Rugs are durable textiles that can grace your home for many years to come. Learn a variety of weaving structures that make good rugs as well as some special techniques to make weaving them a pleasure.
We will weave samples of warp-faced, weft-faced, and pile rugs. The classes will cover appropriate warp and weft materials, color considerations, designing your own patterns, and weaving and finishing techniques. There may be short homework assignments each week, designed to reinforce the class learning. There should be time to weave samples of each of the three types of structures. Coming to Open Studio times is encouraged and will give you more time to weave a wider variety of samples or a larger piece (pillow top or small scatter rug).
Students need to have completed Weaving: The Basics or have equivalent weaving experience, including being comfortable with using a draft to thread and tie-up a loom. To allow more time for weaving during the 8-week session, each student will dress one of the looms prior to the first class. A pre-measured warp will be provided, as well as a private session on the use of a warping trapeze, to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the student and the instructor. During that session, we will beam the warp. The student will then independently finish dressing the loom using the provided draft.