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Weaving Classes

Reading Weavers’ Drafts: A One-Day Class on September 23

Calling all those interested in historic weaving styles! Join me for a one-day workshop on Saturday, September 23 to learn how to read and translate historic weavers drafts.

Home weavers and fancy weavers used many different methods to record their patterns. Each method gives us a glimpse into how they saw their looms and how they recreated patterns that they saw.

Some of the methods of pattern drafting are familiar to modern hand weavers but many are mysterious at first glance. The drafts are written in short hand and like many recipes they may leave out ingredients that were thought to be common knowledge. Come explore and unlock the drafts and learn to translate them for your weaving.

Saturday, September 23, 9am-4:30pm.
Class is a one-day workshop, limited to 15 students. All materials and lunch are included are the fee of $50. Please contact us to register or for more information.

Another Class Scheduled for Weave a Shawl: Beginning Weaving Class

Want to do something fun and get ready for Fall? How about a beginning weaving class? August 25th, 26th and 27th at Thistle Hill Weavers, learn to weave or refresh your skills. This will be a project class so you will not only learn technique but create a beautiful summer shawl to wear as the weather gets a little cooler. You’ll design the shawl and weave it in two and a half days in this fun and energy filled class.

Class is limited to 5 students The class starts Friday afternoon at 2pm and ends on Sunday afternoon. All materials are included in the fee of $185.

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

Weave a Summer Shawl: Beginning Weaving Class

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

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

Want to do something fun this summer? How about a beginning weaving class? July 14th, 15th and 16th, at Thistle Hill Weavers, learn to weave or refresh your skills. This will be a project class so you will not only learn technique but create a beautiful summer shawl to wear to concerts or picnics. You’ll design the shawl and weave it in two and a half days in this fun and energy-filled class.

Class is limited to 5 students.

The class starts Friday afternoon at 2pm and ends on Sunday afternoon. All materials are included in the fee of $185.

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

Where Should We Get Yarns?

Rabbit Goody will hold a one day seminar for weavers to share some of the best resources for yarns and tools on Saturday, September 9th.

Hand weavers today are often at a disadvantage when trying to find yarns at reasonable prices. Rabbit will share sources and help weavers thread the tangle of what yarns are good for what projects and where to buy them at the best prices.

The fee of $50.00 includes shade cards from several sources and lunch. All weavers are welcome.

Contact us to register or for more information.

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.