Rigid Heddle Explorer: Celebrate Your Stash
With Deborah Jarchow
May 15, 2:00-4:00 CDT;
May 16, 10:00-12:00 CDT;
May 22 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-4:00 CDT;
May 23, 2:00-4:00 CDT
Most of the yarn you have on hand can be woven into beautiful fabrics. Learn how to take advantage of the characteristics of each ball of yarn, to celebrate its unique qualities, and make your cloth live up to your expectations.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 7 days following the event.
In this class you will learn how to assess your yarns for making successful fabric and acquire a level of comfort using unexpected yarn combinations; become informed in ways to critique your textiles and build skills for creating the cloth you really want to make; see the huge difference that how you set up the warp and how you place the weft can make in the finished fabric.
Deborah will help you find joy in experimenting with various yarns so you can understand what qualities you want to highlight and how you can accomplish that. Experience the power of making samples to explore the unique characteristics of different pieces of woven cloth. We will even discuss what you can do with all those samples later.
We will experiment with fades, plaids, building in floats, mixed warps, using different textures and weights, weaving a little then making changes, and using long-repeat yarns. Samples of Deborah’s work along with the collective experiments of all attendees will enhance the experience for everyone. The result will be the ability to design your own rich and interesting fabrics while using assorted and diverse yarns.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Must be able to warp the loom on your own.
__Loom with at least 8″ weaving width
__Clamps, warping peg
__7.5 or 8-dent reed (additional reeds may be helpful)
__Ball of waste yarn (worsted-weight acrylic works best)
__4 – 5 tubes from inside paper-towel rolls
__2 – 3 brown paper grocery bags
__Post it notes
__Pick up stick
__Several pieces of cardboard about 3” x 6”,
__Yarn from your stash: can include yarns like ribbon, ladder, variegated, shiny, bumpy, thick, thin, long-color change, solid color. Have your stash on hand to look through as we have class discussions.