Paper Weaving

Paper Weaving Online Class

Join me in creating six paper weavings over six weeks. This in depth experience into paper weaving will introduce you to new ways of working with paper in two- and three-dimensions. We’ll begin by exploring basic paper weaving techniques as we create a set of four note cards. Next, we’ll make a shaped weaving, a table runner, a window/wall hanging, a double pamphlet stitched book with a woven paper cover and a woven paper lantern. We’ll explore a unique cutting technique that integrate layers of paper. Use your own papers, purchase a kit containing the papers you see above, or mix and match!

February 7, 2018: Class has begun, but you’re welcome to sign up and jump in at any time. OR, wait until I offer it again or as a self study. Stay tuned!

Dates: Febuary 7 – March 14, 2018: Each Wednesday, a new lesson will be added to the on-line classroom that you will be enrolled in when you register for the class.

Price: $220. Purchase the  Custom Paper Pack (pictured below) for an additional $50 (+ shipping) and receive this gorgeous selection of Japanese papers.

* As of January 29th, I only have a couple of custom paper packs left, but my inventory system will tell you if they’re out of stock! If they are, you can join the others who are using their own papers (if you are reading this you probably have a paper stash, right)?

Registering for the class: Register up to the day class begins (February 7th). You can still register after that – the lessons are independent (i.e. you do not have to do them in order) – and will be available indefinitely, so there is no time pressure!

Sign up for the class here ↓↓
Purchase supply kit here ↓↓

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COURSE OUTLINE:

  • Week 1 (February 7) TAKE NOTE! Create four cards while learning the basic paper weaving techniques: 1. Staight strips 2. Curvy strips 3. Weaving a shape  4. Cutting windows into your weavings to reveal what’s beneath and integrate the layers.
  • Week 2 (February 14) SHAPE UP! Explore a variety of ways to cut and weave circles and other shapes.
  • Week 3 (February 21) HANG IT UP: Make a window or wall hanging as you explore weaving on the diagonal. Incorporate a hanging mechanism, and discover ways to work with light between layers.
  • Week 4 (February 28) BOOK IT! Create a double stitched pamphlet book with a woven paper cover and add cut-outs to enhance your weaving.
  • Week 5 (March 7) GO BIG! Utilize the large scale of this table runner to really explore the versatility of paper weaving and the cut-out technique that merges the layers.
  • Week 6 (March 14): GET SCULPTURAL! Bring your weaving into the round with this woven paper lantern. Add a battery operated tea light to illuminate it.

What’s Included in the Course:

  • Step-by-step video tutorials for each lesson
  • Printable step-by-step instructions for each project
  • A comprehensive resource list, plus a list of suppliers
  • A private community for sharing your work with Helen and the group, as well as a forum for asking questions and an option for personal feedback

How it works: 

  • When you register for the class, you will receive information about creating your unique login to join the online classroom 
  • Each Wednesday, beginning on February 7th, a new lesson will be available in the online classroom
  • As a student you will have access to all lessons, support materials and videos as long as they exist online

Materials:  I’ve put together a substantial supply kit plus a list of suppliers for all of the papers and lamp parts you need to create these projects. The kit includes: papers for each project, a super cool glue applicator, a special cutting mat substrate and a battery operated tea light.Please register early to make sure that you receive your kit before class begins. Click here to view the supply list.

Tools: You probably have most tools on hand, but here’s an idea of what we’ll be using: pencil, ruler, scissors, cutting mat, craft knife, eraser, glue brush. Optional tools: compass, circle cutter, heavy duty scissors for cutting a bamboo skewer.

Beyond the class: The skills you acquire will have multiple applications for future projects. Take what you learn beyond the class as you add paper weaving ideas to your repertoire.

Testimonials:

Helen is a skilled, generous, and very organized teacher. I enjoyed every aspect of the  online Paper Illuminated Class, from the clear video and written instructions, to the community feel, to the ability to work at my own pace. The projects and materials were lovely. The online format made it possible to benefit from Helen’s vast expertise without the time and cost of travel.  Thanks Helen! S.E., MA

The class, “Paper Illuminated,” was my first ever online class. The needed materials arrived in advance so I could become acquainted with them. The videos for each lesson were very clear and easy to follow. I appreciated having the pdf directions to refer to when I had a quick question. It was fun to see the results that other participants posted. I found the interactive communication with you helpful and delightful. Thank you! I look forward to another online class taught by you! B.H

About Helen: In 2013, I created 100 weavings in 100 days, which allowed me to explore a variety of papers and paper weaving techniques. I’m the author of five how-to books about paper crafts and papermaking, and the annual Twelve Months of Paper Calendar, featuring a how-to paper project for every month. I am a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books and works in paper, and I teach, lecture and exhibit my work internationally. My interest in how things are made (from paper) keep me up-to-date on current paper trends, which I write about in my weekly blog, The Sunday Paper. I hold an annual paper retreat in my Red Cliff, Colorado studio each September.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Why do I need to register by January 20th if class doesn’t start until February 7th?
I need to know how many people are in the class before I order papers for the supply kit. I estimate it will take them about a week for me to get those from the supplier, at which time I’ll still have to assemble, label and send them to you. Thank you for bearing with me!

Why is the shipping fee for the class $20 (in the US)?  The shipping fee covers shipping and handling: I have to purchase a box and a plastic sleeve to protect the papers, and some of this fee covers my time for processing the orders and cutting and packaging the papers. I run a one-woman show; thanks for understanding!

Why an Online Class?
I’ve taught these projects to hundreds of students in person over the past twenty five years, but since I can’t travel all the time (and perhaps you can’t either) I decided to develop this on-line content. This is an extension of the numerous how-to projects I’ve written about in my books and the Twelve Months of Paper calendar, but they are a bit more in-depth and elaborate, featuring skill building as well as creative ideas. In addition, you get to:

  • Work from the comfort of your own home or studio
  • Share ideas with an on-line community & view the work of fellow participants
  • Save on travel costs!

What kind of experience is required?
This class is for all levels but expect some challenges. I have taught all of these projects to beginners and experienced artists with success. You should be comfortable using an X-acto knife.

What if I miss a lesson? 
Not to worry! The lessons are independent and can be done in any order, so if you miss one during the class, you can just skip ahead. All of the lessons will be available indefinitely. You get to make at your own pace!

Try me! Here’s a link to one of my on-line how-to guides, a Pop-Up Tree Tutorial that you can download to familiarize yourself with my teaching style. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Register by January 20, 2018 and receive early bird pricing (price goes up to $220 on 1/20/18). You will receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee for cancellations prior to the start date (February 7). No refunds after class begins.

Sign up for the class here ↓↓
Purchase supply kit here ↓↓

$220.00 Add to Cart

$50.00 Add to Cart