October 2022: Crimp & Create Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 13 1:30-4:40
Friday, Oct. 14 9:30-4:30 and
Saturday, Oct. 15 1:00-4:30.


Instructor: Dianne Totten

One-of-a-kind handwoven garments have been Dianne Totten’s main focus with emphasis on garments using “crimp cloth,” a technique she developed and teaches nationally/internationally for guilds and conferences including Convergence. Dianne has been a weaver for 40 years and a teacher for twenty-five.  Her expertise in sewing complements her passion for weaving. In addition, she enjoys creating whimsical rag rugs, placemats, wall hangings, etc. with design inlay, a fun way to use up her fabric stash.  She teaches at John C. Campbell Folk School in NC as well as for guilds and regional conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and at Convergence.  She has two crimp cloth DVD’s available and has been published in SS&DHandwovenWeavers, Complex Weavers Journal, and Vävmagasinet, as well as Catherine Ellis’ book, Woven Shibori, Revised and Updated, IP, 2016.  

This is an on-loom workshop taking fiber in a new direction by creating “crimp cloth.” Using a variation of woven shibori for either warp or weft, learn to create fabric with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed. Apply this stash-busting technique to any threading and learn the thought process that will lead to endless possibilities for creating this magic cloth. Participants will draft, weave, and crimp their samples in class.

Learn how the fabric can be used for one-size-fits-all garments and for scarves and shawls that won’t fall off your shoulders. See how permanently crimped pleating can replace knitted ribbing for a sweater or can add a knit look to
the collar area of a jacket. No dyeing is involved as with traditional handwoven shibori.