The rigid-heddle loom is a spinner-friendly powerhouse. Gentle on yarn, it creates minimal loom waste and it is easy to grab and go. Weaving is a perfect media to show off your handspun as the long lengths of the woven structure show off your yarn as it appears in the skein. Weaving it is particularly good way to show off those first few “irregular” skeins all beginners make.
In this I-know-nothing-about-weaving-but-want-to-know-all-the-things class, you will learn how to get the yarn on the loom (called “warping”), weave fabulous cloth, and finish your project all in a day! You will walk away with more than just a beautiful shorty scarf, you will learn all the fundamentals of weaving well, including how to warp your loom in 20 minutes or less, managing your edges, and how to fix the most common weaving mistakes. No experience required.
Materials fee: $15 – includes yarn and handout
Level: Beginner & Above
Looms will be provided, although you are welcome to bring your own loom if you wish. You need a rigid-heddle loom in good working order with an 8-dent rigid-heddle; clamps, warping peg, threading hook, 2 shuttles; as well as basic workshops supplies, scissors, tape measure, tapestry needle.
Students may bring their own handspun to weave with (called weft), warp yarns provided. There will be extra yarn on hand to weave with, too. You will need approximately 120 yds, light worsted or DK-weight, 14-16 w.p.i. yarn, although almost any weight can work in the weft. You can double the weft yarns if it is too fine to work singly. Students are encouraged to bring any yarns that you are curious about weaving with and we can discuss.