The Edmonton Weavers’ Guild is excited to announce that Denise Kovnat will be coming to teach a workshop for the Guild in May.  Denise is a weaver, dyer, occasional spinner and “free-range seamstress” who loves painted warps, collapse weave, and extended parallel threadings — all to make colorful, textured fabrics used in garments for teaching samples, shows and sales. Her pieces have been juried into the HGA Convergence fashion shows since 2008. About 15 years ago she started teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center  in Rochester, NY, and now she also teach at conferences and guilds in Canada and the United States. Find out more about Denise on her website:

Lecture and Fashion Show

 ‘Once Upon a Warp: A Weaver’s Journey’ with Denise Kovnat   Every year for the past decade, I have set myself a challenge: Weave a garment (or two) that will be juried into the Handweavers’ Guild of America fashion show, part of the biannual conference known as Convergence. Since 2008, I have been able to meet the challenge – but there’s more to the story, with lots of ups and downs along the way! Anyone who weaves or creates fabric or designs garments will relate. This is a one-hour PowerPoint presentation, accompanied by a show and tell of the garments discussed.

Date: Saturday May 25, 2019
Time: 7-8pm
Fee: Free
Location: Strathcona Community Hall, 10139 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
(in the upstairs large hall)

One Warp, Many Structures: An Exploration of Extended Parallel Threading 

As Marian Stubenitsky has shown in Weaving with Echo and Iris, extended parallel threadings offer endless possibilities. In this workshop, designed for advanced beginners and beyond, you will begin with your loom dressed in a two-color warp threaded on opposites.* (Drafts will be provided beforehand.) Working with a variety of tie-ups and treadlings, you will weave a series of designs in Echo, Jin (Turned Taqueté) and Shadow Weave — and, if you’re game to cut off and re-sley your warp, Rep and Double Weave. The takeaway is a sampler of colorful patterns and a broader, deeper understanding of the potential for extended parallel threadings and how to design them. For 4-shaft looms and more.

*(By way of example, to thread on opposites, you would use two colors, A and B, and thread them in a straight draw on 8 shafts this way: Color A would be on shafts 1 through 4 and color B would be on shafts 5 through 8, with the warp threaded in a sequence of 1, 5, 2, 6, 3, 7, 4, 8.)

Students must have their own 4 shaft or 8 shaft table loom.  A limited number of looms may be available to borrow from the guild.

One Warp, Many Structures: An Exploration in Extended Parallel Threading

3 Day Workshop: May 24, 25 and 26, 2019
Time: 10am -5pm
Fee: $270 (students must supply their own warp and weft)
Location:  Strathcona Community Hall, 10139 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Maximum number of students: 18