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Beginning Weaving

Learn all the basics and go home to show off your very own cotton dish towel, twill gamp (sampler) and scarf! Students will become accustomed to looms and all their parts, learn to read and follow …

Beginning Spinning

Our beginning class covers all the basics to get you started. Learn about different types of wools and their uses for different styles of yarn, the process of washing raw wool, how to prepare worst…

Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle

Want to learn a very simple, portable technique for creating plain weave projects? This class has been designed for you. The class will cover fundamental information including warp calculations and…

Solar Dyeing

Harness the power of the sun, and put it to work for you! Breaking free of our traditional applications of pigment to fabric students will be introduced to photosensitive dyes painted on fabric. St…

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 …

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…

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 …

Inkle Weaving

One of our most ancient forms of weaving, inkle weaving has its roots in other warp faced weave structures such as backstrap weaving. Done for thousands of years these narrow, often ranging from 1-…

Intro to Shibori Dyeing

Fold it, bind it, stitch it however you see fit, learn the ancient art of Shibori dying. In this course students will be introduce to the history of Shibori, a Japanese tie-dyeing technique used to…

Intro to Tablet Weaving

For many weavers, the ease of using a modern loom with the capability to simply depress a treadle to create weave structures can be wonderfully accessible and liberating. But many ancient weavers l…

Natural Dyeing

If you have never tried dyeing yarn with natural dye stuffs, here is y our opportunity to see just how much fun it can be. Students will learn how to use different mordants with the dyes to add bri…

Saori Weaving

An introduction to SAORI weaving. Experience no rules weaving focusing on natural creativity. Students will be introduced to the philosophy of freestyle and basic weaving techniques before being se…

PA German Tape Weaving

Hand woven tape ribbon was vital to the lives of Pennsylvania German farm families throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In pre-zipper days, because of their strength and colorful patterns, these…

Painting with Pixels An Intro into Bead Weaving

Turn your vision into an applied art form. Merging the basics of traditional weaving, modern digital art and beading all into one project students will learn how to take a simple image and turn it…

Shaker Stool Weaving

In this course student will weave a stool seat in the classic tradition of the Shakers. Class includes lecture on Shakers and their crafts that inspired a craftmen for generations. Students will be…

Chain Warping

How do you chain warp your loom-front to back or back to front? Maybe you were taught only one way to warp your loom and have always wondered about the other way. During this workshop we will split…

Swedish Weaving with Huck Embroidery

Most weavers consider the finished piece that has come off the loom to be “finished” but this workshop will look at a traditional embroidery application to augment lace woven pieces. You do not…

Weaving Theory and Drafting

Do you get discouraged with your weaving because you lack some of the basic knowledge that’s needed to plan a project? This class will help you become more comfortable with tackling challenge…

Japanese Braiding for the Takadai and Marudai

This workshop is about flexibility and, as much as possible, tailored to each student’s needs. The braids made on the takadai are obliquely woven structures making both plain and twill weaves. Th…

Viking Knitting

Viking knitting is an ancient wire technique that creates a tubular structure. Once woven, these tubes can be turned into necklaces, bracelets and more. Students will learn Viking knitting fundamen…

Intro to Backstrap Weaving

The ancient craft of Backstrap weaving is still practiced by many indigenous weavers across the world today. The loom, which is comprised of nothing more than a set of simple sticks, allows a weave…

Andean Pebble Weaves for Backstrap Weaving

Andean Pebble Weave, perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in Peru and Bolivia, is not only beautiful to behold but also a pleasure to weave. Indigenou…

Fiberworks 101 Designing with Pattern

This is an introductory class for designing with patterns using weaving software as a tool. You will learn how to enter a simple threading draft, tie-up and treadling draft into a weaving software…

Ojo de Dios

These are not the simple God’s Eye weavings from summer camp! “Ojo de Dios”, or yarn mandalas, are enjoying an artistic resurgence. Originally a Mexican folk art, these weavings were used…

Temari 101

Come explore the ancient Japanese art …

History of Tartans

Special Evening Lecture:

This informative and entertaining slide lecture begins with the earliest references and images relating to tartan cloth and moves through the heart…

Zoom Looms

Zoom or pin looms… we’ve heard all about these wonderful little loom, but the question is always raised, “what can I do with it”? Schacht Spindle company has taken a simple …