In this three-session course, students will learn how to design and weave their own handwoven textile such as a scarf or table runner.
Session 1: Students will be introduced to the different parts of a loom and how they work, various fiber types and their suitability for different uses, yarn set and how it affects drape, and how to calculate the amount of yarn needed for a project. Design considerations such as color, pattern, and texture will also be covered. This first session will have a virtual option so that students may attend online from home if desired. Participants will then select and purchase the yarns needed for their project and bring them to the following sessions.
Session 2: Students will prepare the materials and dress the loom. This includes measuring out the warp, threading the heddles and the reed, winding the yarn onto the loom, adjusting the tension and beginning to weave.
Session 3: Students will weave and complete their projects.The instructor will cover how to wind and throw a shuttle, advance the warp, add more weft, fix a broken warp thread, maintain an even weaving beat, keep neat selvedges and finish the fabric. Students will leave with a completed project!
Open to ages 13 and older.
Appropriate for Beginner skill levels. No prior experience is required. Previous students are also encouraged to register if they would like to continue learning, practicing, and advancing their weaving skills.
All tools and equipment will be provided, but students must purchase their own yarns (approx. $40).
The first session (on Friday, December 9th, 5-7pm) may be attended remotely or in person at Arbutus, and the instructor will reach out to registered students. The second session (on December 17th, 9am-2pm) and third session (on December 18th, 9am-2pm) are in person at Arbutus Folk School: 610 4th Ave E, Olympia.
Please dress in layers to adjust for comfort, and bring lunch and a water bottle.
*Please note that the class will take place in an upstairs space not currently serviced by an elevator, and students will need to navigate a long flight of stairs.
Message phone: (360) 350-0187
120 State Avenue NE, #298
Olympia, WA 98501
Facility Physical Address (no mail please):
610 4th Ave E.
Olympia, WA 98501
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