HM245 Fiber Arts II  Fall Intensive 2012

2 Credits

Instructor(s)                        Jody Stoddard

Meeting Time(s)                TBA

                                Fiber Arts room

Office and Hours                Second Floor Kane, posted hours or by appointment

Email/Phone              , 802-586-7711 ext 166

[Prerequisite(s)]                Fiber I or permission of instructor

Required Texts        None required

[Supplementary Readings]        Handouts provided, as well as books on reserve

Description        Making fabrics on a variety of looms.  Students learn to design and weave beautiful and practical textiles with looms from many traditions.  Possibilities include European floor looms, South American backstrap looms, cross-cultural tablets, Japanese kumihimo, primitive mat-looms, and others.


Format        Class time includes instruction in and hands-on practice of techniques, supplemented by handouts and informal discussion.  Students will also work independently or in small groups outside of class, depending on loom type and availability.  Written component focuses on self-critiquing selected projects.  Looms, materials tools provided.  Work will be exhibited at the end of semester.

Course Objectives        To introduce students to the principles and practice of several types of weaving, using simple and complex looms.  To practice critiquing the work of self and others.  By the end of the semester students will have planned and implemented a variety of weaving projects and will understand the workings of various looms.


Evaluation        Equal parts attendance, participation in classwork and critiques, completion of projects, and display of work.

Course Calendar/Outline        Day 1, intro and overview of objectives.  Acquaintance with looms and vocabulary.  Discussion of possible projects.  Day 2, winding warp and threading cards for tablet weaving.  Day 3, tablet weaving.  Day 4, winding warp and dressing floor loom(s).  Days 5 – 9, weave webs and redress floor looms, clean and assemble donated floor loom.  Day 10, review and display of work completed.