A class customized to your desires
Instructor: Becky Ashenden (and studio assistants)
Dates offered 2017:
at Water St. Studio: Sep 18–22, Oct 23–27, Nov 27 – Dec 1,
(class full; waiting list only)
at Farm Studio:
May 15–19* (class full; waiting list only)
Choose from our gallery of beautiful woven samples, and dress one of our looms the Vävstuga way. In a room full of students all dressing looms together with a variety of projects, it's amazing the number of tips and tricks that emerge for discussion.
We wind your warp — you do the rest
- Optional beaming review
- Thread & tie up your loom
- Work at your own pace
- Optional drafting class
- Optional pre-sley class
- Wind a warp to go
We beam for you: If you do not need the extra review beaming your warp, we can do it for you, so you start Monday morning threading and get to the weaving part more quickly. See below for our modest charge for this service.
Beam it yourself: The complete process of pre-sleying, beaming and tying up can be helpful for new and experienced weavers alike.
Your warp of choice will be ready and waiting for you Monday morning.
Two special Monday lessons
Drafting: Our Monday morning class will provide each student with a drafting worksheet applicable to their chosen project. Duplicates of the other drafting sheets will be available for those who want to expand their educational opportunity in this area.
Calculate pre-sley: Our Monday afternoon class will be spent calculating which reed to use to pre-sley a warp for beaming and how to sley it. We will work out several solutions for one warp, to give you the tools to go home with more confidence to do this on your own.
Becky will be present in the studio most of Mon and Tue. As students become comfortable and settled in with their projects, she will check in with everyone Wed, Thu, and Fri to make sure everyone's needs are met. There will always be a staff member on hand to assist as needed.
Plain weave with only 2 treadles. Your focus will be on ergonomics and rhythmic even weaving. Using stripes in the weft will give ample practice changing colors.
These projects all have a little extra twist beyond simple balance plain weave, possibly including using multiple shuttles, weaving a wider width, using multiple blocks, and/or multiple treadles.
If you are comfortable with multiple shuttles and slightly intricate designs, you are ready for these. Many of these patterns can remain simple, or become as complex as you want.
easy / intermediateclick for
all napkin projects
all curtain projects
Keep an eye on this spot for more project choices.
Choosing a project
Select your project using the above photos; click on each for more details. Just one warp per person, please — or, come with a friend and share two warps.
Choosing warp length
You will most likely have time to finish weaving your warp here. Leftover time could be spent winding a warp to take home.
Faster weavers may have time to complete this length. It really depends on the fineness and complexity of the piece.
You will most likely have some leftover warp to take home to give your newly learned skills an instant refresher.
Clicking on any project photo will provide a popup with details for that project. Check to see which warp yarn your project has, then use our Yarn Playground to explore your color choices.
Choosing warp colors
Plan A: keep it simple
Use the same colors as in the original piece — just let us know 3 weeks before class.
Plan B: for single color warps
Look in our web store for the color name and number for the yarn in your project and let us know your choice 3 weeks before class.
Plan C: changing multiple colors
For warps with multiple colors, ask us for a list of the original colors in the picture to assist you when making color changes. Let us know your choices 3 weeks before class.