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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…

Weavers Winter Escape

We all dream of the opportunity to get snowed in without responsibility, gifting ourselves the time to tackle those projects you’ve been dreaming up. Stemming off of our ever popular Warp and…

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 …

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 …

Beginning Spinning with Sara

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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-…

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 and Rigid Heddle

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

Shaker Stool Weaving

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

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 …

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…

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…

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…

Japanese Braiding for the Takadai and Marudai

Japanese Braiding on the Marudai and Takadai – with Rodrick Owen and Terry Flynn

Japanese braids range from simple and rhythmic to work to complex a…

Weaving Painted Silk 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…

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…

Temari 101

Come explore the ancient Japanese art of temari—beautiful embroidered balls. Students begin with a prepared ball and dive immediately into the fun of creating geometric designs with pearl cotton …

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…

Eco Printing on Cloth and Paper

Explore the hidden shapes and colors that can be extracted from plants through the process of eco printing. This contemporary form of natural dyeing will make you look at your yard and garden in an…

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…

Intro to Navajo Weaving

Join Barbara & Lynda on a journey of discovery. In this 4-day workshop students will be introduced to traditional Navajo style tapestry weaving. Their beginning weaving classes are structured to ta…

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…

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…

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…

Temari 201

Are you ready to take your temari skills to the next level? In this class students will learn how to mark the two most popular divisions for intermediate patterns: the Compound 8 and the Compound 1…

Tatted Edges

Memories of a long practiced craft of tatting come to life in this intro to tatting class. Join Karen as she guides her students through the process of making decorative tatted edges that can be ap…

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…

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…

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…

Tatted Jewelry

If you have taken Karen’s intro tatting course or already have some basic knowledge of needle tatting, let’s take it to the next level. Students will be introduced to new techniques and…

Intermediate Navajo Weaving

For those who have take Barbara and Lynda’s intro to Navajo class they are ready to take your weaving to the next level through their introduction to new techniques such as; complex geometric…

Intro to Basket Weaving

In this truly beginner course students will learn to weave 2 basket totes; the larger tote is approximately 10” long, 5” wide and 11” deep (high); the smaller tote is approximatel…

Swedish Pattern Weaves

Joanne Hall has been inspired by her Swedish her…

Weaving with Variegated Yarns

We’ve all been warned of the woes weaving with variegated yarns, especially when using structures other than plain weave. Sara will guide students through the planning process of designing wi…

Paper Spinning

Kami-Ito and Shifu

Japanese paper spinning and weaving

The tradition of making cloth from hand spun paper developed in rural Japan in the 1600’s. Cloth w…

Spinning Wools of North America

Many sheep breeds have either evolved or been developed in North America. This workshop is a spinning survey of some of these breeds. Breeds that have evolved or gradually modified from older breed…

Acadian Weaving of French Canada and Louisiana

Does 2 harness weaving sound boring to you? This class may change your mind! Beginning and advanced weavers alike will be amazed at the variations of pattern possible with just 2 harnesses and a …

Andean Braiding Peru Chile and Bolivia

In this special workshop, students can choose to learn to recreate some of the beautiful finger manipulated flat braids that were made on the south coast of Peru in Pre-Hispanic times or students c…

Twill Towels

This is the first in the series of classes called Towels, Vol 1, 2, 3, & 4. The thought behind these classes is to incorporate ways for students to learn more about weave structures and patterning …

Designing with Braids

Designing Clothing and Accessories with Braids – This is a project based class for using a braiding stand and bobbins, braiding disk, or takadai. Japanese or Andean braids can be the star of the …

Eureka Pants That Fit

Are you tired of searching in the stores for comfortable, well fitting pants? With intermediate level sewing skills, you can spend a weekend with Rae Cumbie. Rae is a custom dressmaker and sewing e…