HM230: Fiber Arts I
Instructor(s) Jody Stoddard
TA: Schirin Oeding firstname.lastname@example.org
TA: Julia Neville email@example.com
Meeting Time(s) Wednesdays 8:30 – 11:45 am, Fridays 8:30 – 10:00 am
Office and Hours Adjunct Office, 2nd floor Kane Hall, posted hours; or by appointment with TAs.
Email/Phone firstname.lastname@example.org 586-7711 ext 166
Required Text Amos, Alden. The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning. Interweave Press, Loveland, CO. 2001. Price: $40 or less.
Lab Fee $75
[Supplementary Readings] TBA. Will be handouts or on the reserve shelf.
Description Wool and other natural fibers invite students to explore technical
aspects of fiber arts and the broader cultural influences thereof. Discussion and supplemental materials may include but are not limited to topics such as plant and animal fiber properties, sources and cultivation of fiber, fiber in history and tradition, economic and social impacts of fiber production and manufacture, and global and local fiber connections.
Format Classes introduce principles and techniques of fiber selection, preparation, spinning, dyeing, design, and manufacture of knits and felts. Written component includes self-critiques of selected projects and responses to assigned questions.
Course Objectives Students will learn skills associated with making yarn, felts, and knit fabrics; will know how to find supplies, tools, and resources for further study; will practice critiquing the work of self and others, and will learn to think critically about the past and present cultural place of fiber.
Evaluation Students will be evaluated on attendance and participation (50%), and completion of assignments and a final exhibit of work (50%). Unexcused absences will result in a letter grade drop.
Course Calendar/Outline (Approximate)
Wednesday Feb 15 Introduction and Wool Scouring
Friday Feb 17 Fiber Preparation tools.
Wednesday Feb 22 Drop Spindles—intro to spinning
Friday Feb 24 Yarn Specifications, Yarn Packaging
Wednesday Feb 29 Wheel Intro, Plying on Wheels
Friday Mar 2 Spinning Wool Singles on Wheels
Wednesday Mar 7 Exploring Other Fibers
Friday Mar 9 Knitting Basics, Gauge Swatch
Wednesday Mar 21 Dyeing Wool—Natural Dyes
Friday Mar 23 Hat Design, Knitting Techniques
Wednesday Mar 28 Knitting—Various Techniques
Friday Mar 30 Dyeing Wool—Acid Dyes
Wednesday Apr 4 Hat Progress Check, More Knitting Techniques
Friday Apr 6 Wet Felting—Flat and Roller Methods
Wednesday Apr 11 Needle Felting—Flat and Sculpted
Friday Apr 13 Schirin’s choice
Friday Apr 20 Project Free-for-all
Wednesday Apr 25 Julia’s choice, followed by Project Support
Friday Apr 27 Individual Presentations I
Monday Apr 30 Individual Presentations II, Exhibit in Brown Library, Final Thoughts
TBA: reception for arts classes, Brown Library
Disability Statement Learning Disability Statement: Students bring a variety of learning styles to class. We do our best to support different learning modes by mixing lecture, discussion, hands-on work, and visual information. Please feel free to let us know what mode works best for you—we will do our best to accommodate your learning style. If you have a learning challenge or documented disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Learning Support Coordinator. Leland can help you determine accommodations that can be helpful in this course.