This workshop will teach the basics of split-shed weaving using a variation of the tied Beiderwand (extended summer and winter) pattern. This structure uses four shafts, five treadles (on jack looms), and three weft yarns that travel from selvedge to selvedge. Participants will learn how to produce shading with yarn in order to create dimensional-looking imagery. This is the same technique Deborah uses to weave pictorial imagery in her art. Students will also learn how to make and use a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating. This workshop can be done on a table loom but the process is faster on floor looms.

Instructor: Deborah Silver

Length: 1 Day

Materials Fee: $5, which covers all cartoon-making supplies, handouts, and additional wefts.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate; must be able to warp loom prior to class and be familiar with using the loom.

Equipment & Supplies to Bring:

  • 4-shaft table, jack and or direct tie-up loom, pre-warped with 8/4 cotton carpet warp; warping instructions and suggestions for weft yarns will be sent in advance.
  • Two flat shuttles and one shuttle of your choosing for use with an 8″- to 9″-wide warp.
  • 3 bulky wefts of contrasting color