Master Weavers Certificate Program I & IIIn association with Alberta's Olds College, Colaisde na Gàidhlig is proud to offer Master Weavers Certificate Programs on-site in St. Ann's, Cape Breton. It consists of five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments, and provides an educational environment in which an individual can acquire the skill to become a weaver with higher understanding of the craft. The first 4 levels include 5 consecutive days (30 hours) of a face-to-face workshop, followed by 100-150 hours of independent study on homework assignments. The final year is work on a thesis and doesn't include classroom time.
2018 Master Weaver Level 1: May 28 - June 1
Students should be experienced weavers, are expected to be able to warp a loom independently at the outset of the class, and be conversant with basic weaving language and tools. Independent weaving experience is essential. Levels 2-5 require the previous level's class and homework to be completed. Each level builds off of the previous skill developments and will be offered in the coming years.
2018 Master Weaver Level 2: June 4 - 8
Levels 2-5 require the previous Level's class and homework to be completed. Each level builds off of the previous skill developments.
- Laura FryProgram InstructorBio: Laura Fry chose weaving as a career in 1975 and took weaving classes at every opportunity, including study at Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta and Varpapuu Summer Weaving School in Finland. She started her business in 1977 and since 1980 has worked full-time as a professional handweaver. Laura's business focus has evolved with the changing economy and market trends from a concentration on table textiles to weaving yardage on contract for a fashion designer. In addition, Laura teaches throughout Canada and the United States, writes for a variety of textile publications, and wins awards for the beautiful clothing fabrics that have always been her passion. After years of work and study, Laura earned certification in 1997 as one of Canada’s Master Weavers, the 27th weaver to achieve the honour. Laura’s meticulous approach to weaving quality fabrics is characterized by her attention to wet finishing, a procedure often neglected and little understood by most handweavers. In Magic in the Water; wet finishing handwovens, Laura Fry shares her expertise derived from years of research and experimentation. Her guidelines make professional-quality finishing achievable by every handweaver, hobbyist and professional alike. By examining her actual fabrics, both before and after wet finishing, you will understand why Laura says, "It isn’t finished until it’s wet finished."
PricingDay Student: (includes tuition, material fees, marking fees, and lunch) $930.00
Live-in Student: (includes tuition, material and marking fees, and all meals)
Dorm room: $1215.00
Double room: $1275.00
Single room: $1350.00
Deposit to be paid upon registration (non-refundable): $75.00
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 13 Space is limited
All fees must be paid by Friday, May 4
Questions?Feel free to connect with us with any inquiries you may have. Send a note to Dianne, our resident weaver - we'd be glad to help.