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 understanding loom workings. Then, “hack” our tools and equipment to achieve the desired effects. Contemporary tools such as RailReed, Open Reed, Supplementary Beater, and Sectional Rigid Heddles will be used and explored as simple alternatives we can use and create to transform the expected outcome of our cloth.
Participants in the workshop will use a pre-warped loom to weave samples of these hand manipulation techniques using threading patterns and yarns determined by the instructor. Although beginners are welcome, to get the most from the workshop a clear understanding of “loom speak” will facilitate faster progress with these techniques. Technical and complex weave structures are not necessary, but structures such as Ms and Os, Huck, Twill, and Plain Weave will yield interesting results. Participants will need to be comfortable sleying the loom even though threading patterns will not change. All materials included with class tuition.