Description: Jane Wilson is the instructor for this 2-day workshop. Students will learn to weave a simple abstract design inside a gourd. No experience in tapestry weaving or working with gourds is required. The first day, they will learn to dye a gourd in an ombre effect using dyes, then use metal leafing to embellish the gourd edge. The second day, they will learn to drill holes so they can string level lines for the warp. Using several types of yarn, they will learn to weave a simple design and to embellish their piece with beads and fibers. Tools students will need for the class: pencil, cordless drill, scissors, awl, personal light, Wet Ones, art gum eraser. Materials fee of $50 is payable to the instructor for precut gourd, inks for dyeing the gourd, supplies for metal leafing, fiber for warping, wool yarn and ribbon yarn for weaving, beads, a drill bit, Tiger Tape, a shuttle, and color step-by-step instructions. Hours are 10am-1pm on Saturday and 10am-3pm on Sunday. Maximum class size is 12.
About the Instructor: Jane Wilson was introduced to gourds in 2007 while still living in her home state of Kansas. An avid crafter who already had wood-carving skills, she became intrigued by another artist’s use of color and wood-burning techniques on gourds and began to develop these skills through classes and videos. Jane began to add coiling or twining to her gourds, developing a way to dye the cords to match the colors she uses on the gourds. Jane has shown locally and has also won competitions for her gourd art.