Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving Class!

If you're interested in weaving, and live on or near Vashon Island (Washington State), I'm teaching a class! 

Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
Three Weeks/Three Scarves

The Rigid Heddle Loom is a simple but versatile (and very portable) little loom.  In three sessions, students will weave three scarves, learning how to warp the loom, how to weave plain weave, how to select yarns for weaving, how to use stripe, plaid, and log cabin “color and weave” effects, how to finish the ends of a scarf with hems and/or fringes, how to wash and care for handwovens, and how to plan future projects.  Handouts and Resource Bibliography will be provided.

Supplies needed:
Rigid Heddle Loom (Schacht Spindle Company’s Cricket loom is a good first loom)
 8 Dent Reed (comes with a new loom)
 Warping Peg (comes with a new loom)
Threading Hook (comes with a new loom)
 2 Stick Shuttles (comes with a new loom)
Yarn – for the first scarf you will need about 250 yards (a bit more if you like your scarves very long or very wide) of a next-to-the-skin (Merino is good) DK or light Worsted Weight yarn.  You may make your first scarf from one or two colors (125 yards each), solid or variegated.
Yarn selections for the second and third scarves will be discussed in class.
Optional but useful items:  Tapestry needle
                                              Fringe Twister
Minimal homework (finish your scarf and get yarns for next session)

$60 for 3 sessions@ 3hours each
Saturdays – January 28, February 4, February 11 from 1PM to 4PM
at Island Quilter 17639 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA
To sign up, call Island Quilter at 206-713-6000
Be sure to buy or rent your own loom ASAP so you have a loom for the first class
(there will be looms to buy at Island Quilter, 
and one loom for rental)

Teacher Nancy Olszewski currently leads the Seattle Weaver’s Guild Rigid Heddle Study Group (we meet on Vashon the third Sunday of the month).  See her projects on (look in the 2010 archives for the “a scarf a week challenge” scarves).  

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