AREAS OF STUDY
Today, students can learn the essentials of this time honored tradition in a five day beginning weaving class. Each student works with an instructor to plan the project - typically a set of cotton dish towels or a wool throw inspired by a traditional Scottish wedding blanket. Students then learn how to make a warp using multiple ends (threads), beam it onto the loom, thread heddles, sley the reed, and tie up the loom harness. In weaving, students are introduced to the finer points of shuttle handling, pirn winding, and proper use of a tenterhook. By the end of the week beginning weavers will be introduced to every aspect of the process, from design to fabric finishing.
Intermediate & Advanced Weaving
More advanced students may pursue a greater range of weave structures, fibers, and long-term study. Classes are offered in pattern weaves like Ms and Os, huck, summer and winter, overshot, spot weave, krokbragd, damask, satin weave, and more. The demands of working with fine linen and silk pose a welcome challenge for the adventurous. Learn about 19th-century Domestic Textiles in a special two day sampler class where students rotate between looms set-up with striped wool Venetian carpeting, linen diaper toweling, checked cotton shirting, and a small overshot coverlet. An ethnic rug weaving class gives students a chance to weave rug styles from across the globe. Much of our instruction is one on one and can be tailored to a wide range of traditional and contemporary weave structures. Check out our Course Catalogue for more of the class options.
Workshops: Dyeing, Spinning & Other Techniques
Natural dyes have been a source of awe and delight for millennia and are the subject of shorter one to four day classes.. Local plants are the focus of Dyestuffs From Vermont Meadows, Gardens, and Hedgerows, a class that changes with the seasons and rhythms of nature. Get the blues during the Indigo Intensive, a four day plunge into vatted indigo where students set-up indigo vats, build shades from sky blue to midnight, and experiment with surface design techniques like resist dyeing. Students use mordants to shift colors from scarlet to purple and try their hands at fabric printing.
Spinning classes and working with the processing of bast fibers and flax are also offered in the spring and summer months. Check out our Guest Instructor Page for workshop offerings.
The work study program is a minimum of 4 weeks and can be as long as 3 months. The student will choose to do their work study work (3 hrs) either in the morning or afternoon and then the rest of the day is open for their own work. We are available for supervision of these projects during the hours of 9:30 - 4:30 pm monday through friday. The studio is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in the 4 week study period it is possible for the student to complete 4 - 6 projects depending on complexity. Many students come with a focused course of study that they wish to pursue but that is not written in stone. Some students need to get a feel for what we have to offer before they can decide what they would like to focus on. Most of our looms are 4 S counter balance barn frame looms but we also have an 8 S Cranbrook, a barn loom converted to 10 S counter marche and a 28 S dobby loom. There is also a fully equipped dye studio. Students must have some prior weaving experience and ideally will have taken our 5 day beginning weaving class.