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Weavers West offer Rigid Heddle weaving workshop


Karen Lowry weaving

Weavers West is offering an introductory Rigid Heddle Weaving Workshop, an entry-level class for new members to Weavers West. The dates for the workshop are September 26 to 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants in this class will be weaving on the Rigid Heddle in two hours. This workshop is a great opportunity for those who would like to learn a new skill. If you are interested, stop by the Weavers West Studio located at Kuentz Rec Center to register and get additional information about the September workshop. The monitor will be happy to give you a tour of the studio and show you the wonderful assortment of rigid heddle, table and floor looms that are available to members of Weavers West. There is a $30 fee for the class to cover some supplies as well as a membership fee of $12. Hurry, participation is limited.


Wendy Mizinski warping new floor loom

Beginning Weaving, the class that follows the Rigid Heddle class, will be held in the fall. This class is designed to enhance and build on weaving skills. This twelve hour class, which meets over two weeks, teaches all the skills needed to dress table and floor looms, read patterns, and calculate the amount of fiber that is needed to weave an item. Class size is limited.


Weave to Wear

The Ice Dyeing class, which will teach ways to create designer warp or fabric, will be held in November. The Mixed Media class will be held in December. Participants will create a one of a kind wall hanging with a woven item inside a clay structure. The Saori Workshop will be held in early November. This class will introduce the principles and techniques of Saori, a Japanese a approach to freestyle weaving with few rules and an embrace of irregularities of nature. Laura Lundy, an expert in Saori weaving, will be the guest instructor.


The Rigid Heddle Study Group, the Kumihimo Kids at Work, and the Spinners continue to meet on a regular basis. The Weave to Wear Project is still underway as is the Crayon Challenge. The Weaving Studio is a busy place!

Spinners Ruth Michaels and Barbara Schaefer at work


If you are a weaver or are thinking about learning a new skill, please visit the Weavers West Studio in Kuentz Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Monday through Friday.  Membership applications are available at the front desk.


Many items displayed in the windows at the studio are for sale. The Village Store also carries many items handcrafted by members of Weavers West.

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