Let’s Twist and Loop, Like We Did Last Summer

August 5, 2018 – August 11, 2018

Jerry Bleem

In this workshop students learn the basics of ropemaking, spinning and plying, followed by learning the familiar looping techniques (crochet and knit) to organize their strings. Examining the possibility of material allows participants to rediscover what their fiber ancestors did last summer, and during the last several millennia. You will also learn that twisting, the most elemental textile gesture, lengthens fibers into longer lines. Being acquainted with spinning, knitting and/or crochet is helpful but not necessary to participate in this course. Open to all skill levels.


Jerry Bleem is an artist, teacher, writer, Franciscan friar and Catholic priest. He earned his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his M.Div. from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and writes a monthly column for the US Catholic magazine.

Jerry Bleem

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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