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beginning to weave

January 26, 2014

Saturday morning, the start of a new beginning weaving class

it’s the 18th class I’ve taught in my studio since retiring 5 1/2 years ago

students 200the studio is small, only three students at a time

that’s good, lots of one on one time

my last year of work, teaching weaving to the handicapped

I designed a teaching program that packed as much information and tricks into one project as possible

we weave one project – a cotton, log cabin scarf

with extra warp, samples come at the end

they learn to wind two threads at a time – and weave with two shuttles

how critically important sett is and how to determine EPI

the nature of different fibres and designing for different uses, rugs and placemats as opposed to scarves and wearables that require drape

take-up and waste length – and vocabulary

students 202winding a warp, tying the cross and choke ties

students 203hanging a warping board on dry wall doesn’t work , I’ve found a way to  sit one on a card table and tie it to the back beam of my floor loom

my Mom taught me “where there’s a will there’s a way”  – good advice

students 201we also use a warping reel so they can see the difference

personally I wind my warps on an old vertical warping mill that measures much longer warps and goes fast

any equipment that speeds up the process and does a good job is my ideal tool

next week – warping/threading the loom

spinning 232I’m giving stitching a bit of a break

spinning something easy, commercially prepared/dyed, wool/silk blend

three different colour-ways I tear into pencil roving and spin together

spinning 233relaxing beside the fire in the evenings

and in the garden

spring 216a miniature iris

but the bugs or slugs found it before I did!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2014 12:30 am

    I love it when i look at your blogs, weaving is all new to me, at 48 im just in my last summester at university studying textile design/weaving. last year was the first time i attempted to weave, I feel like ive only touched the tip of what there is to know. What i do know though is that i now have a passion that will be with me forever.


    • January 28, 2014 8:32 am

      Annette – I’ve been weaving for 40 years and haven’t even tried all that is possible. Many weavers find techniques, fibres and equipment that interest them and build skills in that specific area.


  2. January 27, 2014 1:37 pm

    The weaving class I wish I had had, way back when. I attended the school of trial and error. Lots of both. Your way is much kinder.


    • January 27, 2014 2:31 pm

      Alice – but look where you have come from that trail and error! I know what you mean, I was mostly self-taught without the internet and 2 little kids playing under the loom.


  3. January 27, 2014 3:40 am

    jean, your beginning weaving class sounds so good. i know my teacher had designed all sorts of learnings into that first project…and i remember the dreams i had as a result. until reading this i’d never given a thought to her layers of learning in that first project! thank you jean and mrs. belfer.


    • January 27, 2014 8:45 am

      Velma – that first class I realize the overwhelming amount of new information I’m giving people in 2 hours – including a new language. Some of them don’t even know how to tie a slip knot! so good that you had Mrs. Belfer.


  4. January 26, 2014 8:34 pm

    i wish i could study with you! what a well-organized and wise teacher.


    • January 26, 2014 10:02 pm

      Aimee – thank you. I hope your students know how lucky they are. If I was younger I’d travel across the country to study with you.


  5. January 26, 2014 2:43 pm

    Beautiful colours Jean


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