Transparencies with Laura Viada

Transparencies with Laura Viada – October/November 2023

“Transparencies are fun to weave and present a wealth of opportunities for expression and design. A close relative of the tapestry, the distinguishing characteristic of the transparency is the contrast between opaque areas of pattern inlay and the sheer background cloth. Transparency techniques can be used to create expressive art pieces, or for dramatic functional items such as window coverings, table linens, and wearables.

This workshop introduces students to basic transparency weaving techniques, and to all the possibilities transparency offers. On day one, we will explore the basics – yarns, sett, weaving techniques, creating shapes, etc. On day two, we will explore design sources and methods and students will create an original cartoon. On day three students may continue experimenting with yarns and techniques and/or begin weaving from the cartoon designed on day two.”

Important Dates:

  • Signup for members has begun
  • Signup for non-members will begin on  TBD  if the workshop hasn’t reached 15 participants
  • Workshop – Saturday – Monday 11/4-6/2023; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Workshop Information:

  • Instructor: Laura Viada
  • Workshop Name: Transparencies  
  • Total Cost per person will be announced in early 2023 but is estimated to be $225 – $250 ($75 deposit to reserve your space, remainder due prior to the workshop)
  • Location – Ridglea Christian Church (RCC) 6720 W Elizabeth Ln, Fort Worth, TX 76116
  • Required Materials:
    • 4 Shaft loom 
      • Detailed instructions on warping the loom and yarn choices will be sent prior to the workshop.
    • Weft yarn 
    • Shuttle and bobbins for weaving background fabric
    • Small shuttles or bobbins for weaving pattern
      • Instructor recommends round, plastic kumihimo bobbins.
    • Plain paper or notebook
    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Black Sharpie
    • Color pencils (optional)
    • Straight pins
    • Scissors
    • Tapestry needle
    • Note taking supplies
  • Limited to 15 attendees 

To Signup and Reserve your spot 

  • Click the link below to sign up and pay your initial $75 deposit
    • If you prefer you can mail a check to
    • FWWG Treasurer   PO Box 471004   Fort Worth, Texas 76147-1004
  • The final balance will be due on or before the September guild meeting
  • The total workshop fee will be determined by the number of attendees and the instructor’s final travel (e.g., air fare, gas) expenses if applicable.  
  • The total workshop fee is currently estimated at $$225 – $250 (this could change if estimated expenses change and/or the final number of attendees is more/less than expected).
  • If for any reason we do not have at least TBD (probably 12 still being reviewed) sign up the workshop would be cancelled and a full refund provided.
  • See the ‘Rules and Bylaws’ (copied below and in the Member Only area) for more information about workshop rules

Ways to Pay your $75 deposit to reserve your spot

Option 1: Zelle to

If you have access to Zelle through your bank, you can make payments to Fort Worth Weavers Guild.  Enroll/Sign up with Zelle through your bank (they should have step by step instructions). 

Here are the basic steps that all banks should have: 

  • Log on to your bank
  • Find Transfer Money option list (Zelle should be one of the options)
  • Enroll / Setup Zelle
  • ADD as a recipient/contacts
  • REVIEW the email address has no typos
  • SEND money for membership, workshops, or donations, by using the guild’s email 

Option 2: PayPal Click below to pay 



****** FINAL Payment $126 ******

Copy of Workshop information from Pages 15 – 16 Part I, II, and III of the by-laws (please excuse the formatting):
Fort Worth Weavers Guild Workshop Policy
  1. Participation Eligibility
    1. A FWWG Member in good standing can sign up for a workshop as soon as sign-up begins.
    2. There will be a “Wait-list” for Members who aren’t sure they can or want to take the workshop and nonmembers waiting for sign-up.
    3. The sign-up date for non-members will be at the discretion of the Chair. Non-members on the Wait-list will have sign-up priority over other non-members.
    4. Payments by anyone not on the official lists will have the payment returned.
  2. Fees and Payments
    1. A deposit to secure a place in the workshop is due at sign-up. The amount is 20-40% of the total.
    2. Total workshop fees are due not later than the announced contract-cancellation date.
    3. Overall workshop costs are based upon Instructor’s fees, travel expenses and venue rental. Other expenses may include, as applicable, supply fees, reimbursement of not more than $30.00 for Instructor’s dinners (as requested by “meal-host” participants), shipping fees for Instructor-materials, and/or hotel stays in the Fort Worth Area.
    4. Workshop fees for the individual hosting the Instructor in her or his home will be waived.
      1. Waived fees will be divided among the other participants as part of overall workshop costs.
      2. The Hostess or Host remains responsible for materials or supply fees.
    5. All payments are made by a check to the “Fort Worth Weavers Guild” (or “FWWG”), given/sent to the Treasurer OR paid via Pay-Pal or credit card on the Guild website,, at “Payments for Membership, Workshops and Donations.” Those on the “Wait-list” do not have to pay a deposit to be on the list.
    6. If a participant cannot or decides not to take the Workshop, the total fee is still due. Full refunds will be made only if there is someone on the Wait-list to take the participant’s place.
      1. The Workshop Chair is responsible for the management of the Wait-list, and must be contacted as soon as someone knows she or he will be unable to attend.
      2. If there is no one on the Wait-list or the Chair cannot find someone to take the spot, all fees will be forfeited by the participant so the Guild will not be left with the debt.
      3. Positions are not transferable. Openings will be filled from the Wait-list only.
    7. The Guild cannot make a profit from a workshop. Fees collected in excess of the announced cost will be reimbursed to participants and/or applied to reduce costs of the next workshop at the Board’s discretion.
  3. Pre-workshop Instructions
    1. The Workshop Instructor will provide directions to prepare for the workshop.
      1. Directions may include loom-type, how to wind the warp, how (or whether) to prepare the loom, supplies (yarn, weaving and other tools, etc.), and/or drafts appropriate to participants’ looms.
      2. Pre-workshop preparations must be completed before the first day of the workshop.
      3. Questions about any of the Instructor’s directions or requirements should be addressed to the Instructor. It is helpful to share questions to and responses from the Instructor with other participants since several people may have the same questions.
    2. Participants will be given the opportunity to sign-up to take the Instructor to dinner or lunch (if lunch is not a potluck affair) during the Instructor’s stay.
      1. If requested, the “meal-host” will be reimbursed for the Instructor’s order (maximum $30) if a receipt is provided (See II.3).
      2. Potluck lunches or snacks brought by participants will not be reimbursed.
    3. Participants may be asked to remain to help clean the venue after the workshop so the Guild can recover the damage/clean-up deposit. The deposit is not included in overall expenses.