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Learn to Weave

$45

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Jun 29, 2019 at 12 pm

Saturday, June 29, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:00 pm

Tuition: $40 Materials: $5

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. We will discuss the different types of weaving materials, types of looms available, and the language of weaving. Students will learn how to prepare a warp, dress the loom, and do the actual weaving. You will leave class with a set of handwoven mug rugs of your own.

All materials are included in the class cost. Students should bring scissors, a pen or pencil and a ruler. Looms will be available to rent for a modest fee if you are unable to complete your mug rugs during the class time. 

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has taught previously at several yarn shops in the Twin Cities and at the Ely Folk School. She also currently offers knitting classes at Sisu DesignsYarn Shop in Ely.

Diane 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. She has taught classes in spinning and intricate Latvian and Norwegian knitting at the Folk School. Diane says, “Since retiring to Ely, I am hoping to spend more time weaving.”

 

 

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Weave a Towel - Intermediate Weaving

$150

with Diane Thomson

Calendar Aug 16, 2019 at 1 pm

This is a two-day class: Notes the different times each day

Friday, August 16, 2019       1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, August 17, 2019   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $120 Materials: $30

Come join this class to expand your skills on the use of rigid heddle looms. You will learn to warp a rigid heddle loom for a kitchen towel. That when woven, can result in two different patterns, stripes or plaid.

The first day we will plan and warp your towel pattern. On the second day, you will spend most of the day weaving your towel and then learning to finish the ends. If you have your own loom, feel free to bring it, the recommended heddle size is 10 epi.

Prerequisites: Prior experience on the use of a rigid heddle loom or completion of the Learn to Weave 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.

Payment plan available: $100 deposit plus 1 payment of $50.00, paid every four weeks.

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

$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.

 





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