April 26, 27, 28, Wednesday through Friday – 3 Day Class
My father developed the original version of this class in the late 1970s after an immersive two years of studying the techniques directly in the town of Chinchero, where we lived. At the same time, I was growing up and learning them right along with all the other kids. Over the years, as his own understanding of Andean textiles grew, he tweaked and tuned the class to make it as close as possible to the experience I had, rather than the one he had. When he died, I decided to carry on the class and continue updating it, teaching it by special agreement for select audiences. You are that audience.
We begin by learning the loom mechanics with a pre-configured warp and handmade tools that are yours to keep. Once you’ve got those down, we’ll move on to the first pattern all Andean weavers learn, and what it teaches you about the structure of woven fabrics.
On the second day, you’ll learn how to put on your own self-adjusting one-piece string heddles and weave the second pickup pattern you need to unlock a wide range of others that build from the first two. Just about the time you want to move one, we’ll teach you to make your own warp.
On the third day, you’ll learn an entirely different weave structure, and get to make your own warp to take home. If that’s not enough, sprinkled throughout, we’ll be taking breaks to talk about how the yarn gets spun and what it should be like — so if you’re motivated, you can have spun the yarn for your final project by the time day 3 rolls around!
This is the intensive class, not the one-day intro — this is the class that makes you self-sufficient from the ground up. However hard we tried, neither my father nor I could ever make all of this fit into a shorter time frame. It’s suitable for experienced weavers as well as absolute beginners, not to mention for folks who may have taken this class long ago, but never quite got it all to stick.
Materials fee $85 (covers handmade weaving tools, 1 fully configured and started warp/loom, spindle, and fiber)
Note to students:
Special considerations: this class is hard on the body if you can’t sit with something tied around your waist and pulled tight against another object.