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THE CROSSED KNOT

functional & fine art


HANDWOVENS | PROGRAMS | WEAVING SUPPORT

 

HANDWOVENS

The Crossed Knot will be selling handwovens in person at

The Fine Art of Fiber 2022

November 4 - 6

This annual fiber art show is held at the Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

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Items available for purchase will be posted periodically via Instagram. Everything created at The Crossed Knot is one-of-a-kind. We strive to produce long-lasting, high quality goods, and useful handwoven objects with an emphasis on sustainability. Made with love from the Midwest!

 
 

PROGRAMS / LECTURES

TEACHING THE BLIND: INCLUSIVITY IN WEAVING

In 2018 Julia started volunteering at a weaving studio for the blind. One year later she was supervising the studio, teaching its 30 blind students, and training new employees, volunteers, and work-study interns. The two questions she get the most: "How do you explain color to someone who has never had sight?" and "How do you even teach someone to weave if they can't see?" The answer to both might surprise you. Julia loves to share about the ins and outs of her time weaving with the blind, and highlight the keys to creating and maintaining an inclusive workspace.

WEAVING MATH

From EPI to calculating shrinkage and loom waste, let Julia walk you through the nuts and bolts of weaving math. Bring your questions along! Weaving math is simple but often confusing. You may know that you SHOULD account for take-up, but do you know WHY or what it even is? After 7 years of project planning and troubleshooting experience, Julia loves empowering weavers by taking the anxiety out of the calculations.

EFFICIENCY IN THE WEAVING WORKSPACE

From the world's laziest weaver comes the disorganized person's guide to setting up your workspace to maximize efficiency. From arranging your weaving room to keeping your tools close, let Julia share her tips, tricks, and tools of the trade that have helped her manage and teach entire studios without needing to backtrack for the scissors.

THE KNOTS YOU NEED

My square knots slip, but my slip knots don’t! When should I be using an overhand knot? What even is a clove hitch? A half hitch? A half knot?! Knotting is an essential part of weaving. We use knots in almost every step of the weaving process. Choose the wrong knot, and you may find yourself wondering why you got into this craft in the first place. Very early on in her teaching career, Julia noticed that knots seemed to make or break a project’s success. Learn the dos and don’ts of knot-making along with some special knots to use for tie ups, texsolv, warping, securing, and finishing items. We’ll learn how we can use knots designed for surgeons, fisherman, and even one for weavers!

 

CONSULTATION & SUPPORT SERVICES

WEAVING KIT SUPPORT

$50 - 1 hr

Bought a weaving kit and feel like you could use a little support? Virtual support sessions at The Crossed Knot will give you the opportunity to go over the kit instructions, ask questions, identify possible trouble spots, and leave you confident to grab your yarn and get started.

PROJECT PLANNING SUPPORT

$50 - 1 hr

You are mid-project and something isn't right but you aren't quite sure where you went wrong. Not to worry, we're here for you! Think of Julia as your virtual on-call project doctor. She'll get you sorted and weaving away in no time!

PROJECT PLANNING
(DO IT FOR ME)

$100 - per project

Send a list of your materials and your basic set-up (weaving width, number of treadles, reed size, etc.), and what you’d like to end up with. After a short voice or video call, Julia will do all of the hard work, then send you a .wif of your full project along with instructions and notes to make your next project a total success.

PROJECT PLANNING (HELP ME LEARN)

$150 - 2 hrs

You have your materials and know what you’d like to make, but you’re stuck on the math or the weaving logistics. During this virtual session, Julia will walk you through each step of the project planning process, from determining EPI to deciding on your sleying pattern. You will come away with answered questions, a full plan of action, and the confidence to take on your one-of-a-kind weaving project.

 

CONTACT

Questions, comments or special requests? Get in touch today, we’re happy to help!

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