Mini Sessions



Sami-Inspired BraceletsFA141-Sami-Inspired Bracelets
Katherine Buenger
Friday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Students will learn to make a four strand braid using tin thread, and then they will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.

Materials Fee: $20
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Small, sharp scissors.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Spindles Around the WorldFA142-Spindles Around the World
Pat Maley
Friday PM

Spindle spinning is the oldest form of spinning in the world. It connects us to other people and times. In this class, we will look at the spindles used in various parts of the world and from other time periods. The anatomy of various spindles will be covered, the different characteristics of spindles, and how to make a spindle.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: any unusual spindles that students would like to share.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Medieval Scandinavian & German Woven TapestriesFA143-Medieval Scandinavian & German Woven Tapestries
Anne Reaves
Friday PM

This three-hour class is a slideshow and object survey of medieval European teapestries, their techniques, equipment, and styles. Works in progress will be included using a standard tapestry loom and a small warp-weighted loom, which was used for medieval Scandinavian-style tapestries. No previous knowledge of tapestry is required. A handout will be provided with resources for those who would like to explore more of this after the conference. Join us to see how your own work can be influenced by the past

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: notebook and pen or pencil

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Liturgical Weaving-The Kingdom, The Power & The GloryFA144-Liturgical Weaving-The Kingdom, The Power & The Glory
John Salamone
Friday PM

Come and explore liturgical weaving in this three-hour session. As all weave structures are appropriate, this will not be a technique workshop. There will be woven items and photo images to study. We will discuss design issues such as design inspiration, colors of the church year, texture, and weave structures. We will discuss practical issues such as measurements for stoles and chasubles for men and women, paying attention to the details of the room in which your work will be seen, fiber choice, working with a committee, funding, and payment. On your weaving journey, it is very special to use your creative energy to deepen your faith while letting the work of your hands enrich the worship of the congregation. Come weave that journey with us.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: Supplies for taking notes

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Pinwheel Scarf on the Rigid Heddle LoomFA145-Pinwheel Scarf on the Rigid Heddle Loom
Constance Hall
Friday PM

Learn to make pinwheels on your rigid-heddle loom. Pinwheels go great on everything from table linens to scarves! Once you learn to make them in class, you can use them on many projects at home. Step-by-step warping during class will make sure everyone is ready to weave. Skills learned will be: project planning for pinwheels, warping with two colors, how to weave stripes, weaving with two colors, and a pick-up pattern using pick-up sticks in a new way.

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: scissors; pen; and five sheets of printer paper; tape measure; glasses if needed and comfortable shoes. Bring a rigid heddle loom with an 8 dent heddle. Please bring all loom parts including warping peg, table clamps, two shuttles, two pick up sticks, threading hook

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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KumihimoFA146-Kumihimo
Betty Kirk
Friday PM

Kumihimo is the art of Japanese braiding. Learn how to make several basic braids (spiral, square, flat) on a maru dai with eight bobbins. Example of many braids will be presented as well as applications of braids. Participants can easily make a maru dai (out of a stool), or purchase one before the workshop.

Materials Fee: $1
Level: Beginner
Equipment: maru dai or kumihimo disc (maru dai strongly recommended); eight tama (bobbins); counter weight (half the weight of the total weight of the bobbins); two or more colors of 10/2 cotton or #10 cotton crochet thread; tape measure; paper clip, S hook (hardware store); two chopsticks or pencils; and scissors. Students can contact the instructor with questions: bbkirk@sbcglobal.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Cone to ClothingFA147-Cone to Clothing
Dianne Totten
Friday PM

Need inspiration for your next wearable? In this power point presentation of her work over the years, Dianne shares her approach to designing one-of-a-kind garments. See what steps she takes to make her artistic visions materialize and hear the tips and tidbits learned on the journey. It concludes with her current work, crimp clothing, and what led her to it. With paper and pencil, you will be encouraged to put together a plan for your next weaving project that starts with planning the warp. Bring a leftover piece of handwoven fabric and a needle and thread for some hands-on finishing tips. Questions and discussion will be welcomed.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: unlined paper and a pencil with eraser, a piece of handwoven fabric (a scrap will do), a hand-sewing needle and thread.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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FA148-Through the Long Eye of the Heddle or Draw-Loom in a Bag
Kati Meek
Friday PM

The device we call a drawloom begins with an ordinary treadle-controlled loom. It might have 4 to 10 shafts that move both directions with treadles. Think counter-balance loom or countermarche loom, not jack looms whose shafts move in only one directions with a treadle press. The first change needed to make this loom begin to work like a drawloom is to make all the heddles have big eyes - about 2 inches long! Thus the term long-eyed heddles. This loom will work exactly as it did with small-eye heddles, but the first inch of treadle travel does not move the warp ends. The second inch of treadle travel will open a 2-inch shed because the rising shafts go up another inch and the sinking shafts go down another inch. A 2-inch shed is big enough to put a shuttle through. Any threaded-in pattern can be woven with this loom using the treadles to lift and sink the shafts as desired. Plain weave, twill, overshot...whatever you choose

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: bring your camera

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Beginning Spindle SpinningFM121-Beginning Spindle Spinning
Pat Maley
Friday AM

Do you want to learn to spin but you don't have a wheel? In this class, you will learn to use several types of drop spindles that make spinning fun and portable. This is an easy and inexpensive way to spin a lot of yarn in the little bits of time that are scattered through the day. You will learn the basics of spinning on a drop spindle, the difference between top and bottom whorl spindles, how to spin a couple of different fibers, and how to use your spindle while you sit, stand, or walk. A spindle will be included in your materials fee, and you are encouraged to bring any spindles you already own.

Materials Fee: $25
Level: All
Equipment:

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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E-Weave DesignFM122-E-Weave Design
Marg Coe
Friday AM

Designing liftplans using graphics design software is one of the latest additions to our arsenal of weaving tools. Come find out what all the excitement is about-learn the tools of our time! This mini-session is an overview of current trends in digital weave design using graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements. Among the structures covered (time permitting) are: twills, satins, double weave, double-faced, diversified plain weave, deflected double weave, 3-dimensions, tied weaves, polychrome summer and winter, and taquete. Time permitting also included are: drawing for the drawing challenged, and additional design techniques for straight and point threadings

Materials Fee: $13
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: Notetaking supplies.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Three Ways to Warp a Rigid Heddle LoomFM123-Three Ways to Warp a Rigid Heddle Loom
Constance Hall
Friday AM

Do you have questions about warping? What is that warping board and why do I want one? What are those weaving charts? How in the world do you warp with two heddles? If this sounds like you, then this is your class. We will warp rigid-heddle looms with three different techniques. Skills learned will be: refresher for direct warping and when to use it; how to use a warping board and when and why you would choose to use it; understanding drafts and how to follow a weaving pattern; and what types of yarn come in 3/2 or 5/2 and what that means. Plus, learn some tricks and tips to improve your weaving including yarn choices and how heddle size changes your finished project. This is a demo and hands-on class using class looms.

Materials Fee: $10
Level: Beginner
Equipment: None

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Countermarche Looms for Intermediate WeaversFM124-Countermarche Looms for Intermediate Weavers
Sara von Tresckow
Friday AM

This presentation is for intermediate weavers new to countermarche looms or contemplating acquiring a countermarche loom. A brief history of the loom type and overview of the various forms the countermarche loom form the heart of the presentation. Variations in warping and/or tying up the loom as well as considerations for efficient use of the loom are included. Skeleton tie-up for Summer and Winter or other treadle intensive techniques will be discussed. Differences in commonly available looms will be presented with emphasis on how each model affects the fabric woven. Time will be available to answer questions from countermarche loom owners, and a small countermarche loom will be available for testing and demonstration.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: Intermediate
Equipment: Notebook and pen

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Tin Thread NecklaceFM125-Tin Thread Necklace
Katherine Buenger
Friday AM

The Sami people in Scandinavia have used tin thread since the Middle Ages. Using Swedish tin thread (4%silver,) students will learn how to make a 5 strand braid and then use the braid to create a necklace! Students can choose the necklace length and thread gauge, and the closure will be made with reindeer horn and leather

Materials Fee: $35
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Small, sharp scissors

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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KumihimoFM126-Kumihimo
Betty Kirk
Friday AM

Kumihimo is the art of Japanese braiding. Learn how to make several basic braids (spiral, square, flat) on a maru dai with eight bobbins. Example of many braids will be presented as well as applications of braids. Participants can easily make a maru dai (out of a stool), or purchase one before the workshop.

Materials Fee: $1
Level: Beginner
Equipment: maru dai or kumihimo disc (maru dai strongly recommended); eight tama (bobbins); counter weight (half the weight of the total weight of the bobbins); two or more colors of 10/2 cotton or #10 cotton crochet thread; tape measure; paper clip, S hook (hardware store); two chopsticks or pencils; and scissors. Students can contact the instructor with questions: bbkirk@sbcglobal.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Linen: Taming the FlaxFM127-Linen: Taming the Flax
Donna Hudson
Friday AM

Linen has the unfortunate reputation of being difficult to use. This class will dispel your fears and offer helpful strategies for planning and weaving a successful linen project. The class will include a brief history of flax and linen, how to process flax, hints for weaving with linen, and finishing techniques for your handwoven linen cloth. Donna will demonstrate different strategies and allow students some hands-on experience as well. This workshop is open to weavers who are new to linen and welcomes those with experience to share with the group.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: notebook and pencil

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Great Garments from Handwoven ClothFM129-Great Garments from Handwoven Cloth
Daryl Lancaster
Friday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Hold onto your seats, this is a whirlwind tour of creating great garments from handwoven cloth. Starting with design inspiration, what to weave, sett choices, sampling and finishing the cloth, we will then move onto fitting garments, making a test garment, and then cover basic sewing techniques for handwoven fabrics. Lots of seam and edge finishes!

Materials Fee: $10
Level: All
Equipment: notebook and pencil.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Creating Without Pain - Ergonomics for Fiber ArtistsSA241-Creating Without Pain - Ergonomics for Fiber Artists
Rebecca Mezoff
Saturday PM

In my first career as an occupational therapist, I taught many people how to use appropriate body mechanics in their everyday lives. Now I apply that knowledge to fiber pursuits. This lecture reviews basic anatomy and talks about body positioning, common injuries, and pain mechanisms for all kinds of fiber artists. How we treat our bodies is extremely important if we are to pursue our art and crafts for many years to come. I include a discussion about best practices for maintaining your most important tool: your body. We'll talk about and try various stretches, discuss proper lighting and positioning, and learn when and how to take breaks. This class is not just for weavers. It is for all fiber artists. We all think we know how to keep it injury-free until it happens to us.

Materials Fee: $3
Level: All
Equipment: Supplies for taking notes.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Fabulous Felt Flower FascinatorSA242-Fabulous Felt Flower Fascinator
Dawn Edwards
Saturday PM

In this fun hands-on workshop, we will transform Merino wool roving into a beautiful felt flower (or two) using just our hands, imagination, and a little soap and water. This magical process is called wet felting. From here, we will transform a foundation base (provided in your materials fee) into a lovely fascinator suitable to wear on your next special outing.

Materials Fee: $25
Level: All
Equipment: two bath-sized towels; sharp scissors; needle and thread for attaching your flower(s) to the fascinator base; and a fine needle, thread, and beads if you'd like to add beads to your flower.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Profile DraftsSA243-Profile Drafts
Sara Nordling
Saturday PM

Remember building with blocks as a child? Towers and towns you could topple at will? Well, you can still play with blocks. In weaving these blocks are profile drafts and you can build designs with them. After the block design is made, you can substitute weave structures and you are ready to go! This class will unlock the secrets to creating and designing with blocks and allow you to play with designs of your own. This class is for anyone who can read and follow a weaving draft and wants to explore their own designs.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: Paper for notes and graph paper, pencil/pen.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Introduction to Saori WeavingSA244-Introduction to Saori Weaving
Chiaki O'Brien
Saturday PM

SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic and healing weaving technique that allows students to relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Even though there are only two harnesses, students can still enjoy weaving with many colors, textures, and exploration! The warp will be set for students so they can start weaving right away. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programed beauty of SAORI cloth; we admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity. Be ready to feel like you are five years old! Just have fun following your hearts! If you have special materials you'd like to use for your weaving project, please feel free to bring them.

Materials Fee: $20
Level: All
Equipment: willingness to explore! Nothing is needed, but if students have materials that they would like to use for a project such as homespun yarn, ribbon, your own animals' fleece, that is welcome

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Liturgical Weaving-The Kingdom, The Power & The GlorySA245-Liturgical Weaving-The Kingdom, The Power & The Glory
John Salamone
Saturday PM

Come and explore liturgical weaving in this three-hour session. As all weave structures are appropriate, this will not be a technique workshop. There will be woven items and photo images to study. We will discuss design issues such as design inspiration, colors of the church year, texture, and weave structures. We will discuss practical issues such as measurements for stoles and chasubles for men and women, paying attention to the details of the room in which your work will be seen, fiber choice, working with a committee, funding, and payment. On your weaving journey, it is very special to use your creative energy to deepen your faith while letting the work of your hands enrich the worship of the congregation. Come weave that journey with us.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: Supplies for taking notes

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Taming of the HueSA246-Taming of the Hue
Robyn Spady
Saturday PM

Does incorporating more color in to your projects appeal to you, but leaves you feeling a little intimidated at the same time? Do you long to break out of a color rut? If so, you are not alone! In this seminar, a variety of tools and techniques will be covered to assist you in exploring different ways of incorporating color into your projects and give you more confidence in discovering new color horizons.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Scissors, glue stick, paint chips (like found in hardware stores) - minimum of five colors you like and one you don't like

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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18th Century Historical Household TextilesSA247-18th Century Historical Household Textiles
Melissa Weaver Dunning
Saturday PM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
What kinds of cloth did typical 18th century home weavers produce? Cotton toweling, linen napery, linsey-woolsey, overshot, Venetian carpeting, and wool blanketing among other things. We will examine a variety of original and reproduction textiles. Students are welcome to bring old textiles to identify and discuss.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: notebook; pen; and camera

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Sami BraceletsSM221-Sami Bracelets
Katherine Buenger
Saturday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
These bracelets are based on the designs of the Sami people, who are the native people from the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The bracelets are constructed with traditional materials including reindeer leather, tin thread (4% silver), and reindeer antler buttons. Students will learn to make a four strand braid using tin thread, and then they will hand sew their piece to reindeer leather to finish an elegant bracelet.

Materials Fee: $20
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Small, sharp scissors

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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4 Harnesses ArenSM222-4 Harnesses Aren't Complex-Au Contraire
Robyn Spady
Saturday AM

Who says weaving on four-shaft looms can't be complex? Too many people! In fact, four-shaft looms are capable of much more than many weavers realize. Tapping into the potential of four-shafts helps weavers learn how to maximize undervalued looms and better understand how to exploit the capabilities of looms with more shafts. From turned swivel to integrated doubleweaves this is an opportunity for participants to see just how amazing a four-shaft loom can be.

Materials Fee: $5
Level: intermediate
Equipment: pen or pencil.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Rep Weave: 4 Blocks for FunSM223-Rep Weave: 4 Blocks for Fun
Donna Hudson
Saturday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
Rep weave is a traditional structure that allows you to have four blocks on four harnesses. Learn how the four blocks work together through using profile draft. You will then create your own unique designs and plan a project. PixeLoom will be demonstrated as a design tool. Colored pencils and graph paper will also be used to make sure we understand how rep structure works. The adventurous can plan a design for eight-shaft looms using eight blocks

Materials Fee: $0
Level: Advanced Beginner - basic understanding of block profiles
Equipment: colored pencils.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Shimmering Silk SpinningSM226-Shimmering Silk Spinning
Heather Winslow
Saturday AM

Explore the beauty, mystery, soft shimmer, and elegance of silk! Enjoy the tactile pleasure as this exquisite fibre passes through fingers to become a beautiful, luxurious, versatile yarn. Its incredible strength allows its use for weaving, kumihimo, needle-laces, and other needle-arts, as well as knitting. Learn the properties and characteristics of silk, spin several samples of bombyx and tussah silks, and blends of silk and luxury fibers.

Materials Fee: $25
Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: spinning wheel in good working order, lazy kate, extra bobbins, carders, small niddy noddy, labels to tag samples, yarn to tie samples, ten sandwich bags, pen and paper.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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HandweaverSM227-Handweaver's Dreamland, Lapland to Daisland
Rita Hagenbruch
Saturday AM

Travel on a virtual weaving tour to Sweden and be inspired by many beautiful handwovens. I will share my images of my travels to Lapland to meet my pen pal, Doris Wiklund, a handweaver and author of four wonderful weaving books. See weavings of the Sami people and view a Norrbotten Hemsjold's display. You will be amazed at bureaus from Lapland to Dalsland filled with a handweaver's dream. I will include a trunk show of linens woven by my relatives in Dalsland.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: All
Equipment: Nothing

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Understanding DraftingSM228-Understanding Drafting
Sara Nordling
Saturday AM

Are weaving drafts a mystery to you? Do they seem like a code you can't break much less use to create a weaving unique to you? Then this class is for you. It will start at the beginning and take you step-by-step. We will look at how weaving drafts are written and how seemingly minor changes can radically change the look of what you weave. Class is designed for beginning weavers or others who want a refresher on drafting.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Note taking material and graph paper

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Introduction to Saori WeavingSM229-Introduction to Saori Weaving
Chiaki O'Brien
Saturday AM

CLASS FULL - Waitlist available
SAORI is very different from traditional weaving, placing more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or regularity of the woven cloth. This is a therapeutic and healing weaving technique that allows students to relax, enjoy, explore, and develop positive thinking through weaving. Even though there are only two harnesses, students can still enjoy weaving with many colors, textures, and exploration! The warp will be set for students so they can start weaving right away. Irregular selvages and accidental skips of thread add to the un-programed beauty of SAORI cloth; we admire this irregularity as the unintentional beauty resulting from our natural creativity. Be ready to feel like you are five years old! Just have fun following your hearts! If you have special materials you'd like to use for your weaving project, please feel free to bring them.

Materials Fee: $20
Level: All
Equipment: willingness to explore! Nothing is needed, but if students have materials that they would like to use for a project such as homespun yarn, ribbon, your own animals' fleece, that is welcome

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Fabulous Felt Flower FascinatorSM230-Fabulous Felt Flower Fascinator
Dawn Edwards
Saturday AM

In this fun hands-on workshop, we will transform Merino wool roving into a beautiful felt flower (or two) using just our hands, imagination, and a little soap and water. This magical process is called wet felting. From here, we will transform a foundation base (provided in your materials fee) into a lovely fascinator suitable to wear on your next special outing.

Materials Fee: $25
Level: All
Equipment: two bath-sized towels; sharp scissors; needle and thread for attaching your flower(s) to the fascinator base; and a fine needle, thread, and beads if you'd like to add beads to your flower.

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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Intro to Countermarche LoomsSM231-Intro to Countermarche Looms
Sara von Tresckow
Saturday AM

Meet the countermarche loom, the traditional loom of professional weavers, with shafts moving both up and down, great sheds, and light treadling. Thanks to the invention of Texsolv buttonhole cord, the difficulties experienced by prior generations of home weavers (setting-up and tying-up the loom) have been greatly simplified. This makes the countermarche one of the best and most versatile looms available. Join Sara to learn about the various models currently available and discover how this loom type can enhance your weaving repertoire.This presentation is for new weavers, including those with rigid-heddle looms, to present the features of this often misunderstood loom type. A small loom will be available for hands on testing and verifying operation. Floor looms are a major investment, and countermarche looms are not found in every weaving shop or guild?make use of this opportunity to meet a great loom.

Materials Fee: $0
Level: Beginner
Equipment: Notebook and pen

A complete supply list will be sent to conference members after registration.
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