Textiles Workshops at Penland

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include tapestry weaving, sewing, knitting, quilting, surface design, natural dyes, shibori, basketry, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.




Fall 1-Week Session 2

October 22 - 28, 2017

Kim Mirus, Shift, black and white wool, 16 x 16 inches


Kim Mirus
Untangled: Weaving on Floor Looms

Weave fearlessly and efficiently on floor looms. We値l collaboratively dress looms with prepared warps and then weave, weave, weave! Each student will explore a variety of woven structures tailored to their skills and interests and will have the opportunity to experiment with materials, patterns, techniques, concepts, and different looms in a fun and inclusive setting. Students will leave with a plethora of samples, plans for future woven work, and the confidence and skills to weave independently on a floor loom. All levels. Taught in a second-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $30. Code F02TB

Studio artist; teaching: The Crucible (CA), national board certified visual art teacher (CA); residencies: Hambidge Center (GA), Icelandic Textile Center; Lenore G. Tawney Fiber Scholarship.






Spring 8-Week Concentration

March 11 - May 4, 2018

Amara Hark-Weber, Untitled Gold and Black, salmon, water

buffalo, and cow leathers, thread, ladies size 8-1/2


Amara Hark-Weber
From Shoes to Boots: Footwear 101

This workshop will walk you through the basics of footwear construction, patterning, and finishing預nd everything in between. Each student will design, pattern, click, close, last, and finish each of their own pairs of shoes or boots. We値l cover three assembly techniques: we値l start with cemented shoes, move to pegged shoes, and then we値l cover hand welting. The workshop will be taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. Be prepared to work hard and be forgiving, as shoemaking is not for the faint of heart. Strong hands are encouraged; a strong will is necessary. All levels. Note: this workshop is taught in a third-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $215. Code S00TA

Custom shoemaker; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Quest University (British Columbia), University of Wisconsin-Madison, and privately; William R. French and Jerome fellowships, Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship.







Spring 1-Week Session 1

March 25 - 31, 2018

Jane Callender, Study Sample, indigo on cotton, 16 x 11 inches


Jane Callender
Indigo Shibori

In this workshop students will engage in the multifaceted art form that is shibori, creating resists and dyeing in three different indigo vats to exploit indigo痴 exceptional capabilities. (Additional dyes will also be available.) Through simple geometry and pattern planning, we値l explore the many textures and pattern variables possible with stitched shibori. We値l also cover itajime, cylinder wrapping, binding, and reserving, learning to engineer them in isolation and in combination with stitching to produce unique samples using natural fiber fabrics. A time of personal observation, interpretation, and study will bring the workshop to a close. Students should have basic hand stitching skills. Second-floor walk-up studio. Studio fee: $40. Code S01TB

Studio artist, owner of Callishibori; teaching: Maiwa Symposium (Vancouver), Kuwait Arts and Textile Association, Aranya Natural (India); London Arts Board individual craftsman award; author of 2000 Pattern Combinations and Stitched Shibori.