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See Education Page for additional Weaving classes offered jointly through Springwater and the Art League.To register for classes on this page: Springwater Registration Form

Basic Tri-Loom Weaving

Weaving on a triangle loom or tri-loom is fun, creative, easy, quick, and portable. You start weaving as soon as you sit down with the loom, without elaborate planning and measuring. Tri-loom weaving is a very efficient way to use up leftover yarn. There is no waste, so you can use the more expensive designer or precious hand-spun yarns.
This is a beginning weaving class using a triangle frame loom. No prior weaving experience is required. Students will learn how to plain weave, make color changes and correct mistakes. We will discuss types of yarns to use, color and texture, and finishing the project. We will also discuss items to make using a triangle loom such as unique shawls, bags, blankets, scarves, etc. In order to keep this class to 3 sessions and a lower cost, homework will be required. The first class will be familiarization with basic weaving concepts and terminology. If you have weaving experience, only sign up for sessions 2 and 3.

Instructor(s): Ginny McNitt & Linda Hurt
Associate Tuition: $45 for 2 sessions or
$60 for 3 sessions
Non-associate Tuition: $50 for 2 sessions or
$65 for 3 sessions
Materials: Students should bring at least
2’ or 3’ tri-loom for class work (If students have larger loom they can use it; no need to buy another.); worsted weight yarn (miscellaneous colors and textures); scissors; shed stick; crochet hook about size E, F, G or H (long afghan hooks work well). Hook should fit between hooks or pegs. At registration let us know if you have your own triangle loom or if you will rent one of ours.
Loom Rental: $15
Number of Sessions: 3
Day & Date: Sat 3/1 – 3/15 (Beginners start on 3/1 and individuals with weaving experience start 3/8)
Time: 1:30 PM – 4 PM
Code: SW2601W (3 session)
Code: SW2600W (2 session)
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Dressing a Loom: Warping Back to Front

Do you dress your loom from front to back and would like to know the how, why and when to dress the loom from back to front than this is the class for you! In this class there will be discussion on when and how one would dress a loom from back to front, methods to do so and the hands on of dressing a loom from back to front.

Instructor(s): Sue Helmken
Associate Tuition: $30
Non-associate Tuition: $35
Number of Sessions: 1
Day & Date: Sun, 2/3
Time: 1 PM – 4 PM
Code: SW2606W

Intro to Basic Block Designing and Profile Drafting

Block designing is a method of taking certain weave structures and arranging them in any number of geometric patterns. In this series of classes students will learn how to design their own fabric with 4-shaft patterns such as Turned Twill, Overshot, Summer & Winter, Huck Lace, and more. They will not only create their own design but also apply that design to other weave structures. With Profile Drafting they will learn the “Weavers’ Shorthand” method of condensing a threading draft into a block graph that is easy to interpret and follow. This is a theory class and no weaving will take place.

Instructor(s): Sue Helmken
Associate Tuition: $125
Non-associate Tuition: $130
Materials: Recommended Madelyn Van der Hoogt’s book “The Complete Book of Drafting”
Number of Sessions: 5
Day & Date: Wed, 1/23 – 2/20
Time: 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Code: SW2605W

Introduction to Weaving Design Using Fiberworks PCW

Weaving design software makes designing the perfect fabric easier, allows you to try numerous color combinations, or treadling and threading options, all without leaving your desk. Whether you have a four or forty shaft loom, a weaving program makes designing easier. Using Fiberworks PCW, this class will introduce you to weaving design on the computer. We’ll send you instructions on how to down load software onto your own laptop, or contact us if you need access to a laptop.

Instructor(s): Marilyn Harrington
Associate Tuition: $45
Non-associate Tuition: $50
Number of Sessions: 1
Day & Date: Sun, 2/24
Time: 1 PM – 5 PM
Code: SW2602W

Project Planning

Remember that wonderful yarn you bought at Maryland Sheep and Wool several years ago, but don’t have a good idea of how to use it? Ever see an interesting towel pattern in a magazine, but don’t like to make towels? Have a vague concept for a fabric, but don’t have the foggiest notion of how to start? Bring your project ideas to this class and we’ll guide you through the project planning process from idea to drawdown. We’ll help you choose your yarn, plan your threading, treadling, tieup, and discuss various finishing options. This class will be tailored to meet the needs of the participants. Be prepared to discuss your project ideas at the first class.

Instructor(s): Marilyn Harrington
Associate Tuition: $90
Non-associate Tuition: $100
Number of Sessions: 3
Day & Date: Sun, 1/27 – 2/10
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM
Code: SW2603W

SAORI for Weavers

All people are artists. Free yourself from the need to always do complicated weave structures and/or meticulously plan designs in advance. Keep in mind the differences between humans and machines. Explore with all your might. Weave happy. Learn together and from each other. This is the SAORI way. If you have any experience with weaving at all and are ready to explore free-form color and texture with plain weave and have a portable loom collecting dust, warp it and join us. The only real prerequisite for this class is that you know how to warp a loom, rigid heddle or multi-harness table loom. You provide the warp; we provide the weft. This is the first in a series of classes we hope to offer. Contact Linda Hurt by leaving a phone message at Springwater (703) 549-3634 to discuss loom warping options or get a review on loom warping before the class.

Instructor(s): Linda Hurt
Associate Tuition: $60
Non-associate Tuition: $70
Materials: $5
Number of Sessions: 3
Day & Date: Sun, 1/27 – 2/10
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Code: SW2604W
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