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Wonderful Wedge Weave with Kathleen Waln

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM
Torrance Cultural Arts Cennter
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA  90503
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Virginia Postrel
Workshop coordinator
WeFF Workshop
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only

Wedge weave is a beautiful tapestry/rug weaving technique often overlooked by weavers. The Navajo produced lovely wedge weave rugs in the 18th & 19th centuries. The weaving is characterized not only by a diagonal structure, but also a rippling effect to the selvedge. This latter effect is produced by the weaver as a part of the woven technique. However, it was thought by those patrons purchasing the rugs, that the selvedge looked like “bad” weaving, so most Navajo weavers stopped production. Thus, not many 19th or early 20th century Navajo wedge weave rugs exist. Some modern weavers, however, have rediscovered this intriguing way of weaving. Join Kathleen Waln as she discusses and demonstrates this beautiful and dynamic weaving technique.

INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP: All attending will have the opportunity to weave their own wedge weave sampler. Kathleen has prepared a kit with a small warped cardboard loom, colorful yarn, a weaving needle, beater, scissors and illustrated directions. She will provide a short slide show of finished rugs and a step-by-step wedge weave photo guide.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Kathleen Huntington Waln has been working with fiber & fabric for over forty years, first as a theatre educator/costume designer and more recently as a fabric designer. She has been dyeing, spinning, and weaving for over twenty years. Her passions include shibori, ikat, and researching the history of the fabric arts. She enjoys making connections between her field and larger cultural patterns, an interest that dates back to her years as a university professor and costume historian. Although retired from the university, she now teaches at the Charter Oak Weaving and Spinning class in Covina, which is famous for its 100 looms in two large rooms! She also harvests her own wild, organic cotton trees and loves to dye and spin their yield. Kathleen holds a MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Texas at Austin where her love of weaving began.


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