::virtual:: Rigid Heddle Weaving Basics
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Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom and make a cowl in this two-session workshop! Did you ever wonder how cloth is made? Did you ever want to try your hand at weaving? If so, this is the perfect class for you! Learn how to weave on a simple portable little loom - called a rigid heddle loom - and get a lovely piece of wearable art as a result.
During the first workshop day you will get an introduction to the loom, its parts and warping. You will likely complete the warping process or will have the knowledge to finish the process on your own. On the second (next) day you will learn about winding your shuttle(s), spreading the warp, beginning and ending yarns, weaving and finishing techniques.
During this workshop you will learn oh-so-much, including:
+ How the rigid heddle loom works.
+ How to calculate yarn quantities.
+ Direct warping of the loom.
+ How to wind a shuttle.
+ How to do plain weave.
+ Finishing the edges of the project.
+ Turning your cloth into a cowl.
This class is intended for absolute beginners - no previous experience or equipment required! If you do not have a rigid heddle loom we will lend you one of ours (for local folks). If you would like to buy a rigid heddle loom in advance of the workshop you may use your one-time workshop discount (details below + code emailed with your workshop confirmation email once you register). All students will have a yarn stipend to spend at the shop with recommendations from the teaching artists of the best yarns and quantity for the project.
If you are using your own rigid heddle loom students should be working with a loom that has at least a 10” wide weaving width and an 8 (or 7.5” for Ashford looms) or 10-dent heddle, stick shuttles, a warping peg, and scissors.
Workshops meet virtually via Zoom - links and passcodes will arrive with your workshop order confirmation (you will receive a confirmation email for your full order and then separately an email with just workshop details).
Workshop registration includes all of the thoughtfully sourced materials that you need to participate (looms are loaned locally for this workshop - if you are joining from a distance you will need to buy a loom to participate) and will be available for contactless pick-up or delivery before the workshop start date. We happily ship worldwide and shipping costs are not included in the workshop fee. We will be in touch 2-3 weeks before your workshop begins about arranging to receive your workshop supply bundle.
Cancellation Policy :: We know and understand that schedules change! Wild Hand will happily offer a store credit refund for cancellations made a week or more in advance. For cancellations made less than a week in advance we can offer a 50% store credit refund. We do this so that we can still pay the teaching artist for your spot in the class.