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Fiber Art

Fingerweaving Introduction

Course Overview

Braided structures are among the oldest examples of human textile work. Learn to create cloth without the use of a loom, an extremely portable method. No previous weaving experience is assumed for the beginners’ class. Using a ready-to-go warp, participants will receive an introduction to the basic techniques. Emphasis is placed on the basic stitch, and how to use your fingers to create the desired structure. Each worker is unique, hands and fingers vary from individual to individual. Instructions focus on the search for a method that works for you. Class size is limited to allow for sufficient one-on-one time with the instructor. Irregularities are viewed as an invitation to further explore structure: why does it look irregular, what to do to correct, how to avoid in the future, or how to do this on purpose as a design element.

With this initial warp, we will explore some of the “building blocks” of classic fingerweaving design: diagonal stripe, vertical stripe, and sawtooth, as well as the finishing technique of fringe twisting. Once the initial piece has been completed, instructions are given on setup (warping) and we explore more complex chevron and arrowhead designs.

While most any kind of yarn or thread can (and has been) used for fingerweaving, each choice has unique consequences. The instructor prefers to supply all yarn for the initial explorations to help you focus on the stitch and avoid unnecessary struggle.

Session Information

This course is part of Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday, a new feature in 2020. On February 14, we’ll host a day of speakers, demonstrations, open studios and community gatherings free for all enrolled students. This popular model, borrowed from our Wood Week and Basket Week, allows students and instructors alike the opportunity to meet one another, expand their interests and enjoy our cozy campus learning atmosphere. Come early or stay late; you won’t want to miss Fiber Friday! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Tue, Feb 11th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 13th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Tuition: $315.00
Materials fee: $15.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Carol James
Carol James
Winnipeg, MB Canada

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Fingerweaving Introduction - 2/11/2020