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  • 2024 Comprehensive Basic Weaving $575

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    COMPREHENSIVE BASIC WEAVING - 4 & 8-SHAFTS 

    Your confidence level will soar with all the new-found knowledge gained in this workshop!

    Instructor: Susan Conover 

    Prerequisites: None 

    Max Enrollment: 4 

    Price: $575 (includes all instruction time, materials & use of equipment) Students to supply their own lunch. A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure a spot in this course with the balance due two weeks prior to the course beginning. 

    Dates OfferedMonday through Friday; March 4-8, 2024 (1 spot available); July 22-26, 2024; (1 spot available) and October 7-11, 2024 (1 spots available)

    Course Times: 8:30am-5pm daily

    Floor looms used for this course include Glimåkra Standard with countermarch; Glimåkra Ideal with counterbalance; Schacht 8S and 4S Baby Wolf; and Schacht 4S Pup.

    If you desire a solid foundation course in floor loom weaving - this is the course for you. If you have been away from weaving for a bit and need to "refresh" your memory - this also is the course for you. We have enjoyed enrollment in this course from folks throughout North America!

    Following are highlights of this comprehensive curriculum:
    • Anatomy of the loom: jack, counterbalance and countermarch
    • Use of the warping board & warping mill
    • Dressing the loom from back to front with the aid of a warping trapeze
    • Calculations of warp and weft
    • Reed and sett choices 
    • Reading drafts (to include drawdowns)
    • Tie-Ups for jack, 4-shaft counterbalance and 8-shaft countermarch looms (students will have an opportunity to weave on all of these looms).
    • Shuttle considerations
    • Use of the wooden temple
    • Finishing techniques for your handwovens; including hemstitching on the loom
    • How to fix mistakes
    • Calculating the rate of shrinkage after wet finishing
    • Loom ergonomics

    Students will have an opportunity to weave the following projects during our five days together:

    • Two plain weave napkins in 8/2 Egyptian cotton, measuring 18" wide on the loom, 4-shaft
    • 8-shaft Cottolin warp towel with linen weft, measuring 18" wide on the loom
    • One color gamp; woven in twill with Borgs 6/2 Tuna Wool, measuring 14" on the loom, 4-shaft

    Please note our cancellation policy: A non-refundable deposit of $75 is required to secure a spot in this class. The balance is due two weeks prior to the course beginning.