This workshop for up to 6 individuals is usually taught at the local fiber arts shop Mill Artisans in Sherburne, NY but other arrangements for travel to groups can be made.
Standard floor and table looms typically require the loom be dressed before the actual weaving process is begun. In this technique, the loom dresses itself! There are no frustrating or time consuming delays by separately warping the loom (putting lengths of warp yarn on the loom prior to weaving). The weaving process of interconnecting warp and weft yarns is made simultaneously from one center-pull ball of yarn. Essentially, instant gratification!
This is a simple technique perfect for the new weaver, yet can lead to challenging experiences for the more advanced artisan. Weaving this way means there is no “loom waste” as all yarn used becomes part of the item. A variety of yarns in all color combinations & fiber types, including novelty yarns, are often used. It is also a good technique to use left-over amounts. We’ll have examples on display!
This workshop will show you how to start your project and basic weaving techniques including tabby or plain weave and changing colors. We may even have time to do some 2×2 twill – a very popular pattern that adds dimension to your projects. You will learn how to undo your work, fix mistakes, and join yarns. We will also cover finishing methods like adding fringes (or not), removing the project off the loom, and special edgings. You will take home a weaving that can be used as a neck scarf, basis for a small bag, or woven cloth that can be combined with future woven projects.
Class Cost: $60 student fee plus $15 material fee or bring your own – see below
Loom rental for class: $5.00 or you can provide your own supplies & loom if it is transportable with an unfinished piece on it (Loom should be no smaller than 30 inches along the hypotenuse). This class is set up to complete a project on the looms available to rent. Note – these looms are available to purchase at $50 each + tax; purchase is not a requirement to take this class.
Student Requirements: No previous skills required. Class is open to children over 14 and adults. All equipment and supplies including yarn can be provided. No materials fee if the student provides their own yarn & locker hook. Approximately 50 yards each of 2 colors in a medium sport weight is needed. Yarn needs to be in a ball or center pull skein. Select light colors (they are easier to work with for a beginner); Do NOT bring fuzzy yarns like mohair, or other hairy wools, novelty, or thin cotton sock weight or lace yarns. We’ll explain how to use these but they are not good for the beginner weaver in this workshop and will not be allowed to be used.
Registration: Students should register with me per the contact information at the very bottom of this page. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place. Remainder will be due at the workshop.
Classes are scheduled as participants sign up. They are usually held on Sundays from 9–1 pm or 2-6 pm but Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays are also available. Let me know as soon as you can if you are interested in being on the waiting list. Once 3 or more people sign up on the waiting list, I will schedule a class taking up to the first 6 registered students (those that have sent in deposits).
Check our Home page for the next scheduled workshop or the Mill Artisans’ website at www.millartisans.com. If you have 4 -6 people in your group willing to come on a specific day, call or email me, to set up that workshop.