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  • 2019 Monks' Belt Runner

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    Explore numerous possibilities designing and executing this timeless runner!

    Instructor: Susan Conover

    Prerequisites: Basic weaving or equivalent

    Max Enrollment: 4

    Price: $295 (includes all instruction time, materials for one 39" runner & use of all studio equipment)

    Next Offered: Tuesday through Thursday, October 1-3, 2019 also being offered Friday-Sunday, November 1-3, 2019

    Class Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm  

    The monks' belt weave structure was the predecessor to overshot and predates the Christian Era. We really don't know if the structure was woven for monks' belts but it certainly is a clever name! This weave structure is a two-block weave and is woven with "tabby".

    During this three-day course participants will enjoy designing their own runner under Susan's tutelage. The 20/2 line linen (unbleached) warp measures 16-1/2" wide on the loom with 426 warp ends. The tabby weft is 20/1 line linen (unbleached) and the pattern weft will be Borgs 6/1 Faro wool yarn, which is available in sixty-four glorious colors. All materials used in this class are from Swedish manufacturers Bockens and Borgs.

    When not weaving, we will be gathered at the classroom table studying:

    • Block weave theory
    • Reading the drafts - including profile drafts
    • Treadling design options
    • Color design choices
    • Drawdowns are fun

    All Glimakra 4-shaft counterbalance looms will be beamed, threaded, sleyed and tied-on prior to your arrival. A loom is available for each student for the class duration - no round robins. If you are a quick weaver you may weave a second runner at the cost of $48.

    Please note our cancellation policy: Thirty days or more prior to the start date, your deposit/fee is 50% refundable. If you cancel less than thirty days from the course beginning, the deposit/fee is non-refundable. To cancel email, write or telephone and leave a message on our answering machine. If for any reason we cancel a course, your entire payment will be refunded promptly.