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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…

Hem Stitching Variations for Floor Loom or Rigid Heddle

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…

Ice Dyeing

Forget the rubber bands, the 60’s tie-dye we all love has a new look. This course will introduce students into the wild and wonderful world of ice dyeing. Using an extreme cold water or ice proce…

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…

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…

Silk Painted Scarves

I am sure you have seen and admired those scarves that have that ever changing mix of colors. The technique gives them an impressionistic and moody ground that can be woven with a favorite fancy …

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…

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…

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 and 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…

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 and 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…

Drop Spindle 101

Have you always wanted to try hand spinning but didn’t want to make the commitment to a spinning wheel. A hand spindle is just the answer. There are many diffe…

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…

Finishing Your Handwoven Fabrics

Two days 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 wi…

Crazy for Crackle Weave

The structure Crackle was the name given by Mary Atwater for the less easily pronounced, yet more worldly recognized Scandinavian term Jamtlandsvaev. The term was coined as the structure resembles …

Block Double Weave Scarves

The term double weave takes on several thoughts. It could be structural such as a two layered fabric that makes a tube or double width as many of you have already tried in weaving double weave blan…

Double Weave Throws on the Rigid Heddle

Are you ready to take your weaving to the next level both in skill and scale? Join Sara as we dive into weaving a double width throws. Students will go through the planning, warping, execution and …

Color Theory for Spinners

We have all received some level of color theory throughout our life even on the most elementary level such as red + yellow = orange. However for our now adult, more real-life applications such as s…

Using a Pick-Up Stick on the Rigid Heddle

So you’ve opened the box of your first rigid heddle loom, woven a few pieces but have still yet to use the pick-up stick included in the box. Is it really that important? The manufacturer mus…

Fractal Spinning

Don’t worry, no need to dig out your old high school math notes to refresh your memory on “fractals”. Although it is a wonderful math theorem that has real roots in physical objec…

Why Knit & Purl, Let's Flax and Swirl!

In this one day class we will explore two of the most popular and visually appealing temari stitches. The flax stitch (Asanoha Kagari) is ofte…

Cold Dye Meets Cellulous Fabrics