Spin to Weave



Are you spinning more yarn than you can knit? It may be time to add weaving to your fiber repertoire. Learn the basics of weaving while using your own handspun yarn to weave a scarf (or a table runner or sampler--something long and narrow).

Day 1: Discuss criteria for spinning yarn to use in weaving and learn how to spin the best yarn for a specific woven project. This will include discussion of appropriate fiber, strength/quality of yarn, best use of “designer” yarns, and blocking (or not). Learn weaving terminology (including very basic drafting) and see demo of winding warp. Learn to calculate the amount of yarn you need to complete a project. Plan a handwoven scarf and begin spinning the yarn. The goal of this day is to present enough information so that we’ll be jump right into winding warps on the second day.

Day 1 Homework: Spin the yarn to use for your scarf. You do not need to block the yarn unless you want to. Wind into balls.

Day 2 : Wind your warp using a warping board. Dress the loom. Begin to weave. If you are using heavier yarns it is possible to finish your project in the allotted class time. If you choose finer yarns (and we’ll discuss this on the first day) you may not finish and will need to take the loom home (see below). We will also discuss finishing of your scarf once it is off the loom.

Bring to Day 1:
Spinning wheel or spindle
Fiber appropriate for a scarf (or desired project)
Additional fiber if you’re not sure
Lunch

Bring to Day 2:
4-shaft loom or make arrangements ahead of time to use mine*. (I won’t be teaching direct warping for rigid heddle looms in this class. If you already know how to use the direct warping method or if you want to use the warping board method then you can a RH loom.)
Reed for the loom that works with the yarn you have spun.
Gadgets that go with your loom (lease sticks, raddle, etc)
Paper to wind on back beam (paper bags are OK)
Scissors
Tape measure
Tapestry needle
Camera if you want to photograph steps so you can remember them.
Lunch

Class size: 2-4 students
Experience: Basic spinning skills. Be able to spin and ply. No weaving experience necessary.
Price: $200
*If you are using one of my looms I will supply all the gadgets that go with it. No charge for in-class use. If you need to take the loom home the looms rent for $40 for 2 weeks.



Skill Level: See above.
Requirements: Bring your own handspun yarn to discuss how to use it in weaving and/or spin yarn before the second class session.
Instructor: Robin Lynde
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