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Beginning Hand Weaving Workshop at Thistle Hill Weavers

Weave a silk shawl in an historic pattern for a summer outing

Weave a silk shawl in an historic pattern for a summer outing

Weaving a project is a great way to learn a new skill. This beginner’s class is designed for folks who have always wanted to learn or who learned years ago and want to refresh their knowledge. All materials and lunches are provided.

Friday May 5th, 2-5pm
Saturday May 6th, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday May 7th, 9:30am to 4pm

The fee for the 2 and 1/2 day workshop is $225. All materials and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included.

Lodging and other information is available; Contact us to register or for more information.

A Very Special Sale of Our Beautiful Fabrics

Help! We are overstocked with glorious fabrics that we have made for some very fancy customers, so we’re having a special overstock sale on Saturday, February 25 from 9am to 4pm at our mill.

Buy a yard or more of our historic or high fashion fabrics that are one of a kind at super sale prices! We really need the space so, a great savings for you and more space for us.

Our bundles of scraps for $10.00 are a great little surprise gift for anyone, and if you missed out at the Holiday Sale, we still have a few scarves, blankets, hand towels and placemats available!

Beginning Weaving Class

Weave a scarf
Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5, 2017

No experience necessary. This is a chance to explore a craft for the first time or refresh your skill from years ago. Students will warp, thread, and weave a scarf from silk and wool. All materials and equipment are supplied. The class is limited to 6 students.

Cost including materials and lunch: $195. Please contact us for more information or to sign up.

Hand Weaving Class

Understanding Patterns for Multiple Harnesses – a theory and practice class
Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017

The class is limited to students with basic weaving knowledge. The object of this class is to develop a sense of what is possible when more than four shafts are involved in creating weave structures.

The concentration will be on designing with twill and block weaves to create functional fabrics for interior furnishings. We will use Olsner’s “A Handbook of Weaves” along with traditional multiple harness drafts form the 19th century to explore patterns.

Cost including materials and lunch: $195. Please contact us for more information or to sign up.

My blanket of Courage

Please Join Us For Our Second Annual Open House

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Please join us for our second annual open house this holiday season, where you can take a tour of the mill, watch our historic looms run, see our current projects and buy holiday gifts from our showroom.

Open House Schedule:

  • Saturday, December 3, 9am-5pm: mill tours and refreshments
  • Sunday, December 4, 9am-5pm: mill tours and refreshments
  • Sunday, 2:30pm: lecture on Hyde Hall curtain fabrics

We are located at 143 Baxter Road in Cherry Valley NY 13320
Phone: 518.284.2729

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Designing and Drafting Pattern Weaves for Hand Looms

On October 15-16, 2016, Rabbit will be teaching a class at the Mill on designing and drafting for pattern weaving. She developed this class for weavers of any level who wish to understand more about weave structures and how to design patterns.

The class starts with an overview of basic skills of reading weavers’ drafts and translating patterns from historical draft books into several weave structures. This class is more theory than practical weaving but in the end, this approach should help free you from having to use “cookbook” recipes for creating beautiful pattern work.

Some of the weave structures will be very familiar to students, like twills, satins, double cloth and block weaves, but it’s important that weavers be able to design their own work.

Cost for the weekend is $175.00

We will be announcing this via our newsletter later this month but thought you might want to know about it early. Please contact us for more information or to register.

Summer Weaving Workshops

The 1751 Damask

Worsted and crepe cloak fabric