Weaving on the Warp Weighted Loom with Andrea Myklebust
In this workshop, we will use warp-weighted looms to weave a project inspired by a Sami Grene (a wool, weft-faced blanket in plain weave). The warp-weighted loom is a simple weaving tool dating to the neolithic era; as long as 9,000 years ago! Warp-weighted looms were used in ancient Greece, across Europe, and remained in use in some parts of Scandinavia into the modern era. This type of loom is unique in its use of weights (typically ceramic or stone) to tension the warp for weaving. In addition to our weaving project, we will take a look at documentary films of warp-weighted weaving in Norway, and will discuss ways that students can construct a warp-weighted loom of their own.
Some prior weaving experience will be helpful for this class, but is not essential. Students who are interested in spinning their own yarn for the project before our class should contact the instructor for yarn samples and suggested quantities.