TradArts Studio & Classes

Fiber and Traditional Arts Initiative


Trad Arts Studio is Slater Mill’s initiative in fiber, textile, and maker arts.

tradarts_blackTrad Arts Studio is a place for public engagement and place-based presentations in fiber arts, folk craft and performance, convening of fiber art guild members, textile artists, and regional practitioners.

Classes and workshops, innovation showcases, designer salons and trunk shows, making and domestic arts hosted by Trad Arts Studio.

What better setting than the birthplace of the American textile industry, where anyone may enjoy these activities and engage in practices that hearken back to the early days of cottage industry.


Trad Arts Studio, 2016 – 2017:



Email info (at) slatermill (dot) org for enrollment form.

Chair Caning, with Steve Emma
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Session #1:  April 6 – May 11 / Session #2:  May 18 – June 22


Handweaving, with Suzi Ballenger  (SOLD OUT for spring!)
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
10-week session:  April 20 – June 22

Weaving Class 11.11.2014 Suzi pix

The Art of Shibori & Innovations in Fiber
with Saberah Malik


Two intensive 3-day workshops, presented in partnership with Art League of Rhode Island

April 19 – 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 26 – 28, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Weekend Knitting from Knitting Weekend
at Slater Mill, is our exclusive e-book available on  Five designer patterns inspired by the birthplace of American industry, created by Thea Colman, Amy Christoffers, Bristol Ivy, Alicia Plummer, and Ellen Mason.  Proceeds benefit the Old Slater Mill Association. CLICK HERE to purchase on

9th Annual KNITTING WEEKEND is January 13 – 15, 2017. This very popular annual event pairs nationally-known fiber arts professionals with knitting enthusiasts, with a goal of enriching individual practice. Master classes with artists, Friday evening designer salon and triple trunk show, Lunch with the Artists, and the FREE Fiber Art Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  in historic 1793 Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American textile industry.


We thank our sponsors:     Phyllis Kimball Johnstone & H. Earle Kimball Foundation

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CALL Eleanor Langham at 401-725-8638 x.106, or email tradarts (at) slatermill (dot) org for information, or to register.


MILLINERY with Elsie Collins
Wednesday Afternoons, April 22 – May 27
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
$150.00, plus $50 material fee
Read about Elsie Collins in the Providence Journal, Sunday, March 16

WEAVING STUDIO with Suzi Ballenger
Tuesday Evenings, April 21 – June 23  (10 weeks)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Slater Mill provides the loom for the duration of the session
$265.00, plus $10 toolkit rental (if needed)
About Suzi Ballenger

CHAIR CANING with Steve Emma
Wednesdays, April 15 – May 20 (6 weeks)
6:30-8:30 p.m.
About Steve Emma

For more information email