Bands - Plain & Fancy
Instructor: Becky Ashenden
Max enrollment: 8
Course fee: $450 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Wed–Fri)
Materials fee: $15
Room & board: $225 (includes lodging Tue–Thu or Sun–Tue evenings, breakfast Wed–Fri or Mon–Wed, dinner Wed–Thu or Mon–Tue)
Days offered: Three-day session, Wednesday–Friday or Monday–Wednesday
Dates offered: (2013) May 8–10 (one slot remaining with room/board option), May 13–15 (one slot remaining with room/board option)
The weaving of narrow bands is some of the oldest weaving known to man. From the bandages used to wrap Egyptian mummies to early Coptic weavings and the complex bands of Scandinavia, band weaving has taken many forms. Band weaving is inexpensive, portable, endlessly fascinating, and very easy to learn. There are many types and techniques for creating woven bands. Traditionally, bands have been used for harnesses, carrying water, clothing, and just about anywhere attaching, tying, or connecting was required. Today we have the beauty of a handwoven band that can easily take the place of a rubber band or string, and will enhance your life in the process.
The class will start by weaving a basic band on a rigid heddle loom. This charming little loom can be taken anywhere, and is peaceful and pleasant to use. Once students are comfortable weaving a warped-face plain-weave band, we will work on traditional pick-up patterns using the same type of loom. There will be a demonstration, as well, of a special kind of rigid heddle that not only has slots and holes, but also smaller slots as well.
Each student can also expect to have some time on one of our beloved band looms, which have a small warp beam, cloth beam and two treadles.
Students will be encouraged to spend some time copying designs from Becky's valuable collection of patterns. Books with these patterns can be hard to come by, so take advantage of this opportunity to start your own collection.