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Weaving Bands on a Rigid Heddle Loom

$50

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Aug 24, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, August 24, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $10

Do you own a rigid heddle loom and wonder what else you can weave on it? Learn how to weave bands that can used for straps or decorative trim. Students will learn how to warp the loom for a band, weave a plain pattern, learn how to weave pick-up and how to remove your band. If time permits, students may be able to design their own pattern, warp the loom, and start weaving it. Please bring any weaving tools that your have along with your own rigid heddle loom or use one the school's looms. The school looms will be available for rent if need to finish your weaving at home.

This is not a beginner class, so the Learn to Weave class or comparable experience is a prerequisite. If you  have experience weaving, contact the instructor for consent to take the class.

About the instructor: Diane Thomson enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she purchased her first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s, when she focused on spinning and knitting, which she has since taught at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She currently is offering knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

Weaving Pick-up on a Rigid Heddle Loom
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Weaving Pick-up on a Rigid Heddle Loom

$75

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Jul 20, 2019 at 9 am

Saturday, July 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70  Materials: $5

There is more to rigid heddle weaving than just a plain balanced weave. In this class you will learn how to create different patterns on your loom by learning how to do pick-up, weaving a series of mug rugs (coasters.) Then if time permits, you may create your own pick-up pattern to weave. 

Please bring any weaving tools that you have along with your working rigid heddle loom or you may use one from the school (looms can be rented if weaving not completed during class time)

This is not a beginner class, so the Learn to Weave class or comparable experience is a prerequisite. You should be comfortable warping and weaving on the loom. If you have experience weaving, contact the instructor for consent to take the class. 

About the instructor: Diane Thomson enjoys many of the fiber arts and learned to weave in high school. She rediscovered weaving in 1985 when she purchased her first loom. She spent most of her weaving time on rag rugs until the 90’s, when she focused on spinning and knitting, which she has since taught at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She currently is offering knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.

 

Weaving with Basswood Bark Twine
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Weaving with Basswood Bark Twine

$80

with John Zasada

Calendar Jul 21, 2019 at 8:30 am

Sunday, July 21, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $60 Materials: $20 

If you’d like to continue the exploration, you can sign up for Sunday’s class. We will continue to make twine and braid for an hour or two and then use the braid, in particular, to make coiled small mats and hot pads. The bark will be available in natural color and dyed with RIT dye to jazz up the handmade items.

If you have ideas for creating your own project using the basswood bark you are welcome to give it a try. For those of you who are knitters, you can bring your knitting needles and knit the twined or untwined bark. A main purpose of this class is to provide beginners and folks with experience using basswood to learn more about this material and share their experience and ideas.

Using the twine and braid you have made in Saturday's class along with materials from John, you will learn how to weave it into a small mat, hot pad, or small basket, or use the whole bark layer to make a folded berry basket. John harvests all of the materials from around Grand Rapids.

About the instructor: John Zasada worked for 40 years as a research forester for the USDA Forest Service in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. He learned to weave after retiring from the Forest Service. John believes in the importance of folk schools and has taught a number of classes at the North House Folk School and here in Ely.

 





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