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Intermediate Spinning

Gain a better understanding of fiber preparation, spinning and plying. We will explore the differences between worsted and woolen spun yarns, show you how to better card and comb your fibers using …

Twill Double Weave Blankets

If you have enjoyed making plain weave double width blankets, this class is a logical next step. With an eight-shaft loom, students can weave a number of different twill patterns in double weave, i…

Overshot Shawls

Here’s a contemporary twist to a recognizable historic weave-structure! This shawl is arranged in a gamp format with five classic patterns threaded across the width of the warp. The patterns incl…

Color and Weave for the Rigid Heddle

This workshop highlights some of the amazing visual effects one can achieve using two contrasting colors in plain weave on the rigid heddle loom. Students have the opportunity to weave samples in a…

Marbling Fabric

Like the graining within the interior of a tree, marbled fabrics have the appeal that no two pieces will ever be the same. This course will introduce students into the spontaneity of putting pigmen…

Synthetic Dyeing

If you have never tried to dye your own yarn but are intrigued by the idea of creating your own unique skeins, here is the workshop for you. We will explain the basics of home dyeing. Although you …

Hem Stitching Variations for Floor loom

Most weavers think of the hem stitch solely for beginning and ending our handwoven piece to secure weft, but there are so many more applications! Looms will be pre-warped with Perle cotton ready to…

Spinning Novelty Yarns

Have you ever wondered how to spin those wonderful yarns that have interesting textures and visual appeal? This workshop will take you beyond the typical yarn. Students will learn how to spin sever…

Dyeing Gradient Yarns

We all have had that “ah ha” moment as we stand in front of a display of gradient yarns which provide us with many yards of one color that gradually shift into another creating this exciting an…

Beginning Rag Rugs

This workshop is for the intermediate weaver who wishes to try their hand at making Rag Rugs. We will discuss the variety of materials recommended for warp. As an added new twist to the Rag Rug cla…

Triaxial and Hex Weaves

Challenge yourself as a weaver to take your weaving from 2 axis intersections to the next level. This introductory class will give students a basic understand of 3 axis weaving, referred to as hex …

Shaker Rag Rugs

The Shakers, a religious community recognized for their distinctive designs in furniture and high quality of craftsmanship, started weaving rag rugs in the 1840’s. Their attractive patterns were …

Color Theory for Weavers

Come on board for an amazing few days of color in weaving! Students will be given an overview of how to navigate the tricky road of color theory specifically relating to woven fabric, and how it br…

Two Heddle Rigid Heddle

Did you say 2 heddles… no problem! Students will literally “double” their weaving knowledge. Students will warp looms with pre-wound warps, tackling the largest hurdle of two heddle weaving, …

Better Understand Your Eight-Shaft Loom

Many weavers can follow a pattern from a book or magazine article but lack the confidence to venture out on their own to create the 8 shaft threading, tie-up and treadling. During this class you wi…

Huck with Color and Weave Effects

In this workshop we will be pushing the boundaries of traditional Huck Lace. For generations Huck Lace has been woven in cotton or linen with warp and weft threads of the same size and color, allow…

Overshot Rugs

Overshot is a weave structure traditionally used for patterning coverlets. It is wonderful for table runners and placemats and other applications where a decorative fabric can be used. Pillows and …

How to Finish Your Handwovens

A whole day devoted solely to the finishing of handwovens! Class will detail the two-step process of finishing the fabric by washing/fulling and finishing through stabilizing the edges. Step 1: you…

Clasped Weft for Floor Loom or Rigid Heddle

This course has been designed for those weavers who are looking for a more organic approach to adding visual texture to their woven fabrics. In this class students will be introduced to a technique…

Shawls with Supplemental Warps

We have had many requests for a class that would help an individual better understand how supplementary warps work and if a double back beam is needed to weave them. Well, here is the class for you…

Lesser Known Weave Structures

This workshop is designed to give you an opportunity to weave samples of structures that are not commonly used but are brought up from time to time in conversations or read about in older books an…

V-Shaped Scarves on the Rigid Heddle

This stunning scarf is a variation of the traditional scarf, with a twist. The “V” in the back of the scarf is the result of weaving the warp ends of one section into the wa…

Surface Embellishments on the Floor Loom or Rigid Heddle

How do you take a simple one-color scarf, table runner, or curtain and make it something special and unique? This class helps to answer that question. Students will weave a sampler on a pre-warped …

Collapsed and Pleated Weaves

If you are anything like me than you love to explore different weave structures and knowing how they work. This is the case of Collapsed Weaves. By sampling many warps and observing my successes a…

Summer and Winter

Summer & Winter is a weave structure often associated with coverlets. Weavers are attracted to its unique threading system that creates bold geometric patterns with short surface floats. These shor…

Complimentary Plain Weave

This weave structure is also sometimes known as double weave overshot. The reason is because overshot threadings can be can be easily arranged to this weave structure. For that matter, any twill o…

Checked Wool Rugs

Favored and admired for it’s classic appearance, Tom’s interpretation of a checked wool rug has been popular among weavers both new and experienced in rug making. In this course student…

Krokbragd

Boundweave has led us to another weft faced twill weave known throughout Scandinavia as Krokbragd. Boundweave is typically woven as a four shaft twill. The treadling sequence is a balanced 2/2 tw…

Warp & Weave for the Rigid Heddle

Already taken a basic weaving class, but having problems when it comes time to warp the loom and planning projects? Warping the loom is not as difficult as it sometimes seems, and we’ll let y…

Tubular Woven Bands and Other Andean Decorative Finishes

For Andean weavers, removing a piece of intricately patterned woven cloth from the backstrap loom does not signal an end but rather the beginning of a whole new process which invo…

Spinning Off The Point

Time to dig out all those support spindles, take down the charkhas from the shelves and think about getting a quill attachment for…

Spinning Flax & Hemp Fibers with Joan Ruane

Flax and hemp fibers are both called bast fibers. Bast fibers come from the stem of plants. There are many bast type plants through- out history that have played a very important role in making y…

Exploration of Profile Drafts

This workshop is designed to stretch your knowledge of drafting and introduce you to a number of different weave structures. A profile draft is not the typical thr…

Clasped Warp - Not Weft

We’ve all marveled over the lovely pieces that utilized clasped weft to create this wonderfully organic pieces that one can control during the weaving process. In this class we will be tackli…

Artful Jacket

Spend two inspiring days fitting and creating your own Tabula Rasa Jacket from Fit for Art Patterns. We’ll get right to work with a personalized fitting using the Tabula Rasa Jacket mock-ups t…

Weaving Multiple Structures on a Straight Eight Threading

This workshop is intended to help you think beyond the obvious possibilities of a given threading and treadling. A perfect example is the numerous treadling’s you find for a threading draft in y…