Clasped-Warp Weaving (virtual)

April 10



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This is a virtual workshop that meets over Zoom. This intermediate weaving workshop will be taught using a Rigid Heddle loom. Clasped warp is a clever technique that enables a weaver to begin a warp end with one color and finish with another, placing the join anywhere along the length of the warp. The weaver chooses the location of the color changes, placing them in either a planned or freeform manner as the warp is measured. Even better, direct warping of a Rigid Heddle loom lends itself beautifully to this idea; clasped warp is a technique that’s much easier to do on a Rigid Heddle loom than on a Multi-Shaft loom. In virtual workshop, students will learn how to direct-warp a scarf in two or more colors, then weave and finish their project.

This is an intermediate workshop - students should have their own Rigid Heddle loom (Wild Hand sells these if you have learned the basics but don't have a loom yet), be comfortable warping Rigid Heddle looms for plain weaving, and have completed a few Rigid Heddle weaving projects . The warping technique for this project is unusual but not difficult for those with some weaving experience. This workshop is not suitable for beginner/first-time weavers.

The workshop fee does not include supplies - below is the supply list as well as suggestions of yarns to use from Wild Hand or pull from your stash! All of the below yarns would be great for warp. Feel free to use any yarn for the weft. If you'd like to buy your materials through Wild Hand we will gladly ship them. If you're local you can stop by the shop or select Local Pick-up at check-out. 

  • Rigid Heddle Loom with at least 8" of weaving width and a 7.5 or 8 dent reed as well as a warping peg, clamps, a threading/sley hook (comes with loom), and paper (a roll or sheets) or cardboard strips for separating the warp. Craft paper or paper grocery bags are fine for this.
  • Warp - 200 yards each of 2 contrasting colors of Fingering/Sock, Sport or DK weight yarn. Some suggestions from the shop are BeamMallo Cotton SlubOdeMojaveDuet, or UndineStrong color contrasts like black and white are easiest for learning this technique The warp yarns should be smooth, non-hairy and strong-plied yarns only (no singles). Yarns can be any fiber or mix of fibers.
  • Weft - 200 yards of Lace or Fingering/Sock weight yarn in a color that works with both warp yarns. Yarns can be any fiber or mix of fibers.
  • Cocoknits Bent Tapestry Needles
  • Scissors (we love these)
  • Tape Measure
  • Shuttle (comes with loom or this).
  • Waste yarns for spreading warp.

This is a virtual workshop that meets over Zoom. Workshops are recorded and available to students for 30 days following the workshop session. We absolutely understand that things come up and you may need to cancel your registration. We've done our best to create a cancellation policy that honors how fickle life can be alongside a commitment to our staff and teaching artists. If you need to cancel your registration we are happy to offer a 50% store credit refund for cancellations made at least two weeks in advance. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than two weeks in advance.

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