4 classes, 2-hours each with open studio time after class.
This class covers the basics of weaving from cutting the warp to weaving the cloth. You will learn how to read a weaving draft and make a scarf or sampler. We will discuss what yarns use (or to avoid) and how different colors affect the cloth. There are different ways to set up the loom, and we’ll find the method that suits you the best. If you have a loom, we’ll work with that. There are also looms available to rent if you want to try it out before purchasing a loom of your own. We will also discuss the different types of looms and how they operate. If you want a lesson in your home with your loom, a travel fee will be added to the cost.
Advanced Beginner Weaving
4 classes, 2 hours each with studio time after class
After learning the basics (or if you haven’t woven in a while and need a refresher course), we’ll move on to planning a project. Which yarns and colors would work best for the project? What weaving structure would work well? How do I calculate the yardage needed for the project? How do I finish the ends of the warp? We’ll cover this and more in this class.
Block Weaves and Profile Drafting
1 or 2-day class or workshop Advanced beginner and up
If you’re ready to move on from duplicating someone else’s projects to creating your own, this is the course for you. In this class we will learn how to make and read profile drafts. Then we will select a profile draft and interpret it in several different weave structures. You’ll be delighted with the many design possibilities that open up to you.
Overshot Weaving: Beyond the Basics
2-day class or workshop Advanced beginner and up
Overshot patterns are some of the most popular with weavers of all levels, yet few people move beyond the standard treadling sequences. In this class we will look at some variations on the standard Overshot treadling method Learn how to take one pattern and weave it in several different methods including echo fashion, on opposites, Italian style and more. Each pattern variation creates a totally new look. Student will work on their own looms and have a notebook full of samples when they’re done.
Inkle Loom Weaving
1 or 2-day class or workshop
Inkle looms are great for weaving strips for belts, borders, or to piece together for wider cloth. The looms are small, portable and inexpensive. With inkle weaving, the colors determine the pattern. Learn how to select colors, set up the loom, and weave a strap. We will experiment with different weight wefts to see how they affect the pattern and try different techniques for making fringe and such.
Card Weaving on Inkle Looms
1 or 2-day class or workshop
Basic Inkle weaving is fun, but adding cards to the warp opens up a whole new world of patterning. You can create patterns with diagonal lines, undulating lines diamonds and more. We’ll set the loom up with cards and experiment with the different methods of turning and flipping the cards to create many different patterns.
These classes are for small groups in my studio. I can do workshops if you have an area that is appropriate for dyeing. Materials fees for these classes will cover the yarns, dyes and all necessary supplies.
Dyeing with Procion MX dyes
Fiber-reactive dyes are best for cellulose/plant and synthesized fibers including cotton, rayon, tencil, bamboo. Safety lessons come first. Then you will learn how to prepare the skeins. After discussions on color theory, we will mix the dyes. There are different ways to apply the dyes, and we’ll experiment with a few methods. You will also dye small lengths of yarn to keep as color samples for your records.
Dyeing with Acid Dyes
Acid dyes are great for dyeing protein/animal hair fibers including wool, alpaca and silk. The content of this class will be the same as with the fiber reactive dyes, just geared for acid dyes and protein fibers.
Painted Warps Beginner and up
1or 2-day class or workshop
Weaving on a painted warp is FUN! Watching the colors shift as the warp advances adds a whole new dimension to weaving. In this class we’ll cut warps with perle cotton yarn then dye them with Procion MX dyes. These dyes are bold and permanent. You will learn safety first! Then we’ll cover basic color theory, how to mix the dyes, applying & setting the dyes. Everyone will have a dyed warp and sample notebook of the many colors you can mix.
In the 2-day class we will prepare and dye a second warp with a variety of yarn including cotton, rayon, tencil, silk and such. You’ll get to see how the dyes react with each different type of fiber.
Dyeing Variegated Skeins
Beginner and up 1-day class or workshop
Whether you use the yarn for weaving, knitting, crocheting or other techniques, it’s wonderful to have a customized color scheme. There are two separate classes for skein dyeing.
Hairpin Lace Crochet