Inkle refers to the weaving of narrow warp-faced bands, and there are a great many ways to create them, all of them easy and relaxing. These portable modes of weaving are not limited to using a modern inkle loom, though for most people that is where we will begin.
In this six-week class you will have an opportunity to learn three different techniques for creating patterned bands, using an inkle loom, using a wooden pattern-slot heddle to weave pick up designs (often called “Baltic Pick-up”bands) and using 4-hole cards to achieve some fascinating tablet woven patterns.
Explore color and pattern design while creating sturdy and sumptuous straps and sashes, bracelets, belts, lanyards and much more. Perhaps you want to weave a dog collar with your dog's name woven into it, or a new binocular strap or guitar strap. Or a strap to use for yoga practice.... The list of potential uses for woven bands is long indeed!
No previous weaving experience is necessary, just bring your curiosity and a love of creating with colorful yarns.
You will learn different ways to plan and create warp designs, how to select the best yarns for your intended purpose, and how to set up for each style of weaving in a design of your choosing. You’ll be offered time saving tips on warping and to achieve even edges on your bands and be shown several ways to secure the ends of your weaving. You can expect to weave at your own pace and enjoy the flexibility that comes with the variability of band weaving techniques.
Surely someone you know needs a guitar strap, a camera strap, boot laces, a bookmark, a bracelet, a small cellphone bag or a zipper purse, or just a greeting card with a snip of your inkle weaving in the window!