CVFG Weaving Fundamentals Virtual Workshop
February 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Weaving Fundamentals with Laurie Duxbury
Take one session or take all four for a comprehensive overview of floor loom weaving. Class sessions will be held on Zoom in lecture/demo format, and will be recorded, with ample time between classes to re-watch the videos and try the techniques.
When: Four Tuesday evenings — February 22, March 8, March 15, and March 29, 2022, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Skill Level: Perfect for new weavers or those looking for a refresher.
Cost: $25 per session CVFG members/$35 non-members. Take all four sessions for $90 CVFG members/$125 non-members. (Join the guild at cvfg.org/join/.)
Class Size: Max 25 students in each session. Sign up for one session or take all four.
Register here: cvfg.org/calendar/workshops-guild/weaving-fundamentals-signup/.
Questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Laurie: Laurie lives and works at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. As a child she was fascinated by all things fiber, particularly when visiting Colonial Williamsburg. She learned to spin first, on a spinning wheel built by her grandfather. Spinners hang out with weavers and spinning became the entry drug as she developed her fiber habit. She has been weaving for over 30 years. Through conferences, weaving schools, and community college, she learned to develop her own weaving voice. Laurie shows and sells her work regionally and has taught across the US.
As a teacher, she hopes each student understands what draws them to their craft. Her goal is for them to begin to understand what they love about weaving, and to develop the tools they need to express themselves through weaving. Her favorite moments are when a student has an “aha” experience. Then she knows that a weaver has been inspired to continue in their growth as a craftsperson.
Visit Laurie’s website at http://laurieduxbury.com/.
February 22 – Weaving Fundamentals 1: Efficient Warping
This class is for anyone who wants to learn to weave or for those who want to improve their warping skills. Good cloth starts with a good warp and step one is knowing how to wind a warp so it goes onto the loom smoothly and evenly. We’ll go over terminology, calculating warp needs, choosing materials, and using a warping board to wind the warp.
March 8 – Weaving Fundamentals 2: Dressing the Loom
Do you get that deer-in-the-headlights look after you have wound your warp and before you begin to put it on the loom? This class will help you get your wound warp onto the loom and ready to go. We’ll break down the steps of beaming, threading, sleying, tying up the treadles, and tying on the warp. By the end of the class you will be able to start weaving. I will teach warping from the back to the front of the loom. This class is for beginners who have learned to wind a warp, or anyone who wants to review techniques to dress their loom.
March 15 – Weaving Fundamentals 3: Efficient Weaving
This class will focus on establishing good weaving habits. From how you wind a bobbin to how you throw a shuttle, good habits help you enjoy weaving and allow you to produce good quality cloth. We’ll talk about different weaving structures, how to read a draft, and some of the challenges some of those structures present. This class is for anyone who is just learning to weave, or who wants to review the basics.
March 29 – Weaving Fundamentals 4: Finishing
What do you do when you get to the end of your warp? In this class we’ll talk about cutting the fabric from the loom, finishing techniques, hemstitching, fringe-twisting, record keeping, and continue our discussion on drafts in more depth. We’ll also talk about the next steps in your exploration of weaving. Now you’ve learned the rules, how do you know when to break them?