Art for Everyone!

Fibers

Each person must scan their Parks ID card at the front office every time they arrive.

OPEN STUDIO

  • Floor looms are available to students enrolled in weaving classes provided each quarter. All students currently enrolled in a weaving class are eligible to work on their projects outside of class periods at no additional charge.
  • Open Studio hours when the Weaving Instructor will be in attendance will be posted each quarter for students requiring additional time outside of class.
  • Any remaining unused floor looms may be made available for independent weaving projects as agreed upon by Weaving Instructor and WaterWorks Staff. Each student Weaver working independently must have completed Weaving 201 and be able to warp their loom without assistance from Staff or Instructor.
  • Looms must be cleared of projects at least 1 week before the beginning of a class session.
  • A usage fee of $5.00 per visit will be charged to independent weavers and any students completing projects from classes after the last class session.
  • WaterWorks is not responsible for personal items, materials, tools, or projects left in the studio.


SAFETY

  • Open Studio Patrons and Class/Workshop Participants must be at least 16 years of age (unless a specific exception is made).
  • Open Studio Patrons and Class/Workshop Participants must never use any tools, equipment, or looms unless they know how to do so properly.
  • Any accidents and/or injuries should be reported to WaterWorks Staff immediately.
  • Notify Staff or Instructor if any materials or equipment need to be repaired, replaced, or provided.
  • No food allowed except drinks with lids.


SUPPLIES & MATERIALS:

  • 4-shaft and 8-shaft floor looms
  • Loom benches
  • Warping boards
  • Raddles
  • Schacht boat shuttles
  • Stick shuttles
  • 4" Bobbins
  • Spölmaskin Swedish bobbin winder
  • Sley hooks
  • Fringe twisters
  • Heddle hooks
  • 6, 8, 10, 12, and 15-dent reeds
  • Rotary cutters


Use of the following equipment requires either supervisor permission or supervision:

  • Bernina Aurora 430 sewing machine

  • Bernina 800 DL serger
  • Ironing board and iron.


The following items are available for study and use on-site only:

  • Handwoven magazines and Design Collections and other fiber arts magazines

  • Weaving reference and pattern books


CLEAN UP
Each person is responsible for cleaning his or her work space and maintaining a generally clean work area that can be shared with others. 

  • Keep all fibers (warp and weft yarns, fabrics, etc.) and in-use equipment (bobbins, shuttles, scissors, etc.) organized in your work space or in personal use containers. 
  • Shared equipment must be replaced in the designated areas for others to find/use as needed (sley hooks, bobbins, shuttles, etc.) when not in use.
  • If parts of looms have been removed (as for warping), they should be replaced before leaving.
  • At the completion of a project, remove the warp from the loom as directed by the Weaving Instructor.


CLASS PARTICIPATION

  • Each person enrolled in a Weaving/Fiber Arts class or workshop participates as a class. The instructor paces the class using demonstrations and other methods of teaching the art form. Some students will grasp the concepts more readily than others; however, instruction from the teaching artist/instructor is based on the class overall.  Additionally, some students have more time than others to work on projects between classes.  If one or more students are far ahead of the others, they will be asked to wait for further instruction until the other students have caught up.
  • The purpose of the weaving classes is to learn the techniques required for weaving and warping a shaft loom. These are not only new to the student and require practice, but they can also require concentration to master. As a result, casual conversation with other class members should be limited to break periods and those times when students are not actively working.
  • For the same reasons, it is best to ask the instructor any questions that may arise, not only to ensure the correct information is given, but also to avoid distracting another student.