Deborah Silver: Split-Shed Tied Beiderwand

Friday, January 10, 2020: 1-4 (after TWG)  and/ or Saturday: January 11: 9-3        St. Andrews Episcopal Church

$ 50 deposit will be due by October 11, 2019.

Send check, made payable to Tacoma Weaver’s Guild to:

Carol Thompson; 21212 4th Avenue S;  Des Moines, WA  98198

Cost: Will be determined after her flights are booked in September. However, for a 1.5 day class with a minimum of 10, it will probably be around $150/pp.  A 1-day class will be a bit less; not much.  A 1.5 day class with 20 participants will be around $75…

Workshop will be cancelled if we do not have the minimum of 10 signed up by October TWG meeting.

Class Size: Minimum 10; Maximum 20.
Skill Level: This workshop is appropriate for any weaver who can warp their loom and weave based on weave drafts

Requirements:         Warping requirements will be sent by the end of November.

This workshop will teach the basics of split-shed weaving using a variation of the Beiderwand pattern, and if time allows, a couple of other tie ups. This type of weaving uses four shafts, five treadles, and three weft yarns which all travel from selvedge to selvedge. Students will learn how to produce shading with yarn in order to create dimensional-looking pictorial imagery. They will also learn how to make and use a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not crin when beating. Although this workshop can be done on a table loom, I strongly suggest that students use a floor loom (with foot treadles) as table looms add an extra step to the weaving process.


Bio: Deborah Silver is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She discovered her love of weaving while attending the Cleveland Institute of Art, majoring in Fiber and minoring in Drawing.

After a weaving internship, Deborah learned the craft of antique furniture upholstery. She then combined her skills to open her own fiber art business. She worked closely with interior designers, creating site-specific Fiber commissions for private residences, businesses and religious institutions. Her works are in the collections of Montefiore Home and B’nai Jeshuran Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Currently, Deborah designs and weaves pieces that combine her interest in tribal imagery with contemporary faces. Her fascination with ethnographic art began when she served as the program chair of the Cuyahoga Weavers Guild. To create a more diverse curriculum, Deborah obtained grant funding, enabling Gilbert “Bobbo” Ahiagble to travel from Ghana. The master kente cloth weaver spent three weeks in Ohio. He lectured, gave demonstrations
and taught workshops using traditional kente cloth looms. This marked the beginning of Deborah’s fascination with tribal art, history and symbolism.

Using a split-shed technique, Deborah has transformed a traditional coverlet pattern into a signature method of hand-weaving. All horizontal yarns travel from edge to edge, differentiating this fabric from tapestry. The work is inspired by the increased cross-culturalism in our world, with an emphasis on our collective history. Deborah's influences are Milton Avery, Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin.