Weaving on the Floor Loom
Even the earliest historical records mention weaving. Cloth for clothes and shelter, along with the looms to weave it, has always been essential for man’s survival. The floor loom brought many advantages over our simplest looms in being able to carry yards of warp thread for longer and wider cloth and simplifying the creation of pattern by the combination of threading on multiple shafts, and raising and lowering them with pedals.
The word “art” comes from a root word that refers to the order of warp threads on a loom. In our floor loom classes, you will learn how to order the warp threads on the loom to create plain weave, twills, laces and double-weave. It has been said that the possible patterns created by the interlacement of warp and weft threads on a simple 4-shaft loom could not be woven in the weaver’s lifetime.
Our beginning 5-day class is designed not only to introduce you to the necessary basic skills to weave on a floor loom but to reinforce those skills as you progress through the series. We have found that repetition really does help students to retain what they have learned and to have the confidence to undertake new projects at home. After taking this class you will be able to calculate and wind out your warp, dress (thread) your loom, read a weaving draft, calculate how much material you need for a particular project and practice your weaving skills. After this 5-day class you will take home a variegated wool scarf, up to two cotton bouclé dish towels and a twill bamboo scarf. More advanced classes will build upon the skills you learn in the beginning class.
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