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Fiber Art

Warp Weighted Tabletop Loom: Build and Weave

Course Overview

The warp-weighted loom has a more than 9,000 year history as a vital tool of everyday life. Instructors Melba Granlund and Jess Hirsch have updated this fascinating tool into a tabletop version better suited to the modern home and habits. In this unique combination course, students will learn both woodworking and weaving skills as they build a loom and learn to weave. No previous experience is required, as Jess Hirsch, an experienced woodworking instructor, will guide students through use of a table saw, miter saw, bandsaw, and drill to cut and assemble all the pieces of their loom over the course of two days. Once the loom is completed, students will warp their loom with stone weights and begin weaving a small rya or Norwegian rutevev (squareweave) to use as a wall hanging or pillow top under the instruction of Melba Granlund. Historically, large ryas and rutevev coverlets were woven on the full-sized looms. Ryas were also used as bed covers or outer garments, many with a distinctive look of a sheep skin, with fleece locks woven into one side. Students will choose from an array of colors of woolen yarns to weave their project. Students may bring other yarns or fleece locks for their piece. The instructor will share a variety of examples and reference materials for design inspiration. This course welcomes beginning and experienced weavers alike, and no woodworking experience is required. Students may not complete their weaving in class, but finishing techniques will be discussed and the loom can simply be loaded into the car for the trip home.

Required Tools

  • Graph paper and colored pencils for sketching designs
  • Tapestry beater or kitchen fork with wide-set prongs
  • Scissors
  • Plastic zip lock bags to hold lengths of yarn to take home if project is not completed during class
  • Tote bag to hold warp weights (rocks) and yarns to take home

Optional Tools

  • One crochet hook (sizes from D -G)

Currently Scheduled Sessions

Thu, Sep 12th, 2024  –  Mon, Sep 16th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructors: Melba Granlund, David Susag