Workshop Spotlight: Fibers


What could be more relaxing than spending an afternoon weaving with good company? The only thing missing is some tea! There are only a few spots left for this workshop; be sure to sign up soon before it's sold out!

Participants will each make a simple loom (to keep) and learn to weave on it. Looms may be long for a scarf, or rectangular for a bag. Fiber project ideas suitable for classrooms and suggestions for tying fibers in with many enduring ideas will be discussed. Instruction sheets and help will also be available for finger knitting, Kumihimo braiding, rope twisting, paper basket making and many other fiber techniques that only require inexpensive and easily available materials.

Materials: Participants should each bring at least two balls of yarn. One choice should be a relatively strong yarn that is not too hairy (for warp.) The other (for weft) can be any type at all, or even a medley of various yarns. Please bring extra odds and ends of yarn to trade and share with everyone. Grace will provide loom-making necessities.

Grace Eckert teaches Weaving and Fibers in the Visual and Theatre Arts Department of the University of Tennessee at Martin and is the Art Gallery Coordinator. She earned a bachelor degree in Fine Art from Illinois State University in 1977. Grace has exhibited worldwide and been awarded numerous artist residencies and public commissions. She lived in England for ten years and her works are in many private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Grace has designed, made and sold over a thousand fiber art pieces. She maintains a private studio in Paris, TN where she creates tufted rugs, woven tapestries, and one-of-a-kind knitted and loom woven pieces.