Class #14

Weave It, Don't Waste It: Creating Table Runners Or Placemats With Recycled Materials

JoEl Logiudice

May 26 - June 1

instructor imageTake recycling and upcycling to a new artistic level by converting old t-shirts or plastic grocery bags into lovely table runners or placemats. Help keep those waste materials out of landfills and enjoy the satisfaction of elevating simple materials to elegant and useful works of art.

The class will concentrate on learning methods for preparing and joining t-shirt or plastic bag rag strips, exploring weaving techniques for runners or placemats and discovering ways to finish projects. You will learn how to warp and dress looms (four-harness or rigid-heddle looms) and enjoy witnessing the transformation from humble rag strips to beautiful woven table runners or placemats.

Rental looms are available from The Clearing for a nominal fee, or you may bring your own tabletop loom, portable floor loom or rigid heddle loom.

JoEl Levy Logiudice was first introduced to weaving as an undergraduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has studied with Peter Collingwood, Edwina Bringle and Virginia West, to name a few. Her passion for weaving is shared with her students. JoEl has taught weaving at Florida Junior College, the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tennessee Technological University, Vanderbilt University and the John C. Campbell Folk School. She recently retired from Vanderbilt University after serving for 28 years as the Director of the Office of Arts and Creative Engagement. JoEl loves exploring new ideas and techniques for weaving with rags and recycled materials.

A supply list will be sent prior to class and is available online.
JoEl will contact students prior to class.
Note: Looms are available to rent from The Clearing for $25.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $25 for carpet warp, interfacing, fusible bond, fabric and extra t-shirts
Supply List: Supply List PDF

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals