Workshop Series: Coast Salish Wool Weaving Introductory Course

Cost for the series: $395
Select dates in January-April.  See full schedule below.

Centrum is proud to partner with Port Townsend School of the Arts to host an exciting workshop series with Northwest Heritage Residents Kelly Sullivan (Port Gamble s’Klallam) and Dr. Susan (sa’hLa mitSa) Pavel (married into Skokomish Tribe). Both are founding board members of the Coast Salish Wool Weaving Center and will be providing a unique introductory version of their two-year curriculum on the entire process of Coast Salish Wool Weaving. Each month one part of the process will be introduced and will build on the previous month’s teachings.

Class size is limited to 10 and participants must register for the entire series. Tribally enrolled members are offered priority registration before December 31, 2019.  Starting January 1, 2020 registration will be open to the public. Fees include materials and light snacks. Register here through the Port Townsend School of the Arts.

This program is made possible through a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant and is presented by Centrum in partnership with the Port Townsend School of the Arts and Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA).

Part 1: Coast Salish Wool Weaving: Historical and Contemporary Contexts
Wednesday, January 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Finnriver Farm and Cidery

The conversation will lay a groundwork for understanding the history, cultural, and spiritual significance of Coast Salish Wool Weaving. Dr. Pavel and Sullivan will share stories of their own weaving journey and hopes for the future.

Part 2: Coast Salish Wool Weaving: Gathering Materials
Saturday, January 18, 9-4 p.m.
Sunday, January 19, 9-12 p.m.
Location: Fort Worden State Park

Learn to identify and gather indigenous materials both in the field and supplied by the instructors.  Discover processes associated with blending, carding, and creating roving. Participants will have their own samples of roving by the end of the workshop.

Part 3: Coast Salish Wool Weaving: Spinning
Saturday, February 15, 9-4 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 9-12 p.m.
Location: Fort Worden State Park

Explore and try out three types of wool spinning including the traditional method on the spindle whorl, a treadle spinner, and an electric spinner. This session will utilize roving created from the previous class.

Part 4: Coast Salish Wool Weaving: Dyeing
Saturday, March 14, 9-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 9-12 p.m.
Location: Fort Worden State Park

Identify and gather plant, bark, mushroom, and berries (given availability) to be used as dyes for the wool carded and spun in the previous session. This session will also discuss sustainable harvesting methods.

Part 5: Coast Salish Wool Weaving: Weaving
Saturday, April 25, 9-4 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 9-12 p.m.
Location: Fort Worden State Park

Learn about the traditional 2-bar loom and the unique warping process.  Participants will learn about the two main weave styles that is Coast Salish Wool Weaving and finish a weaving project over the course of the weekend.



PtSA - Port townsend School of the Arts logo Painted portrait of Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll

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