VIRTUAL SERIES: Mini Weaving of the Month - Fashion History

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VIRTUAL SERIES: Mini Weaving of the Month - Fashion History

Join fashion and textile historian Sarah C. Byrd and artist Jamie Boyle context, a virtual series of weaving workshops!

By Contemporary Craft

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January 25 · 3pm - December 20 · 6pm PST



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VIRTUAL “Weaving of the Month - Fashion History”: 12-Month Series

Series: 4th Wednesday of the Month*

Time: All workshops run from 6:00pm-9:00pm


"Socks and Sandals?"

"Nah, that's a patten!"

Join fashion and textile historian Sarah C. Byrd and artist Jamie Boyle for context, a series of monthly interactive weaving workshops. Each month will focus on a different wearable object, pattern, or technique. Jamie will lead you step by step through the process of weaving images of these things using basic tapestry weaving techniques. While we weave, Sarah will lead us into a conversation surrounding the month's focus, exploring historical contexts, associations, and other gems of information. By the end of 2023, you will have created a head-to-toe ensemble-archive of weaving and notes! Join every month to create the full outfit, or pick and choose a partial look! This is a beginner friendly series, no weaving experience or fashion history expertise expected.

How it Works: Choose a 3-Weaving, 6-Weaving, or 12-Weaving package and pick whichever topics you want to make! You can also register for just 1 weaving by clicking on the dates below.

January 25 - a sock in context (with a nod to hosiery in the context part)

Please note that this date has past. If you select the sock as one of your workshop options, you will receive a recording of the virtual workshop along with the materials kit.

February 21* - a shoe in context (please note this is a TUESDAY night, not Wednesday)

June 21* - an undergarment in context (please note this workshop is the 3rd Wednesday of the month)

July 19* - a skirt in context (please note this wokshop is the 3rd Wednesday of the month)

November 29* - a hat in context (please note this is the 5th Wednesday of the month)

December 20* - mittens in context (Please note this is the 3rd Wednesday of the month)


  • 3 Weavings – $160 + materials fee
  • 6 Weavings – $280 + materials fee
  • 12 Weavings – $490 + materials fee

To register for individual weavings, click on the dates above.

Materials: Jamie has put together a specific materials kit, including a loom, for each weaving for $10. Kits may be picked up at Contemporary Craft (5645 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201) or you can have your kits shipped to you for an additional fee.

In addition, all tuition includes one "starter kit" which consists of a wooden loom, shuttle, comb, and yarn needles.

Location: The comfort of your own home.

Cancellations and Refunds: Workshop cancellations are decided three business days before the start date. If workshops must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class fee will be refunded through Eventbrite, or you may leave your workshop fee in your Contemporary Craft account for future workshops.

Refund Policy: Student refund requests must be made at least three business days before a class begins. There will be a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given without three-business days notice. Processing of refunds takes approximately three weeks.

If you require accessibility accommodations, please let us know by calling 412.261.7003 and we are happy to assist you.

About the Artist - Jamie Boyle

Jamie Boyle is an artist who works in a variety of ways. She received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in art from The Ohio State University. Jamie’s first weaving teacher was artist Ann Hamilton, in whose studio she worked for several years after graduate school. Subsequently, in New York City, Owyn Marisol Ruck, Kira Silver, Isa Rodrigues, Kelly Valetta, and Jose Picayo taught Jamie how to use a floor loom as a tool for weaving. Sarah C. Byrd taught Jamie how to look for the stories in textiles. In addition to weaving in New York City, she frequently collaborated with artists to create material stuff (props, costumes, or set components) for dance and theater productions, working with Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacy (The Set Up), Faye Driscoll (Thank You for Coming: Play), Ursula Eagly (piece with gaps for each other), Siti Company with Ann Hamilton (the theater is a blank page), and Geoff Sobelle (The Object Lesson), among others. Jamie has shared her love of art and weaving with communities of learners at Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh Public Schools, the University of Pittsburgh, the National Council of Jewish Women NY Lifetime Learning Center, The Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), and the Textile Arts Center (Brooklyn, NY). Jamie has participated in artist residencies at the Textile Arts Center, the Museum of Arts and Design, Contemporary Craft, and through the SU-CASA program administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

About the Educator - Sarah C. Byrd

A love of all things "old" led Sarah to collections and preservation of the past in order to understand the present. This passion informs her work at every level. She also believes that education is the key to all progress. She currently teaches courses related to the history, preservation, and material culture of fashion and textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York University, and Parsons. She also works with the Textile Arts Center Artist in Residence series and programs for the Fashion Studies Alliance. Her independent research focuses on the history of clothing within American cults and communes, which might one day become a book.

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$190 – $630