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AVL Class Offerings

We currently offer seven regularly scheduled courses. These challenging, yet fun courses are designed to advance your weaving skills and improve your AVL weaving proficiency. Class sizes are limited to ten students. Click on the classes below to learn more about each one.

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Maximizing Your AVL

basicallyAvl.jpgMaximizing Your AVL Class taught by Jannie Taylor

This workshop is designed for new AVL weavers or for weavers who want to better learn the systems on their AVL looms.

Taught by qualified AVL staff, the course will guide you through the design rationale for each system on the loom and will provide special training in its use and maintenance. Emphasis will be given to sectional warping technique (with both Tension Box and Warping Wheel ), flyshuttle weaving, and use of the Compu-Dobby®. You will also have an opportunity to evaluate different software packages (Weave Point and Weave Maker). A pre-class questionnaire will allow us to customize our instruction to your particular needs.

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate. A good opportunity to evaluate AVL products if you are considering a purchase. It is helpful to know basic drafting, but that is also briefly covered.

3 Day Workshop 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Basically Layered

DSC02605.JPGBasically Layered taught by Jannie Taylor

Basically Layered is the latest in a series of classes designed for the multi-shaft weaver who wants to enhance their understanding of weave structure and cloth construction while at the same time maximizing the functionality of their AVL loom. We use WeavePoint and WeaveMaker Mi software and AVL Compu-Dobby Looms to provide a unique learning environment. The emphasis is on collaborative learning and hands-on experience. In Basically Layered, we will consider several multi-layered fabric construction possibilities including layers of structure, layers and blocks, stitched layers and more! The structure and “architecture” of these textiles will be explored, discussed, and possibly woven to gain a fundamental understanding of how they are designed and produced. How to use the software to assist in the design process will be emphasized. All materials and equipment will be provided including a comprehensive workbook and CD of all drafts used in the class. Sixteen and twenty-four shaft AVL Compu-dobby looms will be available for weaving samples during the class. Access to a computer running AVL weaving software will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to class if possible.

Skill Level: Intermediate: some software experience is desirable.

3 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Basically Structure I

basicallyStructure.jpgBasically Structure I taught by Jannie Taylor

This class is designed for the multi-shaft weaver who wants to enhance their understanding of weave structure. This course offers our students the opportunity to study several multi-shaft structures and learn how to use their weaving software to create their own textile designs.

The structures included in this course are Huck Lace, Summer and Winter, Double 2-Tie Unit Weave and a wide variety of Twills. We use WeavePoint and WeaveMaker software and the incomparable AVL looms to provide a unique learning environment. Sixteen and twenty-four shaft looms, threaded to some of these structures will be available for weaving samples.

All materials and equipment will be provided including a comprehensive workbook and CD of all drafts used in the class. Access to a computer running AVL weaving software will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to class if possible.

Skill Level: Intermediate, though some software experience is desirable.

3 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Basically Structure II

feature.gifBasically Structure II taught by Jannie Taylor

This class is designed for the multi-shaft weaver who wants to enhance their understanding of weave structure. Following the model of Basically Structure I, this course offers our students the opportunity to study several additional multi-shaft structures. This class will suit new comers as well as those who enjoyed the original Basically Structure I course.

The structures included in this course are Diversified Plain Weave, Satin and Taquete'. We use WeavePoint and WeaveMaker software and the incomparable AVL looms to provide a unique learning environment. Sixteen and twenty-four shaft looms, threaded to some of these weave structures, will be available for weaving samples.

All materials and equipment will be provided including a comprehensive workbook and CD of all drafts used in the class. Access to a computer running AVL weaving software will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to class if possible.

3 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Basically Lace

Huck_Lace.jpgBasically Lace taught by Jannie Taylor

Basically Lace is one of the AVL series of classes designed for the multi-shaft weaver who wants to enhance their understanding of weave structure and cloth construction while at the same time maximizing the functionality of their AVL loom. We use WeavePoint and WeaveMaker software and AVL Compu-dobby Looms to provide a unique learning environment. As in all of the AVL classes, the emphasis is on collaborative learning and hands-on experience in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

In Basically Lace, we will consider designing in three of the loom controlled lace weaves: Huck Lace, Bronson Lace and Swedish Lace. The similarities and differences of the various lace structures will be explored, discussed, and possibly woven to gain a fundamental understanding of woven lace. How to use the software to assist in the design process will be emphasized.

All materials and equipment will be provided including a comprehensive workbook and CD of all drafts used in the class. Access to a computer running AVL weaving software will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to class if possible.

Skill Level: Intermediate, some software experience is desirable but not required.

2 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Basically Twill

Basically Twill taught by Jannie Taylor

Take your Twill weaves to the next level; learn how to use your weaving software to design your own patterns in a variety of multi-shaft Twills. As in all of the AVL classes, the emphasis is on collaborative learning and hands-on experience in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

In Basically Twill, we will look at all kinds of multi-shaft twills – advancing, networked, fancy, plaited, overlay, etc. Then, using a step-by-step method, go on to learn how to use the software to create your own unique weaving drafts. As a bonus, you’ll naturally become more proficient in using your WeavePoint or WeaveMaker software.

All materials and equipment will be provided including a comprehensive workbook and CD of all drafts used in the class. Access to a computer running AVL weaving software will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to class if possible.  Skill Level: Intermediate, some software experience is desirable but not required.

2 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Basically Tied Weaves

Basically Tied Weaves taught by Jannie Taylor

Your AVL, Compu-dobby equipped loom is the perfect tool for weaving Tied Weaves; learn how to design your own patterns in virtually any tied weave using WeavePoint and WeaveMaker software. As in all of the AVL classes, the emphasis is on collaborative learning and hands-on experience in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

In Basically Tied Weaves, we will consider the similarities and differences among the various tied weaves to gain a fundamental understanding of the structures. Then, using a step-by-step method, go on to learning how to use the software to turn your ideas into complete weaving drafts. As a bonus, you’ll naturally become more proficient in using your WeavePoint or WeaveMaker software.

All materials and equipment will be provided including a comprehensive workbook and CD of all drafts used in the class. Access to a computer running AVL weaving software will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to class if possible.  Skill Level: Intermediate, some software experience is desirable but not required.

2 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Basically WeavePoint

wpomain.gifBasically WeavePoint taught by Jannie Taylor

This class is designed for the weaver who wants to take advantage of the many features found in WeavePoint software to save them time and money. Find out why this powerful textile design program is used by handweavers and designers the world over to create extraordinary textiles. Using a combination of demonstration, guided practice and independent exploration, even novice users readily gain access to WeavePoint's most useful and effective tools.The various aspects of the program will be examined, discussed, and used in practical weaving situations. All materials and equipment will be provided including all drafts used in the class and access to a computer running AVL WeavePoint software. Students are encouraged, but not required to bring their own laptop computer to class.

Day 1 - Apprentice Level
As an apprentice you will create several simple drafts, add color to the designs, Print, Save, Copy, and Paste. Then you will learn to open a saved draft, use the Library Menu, Analyze Menu, Project Planner, and Options Window. Learn to edit colors and create a color palette.

Day 2 - Artisan Level
Using the skills acquired on day one, you'll practice using the "Paste Special", Overlay, and Block Substitution features. Explore the Utilities Menu including Mirror, Wrap Liftplan, and "Tromp as writ". Learn to Export files to the .WIF format. Learn how to insert tabby in the threading and how to interleave one treadling into another. See how easy it is to create a parallel threading or treadling with the amazing "Insert Parallel" command.

Day 3 - Master Level
Add to your new skills by learning to use WeavePoint's most powerful and amazing tools. Investigate the Design Window; convert a profile draft to a threading draft, and then Transform the design to the structure of your choice. Experiment with Network Drafting; find out how to "Open Components" and experiment with blending drafts. Finally, learn to use WeavePoint to drive a loom with an electronic interface and how to navigate the Weave window.

While it is true that mastery cannot be gained in three days, this course provides the skills to use you program more effectively and the knowledge to become a WeavePoint Master in the fullness of time.

Skill Level: Intermediate, some software experience is desirable.

3 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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Jacquard Design

WovenPixel_l.jpgJacquard Design and Weaving Course featuring Alice Schlein

The Woven Pixel techniques developed by Alice Schlein and Bhakti Ziek have taken Jacquard handweaving by storm! And with the Jacq3G, AVL's revolutionary Jacquard loom, this class is sure to be a hit. This class is designed to provide Jacquard design and hands-on weaving. Weavers will also learn JacqPoint loom control software.

Materials: A CD-ROM will be provided with course work. The book is not required for the class (but of course Alice won't discourage you from buying it!). AVL will provide a warped Jacq3G, control computer with JacqPoint software for use during the class.

Requirements: Students must bring their own Mac or Windows laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop version CS3 or later already loaded. Photoshop Elements, version 6 or later, is also acceptable.

Skill Level: Intermediate, students should have basic understanding and experience with Photoshop.

4 Day Workshop: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)

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