1 Day Class
Have you been wanting to learn how Andean weavers produce intricate and sophisticated textiles using nothing more than a bundle of sticks? Or maybe looking for a low-equipment, low-cost, portable way to weave? Developed and taught by Abby Franquemont, who grew up learning to weave with her peer group in Chinchero, Cusco, Peru, this class is designed to be as close as possible to the experience of learning to weave as a child within the Chinchero tradition, while still being doable in a single day in a conference room setting. It’s just the ticket for getting started, or as a refresher before a more advanced class in Andean backstrap weaving (in fact, it’s the prerequisite for a number of Abby’s more advanced backstrap weaving classes).
You’ll receive one pre-configured warp and set of tools, all set up and ready to weave, and you’ll weave on that while you learn the names of loom parts, how to work them, and how to troubleshoot. Warping, heddles, and configuration will be demonstrated, and you will learn the basics of Tanka Ch’oro, the essential first weaving pattern that for centuries has served to teach Andean weavers a deep and intuitive understanding of weaving principles.
Special note: most people are happiest in this class if they can sit on the floor, but you can take it while sitting in a chair. Backstrap weaving can be more physically tiring than you might expect! Bring a cushion or pillow to sit on if you can, and dress in comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily!
Materials Fee: $40, includes pre-configured and started warp / loom (they’re the same thing in this method of backstrap weaving!) basic Andean weaving tools, and handout.
Level: This class has no prerequisites, but you will probably get more out of it if you study the glossary of terms we’ll send you by email a week before the class.