Chilkat Weaving Class taught by Clarissa Rizal and Lily Hope at SEARHC’s Board Room, Juneau, Alaska — July 2010
As of this date March 10, 2014, there are five Chilkat or Ravenstail weaving classes Clarissa will be teaching this Summer in Alaska, Yukon, B.C. and Washington State; here’s her schedule (subject to change depending on additional classes):
Chilkat Weaving Class held at Catrina Mitchell’s home, Juneau, Alaska — 2010
1). One Day “Gain-Confidence-In-Chilkat-Skills Class held the day after Celebration 2014 in Juneau, Alaska: Sunday, June 15th; 9am to 3pm Location: TBA For a description of the class, costs, etc., please read the blog entry announcing this class by clicking here.
For further information and sign up, please contact Clarissa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers taught by Ann Smith and Clarissa Rizal gather on the back deck of the Kwaanlin Dun Cultural Center on the Yukon River, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory – June 2013
2). With Ann Smith teaching Ravenstail and Clarissa teaching Chilkat Weaving during the week of the Adaka Festival at the Kwaanlin Dun Cultural Center in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada — June 27th through July 3rd, 2014
To see photos and read about last year’s Chilkat/Ravenstail weaving class during the Adaka Festival 2013, click here.
To inquire or sign up for this year’s class, contact Charlene Alexander, Executive Coordinator of the Adaka Festival
The cabin of Chilkat Weaving demonstration at the Teslin “Celebration 2013″ in Teslin, Yukon Territory
3). Clarissa will teach a two-week Ravenstail Weaving Class July 6 through July 21st, at the Teslin Cultural Center on the shores of Teslin Lake. We will weave a headband; all equipment, supplies and materials will be provided.
Click here to see photos and read about last year’s Chilkat Weaving Gathering and Demo in the cabin which is part of artist’s demonstration during Teslin’s Biennial Celebration 2013.
Inquire or sign up with Melaina Sheldon at the Teslin CC at: Melaina.Sheldon@ttc-teslin.com
4). (Note: There will be just a 3-day break from the Ravenstail weaving class in Teslin to demonstrate at the Atlin Music Festival in Atlin, B.C., the weekend of July 11, 12 & 13th. The Teslin class students have the option to demonstrate weaving at the Atlin Music Festival; though your attendance is not required. We will resume the second week of the Ravenstail weaving class in Teslin on Tuesday, July 15th, ending July 21st. )
To see photos and read about last year’s weaving demonstration at the Atlin Music Festival, click here
Teahonna James demonstrates at the Atlin Music Festival, Atlin, B.C., Canada – July 2013
5). Clarissa will be teaching Chilkat weaving during a Chilkat Weavers’ Retreat held at the on Vashon Island, Washington State, during the week of September 9th to the 16th. You must have prior weaving experience and a project already started on your loom. See more photos and read last year’s blog entry on the Beach House Retreat by clicking here. For more information and sign up for this year’s Retreat, please contact Sue Shotridge at: email@example.com
Chilkat Weaving Retreat will be held at the Beach House on Vashon Island, Washington State
Easy carrying of two 36″ Chilkat weaving looms – the 36-inch loom is generally used for weaving dance aprons, a pair of leggings, a child-size robe, or anything smaller
Each of our Chikat and Ravenstail weaving looms are hand crafted by a local woodworker; it’s not like we can just order these on eBay, Amazon or any fabric or yarn store. Not yet, anyway! Most of our weaving looms are collapsible for easy transport to and from classes, to and from our auntie’s or friend’s house, and to and from the art shows or demonstrations. We need a variety of size of bags to transport our various-sized weaving looms.
Top “wrap-about” zipper of the fabulous Manfrotte (Model # MBAG120PM) for Microphone and music stands – which in this case, thanks to Preston for gifting me this bag, is converted into a Chilkat weaving loom carrying case!
I have hand-made the smaller weaving 24″ looms bags like the black leather one below; however, I need very sturdy, resilient bags for the much larger weaving looms. I have used ski bags with wheels for my 7″ weaving looms, snowboard bags for my 6′ and 5′ weaving looms and most recently this padded microphone/music stand bag with the wrap-around zippered entry at one end!
Two types of weaving loom bags for a 24″ hardwood loom: the black leather bag with button and beadwork trim was made by Clarissa Rizal nearly 25 years ago, and the green cotton bag with front pouch is a yoga mat bag. Both of shoulder straps
When traveling across country by boat, car or plane with a large weaving loom, I recommend owning a padded, sturdy bag, preferrably with wheels! I have traveled annually with my weaving looms of all size for nearly 30 years. I know the ropes, folks — it’s all in the bag!
Clarissa practices her voice lessons while weaving and exercising on the ball!
A few weeks ago, I bought this exercise ball with the intention that I would somewhat make an attempt to get back into shape. Though I had every intention of “exercising” to which I still don’t just exercise, I used the ball while I was eating meals, while I was on the computer, while practicing voice lessons and reading. Then it dawned on me that I could use it while weaving!!! HELLO!! This is one of the most important pieces of weaving equipment! This is the perfect seat; it is just the right softness, provides perfect posture, moves side to side as you are weaving a long horizontal line, and all while toning up your muscles! GO OUT AND BUY ONE NOW!!!
There are a variety of companies producing “body balls.” They cost about $10 to $20. Generally they are available in three sizes according to your size. Choose the one that is appropriate for your size and color preference – though sometimes you won’t have a color choice.
Generally all balls come with a pump in the package. The above photo shows the pump on the left and the un-inflated ball.
And then I remembered today that Crystal, one of my weaving students, had mentioned that she was going to buy either an ergonomic chair or an exercise ball; that was about a month ago; at 30 years old, she knows how to prepare herself for the best seat in town — golly, where have I been for the past 30 years weaving on a hard bench!? Hello? AND, we must remember that as we get older, let’s face it, our bums begin to lose their natural “padding!” The body balls are THE answer for the rest of your weaving life!
Just finished the eyebrows of the Chilkat face – the “being” can now “express” it’s emotions…
I envision many of you Chilkat weavers have started this year off with a project or two on your loom(s), or you are at least intending to complete the one(s) you have on your loom(s) this year! I would like to help inspire and assist you to complete your project(s) and gain confidence as a weaver of Chilkat.
I will be conducting a workshop in Chilkat weaving for just one day in Juneau the day AFTER Celebration on Sunday, June 15th. (Some of you who are from out of town may make arrangements to spend another day to attend this valuable workshop!) My daughter, Lily Hope will be my assistant.
This workshop is for experienced weavers of all levels. “Experienced” meaning you have at least some basic knowledge of how to warp your loom, how to weave the two strand twine and the three-strand braid, etc. This workshop is about refining your skills and gaining confidence as a weaver of Chilkat.
It doesn’t matter to me if you learned from another Chilkat weaver or were a student of mine, we are all in the same boat – you are welcomed to attend.
The workshop will focus on tricks-of-the-trade skills learned from Jennie Thlunaut and those that I developed the past 30 years of weaving. These include (but are not limited to):
Jennie’s fingering technique for grace, speed and accuracy (Weave a Chilkat robe in 5 to 6 months instead of a year! Yes, this can be your reality!)
Why we “open wide” (no, this has nothing to do with mouths)
Why we “give it the finger” (no, this has nothing to do with behavioral problems)
Jennie’s methods of warp markers, creating square corners with your braids, how to interlock gracefully, etc. (Learned from the
The importance of paying attention to your braids (like the way you pay attention to your hair braids)
Why and where you would use two different shades of weft (even Museum staff wonder why this technique was used in the old robes)
How to weave the various types of noses (let’s make the weaving of noses fun!)
Which color is woven first when interlocking on a curve (you wouldn’t think so, but this technique is very important)
Turning the corners of your eyes (oh so very, very important; the mainstay of Chilkat eyes!)
Splicing (you will know when you are doing this wrong!)
the “fast-black” weavers (is it a person, place or thing?)
spinning warp tricks-of-trade (fine warp and weft produces fine weave)
how to avoid shoulder, neck and back aches (what!? As if this is important!?)
exercise while weaving (yep, get on the ball, folks; tone yourself up while you weave!)
why it is best to have several weavings going at once (like I have time to weave more than one weaving!?)
And whatever else you need to know! (Be assertive; create your list of questions now and bring them to class!)
Sunday, June 15, 2014 (the day after Celebration ends)
9am to 3pm
Location: TBA — I have not found a location just yet. I am looking into this. The location depends on the number of people who are interested in this workshop. I may conduct the workshop in someone’s home if we have 10 people or less (because I like having a kitchen so we can eat!), or if we have more than 10, we conduct the workshop in an office boardroom or possibly the JACC, etc.
If you have a suggestion for a location, please let me know.
I will not be supplying any materials and supplies. You must bring your own loom already “dressed” with your weaving project on it.
If you need any warp to start a new project before this class begins, I will contact our two warp spinners Ricky Tagaban or Teahonna James; place your orders ASAP.
You will need to bring your own weaving project already on your loom; also your own tapestry needle, scissors, twine, notebook, pen/pencil, camera
You may take as many photographs as you want though I will not allow video taping.
bring food to share (we will be eating our lunch together)
bring your own body ball (click here to see what this is)
Deadline for sign up:
Maximum # of students: 20
$50 cash, check, or visa
Make payment by June 10th; the earlier the better to reserve your spot in the class
I will be in Juneau by June 10th
If you need to pay via visa, we can meet up and I’ll swipe your card on my “Square”; if you pay by check, make it out to “Clarissa Rizal” – and of course, cash keeps things simple and is always welcome!
After Class at 4-5pm: Directly after class, for about an hour or so, I will be available to talk to those of you who want to be a self-employed artist; those who want to weave, weave and weave, but are wary about making a living at your work. I know that after 37 years of being a full-time, self-employed artist working in a variety of mediums and raising three kids and a husband all the while, I am a living testament to “it can be done!” I can help provide you some advice and opportunities which may assist you in working towards this goal. I will provide you with a list of do’s and don’ts, grant organizations, entrepreneur classes at IAIA, and a couple of methods to make residual income. There will be no charge for this information. Let me know if you are interested and I will pencil you in!
if you are interested in taking this one-day class, contact me via phone (970-903-8386) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Let’s face it, we’re going to have a blast! (Like “Hello!” – imagine a room of weavers “weaving on the ball!”)