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In Recycling, Sewing on
August 9, 2017

Birth of a product…and a wholesale line!

Developing new products is always both fun and terrifying at the same time. Sometimes I have an inspiration for a piece and need to struggle through figuring out how to make it and all the details about the design (because for me, they need to be both aesthetically pleasing and practical). Other times I get so excited about working with a particular material that I try to figure out what I can do with it that will make sense.

As any maker will tell you, often you come up with ideas that don’t work, but if you stick at it long enough you usually will have a few winners. It’s such an amazing feeling when you’ve been struggling through trying to figure out how it will all work, and suddenly it just falls into place! And then, of course, you need to figure out all the manufacturing details to make sure you can make it consistently and profitably over and over… but I actually really enjoy that part. Throw in a little left brain, a little right brain, sprinkle with a heavy dose of wool… Read more

In on
July 30, 2017

Class: Intro to traditional weaving, part 2 of 2

In this class, we’ll learn the specifics of setting up and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. These concepts will also be taught in the larger context of weaving that’s been practiced in numerous cultures for thousands of years. You’ll learn some of the basic terminology and approaches which apply to a variety of looms, so you can choose to build on this knowledge with multi-shaft or tapestry looms in future workshops.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn to direct-warp yarn onto your loom, weave (including exploring techniques like clasped weft and simple lace), and remove the sample piece from the loom, and we’ll talk through weaving math, planning projects, and wet finishing.

Materials: We will provide a 10″ rigid heddle loom you can take home between sessions (please note that if you break or damage the loom, you are responsible for the replacement cost). You will need warping and weaving materials; we recommend that you bring 2-4 partial or full balls of sock-weight, fingering, or worsted weight yarn.

In on
July 23, 2017

Class: Intro to traditional weaving, part 1 of 2

In this class, we’ll learn the specifics of setting up and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. These concepts will also be taught in the larger context of weaving that’s been practiced in numerous cultures for thousands of years. You’ll learn some of the basic terminology and approaches which apply to a variety of looms, so you can choose to build on this knowledge with multi-shaft or tapestry looms in future workshops.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn to direct-warp yarn onto your loom, weave (including exploring techniques like clasped weft and simple lace), and remove the sample piece from the loom, and we’ll talk through weaving math, planning projects, and wet finishing.

Materials: We will provide a 10″ rigid heddle loom you can take home between sessions (please note that if you break or damage the loom, you are responsible for the replacement cost). You will need warping and weaving materials; we recommend that you bring 2-4 partial or full balls of sock-weight, fingering, or worsted weight yarn.

In on
June 18, 2017

Intermediate Weaving: Technique Sampler, Part 2 of 2

In two sessions, we’ll try a bit of each of a series of weaving techniques to create a sampler on the Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom. Techniques will include the following:

  • Hem stitching at beginning and end
  • Warp floats
  • Weft floats
  • Lace
  • Adding a third dimension
  • Soumak
  • Embroidery/needlework on the loom
  • Fringe techniques

You’ll be encouraged to bring a variety of materials to play with and share with other students, and you’ll get instructions before the class on setting up the loom. You’ll need to show up to the first class with your loom already properly warped.

Materials: You will need to warp your loom ahead of class with a 2.5 yard warp. If you need to borrow a loom, please contact us to make arrangements. Student assumes full responsibility for loom and replacement cost in case of damage.

Pre-Requisite: Intro to Traditional Weaving (if you feel like you have enough experience with a rigid heddle loom to waive this pre-requisite, contact us).

Date: Sundays, June 11 and 18 (meets twice), 10:30 am to 1 pm

In on
June 11, 2017

Intermediate Weaving: Technique Sampler, part 1 of 2

In two sessions, we’ll try a bit of each of a series of weaving techniques to create a sampler on the Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom. Techniques will include the following:

  • Hem stitching at beginning and end
  • Warp floats
  • Weft floats
  • Lace
  • Adding a third dimension
  • Soumak
  • Embroidery/needlework on the loom
  • Fringe techniques

You’ll be encouraged to bring a variety of materials to play with and share with other students, and you’ll get instructions before the class on setting up the loom. You’ll need to show up to the first class with your loom already properly warped.

Materials: You will need to warp your loom ahead of class with a 2.5 yard warp. If you need to borrow a loom, please contact us to make arrangements. Student assumes full responsibility for loom and replacement cost in case of damage.

Pre-Requisite: Intro to Traditional Weaving (if you feel like you have enough experience with a rigid heddle loom to waive this pre-requisite, contact us).

Date: Sundays, June 11 and 18 (meets twice), 10:30 am to 1 pm

 

In Weaving on
January 29, 2017

Clasped weft in action

Tight detail of back of Peruvian tapestry using clasped weft technique

In my Intro to Traditional Weaving class last week, some of my students were experimenting with the “clasped weft” technique, and it occurred to me that I had some great examples of this technique in a traditional context hanging in my house. Unfortunately I realized this too late to show them to my students in person, but it prompted me to write this post and show this technique in action in a beautiful traditional piece. Read more