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Weaving Classes

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.

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.

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

Silk and Cashmere Scarf Weaving Class

Make a luxurious silk and cashmere scarf for someone special. This is a beginning weaving class. No prior weaving knowledge necessary. All equipment and materials are provided. Classes start at 9:00 am and go until 4:00 but the studio remains open all evening for students.

Cost for the weekend: $250.00, includes lunch both days.
Class is limited to 6 students. – Lots of personal attention!

Saturday October 24 – Sunday October 25, 2015
9am – 4pm.

Please contact us for details.

Double Cloth and Double Width Weaving Class


Weave a shawl in your choice of fiber using double cloth, double width, and layered cloth techniques. Some weaving experience helpful. Two day workshop with Rabbit Goody at her studio. All materials included fee is $195 for both days.

Saturday, November 15 – Sunday, November 16, 2014
9:30am – 4pm.

Please contact us for details.

Pattern Drafting for Handloom Weavers at Thistle Hill Weavers

Pattern design

Saturday, March 29, 2014 – Sunday, March 30, 2014

Taught by Rabbit Goody, this two day class is a theory and practical workshop for understanding how weave structures and pattern drafting work to create woven design. Once you are able to draft and thread patterns, you can create your own designs in structures that will work for their intended purpose. The goal of the class is to help weavers feel comfortable designing woven patterns of their own.

The class is primarily a theory class but we will be weaving some patterns and structures on a variety of hand looms. Beginners through practiced weavers are welcome. This should be a fun and energizing class to get you excited about all the wonderful aspects of textile design.

As always, lunch is included both days and the studio will be open Saturday evening and early Sunday morning for extra time. The class fee is $185.00, with all materials included. Class begins at 9 am on Saturday and ends on Sunday at 4:30.

Click here to register or or call us at 518.284.2729.

Chenille Weekend Weaving Workshop at Thistle Hill Weavers

Chenille Weekend Weaving Workshop

Taught by Rabbit Goody, this workshop is open to beginner through practiced weavers. We will be weaving luxurious rayon chenille in beautiful colors for scarves, shawls, and garments. The workshop will take you through warping, threading, sleying and weaving chenille scarves or yardage. We will finish the chenille and learn the trick of making it bloom!

Dates: February 8 – 9, 2014 9:30am to 4:30pm.
Tuition: $185.00, includes lunch both days and all materials.

Click here to register or call us at 518.284.2729.