2 Day Class
“Awaq warmi” means “weaver woman” in Quechua, the indigenous language of the Peruvian Andes. It was what my friends and I aspired to be when we grew up. But before we could get there, the awaq warmi would tell us, we’d have to be weaver tweens and weaver young adults — awaq pashn~a, awaq sipas. You don’t have to be any particular age or gender to take this class, but you do need to have completed my introductory course or checked with me to see if you have the prerequisites, which are: already know Tanka Ch’oro, have participated in at least one warping session, and have tied at least one heddle. Why? Because, at long last, this is the class for the next level. This is the class for everyone who has learned their Andean backstrap weaving basics, but now wants to know: what next? What are the things you need to know to start moving towards weaving the really large, really impressive fabrics even people who don’t weave think are impressive?
In this 2-day session, you will expand your warping knowledge to include methods using 2 or 3 pegs instead of 4; learn how to work as part of a warping duo; learn to tie larger heddles for larger pieces; learn techniques for working wider pieces; explore the difference between complementary warp-faced structures and supplementary structures; learn to combine those structures in the same warp; and learn how to sample to explore the possibilities offered by different yarns. If that’s not enough, we’ll also go through a selection of finishing techniques for 3-selvedge and 4-selvedge pieces, start delving into the question of making your own tools for even larger pieces, and we’ll make it all happen around a project: a small bag sure to be admired by all your friends, but as with most intricate weaving projects, genuinely understood by few! But fortunately for everyone, you’ll be able to explain the heck out of your small bag and show everyone the technical details they missed and why they’re cool.
Materials fee: $75, includes weaving tools, use of warping equipment, in-depth color handout booklet, and large selection of yarn suitable for warp-faced weaving under high tension.
Level: people who have already completed Tanka Ch’oro: Intro to Andean Backstrap Weaving (or equivalent), and whose eyes did not glaze over completely reading this class description.