Instruction by Bonnie

  • teaching at peace festivalWeaving and Weaving Related Workshops for all levels
  • A strong focus on Color and Color Systems
  • Mix and Match topics, tailored for the needs and interest of the individual or group
  • Travel to teach at Guilds and Conferences
  • In house private Weaving Lessons by the hour
  • Weaving Retreats (1-day to 7-day)
  • Internship and apprenticeship opportunities available

Guild and Conference Workshops

Bonnie Tarses has been teaching workshops and seminars around the US and Canada since 1993. With her amazing mastery of color blending and delightful sense of humor, Bonnie receives rave reviews. Her wide variety of workshops are geared to all skill levels, plus weaving related workshops for the non-weaver as well.

Color Focused Workshops

Three Workshops in One: Color Horoscope Weaving, Woven Words, Almost Ikat

Three Workshops in One: Color Horoscope Weaving, Woven Words, Almost Ikat

Come join in the discovery of 3 unique methods of color blending developed by Bonnie over the past 4 decades as demonstrated in a spectacular array of examples. Students will use Color Horoscope Weaving as their primary focus, which means they will arrive at the workshop with their loom warped and ready to weave with a personal Color Horoscope.

Be advised that this workshop begins at home at least one month (hopefully two) before the conference with one on one email instruction for setting up an individual unique warp. During the workshop, students get a taste of Woven Words and Almost Ikat providing inspiration and ideas that will last for years.

Required level of student expertise:  Student must either be able to warp their loom at home or have someone help them.

Materials fee:  $55

Provided for students:

  • A personal winding draft based on birthdate, time of day and place of birth.
  • Instruction on how to select yarn and how to interpret the draft and wind the warp.
  • Handouts and materials for designing warps in Woven Words and Almost Ikat.

Students should bring:

  • Portable warped loom (capable of weaving 16” with 400 heddles) plain weave.
  • weft
  • shuttles (and whatever weaving tools you require)
  • both cloth and paper scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil with good eraser.
  • 4 hanks of cotton embroidery floss

Maximum participants:  15

Additional Student Requirement:

Each Color Horoscope student must contact Bonnie upon enrollment (bonnie@bonnietarses.com)  and supply her with an accurate

1.          Birth Date  (month, day, year)

2.          Time of Day (hour and minute)

3.          Place (city/town, state/province, and country)

Bonnie will then create a personal winding draft based on this information.  In addition, she will send instructions on how to select yarn and how to interpret the draft and wind the warp.

Color Horoscope Weaving
Susan at the loom

Discover a unique method of color blending.

  • The focus is entirely on color.
  • Bonnie begins instruction via email 2 months before the scheduled workshop.
  • Personal winding drafts are calculated and mailed out based on information provided by the student .
  • Guidance in individual yarn selection provided via email.
  • Warps wound and looms dressed in the comfort of your own studio prior to the workshop.
  • Students arrive in class with looms warped and ready to weave.
  • Weaving provides the backdrop for an array of unique color exercises.
  • The number of students is limited only by the size of the room.
  • Presented as a 1-day, 2-day or 3-day workshop, your choice. Instruction on Almost Ikat included in 2-day workshop, and Woven Words included in 3-day workshop.

Supply fee: $35 includes personal horoscope and hand drawn winding draft. (Add $15 supply fee for Almost Ikat and $15 for Woven Words)

Almost Ikat
A new twist on an ancient technique. This workshop is geared toward sharpening the sense of design and color while exploring this unique ikat variation. Students create a spontaneous warp from commercially dyed variegated yarn at home and arrive in class ready to weave. Each warp will be 9 inches wide by 3 yards long using Bambu 7 from Cotton Clouds. The workshop includes an exciting slide show and sumptuous samples, and it promises to add new dimensions to your creativity. Workshop length: 1-day
Supply fee: $0
Woven Words
An intriguing color system calculated to inspire fearless colorful warps! The 1-day workshop begins with an exciting display of woven word examples. Just imagine a color name draft! With a color and number for every letter of the alphabet, you have opened the door to woven words. Students learn a beautiful wrapping technique, wrap their names, and transfer this color sequence to a weft-faced weaving. After having woven their names, students have an opportunity to weave family names, a personal motto, or a short poem. Perfect for towels, baby blankets or just about any striped warp.
Supply fee: $15 includes yarn, wrapping cards, and handout.
Students bring warped loom, 10/2 cotton, solid jewel-tone, 6″ wide x 3 yds.
Spontaneous Weaving from the Heart
Flex your creative muscles! In an atmosphere of community and joy, students immerse themselves in an experience of dialoguing with an array of yarns to weave surprising and delightful cloth. Saori inspired!

“Weaving by its very nature is beautiful and what some call mistakes are really the marks of the weaver’s hand.”

Supplies: Warped loom, ready to weave: warp 3 yds. long and 6” wide of 10/2 cotton sett at 12 epi. Use darker jewel tones or a neutral (like black <grin>). Do not use white or a light color.

Bring all of the scrap yarn that you have—any weights, fibers, colors (some thrums perhaps, but mostly longer bits). I will be bringing lots of thrums. Here is the chance to share and get rid of that great yarn you’ve had for years and have never figured out what to do with.

Of course bring scissors, bobbins, shuttles and whatever weaving accessories you require.

Workshops With The Non-Weaver In Mind

Woven Paper Collage
Inspiring, insightful, relaxing, and fun
Finding the Colors Within on WhidbeyThrough focused intention discover the colors of your hopes and dreams. With no experience and minimal supplies, transform color preferences into collage. Turn collage into meaningful “thread” and thread into a powerful woven statement. Guaranteed to fill you with ideas!
Supply fee: $5
Wrapped Silk Brooch
Create a piece of wearable art
Learn how to make perfect wrappings using custom dyed, space-dyed and ikat dyed fine silk yarn. In a 1-day workshop, student will complete at least one brooch and more likely three. In addition to the brooch, as a group we will create an exciting piece of wall art.
Supply fee $30 includes a variety of pre-cut shapes, over 100 shades of 20/2 to 60/2 silk yarn, all adhesives and findings for two brooches. Additional brooches $15 each.

 

One-on-One In-Studio Workshops

Over the years, I have taught all manner of workshops, delivered keynote addresses, and presented countless seminars. Although I am still available for travel to teach, “taking the show on the road” has become more challenging. Plus, now that I live in beautiful Montana, have a lovely studio with 3 looms AND have accommodations for 1, I am pleased to announce Weaving Vacations, tailored just for you.

Equipment

  • 8 harness 48” Fireside (jack) named Gary
  • 4 harness 32” Gilmore (jack) named Grace
  • 2 harness 20” Saori (counterbalance) named Love

In-House Workshop and Retreat Options

Trio Sampling

Weave on all three looms. They will be warped and ready to go.

  1. Weave a Botanical Wall Hanging (on Gary)
  2. Weave an Almost Ikat Towel (on Grace)
  3. Weave a Free Weaving Textural Scarf or Woven Words Scarf (on Love)
Color Horoscope Weaving
(you can select just one of the options below or do any combination. In other words, you can have the Color Horoscope warp all threaded and ready to weave)

  • Creating a Color Horoscope Weaving
  • Selecting yarn and winding
  • Dressing loom
  • Weaving
Ikat (Almost Ikat and Turned Weft Ikat)
Preparing Yarn for Ikat Dyeing (if you are interested in actual dyeing, I can arrange for that to happen although I do not do any dyeing in my studio)

  • Designing and winding warp
  • Dressing loom
  • Weaving
Woven Words

  • Gathering words to weave
  • Color selection
  • Transforming words into color
  • Designing warps
  • Winding warp
  • Dressing loom
  • Weaving
Free Weaving on Saori Loom
I have discovered that most weavers I know have trouble weaving without a plan. In weaving, there are 3 basic elements in play: color, pattern, and texture. In design school, I was taught to feature just one of the 3. To have all 3 elements equally strong will make a weak cloth, design-wise. Most weavers seem initially drawn to pattern. Let’s face it, it’s the closest thing to magic I know of! Many weavers I have encountered seem to struggle with color. Fortunately, that has always been my delicious joy. Then we come to texture! Texture has always been in the background for me although yarn is first and foremost, texture. SAORI gives texture its due since loom created pattern is strictly limited on a 2 harness loom. I happen to have an amazing collection of recycled cashmere which will be available for weaving.

One of the best features of the Saori loom is that anyone can sit down and weave on it (and I do mean anyone who can count to 2 and reach the treadles) with just 2 minutes of instruction.

Luxurious Cashmere Scarf
Weave your own luxurious cashmere scarf!Luxurious Cashmere Scarf

Field Trips

In addition to loom time, one can drink in the Montana scene. During the summer in Missoula and surrounding areas, there is some of the most beautiful scenery and constant festivals, farmers markets, craft markets, rafting, fishing, birding, and powwow to name a just few things. Click here to explore more about Missoula.

We also have a wonderful yarn shop, Joseph’s Coat, and Mountain Colors is less than an hour away. A little over an hour in the other direction is Black Wolf Ranch, an amazing Alpaca ranch (no wolves).

Stay in Touch

Contact Bonnie for Available Dates

Bonnie’s Fees

Weave with Bonnie in Missoula

$10 1-hour introductory special
$15 per hour in-studio, plus cost of materials
$120 per day in-studio. Fee includes 8 hours of studio time per day and the cost of most materials. Room and board options are available for an additional fee.

 

Weaving Guilds & Conferences

$700 per day plus travel, room and board
$250 lecture

"The whole concept is such fun!!! I really loved working with the colors and seeing the combinations. Just that alone has given me some ideas of color choices for other projects. Thank God for digital cameras to record which ones I like best and add them to my notes.

PS. I have really enjoyed your published work over the years. Your website gallery is terrific and inspirational to me. I am, and have been, a fan of your work. Thank you for reaching out so openly to weavers like me."
—Louisa Ballard, Arizona

"This was a lovely gift to myself and I am very grateful to Bonnie for developing this idea. I have never warped anything without knowing how it was going to turn out. Each new color was eagerly anticipated to see how it would blend in. Like Bonnie promised, it all worked out."
— Shelley Hamilton, Saskatchewan

"After enjoying Bonnie's inspiring presentation to our North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle guild in Sequim/Port Angeles WA on the joys of designing with Turned Weft Ikat, a group of members held a wrap, dye and warp day in July. It was an excellent, though lengthy day, and all participants left with dyed yarn and lots of enthusiasm. We hope to see a series of towels this year at our monthly show and tell and want to thank Bonnie again for an excellent concept."
—Lynn Baritelle

"Your Horoscope Workshop was the best workshop I have ever attended in my 10 years of weaving. In addition to providing the opportunity to warp and weave something new and different, I learned a lot from the tips you shared with us, gathered from your 50 years of weaving.

If your ears are ringing, it is because we are still talking about how much we enjoyed your workshop and that we learned so much. Thanks again for a great experience."
—Bobbie, Tennessee

Thank you for developing such a clever system and for your help and guidance on this project. It was very fun to make, and my new shawl is amazing!!
—Isabel Clark
Thanks Bonnie, your workshop opened doors in weaving I had not thought of or did not know how to execute.
— Sandy Buckworth, Delaware

"This has been the most challenging, rewarding and inspiring experience for me and I feel that I can now call myself a weaver! "
—Kathie

"Never under estimate the powers of your horoscope shawl.
I am continually amazed at how this technique (Woven Words) makes me use new colors and they always seem to work together. Thank you, "
—Karen Driscoll, California

"After your workshop, I came home and worked in a fury to complete the scarf. I had not intended to finish weaving until after the SoCal experience, BUT the scarf was "sizzling" on my loom!!!! I could not leave it alone! So the weaving is done with the fringing process started. I decided to put little faceted clear seed beads here and there--it looks like the stars. The whole experience was very cathartic. I will send a pic when I have completed it. Thank you so much for your insight and wisdom, I couldn't have asked for more."
—Susan von Sosten, Sacramento

"I found Bonnie to be a great new weaving mentor in my life and not the least bit intimidating. And I feel more confident now to weave more fine pieces than I had before. "
—Martha, Missoula

My husband is fighting me for it. I told him it is MY horoscope and he can't have it.
—Sonnie Sperati, Delaware