Loom Mechanics                              w/ Justin Squizzero

August 8, 2020

September 5, 2020 


Mastery of tools is essential to any craftsman or artist, and weaving is no exception. In this workshop students will gain in-depth knowledge of the factors at play in four-post looms, how those attributes affect the woven goods, and how to select and manipulate the loom to produce the desired results. We will discuss shedding mechanisms and make hands on comparisons weaving the same warp counterbalanced and countermarched. Shuttles, temples, warp lines, harness, ratchets and everything else we use to weave will be addressed, so bring your questions!


Interpreting Textile Production at Historic Sites

To Be Re-Scheduled                              w/ Justin Squizzero


Many historic sites include demonstrations of domestic textile production, but feeling proficient with historic tools can sometimes feel daunting to the museum guide. This weekend workshop is specifically geared with the museum interpreter in mind who wants to gain greater confidence using the equipment in their exhibits. We’ll cover the basic techniques used in American domestic weaving in the early 19th century, and how those processes have evolved in modern practice. Students will try their hand at multiple end warping on large warping bars, review beaming, drawing in, sleying, tying up, and weaving. We will examine original 19th-century loom harness and reeds, practice making a set of knitted heddles, and learn more about the system of beers used in warping and loom harness. Tricks for winding quills, throwing the shuttle efficiently, and getting the most out of a four-post loom will be covered. The instructor is a former museum interpreter and understands the challenges of complex craft demonstration, continuously talking, and smiling through the summer in historic costume. While this workshop is geared towards weavers at historic sites, it’s open to anyone with an interest in early American weaving. Bring your questions and photos of your tools! 

Weaving Singles Linen                           w/ Justin Squizzero

To Be Re-Scheduled


Want to try linen, but intimidated by its challenges? Here’s your opportunity to master the preparation steps and weaving techniques involved in weaving a piece of fine linen cloth. Students may work with plied or singles thread depending on experience and comfort level. Those working with singles may size their thread prior to warping. Students will learn strategies for maintaining even tension while warping and beaming; the pros and cons of different loom mechanics; how to manage the fiber throughout weaving; and finishing methods to highlight linen’s natural beauty. Fear linen no more and get a handle on a fiber that’s at once delicate and tough as nails. 

Textile Research Methods                           w/Eliza West

To be Re-Scheduled


Textile Research Methods is a class designed to provide research skills for anyone interested in pursuing research into historic textile-related topics. Textile historian and craftsperson Eliza West will teach students how to use a wide array of free and publicly available resources and share her own tips and tricks for textile research. This class runs Friday afternoon through Sunday morning and begins with a trip to the UVM Special Collections Library and then back to the MSW Research Center.

Students will develop skills in fiber and textile identification and will practice dating historic textiles. They will also learn close-looking techniques for studying historic objects. Additionally, they will gain experience assessing written sources and using library special collections materials and online research databases. The class will focus on Vermont textiles and research resources, but the skills learned will be broadly applicable. During the class, students will each study an object in the Marshfield School of Weaving’s study collection and write a museum-style catalog entry for it. They will also have the opportunity to either research that object further, or to look into another topic of their choice. At the end of the class, students will have the tools they need to embark on their own research. 

Warp & Yarn Painting w/Natural Dyes    w/ Sara Goodman

To be re-scheduled.


In this 3 day class students will learn how to make dye paint from concentrated natural dye extracts in order to paint yarn.  Suitable for both weavers and knitters, this class will cover the basics of fiber preparation, mordanting (for both cellulose and protein fiber), making stock solutions, color mixing, thickening, curing, and steaming.  We will also dye whole skeins of yarn in immersion baths to achieve solid colors.  An indigo bath will be available for over- dyeing.  Students will bring their own yarn to class to wind warps and skeins for dyeing.

Shibori & Indigo Dyeing                          w/ Debbie Maddy

To be re-scheduled.


Day One:
Brief explanation of Shibori and indigo dye and the different kinds of indigo vats; synthetic and pre-reduced.  Then using a pre-reduced and natural indigo vat the  Itajime Shibori -method -  folding and clamping - will be demonstrated. Marble wrapping and other techniques will be shown and then the techniques for stitching and switched designs will be explained.

Day Two:
Brief explanation of Arashi Shibori and demos on more than one way to fold and wrap the fabrics on a pole for unique designs. Short explanation and demo on simple stitching techniques. Spend the day doing any of the techniques learned so far. I will demo more advanced techniques for folding, wrapping, stitching to resisting the dye.

Day Three and beyond:
On day three we will continue working with all of the techniques plus it gives students time for more demos on more resist techniques especially if you want to do more detailed stitching techniques that are not commonly seen in one and two day classes.




 Natural Dyes Found in Trees & Shrubs      w/Joann Darling

September 10 & 11, 2020

In this two day workshop students will explore a myriad of natural color from woody plants. The abundance of woody plant material can lend itself to a more sustainable approach for acquiring large quantities of natural dyes.
Our journey will begin with a plant walk to identify and gather choice species then to the best techniques to extract the dyes. We will cover fiber preparation and use of mordants to obtain multiple tints and shades from a single extraction. Time permitting we hope to cover and process a dozen or more dye baths. Materials and sample books provided. 

Weaving a Linen Work Apron                      w/ Nelly Detra

June 8 - 12, 2020


In this five day class students will weave a length of linen fabric on pre-warped looms for a custom designed work apron.  While the fabric is being finished the making of the pattern will be demonstrated and each student will go home with their own custom apron pattern.  Time permitting the finished linen will be cut and sewn into the work apron.


Indigo Intensive                                w/ Justin Squizzero

July 11 & 12, 2020


In this two day workshop students will learn the basics of the four main indigo vats - thiox-lye, copperas, zinc-lime and the fermentation.  We will make up the stock solutions, set the vats and learn how to keep the vat in order.  In addition to working with lump and synthetic indigo we will collect, process and dye with  Japanese Indigo from the gardens at the school.  A sample book of the different vats with the four different fibers of wool, silk, cotton and linen will be made at the end of the class.

Weave a Spirit Banner                         w/Tess Bacevicius

To Be Re-Scheduled

Renew yourself through weaving while surrounded by the nourishing landscape of Vermont. In this slow-paced two-day class, you will have the opportunity to explore basic tapestry techniques on a portable lap-loom, meditate, and learn about your spirit colors.  At the end of class you will have a small tapestry spirit banner, in a clean geometrical design in four colors of your choice, and you can hang it with pride to remind you of your journey. You will also take home your rejuvenated self, your new weaving skills, and tips on how to make portable lap looms using things you have around the house. Further instructions will be shared if you would like to convert your tapestry into a bag or a pillow. These tapestry projects are small and will range from about  7 x 7 to about 8 x 10 inches.  

Floral Warp Painting in the Style of  

Pompadour Silk                                          w/ Dosia Sanford      August 3 - 7, 2020


In this 5 day session students will warp, paint, and weave silk yardage in the style of French Chiné à la branche or Chiné à la chaîne. Striped warps will be wound, then painted under tension on frames with careful attention to produce delicate floral and flame motifs among the stripes. Time will be spent exploring how to design and achieve control in the final outcome. Yardage will be woven plain weave, but this is still an intermediate class because of the set up time. Previous experience with barn frame looms and multiple thread warping are a big plus. Day one will be spent designing, warping, and treating the fabric for the paint. Day two the patterns will be applied to the warps and cured. Day three-five are for beaming on and weaving the cloth. Space is limited to 4 students so sign up early!


Making Willow Baskets                               w/Sandra Kehoe

To Be Re-scheduled

$200 plus $50 materials fee 

In this two day class, open to all levels, students will learn how to make a beautiful and functional willow basket. We will discuss the basics of rib style willow basketry along with the methods of gathering and processing willow. We will prepare rims and handles, learn lashing and traditional weaving techniques so that you will have the knowledge to go on and make more baskets on your own. Good hand strength is necessary. If you are able to, please bring a pair of garden sheers or secateurs. 

Vermont Dye Summer Session                   w/Graham Keegan

August 3 - 22, 2020

Details coming soon!

Aug 3-7, 2020                                            Indigo Week

Aug 10-14                                                  Mordant Week

Aug 17-21                                         Traditions of Pattern by Hand -                                                               painting with dyes and resists

Graham will be taking the registrations directly for all of his classes so contact him at:



Natural Dyeing w/Hemp                          w/Marina Contro

To Be Re-Scheduled


Weaving Hemp Plaids                                

To Be Re-Scheduled


In this class, open to all levels, students will learn the foundations of weaving with hemp yarn to create a colorful, custom plaid fabric. In addition to being led through winding a warp, dressing a barn frame loom, and weaving, students will learn detailed project planning and hemp fabric finishing. Beginners and experienced weavers alike will be encouraged and supported to explore this (not so) new material, color, and structure. Each student’s weaving level will be catered to by yarn and project size.

There will be an optional one-day yarn dyeing workshop on Sunday before class begins in which students can dye custom colors for their warps and wefts. Students will learn tricks to take yarn from the cone to the dye pot and how to prep dyed yarn for the loom. Students who choose not to attend the dye day will have a limited color selection and slightly higher materials fee.


Processing Bast Fibers                            w/Joann Darling

September 3 & 4, 2020


Flax, Hemp and Nettles have cellulose fibers (bast) that run the length of the stem.  Bast fibers can be twisted, spun and processed into cloth and has been done so for centuries.  This workshop will be a "hands on" opportunity for participants to explore and work with these plants.  Learn all the processes needed for creating threads and what it takes to dye them naturally.

Mushroom Dyeing                                w/Joann Darling

September 12 - 13, 2020


A two day workshop exploring the wide world of fungi in central Vermont suitable for putting color onto fiber.  Joann has been experimenting with mushroom dyeing for the past five years and has accumulated a wide variety of colors and receipts.  Mordanting of the yarn will also be covered.