This class will teach the basic steps of branch weaving, including simple patterns, joining yarn, and changing colors. The first part of the class will get you started and give you the skills needed to finish on your own. The last 30 minutes will feature more advanced techniques. The finished piece will be one-sided, suitable for hanging.   For ages 8 and up.

Participants will be able to pick up a supplies kit in the week before the class. In addition, participants will need to provide their own:

  • scissors
  • kitchen fork
  • Y- or U-shaped branch (approximately 12 inches long with a 4 -5 inch weaving area)

Each individual participant must register to receive a supply kit.

This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address to receive the link for the meeting.


Kumihimo

September 16, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Tweens and teens ages 10 – 17.

This class will explore the Japanese braiding technique of Kumihimo.  Using multiple strands of yarn or cord, students will learn how to set up a  disk for simple braid that can be used as a keychain.  By changing the number of cords and the placement of different colors, many different patterns can be woven.  The cords have multiple uses including straps, 
bracelets, belts, necklaces, shoelaces, or trim on clothing or textiles.

Participants will be able to pick up a supplies kit in the week before the class. You will need to provide your own scissors (clear tape is optional). Each individual participant must register to receive supplies.

The first hour of this 90-minute program will teach the basic techniques of Kumihimo. Participants are encouraged to stay for the last 30 minutes to learn more advanced techniques. 

This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address to receive the link for the meeting.


God’s Eye Yarn Craft

September 23, 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Ages 8 – 13.

Children will learn the simple technique of winding yarn in a pattern around two sticks to weave a Gods Eye decoration. By changing colors of yarn and the direction of the winding, participants will be able to create a colorful, dimensional piece to hang as an ornament.

Participants will be able to pick up a supplies kit in the week before the class. You will need to provide your own scissors and glue. Each participant must register to receive supplies.

This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address to receive the link for the meeting.


Beginning Weaving on a Cardboard Loom

September 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Ages 18 and up.

If you have thought about learning to weave, but didn’t want to invest in 
expensive equipment, this is the class for you! 

By using a piece of cardboard, you will learn to warp the loom to make a circular piece of 
weaving suitable for a small pouch.  We will then learn plain weave, how to  add in additional lengths of yarn, change colors, and produce stripes and dots.  Using the cardboard loom to create a flat weave for a tapestry piece  will also be discussed. 

While your piece may not be finished by the end of the class, instruction on finishing the piece and removing it from the loom will be provided.

Participants will be able to pick up a supplies kit in the week before the class. You will need to provide your own scissors and a kitchen fork. Each participant must register to receive supplies.

This program will be presented via Zoom. Be sure to include an email address to receive the link for the meeting.