Have you been intrigued by the idea of weaving but feel intimidated by the formidable mechanics of the floorloom? Me too! Freeform tapestry weaving is an expressive, process-oriented way to explore traditional handweaving techniques to create a piece that is personal and unique. A standing tabletop loom enables us to incorporate a wealth of textures such as fluffy roving, long fleece locks, silk ribbon, and handspun art yarn.
We’ll learn how to set up the loom and plan a design. Using various weave structures and knotting methods, we’ll discover how to achieve geometric shapes and contours. At the end of class, everyone will have completed their own sampler tapestry to take home.
All equipment, tools, and materials will be provided, including handspun yarn, hand-dyed roving, wool and mohairlocks, eco-printed silk and wool gauze ribbon, linen paper yarn, and more.
Participants are invited to bring any special fibers or yarn they might like to include in their works, and looms will be available for purchase at the end of class.
Anne Choi teaches spinning, weaving, and dyeing, while exploring the relationship between craft and imagination. She raises a small flock of Shetland sheep in Bedminster, NJ and blends her fleeces with wool from nearby farms to create her small-batch, custom milled Vintage yarns. She serves on the Board of the North American Shetland Sheep Association, and is the founder of NJ Fibershed, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to creating a supportive network among small fiberfarms and raising awareness of local fiber production and use.
Register for Part 1 & 2 and get $10 OFF.
Image courtesy of Anne Choi.