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Intro to Backstrap Weaving

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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 weaver to produce anything from narrow simple bands to wide pieces of cloth covered with complex pick up patterns.

In this two-day workshop, students will start out on pre-warped looms to learn the basics of Backstrap loom operation in which the weaver uses movements of his/her own body to adjust tension and open the sheds. The weaver is the loom! Other skills include making continuous string heddles, sword management and inserting the weft correctly to create even selvedges. We will set up and operate both narrow and wide warps to weave plain-weave and then be introduced to using both warp and weft to create traditional pick-up patterns drawing on inspiration from backstrap weaving cultures in Central and South America and Asia.

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Class

Intro to Backstrap Weaving

Price

$300

Class Dates

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Date

8 / 8 taken

May 17th, 2018 - May 18th, 2018

Class Times

All classes run 9am - 5pm unless otherwise indicated in the description above.


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For class dates that are full, please feel free to call us here at the studio and have your name place on the wait list.

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This class's instructor

Laverne Waddington

Laverne Waddington has been learning to weave on simple looms with indigenous teachers in South and Central America since 1996. In her home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, she draws on ethnic design influe…

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