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V-Shaped Shawl

This stunning shawl is a variation of the quesquimitl that is worn throughout Central America. We think our version is the Queen of Shawls. The V-shape in the back of the shawl is the result of wea…

Surface Design with Beads

There are few instances in weaving on a floor loom where we reach beyond that wonderful boat shuttle to stop and manipulate the warp or weft threads to create unique finishes rather than rely on ty…

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 …

Dyeing to Spin

The nice thing about fiber arts is there is no correct chronological order that dictates one step needing to precede another. There is no rule to say you must begin with a natural colored fleece, s…

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…

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…

Hem Stitching Variations for the 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! Rigid Heddle looms will be pre-warped with Perle co…

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…

No Fear Cotton Spinning

You will thank Joan Ruane for teaching you how to properly spin and yes, enjoy spinning cotton. Spinning cotton yarn can be enjoyable once you have learned the tricks of the trade. You will also le…

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…

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 …

Double Weave Blankets

Have you ever longed for one of those BIG beautiful textured throws shown draped over the back of a chair in a magazine, this is your chance. Double Weave is a clever technique that allows you to w…

Lace Embellishments on the Floor Loom

As weavers we have seen these wonderful lacy units our multi-harness looms cannot create …now it’s time to play at creating lace with the use of pick-up sticks. Students will navigate t…

Lace Embellishments for the Rigid Heddle

Once you have mastered basic rigid heddle weaving, it’s time to take it to the next level with explorations in creating lace. Students will navigate through the wonderful world of creating open, …

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…

Warp and Weave

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

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…

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…

Understanding Countermarch Looms

This class is for the individual who has a countermarch loom or for someone who is thinking of purchasing one, but has been scared off by the idea of a countermarch tie up. This class will examine …

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 …

Double Weave Bags

Most weavers are familiar with double weave as a double-width fabric, and as blocks of a reversible pattern. In this class, students will create a double weave tube that will serve as a tote bag. U…

Zanshi and Sakiori

Sakiori and Zanshi fabrics have their roots in recycling Japanese fabrics. Sakiori uses very narrow strips of fabric much like a rag rug, but with a drape that makes it suitable for clothing. Zansh…

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…

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

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…

Clasped Weft for the 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…

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…

Boundweave Sampler

Boundweave is a weft-faced twill. With a widely sett warp, you will explore numerous ways to treadle and weave different weft-faced patterns. You will learn how to weave on opposites, three and fou…

Shadow Weave Towels

A color and weave effect technique, Shadow Weave uses two colors carefully threaded in the warp to create twill-like designs. Class will explore both the “Powell Method” and “Altwater Method…

Painted Warps for the Rigid Heddle

Expand your knowledge base for using plain weave on the rigid heddle loom in a new and painterly application! In this class you will paint a pre-wound warp and then weave it into a one-of-a kind sc…

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…

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 …

Weaving with JOY- Just Our Yarns

Do handpainted yarns call to you until you get them home and then they fall silent? Explore how the choice of weave structure combined with handpainted yarns can create extraordinarily magical resu…

Lace Towels

Nothing is nicer to use or to give as a gift than a handwoven towel. Combining absorbent threads with a decorative lace pattern is surely a winning hand towel for any kitchen or bath. Lace is the t…

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…

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

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 …

Surface Embellishments on the 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 …

Rep Weave

Many of you have asked for a Warpface workshop based on the type of rugs that Tom has woven for Handwoven and Weavers magazines. Rep Weave is translated from Ripsatta, me…

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…

Spinning Flax Hemp and Bamboo

Flax and hemp have been used in textiles for thousands of years, but bamboo is a newcomer to the fabric world. Each one of these cellulose fibers has its own unique characteristics. In this class w…

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…

Summer and Winter- Wild Woman

Private class for Brandywine group

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…

Fiberworks 201 for 8 Shafts or more

This is for the weaver who has acquired an eight shaft loom and wants to weave pattern designs in weave structures such as summer and winter, turned twill, double weave, point twill or star work we…

Innovations and Loom Hacks

Understanding the equipment we use, as weavers, is the first step to changing the way we use it. In this workshop, we will identify opportunities for warp and weft manipulation through understandin…

Tartan Throws

The timeless beauty of traditional Scottish tartans are so appealing, and weaving tartan patterns is great fun. Each student will weave a small blanket/lap robe in wool on a pre-warped loom, to be…

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…

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…