October 13-15 these Duneland Weavers’ Guild members completed a “crimp cloth” workshop. Using a variation of woven shibori for either warp or weft, they created the fabric samples presented with permanently crimped designs that hold their memory even when washed. Crimp cloth can be used for one-size-fits-all garments and for scarves and shawls that won’t fall off your shoulders.
Our instructor was 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&D, Handwoven, Weavers, Complex Weavers Journal, and Vävmagasinet, as well as Catherine Ellis’ book, Woven Shibori, Revised and Updated, IP, 2016.