Recycled Fiber Cowl-Making Workshops


FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS, really!  No previous hand-work experience required.

In this workshop you will learn to create a giant cozy Cowl by recycling old t-shirts into yarn, and ‘knitting’ them on a lap loom into a striking and one-of-a-kind wearable fiber piece.  You also get to join in the warm studio atmosphere, with tea and snacks (and wine), and conversation with others in the class as you knit. Many have come in groups of friends and left with more!

1518126_10201931584944687_615038321_nDATES/TIMES:             CLICK ON DATE TO REGISTER WITH PAYPAL

MARCH 21, FRI, 5-8:30 pm

MARCH 29, SAT, 1-4:30 pm

MARCH 30, SUN, 1-4:30 pm

COST: $30 per person, ONLY 11 SPACES PER CLASS, you must pre-register and an informational email will be sent to you approximately 1-2 weeks before the class.

MATERIALS: about five t-shirts of other garments made of t-shirt knit.  Gather them at “the Bins” (read more below), or another thrift-shop or your own closet.

WHERE:  At The Silver Studio in Columbia City, Seattle (my studio)


-Be sure to include your contact email address and name in the “note to merchant” box if different than the email you use for Paypal, so I can send you the “Informational Email” (class confirmation, material list, where to buy them, and the studio address).  If you don’t see the box, send me an email with it.

- If the class you want fills up, please email me your desired day and I will put you on the waiting list and/or notify when I hold another series of workshops.

- 48 hours before your class, workshop fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person.

- Classes need 5 people to have them run.  So spread the word to friends!  Come with friends!

-Private Parties: Workshops in my studio are available for private parties of up to 11 people for 3.5 hrs, for $200.  Contact me for availability

black_collarI also have Pom-Pom Headdress workshops this season!






The Cowl Making workshop comes out of a project called “Gleaning, Redeeming, Surviving and Thriving”, where I facilitated for workshop participants the process of taking discarded cheap materials, investing them with one’s time and creating an amazing wearable piece.

We’ll be investigating slow process, re-thinking use, and re-examining self-esteem via self-sufficiency rather than purchasing power.

You’ll be gathering your own materials, engaging with a site of contemporary gleaning: the bins at the Goodwill Outlet.“  The Bins” are an overwhelming striking visual scene of our contemporary way of life of intense consumption, of using goods for a very short time, discarding them before they are worn out, and the massive amount of energy spent on just what to do with this constant flow of fabric.


Our cultural critics today tell us we have moved from being people who can produce to people who only consume.  During the course of this project, step back and examine this, examine the art of ‘gleaning’ and slowly making something from the leftovers of our over-buying and over-production. Participants are asked to spend an afternoon at “The Bins” before attending the workshop, picking through the mountains of discarded fabrics, choosing about 5-8 garments made of  ‘t-shirt’ knit material.

Using handmade looms that are adaptations of a childhood craft called spool knitting — rake looms from Germany date back to 1535 –  I’ll be leading participants through the gleaning process to creating ‘yarn’ to creating a dramatic handmade wearable work,  a giant cowl scarf.

This workshop is an homage to the anonymous gleaners and artisans who continually make amazing things from the discards of our throw-away culture.

Despite the transition away from the slow process of harvesting, hand spinning, hand weaving and hand-sewing of cottage industry textile making to the mass produced textiles that so marked the age of the Industrial Revolution, a long-surviving culture of inventive hand-making of usable goods continued, particularly among the textile workers of these massive mechanized factories.   To survive, to cloth their own family, warm their own floors, to have pride in their own resourceful creativity, these workers gleaned the wool scraps and selvedge edges, the cigar wrappers, the broken buttons, the extra thread, the used burlap bags, to create remarkable works of art.
Some Happy Campers!

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8 thoughts on “Recycled Fiber Cowl-Making Workshops

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  3. Had a really good time at the workshop on Sunday 11/25! Now I’m trying to put together my own loom-type spool so I can weave cowl at home ;)

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