Beyond the Basics in Rigid Heddle Weaving: Finger Controlled Weaves
From loops to lace to texture, we’ll explore techniques to highlight your rigid heddle weaving and turn that plain fabric sampler into something even more remarkable. Previous experience with basic weaving required. Please arrive at class ready to have fun and with your loom warped (light-medium colored yarn, 8” - 10” weaving width, at least 45” warping length). For the warp yarn, it needs to pass the “pull test”: if the yarn snaps or drifts apart when firmly pulled, then it isn’t suitable for warp. Additional materials: 175 yards worsted weight yarn for weft (various colors), 2 shuttles, a few yards of smooth scrap yarn, and a tapestry needle.
Cost: $25 Instructor: Tracy Griggs
Saturday @ 10 - 1 pm [5/20] .
Woven Wall Hanging
This is a hands on class where we will cover the basic tapestry weaving techniques and how to make your own woven wall hanging. You will learn how to warp your loom, plain weave, rya knots, soumak, create shapes and designs, and how to finish your piece. You will leave with a finished woven wall hanging and the knowledge and confidence to continue creating beautiful tapestry weavings in the future. Included in this class is the use of a tapestry frame loom, looms are also available for purchase. We will continue to work over the lunch hour so bring a lunch or there are local shops available for purchasing lunch in the area. No previous experience required. Open to ages 12 and up.
Materials: Yarn for your weaving. Any weight yarn or combination. Roving and or fabric also an option. Amounts will vary depending on fiber weight and weave so grab some favorite colors and combinations. You are in the right place if you need more. Also bring a tapestry needle and scissors.
Cost $59 (includes use of weaving frame, weaving tools, warp,and dowel)
Instructor: Kristen Kaas Saturdays [4/8] @ 10:30 am -3:30 pm
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Needle-felting can be used to create 3-dimensional shapes and sculptures out of roving and yarn. In this class, you’ll make a basic body shape and adapt it by adding ears, facial features, and other design elements. Learn how to create blended colors, felt in facial features to add character, and add embellishments to create a unique “critter.” Materials: felting pad or foam sponge, several ounces of wool roving in the colors of your choice, and a heavy weight felting needle.
Cost: $15 Instructor: Theresa Hornstein
Thursday @ 6 - 8 pm [5/18]
Rigid Heddle Weaving 101
Need a new way to bust through that yarn stash? Or maybe you’re ready to add a new dimension to your fiber repertoire? For a new weaver, a scarf is a great first project and a fun way to explore the basics of making fabric. Using a portable rigid heddle loom, we will talk about warp and weft, learn direct warping, and weave a plain weave scarf while practicing rhythm and even tension. We will go over hemming and taking the project off the loom at our finishing party. Materials: Rigid Heddle loom (available for rental from Yarn Harbor for $15), warp and weft yarn, a few yards of smooth scrap yarn, and a tapestry needle. For the warp and weft, bring 150 yards of each color in worsted weight yarn. For the warp yarn, it needs to pass the “pull test”: if the yarn snaps or drifts apart when firmly pulled, then it isn’t suitable for warp.
Cost: $45 Instructor: Tracy Griggs
Saturday@ 10 - 4 pm [4/15] with a break for lunch and Thursday@ 6 - 7 pm [5/4] for the finishing
Needle Felted Bunnies
Learn how to make little felted bunnies to go hop, hop hopping down that bunny trail. By modifying the colors, ears, and tail, you can create a variety of other creatures as well. Materials: felting pad or foam sponge, several ounces of wool roving in the colors of your choice, and a heavy weight felting needle. Cost: $15
Instructor: Theresa Hornstein Thursday @ 6 - 8 pm [4/6]