The World Isn’t Flat! – 3D Loom Weaving Workshop with Sally Eyring
Date: Spring 2021 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Time: All day (specific hours TBD)
Location: Harvard Congregational Church, 5 Still River Road, Harvard, MA
Cost: $175 for NVWG members/ $200 for non-members; includes $20 materials fee
Max participants: 12, taken as checks are received. Payment is required to reserve a spot.
The world isn’t flat, so why should you think of your weaving as always being flat? You have spent years learning the rules of two dimensional weaving; now learn how to break those rules to weave 3D sculptural forms. Basket weavers have been weaving three dimensional objects since antiquity, but this class will give you the thought processes and ideas for weaving 3D forms on your loom. See for examples of sculptural weaving, and start thinking about the shapes that you would like to weave!
This is a hands-on workshop of 3 days in length, approximately 6-8 hours per day.
Each student will need to bring a table or floor loom, with a minimum of 4 shafts, that has been previously warped per instructions that are sent out ahead of time. The warp will be tied to the front cloth beam, sleyed, and threaded through the shafts as instructed. However, the warp will not be entirely beamed onto the back beam prior to class. Each student will need between 2 and 4 clean, empty milk or juice jugs (the kind with a loop handle) that can be filled with water and hung off the back beam as weights to provide tension for certain sections of the warp. Each student will bring several extra bobbins that can be used (as they will be shown) to attach the chained warp sections to the water weights.
Students will need to bring their own shuttles (3 are recommended), weft yarn, a reed or threading hook, and scissors. Students may bring other tools as needed.
Sally will provide the students with certain design materials and some small specialized tools. Handouts will be provided.
Sally will prepare the materials and send out warping instructions ahead of time. She will also personally contact each student to make sure they understand the warping instructions.
Prerequisites: Registrants must be able to warp their own loom ahead of time following special instructions provided by Sally.