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March 23 - April 27, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Ikat is an ancient and universal technique in which threads are bound and tied to resist dye bath. The process of tying knots along a skein or bundle of threads encodes each thread with a pattern that is revealed when woven. Ikat allows the build-up of layers as the warp and weft each have the potential of bearing their own artistic and emotional message. There are single, double and compound ikat techniques found in different textile traditions around the world. Using the medium of ikat, students will have six all-day classes to design and create their own painterly image in woven form. These ikat designs will be woven on simple four-harness looms under the guidance of a master. (Some weaving experience is required)

Materials Instructor will provide: handouts, weft ikat skein winders ($10/pair), use of ikat rafia tape, indigo dye materials

Materials students should provide: Bring scissors, and fiber of your choice. Please bring enough warp and weft to create a scarf or a tablerunner.

Polly Barton is a nationally recognized artist who has been working in fiber for over 30 years. She is known for adapting the ancient weaving technique of ikat into contemporary woven imagery. Her work is in many collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Community Hospital Foundation of Monte Rey, and the Longhouse Reserve in New York. Hali Magazine, FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and American Craft, among others, have published her work. She is a member of the Textile Society of America, the Surface Design Association, the Textile Study Group of New York, and at EVFAC. She enjoys lecturing and teaching.  (

This class requires a minimum of three students. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.

Non-Member: $375 (Member $325)

Materials Fee: $35
Materials fee is paid at first class meeting.