Workshops

Natural dyeing with willow on silk by students in workshop with Donna Kallner.
Student’s willow-dyed silks

Upcoming Classes & Events
Looking for dates and links to registration sites? That’s just below. If you want to book a workshop or series for your group or venue, in-person class descriptions are further down this page. Please email me to discuss dates and how I can tailor a program to your needs. You want it all, but can’t do it all at once? Sign up for my email newsletter so we can stay in touch.

Online Courses Note:
Hosting and maintaining a site for online courses has grown more complicated and expensive since I moved to my present hosting system in 2013. Technical problems are few and far between on this site, but my skill set doesn’t include what it takes to solve problems. And problems usually come in the middle of an aging parent crisis. In between crises, I’ve been mulling what to do, what to do. It’s time to decide. I will look at some different hosting options over the next month. But it’s very likely that I won’t be able to continue to operate the Two Red Threads online course site in 2019. I will keep you posted but I ask that you try to finish your classes and review old class material before the end of 2018, just in case. Don’t panic about finishing, but if it just dropped off your radar please try to get it back onto your to-do list.

The Willow Gathering at Luther College
June 17-24, 2018 — Decorah, IA

Local Color From Natural Dye at Sievers School of Fiber Arts
October 9-13 (with an extended class option October 9-16, 2018 — Washington Island, Wisconsin

Ripple Effect Looping and Choosing Local Color for Michigan League of Handweavers at Hope College
May 31-June 1, 2019 — Holland, Michigan

Single-Element Techniques for Spinners and Weavers for Michigan League of Handweavers at Hope College
June 2-4, 2019 — Holland, Michigan

Looping workshops at Midwest Weavers Conference at Grinnell College
June 20-22, 2019 — Grinnell, Iowa

Workshop Descriptions

New Age Looping workshops with Donna Kallner.

New Age Looping
1-5 days
New Age Looping is a contemporary interpretation of an ancient technique so logical you don’t need to follow a pattern, and relaxing to work even when you expect frequent distractions. Workshops emphasize tension control and structural understanding, and help students at all levels learn to design their own projects. Variations are introduced in a progressive fashion and may include knotless and knotted stitches, combination and grouped stitches, skipped stitch patterning, needle entry positions, shaping options, complex looping, bead looping, and looping over a core (a.k.a. Fuegian coiling). Workshops can focus on a particular variation, like Cross-Knit Looping. As time allows, students may learn to dye and paint their own yarns and threads.

Cross-Knit Looping workshops with Donna Kallner

Cross-Knit Looping
1-5 days
Sometimes called Coptic knitting, Tarim stitch or Viking knit, at a glance cross-knit looks like stockinette stitch in knitting. But this versatile looping variation is worked with a single needle, with the entire length of thread passing through each stitch. It marries beautifully with weaving, knitting, crochet and felting, and handspinners love it. It’s great for joining and reinforcing edges (use it to cover a multitude of sins). Use it also to create incredibly stable tabs, panels, pockets, gussets and other fun and functional insertions and add-ons.

New Age Looping trunk show with Donna Kallner.New Age Looping Lecture
45 minutes to 2 hours or add a short workshop
Includes a Powerpoint program and a guided tour of the sample collection I’ve been building for 15 years. Your group will handle pieces worked in different threads and yarns to discover the range of possibilities from this timeless technique. Guilds may combine a lecture with a half-day hands-on Intro to New Age Looping on the same day.

New Age Looping Basics online class with Donna Kallner.

Looping eCourses

Most of the items on this page describe workshops I teach on the road — at conferences, in art centers, for guilds and other groups. A few topics are now available as online classes. Read more about them here. And if you want to be the first to know about new classes when they’re added, sign up for my email newsletter here.

Diamond mesh netting with Donna Kallner.Netting With Shuttle & Gauge
1-5 days
Using a shuttle and gauge to work a knotted form of looping, learn to work diamond mesh netting. Start from a foundation chain and work flat to create scarves, shawls, hammocks and more, or from a grommet base and work in the round to make shopping bags, fishing nets, hats, and other 3D forms. As time allows students explore square-mesh netting and patterned or “fancy” netting.

Natural dyeing on fabric, yarns and thread with Donna KallnerNatural Dyeing
2-7 days
Explore natural dyeing and printing on fabrics and yarns using plant materials commonly found in the Upper Midwest. Working with fresh, frozen and dried twigs, leaves, blossoms and barks, you’ll sample hot and cold bundle dyeing and color extraction for immersion dyeing. Eco-friendly mordants and modifiers help produce a range of colors. Classes include information on wild-harvesting and growing (even in limited space) for a sustainable supply of natural dye material.

Contact me to schedule a workshop for your guild, group or conference.