Rigid Heddle Weaving: Color and Weave Exploration – $165.00
Pre-requisites: YES, see below
Equipment: See below.
Description: Color and weave patterns are created through the use of colors in the warp and weft while keeping the structure of the woven fabric constant. For this class, students will explore color as it relates to a plain weave fabric structure. Class discussion will touch on other simple structures but will concentrate on plain weave. Students will design and complete a color and weave project of their choosing. The first class will introduce students to weaving drafts as they relate to color-and-weave, how to read them, and ultimately how to make your own. Looms will be warped for class projects on the second day. Pre-designed class project options will be available and will include threadings and drafts for a sampler, log cabin, hound’s-tooth, but students will be encouraged to design their own project with instructor guidance. Finished projects can be scarves, table runners, shawls, towels, place mats, napkins, etc..
Students may use the Direct Warping method, or Indirect Warping methods. Additional warping techniques and variations will be reviewed and discussed in class that may be helpful in color and weave projects.
Pre-requisites: This class assumes that you have the ability to warp and dress your own loom without assistance and are reasonably comfortable doing so. Completion of 2 or more weaving projects on your own is advised for beginners before taking this class. Prior completion of any one of our Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving classes (Direct, Indirect, or Complete) will also satisfy this requirement. Students must have their own loom.
Equipment: This class is intended for students with their own rigid heddle loom. Students with other small portable looms are welcome in this class (e.g. table looms, or small folding loom like a Schacht Wolf Pup loom, Saori looms, etc.). Students are responsible for transporting, loading, and unloading of their looms and accessories. Students will need the following equipment on the second day of class:
- A rigid heddle loom with at least 8” weaving width. Heddle EPI is flexible and will depend on the yarn choices made by the student. Students will be guided to select yarn that suits the available epi of their heddle(s).
- Shuttles appropriate for the weaving width of the student’s loom, or selected project width.
- Any clamps, pegs, threading tools, or other accessories required to dress the student’s loom.
- A warping board can be provided for use in class (measures up to 4.5 yard warp). If the student’s loom is a smooth beam loom with fixed apron bars (e.g. Ashford Rigid Heddle or Ashford Knitter’s Loom) this should include a supplemental dowel or rod for attaching the warp to the warp beam if student will be using an indirect method warping method.
Materials (Yarn): Yarn materials for this class are NOT included in the cost. Stash yarn may be used (and is highly encouraged), or students may choose to purchase suitable yarn(s) at the shop. Students who wish to use stash yarn are encouraged to bring several options to the first class for review and to add to the class discussion.
Day 1: 1-4pm
Learn about drafts. Review project design options, yarn, and heddle epi. On the first day of class, students should bring note taking materials, as well as, 2 or more colors of color pencils, pens, markers, or highlighters. Graph paper is also a helpful addition, but some will be on hand at class. No weaving equipment will be needed until the second class meeting. Schedule a 1 to 2 week gap to allow students to design projects and find yarn.
Day 2: 9am-4
Students will prepare and measure warp(s) in the morning and dress looms in the afternoon. Students may elect to use class time to wind and measure several warps for multiple projects, and dress their loom at home outside of class. Students may begin weaving in class. Bring your loom and accessories to class as well as a lunch. Schedule time between class two and three will allow students to complete weaving their projects at home.
Day 3: 1-4pm
Review completed or in progress projects. Discuss other applications of color and weave. Plan additional projects.