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Fiber Arts

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Simple Weaving Workshop
Instructor: Shirley Chambliss

Workshop has ended. Sign up on Wait List for Future Classes!

Day / Date: Friday, February 9, 2018

Times: 9am to 4pm

Length of Workshop: 7 Hours (includes lunch break)

Class Fee: OCAF Members - $75.00
Non-members - $85.00

Supply Fee: $49 for Harrisville Frame Loom (you will own the loom to take home)
                      Payable to instructor at beginning of workshop.

Materials:  Bring scissors, pins, permanent marker, tapestry needle with soft point and any yarn that you have, and matter how small.

Age: 18+

Skill Level: Beginners & newer weavers

Class Description: This is a simple Weaving Workshop where you will learn weaving basics, yet in a tapestry technique. It is a more painterly, independent design approach...It’s the perfect way to begin to understand weaving as a fiber medium and be able to be immediately expressive with it.

The class will look at many types of weaving that are available with 2 harness weaving. Historically it provides the basics with infinite seeming possibilities.

Shirley’s studio is next to the classroom and is like a lab for the class. She will have a floor harness loom warped to share what the next step can be.



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Shirley Chambliss studied at UNC @ Greensboro, Parsons/Pratt and UGA, has a BFA in Interior Design and an MFA in Fabric Design from UGA. She has taught at Colby College in Maine, Jacksonville University & Jacksonville Jr. College in Florida and the UGA Continuing Ed. Center. She has also had assistantships at Penland in North Carolina, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Haystack-Hinckley School of Arts and Crafts, both in Maine.

She has exhibited at numerous institutions including the Renwick Museum (branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum) in Washington, DC, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville, FL. She has worked for architectural firms in Charlotte, Atlanta & Jacksonville, and has worked on projects including the Coca-Cola Headquarters, McDonald’s Headquarters, a Chamber of Commerce, School Boards, banks, churches, men’s clubs, private schools, etc.

Shirley has primarily been an independent weaver since 1972, but stored her studio from 1980 to 2008. She has now had a studio at OCAF since 2010 where she continues to combine her background as an Interior Designer with the type of weaving that she does.

Her involvement with OCAF includes forming a group that put together the film The Story of OCAF 1994 – 2014, which tells the story of how volunteers created and continue to sustain OCAF. Shirley says, “I really didn’t understand how OCAF functioned. I’ve came to learn that it really is run by the heart and soul of many people, primarily volunteers.  When I heard two long-time OCAF Members/Volunteers talking about jacking up buildings, etc., I thought, wow, this was a story everyone needed to know and began to formulate a group that was interested in doing that”. “It has been a fascinating journey”, she concluded.