:: virtual :: Woven Cloth-to-Clothing

Learn how to create a boxy top from rigid heddle woven cloth.


$180.00 per person

Per Session:


About this experience

Now that you know how to warp a loom and weave a scarf it’s time to move to the next level to weave and sew an article of clothing. In this workshop students will weave and sew a boxy top! Before the first session students will be given guidance on selecting yarn for their project - the workshop fee includes ALL the yarn you will need to weave and sew a boxy top.

You will be given a yarn budget to use toward yarn at Wild Hand - colors and fiber choices are ultimately up to you! Yarn will be available for pick-up or delivery (if the brick-and-mortar shop is open and you're local, you're welcome to come by)and otherwise our online shop will have all of the inventory up-to-date and available).

In the first session we will begin with a warping refresher and how to determine your epi (ends per inch) as well as the width and length of the cloth based on the garment you are making for your particular size. In this class we will be making a cropped boxy top. You will have 3 weeks in which to weave your cloth at home and will return for the final 2 classes to learn to cut your cloth, sew your edges and sew your top together.

Students must have access to a sewing machine and their own rigid heddle loom that is at least 15” wide. If you would like to rent a loom from Wild Hand or purchase a loom in advance at the 15% student discount rate that can be arranged by contacting the shop hi@wild-hand.com.


This is a 3-SESSION workshop that meets on all of the following dates (apologies for the confusion - our event booking app is working on making this clearer in the future!). By signing up for this $180 workshop you are signing up for 7.5 hours of class over the following dates.

Sunday - OCTOBER 4 // 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Saturday - OCTOBER 24 // 9:00AM - 11:30AM
Sunday - OCTOBER 25 // 9:00AM - 11:30AM


All classes meet virtually via Zoom. You will be provided with a link in advance of the workshop.

This is a beyond beginner class and basic rigid heddle weaving skills are required (although there will be a refresher on warping and basic weaving!). Price includes thoughtfully sourced materials (no additional materials fees) that will be available for pick-up or delivery to you (locally via e-bike and otherwise via USPS - shipping costs are not included in class fee) in advance of the workshop. Students will have the opportunity to pick over 200g of fiber from the shop! Students will be able to select all of their fiber for the class - the class fee includes all fiber for a woven top but does not include the loom. Students also get a one-time use 15% off discount card for use during and up to two weeks following the last class session!

CANCELLATION POLICY // Wild Hand is happy to 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.

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JUDY GELZINIS DONOVAN is an award-winning wearables, bead and fiber artist who has been creating art-to-wear garments, quilts and beadwork for exhibitions, runway and invitational shows for over 25 years. She is currently the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers' Programs Chair and Guild Librarian.

SARA ROBBINS grew up in the Midwest and wishes she had learned how to knit, quilt and crochet from her grandmother and godmother. But proving that it’s never too late to learn something, she took up basket weaving in the 1980’s and apprenticed with a well-known local weaver. When Sara joined the Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers (PGHW), many more opportunities for learning fiber arts opened up. She is now a felter, spinner and quilter (Grandma would be proud!). Sara has served on the Board of Directors for PGHW for four years, as newsletter editor, and is currently the Outreach Coordinator and Education Co-Chair.