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Butler Community College
Elvira L. Helmer
Humanities/Fine Arts Division 
Fall 1997
Fiber Exploration
Course Outline

AR115. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the basic techniques of macramé, weaving and other related fiber manipulations. The historical background of these fiber techniques will be studied.

Students will receive instruction on hand weaving, spinning, coiling and completed projects on a loom. The students will receive sufficient experience with a variety of fibers to enable them to create multiple assignments. Particular emphasis will be placed on the element and composition of design in each piece. As the course progresses, instruction will be individualized to suit each student's specific needs.

Upon completion of the course:

  1. The student will be able to define weaving and spinning vocabulary. The students will also gain exposure to different fibers, and the effect they have on the weaving process.
  2. The student will have produced a variety of different and
  3. The student will be able to design, create and complete a project on a frame loom, table loom and floor loom.
The class instructor is Luci Helmer. My address is R.R. 1, Box 158, Marion, Kansas 66861. My home and work number is 316-382-2987. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions concerning class or the projects, or if you need help with a project.

The class will meet at Marion-Bwm Corby from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. The first class will be January 20, 1993.

The projects will be scheduled as follows:

Week 1: Introduction of definitions and history of weaving, Coiling project (2 dimensional)

Week 2: Coiling project (3 dimensional)

Week 3: Introduction to weaving stitches, prepare sampler project

Week 4: Design and begin Wood Frame (2' x 3') project

Week 5: Continue above project

Week 6: Design and begin Wood Frame project incorporating materials other than fiber (ex. glass, metal, fur, etc.)

Week 7: Continue above project

Week 8: Design and weave project using a hoop frame

Week 9: Introduction to Cardboard Weaving, plan and begin project

Week 10: Continue above project

Week 11: Introduction to the Inkle Loom, warp loom and begin project

Week 12: Continue above project

Week 13: Introduction to floor loom and table loom, begin project on one of these looms.

Week 14: Continue above project

Week 15: Begin "Personal Choice" project (this can be either off-loom, floor loom, table loom or coiling project)

Week 16: Continue project

As students' progress through the projects will differ, extra individual instruction may also be given in the area of Card Weaving, and advanced instruction in off-loom and floor loom weaving will be available.

The standard attendance policy of BCC will be observed in the class.

The majority of the class time will be spent receiving instruction while working on projects. Therefore, attendance is particularly important. If you have special circumstances attempt to make arrangements with the instructor for assignment information.

In general, projects will be made as students progress through the outline of assignments. The projects will be graded based on:

  1. Their completion
  2. Mastery of technical concerns
  3. Mastery of concepts and execution of concepts
  4. Completion of design and requirements for each project
  5. Use of sketches to design and complete weaving projects
Each student shall pay a studio fee of $ 10.00

The studio fee includes:

Rental of wood frame for the wood frame projects

Rental-upkeep fee on all floor and table looms

Warp thread for all assigned projects

The students will need to provide:

  1. Weft yarns
  2. Weaving needles (plastic or metal with large eyes)
  3. Large weaving needles made from coat hangers
  4. Additional weft fibers: fabric strips, fur, etc.
  5. Decorative accessories: beads, feathers, jewelry, etc.
  6. Metal or wooden hoop
  7. Large-toothed comb or pick
  8. Notebook for handouts
  9. Bag for carrying supplies
  10. Cards for Card Weaving
Telecourses: Independent study of audio/video materials augmented by text and study guide; collaboration and participation with class members and faculty via available means. Faculty role is facilitator of learning experiences.

Students with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor, in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs.