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  1. 1 These Beginning Classes establish an understanding of the basics of weaving, familiarity with yarns and equipment, and help develop skills through simple projects using materials and patterns provided by the studio.  This class level is an introduction to weaving and how to use a loom.  Please remember these are beginning projects to gain an understanding of techniques and materials, not custom designed pieces, though we will try to accomodate style preferences.  Approximate time allotments are noted, as students may work at different rates.  All classes occur within the studio working day, from 10-5 or in half days from 10-1 or 1-4:00 as scheduled. 
  2. 2 Intermediate Weaving
    1. 2.1 Having established an understanding and skill with the basics of beginning weaving, familiarity with yarns and equipment, here is your chance to learn how to plan designs and set up the loom for simple projects using materials and patterns provided by the studio. This class level is for those who are interested in the learning the details of weaving.  Using a pattern, we will teach you how to measure a warp, wind it onto the beam, thread the heddles, sley the reed and tie on.  Basic familiarity with looms is helpful and will be reviewed with each step.  Our focus will be on simple color patterns such as stripes, borders, and plaids.  Materials will be provided by the Studio unless otherwise noted upon registration and may be limited to available colors and yarns in stock (please remember these are beginning projects to gain an understanding of techniques and materials, not custom designed pieces).  Approximate time allotments are noted, as students may work at different rates.  All classes occur within the studio working day from 10-5 or in half days from 10-1 or 1-4:00 as scheduled.
  3. 3 Intermediate Floor Loom Weaving
    1. 3.1 IFL-1S. Setting Up Looms: Making a Scarf From Start to Finish
      1. 3.1.1 3-4 day workshop  10-4         
      2. 3.1.2 IFL-2HT. Setting Up Looms: Making a Towel From Start to Finish
      3. 3.1.3 3-4 day workshop  10-4          
      4. 3.1.4 IFL-3RM. Setting Up Looms: Making Rag Mats from Start to Finish
      5. 3.1.5 3-4 day workshop 10-4       
      6. 3.1.6 IFL-4RR Setting Up Looms: Making a Rag Rug From Start to Finish
      7. 3.1.7 3-4 day workshop 10-4          
    2. 3.2 Advanced Weaving
  4. 4 Almost any fiber can be spun into thread or yarn.  I was a spinner before I was a weaver.  Spinning is like riding a bicycle, you just have to practice to get your balance.  Our beginning classes focus on wool spinning and different types of spinning wheels.  Wool is an easy fiber to learn to spin with because it is naturally clingy, but we can start you with any fiber depending on your interests and needs.   I recommend that you begin with Drop Spindle Spinning to get an understanding of the basics of the process and because it is inexpensive and portable.
  5. 5 Linen

Weaving & Spinning Classes

 
 
 
Handweaving Classes

Handweaving is a skilled craft and art form.  While it is possible to actually weave a simple scarf in half a day, setting up the loom, composing the elements, and finishing it may take many added hours or days depending on the complexity.  The items you see on my site and in my Studio & Gallery are the culmination of many hours and years of practice and attention to detail.  While I can help you get started, remember that I have developed this skill over time through dedication and 30 years of experience, not overnight. I can show you a glimpse into the world of weaving if you are truly interested, if you are prepared to honor the craft and its traditions, to invest your time and energy in creative growth and training. 

We all begin somewhere, but we have to learn to walk before we can run.  The Art and Craft of Weaving also consists of knowledge and understanding of its history and technology, as well as use of materials and learned skills.  While many people ask how long it takes to make something, this can vary with difficulty of pattern, density of threads, color changes and size of the project.  Some students will pick up basic weaving quickly and others take more time.   

My Beginning Weaving Classes are structured to give you a feel for the materials and the equipment without overwhelming you, giving you skills that you can build upon towards taking an Intermediate or Advanced class, or to working on your own.  While a student may learn to make a yarn scarf on a pre-set up loom, they may not be ready to make a 9 x 12 rag rug or carpet, not have yet grasped full understanding of materials, size, techniques, or basic loom mechanics. 

Most classes are taught on an individual basis according to loom availability.  Call for current pricing.  Each student works on their own loom until their project is finished, as projects cannot be slipped on and off until completion.  Please call ahead at least two weeks to check with the Studio Schedule and to make an appointment to reserve your time.  In some instances, small groups of 2-3 people may be accommodated at the same time with advanced notice to the Studio to allow for loom preparations.  For those who have their own looms and want to work at home, segmented and refresher courses are also available. 

Cancellations by Students prior to 1 week of scheduled class date will be fully refunded or rescheduled, cancellations within 1 week of scheduled class date will be refunded 50% of the cost, while cancellations without notification will not be refunded.  Class cancellation by the studio will result in full refund.



Beginning Weaving

These Beginning Classes establish an understanding of the basics of weaving, familiarity with yarns and equipment, and help develop skills through simple projects using materials and patterns provided by the studio.  This class level is an introduction to weaving and how to use a loom.  Please remember these are beginning projects to gain an understanding of techniques and materials, not custom designed pieces, though we will try to accomodate style preferences.  Approximate time allotments are noted, as students may work at different rates.  All classes occur within the studio working day, from 10-5 or in half days from 10-1 or 1-4:00 as scheduled. 

Beginning Floor Loom Weaving

 

BFL-SAMP.  Sampler Weaving

1/2 – Full day

This is the most general class to introduce and acquaint you with how a loom works and to see whether you like weaving. No experience is necessary. You can use rags, fine yarns, or whatever you have to fill a predetermined warp. All the technical work of threading the looms is done for you to come in and weave on a pre-set loom.  Under our guidance, you can experiment with different textures, colors and patterns to create a woven sampler.  You can use your finished piece to make a pillow, bag, tablemat, or whatever you desire. Please call ahead to reserve a space in the Studio Schedule.

BFL-1S.  Project #1: Simple Weave Scarf

1/2 - Full day 

Weave a simple fringed scarf for yourself, or to give to a friend. The Studio will set the loom with appropriate style and size yarns for a narrow scarf for you to fill with a weft.  We will show you how to create decorative fringes with knotting, twisting and braiding.  No experience is necessary.  Please call ahead to reserve a space in the Studio Schedule.

BFL-2HT. Project #2  Hand Towel

1-2 days 10-4 

Under our guidance, you will weave a cotton hand towel for your kitchen or bath. The Studio will set a warp on the loom for you to fill with a cotton weft.  We will guide you with finishing hems by hand or maching.  Pre-Requisite experience of Project #1 Scarf Weaving is required. 

BFL-3RM.  Project #3 Small Rag Table Mats

1-2 days 10-4 

Learn the basics of using rags as an alternative filler material.  Appropriate sturdy yarns for a small table mat or runner will be chosen and set on the loom for you.  Headers and footers will secure the rags and finishing will be done with knotted fringe or folded hems.  Pre-Requisite experience of Projects #1 & 2 are required. 

BFL-4FM.  Project #4 Small Floor Mat

1-2 days 10-4

Expand on the ideas and methods learned in Project #3 to make a larger floor mat approx 2 x 3 (or more if time allows) using rags as an alternative filler material.  Appropriate sturdy yarns for a rug will be chosen and set on the loom for you. Headers and footers will secure the rags and finishing will be done with knotted fringe or folded hems.   Pre-Requisite experience of Projects #1, 2 & 3 are required. 

BFL-5TB.  Project #5 Small Tote Bag or Clutch

1-2 days 10-4 

Expand on the ideas and methods learned in Projects #3 & 4 to use rags or thick yarns as filler to make a fabric mat to be folded and sewn with straps and snaps into a tote bag or clutch.  Appropriate yarns for the project will be chosen and set on the loom for you. Sewing and finishing touches will be explored.  Pre-Requisite experience of Projects #1, 2, 3 & 4 are required.


 
Beginning Rigid Heddle & Table Loom Weaving


BRT-S.  Project #1: Simple Weave Scarf

2 Days 10-4 

Learn to Weave a simple fringed scarf for yourself, or to give to a friend. The Studio will help you set up your rigid heddle (sometimes called a knitters loom) or small table loom with appropriate style and size yarns for a narrow scarf for you to fill with a weft.  We will show you how to create decorative fringes with knotting, twisting and braiding.  If time allows we can start to reset the loom for your next project.  No experience is necessary.  Please call ahead to reserve a space in the Studio Schedule.

BRT-P.  Project #2: Placemats

2 Days 10-4 

Weave a simple fringed scarf for yourself, or to give to a friend. The Studio will help you set up your rigid heddle loom or small table loom with appropriate style and size yarns for a few placemats for you to fill with a weft.  We will show you how to create decorative fringes with knotting, twisting and braiding.  If time allows we can start to reset the loom for your next project.  No experience is necessary, but BRT-I Simple Scarf Weaving is helpful.  Please call ahead to reserve a space in the Studio Schedule.

 


Intermediate Weaving

Having established an understanding and skill with the basics of beginning weaving, familiarity with yarns and equipment, here is your chance to learn how to plan designs and set up the loom for simple projects using materials and patterns provided by the studio. This class level is for those who are interested in the learning the details of weaving.  Using a pattern, we will teach you how to measure a warp, wind it onto the beam, thread the heddles, sley the reed and tie on.  Basic familiarity with looms is helpful and will be reviewed with each step.  Our focus will be on simple color patterns such as stripes, borders, and plaids.  Materials will be provided by the Studio unless otherwise noted upon registration and may be limited to available colors and yarns in stock (please remember these are beginning projects to gain an understanding of techniques and materials, not custom designed pieces).  Approximate time allotments are noted, as students may work at different rates.  All classes occur within the studio working day from 10-5 or in half days from 10-1 or 1-4:00 as scheduled.

 

Intermediate Floor Loom Weaving

 

IFL-1S. Setting Up Looms: Making a Scarf From Start to Finish

3-4 day workshop  10-4         

Over the course of several days you will learn how to set up a loom with an apprpriate warp and weave a basic cotton scarf, approximately 8”W x 60”L.

IFL-2HT. Setting Up Looms: Making a Towel From Start to Finish

3-4 day workshop  10-4          

Over the course of several days you will learn how to set up a loom with an appropriate warp and weave a basic cotton towel, approximately 18”W x 24”L.

IFL-3RM. Setting Up Looms: Making Rag Mats from Start to Finish

3-4 day workshop 10-4       

Over the course of several days you will learn how to set up a loom with an apprpriate warp and weave basic rag mats, approximately 12”W x 15”L

IFL-4RR Setting Up Looms: Making a Rag Rug From Start to Finish

3-4 day workshop 10-4          

Over the course of several days you will learn how to set up a loom with an appropriate warp and weave a basic cotton rag rug, approximately 24”W x 36”L.


Advanced Weaving

Specially designed classes for students seeking more experience or to explore some aspect of weaving unfamiliar to them, that they are unable to complete on their own equipment, or who wish to "rent" a loom to work on within the Studio.  Students will be expected to follow Studio guidelines, to be attuned to equipment use, project parameters and expectations, work within time allotmented, and adhere to standards of professionalism. 

Advanced Floor Loom Weaving

AFL-1P. Project Class   Dates to be determined according to loom availability.

By Appointment 

You will get to know your loom and learn weaving tricks of the trade on four-harness looms - from putting on the warp to taking it off.  With our guidance you will plan a specific project such as hand towels for your kitchen or a baby blanket or shawl.  This class required 40-60 hrs of previous weaving experience in Beginning and Intermediate Weaving Classes and studio time.  Tell us your interest.  We will help you will pick out a yarn, set a pattern, thread and tie up your loom, and finish off your own project.  Most projects will require at least 4-6 full days of intense work to complete.

AFL-2T. Tutorials    Dates to be determined according to loom availability.

By Appointment  

You will get to know your loom and learn weaving tricks of the trade on four-harness looms - from putting on the warp to taking it off.  With our guidance you will plan a specific project such as hand towels for your kitchen or a baby blanket or a shawl.   Tell us your interest.  You will pick out a yarn, set a pattern, thread and tie up your loom, and finish off your own yardage. Using the skills you have learned in Weaving I and II, you will work on a specific project under the supervision of one of our weavers.  With our guidance you will plan a specific project such as hand towels for your kitchen, a baby blanket or a shawl, a set of placemats, or a rug.    You will pick out a yarn, set a pattern, thread and tie up your loom, and finish off your own yardage.

AFL-3IS. Independent Study          Dates to be determined according to loom availability.      

By Appointment 

Are you looking for a loom to weave on, but don't have one?  This is the chance for experienced weavers to rent one of our looms in the studio.  Our pre-requisites for this class are 40-60 hrs of studio time or equivalent skill level for independent work. Using the skills you have learned in Weaving I and II, you will be able to work on your own project.  This is a class for experienced weavers who can work by themselves and may depend on loom availability.  You will essentially be renting one of our looms and select studio time.  We will be available on a more limited basis to help you if you need it. For those inexperienced with dressing looms, we will be available to set up your loom with a maximum of 5 yards of warp for a separate fee according to what you would like to make, its fibers, and pattern.  Check with the studio for the details.


 

 

 

Handspinning Classes

 

Welcome to the World of Fibers & Spinning! Have you ever wondered how the wool gets from sheep to sweater?  How flax is spun into linen thread?  Wanted an exotic angora or alpaca sweater.  Or, have you wondered about the simplicity of spinning cotton that Ghandi believed was important? 

Almost any fiber can be spun into thread or yarn.  I was a spinner before I was a weaver.  Spinning is like riding a bicycle, you just have to practice to get your balance.  Our beginning classes focus on wool spinning and different types of spinning wheels.  Wool is an easy fiber to learn to spin with because it is naturally clingy, but we can start you with any fiber depending on your interests and needs.   I recommend that you begin with Drop Spindle Spinning to get an understanding of the basics of the process and because it is inexpensive and portable.

Each of our advanced handspinning classes is focused on a different fiber and the methods used in processing and spinning.  Some spinning experience helpful, but not necessary.  Bring your own wheel if you have one.   If you are not sure whether it is working order, we can check it out for you.  We also have the resources to point you in the direction of finding a wheel that might suit your needs.  Fiber materials will be provided.  We also carry some wool and alpaca fibers for sale.  For more information, ask what is currently available.


 

Fiber Facts:

Sheep’s Wool

Sheep’s wool is the most common fiber to spin.  It is inexpensive and readily available.  It comes in several natural shades, long and short lengths, curly and straight, fine and coarse, and is easily dyable.  Allergic to sheep’s wool? More likely you are allergic to the coarseness of the wool.  Microscopically, sheep’s wool has many scales which make it clingy to itself and scratchy to feel.  (Cotton looks smooth and ribbon-like and Linen has an appearance of bamboo.) There are many grades of sheep’s wool from fine merino to coarse rug wools, as well as straight and curly fiber animals.  Any fiber that is coarse, man-made or natural can be scratchy, making people believe they are actually allergic.

Alpaca

Alpacas are from the camelid family and produce fine quality wool comparable to cashmere, which you may be more familiar with.   Cashmere comes from goats from Asia.  Alpacas are indigenous to South America.  Alpaca wool is generally smoother than sheep’s wool microscopically, which makes it appropriate for those who have sensitive skin, though there is also coarse alpaca wool.  Related to Alpacas are camels, llamas, guanaco, vicuna.

Angora – Goat or Rabbit?

Well, there are Angora Goats from whom you get Mohair Fiber and Angora Rabbits from whom you get Angora Fiber.  Mohair fiber is more like long sheep’s wool with luster and loft.  Angora Rabbit fiber is very fine and somewhat short in length.  Goats also produce Cashmere.

Quiviut, Buffalo, etc…

There are many other animal fibers for spinning.  Of course, the more exotic they are, often the more costly and the more difficult they are to spin as well.  As mentioned in the beginning, almost any fiber can be spun.

Cotton

We are all familiar with cotton products.  The fiber  itself is usually short and fine.  It has a ribbon-like quality under the microscope which makes it smooth to touch.

Linen

Linen comes from the Flax plant, and is a bast fiber, as are hemp, and ramie.  The fibers are naturally long and resemble hair in when prepared for spinning.

Hemp, Ramie, Soy, Bamboo

There are many other plant fibers for spinning, as there are of animal fibers.  Again, the more exotic they are, often the more costly and the more difficult they are to spin. 


 

Beginning Handspinning

 

BS-1W. Wool Washing and Carding 1/2 day

Learn how to prepare your wool fleece for spinning.  We will show you the stages of washing and carding your own wool for handspinning into yarn. 

BS-2DSW. Drop Spindle Spinning with Wool 1/2 day

Learn the basic principles of spinning wool fleece into yarn.  You will use the forces of gravity and motion to twist fibers together on a drop spindle.  All it takes is a little hand-eye coordination and some practice.  Two advantages of a drop spindle are that it is an inexpensive piece of equipment and small and portable so you can spin almost anywhere, anytime.

BS-3GWW. Great Wheel Spinning with Wool 1/2 day  

Have you always wondered how those large old spinning wheels were used?  Now you can find out.  Great wheels, also known as "walking wheels" for the motion the spinner uses to spin the yarn, use a hand power to turn the wheel and drive band to mechanize the process of spinning started with the drop spindle. 

BS-4TWW. Treadle Wheel Spinning with Wool 1/2 day

Spinning wool on a treadle or foot pedal wheel is comparable to rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time.  The more you do it, the less you have to think about it.  We will give you pointers as you work.  Bring your own spinning wheel if you have one.  If you are not sure whether it is in working order, we can check it out for you.  We also have the resources to point you in the direction of finding a wheel that might suit your needs.

 



Amy C. Lund Handweaver, Studio & Gallery
3964 Main Road Tiverton, RI 02878 401-816-0000

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